1. Have you ever wondered how God will use the broken places in your life to accomplish His purposes? Moses stands out as one who experienced many instances of God showing up to rescue and redeem the messy parts of his life. At birth, Moses’ life was spared when many Hebrew babies were killed. He grew up under the shadow and in the care of Pharaoh's court. In a fit of rage, believing he was standing up for the righteousness of God, he murdered an Egyptian. That murder began a 40 year season of living away from the comfort of Pharaoh's court in the desert where he would find himself serving his father in law and spending lots of time alone in the wilderness. From this context, Moses recounts the faithfulness of God in Psalm 90. God doesn’t waste our experiences. He uses them to grow us and accomplish His purposes.

    · Moses reminds us that life is short, like a breath. When have you been most aware of the brevity of life?

    · How does Psalm 90 sound a lot like Genesis 1-2?

    · Where else in the scriptures do you see this “steadfast love” mentioned like we see in Psalm 90:14?

    · In light of Romans 8:26-39, how is the example of Moses an encouragement for you to keep following Jesus?

    · Psalm 90:13 is a cry for the Lord to end the suffering of His servants. Are there areas of your life where you cry out to God that He would end your suffering?

    · Pick one of the verses such as 90:12 or 90:14 and commit it to memory this week. Place it on a note on your mirror or in your car where you will see it and remember the faithfulness of God.

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  2. Quick Review

    The summer months provide a unique opportunity for reflection and spiritual investment. Many people notice a change of pace and a variety of opportunities to engage others. Around the FM area, we’ll see more people outside playing sports, catching up with neighbors, and generally more available. Did you know that there are 98 days between memorial and Labor Day weekends? This summer could be the summer you look back on for years because of the investments you choose to make. What would it be like if the week after Labor Day you look back and realize that your efforts resulted in a spiritual maturity you never imagined possible? How would you feel if you knew that your investments resulted in lasting spiritual fruit in the lives of those around you? The summer is a great time to evaluate, redirect, and invest in spiritual realities. We will see from Colossians 3:12-17 how we can live out our faith with an increased intentionality resulting in spiritual fruit.

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  3. Psalm 68 records a bold prayer asking God to demonstrate His power as He has done in the past. The request is simple: As you have done before, so God do it again. In so many ways, this is a prayer asking God to put His power on display for all to see. Revelation 19:14-21 records the ultimate display of God’s power: no one is more powerful than Jesus is and nothing will display His power like the grand procession of Jesus as King when he returns to establish His reign on earth. The final answer to the psalmist’ prayer in Psalm 68 occurs when Jesus returns to establish His kingdom. Until then, the people of God enjoy the privilege of boldly asking God to display His power. Our Heavenly Father invites you to relationship with Him through His Son, by His Spirit, that He might display His power through you for the sake of His Kingdom.

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  4. For weeks, through Mark’s presentation, we have been watching Jesus deal with the skepticism or naïveté of those who ought to better understand who he is—the Pharisees and the disciples in particular. He has been under pressure to offer some proof that might legitimize his work and person; but the proof has been all around—lives are being changed left and right, and Scriptural expectations are being fulfilled! Now, in this pivotal section of Mark’s Gospel, Jesus draws from the disciples a conclusive understanding of who he truly is—an understanding rooted in their increasing awareness that Jesus is truly unique.

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  5. As Jesus walked along the shore, he encountered Levi the tax
    collector and said, “Follow Me.” Levi was probably known as one who had to be
    reckoned with; a man not well liked by the public. He was also a man of
    prominence. He enjoyed life as one with influence and power. Levi responded
    immediately when Jesus called him. Levi’s response suggests that he knew of Jesus
    and had been paying attention to the work Jesus was doing in the area. Levi
    immediately threw a party to introduce his friends to Jesus. Outside the party, the
    scribes stood in judgment of Jesus and his friends. They accused them of hanging
    out, “with tax collectors and sinners.” Jesus’ sharp response to the scribes in verse
    17 highlights the love Jesus has for those “sinners.”

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