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Wednesday, October 10, 2018 12:00 PM
We’ve been accused of taking a swipe at former Chris McDaniel spokesperson Keith Plunkett of Flora after his wife pleaded guilty to embezzling at least $15,000 from her law firm in a Nigerian dwarf goat scandal.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Exodus 17:1-7
    If you have a study Bible, most of them will have a heading for this passage as “Water from the Rock,” because God miraculously provides water from Israel in the desert from a rock. However, the event is named in verse 7 for Israel’s disposition toward the Lord. It is called Massah and Meribah; Massah meaning testing and Meribah meaning quarreling.
  • DUNCAN/Abraham, the Stranger
    Turn to Genesis 23:1-20. This is a story about persevering to the end. This is also a story about trust in God and His promises. Over and over in this chapter, one point is made clear. Abraham will receive a small parcel of land in Canaan which serves as a down payment for the full return that God has promised him. This passage can easily be divided into five parts addressing the death of Sarah, identification of a grave for her, negotiation of the offer for a burial site, acceptance of the offer, and description of the burial site
  • DUNCAN/The Covenant Assured
    Turn to Genesis 22:15-24. We concentrated on the first half of this chapter last week. In Genesis 22:1-14, we saw that Abraham's surrender of his son, Isaac, was a mirror of God's still greater love and Abraham's exercise of his faith in God's promises.
  • This is an important chapter for our understanding of what life is. The people of Israel are in the desert (symbolic of no life), on the way to the Promised Land to dwell with God. They are pilgrims. In our passage, they have been traveling, after leaving Egypt, for one month in the desert. There are two million or so of them. They are concerned about food; how will they eat and drink?
  • In this passage Israel goes from singing praises to the Lord to grumbling. In the previous passage we saw Israel celebrating with song/worship the Lord’s destruction of Egypt at the Red Sea. You might think nothing could ever be a problem for Israel again. They had been delivered from bondage, and given the promise of inheriting a land of plenty.
  • Turn to Genesis 22:1-14. This passage is unique in all the Scriptures as these verses give an account of the trial of Abraham's faith. When Abraham left his father's country, by faith, we learn that he loved God more than his father. Now we learn that he loved God more than his own son.
  • We’re in new territory now. The old rules no longer apply. All the things we learned in a more innocent time have been declared “inoperative,” to invoke the genius term from the Watergate era. These changes in the rules are not likely to turn out well for anyone.
  • The attempted political assassination of Brett Kavanaugh is bad for the country, but good for a Trumpian attitude toward American politics.
  • Thursday is shaping up to be the Trump presidency’s “Gunfight at O.K. Corral.” 
  • PAID POLITICAL ANNOUNCEMENT/Bruce McKinley running for Circuit Judge
    Madison County Justice Court Judge, Bruce McKinley, announces his candidacy for Circuit Court Judge for Madison and Rankin Counties.  Judge McKinley has served as Justice Court Judge since 2011, being unopposed in 2015.
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