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Golden Valley Christian Church



            Scapegoat (blaming another for one's own deeds) is a word derived from an ancient Jewish ritual in which two goats were involved.  One goat was sacrificed for the sins of the people, and one goat (scapegoat), symbolically bearing the people's sins, was allowed to escape into the wilderness.  Jesus became the "scapegoat" for the high priest Caiaphas, who thought sacrificing Jesus would save Israel from the oppressive Romans (John 11:47-50).  What Caiaphas did not realize, Jesus was fulfilling the very picture in the Old Testament, of the scapegoat bearing the guilt of sin for the entire world.


            Sunday morning Paula Phillips beautifully sang a lovely old hymn, "He Is So Precious to Me."  It is hard to beat the messages of these old songs.  Bro. Tim's sermon was entitled "Delegating," with scripture from Exodus 18:13-26.  For years, the Israelites had been slaves, without freedom, being told what to do.  Once these enslaved people became free, they could not make decisions, and they turned to Moses for guidance.  Moses became overwhelmed with this until finally, his father-in-law, Jethro, recognized the situation (verse 18).  Jethro advised Moses to find trustworthy men to help with the people's problem so that Moses could keep sight of the goal of leading the people.  We, too, become so involved and busy with other activities that we lose sight of the goal, which is our own salvation.  Like Moses, we do not always recognize our own problems.


            The Bible challenge question is:  "What made God so angry with Moses?'"  (Exodus 4:12-17)


            The Golden Valley Christian Church meets at 611 South Third Street in Clinton.  Our Sunday Bible classes begin at 9:30 AM, and morning worship is at 10:30 AM.  Our full-time minister is Bro. Tim Randall (office phone #660-890-0252), and our website is  We are happy to invite you to attend our services, where you will always receive a warm welcome.


            Thought for the week:  "God's word is the compass that keeps us on course.'" -- Copied