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July 18, 2021


We welcome you to our worship services this morning. We hope that you will be encouraged and uplifted by our time together. We have no creed or set of rules to force on you. We simply rely on the Bible to tell us what to do and try to copy what we read the church in the first century did. We meet here every Sunday, but we also have Zoom available for those who are interested. Just ask and we will include you in our Zoom services. Call Karl Marcussen at 574-514-1400 for information.


ERROR: Patty Gibson pointed out that in last week's bulletin there was a typo on the different names. It should have been 1 Corinthians 1:10-13 not 1 Corinthians 10:10-13. An extra zero got in there. Thank you Patty. Also 1 John 4:7-12 should include the remainder of the chapter to verse 21, which is what John read during his sermon.

HIGHWAY CLEANUP: Our thanks to everyone who helped in the highway cleanup. The response to getting this done has been wonderful. Our special thanks to Richard Hoyt who has managed this project so well for so long. Just jumping through all of the hoops the state puts on us requires time and energy, and Richard has provided both — even when family demands have made it hard for him to do.

SHULTS-LEWIS is coming this week to pick up the peanut butter and jelly/jam that everyone has brought in. If you intended to bring in some items and have not done it, you need to do so today because they are scheduled to come sometime this week. At the time of this writing we do not yet know which day of the week.

THANKS TO GERRY BUNDLE for helping the St. Joseph congregation by preaching for them on a monthly basis as they search for a preacher. Ramona Williams who works with us and comes to classes in person and on Zoom has been tireless in working with Gerry and the congregation there to keep that work going. The fields are “ripe unto harvest” in St. Joseph, and this is mission work that our congregation is involved in through Gerry.



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John Clayton

A. Early life — Exodus 2:1-10
B. Raised by his mother — one kind of education
1. Educated by the Egyptians
2. We too have two kinds of education.
C. Ends up in Midian (Exodus 2:15; 21-22)
Lives as a shepherd for 40 years (Acts 7:30)
I. MOSES IS CALLED BY GOD — Responds as we would
A. Exodus 3:1-10 — We are all called.
B. Moses tries all of our excuses.
1. “This is not my thing” (Exodus 3:11).
2. “No one is going to listen to me” (Exodus 4:1).
3. “I am not a good speaker” (Exodus 4:10).
4. “Please send someone else” (Exodus 4:13).
C. God answers these excuses (and ours).
1. “I will be with you,” it is not up to you (Exodus 3:12).
2. “They will listen to me. When things get tough people listen” (Exodus 3:13-15).
3. “Who gave man his mouth? Go, I will help you” (Exodus 4:11-12).
4. “Now you are ticking me off … here comes help. Go!” (Exodus 4:14).
D. Moses is not perfect (Numbers 20:7-13).
We are not either (1 John 1:8-10).
A. Deuteronomy 34
B. PAUL — 2 Timothy 4:7-8
C. US — 1 Corinthians 12 - What is our response?
“This is not my thing.” “I will be with you.” Acts 2:38b
“No one will listen to me.” “They will listen to me.”
“I’m not a good … .” “Who gave man his … ?”
“Send someone else.” James 4:17
III. WHY ARE YOU ALIVE? You did not get here easily.
A. Romans 6:11-14 — Offer yourself to God.
1. Romans 6:13
2. Live a Christian Life.
(At the end John refers to this song: “All to Jesus I Surrender.”)



When we read about the lives of Bible characters we tend to think of them as superheroes. There is a statue of Moses on the Notre Dame campus that shows him with an incredible physique and even having horns on his head indicating a god-like makeup. The reality of the situation is that Moses was just like you and me.

We read a lot of things about Moses that tell us how human he was. When he saw one of his countrymen being abused by an Egyptian taskmaster, he lost his cool and attacked the Egyptian and killed him. There were other options available to Moses, but he reacted in an angry way and ended up having to flee Egypt as a result.

Moses settled into a pastoral way of life. He got married, had a child and took care of the flocks. Exodus 2:21 says, “Moses was content to dwell with Reuel.” When God called Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses used every excuse he could think of not to get involved. Moses struggled with his role and even became arrogant as he saw God's hand working. In Numbers 20:7-13, instead of crediting God with a solution to the problem of water, Moses says, “Must we … ” which put him at odds with God.

All of this is not peculiar to Moses. When you look at the life of David you see him acting in a very human way. His sin with Bathsheba was a very weak response to temptation. His numbering of the Israelites, rather than recognize that God does not depend on numbers to accomplish his will, was a poor response to God’s activity (see 2 Samuel 24). How many things did Abraham do that were very human responses to a difficult situation? Twice Abraham was willing to let his wife become another man's wife to protect his own hide.

These accounts are designed to show us that we do not have to be superheroes to be used in powerful ways by God. You have a purpose in being alive — no matter who you are or what your abilities are.

— John Clayton

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