In his bestselling book Outliers Malcolm Gladwell observed that overnight success stories almost never happen overnight! He points to the Beatles who most believe became overnight sensations after appearing on the Ed Sullivan show on February 9, 1964. As opposed to instant greatness, Gladwell found that the Beatles performed live in Hamburg, Germany over 1,200 times from 1960 to 1964 and amassed more than 10,000 hours of playing time which created their distinctive sound. In short, it took years of hard work, long labor and paying dues before they got their shot at their “big gig”.
Just as the Beatles went through years of preparation before their “big gig” so did Moses. He learned, labored and languished for 80 years before finding and following the main mission God had for his life. Moses has a ton to teach us which is why I hope you’ll join us this Sunday as we look at his crazy life. As we continue our Made For More series, we will discover four ways to get ready for the “big gig” God has in store for each of us. If you or someone you know believe the best of your life may be yet to come, then be sure to join us on Sunday. In addition to our great time in the word and worship, we will hear another inspiring “made for more” testimony from Kevin Haugen (a modern-day Moses). On a final note, we will be honoring our graduating high school seniors in our 10:30 AM worship service and will be inspired by our children’s ministry musical (Treasure Island) in our Live at Five service.
It all sounds like one super Sunday to me so I hope you’ll make it a point to come by as we learn how to get ready for the “big gig” God has for us to play. I hope you and your crew have a wonderful weekend as you serve our Jesus. See you Sunday!
Sure Do Love You,
Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages: (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)
Hebrews 11:23-26 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward
Hebrews 11:27-29 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel. By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.
Acts 7:20-32 At that time Moses was born, and he was no ordinary child. For three months he was cared for by his family. When he was placed outside, Pharaoh’s daughter took him and brought him up as her own son. Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action. “When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites. He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian, so he went to his defense and avenged him by killing the Egyptian. Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not.
Acts 7:26-32 The next day Moses came upon two Israelites who were fighting. He tried to reconcile them by saying, ‘Men, you are brothers; why do you want to hurt each other?’ “But the man who was mistreating the other pushed Moses aside and said, ‘Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’ When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons. “After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai. When he saw this, he was amazed at the sight. As he went over to get a closer look, he heard the Lord say: ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.’ Moses trembled with fear and did not dare to look.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Philippians 4:11-13 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.
Ephesians 4:26-27,31“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold… Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.