through the wilderness


There are times in life where daily circumstances are dark, dismal and desperate. Certainly the opening chapters of Exodus (and many before you reach the end of the book!) have similar characteristics. One could easily ask where the covenant promises of God from the book of Genesis have gone! 


However, as the narrative of Exodus unfolds, it is clear that God is continuous and consistent in all He does since the beginning. The primary “tool” God uses in Exodus is adversity and hardship. Out of these difficult circumstances God reveals His glorious nature through the redemption of His people by leading them every step of the way…making this series through Exodus a journey worth taking.

Reflection on God's Goodness through Hardship

Exodus 18:1-12

Paul Briggs

November 26, 2023

The visit of a family member often gives space and opportunity for reflection. The question typically driving the conversation is: What has happened in your life since the last time we saw one another? There is one of two directions this conversation might go.

Testing in the Desert

Exodus 17:1-7

Gami Ortiz

November 19, 2023

The testing of Israel in the wilderness continues as they camp at Rephidim and find no water. They grumble and complain to Moses, putting Yahweh to the test, showing their lack of faith. Jesus the true Israel, in wilderness testing of his own, submits himself to the will of the Father. 

Not By Bread Alone

Exodus 16:1-12

Don Whipple

November 5, 2023

The wilderness. The desert. A hostile, dangerous and uncomfortable place. It is a surprising place to find the people God has rescued from slavery with the promise and hope of a new life. But that’s where we are. Let’s consider how God sustains us in our wilderness experience.


God's Glory in Salvation

Exodus 13:17-15:21

Will Peycke

October 29, 2023

The Lord leads Israel out of Egypt….and into a dead end. It looks like a mistake that will result in their destruction. But it is really God’s design to get glory over Pharaoh by delivering his people in the most impossible and unexpected way.  The Red Sea miracle foreshadows the greater salvation of God’s people to come in Jesus. Through Moses, God saved his people from physical slavery in Egypt. Through Jesus, God saves his people from spiritual slavery to sin and death. God gets glory by saving his people.


Salvation Through Substitution

Exodus 12

Chad Moore

October 22, 2023

Salvation is not something that we have earned or can receive on our own, but rather on our own, we have earned separation from God because like the Pharaoh we have set ourselves up as our own god or gods, like the people of Egypt and the Israelites people we seek to satisfy ourselves, control our destiny, and self-preservation. On our own, we are not Holy, and God demands nothing less than the perfect holiness of Himself. Salvation comes through substitution.


Salvation Comes Through Judgement

Exodus 7-10

Chad Moore

October 15, 2023

Salvation comes through judgment.  This theme is constant throughout the storyline of scripture. In this passage, we come to understand that deliverance is not just about freeing people from oppression to the wrongful dictator but likewise about remembering that we are in constant need of being liberated ourselves.


Deliverance Through Suffering

Exodus 5-6

Gami Ortiz

October 8, 2023

Suffering is a part of life for everyone. Suffering also has a tendency to expose our hearts. It can feel like God is not truly in control when things go sideways. When that happens to the Israelites, Yahweh reaffirms His name as a reflection of His character as the faithful covenant-keeping God.


God's Calm in the Face of Chaos

Exodus 3-4

Chad Moore

October 1, 2023

God sees, hears, knows, and rescues His people so that they might worship,

remember His promises, and be light in His world.


God is Up to Something

Exodus 1-2

Don Whipple

September 24, 2023

God is always up to something and always finishes what He starts. Be encouraged today that our Heavenly Father has no projects, promises or people that He is not actively pursuing to their completion.