Daily Bale for March 25, 2011

For family devotions we jumped ahead a bit and read Exodus 32, the golden calf incident. Josiah correctly got the main problem, their making and worshiping of idols, but then asked what I thought for an 8 year old was a perceptive question– “But they didn’t have the 10 commandments yet; Moses was just coming down the mountain?” True enough, little theologian! However, that does not excuse their sin, and Aaron at least should have known better. The incident shows that Egypt was still in the Israelites, even though the Israelites were out of Egypt.

For part of my personal Bible reading I read Ephesians 5. I noted this paragraph–

3But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; 4and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

I thought about how for some reason we Christians too often find amusement in and imitate the common grace expressions of our culture instead of embracing and imitating (v. 1) a full-fledged saving grace mindset. We should embrace the latter, not settle for the former. We should desire that which should be named among us, that which is proper among saints, that which is fitting a citizen of the coming kingdom of Christ and God.

Ran several errands around town. Emails and phone calls. Reading, studying, preparation for Sunday.

Got a call from the doctor’s office that my insulin came in!!! Good news, as I was almost out. Bad news, Andy had the van and wouldn’t be back until after it closed. I got my exercise in at least!

Family night, which means lots of home-made pizza!

One of the men from church sent me this great picture of an area barn–

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Author: Dan Greenfield

I am an undeserving sinner saved by God's grace through Jesus Christ, a happy husband, proud father of 6 great kids, pastor of Orwell Bible Church, Executive Secretary of the American Council of Christian Churches, and member of the Ohio Bible Fellowship .

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