7But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
– 2 Corinthians 4:7

Who doesn’t love the idea of a treasure hunt? I can remember plotting my own treasure map as child. The map, of course, did not lead to a great pile of golden loot; but the adventure and fun it brought to my friends and I was worth the neighborhood journey. It’s a good thing we had fun because, if my memory serves me correctly, the treasure was nothing more than some candy and a He-Man action figure buried in a cardboard box. But to a few boys who hadn’t yet matured past single digits, it was treasure nevertheless.

If we were to apply this adolescent tale to the verse above, we might be surprised about what it says about us. You see, in 2 Corinthians 4:7, we are not the treasure and we are also not the treasure seeker; rather we are simply the cardboard box. We are the box in the story. We are jars of clay. We are brittle, cracked pots that contain a treasure greater than any boy could bury. You see, the text says that we are treasure chests that contain the glory of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

This week, as we continue in our study of the life of Moses, we will find Moses facing the reality of his limitations and frailness. Moses, a man called and empowered by God, wrestled with his adequacy and ability to serve God. Can you relate? I certainly can. I am excited for Sunday and would love it if you’d take some time to look over Exodus 3-4:17. As you read, consider the miraculous call of God and then how God graciously addressed each of Moses’ insecurities and doubts. Our God who calls us is also the God who gives us the courage to respond. Aren’t you grateful that we can find our strength in His purpose?

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Please pray for the following people and situations:

  1. Ron Nolt’s mother, Millie, passed away this week. Please pray for Ron and Marcia, and Tammi and Natalie as they remember and celebrate her life.
  2. Charlene Washington has shoulder surgery today (Friday).
  3. Jerry Hasselbach is recovering from back surgery, and we are thankful it is going well.
  4. Our mission teams from Mexico and Romania safely returned from successful times of ministry this week.
  5. This Sunday, Darren and Adina Greenfield are launching Christ Centered Church in Philadelphia, PA. In addition, Marvin and Kimberly McCooty are launching Hope Church in Toronto, Canada and Adi and Alexandra Balta are launching Radiant Church in Timisoara, Romania.


Loved & sent with you,

Pastor Jerry