Bill Steensland KNLS.ORG, World Christian Broadcasting Alaska... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 20:30:35 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb GOD COMMISSIONS MOSES Today's story begins with Moses telling God that he doesn't feel worthy to lead the people out of Egypt. Moses had been in the desert watching sheep and goats when God appeared to Moses in a burning bush. God told Moses that he would lead the people out of Egypt.

"Who am I to go to the king and lead your people out of Egypt?"

God replied, "I will be with you. And you will know that I am the one who sent you, when you worship me on this mountain after you have led my people out of Egypt."

Moses answered, "I will tell the people of Israel that the God their ancestors worshiped has sent me to them. But what should I say, if they ask me your name?"

God said to Moses: "I am the eternal God. So tell them that the Lord, whose name is 'I AM,' has sent you."

"Call together the leaders of Israel and tell them that the God who was worshiped by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has appeared to you. Tell them I have seen how terribly they are being treated in Egypt, and I promise to lead them out of their troubles."

"Go to the King of Egypt and tell him to let the people walk three days into the desert where they can offer a sacrifice."

God continued, "I know the King of Egypt won't listen to you at first, so I will use my mighty power to perform all kinds of miracles and strike down the Egyptians."

This story is from the book of Exodus, chapter 3.

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GOD CALLS SAMUEL Today's story begins with the boy Samuel hearing the Lord call his name three times, but each time thinking it was Eli the priest. Finally, Samuel went back to bed after Eli told him that if it happened again he should answer, “I’m listening, Lord. What do you want me to do?”

Sure enough, Samuel went back to bed and the Lord then stood beside Samuel and called out as he had done before, “Samuel! Samuel!”

“I’m listening,” Samuel answered, “What do you want me to do?”

The Lord said, “Samuel, I am going to do something in Israel that will shock everyone who hears about it! I will punish Eli and his family, just as I promised. He knew that his sons refused to respect me, and he let them get away with it, even though I said I would punish his family forever. I warned Eli that sacrifices or offerings could never make things right! His family has done too many disgusting things.

The next morning, Samuel got up and opened the doors to the Lord’s house. He was afraid to tell Eli what the Lord had said. But Eli told him, “Samuel, my boy, come here!” “Here I am Samuel answered. Eli said, “What did God say to you? Tell me everything. I pray that God will punish you terribly if you don’t tell me every word he said!”

Samuel told Eli everything. Then Eli said, “He is the Lord, and he will do what is right.”

As Samuel grew up, the Lord helped him and made everything Samuel said come true.

This story is from the book of First Samuel, chapter 3.

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THE CALL OF ISAIAH Today’s story begins with a prophet named Isaiah describing God on his throne.

Isaiah said,

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord. He was sitting on his throne, high and exalted, and his robe filled the whole Temple.

Round him flaming creatures were standing, each of which had six wings. Each creature covered its face with two wings, and its body with two, and used the other two for flying. They were calling out to each other:

“Holy, holy, holy!

The Lord Almighty is holy!

His glory fills the world.”

The sound of their voices made the foundation of the Temple shake, and the Temple itself was filled with smoke.

I said, “There is no hope for me! I am doomed because every word that passes my lips is sinful, and I live among a people whose every word is sinful. And yet, with my own eyes, I have seen the King, the Lord Almighty!”

Then one of the creatures flew down to me, carrying a burning coal that he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. He touched my lips with the burning coal and said, “This has touched your lips, and now your guilt is gone, and your sins are forgiven.”

Then I heard the Lord say, “Whom shall I send? Who will be our messenger?”

I answered, “I will go! Send me!”

So he told me to go and give the people his message. The message that God told Isaiah to give the people was both good news and bad news. God said the people would not repent and that they would be exiled into a distant land, but one day they would return in a new and glorious homecoming.

This story is found in the Bible book of Isaiah, chapter 6 through 9.

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CREATION Today's story begins with God creating the heavens and the earth. When God spoke His words always came true. God said, "I command light to shine!" And light started shinning.

God spoke again and made the sky and the dry land. God said, "I command the earth to produce all kinds of plants, including fruit trees and grain. And that's what happened.

God then spoke again and the sun moon and stars appeared in the sky. Then "God said, "I command the ocean to be full of living creatures, and I command birds to fly above the earth.

Every time God finished making something he looked at it and saw that it was good.

God spoke again and commanded the earth to give life to all kinds of animals. After everything else was made God said "Now we will make humans and they will be like us."

So God took a handful of soil and made a man. God breathed life into the man and the man started breathing.

God made a garden in a place called Eden and he put the man whom he named Adam in the garden.

God told Adam that he could eat the fruit from any tree in the garden except the one tree that had the power to let him know the difference between right and wrong. God told Adam that if he ate from the tree he would die.

Then God said it was not good for Adam to be alone so he made a woman to be with Adam.

This story is from the book of Genesis, chapters 1 and 2.

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A MISSION FOR ESTHER, THE QUEEN Today’s story begins with Queen Esther’s cousin Mordecai hearing about the letter which set a day for all the Jews to be killed. But the King did not know that his queen was also a Jew. Mordecai tore his clothes in sorrow and put on sackcloth and went through the city, crying and weeping. But he could go only as far as the palace gate, because no one wearing sackcloth was allowed inside the palace.

Esther called her servant and said, “Find out what's wrong with Mordecai and why he's acting this way.”

The servant went to Mordecai and Mordecai gave the servant a copy of the orders for the murder of the Jews. He said, “Show this to Esther and explain what it means. Ask her to go to the king and beg him to have pity on her people, the Jews!”

The servant went back to Esther and told her what Mordecai had said. She answered, “Tell Mordecai there is a law about going in to see the king. Anyone who goes in to see the king without being invited by him will be put to death. The only way that anyone can be saved is for the king to hold out the gold scepter to that person. And it's been thirty days since he has asked for me.”

When Mordecai was told what Esther had said, he sent back this reply, “Don't think that you will escape being killed with the rest of the Jews, just because you live in the king's palace. If you don't speak up now, we will somehow get help, but you and your family will be killed. It could be that you were made queen for a time like this!”

This story is found in the Bible book of Esther chapter 4.


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