Leviticus Resources {Week 3}

Welcome

Welcome back to Leviticus! You are doing a phenomenal job, keep up the great work! This post is about our third week, it we will see we are called to be holy. Holiness is one of the great graces God gives us. My APPLY for this week is about how we become holy and what it means.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the workbook yet, purchase here. You can check out YouTube to see what is included in the workbook and what to expect from the study.

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Monday, June 18 Chapter 11
Tuesday, June 19 Chapter 12
Wednesday, June 20 Chapter 13
Thursday, June 21 Chapter 14
Friday, June 22 Chapter 15

As I said in one of the preview videos, I like to have posters of the memory verse as well as note cards around my house and my car to help me with the memory work. You can download a FREE 8.5″ x 11″ poster and a 3″ x 5″ card by clicking the image below.

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This Week

Social Media

On Saturday, June 23 I will be going live in our private website to discuss our first week. During this time I will answer any questions you may have and discuss our readings. Join us at 8:30am CST.

Follow me on social media so we can connect and encourage one another on this journey. I am on all social media @TheGenFem. Use #TheGenFem or #BADLeviticus for Bible-A-Day so we can keep up with all the fun being done!

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Share this study with your friends at Church or on your social media so we can all come together and share our faith and encourage one another. Uplifting one another is one ofthe most important things we can do in our faith.

Application

We are holy because God is holy. I suppose I can stop this post there, right? I’m holy because I believe God is holy and he is the Lord of my heart. The problem with this method of thinking is that it relinquishes our free will. Just because I believe in God and I have welcomed him into my heart, doesn’t mean I always rise to the standards he has set for his people. The reality is, I’m broken, I have sins on my soul. So can I be holy and sinful? Nope! We see in this week’s memory verse that God says we are holy because he is holy, AFTER he gives a ton of commands. It’s through our compliance that our holiness becomes perfected.

By God’s grace we have the capacity for holiness and perfection. It doesn’t come from our resolve, our strength, our virtue, it comes from the one who gives us strength, resolve, and virtue. Apart from God, we can’t be perfected. I guess what I’m trying to say is that this whole relationship with the divine thing is a two way street. God saves the people in Exodus from the oppression of the Egyptians in the same way he frees us from the bondage of original sin. He then invites the people into the covenant with him on Mount Sinai by giving them several commands concerning how to live their lives. We will soon see the consequences of disobedience…and it isn’t holiness. That holiness comes from holding up our end of the bargain in the covenant with God. He offers us an invitation, we can take or reject it; we can take it, then reject it; or we can accept it every moment of every day, committing ourselves at each turn to follow the Father’s commands, to accept the sacrifice of the Son, and obey the promptings of Spirit who is the one who makes us holy. When we follow the tugs on our heart by the Spirit, he leads us down the path of righteousness, it is he who allows us the opportunity to enter into the full covenant relationship with God we are called to. There is nothing we can do apart from him.


Resources

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Tools

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Last Week

In case you missed last week, you can check it here.

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This blog is my way of sharing my faith with the world. I want to show young people, being Catholic is amazing and that God loves them. To help me in my mission to share the gospel with teens and young adults, please prayerfully consider becoming a contributor. You can find out how here.

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Leviticus Resources {Week 2}

Welcome

Welcome back! I hope your first week in Leviticus went well. Do you see what I meant about this not being the book to start with? Hopefully the video previews each week and my APPLYs will help keep things relevant and interesting. Speaking of APPLY, check out mine for this week, it’s about choosing a home church.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the workbook yet, purchase here. You can check out YouTube to see what is included in the workbook and what to expect from the study.

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Monday, June 11 Chapter 6
Tuesday, June 12 Chapter 7
Wednesday, June 13 Chapter 8
Thursday, June 14 Chapter 9
Friday, June 15 Chapter 10

As I said in one of the preview videos, I like to have posters of the memory verse as well as note cards around my house and my car to help me with the memory work. You can download a FREE 8.5″ x 11″ poster and a 3″ x 5″ card by clicking the image below.

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This Week

Social Media

On Saturday, June 9 I will be going live in our private website to discuss our first week. During this time I will answer any questions you may have and discuss our readings. Join us at 8:30am CST.

Follow me on social media so we can connect and encourage one another on this journey. I am on all social media @TheGenFem. Use #TheGenFem or #BADLeviticus for Bible-A-Day so we can keep up with all the fun being done!

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Share this study with your friends at Church or on your social media so we can all come together and share our faith and encourage one another. Uplifting one another is one ofthe most important things we can do in our faith.

Application

If this is  your first Bible-A-Day study, you may not know how keen I am on worshipping God the way he asks us to worship him. I think in our modern culture we have this idea that we can worship God how we want, how we feel most comfortable, how we feel best. It is very easy for us to say we like the way a particular minister gives sermons, the music selection at a particular church, or the vibe we get there. I’m not going to say these things are bad, but they may miss the point.

Worship means sacrifice. As we are seeing in Leviticus, the priests have to perform a lot of sacrifices. The responsibility of the priest is to perform these sacrifices, not to give the people a sermon they like, play music they like, or build a structure they like. They are there to perform sacrifices. This then begs the questions, what is the responsibility of modern priests, and just as important, what’s our role in all this?

First of all, modern priests are responsible for making Christ’s sacrifice on the cross present to us in the modern day. They do this through the consecration of the Eucharist. Jesus was the last sacrifice, the perfect sacrifice. Since his saving act on Good Friday, we no longer have to perform these rituals in the same way the ancient Israelites had to, but the ideas behind these prescriptions are still valid.

The second questions pertaining to what our role is, can also be answered through Leviticus. The people present themselves and their offerings to the priest. They are called to make atonement when they do wrong, and to celebrate God’s mighty acts of kindness and mercy. It is our job to obey God’s commands, all of them. That means living lives devoted to him and worshipping the way he instructs. We cannot change worship or decide what we want to sacrifice, when we want to sacrifice, or how to sacrifice. Bible study is a fantastic start, but it’s only a start. Daily prayer is a wonderful start, but it’s only a start. When it comes to fulfilling our end of the covenant with God, we must worship the way he calls.

That worship happens in the Church, with the sacraments. Each of the sacraments is vital for the sanctification of the Body of Christ. I’m going through them in my Learning Through Liturgy study but we also touch on them in this Bible-A-Day program. In this book we see much of the importance of Holy Orders. In Genesis we saw Baptism, and in Exodus we saw Eucharist. Any church that holds to all seven of the sacraments, particularly Holy Orders and Eucharist, are churches we can explore.

I talk with my dad often about the bones of worship and the flesh of worship. The location, the music, and even the sermons are flesh. These can change based on where we are most comfortable. The bones are the sacraments. They are our rest stops in life’s journey and we need them, God gave them to us for this purpose, to be our guide and our rest as we walk toward heaven.

In more simple terms: I will go to any Catholic church. There I will find the Eucharist, valid Holy Orders, Baptism, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, and Matrimony. Gothic Revival architecture and vampire organs are my preference, however I will go to a church with art deco architecture and guitars…as long as they make present the sacrifice of Christ on the cross at every Mass. Nothing short of the Eucharist is worshipping God the way he has designed for us.


Resources

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Tools

Proclick P50 Binding System
Crayola Twistables
NABRE Answers Bible


Last Week

In case you missed last week, you can check it here.

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This blog is my way of sharing my faith with the world. I want to show young people, being Catholic is amazing and that God loves them. To help me in my mission to share the gospel with teens and young adults, please prayerfully consider becoming a contributor. You can find out how here.

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Leviticus Resources {Week 1}

Welcome

Welcome to the book of Leviticus! I’m thrilled we are going through this together, this book is going to be a team effort kind of project. Leviticus is no easy feat but it is definitely important. As I’ve said, this where the bible loses some people, myself included. But when I persevered, I felt so amazing after and I want to be here to help you do the same. So here we go, week 1!

This post is all about the first week of Leviticus. Here you will find our reading plan, memory verse, and a reflection of mine from the week. Watch the video so you have a preview of what will be going on this week, then read my APPLY. It focuses on accountability.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the workbook yet, purchase here. You can check out YouTube to see what is included in the workbook and what to expect from the study.

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Monday, June 4 Chapter 1
Tuesday, June 5 Chapter 2
Wednesday, June 6 Chapter 3
Thursday, June 7 Chapter 4
Friday, June 8 Chapter 5

As I said in one of the preview videos, I like to have posters of the memory verse as well as note cards around my house and my car to help me with the memory work. You can download a FREE 8.5″ x 11″ poster and a 3″ x 5″ card by clicking the image below.

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This Week

Social Media

On Saturday, June 2 I will be going live in our private website to discuss our first week. During this time I will answer any questions you may have and discuss our readings. Join us at 8:30am CST.

Follow me on social media so we can connect and encourage one another on this journey. I am on all social media @TheGenFem. Use #TheGenFem or #BADLeviticus for Bible-A-Day so we can keep up with all the fun being done!

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Share this study with your friends at Church or on your social media so we can all come together and share our faith and encourage one another. Uplifting one another is one ofthe most important things we can do in our faith.

Application

Ignorance is bliss…right? Apparently, it isn’t. We see this week that God holds people accountable for the sins they commit, even inadvertently. One of the greatest gifts a parent can give a child is to raise them in the way they should go. Unfortunately, not all parents take this responsibility to the extent God calls the Israelites to. If you have gone through the other studies, you may remember God’s blessings come through families as do his laws. Of course, following God’s laws, create space in one’s life for more blessings. This is a lesson a lot of modern parents need to know.

As some of you may have heard, I’m a convert. I was raised by, what my dad calls, hippies. He was all about my brother and I finding our own way in religion, he wanted us to explore our spirituality and discover the way we should go on our own. The problem with this methodology in child rearing is that we do it for NOTHING else. How many parents say, I’m just going to let my kid discover the frequency at which they should brush their teeth; I’m going to let my kid explore what foods are best to eat for dinner, cruciferous vegetables or cupcakes; I’m going to let my kid play in a busy street, so they can feel the freedom to make their own decisions. This is not effective parenting.

It is critical both to the salvation and maturation of young people, to provide them with the boundaries and code of ethics they can use to navigate their lives. Now, that doesn’t mean parents force their children into their particular theology. There comes a time in every person’s life when they have to do what I call, buying in. When a young person becomes a teenager, around the time of the Sacrament of Confirmation in America, the person should be given the space to explore and discover. But as they are learning new ideas, they have a strong biblical and moral foundation.

As I’m sure we can all agree, life is difficult. The evil one throws a lot at us on any given day, and if a child doesn’t know they can lean on the Holy Spirit when they are in need of wisdom and strength, they will falter. And this does have consequences for their souls, because God holds us accountable.


Resources

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Tools

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Last Week

In case you missed the preview I posted last week, you can check it out here. It is a good introduction to the study to help get you started by putting you in the right mindset for the book of Leviticus.

In case you couldn’t tell, I’m enthusiastic about this study and I’m pleased to be doing it on the blog with this community. I am here for you if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. I pray your first week goes well, and I to see you in the private group on Saturday!

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Introducing the Book of Leviticus

Now that we have completed the book of Exodus, it’s time to jump into Leviticus. If you are going through this with me, here, on the blog, that’s great! If you are coming later, I would recommend you do one of the other studies first. Leviticus is not for the faint of heart.  We will begin on June 3!

TheGenFem community is available for those who wish to participate in a private online community. You are welcome to go through the study with the blog, but if you are wanting to participate in fellowship, join us in the private group. There, I will do daily check ins you all are welcome to participate in and weekly fellowship sessions with live videos. I would recommend this because community is one of the most important parts of our journey.

Access to the site is FREE to those who purchase the workbook. You only need to complete the registration form.

I have always loved spending time in the Scriptures. I think it is the privilege and duty of the faithful to read God’s word regularly. While on earth we are called to unite ourselves to our Lord and live as closely as possible to the love of the Holy Trinity. We do this through Scripture reading, daily prayer, and connecting with our brothers and sisters in faith.

“Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ,” St. Jerome.

Because of my passion for scripture and brining it to others, I have written this Bible-A-Day series. On June 3, we will begin the book of Leviticus. It’s a tough book, but it is very important that we read it. We will see the Israelites in the wilderness, and Moses on Mount Sinai conversing with God. God is giving him instructions on all aspects of life for the Israelites. There will be a lot for us to learn. You can purchase the workbook here.


Workbook

Download the study. Read through the beginning of the ebook and check out the preview videos.

You’ll find at the beginning of the ebook:
– Introduction to the book of Leviticus
– Explanation of the bible study method we will use, called P.R.A.Y.
– A coloring chart for bible marking
– A page for each chapter of scripture for journaling
– A preview for each week with a memory verse and challenge


Community

As I said earlier, one of the most important ways to grow in your faith is to spend time with others in the faith community. Thankfully, the internet is a great place to connect with people from around the world and celebrate all the blessings God has placed upon us. For that reason, you can join our private group. There, we will share our thoughts as we read, verses that stood out to us, and answer any questions we may have. Access to the group is FREE to those who purchase the workbook and register.

On Sunday, June 3 at 8:00pm CST, I will go live in our private website answer any preliminary questions you may have and chat about what we will be doing throughout the 5.5 weeks of this study.

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Follow me on social media so we can connect and encourage one another on this journey. I am on all social media @TheGenFem. Use #BADLeviticus for Bible-A-Day and #TheGenFem so we can keep up with all the fun being done!

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Share this study with your friends at Church or on your social media so we can all come together and share our faith and encourage one another. Uplifting one others is one of the most important things we can do in our faith.

Tools

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Crayola Twistables
NABRE Answers Bible

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Exodus Resources {Week 8}

Welcome

Welcome to our final week in the book of Exodus. Remember when we started, Moses killed that Egyptian? We have seen so much over these last 8 weeks. The Israelites have been through a lot and the Lord has been steadfast through it all. In our final week, the Israelites are finally following God’s instructions and are completing a holy space for him to dwell in their midst along their journey. Before I move on with this preview, I want to let you know that the book of Leviticus is coming up next. Subscribe, if you haven’t already, so you are up to date on the latest studies. My APPLY for this week is going to be about doing the work God has asked you do.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the workbook yet, purchase here. You can check out YouTube to see what is included in the workbook and what to expect from the study.

8 plan

Monday, May 21 Chapter 36
Tuesday, May 22 Chapter 37
Wednesday, May 23 Chapter 38
Thursday, May 24 Chapter 39
Friday, May 25 Chapter 40

As I said in one of the preview videos, I like to have posters of the memory verse as well as note cards around my house and my car to help me with the memory work. You can download a FREE 8.5″ x 11″ poster and a 3″ x 5″ card by clicking the image below.

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This Week

Social Media

On Saturday, April 27 I will be going live in our private website to discuss our first week. During this time I will answer any questions you may have and discuss our readings. Join us at 8:30am CST.

Follow me on social media so we can connect and encourage one another on this journey. I am on all social media @TheGenFem. Use #TheGenFem or #BADExodus for Bible-A-Day so we can keep up with all the fun being done!

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Share this study with your friends at Church or on your social media so we can all come together and share our faith and encourage one another. Uplifting one another is one ofthe most important things we can do in our faith.

Application

Pretty much no one in my life understands this whole online bible study thing. There are some people that nod in confused acceptance of the whole thing, but no one quite gets it. I honestly feel this is the direction God has asked me to go in. I truly believe this is the place he has brought me and the mission he has asked me to fulfill. Lord knows he’s given me a lot of words, but also a little social anxiety, so internet community is brilliant!

Anyway, this week we see the Israelites step up their game. They donate a ton of resources to the building of the tabernacle and they all get to work on it together as a community. It’s amazing the work that can be accomplished with cooperation. Not just building a beautiful tabernacle, massive temple, or amazing church, but also putting a man on the moon.

One of the great beauties of our faith is the encouragement of community participation. There is a temptation for all of us, especially my generation, to be a little disconnected from our brothers and sisters. I’m pretty sure they have done studies about the social ineptitude of millennials. But it is in striving toward communal goals that we are able to do amazing things.

We see this week the Israelites are called to build a holy place to honor God. I believe I am called to write online bible studies to honor God. That’s why I’d like to share the opportunity for others to lead online small groups of our next study if they feel called. If this is something you would like to prayerfully consider, let me know. I’d be happy to share some information on this free opportunity.


Resources

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Tools

Proclick P50 Binding System
Crayola Twistables
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Last Week

In case you missed last week, you can check it here.

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Exodus Resources {Week 7}

Welcome

Welcome to week 7 in the book of Exodus. Can you believe we’ve made it this far? I hope you are able to continue to persevere in these last two weeks. There is still so much for us to learn from Moses and Aaron. In my APPLY for this week, we’re going to be discussing Aaron and the choice he made. He is a leader of the people, set apart by God to lead the people on the right path. Unfortunately, he doesn’t do what he’s supposed to do and it causes some problems. Find out more below.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the workbook yet, purchase here. You can check out YouTube to see what is included in the workbook and what to expect from the study.

7 plan

Monday, May 14 Chapter 31
Tuesday, May 15 Chapter 32
Wednesday, May 16 Chapter 33
Thursday, May 17 Chapter 34
Friday, May 18 Chapter 35

As I said in one of the preview videos, I like to have posters of the memory verse as well as note cards around my house and my car to help me with the memory work. You can download a FREE 8.5″ x 11″ poster and a 3″ x 5″ card by clicking the image below.

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This Week

Social Media

On Saturday, April 20 I will be going live in our private website to discuss our first week. During this time I will answer any questions you may have and discuss our readings. Join us at 8:30am CST.

Follow me on social media so we can connect and encourage one another on this journey. I am on all social media @TheGenFem. Use #TheGenFem or #BADExodus for Bible-A-Day so we can keep up with all the fun being done!

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Share this study with your friends at Church or on your social media so we can all come together and share our faith and encourage one another. Uplifting one another is one ofthe most important things we can do in our faith.

Application

A couple weeks ago I shared some thoughts on the Protestant Reformation. A quick history lesson: members and clergy of the Church was not making the best choices. That’s an understatement. One of the biggest things they were doing was selling indulgences. An indulgence is a special blessing that can cut your purgatory time or that of a loved one. They aren’t for sale, they are prayers and penances you do for the redemption of others, not commodities. Members of the clergy were doing this and the Pope at the time turned a blind eye. This, along with several other things caused Martin Luther to get fed up and nail his 95 theses to the front gate of his monastery.

In our lifetime, priests have sexually violated the rights of children under their care. They abused their power and influence to bring harm to the most vulnerable and most precious members of our community. Sometimes, those in authority knew these atrocities were taking place, yet did not report these pedophiles to legal authorities, instead moving them from parish to parish, allowing them to abuse even more children.

The consequence of both these instances is a disillusionment with the Church and her teachings. Because of voluntary ignorance, spiritual and sexual abuse, members of the Body of Christ have left the fold permanently. Souls have been lost because people do not rejected the practices of church leadership, while not actually rejecting Church teaching.

I’ve heard it said that if one leaves the Church because the people in the Church are sinners, then their faith isn’t in God, but in people. And people will always be a massive disappointment as we will see in our readings this week. It is vital to our spiritual salvation to never put our faith in priests, nuns, or bishops. They’re people too, and sometimes they make horrifying mistakes. But we do have to stand up and speak truth to power when power is abused and misguided.

The final point I want to make is this. I’m a convert, I came to the Church from a family that was pretty firmly apposed to Catholicism and after the public news of priestly sexual abuse of children. I choose to be part of the Catholic church because her doctrine is sound. No where in any official Vatican document have I found it written that sexually abusing children or the selling of indulgences are morally or spiritually acceptable practices. I have never seen anything doctrinally wrong in the teachings of the Catholic Church. I am Catholic because Christ started the Catholic Church, not the Lutheran Church. I love all of the priest I have ever known, but my faith isn’t in them, it’s in Christ.


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Tools

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Last Week

In case you missed last week, you can check it here.

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Exodus Resources {Week 6}

Welcome

Welcome to the sixth week in the book of Exodus! I hope this week finds you well and sparkly. Our theme this week is that God designs worship. I mentioned it last week, but we are going to see plenty more this week. I think this is really important to understand, worship isn’t about us, our enjoyment, our pleasure, or anything. Worship is about giving to God what belongs to him. That’s what my APPLY is about this week, God designing worship and how it isn’t our responsibility to reinvent the wheel.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the workbook yet, purchase here. You can check out YouTube to see what is included in the workbook and what to expect from the study.

6 plan

Monday, May 7 Chapter 26
Tuesday, May 8 Chapter 27
Wednesday, May 9 Chapter 28
Thursday, May 10 Chapter 29
Friday, May 11 Chapter 30

As I said in one of the preview videos, I like to have posters of the memory verse as well as note cards around my house and my car to help me with the memory work. You can download a FREE 8.5″ x 11″ poster and a 3″ x 5″ card by clicking the image below.

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This Week

Social Media

On Saturday, May 12 I will be going live in our private website to discuss our first week. During this time I will answer any questions you may have and discuss our readings. Join us at 8:30am CST.

Follow me on social media so we can connect and encourage one another on this journey. I am on all social media @TheGenFem. Use #TheGenFem or #BADExodus for Bible-A-Day so we can keep up with all the fun being done!

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Share this study with your friends at Church or on your social media so we can all come together and share our faith and encourage one another. Uplifting one another is one ofthe most important things we can do in our faith.

Application

I feel a little passionate about this week’s theme because of an interaction I had with a friend a couple years ago. I’m Catholic, they’re Protestant. He’s a strong, bible believing Protestant, which means we had a fantastic well thought dialogue. I don’t remember exactly how this particular interaction started but he gave me a litany that has stuck with me. He said, “My relationship with God is mine. I decide when to read scripture, I decide how I pray, and I decide how to worship.” My reaction was, “God decides worship.” I said it a little nonchalant, and it stopped him in his tracks. I don’t think that was the end of his list, but that was something we needed to discuss.

Yes, each of us is in our own unique relationship with God. That doesn’t diminish the significance of our communal relationship with God, but we are individuals and make the individual decision to devote our lives to Christ. Yes, each of us decides when they want to spend time in the Word. For me, I like to read in the mornings because it sets a tone and grounds me for the rest of my day. Yes, you can decide how to pray. I like contemplative prayer. But meditative prayer is great, the Rosary, the Our Father, anything really. Prayer is just a conversation with God, so however you communicate with him is great. But no, you don’t get to decide worship. I don’t get to decide worship, my friend doesn’t get to decide worship. Why is that?

Because worship has bupkis to do with us and everything to do with God. Our fallen human nature gives us the instinct to say “me, me, me,” but the reality is that worship is all “God, God, God,” in an even more acute way than in other aspects of our lives. God tells us what to do, how he wants to be worshipped and honored, it is our responsibility to obey those instructions. When I was going through RCIA, this is how it was explained to us:

You know how when your dad’s birthday comes along and he tells you he wants a clean house, quiet children, and a home cooked meal as a gift; but you show up with a new belt and some paper mache. He’s thankful, but the house is still a mess, the kids are still screaming, and your still ordering pizza for dinner. That’s what it’s like when we try to decide how we want to worship God, rather than allowing him to instruct us on how he wants to be worshipped.

One of the things you’ll see in this week’s readings is a lot of animal sacrifices, A LOT. That is something we will continue to see throughout the Old Testament. Christ came to be the final sacrifice. Because of Jesus on the cross, we no longer need to slaughter a yearling lamb morning and night. However, we are called to celebrate that sacrifice of Jesus when we are in the tent of meeting our the church. That’s why, at every Mass we celebrate the Eucharist. The Mass is all about the Eucharist which makes present the sacrifice of our Lord. You will see in the book of Acts, the disciples would get together and break bread on every Sunday, the way we come together every Sunday to break the bread of the everlasting covenant.

God designed worship to be the Mass.


Resources

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Tools

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Last Week

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This blog is my way of sharing my faith with the world. I want to show young people, being Catholic is amazing and that God loves them. To help me in my mission to share the gospel with teens and young adults, please prayerfully consider becoming a contributor. You can find out how here.

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Do you Believe God wants to Make you Happy?

I truly believe this blog is God’s will for my life. I believe he wants me to focus all of my attention and energy to building the blog, creating e-courses, and doing other things surrounding this blog. Awhile back I heard the voice of the Lord on my heart ask me to leave my job and focus on this full time. I was apprehensive, but eventually did what the Lord was asking me to do. But it took me a long time to tell my parents what I’d done.

I knew and still know that they wouldn’t understand. It is highly illogical to quit one’s job and start blogging without not already making an income from it. I know that! And I said that to the Lord. In prayer, I had been asking that he monetize the blog because I wanted to focus on it but I knew I couldn’t leave until I was making money from it, that’s what rational people do. Well, that’s not what God was asking me to do. He wanted me to quit first, then tell my parents. As expected, they didn’t take the news well.

Here’s the thing…I’m pretty immature. I may be 25 years old, but if I’m honest, I have the behavior of a 16 year old. I’m sure there are plenty of reasons for why. I’m a millennial and statistically we have had a hard time growing up and flying away from the nest. I have helicopter parents who thought it was perfectly logical to keep us under their noses our entire lives until the age of 17 when they expected us to suddenly start acting like the other kids. It could also just be that I’m lazy, unfocused, and irresponsible.

That is my background, but if I’m being honest with you, I truly in my heart believe this is what God wants me to be doing. I’m not making any money from it, and I don’t really see where he is going to bring me financial security from it. I hate ads and have no intention on running ads on my blog or YouTube channel. I also don’t have a ton of followers of this blog, YouTube channel, or any other social media outlets. I don’t know what he is going to do. But I do know two other things.

I know that the Lord loves me abundantly. He loves me so much he would go to the cross for me. And I know he seeks to bless me. That is out theme this week, God seeks to bless us through all of life’s complicated circumstances. I had to find courage to tell my parents I quit my job today. I’m probably going to have to find humility to find a new place to live because my mom is ready to kick me out of the house. No matter what happens, no matter where I go, I must take to heart the words I have on my purity ring from Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you, and not for woe.

Each of us is made to live a life of abidance and beauty. One of the things Father Sports asked me in our first meeting was, “Do you believe God wants to make you happy?” If I’m honest, the answer is no, I don’t believe that. I didn’t believe it then and I struggle to believe it now. But my faith is bigger than my doubt; God is bigger than my fears. No matter what happens, I will lean on him, his will, his wisdom, and always do my best to walk where he asks me to walk. That is my goal and purpose and it is what I will do.

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Exodus Resources {Week 5}

Welcome

Welcome back to Exodus! This week starts a lot of instructions for the Israelites. We’ll talk more next week about how God really is the designer of worship. It isn’t about us, it’s about giving glory to him in the way he instructs. This week we will start to see that. Below you will see my APPLY for the week. I was really inspired by the instructions on how to build the tabernacle found toward the end of the week.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the workbook yet, purchase here. You can check out YouTube to see what is included in the workbook and what to expect from the study.

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Monday, April 30 Chapter 21
Tuesday, May 1 Chapter 22
Wednesday, May 2 Chapter 23
Thursday, May 3 Chapter 24
Friday, May 4 Chapter 25

As I said in one of the preview videos, I like to have posters of the memory verse as well as note cards around my house and my car to help me with the memory work. You can download a FREE 8.5″ x 11″ poster and a 3″ x 5″ card by clicking the image below.

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This Week

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On Saturday, May 5 I will be going live in our private website to discuss our first week. During this time I will answer any questions you may have and discuss our readings. Join us at 8:30am CST.

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Application

Last year we recognized 500 years since the Protestant Reformation. It’s a truly fascinating time period in history, objectively speaking. I love reading about medieval times, mostly the madness of Henry VIII. Right now I’m binge watching The Tudors on Netflix. It is a historical drama, so they take real themes and put them into a cinematic framework. One of the fantastic things they have done a brilliant job of bringing to the screen are the events surrounding the Protestant Reformation in England and the establishment of the Church of England. One of the common objections of the time, that is still present today, is the opulence of the Church.

Yes, we like nice things. So many churches, especially those built before the Second Vatican Council, are filled with elaborate art, ornate stained glass, marble altars, and golden tabernacles. To some, this is really off-putting. It may make us seem shallow, selfish, and disengaged from the needs of others as Jesus wants. There are three things I’d like to say to those who see it that way.

  1. The Catholic Church’s greatest wealth is our poor, sick, hungry, and needy. Tradition holds that when St. Lawrence was commanded by the emperor to bring him the wealth of the Church, St. Lawrence brought to him the poor, sick, hungry, and needy. He proclaimed that the wealth of the Church is in her people and the people she ministers to. There is no group of people in the history of the planet earth that have fed, clothed, housed, and educated more people than the Catholic Church.
  2. We give of our time, talent, AND treasure for the glory of God. It’s not like all of the opulence was commandeered by force or coercion. It is the privilege of the faithful to give according to their hearts (25:1) for the glory of God and beautification of his house. And this beauty isn’t just for us. Anyone can go see the Sistine Chapel, not just Catholics. The Church doesn’t hoard the great history, art, and music that she has contributed to culture throughout the past 2,000 years.
  3. The final thing I want to say goes to what we will begin to see this week. God instructs Moses and the Israelites to have all that gold, fine linen, and purple to be in his holy place. If God has instructed the Israelites to make the place he comes down from heaven to reside with his people, then why should we do anything different? It’s not like God said stay far away from all things gold, it’s too ornate for people to see when they are worshipping.

When we enter into a church, we should feel like we are entering heaven. Heaven is beautiful, ornate, grand, opulent, and full of sunshine and sparkle. Our churches should be too. It is in our churches, like in the tabernacle, that our Lord comes to encounter us. The riches of the Church are in her people and the people she serves, but we can glorify God by honoring his instruction and building our churches to reflect his heavenly abode.


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Tools

Proclick P50 Binding System
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NABRE Answers Bible


Last Week

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Ask and You Shall Receive

So, patience isn’t really my virtue. I mean, I can be patient around children, old people, and four legged furry friends, but I’m not always patient with God. I don’t know about you but I’m one of those people that hears, “Ask and you shall receive” as “I’ll drop it from the sky right now.” Unfortunately, that’s not how this whole faith thing works. Apparently you have to ask with a sincere heart, pure intentions, and there’s a caveat, it has to be the will of God. Which is a bit of a bummer because I can’t leave my work right now and I would love a donut.

In prayer, our Lord has never promised me donuts, though I have also never asked. What has he promised? He has promised me that I will never go hungry. He has been faithful to that promise. Awhile back I quit my job and focus on blogging full time. Well, this whole blogging thing hasn’t taken off yet and it has me very concerned. I’ve had to make some adjustments to my lifestyle, but I haven’t gone hungry. I truly believe this is what God wants me to be working on, but I haven’t seen the success I thought I would have. Which is probably the point.

Jacob had no idea he was going to have 12 sons, two wives, and two baby mamas when he left his father’s house. But Jacob was faithful to God and consistent in his work. That is how we can make space for God’s blessings. Jacob remembered the promises of God and when he reached the opportunity to go home, he had to take a moment and reflect on our Lord’s tremendous faithfulness to his promises.

I’m working to be like Jacob. I want to remain faithful to God, remember his promises, and to be consistent in the mission our Lord has assigned to me. I want to leave you with one of my favorite quotes right now, it’s from St. Augustine. “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.” So here I am, praying and working.

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