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“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people.” (I Peter 2:9, KJV) God’s people have always been special to Him. The King James Version of Exodus 19:5 describes them as a “peculiar treasure,” a possession He values and holds dear to Himself. The word peculiar has several meanings. As a teen I never took time to check a dictionary. In my mind peculiar meant strange, and being an oddball was not a particular goal for my life. Why did I have to be strange to be a Christian? A trip to the dictionary…

“But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses.” Exodus 4:13–14, NIV. Can you identify with Moses’ feelings of reluctance and inadequacy? “No God, not me, please choose someone else. Don’t you know my weaknesses and limitations?” Personally, I have been at this place an embarrassing number of times in my life. God called Moses to be the deliverer, but fear, insecurity, and maybe even pride took the place of faithful obedience to God’s commandment and calling. God’s anger burned when Moses helplessly begged, “Please send someone else.” It was God’s…

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9 from the New International Version of the Holy Bible) It is difficult to wrap your mind around how incredible God really is.  As I was doing devotions this morning I stopped for a moment to think about it.  He designed this whole world.  Each one of us has been placed here for a specific purpose – how amazing is that?  It takes my breath away when I think…