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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: At the Pulpit (11/15/07)

TITLE: From Bush to Pulpit
By Teresa Hollums
11/16/07


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FROM BUSH TO PULPIT

“What is this?” a very frightened Moses uttered under his breath. “I’ve never seen such a sight. What can it mean?”

“Moses, take off your sandals, for this is holy ground,” came a very deep and commanding voice. “You are my chosen to take my word to my people and to Pharaoh. He must let my people go and you must speak for me.”

“But, Lord, how can I do this. I am unfit for this,” Moses protests.

And so the cartoon movie about Moses from Disney productions continued.

Later that night, a young man, heard the same call deep in his heart and protested as all seem to do in answering it. After agonizing prayer and heartfelt balking at inabilities, the young man finally gave over and simply said, as all do when they are fully called: “ Dear God, I know I will only have peace if I say ,’yes’. Take my life and use me. I just trust you will open doors and guide me and my wife into this totally new life and profession.”

From bush to pulpit, God still calls, by any means to get our attention--as he has throughout the centuries. In an insistent and often small voice, God still commands, loves, and patiently whispers to his chosen leaders. Each truly called always come because it is simply God doing everything through them. And what a journey it is!! Most have to sacrifice a possible excellent monetary future to a fairly uncertain one. Most face expensive further schooling and preparation to be the best servants of God they can. Some will be paying off loans and some even may have to sacrifice spouses who don’t seem to want such a drastic uncertain change. But, if they are called, God will furnish all they need—just as he gave Moses, notice, not the ability to speak (I guess he must have agreed on that obvious point), but the ability to delegate this important duty to one who must have been much more qualified to speak for God than Moses himself. So the Chosen go from calling to training to bringing congregations and individuals into their greatest path for showing God working in them.

What a calling! What a heartache! What a promise! And, best of all, what a presence within to allow each he has called to do his will! God’s will and not our will be done!


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Joanne Sher 11/24/07
Nice inspirational piece. I caught a verb tense shift here and there, but this was a good read.
Marie Hearty 11/24/07
Very inspirational.
terri tiffany11/27/07
Good story - I liked the beginning and transistion to the devotional. I might not use so many exclamation points at the end but overall a good article written in a way that was easy to understand:)