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Being Transformed

Short reads with big impact. Follow along with New Song's pastors as we read through the Being Transformed Journal together.

· 6 min read
What Are We Looking For in the Tabernacle?

The construction of the tabernacle found in Exodus can be one of those sections of scripture that can be easy for us to simply skim through, as a new covenant believing American Gentile. We are thousands of years removed from the culture, tools, materials, and measurements. What does acacia wood look like? How many feet are in a cubit? I didn’t even know you could weave thread from goat hair. Furthermore, the significance of the fixtures and furniture commanded by God to be constructed for consecration and worship are incredibly alien to us who worship God in renovated buildings with screens and speakers. In light of all this, we tend to exegete, or interpret the meaning or application of these chapters in Scripture, in one of two ways:

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David Terry
Executive Worship Pastor
· 6 min read
What Does it Mean to Desecrate the Sabbath?

Exodus 31:14
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.

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Sarah Blount
Lead Pastor
· 6 min read
What is ‘Atonement Money’?

Exodus 30:11-16 (AMP)
Then the LORD said to Moses, “When you take the census of the Israelites, each one shall give a ransom for himself to the LORD when you count them, so that no plague will come on them when you number them. This is what everyone who is counted shall give [as he joins those already counted]: a half shekel, according to the sanctuary shekel (the shekel is twenty gerahs); a half shekel as a contribution to the LORD. Everyone who is counted, from twenty years old and over, [as he joins those already counted], shall give this contribution to the LORD. The rich shall not give more and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel, when you give this contribution to the LORD to make atonement for yourselves. You shall take the atonement money from the Israelites and use it [exclusively] for the service of the Tent of Meeting, so that it may be a memorial for the Israelites before the LORD, to make atonement for yourselves.”

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Ashley Bassoppo-Moyo
Missions & Outreach Pastor
· 8 min read
Does Scripture Endorse Slavery?

“These are the ordinances that you shall set before them: “When you buy a male Hebrew slave, he shall serve six years, but in the seventh he shall go out a free person, without debt. 
Exodus 21:1-2 (NRSV)

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Jackson Wilson
Executive Students Ministry Pastor
· 5 min read
Had They Forgotten God?

Exodus 16:3
The Israelites said to them, "If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."

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Sarah Blount
Lead Pastor
· 5 min read
Exodus 11 - Why Were the Firstborn Killed?

Exodus 11:4 (NIV) So Moses said, "This is what the Lord says: 'About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. 5 Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the female slave, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well.

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Josh Blount
Lead Pastor
· 5 min read
Why Did God Seek to Kill Moses?

”At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses and was about to kill him. But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it. ‘Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,’ she said. So the Lord let him alone. (At that time she said ‘bridegroom of blood,’ referring to circumcision.)”
Exodus 4:24-26 (NIV)

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Tonderai Bassoppo-Moyo
Associate Pastor
· 4 min read
What’s the Deal With the Second Son?

“Now then, your two sons born to you in Egypt before I came to you here will be reckoned as mine; Ephraim and Manasseh will be mine, just as Reuben and Simeon are mine. Any children born to you after them will be yours; in the territory they inherit they will be reckoned under the names of their brothers. As I was returning from Paddan, to my sorrow Rachel died in the land of Canaan while we were still on the way, a little distance from Ephrath. So I buried her there beside the road to Ephrath” (that is, Bethlehem). When Israel saw the sons of Joseph, he asked, “Who are these?”
Genesis‬ 48‬:5‬-8‬ NIV‬‬

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Tonderai Bassoppo-Moyo
Associate Pastor
· 4 min read
What's the Significance of Genealogies?

Oh boy! Here we are in one of those genealogy chapters in the Bible, where we read about who begat who and the different tribes that came from the lineage.

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Josh Blount
Lead Pastor
· 5 min read
How Do You Marry the Wrong Woman

Genesis 29:25 And in the morning, behold, it was Leah!

Imagine waking up the morning after your wedding night and discovering someone other than the love of your life was lying next to you—wild stuff. Now imagine learning your new father-in-law was behind the most elaborate prank since, well, since the time you pranked your own father and brother. You reap what you sow.

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Sarah Blount
Lead Pastor
· 6 min read
Why Did Abraham Send Ishmael Away?

"When Isaac grew up and was about to be weaned, Abraham prepared a huge feast to celebrate the occasion. But Sarah saw Ishmael—the son of Abraham and her Egyptian servant Hagar—making fun of her son, Isaac. So she turned to Abraham and demanded, 'Get rid of that slave woman and her son. He is not going to share the inheritance with my son, Isaac. I won’t have it!' This upset Abraham very much because Ishmael was his son. But God told Abraham, 'Do not be upset over the boy and your servant. Do whatever Sarah tells you, for Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted. But I will also make a nation of the descendants of Hagar’s son because he is your son, too.' So Abraham got up early the next morning, prepared food and a container of water, and strapped them on Hagar’s shoulders. Then he sent her away with their son, and she wandered aimlessly in the wilderness of Beersheba. When the water was gone, she put the boy in the shade of a bush. Then she went and sat down by herself about a hundred yards away. 'I don’t want to watch the boy die,' she said, as she burst into tears. But God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, 'Hagar, what’s wrong? Do not be afraid! God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Go to him and comfort him, for I will make a great nation from his descendants.' Then God opened Hagar’s eyes, and she saw a well full of water. She quickly filled her water container and gave the boy a drink. And God was with the boy as he grew up in the wilderness. He became a skillful archer, and he settled in the wilderness of Paran. His mother arranged for him to marry a woman from the land of Egypt." Genesis 21:8-21 (NLT)

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David Terry
Executive Worship Pastor
· 4 min read
Who is Melchizedek?

”Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said: “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” And he gave him a tithe of all.“
Genesis‬ 14‬:18‬-20‬ (NKJV‬‬)

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Tonderai Bassoppo-Moyo
Associate Pastor
· 3 min read
Why Did He Say 'GO AWAY'?

”While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples. When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes, he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. News of this spread through all that region.“
Matthew‬ 9‬:18‬-19‬, 23‬-26‬ NIV‬‬

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Tonderai Bassoppo-Moyo
Associate Pastor
· 3 min read
A Call to Repentance

3 Then Samuel said to all the people of Israel, “If you want to return to the Lord with all your hearts, get rid of your foreign gods and your images of Ashtoreth. Turn your hearts to the Lord and obey him alone; then he will rescue you from the Philistines.” 4 So the Israelites got rid of their images of Baal and Ashtoreth and worshiped only the Lord.
I Samuel 7

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Casey Bush
Creative Director
· 4 min read
A Heart Set on Pilgrimage

Psalm 84: How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Selah Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. As they go through the Valley of Baca they make it a place of springs the early rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion. O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed! For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you! (ESV)

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Maddy Brown
Student Ministry Worship Pastor
· 7 min read
Going Back in Order to Go Forward

4 So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6 For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 7 And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. 8 So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.
GENESIS 45:4-8

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Jackson Wilson
Executive Students Ministry Pastor
· 5 min read
Take it Personally

If I were to ask you what Abraham is known for in the Bible, I think I could guess the top three answers. He is the Father of Faith - honored for his obedience and righteousness, he is the man who led his son to the altar to be offered as a sacrifice to prove his faith in God, and he is “Father Abraham who had many sons, and many sons had Father Abraham…“. And, I would agree with you. Abraham is all those things, but recently as I read through Genesis again, I noticed something that never caught my attention. Abraham was an intercessor! His conversation with God concerning the judgment of Sodom is the first recorded example of intercessory prayer.

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Courtney Haggard
Connections & Community Pastor
· 4 min read
A Testimony of Grace

In our Being Transformed Journal, we get to look at a piece of Paul’s letter to the early church that beautifully describes what the Transforming work of Jesus looks like.

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Maddy Brown
Student Ministry Worship Pastor
· 5 min read
Transformed From Sorrow to Joy

“So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.” John 16:22 (ESV)

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Kent Warren
Executive Children’s Ministry Pastor
· 6 min read
The Forest Beyond the Trees

Often when I read the Bible, I find myself breaking it up into a collection of stories, the testimonies of people long before my time. That comes from my kid’s ministry background. It’s easier to break down complex ideas through the lens of a story, like disobedience - that’s less intimidating to talk about when you share the story of Jonah, Saul, or Adam and Eve. Their stories paint a picture for us to understand.

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Courtney Haggard
Connections & Community Pastor
· 4 min read
The Maturity Test

2 Now the Jews' Feast of Booths was at hand. 3 So his brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. 4 For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.” 5 For not even his brothers believed in him. 6 Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil. 8 You go up to the feast. I am not going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come.”
John 7:2-8 (ESV)

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Jackson Wilson
Executive Students Ministry Pastor
· 2 min read
Glory to God

Growing up in a pastor’s family, I had what some people may label an “inherited faith.” It was in college that I sorted out my belief system for myself. Even at a Christian university, it could have been easy to succumb to the pressures of my culture and walk away from my childhood faith. But instead, I found a new close relationship with Jesus and I have continued growing spiritually ever since. I remember dissecting a short essay in my English class titled “Dogma is the Drama” by Dorothy Sayers, and was forever marked by her radical words.

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Joy Barker
Associate Children's Ministry Pastor
· 5 min read
The Sin Of The Golden Calf

The story of the Israelites from the point where Moses is introduced to when they enter into the promise land is a wild ride. It’s a roller coaster of emotions and spectacle of events that at times can feel very overwhelming and hard to grasp. There’s swarms of locust, columns of fire and smoke, a water fountain rock, a mountain, among other events that probably don’t really fit into our personal experience of life to say the least. Among these chapters in Israel’s story is that of the golden calf.

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David Terry
Executive Worship Pastor
· 6 min read
Who’s Thirsty?

John 2:1-2 (NKJV)
“On the third day, there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.”

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Kent Warren
Executive Children’s Ministry Pastor
· 6 min read
He Meant to Pass Them By

I hope this time in the New Testament shred has been refreshing for you and has caused you to dig deeper into the things of our God. I have found myself in amazement as I read of all the miracles of Jesus listed out one by one - what a way to fill up my cup of faith! I have also found myself asking questions about things I have breezed past before.

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Courtney Haggard
Connections & Community Pastor
· 4 min read
Street Called Straight

Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; and taking food, he was strengthened.
ACTS 9:10-19 (ESV)

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Jackson Wilson
Executive Students Ministry Pastor
· 3 min read
It’s the Family Business

Love it or hate it, Christmas is a time for family. There are workplace Christmas parties where we will hear “this place is a family.” We are expected to attend, lets be honest, sub-par elementary Christmas performances for our nieces and nephews at their school. We will gather at grandma’s house and open presents on Christmas Eve and then show up at our in-laws house Christmas morning in matching PJ’s. Tis the season of gathering with all our different “families.”

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David Terry
Executive Worship Pastor
· 3 min read
I See You!

In this week’s reading, we got a pretty good spread of the Bible. We start in the old testament with Isaiah, jump around the Bible and end up in the New Testament. The first scripture, Isaiah 5:20, and the last, 1 Timothy 1:15-17, stood out to me the most for how I felt at that moment.

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Eman Ratliff
Facilities Director
· 5 min read
Righteousness and Belonging

Romans has always been a fascinating book for me to read. It presents an opportunity to view the necessity of Christ as it pertains to righteousness and belonging. It contrasts the Gentiles and their experience with Christ versus that of the Israelites. Ah yes, and the famous process to being saved. So how does one unpack it all and get the clearest understanding of what Paul was seeking to communicate?

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Tonderai Bassoppo-Moyo
Associate Pastor
· 6 min read
God's Gift To Us

Romans 8:18-39 NLT
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

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Kent Warren
Executive Children’s Ministry Pastor
· 5 min read
The Wages of Sin Was Death

I cannot remember exactly when I realized as a kid that every movie I watched followed the same general script, but I distinctly remember thinking, what if they made a movie where the ending was the bad guy winning, the hero dying, chaos abounding, and then cut to the end-credits? Something in me knew I would not like it! I would feel unsettled, cheated, and frustrated. Turns out I was right, thank you Avengers: Infinity War. It’s no wonder we love a happy ending. We want to see good triumph over evil - right?

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Courtney Haggard
Connections & Community Pastor
· 5 min read
It's Not About Us

ROMANS 1:16-17 (ESV)
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

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Jackson Wilson
Executive Students Ministry Pastor
· 3 min read
Not Foreigners

Ephesians 2:11-13 (NKJV)
11 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— 12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

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Josh Romano
Associate Pastor
· 6 min read
The Stride of Liberty

Galatians 1:10 ESV
“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

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Ashley Bassoppo-Moyo
Missions & Outreach Pastor
· 3 min read
Rejoice and be United Always

In our Being Transformed Journals, we are wrapping up Pauls’s second letter to the Corinthian church. We have followed him as he talked about suffering. We even, toward the end, get a glimpse into some personal struggles he had, aka the thorn. So how do you wrap it up? What do you say as you finish your letter that hopefully brings change, conviction, and God back at the center of it all?

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Eman Ratliff
Facilities Director
· 4 min read
Comfort in Affliction

2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:3-5‬ ‭ESV
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.”

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Joy Barker
Associate Children's Ministry Pastor
· 3 min read
The Mark of the Spiritually Mature

1 Corinthians 13:11 NKJV
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

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David Terry
Executive Worship Pastor
· 3 min read
A Kingdom Foundation

Pastor Tonderai Bassoppo-Moyo
Executive Teaching & Discipleship Pastor

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Tonderai Bassoppo-Moyo
Associate Pastor