September 14, 2020

Today you should read: Numbers 25

This chapter is admittedly difficult to stomach. Every time that we see the full weight of punishment that our sin deserves, I think it causes some trepidation within us. To realize that our sin is so heinous against a holy God that he is willing to take that strong of a stance against it should overwhelm us to a degree. But I want to encourage you to think of it from the perspective of the gospel:

God hates sin so much that he was willing to send himself to atone for it. 

It’s not as if God sees us in our sin and leaves us there. He entered into our mess and did what we did not deserve: died so that we might have forgiveness, redemption, and access to a true relationship with him. God’s grace both saves us and transforms, allowing our hearts to truly worship God and put off our old ways of worshipping the idols of our flesh and the world. 

So, as you read this passage, look at this holy God who hates sin and loves you, so much that he was willing to die so that you might be forgiven and redeemed. Seek to honor and glorify God in your heart today.

Take a few moments and listen to this song about the holiness of God. May it encourage you today, to remember and rejoice in the holiness of God, and the sacrifice of Jesus that makes you holy as well.

By: Graham Withers — Associate Pastor


God is honored when we intentionally seek Him in prayer. As a church, we want dependent prayer to be something that marks us. Use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.

September 12, 2020

Today you should read: Numbers 24

Balaam’s Third Oracle is a little different from the first two. If you notice in verse 2, the Spirit of God came upon Balaam, and this gives even more validation to what he is about to proclaim. This is not a man-made message, this is a message from God Himself. Balaam proclaims a message of Israel’s prosperity when they enter the Promised Land, which in turn upsets Balak. Balak still wanted Balaam to curse Israel, which is interesting considering what Balak just heard from Balaam (v. 9b). 

The third oracle leads to the fourth and final oracle. The final oracle focuses on the Davidic dynasty. A star and a scepter are both symbols for a king (v. 17), and this king will rule mightily (v. 19).

The final oracle of Balaam will find fulfillment in David, but it will ultimately find fulfillment in Jesus. It’s amazing to me that even in Numbers 24, there is a prophetic account of Jesus. Often times, we will skip the Old Testament or skim-read it, but I think that is a mistake. Not reading the Old Testament might cause you to miss beautiful prophetic passages about Jesus. Balaam knew that Israel would conquer nations and have a mighty king, but he probably didn’t realize that he was talking about the One True King (Jesus). 

If there is one thing to get from this passage, it is to appreciate God’s Word. If something doesn’t make sense, research it. If you are struggling to understand how it all connects, ask your discipler or a pastor. God’s Word is amazing, please do not take it for granted. 

By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Associate


God is honored when we intentionally seek Him in prayer. As a church, we want dependent prayer to be something that marks us. Use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.

September 11, 2020

Today you should read: Numbers 23

Numbers 22-23 recounts one of the funniest stories in the Old Testament. We can imagine the scene where the king of Moab is calling in the big guns, Balaam. Balaam was a well-known non-Israelite prophet. We read yesterday how the Lord used Balaam’s donkey to speak to him. Not only that, he encountered an angel of the Lord who spoke to him.

When he arrives on scene, he warns Balak, “perhaps the Lord will come to meet me, and whatever He shows me I will tell you.” Whereas in days past it seems that Balaam could influence the “fates,” his donkey set him straight. And not only did the Lord speak to Him once, but three times.

Check out the word Balaam received from the Lord, “19 God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? 20 “Behold, I have received a command to bless; When He has blessed, then I cannot revoke it.” 

The overwhelming theme we see in this chapter and especially here is that what God blesses, no one or nothing can curse. God does not lie; He bears no falsehood and as such has no need to take back anything He says or does. If marriage has taught me anything, it’s that I sometimes say things that can’t be taken back, as much as I might want. God never misspeaks, and He never changes His mind. So, when He makes a promise to us who have received Christ, we can bet, it is assured

Ephesians 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” That’s good news. In Christ, we are blessed. This is not #Blessed because my frappe was perfect. It’s a true, eternal blessing that says when I was broken and in the depths of sin, writhing in my imperfection, God demonstrated His love for me through sending His Son. 

By: Tyler Short — Connections Ministry Associate


God is honored when we intentionally seek Him in prayer. As a church, we want dependent prayer to be something that marks us. Use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.

September 10, 2020

Today you should read: Numbers 22

In the previous chapter, we saw how God gave victory to Israel over the Amorites and how they settled in their land after defeating them (vs. 21-30). Later Moses became fearful that God wouldn’t give them the same victory over Bashan and their king, Og that He gave them over the Amorites (vs. 31-35). Of course, our God is a promise fulfilling, victorious God, and says to Moses “Do not fear him, for I have given him into your hand, and all his people, and his land. And you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.”

Now we see Balak, Balaam, and Moab’s reaction to Israel’s victory and has a fear of the Lord themselves which only lasted a short amount of time before flip-flopping which results in God using a talking donkey and angel to finally get Balaam straightened out.

This shows how God can truly use anything to get our attention and follow Him. Of course, that “anything” won’t go against his character or outside of the boundaries of Scripture (the number one way He gets our attention and speaks to us in alignment with the Holy Spirit). But if God wants to, He’ll use a talking donkey, a certain scene from a movie, a certain leader or situation to do it as well.

By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor


God is honored when we intentionally seek Him in prayer. As a church, we want dependent prayer to be something that marks us. Use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.