The Land Between

Based on the book, The Land Between by Jeff Manion, we are beginning a March 2013 Preaching Series by the same title. In his book, Manion uses the Israelite people as an example of what the Land Between is all about. In Exodus 3:8 God tells Moses that His people, will come up out of the Slavery in Egypt and they will go to a spacious land flowing with milk and honey. We know from Biblical account that before entering the promised land they wandered in the wilderness 40 years. They doubted Moses Leadership and they had struggles with him. The people quickly forgot about God’s provision, protection  and presence with them. They whined and complained as they traveled the Land Between slavery and promise. God parted the Red Sea, provided water in the desert, and provided food called Manna, which means, “What is it?”

Similarly we too have the land between thrust upon us at various times in our lives. We leave the predictable land of Egypt and begin a journey in the unpredictable Land Between. When we hear words like, You have Cancer,” our life of routine becomes history and we begin to travel a difficult land between. It is a place where we have not traveled before. It is nothing like it was before, it is not a path we would have chosen, we sometimes feel abandoned by God and our days are filled with doctor’s appointments, hospital tests, and maybe surgery, radiation and chemo. We might grumble and complain instead of trusting God and obeying Him. Similar land between journeys might include an eviction notice, loss of job, the death of a loved one or the awful rebellion of a son or daughter, etc. We soon get weary traveling the Land Between but it is a path that we all must  travel. It is a time when we can run to or run from God. It is a time to trust but some choose to curse. It is a time to obey and take one day at a time but some  rebel or give up or try to run away. God uses the land between to prepare us for what is ahead. He did that with the slaves of Egypt. The land between took the Egypt out of His people so they could possess the land of promise. Trust and Obey is all through the Bible and it serves as an example for us to trust and obey even through the most difficult of times. If there is another word that seems to be inferred with the Land Between Stories it is to rely on God.

If you are on a journey in the Land Between. Tell me your story and give me the privilege of praying for you.

Pastor Bill

 

Published by People Pastor Dr. Bill Fix

Bill Fix loves people as he lives a fulfilling life. He has written several books and has continued to minister as "The People Pastor" since his retirement as a Lead Pastor. His most incredible thrill is witnessing people excel in their spiritual life. He was a Lead Pastor for thirty-seven years and has equipped hundreds of people to do various ministries in their church and community. Currently, he is a Director on the Board at Community Care Services and is a member of The Taylor Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force. Pastor Bill and his faithful wife Dottie recently celebrated fifty years of marriage. They have two adult daughters married to Godly men, four grandchildren, and are looking forward to being Great Grandparents. Pastor Bill and Dottie are blessed. Pastor Bill Fix began his pastoral career as a children's pastor and has written several children's books. He gives his parents credit for grounding him with principles and truths about life. He knows what good parenting is. His book New Dad Genius is for new dads. Pastor Bill and his entire family have performed illusion programs for hundreds of audiences in and outside the church as a hobby and ministry. He has used ventriloquism, puppetry, art, comedy and more to illustrate a message and put smiles on faces. The People Pastor Bill Fix has a ThD, enjoys education, and has many hobbies like writing, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. This author is a popular officiant at weddings, funerals, home dedications, and other pastoral services. He desires to be a blessing as he lives out Matthew 5:16, his life verse. His books reflect who Pastor Bill is and what he believes.

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