Everyday Fire: Learning to Stop, See, and Draw Aside with Moses

Everyday Fire

There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”

When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

And Moses said, “Here I am.” (Exodus 2:2-4)

Moses notices the “strange sight” in the midst of his ordinary life and chooses to draw aside in wonder. How often do we miss the strange sights of the Lord in the midst of our ordinary lives?

“Certainly,” we say, “I am no Moses.” Yes, this is true. But who was Moses anyway? An adopted son turned runaway? A murderer fleeing for his life? A rescued baby now lost in the wilderness as an adult?

Moses is not so different from us, other than perhaps in his willingness to be captured in the wonder of God’s appearance; captured enough to draw aside and see. It is just that simple: “I will go over and see this strange sight.” What he sees is inexplicable to him, yet he does not brush past it or ignore it. He stops, draws aside, and sees.

Could it be that this is a fundamental practice of the children of God? Could it be that interruptions of the strange are the activities of God? Could it be that curiosity and wonder are the beginnings of wild new journeys with God? How many bushes burning with divine fire will come our way today? We will never know until see stop, see, and draw aside.

Living in the One Name (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message at Eastbrook Church this past weekend entitled “Living in the One Name” from our  series, “The Name.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. When was a time that you faced a task or situation that completely overwhelmed you? How did you deal with it? How did you interact with God about it?
  2. As we conclude our series, “The Name,” this week, we are looking at Exodus 4:1-17. Before you begin your study, ask God to speak to you through the Scripture. Then, read that passage aloud.
  3. Up to this point, we have focused quite a bit on God’s character and activity, but this study will focus more on Moses. Take some time to identify the questions or statements that Moses makes in Exodus 3 and 4. What do you notice about Moses’ words? What changes as the conversation carries forward?Read More »

Living in the One Name

The-Name-Facebook-coverThis weekend I concluded our series, “The Name,” at Eastbrook Church as we looked at Exodus 4:1-17.  Throughout this series we have explored Moses’ encounter with the Living God at the burning bush, encouraging us to all step into a transforming encounter with the Living God. The previous weeks have spent quite a bit of time on the person and character of God. This weekend’s message focused more on Moses’ fears and hesitation, and what we can learn from him together.

You can listen to my message, “Living in the One Name,” at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow the RSS feed for Eastbrook sermons or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter or Facebook.

The message outline is included below.

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The One Name (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message at Eastbrook Church this past weekend entitled “The One Name” from our series on Exodus 3 & 4, “The Name.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. Is there any significance from your given name related to family history, relatives or an event? What is it?
  2. This week, we continue our series “The Name” with a look at Exodus 3:13-22. Before you begin your study, ask God to speak to you through the Scripture. Then, read that passage aloud.
  3. As Moses converses with God in verse 13, he asks a question that leads into an extended response from God. What is the question and what do you think Moses is really asking?Read More »

The One Name

The-Name-Facebook-coverI continued our series, “The Name,” this weekend at Eastbrook Church by looking at Exodus 3:13-22. My message, “The One Name,” is really the heart of this series and this passage, where God reveals His name to Moses. I drew parallels for this message from Exodus 6:1-8.

You can listen to my message at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow the RSS feed for Eastbrook sermons or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter or Facebook.

The message outline from the bulletin is included below. 

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