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About joekmac

I am a pastor in the United Methodist Tradition. I am the Pastor of Hamlin Memorial United Methodist Church in the New Mexico Annual Conference. I am married to Cazandra and have two sons with hemophilia.

Go North!

“Finally ADONAI said to me, ‘You have been going around this mountain long enough!  Head north, and give this order to the people.’” (Deut. 2:2 CJB). We circle the same problems, the same bad relationships, even the same places in a … Continue reading

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Commissioning Our Leaders

Thursday’s reading contained some more laws, but nestled in the pages of Chapter 27 lies the first transition of power, the new leader of the Hebrew people (Num. 27:18-21). In the text, God directs Moses to appoint Joshua as the … Continue reading

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God Gave Me a Sign!

When Caeleb came into the world, there were some concerns regarding breathing due to a few complications during pregnancy.  Cazandra developed gestational diabetes, and further medical issues increased the chances of health risks for the baby.  To protect both mom … Continue reading

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God Leads, They Follow!

The Torah is not for sissies.  The reading proves difficult, and the names get more difficult to pronounce with each passing chapter.  Sometimes I feel like saying, “Help me Obi-Wan Knobie.  You are my only hope.”  Leviticus brought law after … Continue reading

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I Have a Question, God!

“He may eat the bread of his God, both the especially holy and the holy; only he is not to go in to the curtain or approach the altar, because he has a defect – so that he will not … Continue reading

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Here a Law, There a Law!

I have to admit something right off the bat.  The Book of Leviticus is not the most engaging book in the Bible, but it does paint a fascinating picture of life and relationship with God in the ancient world.  It … Continue reading

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He Made…Sustaining Life

The notes from Exodus 38:1-31 of The Complete Jewish Bible informs us that “This entire chapter is laid out in a specific poetic fashion.  Every first word of a verse uses the same structure.  It is formed from the word asah, meaning ‘to … Continue reading

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Remember the Sabbath

“The people of Israel are to keep the Sabbath, to observe Sabbath through all their generations as a perpetual covenant.  It is a sign between me and the people of Israel forever; for in six days God made heaven and … Continue reading

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Gripe, Gripe, Gripe!

God delivered the people of Israel and what do they manage to do? Gripe about their circumstances. Never mind that Moses, with God’s help, led the people out of bondage. Everyone safely crossed the sea and witnessed one of, if … Continue reading

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God, the Creator of All

“God answered him (Moses), ‘Who gives a person a mouth?  Who makes a person dumb or deaf,  keen-sighted or blind?  Isn’t it I, Adonai?’”  (Ex. 4:11 CJB). Those of us who either have or are caregivers for those with chronic illness know what it is like to feel as if we are the cause of our loved one’s affliction. We said or did something … Continue reading

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