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Deliverance through Death pt.2

March 31, 2024 • Pastor Dustin Rogers • Exodus 12

When I say, those people know how to party, who immediately comes into your mind? Perhaps you think of a person you know that’s a total party animal or a great party planner. Maybe you think about a demographic like college kids. Perhaps you think about a certain culture. But, I wonder if anyone immediately thought of the ancient Hebrews. The people of God in the Old Testament knew how to party. But, it was not because they were naturally more fun than the other nations or were just more enthusiastic about life...though, they did have more to celebrate than anyone else! No, God’s people knew how to party because He commanded it. There were at least 7 festivals in the Jewish calendar that required them to stop and party...sometimes for an entire week! One of them was instituted along the festival of Passover, right there in Exodus 12. It's called the Feast of Unleavened Bread and it called upon the people of God to stop and remember the swift and spectacular deliverance that God won for His people to free them from bondage in Egypt. It was a call to CELEBRATE! Friends, when we consider the empty tomb, we too have every reason to stop and party...to celebrate the swift and spectacular deliverance that Jesus secured when He walked out of that grave! Let's gather together tomorrow ready to worship our King who died and rose again to SET US FREE! Much love, pastor dustin

Deliverance through Death pt.1

March 29, 2024 • Pastor Dustin Rogers • Exodus 12

Our study in Exodus has been building to the pivotal moment of Israel's exodus from bondage in Egypt. It is an exit that begins in chapter 12. Yet, in surprising fashion, the featured audience of God's message in chapter 12 isn't Pharaoh or the Egyptians...it's Israel. Tonight we'll learn that the final and ultimate plague that God brought down upon Egypt didn't just affect the Egyptians. We'll learn that the angel of death visited every door in that ancient empire and how this reality shaped the nation of Israel and shapes us today. Friends, there's a deep red thread that runs straight from Exodus 12 to the upper room, and then to our gathering tonight. So, we gather to reflect upon our Savior's sacrifice for us on the cross. He willingly suffered, bled, and died to endure the wrath of God in an astonishing act of Mercy. The judgment of God should come upon us as a result of our sin and rebellion. But, we receive grace...incomparable grace! We have great reason to reflect upon the cross and rejoice in Jesus' love. Much Love, pastor dustin

The Script is Flipped

March 24, 2024 • Pastor Dustin Rogers • Exodus 10—11

Tomorrow we have the privilege of gathering on Palm Sunday to reflect and worship our great King! Indeed, He is worthy of 10,000 Hosanna's! As we approach this special week, it's so fitting that we come to Exodus 11 and 12 in our current series. The final two plagues that God ordained to bring upon Egypt and their Pharaoh are ladened with pictures that point to Christ and His final week. Tomorrow we'll meditate upon the dramatic reversal that has taken place in this first section of the book...a reversal that should cause all of us to Stand in Awe of our God and also lean forward Good Friday and Easter Sunday! See you tomorrow! Much Love, pastor dustin

Lights Out

March 17, 2024 • Pastor Dustin Rogers • Exodus 8—10

As we continue our study in the book of Exodus, we will return to the series of plagues that God brought upon the land of Egypt. As the plagues progress and as Pharaoh's heart grows harder and harder, the uniqueness and greatness of YHWH becomes increasingly clear. We should have ample opportunity again to Stand in Awe of the God who delivers! I trust that we'll also find some clearer answers to some of the questions we began to consider last week. Questions like: Why 10 plagues instead of just one? Why does God harden Pharaoh's heart? Are these actions of God kind of cruel? ... oh, and let me throw in another one: what idols may God topple in your world? Pastor Dustin

You'll See...and Know

March 10, 2024 • Pastor Dustin Rogers • Exodus 7:1—8:19

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This is the Lord!

February 25, 2024 • Cody Griess • Exodus 6

Do Hard Things

February 18, 2024 • Pastor Dustin Rogers • Exodus 5

Last week in Exodus 4, we saw that Moses finally surrendered to God and returned to Egypt with the aim of deliverance for the people of Israel. When he and Aaron shared what God had said and showed Israel the signs that God had provided, the people believed and bowed in worship (4:30-31). It must have been euphoric in the camp that night and, undoubtedly, some of them may have even started to pack for their exit out of Egypt. But, the next day everything would change and leave everyone ticked. Join us as we study what happens next and see a crucial application for our lives from Exodus 5. Much Love, pastor dustin

Frozen or Faithful

February 11, 2024 • Pastor Dustin Rogers • Exodus 4

Last week in our studies in Exodus, we saw God appear to Moses and call him to go back to Egypt and lead His people out. Yet, having seen God’s presence, heard God’s personal name, and received God’s promise (a veritable guarantee of success), Moses still has objections. As chapter 4 will show, Moses' objections will eventually reveal his paralyzing doubt and incite the righteous anger of God. So, why is Moses so anxious? Why is he so frozen with fear? And friends, why are we so much like him? We'll answer these questions as we study Moses' epic encounter with God at the burning bush. 

The Great I Am

February 4, 2024 • Pastor Dustin Rogers • Exodus 3

As we continue our study in Exodus, we come to the 3rd chapter and to the moment when God will officially call and commission Moses to the task of being the human mediator in the deliverance of Israel from Egypt. But, Moses immediately balks at the idea...and, at least initially, I think we would all say that he balks for good reason. But, his opening questions serve us a chapter that is epically revelatory of God.

The God Who Cares

January 28, 2024 • Pastor Dustin Rogers • Exodus 2:16–25

Think about a time when a personal failure landed you in silence before the throne of God. Think about a prolonged season of trial when you began to wonder if God was actually hearing your prayers. Friend, there is a silver lining in moments of failure and despair. When life brings you to your knees, we often find clearer eyes to see the glory of our God. The latter half of Exodus 2 will show us how our failures and trials, though humbling and painful, can lead us to a clearer view of God's greatness and goodness...and what a view it is!

Raise an Ebenezer

December 17, 2023 • Pastor Dustin Rogers • Exodus 2

Be honest. In spite of his poor reputation, have you ever thought that Scrooge may have been on to something with his famous yuletide phrase, "bah humbug"? Like, haven't there been times when "bah humbug" sounded preferable to some other trite platitude that drips with a joy you don't really feel? There were certainly times for the children of Israel when they would have seen little evidence on the horizon for hope. Long stretches of time. If they were basing their faith upon their experience of the particular circumstances of life, they would have been done with God. This is why they needed to raise some Ebenezers. No, we're not talking about that one. While we can appreciate Scrooge's honesty, we're actually trying to deal with his bitter cynicism that tends to live in all of us. We're talking about the biblical Ebenezers - monuments to mark the faithfulness of God. For, when our faith is rooted in the promises of God and His faithfulness in the past, we can endure any season with hope.

Ancient Foes & Unlikely Heroes

December 10, 2023 • Pastor Dustin Rogers • Exodus 1

After an opening statement reflecting the blessing that God had bestowed upon His people during their stay in Egypt, the text of Exodus quickly pivots toward their plight. With the rise of a new Pharaoh, their status as blessed flipped to oppressed. Inspired by an ancient foe, this new regime took direct aim at the people of God at full tilt toward genocide. Yet, in the face of this ancient foe, some unlikely heroes will rise to serve notice that Yahweh is on His throne and He will keep His promises.

God Delivers, Declares, Dwells for His Glory

December 3, 2023 • Pastor Dustin Rogers

Christmas in Exodus Intro

December 3, 2023 • Pastor Dustin Rogers • Exodus