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“STREAMS IN THE DESERT”

For many, the pandemic in 2020 has been a dry and barren spiritual season.

How can God’s people find relief when their lives become barren and dry like a desert?   Throughout Scripture, God uses the picture of streams in the desert to encourage and refresh His people when they find themselves “wandering in the wilderness” like the Israelites after they left their slavery in Egypt.   In Isaiah 43:16-19, God compares Israel’s deliverance from Babylon to their prior exodus from Egypt, promising to “do a new thing” by providing “streams in the desert” as He had done before.   Jesus promises to anyone who is thirsty that “rivers of living water will flow from within them” (Jn 7:37-39).   In this message series we will see how, like the Israelites in the wilderness, God promises to replenish and refresh His people who are weary from a season of wandering in the wilderness.

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The Land Between

by Jeff Manion

Author Jeff Manion uses the biblical story of the Israelite’s journey through the Sinai desert as a metaphor for being in an undesired time of transition. After enduring generations of slavery in Egypt, the descendants of Jacob travel through the desert (the land between) toward their new home in Canaan. They crave the food of their former home in Egypt and despise their present environment. They are unable to go back and incapable of moving forward. Their reactions provide insight and guidance on how to respond to God during our own seasons of difficult transition.

The Land Between provides fresh biblical insight for people traveling through undesired and difficult transitions such as foreclosure, unemployment, uncertainty, and failure. Such times provide our greatest opportunity for spiritual growth. God desires to meet us in our chaos and emotional upheaval, and he intends for us to encounter his goodness and provision, his hope and guidance.


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Exodus: The Warren Wiersbe Bible Study Series

by Warren W. Wiersbe

The book of Exodus chronicles the Israelites’ epic journey from slavery to freedom. Yet it’s also a journey plagued by fear, doubt, and distrust in God. Today the story remains the same, as a loving God continues to deliver broken people. This study takes an in-depth look at the Israelites’ difficult path to the Promised Land, and reveals the freedom found in trusting a faithful God. The Wiersbe Bible Study Series explores timeless wisdom found in God’s word. Based on Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe’s popular “BE” series, each study provides topical, relevant insights from selected books of the Bible. Designed for small groups, this eight-week study features selected commentaries from Be Delivered, engaging questions, and practical applications, all designed to help you connect God’s word with your life.


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Exodus: Life Change Bible Study

Exodus, part two in the story of humanity’s redemption, tells how God brought Israel up out of slavery to men, and allowed them to become His servants. And through miraculous deliverance and covenant law, the Redeemer is revealed. The book of Exodus contains many valuable insights for us today, including God’s methods for dealing with rebellion, His shaping of Moses into a servant leader, governing principles for the just treatment of others, and guidelines for pure and wholehearted worship. A Leader’s Guide is included in the book.


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Knowing the Bible: Exodus – A 12-week Study (workbook version)

by Matthew R. Newkirk

The book of Exodus recounts the single most important event in Israel’s history: their escape from slavery in the land of Egypt. In this easy-to-use guide, readers will follow Israel’s journey through the Red Sea, across the wilderness, and eventually to Mount Sinai – rediscovering the glory of the God who rescues and redeems sinners, even in the midst of their unfaithfulness. Each of the twelve sessions consists of the following sections: The Place of the Passage, The Big Picture, Reflection and Discussion, Gospel Glimpses, Whole-Bible Connections, Theological Soundings, Personal Implications, and As You Finish This Unit.


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Knowing the Bible: Exodus – A 12-week Study (online version)

by Matthew R. Newkirk

This online course is offered free of charge on The Gospel Coalition.


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Exodus video overview

by The Bible Project

Watch the overview videos on Exodus 1-18 (part 1) and Exodus 19- 40 (part 2), which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In Exodus, God rescues the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and confronts the evil and injustice of Pharaoh.

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Study Guide for Exodus

by David Guzik 

This is a free online study guide and commentary available on Blue Letter Bible.


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Jesus in All of Exodus

by David Bowden

Offered on Right Now Media. Walk through Exodus with Spoken Gospel to see Jesus in every corner of the book. We start with a short film introducing you to the book and its main themes. Then quick devotional videos will explain what’s happening in each section and how it leads us to Jesus.


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Exodus for You

by Tim Chester

Without Exodus, we have an impoverished understanding of the nature of God, the achievement of the cross, the triumph of the resurrection and the identity of God’s people.

With his trademark Christ-centered clarity, Tim Chester walks readers through Exodus, making its great themes thrillingly clear to those new to the book, and unearthing wonderful new surprises for those familiar with it.

You can read through this book as a normal book… work through it as part of your daily Bible-reading routine using the questions for reflection at the end of each chapter… or use it to help you teach this book of the Bible, whether in small groups or from the pulpit.


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Be Delivered: Finding Freedom by Following God

by Warren W. Wiersbe

Freedom is a central theme in our world. It’s become a rallying cry for people, groups, even entire nations. But freedom without boundaries can be costly. Based on the book of Exodus, this study offers an eye-opening look at the pitfalls of deliverance without discipline, and shares the freedom found through a loving submission to God and His will for us.

Part of Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe’s best-selling “BE” commentary series, BE Delivered has now been updated with study questions and a new introduction by Ken Baugh. A respected pastor and Bible teacher, Dr. Wiersbe explores the need to balance freedom with responsibility. Filled with real-world examples that resonate today, this study uncovers how you can experience true freedom in [every area of] your life.