The Study of Exodus with Tina Rains - Chapters 13 & 14

 

Wow, the plagues are over, and the Israelites are headed out of Egypt. They are headed out of captivity. In Chapter 13 verse 2 God tells Moses to “Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether human or animal.” Moses announced to them that from here forward they would celebrate their freedom each year by observing a ceremony in this month. For seven days they were to omit any yeast and on the 7th day, they were to hold a celebration. This would remind them and their ancestors of how God brought them out of Egypt and captivity.

I love how God knew them so well he lead them around the desert road in lieu of through the Philistines. He knew the people would encounter war if He took them through there. He knew the people might turn back. Their faith wasn’t as strong as Moses’ faith. The Lord also provided a cloud to guide them by day and a fire by night. It never left them. Isn’t that...

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From Dream to Calling

 

Masterpiece Women welcomes Dr. Juli Slattery!

Dr. Juli Slattery is a clinical psychologist, author, speaker, and the president/co-founder of Authentic Intimacy. In this blog, she shares the difference between a dream and a calling. There is a distinct difference between the two but our mind often gets blurry. The purpose of life is sometimes different from our dreams and when Juli pushed towards her calling, she was living her dream job. She had to give it up because oftentimes we have to let go of our dreams to pursue God's calling, to pursue God's purpose in our lives.

(From 2008-2012, Dr. Slattery served at Focus on the Family writing, teaching, and co-hosting the Focus on the Family Broadcast. In 2012, she left Focus on the Family to start Authentic Intimacy, a ministry devoted to reclaiming God’s design for sexuality. In 2020, Juli launched SexualDiscipleship.com, a platform designed to help Christian leaders navigate sexual issues and questions with...

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The Study of Exodus with Tina Rains - Chapters 11 & 12

 

 What did God show you in Exodus 9 & 10?  In 10, we saw the plague of the darkness and we saw the pharaoh continue to harden his heart. His sin grew worse and worse. Moses left angry. In chapter 11, we see that Moses is highly regarded by the Egyptians and the Israelites alike.   We see him tell the pharaoh that at midnight the Lord will pass through the land and kill every firstborn son. This was significant in many ways.

  1. The Egyptians worshipped life. They gave great attention to the preparations of births and deaths.
  2. In the Egyptian culture, the firstborn sons were considered sacred.
  3. God calls Israel His firstborn. (Ex 4:22; Jer. 31;9; Hosea 11:1)
  4. At the beginning of the conflict, Moses had warned Pharaoh that the way he treated God’s firstborn would determine how God treated Egypt’s firstborn. (Ex. 4:22-23) Pharaoh had tried to kill the Jewish male babies and his soldiers had brutally mistreated the Jewish people. The Lord was repaying the pharaoh...
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The Study of Exodus with Tina Rains - Chapters 9 & 10

 

Hi ladies, I hope you are enjoying these chapters as much as I am. What is God showing you? I would love to hear from you. The feedback has been wonderful so far. Exodus is such a great book to dig deep into. There are so many great lessons. Do you feel like chapters 6-10 repeat themselves? What was God adamant about? Why was He repeating himself? Why did God choose the plagues He chose? 

In chapter 9, God chose the plague of the livestock and the plague of the boils. He could have chosen anything. However, He knew what would be the most impactful to the people. What would show HIS power to Egyptians and the Israelites? He chose very specific plagues for specific purposes and because He knew the outcomes He would achieve. Personally, there is something very freeing to know my Yahweh knows exactly what, when, how, why, and where He is doing things on my behalf. In Exodus, he is doing it on behalf of his beloved Israelites even though they were rebellious themselves....

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The Study of Exodus with Tina Rains - Chapters 7 & 8

 

Today we will be talking about chapters 7 & 8. As we have seen until now, Pharaoh has belittled God’s miracles. He has mimicked them with his sorcerers. Does this remind you of the world? Often times the enemy mimics God just enough so that it is believable to the world and you see people follow the lies… We see it in false religions, trends related to sexuality and so much more. Why do you think God took the approach he did with the Egyptians? I believe He wanted the Egyptians to bow down to Him and let the Israelites go worship Him. It also reminds me today how the Lord loves our worship. So often we get busy doing the work, the calling, the ministry, the business, the soccer games, gymnastics, etc etc. We do our quiet time as a checklist. Yet, look at the emphasis put on worship to God. It challenges me to spend more time at Jesus’ feel like Mary and less time doing like Martha. I am a doer, so this is often a challenge for me. Sometimes strong, successful,...

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What if it does work?

 

Masterpiece Women welcomes Shala Graham!

If you're afraid of starting your own business, be inspired by the story of our speaker Shalah Graham. In this podcast, she also shares important insights about God's calling and how it can be different for everyone. Tina Rains also shares her insight into taking off in your new venture.  

Shala W. Graham is an uncompromised voice for change, challenging people to live a life that courageously chases their calling. As a serial entrepreneur and speaker, she loves creating a safe space for people to banish faulty thinking to encounter truth and find freedom. As the president and lead minister of Calling Qualified Ministries, she is activating God’s women to answer their calling to Jesus. Shala believes in living your authentic self and infusing the adventure of life with joy and laughter! Based in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area, Shala enjoys spending time with her husband, whom she met while playing ultimate Frisbee on the...

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The Study of Exodus with Tina Rains - Chapters 5 & 6

 

In these chapters, we can read how God allowed the pharaoh's heart to be hardened to show His power and might to the enemies of His people but most importantly to His own as well, the Israelites. How did you experience God's power in your lives, ladies? Write it in your journal and take the time to appreciate God's wondrous work in your life. YOU are His MASTERPIECE!

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The Study of Exodus with Tina Rains - Chapter 4

 

I encourage you to read chapter 4 before you start reading or watching. In chapter 4, God gives Moses signs to share. In verse 1 when Moses asks God “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, “The Lord did not appear to you?” Can you relate? What has God called you to do that you have been scared to do? What have you not felt equipped to do? 

How did God answer Moses’ fears? He gives him 3 miraculous signs he can use to show the people to display God’s miracles.

  1. He gives Moses the shaft that turns to a snake when Moses threw it on the ground.
  2. He tells Moses to put his hand inside his cloak. When he pulls it out, it is leprous. He then tells him to put it back again and miraculously, they are clear.
  3. He tells Moses if they do not believe the first two, he is to draw water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. It will become blood. 

Can you imagine? The people surely wouldn’t doubt him. This should have given Moses...

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Fear is a Bully

 

Masterpiece Women welcomes Cheryl Weber

Fear is normally instilled in our hearts. In this podcast, Cheryl tells us how she overcomes fear. She also shares important aspects of being a true leader and what leadership truly means. Be encouraged today!

 

As a seasoned Television Host, Global Journalist, Producer, and Public Speaker, Cheryl Weber’s passion are to tell great stories – whether through her in-depth one-on-one interviews or through the stories she’s produced from around the world. Her life has been deeply impacted by conversations with everyone from well-known faith leaders and celebrities, to young rescued trafficking survivors and those advocating for the world's most forgotten.

Cheryl's passion for justice and poverty alleviation has taken her from the top of Mount Kilimanjaro to some of the most desperate and remote places on the planet, and she now speaks nationally and internationally on a variety of topics...

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The Study of Exodus with Tina Rains - Chapter 3

 
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