Blog

February 7: Eagles’ Wings

February 07, 2016:

by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Exodus 19-20; Psalm 30; Matthew 13:1-23; Acts 18:18-28 Exodus 19-20: And so they come to Mount Sinai (19:1-2). They have been “born on eagles’ wings” out of Egypt (19:4). They are a rescued people, a redeemed people, set apart for God as a kingdom of priests and a holy nation (19:5-6). And now they are going to hear from God how he wants them to obey him (19:7-8). The pattern is clear throughout Scripture: first rescue, then obedience, grace leading to and empowering works. The legalist reverses this pattern and attempts to earn God’s favor by the Law. But the Law was given after God had rescued his people to teach them what it meant to follow him as redeemed people. That said, this grace is no cheap grace but is shrouded in awe and fear. God is awesome, in that much over-used rendition of…

Continue Reading >

February 6: Bread from Heaven

February 06, 2016:

by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Exodus 16-18; Psalm 29; Matthew 12:38-50; Acts 18:1-17 Exodus 16-18: The story begins with more grumbling (16:1-3). Israel looks back with false idealized memories of Egypt where in their minds they at least had enough to eat. God graciously answers their ungracious request and sends both “manna” and “quail” (16:4-15, 31). The manna in the wilderness is fulfilled with Christ, the true Bread from heaven, in John’s Gospel (John 6:51). They were not to take more of the manna than needed (16:16-30), but to trust God for daily provision. “Give us today our daily bread” (Matt. 6:11) is the prayer of the well-taught disciple. “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matt. 6:34). Trust God for provision today, O child of God, and put your trust in Christ, in the true Bread from heaven. More grumbling (17:1-3), and more gracious provision from the Lord…

Continue Reading >

Workshop on Biblical Exposition April 27-29, 2016

February 05, 2016:

The Workshop on Biblical Exposition at College Church in Wheaton is April 27-29, 2016. The Workshop is sponsored by The Charles Simeon Trust, and the focus this year will be on Preaching from 2 Timothy. What is a Workshop on Biblical Exposition? The Simeon Trust describes it like this: The Workshops on Biblical Exposition aim to recover the centrality of God’s Word, preached expositionally, to the benefit of the life and health of the church in our generation. In order for this kind of preaching to take place, the Bible must be properly understood and rightly handled. And so, this Workshop consists of two and a half days covering principles of exposition (instructional talks on how to better handle biblical texts), small group practice (times when you will share and receive feedback on two passages you prepared in advance), and preaching (encouraging times of exposition). Each of these sessions is carefully designed to be interrelated for the greatest value…

Continue Reading >

February 5: Crossing the Red Sea

February 05, 2016:

by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Exodus 13-15; Psalm 28; Matthew 12:22-37; Acts 17:16-34 Exodus 13-15: This section picks up after more instructions about the Passover (Ex. 12:40-51), and continues with instruction on consecrating the firstborn (13:1-2), the Feast of Unleavened Bread (13:3-10), and the law of the firstborn (13:11-16). It rapidly moves to one of the more dramatic moments in biblical history (the crossing of the Red Sea, Ex. 14) and an extraordinary worship song by Moses (15:1-18). To start with, God underlines the formative ordinance, institution, of the Passover for Israel as an ongoing memorial. It is all intended to teach Israel something profoundly theological regarding God’s gracious saving power and act: “By a strong hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, from the house of slavery” (13:14). Christian, take time to remember. Remember specifically the True Passover of which even this great redemption is a foreshadow. The…

Continue Reading >

February 4: Passover!

February 04, 2016:

by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Exodus 10-12; Psalm 27; Matthew 12:1-21; Acts 17:1-15 Exodus 10-12: The Passover in Exodus 12 is the greatest story in the entire Bible, except one which is the fulfillment of this story! So Pharaoh once again is up to his old tricks: first yes (10:8, 24), then no (10:10, 28). His heart is hardened (10:1, 20, 27; 11:10), not even able to listen to the advice of his ministers (“servants”) who are telling him to let the people go (10:7) because Egypt is already ruined. Still he holds on. Why? We are given no reason other than the “hardness of his heart.” The “heart” in the Bible is the seat, not just of the feeling, but also of the thinking and the willing. It is the center of a person’s personality. This then means that Pharaoh, under God’s sovereignty and direction, has fundamentally decided that…

Continue Reading >

Sermon Video: Present Suffering and Future Glory

February 03, 2016:

Below, on January 31, 2016, Josh Moody preached a message on “Present Suffering and Future Glory” in the sermon series “Confident.” Taken from Romans 8:16-18, this message focuses on the purpose of suffering and the choice we have to view suffering as the apostle Paul did. Discussion questions about this sermon can be found here.

Continue Reading >

February 3: Yes, Yes and No, No

February 03, 2016:

by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Exodus 7-9; Psalm 26; Matthew 11:20-30; Acts 16:16-40 Exodus 7-9: It is mysterious to human eyes why some believe and some do not, yet in the ultimacy of God’s purpose all is clear: Pharaoh made a conscious choice to refuse to “let God’s people go,” and he did so according to the will of God. This purpose of God is that the extraordinary power of God to rescue against all odds would be revealed to the whole world: “But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth” (9:16). God hardens Pharaoh’s heart so that God’s almighty power to save might be seen throughout the globe. The story continues in familiar ways. Pestilence after pestilence. Plague after plague. At first the magicians can match Moses’ signs (7:11-12, 22; 8:7), but…

Continue Reading >

February 2: Bricks Without Straw

February 02, 2016:

by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Exodus 4-6; Psalm 25; Matthew 11:1-19; Acts 16:1-15 Exodus 4-6: Moses is not so sure this is a task that he is up to (4:1), and who could blame him? Going to the regional superpower, the leader of Egypt, and commanding said all-powerful leader to do exactly what you said. This was not a job for the faint-hearted! It must have felt like something of a fool’s errand. So the LORD gives Moses signs. First, a staff that can miraculously become a snake and then turn back again (4:2-5). Then, an ability to turn his hand leprous and immediately be well again (4:6-8). Finally, the ability to be able to turn Nile water into blood (4:9). As the story unfolds, it will become clear that these signs were the kind of special magic tricks that Pharaoh’s magicians delighted to use to fool the credulous (Ex.…

Continue Reading >

February 1: Let My People Go!

February 01, 2016:

by Josh Moody Today’s Bible Reading: Exodus 1-3; Psalm 24; Matthew 10:21-42; Acts 15:22-41 Exodus 1-3: The plot thickens. According to God’s promise to Abram (Genesis 15:13), God’s people would go as strangers to a strange land, be servants/slaves there, and be called out to serve God afterwards in their own land. So also are we today serving God in a strange land, as pilgrims, one day to be called to the Promised Land. The masterful storytelling of the early chapters of Exodus sets the scene with a Pharaoh who did not know Joseph (1:8). God had prospered and multiplied the Israelites (1:7), and their very success and numerical strength was now viewed as a threat to Pharaoh and the structure of his religious and political hierarchy (1:9-10). When God’s people flourish, there can come a tipping point when those in power view them less happily than they once did. Wisdom…

Continue Reading >

Top 10 Books of 2015

January 30, 2016:

Alec Hill, President Emeritus of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, joins God Centered Life Ministries today to share his Top 10 Books of 2015.  1.  Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free by Hector Tobar (Picador, 2015) In 2010, a Chilean mine collapse trapped 33 men for more than two months. Though the rescue story is exciting, the essence of the book is how the men bond together when all seems hopeless. My favorite character is Jose Henriquez, an introverted 54 year old laborer, who becomes known as “el pastor.” Gathering the men for daily confession, prayer and Scripture teaching (from memory – he had no Bible), Jose becomes the quiet glue that holds the community together.   2.  A Fragile Stone: The Emotional Life of Simon Peter by Michael Card (InterVarsity Press, 2007) Full disclosure: I love everything that Michael Card…

Continue Reading >