Gideon's Army

Rev. David Bast

READ : Judges 7 What sort of people does God use to do his work in the world? You don’t necessarily have to be brave, or strong, or gifted. But you do have to be committed to him, and willing to fight for the right. The place was London, the year 1865. A young Methodist preacher named William Booth was beginning a ministry in the dreadful slums of the East End. As he preached, Booth was moved by the appalling …

The Walls of Jericho

Rev. David Bast

READ : Joshua 6 Hebrews 11:30-31 Our walk with God sometimes brings us up against some very big obstacles. But through faith, and obedience, we can see the walls come tumbling down. That’s the lesson Israel learned at Jericho. The exciting story of Israel’s escape from slavery in Egypt is called the Exodus, and it’s told in detail in the Bible book of the same name. The literal meaning of Exodus is “a way out.” This book describes how a …

The Golden Calf

Rev. David Bast

READ : Exodus 32:1-35 It doesn’t take long for Israel to turn away from God in the wilderness. The way God deals with them teaches us to both fear and trust him. Why do bad things happen to good people? There’s a question that has generated a lot of conversation without producing much consensus. But one thing does seem clear. Troubles can show what we’re really made of. Crisis reveals character. “These are the times that try men’s souls,” wrote …

Crossing the Red Sea

Rev. David Bast

READ : Exodus 14:1-31 Israel is between a rock and a hard place when Pharaoh traps them at the Red Sea. But God can make “a way outta no way.” No sooner have the people of Israel escaped from their slavery in Egypt, than they come to a screeching halt on the edge of the Red Sea. Exodus 14 tells the story. When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, the mind of Pharaoh and his …

The Burning Bush

Rev. David Bast

READ : Exodus 3:1-14 God reveals his personal name to Moses at the burning bush, and calls him to help save his people. But Moses doesn’t want to go. Sound familiar? The Burning Bush When we turn from Exodus chapter 2 to Exodus chapter 3, we discover that Moses, the Hebrew baby raised as Pharaoh’s grandson, has undergone a rather dramatic change of circumstances. He is 80 years old now, and he’s working as a shepherd in the arid wastelands …

Baby Moses

Rev. David Bast

READ : Exodus 2:1-10 Baby Moses, floating in his basket on the Nile, rescued by Pharaoh’s daughter. It’s a cute children’s story, but it carries a grown-up lesson about faith’s power to resist. Do you know the story of baby Moses? The first book in the Bible, Genesis, ends with Joseph’s death in Egypt. The second book, Exodus, begins with Moses’ birth. Egypt is ruled now by a Pharaoh who, in the Bible’s words, “knew not Joseph.” He did not …