The Lord Will Fight for You

Five years ago, the words of encouragement that Moses spoke by the Red Sea took on a very special meaning for me. The Lord touched my heart with the certainty that I did not have to worry, that He would fight for me. It was then that I launched my ministry in English.

You might have wondered at the name of my blog: MX1414. It’s from Exodus 14:14.

  • M stands for Miracles—it’s all a miracle!
  • X stands for Exodus.
  • 1414 stands for 14:14, the verse that reminds me that the Lord is on my side, fighting my battles, providing day by day for my needs.

I’m still taking the first steps, but I hope that one day my stories will reach children from many countries where they speak English, and that they will be translated into other languages. That’s my vision. I’m crossing the sea!

What is your “sea”? What “impossibility” is there in your life? The Lord will fight for you!

Moses answered the people: “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today, you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:13,14 NIV

On the mirror in my bathroom I have a plaque in Spanish that reminds me of the powerful God I serve. Every time I look in the mirror I see it: “Is anything impossible for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14) No, there is nothing impossible for our God!

I imagine that arriving at the Red Sea was a terrifying situation for the Israelites. In front of them was the sea and behind came Pharaoh’s army. They were trapped! Then the angel of the Lord who had been traveling with them in the pillar of cloud moved and went behind, separation the Israelites from Pharaoh’s army. Moses received orders to raise his hand and stretch out his staff over the sea. Immediately the wind began to blow. The more it blew, the more miraculous it was. The waters separated! God opened the way through the sea!

The people had to exercise their faith. The Israelites must trust that the waters would not return to their place when they were in the middle of the sea. In today’s story we see Eleazar and his family ready to march through the sea. Read Exodus 14:1-22.

What path is open for you? Trust that God will guide you step by step. Even if there are enemies, God is there between you and any obstacle in your way. The Lord will fight for you!

As I sit working at my computer, every time I look up I see another plaque, and I’m reminded to be still and just trust God.

I wish you the same assurance!

Welcome to read today’s story The Great Escape # 4: A Path through the Sea

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Hunger for the Presence of God

There is nothing more important than the presence and power of God in our lives. God’s servant Moses recognized this. Without God’s presence he did not want to move on.

“If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.” Exodus 33:15

Without God’s presence we are lost. God showed his presence in a glorious and visible way to the people of Israel, in pillars of cloud and fire. That’s what today’s story is about.

Read about the “pillars” in Exodus 13:17-22.

From the beginning of the journey to the Promised Land God guided his people with the pillars of cloud and fire. When the Egyptian army followed them, God made the pillar double-sided. In the story, Eleazar admires the cloud. He is amazed by what happens when the cloud separates Israel and Egypt. For Israel there was light, but for the Egyptians there was darkness (Exodus 14:19,20).

Israel had the presence of God visible in the cloud and the fire. Without the presence of God Moses did not want to move forward. “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here,” was his prayer.

The boys and girls that left Egypt with Moses saw the wonder of the pillars of cloud and of fire. How I wish that the boys and girls who are following The Great Escape story will desire to have God’s presence and power in their lives! I wish for us all to have hunger for God and his presence.

I have a burning desire in my heart to live continually in the presence of God, to the point that it shows. When Moses spent time with God on the mountain his face was shining, so much that he had to put a veil on (Exodus 34:29-35). Oh, that we may shine for Jesus!

In the New Testament, after the lame beggar had been healed and Peter and John were being examined by the Council, those authority people were astonished at their boldness, but then they recognized that Peter and John had been with Jesus (see Acts 4:1-22).

Oh, the presence of God! Oh, that people would see in us that we have been with Jesus! The pillars of cloud and fire was an unmistakable presence of God with the people of Israel. Today we have the continual presence of God through his Holy Spirit. May the Holy Spirit and fire ignite us to win the world for Jesus. Let’s be on fire for Jesus! Let’s hunger for the presence of God!

This month is the celebration of 70 years since Israel was declared a nation. The caravan of millions, guided by Moses and Aaron, were on their way to the country that now is Israel. I will be writing something about this on my personal blog: kelund.wordpress.com.

For today’s story there is an activity to do the pillars. There are pillars with the Bible verse and also blank, so the children can write the verse themselves.

Enjoy it!

The Cloud 1

Welcome to read the story. The Great Escape #3: The Double-Sided Cloud.

The Passover Lamb

Have you ever imagined yourself as being a slave like the Israelites in Egypt? The people cried out in anguish to God! When the Lord called Moses and commissioned him to go to Pharaoh, instead of getting better, things got worse.

And the plagues started. First the water was turned to blood; then there were frogs everywhere; later the gnats arrived. People must have felt more desperate each time.

After those initial plagues God made a distinction. When Egypt was filled with flies, in the land of Goshen, where the people of God lived, there were no flies. When a plague afflicted the cattle, nothing happened to the livestock of the Israelites. When hail fell, it did not hail in Goshen. When there was intense darkness for three days, so that no one in Egypt could move or see his neighbor, the Israelites had light in their rooms.

Then came the last plague, in which all first-born would die. That is where God instituted the Passover. His people were to kill a lamb without blemish and paint their door posts with the blood.

In preparation for the departure, Moses told the people to ask the Egyptians for gold and silver, jewelry and clothing. God gave them favor before the Egyptians and they gave them what they asked for. “So they plundered the Egyptians” (Exodus 12:36).

Find all the details in Exodus 11 and 12.

Those who obeyed, and painted their door posts with blood, saved the first-born. It was a night of agony like no other. The angel of death visited every home, from the palace to the humblest abode. From people and animals all first-born died.

Imagine being one of the Egyptians. After the plague of death of the first-born, they hurried to drive the Israelites out of the land of Egypt.

In our imaginary story, the boy Eleazar thinks about what happened, and how his father had painted the door posts of his house, and how that saved his life.

One day, many centuries later, Jesus the Lamb of God would die on the cross to save everyone who believes in Him. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7).

Memory Cards

For several months I have been putting the verse we use in the Bible story as little cards to cut out. I call them Memory Cards. I hope you take advantage of this resource. There is nothing more important than keeping the Word in the heart.

“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).

Print the sheet each week and cut out a small card for each student. Encourage them to take it with them during the week to review the verse. The ideal would be to collect them. Maybe you can do a contest to see who collects the most cards and learn the verses.

See what a teacher in Mexico did. She made little treasure boxes with craft sticks. All the parents were encouraged to do these boxes for their kids. One of the mothers helped her 4-year-old girl learn all the verses! This was when they studied about Elijah and Elisha (see Salt and Pepper stories).

Binders for the story

How about having a binder to collect the stories? That’s what this teacher has done and also encouraged the parents to provide binders for their kids. (The story-papers in Spanish are called La Perlita.)

PowerPoint and Flash-cards

My assistant Cristina, working in Lima, Peru, prepares a PowerPoint to go with each story. If you use the stories in a classroom setting it will be very useful. You can also use the PowerPoint’s at home with your children.

We also prepare flash-cards. The pictures illustrate the story. Maybe you can decorate the room with them. The artist for these pictures is Absalóm-León Sixco from Costa Rica. I’m very grateful for him and Cristina. We do this work as a labor of love for Jesus.

The flash-cards come in color (CO), gray-scale (GR), and pictures to color (BW). Have the children color the pictures and do exhibits.

The reason we provide the pictures in gray-scale is if you don’t have the possibility to print them in color. They will not turn out as dark as if you use the color pictures and print them with black ink.

Welcome to read today’s Great Escape story:

#2 Saved by a Lamb

 

Exciting Exodus Story

I’m happy to announce a series of stories based on the victorious and exciting exodus from Egypt. There will be flash-cards and a PowerPoint for each story.

Meet Eleazar, and later… Rachel. Both children have their own adventures at the crossing of the Sea. Share the stories with your children and grandchildren. Use them in the classroom. ¡Enjoy!

Welcome to read the first chapter:

Find the stories by going to the new page: THE GREAT ESCAPE.

May you be abundantly blessed!

Have a Blessed Easter

Dear Friends,

Welcome to all who in the past weeks have subscribed to this page. I hope you will enjoy it!

I’m sorry there has been no story this past week. We were going to start The Great Escape. Considering it’s Easter I decided to wait and concentrate on celebrating Jesus. I’ve been very busy working on the three languages I work with.

I invite you to read about my special Passion Week celebration on my English blog:

Let’s Celebrate Jesus

Three words have been on my heart for weeks now, word to think about out precious Savior:

REMEMBER: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
REFLECT: Psalm 103:1-5
REJOICE: Philippians 4:4

REMEMBER where you came from, what God brought you from (Psalm 40:1-3).
REMEMBER what Jesus has done for you (Isaiah 53:3-9).

REFLECT on the great goodness of God (Psalm 34:8; 86:5).
REFLECT on all of God’s blessings (Psalm 103: 1-5).

REJOICE for salvation and everything God has in store for you (1 Corinthians 2:9).
REJOICE because your name is written in heaven (Luke 10:20).

Thank be to God for his inexpressible gift!
2 Corinthians 9:15

During this Holy Week, as never before, remember all the wonders Jesus has done for you. Reflect on God’s goodness and all the blessings that God pours out daily in your life. Rejoice!

Make a Remembrance Circle to use as a centerpiece or a wall decoration. Print the three sheets with the words and the cross. Cut them out and glue them on a poster board. You might want to have it plasticized or cover it with transparent contact paper. (Don’t mind the Spanish in the picture.) Here is the file for what you need:

File for print:  Remembrance Circle

We have made bookmark with the tree words. Print a bunch and distribute. Having this in your Bible will remind you to:

REMEMBER JESUS
REFLECT ON JESUS’ LOVE
REJOICE FOR JESUS IS COMING

Bookmark:  Honor Jesus Bookmark

The first weekend in April we will start the story THE GREAT ESCAPE. Don’t miss it!

I’ll be back with a John 3:16 cross in a couple of days.

 

The Beauty of Friendship

I think we all acknowledge the beauty of friendship and the need of friends. Today’s story is about Albert, the boy called Salt, being friendly. I’m also introducing a little orphan boy, someone who just lost his parents. We will be teaching about kindness to orphans, but first we will make a break with stories about The Great Escape. We will follow a boy and a girl as they cross the Red Sea and start the Wilderness Journey with Moses as their leader.

Eleazar at the start of the journey

Eleazar and his friend Rachel play at the bottom of the sea

Welcome to follow the story of The Great Escape. But today we concentrate on Sammy, the orphan boy who found a friend in Salt.

Salt lets Sammy keep his soccer ball over the weekend.

Welcome to read the Salt and Pepper Story #29: Sammy Finds a True Friend

 

The Blessing of Generosity

Today the subject is generosity. What is generosity?

Liberality in giving, amplitude, magnanimity, nobleness, greatness, largeness… To be generous is to have a big heart, open and eager to do good. Yes, generosity is to do it good, and to do it with pleasure!

Read the Bible Story here: Genesis 13.

When God called Abram to go to the land He would give him, Abram had to trust and obey. He had no Bible, as we have, nor did he have the testimony of previous generations who had seen God’s hand in their lives. But this man trusted, and he was called a friend of God. Wonderful!

When he left his homeland, his nephew Lot went with him. Abram shared with him the blessings, and surely Lot owed his prosperity largely to his uncle.

The riches of both these men were the reason they had to go separate ways. Abram was generous and let his nephew choose where he wanted to live. Lot chose the best part of the land for himself. The generous Abram did not object; something I would like to emphasize. It is said that “to be generous is to be in partnership with God.”

Because of his experience of living close to God, Abram knew that it was better to give than to receive. He knew the law of sowing and reaping (see Galatians 6:6-10).

If we sow goodness, we will reap goodness.
If we sow love, we will reap love.
If we sow generously, we will reap abundantly.
If we sow selfishness, there will be no good harvest.

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully… for God loves
a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:6,7

To teach about generosity we have the example of three kinds of givers. We have flash-cards and a PowerPoint to illustrate it. May God help us to be givers like honeycomb, which overflows with its own sweetness.

Welcome to read the story #28: Abram’s Generosity

Next week we will have a story to promote friendship. Then we will make a break with the Salt and Pepper story and have a story of some imaginary children that cross the Red Sea and follow Moses on the wilderness journey.

May God bless you abundantly!