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Senior Minister and Pastor of the Plymouth United Church of Christ in Detroit, Michigan USA - 600 E. Warren Ave., Detroit, Michigan 48201 - 313-831-2460 - nhoo996937@aol.com

Moses and the Golden Calf- Exodus 32

Listen to the newest episode of my podcast, Nicholas Hood3: Moses and the Golden Calf https://anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3/episodes/Moses-and-the-Golden-Calf-e2vnc2

God Wants Us to Use our Favor! Exodus 31

Bezalel and Oholiab

(Ex 35:30–36:1)

Exodus 31 The Lord spoke to Moses: See, I have called by name Bezalel son of Uri son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: and I have filled him with divine spirit, with ability, intelligence, and knowledge in every kind of craft, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, in every kind of craft. Moreover, I have appointed with him Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and I have given skill to all the skillful, so that they may make all that I have commanded you: the tent of meeting, and the ark of the covenant, and the mercy seat that is on it, and all the furnishings of the tent, the table and its utensils, and the pure lampstand with all its utensils, and the altar of incense, and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the basin with its stand, 10 and the finely worked vestments, the holy vestments for the priest Aaron and the vestments of his sons, for their service as priests, 11 and the anointing oil and the fragrant incense for the holy place. They shall do just as I have commanded you.

The Sabbath Law

12 The Lord said to Moses: 13 You yourself are t

o speak to the Israelites: “You shall keep my sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, given in order that you may know that I, the Lord, sanctify you. 14 You shall keep the sabbath, because it is holy for you; everyone who profanes it shall be put to death; whoever does any work on it shall be cut off from among the people. 15 Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the Lord; whoever does any work on the sabbath day shall be put to death. 16 Therefore the Israelites shall keep the sabbath, observing the sabbath throughout their generations, as a perpetual covenant. 17 It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.”

The Two Tablets of the Covenant

18 When God finished speaking with Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the covenant, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God. [1]

 

Questions for Reflection:

  1. Why do you think God personally directed Moses to appoint Bezalel and Oholiab to oversee the furnishings of the Tabernacle? What does this tell you about God?

 

  1. What are your thoughts about the commandment of God for Moses to keep the sabbath?
  2. What other reflections do you gain from reading chapter 31?

 

Prayer:  God, you are all powerful, all loving and all knowing.  You know our faults.  You know our strengths.  Help me to build upon the skills and strengths you have given to me.  Encourage me to embrace my talents and not to forsake my talents.  Lord, help me to recognize and rejoice at the gifts of others.  Lord, make me a better witness for you.  Free my mind that I might embrace your favor, and not run from favor.  Lord, I want to cultivate my gifts, grow my gifts, and share my gifts to the glory of your name.  Bless me this day, in Jesus name.  Amen.

 

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3

Photo by Pastor Nick Hood3

Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

More about the ministry, mission, and meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org and www.puccdetroit.org

New – Listen to readings from the Book of Psalms, Genesis, Exodus, and Inspirational Prayers written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at Nicholas Hood3, is now available on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nicholas-hood3/id1370371705.

Or, at anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3.

Also, on Google Podcasts at Nicholas Hood3

Now on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/1fQTqugJtGj6FCgHaGuG

 

Thank you,

 

Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ex 31:1–18). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Listen to the newest episode of my podcast, Nicholas Hood3: Exodus 31 https://anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3/episodes/Exodus-31-e2v7lt

Ministry as Mission

Ministry as Mission –

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As I sit just a few hours from returning to the United States from a mission in the River Gee County of Liberia, I have been processing for the past several days why I engage in missions, both locally in Detroit, Michigan, USA, and around the nation and the world.  While in the village of Sweaken, Liberia, one of the local persons talked to me about mission from the perspective of preaching the Word of God to save souls.  Without hesitation, I responded that while evangelism is the first baseline of the Christian faith, there are other ways to live out our faith by producing viable, fruitful, meaningful manifestations of the faith through human service, such as the construction of hospitals, schools, and helping the poor to rise from poverty.

I am in Liberia with one of my church members, Dr. Jewlee Weah Tweh.  After the Liberian civil war of 1994, Dr. Tweh shared with me how several girls were abducted and men in his tribe, the Sarbo Tribe, were excuted, which caused the tribe to flee to Cote D Ivorie.  In 1997, he and I organized a small mission team which traveled to find his tribe in the Ivory Coast.  We brought several thousand dollars and a lot of medicine to provide both his tribe and their Ivorian hosts relief.  In 1999 we embarked upon a similar mission trip that included nine persons including Rev. Otha Gilyard, pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio, his wife, and also my sons, who were only 12 and 16 years of age.

One of the most powerful experiences I have had on this trip to Liberia is so many persons I have encountered on this trip have asked me about my sons, who are now 32 and 36 years old.  The people who are asking about them, met my sons when they were in the refugee villages of the Ivory Coast!-20 years ago!  Many of the people who are taking a leadership role in the tribe were children, in the same age bracket as my sons, in 1999!  In 2013, my wife accompanied me and Dr. Tweh to Liberia to reconnect with the former refugees of war who have returned to their native land.

Monday, I preached a brief sermon at the Assembly of God church in Sweaken, based on the words of Jesus in John 10:10: “I come that you might have life more abundantly.”  In my message, I attempted to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ as a God of the poor, a God of the oppressed, a God who came to earth not just to prepare us for eternal life in heaven, but a better life, an abundant life right now on earth.  The people of Sweaken are living without running water, electricity or phone service.  The road that leads to their village is a dirt road.  Children who want a high school education have to leave the village because the nearest high school is 30 miles away.

Dr. Tweh is a Ph.D chemist.  He was born in Sweaken, but after the 3rd grade, his father took him by the hand to another village that could offer him an education.  After the 6th grade, his father repeated the ritual of walking his son to another village where he could continue his education.  After the 8th grade, they repeated the cycle and Dr. Tweh was able to enter and finish high school, st still another village.  Out of his own experience, Dr. Tweh has lived his life with a burning desire that the children of his village will have a school they can walk to.

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We embarked upon a ground breaking for construction to begin.  I am so proud to be part of this mission, because I believe what we are doing is worthwhile and significant.  Dr. Tweh sold his house in Detroit and is using half of the proceeds from the sale to construct the first section of the school.  A contractor is in place and he has agreed to use persons from the tribe to provide much of the labor required.  The construction of the school is a win-win scenario – The contractor gets paid, tribal members get paid for working and the children will be blessed with a better education.

I believe Jesus came to earth to show us how to live the best lives possible.  Yes, the fruit of our faith is eternal life, but Jesus also came to show us the way to joyful, pleasant, meaningful life, abundant life here on earth!  This is the gospel I preach, the gospel I live, the gospel I love.

 

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3

Photos by Alphonso G. Morlue (Served as our security during the mission)

Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

More about the ministry, mission, and meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org and www.puccdetroit.org

New – Listen to readings from the Book of Psalms, Genesis, Exodus, and Inspirational Prayers written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at Nicholas Hood3, is now available on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nicholas-hood3/id1370371705.

Or, at anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3.

Also, on Google Podcasts at Nicholas Hood3

Now on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/1fQTqugJtGj6FCgHaGuG

 

Thank you,

 

Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Altar of Incense

Listen to the newest episode of my podcast, Nicholas Hood3: The Altar of Incense- Exodus 30 https://anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3/episodes/The-Altar-of-Incense–Exodus-30-e2ubi8

The Altar of Incense

(Ex 37:25–28)

Exodus 30 You shall make an altar on which to offer incense; you shall make it of acacia wood. It shall be one cubit long, and one cubit wide; it shall be square, and shall be two cubits high; its horns shall be of one piece with it. You shall overlay it with pure gold, its top, and its sides all around and its horns; and you shall make for it a molding of gold all around. And you shall make two golden rings for it; under its molding on two opposite sides of it you shall make them, and they shall hold the poles with which to carry it. You shall make the poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold. You shall place it in front of the curtain that is above the ark of the covenant, in front of the mercy seat that is over the covenant, where I will meet with you. Aaron shall offer fragrant incense on it; every morning when he dresses the lamps he shall offer it, and when Aaron sets up the lamps in the evening, he shall offer it, a regular incense offering before the Lord throughout your generations. You shall not offer unholy incense on it, or a burnt offering, or a grain offering; and you shall not pour a drink offering on it. 10 Once a year Aaron shall perform the rite of atonement on its horns. Throughout your generations he shall perform the atonement for it once a year with the blood of the atoning sin offering. It is most holy to the Lord.

The Half Shekel for the Sanctuary

11 The Lord spoke to Moses: 12 When you take a census of the Israelites to register them, at registration all of them shall give a ransom for their lives to the Lord, so that no plague may come upon them for being registered. 13 This is what each one who is registered shall give: half a shekel according to the shekel of the sanctuary (the shekel is twenty gerahs), half a shekel as an offering to the Lord. 14 Each one who is registered, from twenty years old and upward, shall give the Lord’s offering. 15 The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less, than the half shekel, when you bring this offering to the Lord to make atonement for your lives. 16 You shall take the atonement money from the Israelites and shall designate it for the service of the tent of meeting; before the Lord it will be a reminder to the Israelites of the ransom given for your lives.

The Bronze Basin

17 The Lord spoke to Moses: 18 You shall make a bronze basin with a bronze stand for washing. You shall put it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and you shall put water in it; 19 with the water Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet. 20 When they go into the tent of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister, to make an offering by fire to the Lord, they shall wash with water, so that they may not die. 21 They shall wash their hands and their feet, so that they may not die: it shall be a perpetual ordinance for them, for him and for his descendants throughout their generations.

The Anointing Oil and Incense

(Ex 37:29)

22 The Lord spoke to Moses: 23 Take the finest spices: of liquid myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet-smelling cinnamon half as much, that is, two hundred fifty, and two hundred fifty of aromatic cane, 24 and five hundred of cassia—measured by the sanctuary shekel—and a hin of olive oil; 25 and you shall make of these a sacred anointing oil blended as by the perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil. 26 With it you shall anoint the tent of meeting and the ark of the covenant, 27 and the table and all its utensils, and the lampstand and its utensils, and the altar of incense, 28 and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the basin with its stand; 29 you shall consecrate them, so that they may be most holy; whatever touches them will become holy. 30 You shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, in order that they may serve me as priests. 31 You shall say to the Israelites, “This shall be my holy anointing oil throughout your generations. 32 It shall not be used in any ordinary anointing of the body, and you shall make no other like it in composition; it is holy, and it shall be holy to you. 33 Whoever compounds any like it or whoever puts any of it on an unqualified person shall be cut off from the people.”

34 The Lord said to Moses: Take sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum, sweet spices with pure frankincense (an equal part of each), 35 and make an incense blended as by the perfumer, seasoned with salt, pure and holy; 36 and you shall beat some of it into powder, and put part of it before the covenant in the tent of meeting where I shall meet with you; it shall be for you most holy. 37 When you make incense according to this composition, you shall not make it for yourselves; it shall be regarded by you as holy to the Lord. 38 Whoever makes any like it to use as perfume shall be cut off from the people. [1]

 

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What impression does the description of the construction of the altar give you?
  2. What do you think the altar, with wood overlaid with gold, and inlaid horns on each end do to the spirituality of the Israelites?
  3. Why do you think God required a half-Shekel among each of the Israelites- rich or poor?
  4. What does the description of the making of the anointing oil add to your spirituality?
  5. Why was the anointing oil not to be used as a perfume?
  6. How does the description of the altar resonate with your understanding of how and why the altar is predominate in Christian worship?

 

Prayer:  Lord, bless my faith.  Lord, bless my understanding of you and my appreciation of all you have done for me.  Draw me closer, Lord.  Draw me nearer to you.  Lord, I give my life as a sacrifice back to you.  You have done so much, I can never repay what you have done for me!  Deepen my faith.  Deepen my understanding of your grace, mercy and salvation.  Deepen my love.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.

 

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3

Photo by Photographer for the Bethel Presbyterian Church LA Municipality, Accra, Ghana

Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

More about the ministry, mission, and meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org and www.puccdetroit.org

New – Listen to readings from the Book of Psalms, Genesis, Exodus, and Inspirational Prayers written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at Nicholas Hood3, is now available on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nicholas-hood3/id1370371705.

Or, at anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3.

Also, on Google Podcasts at Nicholas Hood3

Now on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/1fQTqugJtGj6FCgHaGuG

 

Thank you,

 

Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ex 30:1–38). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Mission to Ghana and Liberia – 2019

Monday, December 7,2019, Dr. Jewlee Weah Tweh and myself boarded a plane to Ghana

. This mission has two parts. The first leg of the trip was highlighted with two days in Accra, Ghana. As a continuation of discussions between myself on behalf of the Plymouth United Church of Christ and Simon Oddamtin, treasurer of the Bethel Presbyterian Church, Ghana, we embarked upon an agreement in principal between the two churches for a memorandum of understanding with several significant points. First, that the relationship between the two churches should be evangelical. Second, that an exchange partnership between the two churches would allow for younger members and others to experience opportunities to visit the other church. Third, a health care component would focus on Ghana health care near the Bethel Presbyterian Church. Fourth, the relationship would also attempt to address health care issues. The visit to Ghana was only over a period of two days, but very impactful. During our stay in Ghana, Dr. Tweh and I visited with the staff of the Bethel Presbyterian Church. We also toured a k-12 high school sponsored by the church with 2000 students. On of the highlights of the mission observation was meeting with the medical staff at a hospital in close proximity to the church.

The second day was for the most part a long driving trip to the Boti Falls. About 30 members of the church accompanied us to the Falls. At the end of the second day, a farewell dinner was spread in our honor at the home of our host, Simon Oddamitten, who also housed Dr. Tweh and myself.

The second part of this mission trip will take place in Liberia. Dr. Tweh is a Ph.d chemist who was born and raised in River Gee County and the Sarbo Tribe in Liberia. After the 3rd grade in a sparse village in the interior of the country, Dr. Tweh was taken by his father from village to village, seeking families that would take him in as a “House boy” so he could earn his keep while obtaining an education. The children in Dr. Tweh’s village have to leave the village after the 8th grade to obtain a high school education. Last year, Dr. Tweh sold his house and invested half of the sale with the purpose of building a high school. I became involved with Dr. Tweh’s tribe, the Sarbo Tribe in 1997, when Dr. Tweh’s tribe was refugeed during the civil war in Liberia. Over a two month period, Dr. Tweh was absent from church. When he reappeared, I asked him what was going on in his life? He told me about the war and how his people fled to the Ivory Coast for refuge. At that point I became engage in the effort to repatriate his tribe back to Liberia. The members of the Plymouth United Church of Christ were extraordinary in their generosity and raised several thousand dollars to help the tribe return to Liberia. Additionally, the Detroit Medical Center Foundation provided thousands of dollars of medical supplies and equipment to assist the tribe. Rev. Dr. Jimmy Womack accompanied me and Dr. Tweh with Dr. James Zender. The 1999 mission trip to bring assistance to the Liberian refugees of war included the following members of our church: Willie Bell, Gail Burton, my sons, Noah P. Hood and Nathan P. Hood, who were only 12 and 16 years of age, and Robert Johnson – who secured medical supplies from the Detroit Medical Center. Also traveling with us on the 1999 mission trip were the Rev. Dr. Otha Gilyard, pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio and his wife, Freda, and a husband and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Coleman, who are deacons at the Shiloh Baptist Church. That trip ended in a wild way. After leaving the Ivory Coast, we flew into Ghana to take in a couple of days of the culture, the slave deportation castles and history and frankly, better accommodations. When we arrived two sharply dressed young men met us outside the baggage claim. As we left the airport, one of the fellows who was dressed in a white suite with a Neru collar and gold stone at the neck, drew what appeared to be a 9millimenter gun and holding it at the head of a youth begging for money outside the van that drove us from the airport. As we got in the van, our entire group became silent. Breaking the ice, I asked the guy with the gun, “I thought you were with the ministry of tourism.” He replied with a smile, “I am a soldier.” It was a wild end to a powerfully impactful mission in the Ivory Coast, where the Liberians were in refugee villages.

Dr. Tweh and I flew from Accra, Ghana to Liberia this afternoon. Bowdeya Tweh and Meah Tweh, the son and daughter of Dr. Tweh are arriving this evening from the USA to join us. Sunday, we will leave before dawn to drive to Sweaken, the ancestral village of Dr. Tweh. My wife joined me on a mission trip to Sweaken in 2013. It is a long, hard, road – 400 miles from Monrovia. The first 200 miles will be paved. The second two hundred miles is unpaved, bumpy and dusty. It is a hard drive, but I am excited and looking forward to the journey. Why? Because in 2013 during the meeting with the tribal chiefs a handful of women stole the ceremony by dancing and singing a song about how in 1997 and 1999, when they were refugeed from their country, Dr. Tweh and I searched for them, found them and made it possible for them to return to their country. When a translator told Denise what the words to the song were about, she shook her head and told me she doubted if she could ever deflate my inflated head because of the power of their words.

So, I ask your prayers. The last time I made this trip there were 17 military check points between Monrovia and Sweaken. The second to the last check point on the return to Monrovia, I was made to leave the vehicle and taken to the guard shack for what I think was an attempt to force me to give money for my release. The only thing that saved me was a national police guard who traveled with us into the interior. He threatened the policeman who confiscated my passport and told him he should be ashamed of himself because I was a missionary intent on helping his people. He also told the officer who detained me that he knew his supervisor and would report him. I sharing this story with you, because your prayers will be appreciated. Over dinner this evening, I told Dr. Tweh how meaningful it has been to me to be able to do something worthwhile to assist him in his vision to build a high-school in his village, but also to help his tribe to return home after the war. I believe that in life, if we can do just one thing that makes a difference, our living will not be in vain. Thank you for reading this and pray for us.

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3

Photos by Pastor Nick Hood3 and photographers from Bethel Presbteryian Church, Accra, Ghana Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

More about the ministry, mission, and meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org and www.puccdetroit.org

New – Listen to readings from the Book of Psalms, Genesis, Exodus, and Inspirational Prayers written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at Nicholas Hood3, is now available on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nicholas-hood3/id1370371705.

Or, at anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3.

Also, on Google Podcasts at Nicholas Hood3

Now on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/1fQTqugJtGj6FCgHaGuG

Thank you,

Nick

Ghana Women in Ministry

Listen to the newest episode of my podcast, Nicholas Hood3: Rev. Olga and Rev. Ruby https://anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3/episodes/Rev–Olga-and-Rev–Ruby-e2tufa

I interviewed two women who are assistant ministers at the Bethel Presbyterian church Ghana.

Dr. Jewlee Weah Tweh

Listen to the newest episode of my podcast, Nicholas Hood3: Dr. Jewlee Weah Tweh https://anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3/episodes/Dr–Jewlee-Weah-Weah-e2tcp1

Lessons from the Pig Pen

The following video is of the Sunday church service where I preached on the subject lessons from the pig pen Luke 15

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Mission to Liberia and Ghana Podcast Overview

Listen to the newest episode of my podcast, Nicholas Hood3: Mission to Liberia and Ghana https://anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3/episodes/Mission-to-Liberia-and-Ghana-e2st7m

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