Read Exodus 3-4.
Oh Lord Please Send Someone Else
Moses in Exodus 3-4 provides the greatest list of all time when it comes to objections to fulfilling God’s call. Moses starts the sequence with a familiar hurdle: “who am I?” (Exodus 3:11). I am not qualified, I don’t have the expertise nor the experience. To this line of reasoning, God gives a terse answer: “I will be with you” (Exodus 3:12) as if to say, this is all you need to know, that my very presence will be enough to get through whatever comes your way. The second objection shifts the focus to God Himself: “Who are you?” (= “what is your name” Exodus 3:13). Put differently, the question becomes, is God up to the task? Here again, the answer is quite direct: I will be true to my nature. I will be who I say I am: The God of the patriarchs, a faithful God who keeps His Word (Exodus 3:14-15).*
In chapter 4:1-17 the back and forth continues: Moses says, they won’t listen to me (Exodus 4:1); I’m not eloquent (Exodus 4:10) so please send someone else instead (Exodus 4:13).
God’s hand of power, not ours
But the question behind these questions points back to control. Who really holds the power to get things done? God answers with two famous illustrations focusing on whose hand of power prevails (Exodus 4:2-7): Moses’ hand grabs the staff (turned into a snake and then back to a staff) and Moses’ hand turns flaky and then back to healthy again. Both signs leave no doubt as to the origin of the hand of power; it’s God’s from beginning to end (Exodus 3:19-20). The call of God is supernatural in Moses’ life as it is in our lives. Paul challenges Timothy to rekindle the gift of his ministry through the laying on of hands. “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:6-7). The greatness of our accomplishments in this life will be measured according to God’s greatness and His power made manifest in and through us. This was true for Moses, for Timothy and for every minister of the Gospel ever since. By faith in Jesus, we are all “His workmanship” and we walk in the “good works which he has prepared beforehand (Ephesians 2:10).
Our own objections
So what are some of the objections when facing the call of God in your life? Maybe it’s a new job; a shift in lifestyle; a return to an old and familiar place; or maybe we just need a reset for what God has called us, etc. etc. God’s holy calling takes on many shapes and characteristics as we are all uniquely created in His image. His call is particular for each one of us, but the principles displayed in Moses’ call remain the same. Whatever trajectory he has created for us will be a journey marked by His presence, reliability and power. Our objections, “I’m not…. etc.” are no match to His “I am.”
*Desmond Alexander in his 2017 commentary on Exodus has a wonderful exposition of this text.
July 16, 2021
Q. What is it that the PeaceMaking Ministry wants to instill in members of TCC??
A. We call it…… “THE 4 G’s”
Article Part II Focus – G#3 and G#4 (see previous e-bulletins for Part I Focus – G#1 and G#2).
As soon as any of us recognize we are in a conflict or offended by or uncomfortable with another….. WE STOP, WE THINK, WE REMEMBER
In Part I we discussed G#1 and G#2……. We have spent considerable time “Glorifying God” – G#1 and “Getting the log out of our own eye.”- G#2.
IF THE SITUATION is serious enough to address the “other’s fault”…. then we proceed cautiously. G #3…………. GO AND GENTLY ENGAGE
We will DETERMINE to approach the other person without anger, with great respect, and in kindness, meekness, goodness. We will pray for patience and forbearance. AND as we PREPARE we continue to return to G#1 and REMEMBER that we have made a decision to GLORIFY GOD in all that we will do or say from this point on.(G#1).
We CAREFULLY THINK and PLAN as to how to approach the other person with a gentle demeanor.
Matthew 18:15 “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault.”
James 3:17 “But wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
James 1:19 “Therefore, my beloveds, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.
IF THE DISCUSSION OF THE PAST OFFENSE GOES WELL….WE THEN LOOK TO THE FUTURE G#4 …………..GET fully reconciled.
We look to the future. We desire full reconciliation. Often this may mean COMPROMISE, CONSESSIONS, AGREEMENTS.
We agree to let the memory of the disagreement to fade. We seek new ground to form a strong and lasting and healthy relationship… in Christ, before Christ, because of Christ.
John 15:12 “This is My Commandment… That you love one another as I have loved you.
WAYLAND: Russell M. “Rusty” Hills, Jr., 77, of Wayland, died comfortably at his residence under the care and comfort of his family on Friday, July 16, 2021 following a rare terminal illness of several months.
Rusty was born on March 12, 1944 at Waltham Hospital. He was the son of the late Russell M. Hills, Sr and Virginia (Biggi) Hills. He lived on Bacon Street in Waltham thru his elementary school years before moving to Weston.
Rusty married Alexandra M. Taylor on November 7, 1970 and they moved to their home in Wayland. They had two children, Keith Russell and Dana Michelle, as well as several Golden Retrievers, horses and a few cats and bunnies. The whole family was very active with ventures in skiing all over New England, out West and in Europe. He also enjoyed boating, bicycling, kayaking, hunting, hiking the New England 4000 footers, horses and skeet shooting.
Nickerson and Hills, Inc., a paint store and contracting company, was started by Rusty’s dad Russell in 1946 and Rusty came on board around 1966 to help. He quickly began running the crew and contracting jobs for the next 50 years while continuing to help run the store as well.
Then there was the purchase of a second home in Aiken, SC in 2016 to get away from the snow and cold New England winters. His son Keith stepped up to run the company back in Waltham during the winters with help from his father Rusty who would be back working for the 6 month summer season. After a break from sport shooting up North, Rusty got back into his guns in Aiken and added trap, five stand, sporting clays and woods to his skeet becoming an overall shooting guy.
Russell leaves behind his beloved wife of 51 years, Alexandra “Randy” (Taylor) Hills of Wayland; his son Keith Russell Hills and his wife Stephanie Anne Hills and their sons Jake and Sam; his daughter Dana Michelle Hills Riley and her husband James Edmund Riley and son James and daughter Taylor; his three sisters, Jody Hill of Waltham, Linda Brown and her husband Stanley Brown of Castle Rock, CO and Ginger Lopez and her husband John Lopez of Rockledge, FL as well as many nieces and nephews whom he adored. He will be missed by so many who felt close bonds with Rusty, an outstanding, personable, outgoing, lovable fun guy.
Memorial Visitations will be held on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road (off Rte. 30), Wayland.
A memorial service will be held at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 53 Cochituate Road (Rte. 27), Wayland on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 11:00 o’clock. The Memorial Service will be live streamed at www.TCCWayland.org.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Creutzfeldt – Jakob Foundation for Research www.cjdfoundation.org/donate. Please indicate the tribute is in loving memory of Russell M. Hills, Jr.
July 2, 2021
Q. What is it that the PeaceMaking Ministry wants to instill in members of TCC??
A. We call it…… “THE 4 G’s”
Article: Part I – Focus on G #1 and G#2
As soon as any of us recognize we are in a conflict, offended by or uncomfortable with another…..
WE STOP, WE THINK, WE REMEMBER – THE 4 G’s
They are not to be administered quickly nor lightly…. (it may take hours or days depending on
the magnitude of the conflict and our level of anger/hurt/bitterness.)
Part I will explain the slow and thorough process of the first two G’s.
Also, the overall importance of G#1…. how with all the G’s we refer to it constantly.
G #1: GLORIFY GOD in all that we will say or do from this point on.
(The greatest of all four G’s)
We will determine not to “revile for revile.” – I Peter 2:23-25
We will determine not to “stew and grow in anger.” – Eph. 4:26
We will determine to STOP and THINK
about Jesus Who loves us,
about Jesus Who died for our sins,
about Jesus Who forgives us.
about Jesus – kind and good and forgiving
G #2: GET THE LOG OUT OF OUR OWN EYE
STOP and THINK and REFLECT about our part in this conflict or offense or discomfort.
REMEMBER our own sinful contribution to this situation and we STAND and OWN IT!
We take the responsibility for our part, by confession to God and man.
Confession to God
Let’s take our sins to the cross. Let’s acknowledge our sin before The Father, in The Name of Jesus. With the encouragement and support and wisdom and guidance of The Holy Spirit – —
Before The Lord, we will acknowledge our sin.
Before The Lord, we will confess our sin.
Before The Lord, we will repent of our sin.
(if this is an habitual sin… ) Before The Lord we ask for deliverance of this sin.
Before The Lord we receive the forgiveness of our God.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness…” – 1John 1:9
Before The Lord we THANK GOD, for His goodness, love & mercy.
Confession to man
With care, respect and gentleness we acknowledge and confess our sin to ‘the other’ seeking his/her forgiveness. Often times, this is enough to cause the other person to also confess and seek your forgiveness. If the latter does not occur, simply thank the person for his/her forgiveness of us.
THIS ENCOUNTER WAS SOLELY to “get the log out of our own eye.”
END OF Article: Part I, Focus – G#1 and G#2
June 18, 2021
God invites you to be a peacemaker. In fact, he wants you and every Christian alive to master his way of handling conflict. There is a four-step process for handling all kinds of clashes. It is called “The Four G’s of Peacemaking.”
Today, we’ll begin with the first “G,” “Glorify God.”
“So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31
Something significant happens when you decide to follow God’s instructions for relationships, especially his insights on conflict. When you focus on him and his ways, you do more than cope. When you choose to study and act on God’s plans in every area of your existence, you’re living for his glory.
Instead of focusing on our own desires or dwelling on what others may do, we will rejoice in the Lord and bring him praise by depending on his forgiveness, wisdom, power and love, as we seek to faithfully obey his commands and maintain a loving, merciful and forgiving attitude.
Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,” – Psalm 37
If you want to learn more, see the Peacemaking website: https://tccwayland.org/resources/care/peacemakers/
To contact the Peacemaking Team, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.