Author Archives: Pastor Terry

Devotional: ‘I’d Rather Have Jesus’

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Hebrews 11:24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.

There are at least three reasons why Moses turned his back on Egypt.

1) MOSES UNDERSTOOD THAT THE PLEASURE OF SIN IS ONLY FOR A SEASON

Verse 25 speaks of, “the fleeting pleasures of sin.”Sin may offer pleasure for the moment, but never forget that its pleasure is only for a moment.

2) MOSES EMBRACED THE SUFFERING OF THE SAVIOR

Verse 26 says, “He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt…” Moses believed that it is nobler to suffer for the Savior than to sit on a golden throne. 

3) MOSES FOCUSED ON THE REWARDS OF HEAVEN

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Devotional: ‘Only What’s Done for Christ Will Last’

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Hebrews 11:24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.

Yesterday I told you that I believe that there are at least three reasons why Moses turned his back on Egypt.

1) MOSES UNDERSTOOD THAT THE PLEASURE OF SIN IS ONLY FOR A SEASON

Verse 25 says, “choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.” The truth is, sin can be pleasurable – for a while. However, the book of James tells us, “when sin is finished, it brings forth death.” (James 1:15)

2) MOSES EMBRACED THE SUFFERING OF THE SAVIOR

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Devotional: ‘The Pleasure of Sin is Only for a Season’

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Hebrews 11:24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.

How much do you suppose the nation of Egypt was worth during that the time Moses was alive? Millions of dollars? Billions of dollars? Perhaps even trillions of dollars? History tells us that Egypt was one of, if not the richest nation upon the earth. And yet, Moses turned his back on all of it. Why did he do this? I believe that there are at least three reasons for Moses’ amazing decision.

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Devotional: ‘Turning Our Back on the World’

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Hebrews 11:24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.

How did a Jewish baby become the son of Pharaoh’s daughter? Let’s returned once again to the book of Exodus to discover.

“The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank. And his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him.” (Exodus 2:2-4)

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Devotional: ‘Jacob’s Final Days’

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This week we’ve taken a quick journey through the life of Jacob. No doubt some of you have thought along the way, “There’s a whole lot of Jacob in me.”But, for sake of time, we need to jump ahead in his life and see how it ends.

Hebrews 11:21 By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff.

At the end of his life, Jacob was a broken man. The Bible says that he was ‘bowing in worship while leaning on the head of his staff.’ Jacob is broken both physically and spiritually. Yet, that’s a good place to be. The Bible says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” (James 4:6, 10) Jacob is finally at a point in his life where he has something valuable to give to his family.

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Devotional: ‘Jacob’s Wrestling Match with God’

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Genesis 32:22 The same night he arose and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had. 24 And Jacob was left alone…

In order for God to work in our lives and make us the men and women He wants us to be, He often has to isolate us so that we can hear His voice. No doubt you will remember that when God spoke to Elijah, He did not do so through an earthquake, a fire, or even a mighty wind. God spoke to Elijah in a gentle whisper. (see 1 Kings 9)

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