What’s in Your Hand?

What’s in Your Hand?

(Saturday, August 13, 2011 @ 6 p.m. & Sunday, August 14, 2011 @ 9:40 a.m.)


Exodus 4:1-3 NLT

1    But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The Lord never appeared to you’?”

2    Then the Lord asked him, “What is that in your hand?” “A shepherd’s staff,” Moses replied.

3    “Throw it down on the ground,” the Lord told him. So Moses threw down the staff, and it turned into a snake! Moses jumped back.


Ways Christians serve God

  1. Head
  2. Heart
  3. Hand


Luke 10:27 NLT

27  The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”


  1. I.            Discover what it is


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The purpose of education is help you discover what’s in your hand.


Your form determines your function:

Fires you up

Others affirm it

Reflects what you have always done well

Makes a difference


  1. II.         Develop what you have


Exodus 4:4 NLT– Then the Lord told him, “Reach out and grab its tail.” So Moses reached out and grabbed it, and it turned back into a shepherd’s staff in his hand.


Sides of the Stick

  1. Ordinary
  2. Extraordinary


1 Corinthians 13:7 LB – If you love someone you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him.


  1. III.      Deploy what you have


When you take responsibility for people, you take responsibility from people.


Exodus 4:20 NLT – So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey, and headed back to the land of Egypt. In his hand he carried the staff of God.

Exodus 7:10-12 NLT10 So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did what the Lord had commanded them. Aaron threw down his staff before Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a serpent! 11 Then Pharaoh called in his own wise men and sorcerers, and these Egyptian magicians did the same thing with their magic. 12 They threw down their staffs, which also became serpents! But then Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs.

Exodus 14:16 NLT – Pick up your staff and raise your hand over the sea. Divide the water so the Israelites can walk through the middle of the sea on dry ground.

Exodus 17:5-6 NLT5 The Lord said to Moses, “Walk out in front of the people. Take your staff, the one you used when you struck the water of the Nile, and call some of the elders of Israel to join you. 6 I will stand before you on the rock at Mount Sinai. Strike the rock, and water will come gushing out. Then the people will be able to drink.” So Moses struck the rock as he was told, and water gushed out as the elders looked on.




The Rights of a Child

(Sunday, August 14, 2011 @ 8:00, 10:45 & 11:45 a.m.)


Luke 15:12, 19 KJV

12  And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.

19  And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.


The Rights of a Child

  1.     I.                A Healthy Nourished body


Health is wealth.


1911                                                               2011

Walked 3 miles to school                         Take Bus and car to school

Worked in the field                                     In front of computer

Absorbed sun light                                    Absorb electricity

Drank water                                                Drink soda

Fruits and vegetables                               Burgers and fries


  1.  II.                A Well educated mind


Racism is not the primary barrier to racial equality and opportunity.


Education is equality and opportunity.


The exposure gap


The achievement gap


The confidence gap


The behavior gap


The employment gap


The incarceration gap


  1. III.                A Disciplined life


Discipline is doing what you don’t want to in order to do what you want to do.


Proverbs 1:5-8 NLT5 Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance 6 by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles.  7 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. 8 My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.

Proverbs 12:1 NLT – To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.

Proverbs 19:18 NLT – Discipline your children while there is hope. Otherwise you will ruin their lives.

Proverbs 13:1, 24 NLT1 A wise child accepts a parent’s discipline; a mocker refuses to listen to correction. 24 Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.

Proverbs 23:13-14 NLT13 Don’t fail to discipline your children. They won’t die if you spank them. 14 Physical discipline may well save them from death.

Isaiah 3:4-94 I will make boys their leaders, and toddlers their rulers. 5 People will oppress each other— man against man, neighbor against neighbor. Young people will insult their elders, and vulgar people will sneer at the honorable. 6 In those days a man will say to his brother, “Since you have a coat, you be our leader! Take charge of this heap of ruins!” 7 But he will reply, “No! I can’t help. I don’t have any extra food or clothes. Don’t put me in charge!”  8 For Jerusalem will stumble, and Judah will fall, because they speak out against the Lord and refuse to obey him. They provoke him to his face. 9 The very look on their faces gives them away. They display their sin like the people of Sodom and don’t even try to hide it. They are doomed! They have brought destruction upon themselves.

Isaiah 3:4-5 GNV4 The Lord will let the people be governed by immature boys. 5 Everyone will take advantage of everyone else. Young people will not respect their elders, and worthless people will not respect their superiors.


The First Generation

  1. Youth will not exceed their parents’ academic achievement.
  2. Elders are afraid of their children.
  3. We don’t know our neighbors.
  4. Parents will curse their child’s teacher.


  1. IV.                Expose to Christian values

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