Names: Intro to Moses


After recently seeing the movie Exodus in theaters.  I realized that I have filmed several videos on this topic.  As I was compiling them, I realized, this video was filmed, yet never published.   I hope you enjoy this look at the early part of Exodus filmed in Iraq.   With various scenes from where I was stationed.  I am putting together a set of videos filmed on the Story of Moses.  (More on this later).

As the book of Genesis transitions to Exodus, we are introduced several names.

This video highlights two Egyptian midwives, “Shiphrah and Puah” and a baby found in the river named “Moses.”

What is God doing and what can we learn as we begin the book of Exodus? 


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What’s So Good about Good Friday

What’s so good about “Good Friday?” after all it’s the depiction   of the worst death a man can endure.  For the Roman soldiers were experts in humiliating and torturing their victims and this particular Friday the condemned had already suffered numerous beatings.   So what’s so good about seeing a bloodied, tortured, mutilated, and naked body hanging on a cross on Friday morning?  Furthermore, why would the victim who seemed to have all the power at His disposal months prior is allowing Himself to be treated this way?

In order for us to understand this scenario we need to go to the beginning of time and comprehend what let Him to this point in time. 

God creates man and woman and they were perfect.  Their relationship with each other and God was amazing.  Notice how the Bible describes them:  “The man and his wife were both naked, but they were not ashamed.” (Genesis 2:25)  Naked, with no sin, no shame, no problems!  But unfortunately disobedience births sin which results in brokenness between all the parties involved; Man, Woman, and God are now alienated.  Genesis 3:9-11 describes this terrible situation in this manner:  9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 The man replied, “I heard you moving about in the orchard, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.” 11 And the Lord God said, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”  For the first time in the creation story we see man ashamed of being naked.  Interesting to note that God makes mention to the nakedness that man and woman feel.   Disobedience has now caused two things to occur which God never intended for man to feel, ashamed and fearful.

So how does God bring a solution to this epic problem that man has put himself in?  God created us to be in communion with Him, in other words, He created us for Himself and now we are separated due to sin.  Our first father Adam failed miserably and because of his failure we are all destined to die.  What would be the plan?  2 Cor. 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.  The plan was a simple but yet complex.  The first Adam failed so there was a need to send a second Adam that will deliver the world from their sins and reconcile them back to God.  The complexity of it all is that it would have to be the Son of God since only The Creator can save the created.  1 Cor. 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.

The apostle Paul sums it up well when he writes:

6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 (For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps someone might possibly dare to die.) 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous by his blood, we will be saved through him from God’s wrath. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by his life? 11 Not only this, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation.  (Romans 5:6-11)

So what’s so good about “Good Friday?”  In one word, RECONCILIATION!   Jesus while hanging on the cross was reconciling the world to himself.   While the first Adam hid naked and ashamed from his sin Jesus, the second Adam, showed the world that he is not afraid to hang naked and be ashamed for our sins.  He loves us so much that “He would rather go to hell for you than go to heaven without you.” – Max Lucado.  It’s all about relationship.  God desires to finish what he started in creation and through Jesus we are now reconciled and made anew in Him.  So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.  1 Cor. 15:45



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An Empty House

The house feels different today.

I park my car in the same place as before. I unlock the same beveled-glass door, and the same slobbering chocolate Labrador greets me. I set my keys on the same table and see the same pictures on the wall.

But this doesn’t feel like my house.

There are no shoes littering the entryway, threatening to trip anyone who dares to enter. There are no bicycles gathered in the driveway, and no baseballs on the couch. There are crumbs on the counter, of course, from a half-eaten breakfast muffin, but no one is arguing over who gets to use the computer first.

The start of the school year has robbed my house of its life today, and my identity went right along with it.

You see, I have been a stay-at-home mom for 13 years now. I always considered myself blessed to have the option, and I always knew – as did my husband – that it was a good fit for our family.

But my kids are in school now. And somewhere deep inside me is a nagging voice, telling me that I should get out and do something. That I should contribute financially to my family. That it’s self-indulgent to stay home in an empty house.

In years past, when this voice got the best of me, I worked as a substitute teacher, because it offered me an opportunity to work and keep a schedule that matches that of my kids. The income was nice, but the dynamic of our mornings and afternoons changed, because my stress level was higher.  My kids weren’t crazy about it (maybe because I was teaching in their respective classrooms?) but they tolerated it in the name of supplementing our budget.

Fast forward to now, and the voice is still there. My substitute teacher application is as yet unacknowledged, and I’m home in an empty house. Still trying to find the answer.

I think back to a friend from years ago who told me she stayed home until her last child graduated from high school. She didn’t do it because she wanted to be available to “rescue” any of them from consequences (like forgetting homework.) She did it, she said, because there were moments when her children needed her immediately. Urgent problems that her kids were unsure how to handle. Important questions that required answers. And if she had been at work or otherwise unavailable, she would have missed the opportunity to guide them.

Like the other day when one of my children asked me a private question on the way to school. None of the other kids in the family were around, and we were alone in the car. Because I had a few minutes to spare, I was able to pull into a parking space and answer the question.

Or when my youngest child came home from school and cried inexplicably. It seems she was “exhausted” from the first days of school, and her emotions got the best of her. I laid down with her and talked to her about her day, and within a few minutes she was napping.

Then today, I read this:

“Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world – wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important – has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out – but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.”  — 1 John 2:15-17  (Msg)

It lead me to think that perhaps going back to work because I feel compelled to is different than going back to work because it’s the right thing for my family. It caused me to think that perhaps I’m right where I’m supposed to be, at least for the moment. And it reminded me that I’ll always have an opportunity to take a new job, but my children won’t be here forever.


For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.   Galatians 5:13

One Nation, Under God

Independence Day celebrates July 4, 1776, when brave patriots signed the Declaration of Independence. They founded “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

With the hand of God as their guide, our founding fathers set forth unprecedented freedoms for Americans, including speech and religion. The divine inspiration has given us historic opportunities like no nation on earth.

What does it mean to be an American?

Many majestic images come to mind as symbols of our precious freedom: the American flag, the Statue of Liberty, the bald eagle.

Many spectacular places serve as reminders of our country’s natural beauty: the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park and the Smoky Mountains.

But being an American is more than an image or symbol. It’s something real. It’s the blessed opportunity to pass along the teachings of a precious Savior, who counts on us to love one another and serve one another.

We really are like no other nation on earth.


Today’s One Thing

Celebrate Independence Day with your family. Thank God for your freedoms and for the blessings.

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Stinky Fruit

Proverbs 10:31-32

Do you know people who just “spill their guts” when they get around others? After a few minutes they have told you deep dark secrets you didn’t even want to know! These people have poor boundaries. They haven’t learned what pieces of information about their lives are for public consumption and what should be kept for a small circle of close friends.

If you learn to listen well, people can’t help but tell you their story. Even if they want to hide, they will tell you what is going on in their lives. Even their silence tells you something about them.

So why did I tell you this fact? Our verses today contrast what a wise and a foolish person say. Jesus summarized this by saying “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34) What is there comes out. What we have taken in spills out when pressure is applied.

The righteous person has eaten lots of wisdom. The wisdom has taken root and grown. The wisdom has matured the person, and when they speak fruit comes out. Their life produces a crop of wisdom fruit.

I love landscaping. You can cut off the new growth from a shrub, plant it in the right soil, keep it moist and you will have hundreds of little shrubs in no time. Or you take the seeds and plant them and up come more shrubs. There is a whole science to this process, and when it works it is fantastic! You break up the soil, add the right mixture of compost, plant the shrub, mulch it to preserve the moisture and stop the weeds, and after a few years the abundance of growth is explosive.

The shrubs do what God designed them to do. They grow and produce their fruit. The same thing happens with us. When we put in wisdom, out comes fruit. Wisdom trains the mouth. It puts a filter on what gets said to whom.

Not so those who have ignored wisdom. Their mouth puts forth perverse words and ideas. Their fruit is rotten and stinky. Their words and ideas are twisted by their rejection of God’s wisdom. God says “turn right” and they have chosen to “turn left.” So everything they say comes out a bit crooked.

Are you taking in wisdom and allowing it to take root and grow?


Proverbs 10:27-30

In an age with an increased focus on the costs of healthcare, our verse might sound like a solution. But we are a pill culture. If you go to the doctor, they will give you a pill as the solution. So if we could put the LORD in a pill, our society might take it!

As we read verse 27, we must remember that this is a general principle, not an absolute rule. Some wicked people live long lives. Some righteous people die young. But as a general rule, following the LORD will lengthen our lives. Studies have shown this. And it makes sense. If we don’t abuse alcohol, chances are we will die younger. If we have areas lacking discipline, it does shorten our life.

I have found that people who love the LORD are happier. Guess what, studies have shown the same thing! The outcome of obedience is joy. When we do what we know we should do, the inner conflicts subside. Contentment takes over. The struggle and strife resolve. And obedience is a healthy choice.

But the wicked don’t have this. I am sure you know some people who seem to get increasingly bitter as they get older. The older they get, the more people want to avoid being with them. Like the movie Grumpy Old Men, even the grumpiest can have moments of likeability. We often excuse their grumpiness, putting up with the rough edges and rotten core.

I don’t mind that people think I use God as a crutch. I am a cripple! My moral compass is broken. My ability to stay upright is set on “fall” mode. But thanks be to God who leads me in triumph! Because of what He has done, I now have the ability to choose to do the right thing with the right motive at the right time. I can be obedient.

The wicked are not so fortunate. They are stuck on “fall” mode. They may occasionally stumble on a correct outcome, but their motive isn’t the glory of God. In fact, if they knew they would bring glory to God by the choice, many of them would choose some other alternative out of rebellion.