Complaining Won’t Get You Anywhere POHFW

Complaining Won’t Get You Anywhere POHFW

Preparing our Hearts to Worship


In an effort to help you prepare for the February 11, 2018, Sunday morning corporate worship gathering and to aid you in your own reflections on the God’s Story of Salvation. I wanted to pose a few questions and provide a few resources to prayerfully consider over the coming days. Our sermon is entitled, “Complaining won’t get you anywhere” The main Scriptures for the day are selections from Numbers and Deuteronomy. The other passages are either referenced in the message or provide additional insight for reflection. 


(Pick and choose from the many resources and options, which I have tried to make available for your devotional life.)


From the Scriptures


Please read through Chapter 6 of The Story this week, this is a lightly edited selection of Scriptures from Numbers 10-14, 20-21, 25, 27 and Deuteronomy 1-2, 4, 6, 8-9, 29-32, 34 that seeks to maintain the broad story line of the Scriptures.

You can listen to the passages, or read them here and here.

(You can read or listen to all of these passages in a variety of translations at



From the Creeds and Confessions


 Heidelberg Catechism Q27-28

Q & A 27 

Q. What do you understand by the providence of God? 

A. The almighty and ever present power of God by which God upholds, as with his hand, heaven
and earth and all creatures, and so rules them that leaf and blade, rain and drought, fruitful and lean years, food and drink, health and sickness, prosperity and poverty— all things, in fact, come to us not by chance but by his fatherly hand.

Q & A 28 

Q. How does the knowledge of God’s creation and providence help us? 

A. We can be patient when things go against us, thankful when things go well,
and for the future we can have good confidence in our faithful God and Father that nothing in creation will separate us from his love. For all creatures are so completely in God’s hand that without his will they can neither move nor be moved.


From the songs, hymns and spiritual songs of the Church


Grateful (Elevation Worship): Lyrics, Video


For Thoughtful Reflection, Prayer, or further Study


How does the providence of God help us to deal with our propensity to claim?

Read and reflect on this Jewish perspective on the desert wanderings.

Read and reflect on the archaeological evidence for the desert wanderings here and here.


The Sermon will be available online on February 11, 2018 at 12:30 pm.



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