Jethro Helped Moses

Dear Parents, Moses and the Israelites had experienced a harrowing journey from Egypt into the wilderness. They made their way toward Midian, a land familiar to Moses. As a young man, Moses had fled from Egypt to Midian after he killed an Egyptian. (See Ex. 2:11-15.) Exodus 2 describes Moses’ first interaction with Jethro (also referred to as Reuel, Ex. 2:18), the priest of Midian. Moses rescued Jethro’s seven daughters from some shepherds at a well and drew water for their sheep. Jethro invited Moses to dinner. Moses stayed with Jethro and married his daughter ...

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The Red Sea Crossing

Dear Parents, The crossing of the Red Sea is an event in history that displays God’s grace, remembered for generations as God’s mighty redemptive act. God had clearly shown His power in Egypt through the plagues; now He was about to do something even greater. Instead of leading the Israelites into the wilderness, God instructed Moses to turn back so that the Egyptians would think they were lost. God purposefully hardened Pharaoh’s heart so that he would pursue the Israelites. Why? “Then I will receive glory by means of Pharaoh and all his army, and the ...

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All 76 House Churches Multiplying in Three Years!

I don’t have three year, five year or ten year plan. I never had and I don’t think I ever will. It’s because I am not a visionary and the future is in God’s hands. As I look back the past 21 plus years of New Life’s ministry and history, I think I have tried to be faithful in doing what I am called to do one day, one week, one month and at most one year at a time. Just recently, however, I have sensed God impressing upon my heart with this thought, “Eric, I want you to challenge your house church shepherds and members to go all out in reaching out to VIPs ...

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Moses Was Born and Called

Dear Parents, Moses was born into a culture that hated his people. If you remember, the Israelites—descendants of Israel (Jacob)—had set up their home in Egypt when a famine forced them to seek out food. They became so numerous that Pharaoh felt threatened and forced them into slavery. But their families still grew, and Pharaoh instituted an unimaginable method of population control: kill all of the baby boys. Moses’ story is a clear picture of God’s sovereignty. Not only was Moses’ life spared by the Egyptian princess, Moses’ mother was able to care for ...

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Let’s Keep Our Promises

I would like to remind you of the policy we have in regards to Christians trying or wanting to come to New Life. If they are from Houston, we are very strict with them. Unless they have a very legitimate reason such as their church dissolving or their pastor contacting and asking me to take them for a very convincing reason, we don’t welcome or receive them. We do this because we don’t want Christians to hop around from church to church never learning the importance of humbling themselves and working out the interpersonal conflicts they may have with other church ...

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Jesus Was Born

Dear Parents, We are taking a break from the chronological journey through the Bible to focus on Christmas. From the moment sin entered the world, its consequences were obvious. God’s people were separated from Him; they did not enjoy the intimate relationship with their Creator for which He had created them. People were affected by sickness and pain. Corruption spread quickly throughout the earth. The situation seemed hopeless, yet God did not leave His people without hope. It was into this hopelessness that God spoke. Hundreds of messages came through the prophets ...

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Joseph Saved His Family

Dear Parents, Last week, kids learned that God had a plan for Joseph’s suffering. The land of Egypt enjoyed seven years of plenty before a famine struck, just as Pharaoh had dreamed. During that time, Joseph gathered all the excess food and stored it in the cities. The famine was severe in every land, so Joseph opened the storehouses and sold grain to everyone who needed it. Jacob and his family lived in Canaan, and Jacob sent his sons to Egypt for grain. Jacob still felt the sting of losing Joseph. He did not allow his youngest son, Benjamin, to go for fear of ...

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