September 17, 2020

Today you should read: Numbers 28:1-15

Before describing the ever so important Passover Offering, God shared with Moses specific instructions on food offerings, drink offerings, and burnt offerings that consisted either every day, week, or year. They are described as a “pleasing aroma” to the Lord when done with a right heart, the right way, in which God asked.

In fact, the pleasing, or soothing aroma is a phrase that usually describes the effect of our sacrifices toward God and how it soothes his anger at sin. These offerings were important as it not only appeased God in the moment but points us to what Jesus’ sacrifice does for our sins once and for all, appeasing God’s wrath for our sin by what He did on the cross as He took the penalty we deserved upon Himself.

This is even better represented in what you will read tomorrow with the Passover offering. Let us never forget the powerful purpose of these offerings and how they foreshadowed the Gospel of Jesus. 

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.

September 16, 2020

Today you should read: Numbers 27

At the end of Numbers 27 we see something super important.  Joshua is called up by God to lead after Moses. This is a BIG DEAL. Moses was a spiritual hero to these people. Through the power of God, he led the Israelites out of Egypt, provided for them in the desert, gave them the 10 commandments, and so much more. Safe to say he would be a hard leader to follow.

But God chose Joshua. A young, but passionate, leader to shepherd the people of God through the promised land.

So the Lord said to Moses, Take Joshua the son of non, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him. Make him stand before Eleazar the priest and all the congregation, and you shall commission him in their sight.” (v.18-19)

And Moses obeyed God. And through this decision, God blessed Israel as Joshua assumed leadership.

Leadership is tricky but we learn a couple things:

  1. We are CHOSEN for leadership by God.
  2. Godly leaders lead IN THE SPIRIT of God.
  3. Good leaders REPLACE themselves.

God has chosen you to lead in all sorts of areas; your job, your friends, your marriage, your family, your school. Don’t take this lightly. God CHOSE you!

By: Nick Parsons — Pastoral Ministry Associate – College


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 15, 2020

Today you should read: Numbers 26

Much of chapter 26 is the record of Moses numbering the people of Israel and dividing the land up for them.  God is a God of order – we see this throughout the entire Scriptures.  Moses did what God told him to by numbering the people.  David did this too – but without God’s consent and out of fear and he paid dearly for it (1 Chronicles 21 and 2 Samuel 24)

Israel’s sexual sin in chapter 25, caused God to bring a plague on the people – 24,000 people died!  There’s a price for sin!

God is just and sin must always be punished.  Whether the anger of God comes against you, or if you’ve accepted Jesus as your Savior, God’s anger against your sin was put on Jesus.

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.  2 Corinthians 5:21

Even though we are forgiven of all of our sin in Jesus, sin still often costs us…

In Consequences

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.  Galatians 6:7-8

In Discipline

For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives.  Hebrews 12:6

In Loss of Joy and Effectiveness

If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.  These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.  John 15:10-11

…not to mention the effect on our family and friends (Joshua 7).

We see this illustrated twice in chapter 26…

  1. We’re reminded of the story of the rebellion of Korah against the God-ordained leadership of Moses and Aaron (see Numbers 16).  Verse 9-10 in today’s chapter reminds us how the earth opened up and swallowed them.
  2. Verses 64-65 tells us that not one person who followed Moses and Aaron and sinned against the Lord by their doubt entered into the Promised Land – only Caleb and Joshua.  

God is very serious about our sin – we should be too.  What is God convicting you about today and what will you do about it?

By: Tim Parsons — Lead 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 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.