Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Internal Audit

We're going through an internal audit at work.

For those of you that don't know what that is... it is basically when people come into your worklife and ask you countless questions about what you do and the things you are expected to know.

For example: "Adam, what are the main objectives of your section and how do you ensure that you are meeting those objectives?"

Fascinating, huh?

You are placed under a microscope and then when all the questions are answered (correctly or otherwise) they leave to compile their findings and report their recommendations to Administration.

Sometimes it turns out we're doing good... other times they identify areas of improvement or just areas of flat-out neglect.

Imagine if we had auditors in our Christian lives... Think about that for a minute.

You wake up one morning and you hear people in the living room. you walk out there and they say... "Have a seat... we'll be with you in a minute."

You sit down and they turn to you and say, "Can u tell me the current location of your bible?"

"of the goals you set for yourself over the past year, have you fulfilled them?"

"Do you feel that you succeed in forgiving others? Letting go of anger? Loving your Christian brothers and sisters? All of them… And what about taking an interest in those that have not obeyed the Gospel yet?"

"How would you say that people know you are a Christian? Do you tell people or show them?"

"Have you completed all literature reviews (bible readings) that have been assigned to you since the last audit?"

"Do you have regular meetings (Prayer) with your supervisor?"

"Are you involved in any sub-committees (are you active) at work(in your walk with Christ)?"

I don't think it would be such a bad thing if we audited each other... sometimes we forget. we let things slide. sometimes we think we're doing enough... but then we take a closer look or someone else does for us... and we consider the possibility that their recommendations are valid.

Try a little self audit.

Read Lamentations 3: 39-40.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Night 1 of Moses...

Night 1—up to the naming of Moses.

Scene 1
Narrator: This story begins where the story of Joseph ends. It has been many years since Joseph saved Egypt and his own family from the famine by interpreting Pharoh’s dreams. A new Pharoh is in Egypt now and he does not remember Joseph. He now looks at the Israelites as a problem. He sees their numbers and might and he is worried…
Exit narrator and scene opens with Pharoh and advisors up on a high place overlooking kingdom.
Pharoh: Look at them! There are so many of them! Look at the strength of their numbers! We have to do something about this!”
Advisor 1: why? What’s the worry?
Pharoh: They are mightier than we are! What if our enemies come to make war with us and the Israelites join them…
Advisor 2: What if we increase their work? I mean really work them hard… Have them build you new storage cities.
Pharoh: That is what we will do. Appoint taskmasters over them to build two storage cities. Call one Pithom and the other Raamses! Work the Israelites harder!
Advisor 1 and 2: Yes, Pharoh!
Advisors Exit.
Close Curtain…
While the curtain is closed, light from the back of the stage will silhouette the action of the Hebrews being worked vigorously by the Egyptians. The sounds of harsh treatment, screaming, whips, crying in pain. Egyptians speak of the glory of pharaoh, and the majesty of his cities and wealth. They yell for the Hebrews to work harder. Slowly fade this scene.

Scene 2
Open Curtain…
Throne room…
Pharoh: WE have failed! The more we afflict them, the more they multiply! The more they spread out!
Advisor 1: I do not know what we can do, mighty Pharoh.
Advisor 2: I see this as a serious threat to us. We must do something to get their numbers under control.
Pharoh: Work them harder! Work them in the fields. In Mortar! In Brick! Break these people down!
Advisor 1 and 2 just stand there…
Pharoh: GO!”
Pharoh: (spoken out to the audience) We must strike at the source of their numbers. I know what we will do. (turning to Guard 1) Bring me the Hebrew midwives!
Guard 1: “Yes, My King!”
Pharoh: (to the audience) I know how to deal with this problem.
Exits stage.
Close curtain.

Scene 3
Open Curtain.
Pharoh on his throne.
Enter Guard 1 and two midwives, Shiphrah and Puah.
Guard1: “The Hebrew Midwives you sent for, my king.”
Pharoh: (to the Guard1) “You may go.”
Guard bows and exits.
Pharoh: “You are the midwives of the Hebrew women?”
Shiphrah: “Yes, Pharoh.”
Pharoh: “I have a command for you. And it shall be carried out immediately.”
Puah: “What is this command, mighty Pharaoh?”
Pharaoh: “When you are helping the Hebrew women to give birth and see them upon the birthstool, if it is a son, then you shall put him to death; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.”
Midwives look at each other.
Pharaoh: “Do you understand?”
Shiphrah finally answers after a brief silence. “Yes, my king. We understand.”
Pharaoh exits
Puah: Turning to Shiphrah…“We cannot do this!”
Shiphrah pulls Puah off to the other side of the stage (closer to the audience), and speaks as if secretly.
Shiphrah: “We will not do this evil thing, for we Fear God. We will let the boys live.”
Puah and Shiphrah hug each other.
Shiphrah: “But Pharaoh will know the boys are not being killed. What will we do?”
Puah: (looking out to the audience) “Perhaps we can tell him that the Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women--- and they are vigorous and give birth before we can get to them.”
Shiphrah: “That’s it… Great idea. All we have to do is trust in God and He will be good to us.”
Midwives exit as curtain closes.
End Scene
Scene 4
Throne room.
Pharaoh sitting on throne as curtain opens. Officers around his throne. 4 in number (2 on each side).
Pharaoh: “Every time I try to control their numbers, I fail. I fail because I am holding back. The situation is now that I must act in a manner that cannot fail. I have a command for all the people. You will enforce it. Every son who is born you are to cast into the Nile, and every daughter you are to keep alive.”
Officers: “Yes, Mighty Pharaoh!” Exit.
Pharaoh: (stands) Command all the people!
Close curtain.

Scene 5
Enter narrator. (while this is happening major scene change below to the house of Moses)
Narrator: now there was a man of the house of Levi who married a daughter of Levi. The woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for 3 months…
Exit narrator.
Open curtain…
Scene Change… House.
Mother working on a basket is on stage near a baby bed. Daughter enters.
Daughter: Mother. What are you doing?
Mother: I can no longer hide him. It is too dangerous for him to remain… what can I do? We will put him in this wicker basket I’ve covered with tar and pitch (show it to the daughter and the audience at the same time). I’ll place it in the Nile. He cannot remain here.”
Mother walks over to the baby bed and picks up the baby and puts it into the basket. She turns to the daughter as she exits. Mother exits. Daughter sits and puts her face into her hands, as if to cry. Then stands and runs out after mother.
Close curtain.

Scene 6
(major scene change: NILE RIVER)
Open curtain.
We have the scene of the basket traveling down the nile into the reeds… basket will be pulled across the stage slowly and rest in the reeds. Moses’ sister is in the reeds watching the basket go down the river… when she hears someone coming… ducks down out of sight.
Enter Pharaoh’s daughter and maid.
Pharaoh’s daughter: “This looks like a good spot to bathe.” She continues to look around…
Maid: “Yes ma’am”.
Pharaoh’s daughter stops for a moment. Looks intently at something. “What’s that along the bank over there?”
Maid: “where? Oh. It looks like a basket.”
Pharaoh’s daughter: makes her way over to it and leans down and opens the basket up. (crying coming from basket now) “It is one of the Hebrew children.”
Moses’ sister runs out from hiding and up to Pharaoh’s daughter: “ Shall I go and call a nurse for you from among the Hebrew women to come and nurse the child for you?”
Pharaoh’s daughter: “Go ahead”
Moses’ sister runs off stage.
Close curtain.
Narrator: So the young girl ran back to tell her mother all that had happened. About how the basket had been found by the Egyptian girl, the daughter of Pharaoh, and how she needed someone to nurse the child. So Moses’s mother came to Pharaoh’s daughter and it was agreed that she would nurse the child and pharaoh’s daughter would pay her wages for this service to her. So the child continued to Grow.

Scene 7
Open curtain:
Pharaoh’s daughter on stage in the palace. Enter the Levi mother with the child (oliver? or older like coen?)
Child walks over to Pharaoh’s daughter.
Mother exits.
Pharaoh’s daughter walks to the middle of the stage and picks up the child. “I will call him MOSES. Because I drew him out of the water.”
End Night 1

Night 3 of Moses

Night 3
Scene 1
Narrator: After explaining all that God had told them and after they had worshiped God, Moses and Aaron came before Pharaoh… Just as God had instructed them.
Curtain opens and Enter Moses and Aaron into Pharaoh’s throneroom where Pharaoh is sitting with a guard nearby.
Moses: “the God of Israel has told us to tell you, ‘Let My people go that they may celebrate a feast to Me in the wilderness.’”
Pharaoh: “Who is this God that I should listen to what he says and let Israel go? I don’t know Him! Besides, I will not let Israel go.”
Aaron: “The God of Israel has met with us. Please let us go 3 days journey into the wilderness that we may sacrifice to the Lord, or He will be angry with us.”
Phar: “Why do you two distract the people from their work?! Get the people back to their labors! Look at how many there are! And you want them to stop working?!”
Moses and Aaron start walking off…
Close curtains.
Open back up … same setting now only Pharaoh and guard.
Pharaoh: (looking out over the audience) “Tell the taskmasters to give the people no more straw to make bricks. They will have the gather the straw themselves, but they still have to make the same amount of bricks. Make the burden harder on the men so they will no longer listen to these false words of Moses and Aaron!”
Guard: “Yes Pharaoh!” exits.
Curtain closes.
{{{ Light from behind the curtain. Enter from one side Hebrew. Enter from the other side the Taskmaster.
Taskmaster: “Pharaoh has ordered that you must gather your own straw from now on. You will still have to make the same amount of bricks.”
Hebrew: “What? Why?”
Taskmasters: “Complete your required work!” Exits.
Hebrews run frantically to get the straw and fall behind.
Re-Enter Taskmaster: “Why have you not completed your work? You didn’t yesterday or today!” Starts whipping the people.
Lights go down}}}}

Curtain opens back to the throne room with Pharaoh on the throne.
Enter foreman of the sons of Israel.
Foreman: “Why are you making us suffer? They don’t give us straw but they still command us to make bricks! We are being beaten because of Your people.”
Phar: “You are lazy. Very lazy. So you say you want to go into the wilderness to worship your God. Get back to work and make your required amount of bricks! There will be no straw!”
Foreman exits.
Curtain closes.

Scene 2
Open curtain. Generic scene background.
Foreman enters and moses and aaron and another Israelite are waiting for him.
Foreman: “We are in trouble!”
Israelite: “What?”
Foreman: “May the Lord judge you for making Pharaoh and his servants angry with us! They’re gonna kill us! Its your fault Moses!”
Moses exits to other side of stage… alone.
Moses: “O Lord, why have you brought this upon your people? Why did you send me here to anger Pharaoh and not deliever your people at all?
God: “ Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh. I will make him let my people go. I will make him drive them from his land.
“I am the Lord. I remember the covenant I made with their fathers. I hear their groaning because of their bondage. Tell the people again that I am their God and I will deliver them out of the land of the Egyptians. They will be my people.”
Moses walks back over to the Israelites…
Moses: “The lord has again said he will deliver you from this affliction you are under.”
Israelites all together: “You’re crazy!”
Israelites exit.
Moses and aaron on stage now.
God: “Go and tell pharaoh to let the sons of Israel leave his land.”
Moses: “My own people won’t listen to me. Why would Pharaoh listen to me? I can’t even speak good.”
God: “Go and tell him to let my people go.”
Close curtain.

Scene 3
Open curtain.
Throne room.
Pharaoh, 2 sorcerers there.
Enter Moses and Aaron.
Pharaoh: “Show me a miracle!”
Moses: “Throw your staff down, Aaron.”
Throws staff down and it becomes a serpent.
The sorcerers do the same.
Aaron’s staff swallows them up. (act this out between pharaoh and sorcerers.)
Pharaoh’s sorceres do the same…
Pharaoh: “MY sorcerers can do these tricks as well!”
Moses points to the ground.
Sorcerer: “Aaron’s staff is swallowing up all of ours!”
Pharaoh storms off and sorcerers runs off after him.
Aaron leans down (gingerly) and grabs the serpent and it is a staff again. Walks off stage opposite Pharaoh.
Moses starts to walk off…
God: “Pharaoh’s heart is stubborn. He will not let the people go. Go to Pharaoh in the morning when he goes out to the Nile, and say to him that I order him to let my people go. But since He has not listened, I will show him that I am the LORD.”
Moses exits.
Close curtain.

Scene 4
Open curtain.
Setting : Nile river
Moses and Aaron there as Pharaoh walks up. Egyptians washing in the water.
Moses: “The Lord has said that by this, you shall know that He is the Lord.” Moses takes his staff and strikes the Nile river…
Egyptian down by the water stands up and arms are covered in blood.
Pharaoh looks at Moses and Aaron and walks away looking back at the Nile and the servants screaming. Then exits.
Moses nods to Aaron and he exits.
Curtain closes.

{{{{ from behind the curtain, backlit scene with Egyptians running around.
Egyptian 1: “The water has turned to blood!”
Egyptian 2: “Even the pools have turned to blood! All the fish have died!”
Egyptian 1: “Oh man it stinks! That smell!
Egyptian 2: “Maybe we can dig down in the ground far enough to get to some water?”
Egyptian 1: “NO! I”ve already tried!
Egyptian 2: “Horrible!!!”
They exit quickly, but safely}}}}

Scene 5
Open curtain on the Throne room.
Moses and Aaron enter to talk to Pharaoh.
Moses: “The Lord commands you to Let His people go. If you refuse, The Lord will smite your whole territory with frogs.”
Pharaoh stands and slowly walks over to his sorcerers… His back to Moses.
A moment passes and moses turns to aaron.
Moses: “Stretch out your hand with your staff over the waters of Egypt and make frogs cover the land of Egypt.”
Aaron exits…
Moses takes one more look at Pharaoh and then follows.
Close curtain.
{{{{ Egyptians screaming about the frogs while the sound effects of the frogs sound over the speakers
They’re everywhere!
They’re in my food! They’re in my bathwater!!! They’re in my bed!!! Make the noise stop!! They’re driving me crazy!!!

Curtain opens in throne room again… Pharaoh and guard ((sound of frogs still going…))
Pharaoh: “Bring me Moses and Aaron!! Fast!!”
Guard: “Yes Master!” runs out…
Pharaoh picks a frog off his shoulder. Puts his hands over his ears.
Moses and Aaron enter with guard.
Pharaoh: “Alright! Tell your God to remove the frogs from the land! I will let the people go! Anything!”
Moses: “According to your word, you will know that there is No One Like The LORD our GOD. The frogs will depart from you and your houses.”
Moses and Aaron walk to the edge of the stage.
Moses: “Oh Lord. Your powerful hand has been seen in this land. Please make the frogs to die and release this land from them.”
Off stage, “They’re dead! All the frogs are dead!!!
Moses looks back at Pharaoh before he and aaron exit.
Close curtain.

Scene 6
The voice of God: “Moses, Pharaoh’s heart has hardened after the relief of the frogs. Tell aaron to stretch out his staff and strike the dust of the earth that it may become gnats through all the land of Egypt.”
Couple of Egyptians covered in what looks like gnats… sawdust? Gonna need some dedicated Christians for this one… brown spots on face… makeup?
Open curtain.
Enter two Egyptians
Tom: “everytime I breathe I get a mouthful of gnats!”
Joe: “Then breathe through your nose.”
Tom: “I don’t want them in my nose, either!”
Joe: “This is horrible! Someone save us!
Tom: “Pharoahs’ magicians say this is the finger of God!”
Close curtain.
The voice of God: “Moses. Go before pharaoh and tell him to let my people go. Tell him that if he refuses, I will send swarms of flies on Him and all Egypt. But I will set aside the land of Goshen, where my people live. They will be spared this plague. I will put a division between my people and the Egyptians. Tomorrow this sign will occur.”
A moment passes and then the sound of flies… lots of flies.
Back light and people running round on stage from behind the curtain. Yelling about the flies.
Sound of the flies continues as people exit and Pharaoh takes his place on the stage.
Curtain opens in throne room again… Pharaoh and guard ((sound of flies still going…))
Pharaoh: “Bring me Moses and Aaron!! Fast!!”
Guard: “At Once!” runs out…
Pharaoh picks a fly off his shoulder. Starts swatting in the air. (like he’s having a psychotic episode)
Moses and Aaron enter with guard.
Pharaoh: “Alright! Tell your God to remove the flies! The land is laid waste because of these flies! Go sacrifice to your God within the land!
Moses: “We must go 3 days journey into the wilderness. WE cannot sacrifice before the eyes of the Egyptians. They will stone us. WE must do as God commands.”
Pharaoh: “I will let you go and sacrifice to your God in the wilderness; only don’t go very far away. Pray to your God for me.”
Moses : “I’m going to leave now and pray to the LORD that the swarms of flies may depart from Egypt tomorrow; but you must not lie as you have done in the past. You must let us go sacrifice to the LORD.”
Moses and aaron exits.
Curtain closes.
End scene.

Scene 7
The voice of God: “Moses, Pharaoh’s heart has hardened after the relief of the flies. He is not going to let you go as you have told him that I desire. Go to him again and tell him that if he does not let my people go, my hand shall strike a severe pestilence on all the livestock of Egypt. They will all die. But of the livestock of Israel, not one will die. Tomorrow the Lord will do this thing in the land.”
Open Curtain.
Throne room. Pharaoh sitting on his throne.
Egyptian enters with news of the plague.
Pharaoh: “Tell me what you have seen.”
Egyptian: “It is as you know in the land. Everything of the livestock is dead. Cattle, Horses, Donkeys, Camels, Herds and Flocks. And I have also seen the herds of the Israelites, and …
Pharaoh: “Yes?! What about them?!”
Egyptian: “They live. Not one has died.”
Pharaoh: “Be gone.”
Egyptian exits.
Close curtain.
Voice of God: “Moses, take handfuls of soot from a kiln, and throw it toward the sky in the sight of Pharaoh. 9 It will become fine dust over all the land of Egypt, and will become boils breaking out with sores on man and beast through all the land of Egypt.”
Open curtain
Throne room. Pharoah in the corner facing away from Moses. Sorcerers there too.
Enter Moses and Aaron
Moses: “Pharaoh, The lord declares that you let his people go.”
Pharaoh stays silent.
Moses takes the soot and throws it in the air.
Pharaoh turns and is covered with boils and he seems to be in pain… all the sorcerers pull their sleevs up and are covered with boils. {{Off stage people scream in pain.}} Close Curtain. End scene

Scene 8
Open Curtain. Exterior scene with moses
Voice of God: “Behold, about this time tomorrow, I will send a very heavy hail, such as has never been seen in Egypt. 19 Now therefore bring your livestock and whatever you have in the field to safety. Every man and beast that is found in the field and is not brought home, when the hail comes down on them, will die.”
Exit moses…
Thunder storm. Sounds. Lightning. Dim lights?

Close curtain.
Open to Pharaohs throne room.
Enter Moses and Aaron
Pharaoh: “I have sinned; the LORD is the righteous one, and I and my people are the wicked ones. Make supplication to the LORD, for there has been enough of God’s thunder and hail; and I will let you go, and you shall stay no longer.”
Moses: “As soon as I go out of the city, I will spread out my hands to the LORD; the thunder and hail will stop so that you will know that the earth is the LORD’S. 30 But as for you and your servants, I know that you do not yet fear the LORD God.”
Moses walks to the front of the stage and holds up his hands and the sound slowly dissipates.
Close curtain.

Open Curtain Same setting ---Throne room with pharaoh and guard and sorcerers…
Enter Moses and Aaron.
Moses: Pharaoh, you have hardened your heart again and refused to do the will of God. If you refuses to let My people go, behold, tomorrow He will bring locusts into your territory. They shall cover the surface of the land, so that no one will be able to see the land. They will also eat the rest of what has escaped—what is left to you from the hail. The houses shall be filled with locusts …something which neither your fathers nor your grandfathers have seen, from the day that they came upon the earth until this day.’
Sorcerers motion Pharaoh over close to them.
Sorcerer1: “How long will this man hold us captive? Let the men go, that they may serve the LORD.”
Sorcerer2: “Look around us…Egypt is destroyed!”
Pharaoh: (walking back over to Moses) “go and serve your God. Who will be going with you?”
Moses: “We shall go with our young and our old; with our sons and our daughters, with our flocks and our herds we shall go, for we must hold a feast to the LORD.”
Pharaoh: “No. Only the men. Go and sacrifice to the Lord. Be gone!”
Sorcerers force Moses and Aaron off stage.
End scene

Scene 9
Voice of God: “ Moses, stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come up on the land of Egypt and eat every plant of the land, even all that the hail has left.”
Curtain REMAINS closed
Back light as Moses walks to center stage. Raises hands and staff… WIND! Then the sound of Locusts. Loud.
People running around behind curtain as Moses keeps his place.
They’re everywhere!
There’s no plant left alive. Everything is Gone!
They cover the whole earth!

Light goes down and scene is Pharaoh’s throne room. Open Curtain and lights come up.
Moses and Aaron enter.
Pharaoh: “I have sinned against the LORD your God and against you. Now therefore, please forgive my sin only this once, and speak to your God on my behalf, that he would remove this plague from me.”
Moses walks to the front of the stage: “Lord, remove this plague from the land of Egypt. Make the wind to carry away this blight from the land.”

Sound of wind and the sound of the locust disappears.
Close curtain.

The Voice of God: “Moses, I have hardened Pharaoh’s heart and he will not let you go. Stretch out your hand toward the sky, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even a darkness (Z)which may be felt.”
(((Curtain remains closed)))). Moses walks to the center stage behind the curtain, backlit, and raises his hand toward the sky and everything goes dark.
On stage Egyptians speak in the darkness.
Egyptian1: I can’t see anything.
Egyptian2: I’m afraid to move!
Egyptian1: all we can do is lay down. There is no light for anything.
Egyptian2: how long with this last?

Open Curtain to pharaoh’s throne room. Pharaoh standing near stage edge. Front.
Enter moses and aaron.
Pharaoh: “go and serve your lord. Take your little ones with you, but leave your flocks and herds.”
Moses: “we must also take our herds and flocks for the sacrifices. Not one hoof shall be left behind.”
Pharaoh: “Get away from me! Beware, do not see my face again, for in the day you see my face you shall die!”
Moses : “You are right; I shall never see your face again!”
Close curtain.
End night 3

night 2 of Moses

Night 2 – up to the return to Egypt.

Scene 1.
Narrarator: now it came about in those days that Moses grew up. He would sometimes go walking about, observing the Hebrews in their hard labor. But on this day, something happened that would alter the direction of Moses’ life forever.
Narrator exits.
Curtain opens.
Hebrew 1: I can’t carry this another step! I’ve got to set it down and rest!
Hebrew 2: NO! we will be beaten savagely if we do not keep up with the others. These bricks have to be placed down in a certain order and if we are late, that will slow down all the work and the taskmasters will be angry!
Hebrew1: There is no more strength in my arms. I must put it down.
Moses off to the side, listening…
Taskmaster: “YOU THERE!!!” to the Hebrews.
Hebrew 2: “oh no! I told you no good would come of this…”
Hebrew 1: (now lying on the ground) “Can’t go on…”
Taksmaster: (makes his way over to the Hebrews. “on your feet! Back to work!” cracks whip.
Hebrew1: screams in pain from the whip.
Hebrew 2: “Please!”
Taskmaster: “Pick up that brick or die where you lay!”
Hebrew 2 helps 1 up and gets beat himself in the process, but finally both get the brick, picked back up and go on their way.
Taskmaster: “double fast to catch up! I’ll be watching you!”
Moses on the side of the stage… looks to the left and looks to the right and once he is convinced that there is no one around… sneaks up behind the Egyptian and hits him.
The Egyptian falls over and Moses drags him out of the way a little and covers him with sand. *we will use a piece of dropcloth for this*
Then sneaks away after killing the Egyptian.
Close curtain.

Open curtain.
Same setting but now only Hebrews are present. Moses is again watching from off to the side, unnoticed.
Hebrew 1: I just need a minute to catch my breath!
Hebrew2: “In that minute, I got beat too! I’m always picking up your slack.
Hebrew1: “What are you talking about? I pull more than my weight around here! If anyone needs to pick up the pace, its you!
Hebrew 2: “Me! You have got to be kidding. The whole reason we got beaten yesterday is because you didn’t pull your weight!”
Hebrew 1: “beaten? You mean like this?” Hits #2.
Hebrew 2: “No more like this!” Hits #1.
Moses runs out. "Why are you striking your companion?"
The two Hebrews stop their fighting and look at him.
Hebrew 1: "Who made you a prince or a judge over us? Are you intending to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?"
Moses takes a step back and runs off stage.
The two Hebrews exit off the stage still jarring with each other.
After a moment Moses comes back and slowly, cautiously makes his way onto the stage and says: "Surely the matter has become known."
Off stage a voice: “Have you seen the one called MOSES? He is wanted for the death of an Egyptian worker. No? Check in this side of the street… someone get to the next road over and check there! (YES SIR- someone answers).
Moses runs off stage and out the back of the room. Close curtain. End scene.
Scene 2== Midian.
A well is situated off to the side of the stage and Moses runs up to it, exhausted…. Sits down by it.
Enter several daughters with buckets to get water in. preparing to get water from the well…
Enter several shepherds.
Shepherd1: “Git on outta here! Go on!”
Shepherd2: “go back home now! Be gone!”
Daughters look shocked and freeze.
Moses stands up and walks over to the bru-ha-ha and speaks “do not hinder them from getting the water for their flocks.” Turns to one of the daughters and takes the bucket from her hand. Fills the bucket and then another… “Come with me and I’ll help you water your flocks.”
The daughters watch him water the flocks and then run off. Moses shrugs his shoulders and continues.

(_____OFFSTAGE the sisters yell: FATHER! FATHER!!

The daughters bring Jethro on stage and point to moses.
Daughter1: “Father, there is the Egyptian who delivered us from the hand of the shepherds, and what is more, he even drew the water for us and watered the flock."
Jethro: “Why did you leave him behind? Invite him to have something to eat."
Jethro walks back off stage and the daughters go and bring moses to follow off stage.
Close curtain.

Scene 3
Narrarator: So it came to pass that Moses dwelt in the home of Jethro, the priest of Midian. And Jethro gave him one of his daughters. Her name was Zipporah. And Zipporah gave birth to Moses’ son and he named him Gershom.
And during these many days, back in Egypt, Pharaoh died. The sons of Israel cried out for help because of their bondage.
Behind the curtain(backlit)…. A Child of Israel walks to center stage and prays to God.
“Oh Almighty God hear our cries for mercy! Deliver us from this slavery and bondage! Look upon us and remember us in our time of need! Please help us!”
Everyone raise up from bowing position and start saying: “Please help us!” (repeat 3 times…) lights go down…
Narrator: So God heard their groaning and remembered his covenant with Abraham, Issac and Jacob. God saw the sons of Israel and He took notice of them.

Open Curtain ---back in Midian. Wilderness of Horeb.
Enter Moses with staff and flocks (how we gonna do that?) (staff turns to serpent later)
Moses walks to one side of the stage and the burning bush fires up on the other side of the stage.
Moses (amazed): “I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.”
Moses draws closer, slowly, to the bush.
Moses: “Here I am!”
God: “Do not come near here; remover your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”
Moses takes off sandals.
God: “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.”
Moses hides his face! Terrified.
God: “I have seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt and have heard their cries because of the taskmasters. I am aware of their sufferings. I have come down to deliever them from the power of the Egyptians and from that land and deliever them into a good and spacious land that is flowing with milk and honey. A place of the cannanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the perizzite and the Hivite and the jebusite.
Their cries have come to me and I have seen their oppression.
I will send YOU to Pharaoh so that you may bring my people, the sons of Israel , out of Egypt.”
Moses: “Who am I that I should go before Pharaoh and who am I that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?”
God: “I will be with you.”
Moses: “So IF I do this and they ask me who it is that has sent me, what do I say?”
God: “I AM WHO I AM. So you say to the sons of Israel that ‘I AM has sent me to you’. Then tell them that the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob has sent me to you.
“This is my name forever.
“Tell them that I am concerned about them and I see what is being done to them in Egypt. Tell them I will bring them out of this affliction into the land of the cannanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the perizzite and the Hivite and the jebusite, into a land that is flowing with milk and honey.
“They will listen to you. You all will go before Pharaoh and tell him to let you all go and worship Me, but he will not want to without making demands of his own. So I will stretch out my hand and send Miracles to Egypt and they will know that I am the Lord. They will let you go. You will plunder the Egyptians.”
Moses: “But what if they do not believe me or listen to me? They might say that the Lord as not appeared to me.”
God: “ What is that in your hand?”
Moses: “A staff.”
God: “Throw it to the ground.”
Moses throws it to the ground and it becomes a serpent. Moses runs from it, “Serpent!” he screams.
God: “Stretch out your hand and grasp it by its tail.”
Moses reaches down gingerly and grabs it. Becomes a staff again.
God : “ Now put your hand into your bosom.”
Moses does so. When he pulls out his hand… white and leprous. EYES get big.
God: “Now put your hand back into your bosom again.”
Moses does so. When he pulls it out… restored.
God: “if they will not believe these two signs then take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. It will be blood on the dry ground.
Moses: “Please Lord, I have never been good at speaking. I am slow in speech and slow of tongue.”
God: “who was it that made your mouth? Or who makes a person mute or deaf or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? I will be with the words you say from your mouth. I will teach you what you are to say.”
Moses: “Please Lord, now send the message by whoever you will.”
God: “There is your brother, Aaron the levite. He speaks fluently. He is coming to meet you. You will speak to him and put words into his mouth. I will be with the words that you both speak. He shall speak to the people. He will be as a mouth for you and you will be as God to him. Take your staff in your hand. You will perform signs with it.”

Scene 4
Open Curtain. Scene with Moses and Jethro. They’ve been talking…
Moses: “So I must return to my brethren who are in Egypt, and see if they are still alive.”
Jethro hugs moses… “Go in peace”.
Jethro exits and Moses starts to walk off slowly. As he is walking off slowly, God speaks to him .
God: “Go back to Egypt for all the men who were seeking your life are dead.”
Moses exits.

Lights go down…
Lights come back up and Moses and Aaron meet each other in the wilderness.
They hug and aaron kisses moses. (on the cheek)…
Narrator: So Moses told Aaron all the words of the Lord with which He had sent him, and all the signs that He had commanded him to do.
{{{{{ Have moses act some of the stuff that happened. Burning bush and the staff to a snake… then hand turns leprous… taking sandals off… }}}}}
They exit.
Curtain closes.

Scene 5
In Egypt now…
Curtain opens.
Moses and Aaron before the elders of the sons of Israel.
Aaron acts out all the stuff that happened to Moses… Moses just nods during this.
Aaron acts out the burning bush and taking off sandals, and staff to snake, and hand leprous… really throws the staff down and everyone jumps.
Moses: God has seen your affliction and is concerned about you.”
Everyone gets down and bows to God.
End night 2

Monday, March 14, 2011

Let us consider how to do it...

Okay… One time I agreed to photograph this person’s son. I took several rolls of film and basically got 7 exposures that I was REALLY proud of. The rest of the pictures were okay… but those 7 were the cream of the crop.

Let’s say I shot 5 rolls at 24 exposures each. According to Calculus that comes out to almost 125 pictures. Out of those: 7. Seven. If you are Dutch: Zeben. If you are German: Sieben.

But however you say it… I had 7 pictures I was proud of.

So… when I took these pictures to show the mother, she started flipping through them and she’d grab one and show it to me and say, “Ahhhh… this is precious.”
I’d think, REALLY? That ONE???. I’d say: “Yeah… he really looks happy.” I couldn’t believe that she thought that one was good. That happened several more times… and then she got to one of the exposures I was REALLY proud of and she flipped right past it.

I think all but one of the 7 I really liked, she flipped past. So I asked to see the pictures and flipped back to the ones I liked and showed them to her. She said: “Yeah… they’re nice.”

I couldn’t believe it! NICE?! Kitty Cats are NICE! These pictures are awesome!

But she just didn’t see it. She was very happy with the pictures. She put them up in her office at work and she said she gets compliments all the time. But honestly that was a lot more about how photogenic her son is rather than a reflection of my photography skills.

But it didn’t change the fact that I thought that those 7 pictures seemed to be wasted. In these pictures, exposure, framing, white balance, f-stop… everything was perfect.

But it was only perfect to me. I took the pictures. I know how hard it was to get those pics. I know how unique they were. But that is NOT a guarantee that everyone else will see it and appreciate it.

I was proud of those pictures. But it would have been nice to have outside confirmation of, what I saw as, my creative success.

God creates all of us.

But do we always see the beauty? Do we always see the creative awesomeness?

Do we always see the value in all his creations?

Have you ever said something about someone that wouldn’t fall under the category of encouraging? I have.

Have you ever seen something about someone else that you didn’t like and pointed it out? I have.

Have you ever done this with someone in the Lord’s Church? I have.

Let me tell you one of the biggest problems with life. Ready?

We are often called upon (or we just take on the responsibility on our own for no good reason) to speak on a subject that we are less than experts in. Such as, I don’t know… ---- people.

For us to truly understand the Human Condition, we must see ourselves for who we really are. I lived many years under self-delusions. CRAZY self-delusions as to the type of person I was. I once thought I was cool. See… told ya it was crazy.

When I was a kid… there was this guy I went to school with. People used to talk about how his clothes were so old… and they were. One day his pants ripped in class… and everyone laughed…

He looked so embarrassed. I didn’t understand till much later that his pants probably ripped because they were so old. He couldn’t afford to buy new stuff… He wore it till it absolutely wore out. They were probably hand-me-downs many times over.

That didn’t change the fact that he was a person. He never had many friends. Everyone thought he as strange. The friends he had were pretty much like him… strange. Or so I thought.

In High school… when classes get harder and good grades become harder to come by… this guy was holding steady. He was really smart. I was assigned to a research assignment with him. It took a couple of days... but he opened up and he was just like me.
I just needed to look a little harder to see it. His name was Shawn.
He wasn’t really popular. But he was real. God made him. Just like he made me.
Think of someone you really don’t care for. If they were to walk into church… would you be happy?

Would you encourage them?

Would I? I wonder…

Would it be hard? Probably. Would I…..?????

Hebrews 10: 23Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;
24and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,

Well there’s my answer. I have to.

Is it for me to say anything about anyone other than to encourage them in a loving manner? No.

Think about people like pictures… you flip through God’s pictures… Do we see what God was thinking when he made that picture? Do we see why he cares about it? Do we want to do what we can to help God preserve it?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


I surrender. Have you ever said those words?

To surrender means to yield (something) to the possession or power of another. It is either demanded of you and you give it freely, or it is given up by force.

Whatever the motivation… it means you lose.

There was a mass surrender of German Troops to the 347th Infantry Regiment on May 6, 1945. That was the day before the unconditional surrender of all German forces was signed on May 7th. The day before…

They knew it was over. Sometimes you just know it’s over. You play a game with someone that is better than you at the game… or maybe you just make a mistake and it really costs you in the long run. And then you are at a point where you think, ‘I’ve had it. There’s no way out of this.’

It’s a bad feeling. When you know you are not going to win. Don’t you always want to win? Sure.

Being beaten is one thing… but to surrender carries the understanding that you could postpone your defeat, but there’s no point… it’s over. So you give in to the inevitable conclusion.

So in effect you are saying to your opponent, “Look. I’m beat. I could delay this… but allow me to bow to your superior ability or position.”

Surrender also does something else. Something special. Surrender engenders peace.
It takes a conflict situation and brings about unity. Maybe it is rather begrudgingly… but the conflict is taken away.

If it is accepted fully. Sometimes it’s not. Sometimes compromises are made. Remember Pharaoh. (we’re doing Moses this year in VBS). Pharaoh made compromises, didn’t he? He was a master at compromises. Pharaoh was beaten. Over and over and over again.

When Pharaoh wanted Moses to go out and make supplication for him before God, and Moses said he had to go 3 days journey into the wilderness… Pharaoh said:
Well, okay… but… Don’t go too far…
Well, okay… but… only the men…
Well, okay… but… leave your flocks and herds behind…
Compromise, compromise, compromise.

That’s why unconditional surrender is so handy. You either surrender or we will wipe you out. Your choice.

Pharaoh was beat. In fact, he was beat several times over. He just refused to believe it. It’s funny how we will submit to ANY terms rather than yield to complete submission… we want some power… no matter what it is.

James tells us to Submit. To God.

It’s a surrender. An unconditional surrender. Anything less is not Submitting. It is holding back what you are unwilling to give up.

You wake up and your house is burning down… you are going to lose that house. If you run back in for something it is because you feel that you are not willing to let it go. What would you run back in for? Jewelry? Photos? T.V.?

Green Lantern Comics? ---- oh… wait… I’m thinking… hang on… (kidding)

You are gonna lose your house. You are surrendering it to the fire. You are powerless to stop it. Do you stay and fight against the inevitable or do you give up and live another day to build a new house?

Your life is up for grabs… a battle is being fought and you are the prize. Before the end comes… you can say, “Okay… I yield. To you.”

Who is the “You”? Is it God?

Romans 8: 6For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,
7because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,
8and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Right now… if you need to… Just give up.
Submit to God.