The Rest Of The Story — Miriam, Aaron and Me


The oldest of 3 siblings, Exodus 7:7

Watched infant Moses in his basket hiding place, Exodus 2:1-8.

Led the celebration of deliverance from Egyptian army, Exodus 15:1-21

Was part of the leadership sent by God. Micah 6:4

BUT she questioned Moses’ authority. And God answered. Numbers 12

Miriam became distracted by someone else’s calling instead of staying focused on her own.


Was made a prophet by God to assist Moses, Exodus 7:1

Given great honor! Exodus 28:1-3

Stood between the living & dead! Numbers 16:47-48

He was confirmed by God by a miracle, Numbers 17:1-10

BUT Aaron wanted Moses’ place!
Perhaps he grew tired of playing 2nd fiddle to little brother.

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

When we are not operating in our calling there is confusion, competition, jealousy, frustration, resentment, and more. Something important doesn’t get done, we work in our own power and ministry doesn’t receive our best.

But when we do operate in our gifts and callings there is fulfillment, peace, teamwork, collaboration and usually success. Amazing things get done, things fit, we work in God’s power and ministry gets our best effort!

We must not forget what we are called and gifted to do and why we are doing it!

If we forget that everything we do is ministry, reaching someone for Jesus, creating places for people to meet with God, encouraging those who struggle, strengthening marriages, discipling kids & teens, then we’re just making coffee, telling Bible stories, giving hugs, playing music & singing songs!

Everyone has something awesome to do for Jesus!

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The Rest of the Story — Servant Leader

More important than ability, talent and intelligence is attitude.
Moses was a leader who led for the purpose of serving!

Hebrews 11:24-25
Exodus 2:11-12

We should be men and women of such integrity that even when people disagree with our actions they never question our motives.

Exodus 2:16-17

No matter the details,
it is always the right time
to do what is right!

The events of Exodus 32:9-14 and Number 14:11-20
were the real test of Moses’ motives!

The life of Moses, this servant-leader, was a foreshadow of what Jesus would do for us:

A people in need of deliverance,
God sends a deliverer,
he stands in the gap,
serves everyone and
leads those who will follow.

Jesus gave another example of a servant-leader in the story of the Good Samaritan.
The “leaders” ignored the man in need!
The Samaritan noticed and did something!

He approached the man in need
He supplied for the needs
Gave up his seat, his place of comfort
Put up his own finances
Expected to help further!

Mark 10:45

  • We are called to lead others to Him. We do that through serving!
  • Serving comes before leading.
  • As followers of Jesus, we are all called to serve one another!


It’s not about me

The Rest of the Story — Awesome Faith

Romans 12:3

Matthew 17:19-20

– They make decisions based on their faith, or I should say they don’t make decisions outside their faith.
– They don’t need someone to remind them every week or ask them “have you prayed about it?” Their faith matters in everything.
– And that was the difference in the lives of people like Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Caleb, Ruth, David… need me to go on?

Half a truth is often a great lie. – Benjamin Franklin

This is why it is important to not take something online as fact. And it is important to not read portions of the Bible out of context. Always seek the whole story!

Half the truth is that Israel was in trouble with God much of the time.

But why does God keep coming back? Because God has an unquenchable desire to bless! And that’s The Rest of the Story!

3:7, 11 And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD. They forgot the LORD their God and served the Baals and the Asheroth … .(God sends Othniel to deliver them) … Then the land had rest forty years.

3:12, 30 And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD … (God sends Ehud to deliver them) … and the land had peace for eighty years

4:1; 5:31 And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD … (God sends Deborah & Barak)  … Then the land had peace forty years.

6:1; 8:28,33 The people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD… (God sends Gideon) … the land had peace forty years …. As soon as Gideon died, the people of Israel turned again and whored after the Baals…
Autopilot is a dangerous way to live your life. Culture infiltrates our thoughts and our morals. If you don’t pay attention, close attention, your morals will change, even as a Christian. Constantly choose to live your faith!

James 1:14-15

Joshua 24:15-23 selected


Make the hard choices.
Look around. What needs to go? Dump the distractions! Delete the doubt!
Consider your “Friends”
What do the people around you challenge you to do and be?
Do they have a high or low opinion of marriage?
Here is a rule of thumb: who is influencing whom?
Media, music, hobbies & activities, etc.
Do my choices positively or negatively influence me?
Do they feed my spirit and its desires or my flesh and its desires?

Joshua 24:25-27

The Rest of the Story – Law of Grace?

The story of Nadab & Abihu

  • Their father Aaron was Moses’ brother & the first priest of Israel!
  • Called by God to the top of Sinai, by name! Exodus 24:1, 11
  • Priest #2 and #3! Exodus 28:1
  • But the most notorious part of their story is their death! Leviticus 10:1

The story of Hophni & Phinehas

They received a lot of grace! God gives us direction, warnings, etc, but allows us to choose our path.
Deuteronomy 30:19

“The truth about grace might seem positive at first glance, but in order to embrace it, we have to come to terms with our need for it. And that means acknowledging our own depravity.”
-Brandon Cox

The truth: God is holy and without Him we are depraved, corrupt and immoral

Isaiah 64:6

Isaiah 6:5

Romans 5:20

Romans 6:23

Three hard, incontrovertible facts

Ephesians 1:7

Titus 2:11-12

Matthew 6:11

Matthew 6:12

1 Corinthians 10:13

2 Timothy 1:12


So why does God seem so different in the Old Testament than He is in the New Testament?
Malachi 3:6

Make Change – Banners

Signal Banners were posted on a high place 
Isaiah 18:3, 11:12, 5:26, Psalm 60:4, Jeremiah 4:6
Isaiah 31:9
Isaiah 59:19

The metaphor of “lifting a standard” for making an armed resistance is common in Isaiah.

Tribal Banners which the Israelites camped under and marched behind
Numbers 2:2
Deuteronomy 11:18-21

7 Prayers I am praying over my church in 2017:
1. Remind us, it begins right here!
2. Help us take our commitment to finance and otherwise support our mission more seriously
3. Help us reach the next 180 who need to know Jesus
4. Lead each one of us to Own Our Growth
5. Lead us to welcome discipleship from one another
6. Open more doors in more communities and bless us with the necessary means to reach them!
7. Give us greater impact in our communities in 2017

What banner is over your house or family? 

Psalm 74:4 

Declare over your house, we are:

Overtaken by blessings – Deuteronomy 28:2

Strong not weak – 2 Corinthians 12:9

The head not the tail, above not beneath – Deuteronomy 28:13

The lender not the borrower – Deuteronomy 15:6

No longer slaves but children and heirs of God – Galatians 4:7

Not under bondage – Romans 8:2

Not fearful but of sound mind – 2 Timothy 1:7

More than conquerors – Romans 8:37

More powerful than our enemy – Luke 10:19

Followers of God – Joshua 24:15

His chosen – 2 Chronicles 29:11

Forgiven – Romans 4:7-8

A house full of joy and peace – Romans 15:13

Healed – 1 Peter 2:24

Safe – Proverbs 18:10

A family with a future and hope – Jeremiah 29:11

Psalm 20:1-5

Make Change -Truth

Romans 1:16-25

“post-truth” – relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.

The problem with facebook: everyone is an expert.

So truth becomes transitory. Love (or anything else) is whatever I decide it is today.

The “victimless” lie: the things I do in my private life don’t hurt anyone else.

Three Truths

1. The world is already teaching your kids about sex
Parents must be proactive or they will become the aftervoice

2. The porn industry is after your kids
Parents must continue to discuss sex or lose the privilege
of being the source of information and advice

3. Parents still have the greatest influence 
The younger we start the conversation the more likely it is to continue

The truth about Marriage

What matters is commitment, but we spend all our time on the symbols and ignore this most important aspect of marriage!

What constitutes marriage in the eyes of God.

Matthew 19:4-6

So what do we do?

Finally, and perhaps most important, personal integrity requires the power of No. The ability to say No is an essential element of one’s moral compass. Without it, we are merely agreeable pleasers, the Pillsbury doughboys of morals and values.

– Judith Sills, PhD

Homo sapiens occupies a peculiar position in the animal kingdom. This peculiarity manifests itself in man’s relationship both to his own body and to the world. Unlike the other higher mammals, who are born with an essentially completed organism, man is curiously “unfinished” at birth. …human beings are capable of doing and thinking genuinely new things. This is the capacity of saying no…

Peter Berger

In the next 163 hours of this week we must live what we say in these first 5 hours!

1. Resolve where truth is found

2. Don’t go along with “whatever”

3. Act based on truth

Make Change – Focused

Light is good; but light that is focused can do infinitely more.

The light from a flashlight cannot travel a long distance. This is because the light is unfocused and diverges as the traveled distance increases. The flashlight beam traveling distance depends on the size of the flashlight and the batteries being used. Laser light, however, can travel a long distance: Any laser light can be beamed to the moon and back. They can travel such long distances as they are coherent and do not spread out while traveling. – physics expert

Focus our Mind

Philippians 4:6-8

Focus our Prayers

James 5:16

Too often, our prayers go no further than ceiling because like the flashlight, they are unfocused and diverge from seeking God’s heart.

Matthew 6:6-8

Focus our Mission

In order to have what we truly love,
we must give up things we really like.

2 Corinthians 5:14-15

Hebrews 10:24-25

One obvious way we can focus our mission is through small groups.

Make Change – Connections (Part 2)

There is a difference between a bestie and a mentor!

Mark those you should turn to when in trouble, danger or under attack
2 Kings 19:1-2

Mark those who encourage you to worship, at all times
2 Kings 23:1-8

Mark those who believe in you but don’t make it too easy
2 Kings 2:1-18

Mark those who inspire you
Esther 4:14

Mark those who encourage you
Luke 1:39-40

Has anyone marked you?
John 1:40-45

Mark those who challenge you to go deeper
Acts 18:26; 22:3; 16:1-8

Discipleship happens in relationship not events.

“Discipleship is not a class you take; it’s the course of your life.”
– Robby Gallaty