Moses started a seemingly impossible task because he trusted that God would help.
How could he lead the Israelite people out of captivity? How could they survive for years in the wilderness, trying to make it to the Promised Land? How could they possibly make it through the forty years of wandering after they failed to trust in God’s provision when He told them to go into the Promised Land but they were too afraid to listen?
There’s really a pretty simple answer,
Moses couldn’t have.
The Israelites didn’t escape Egypt and find the Promised Land, by the power of Moses. It was Moses being willing to trust God to do the miracles that would be necessary to survive, that led to the Israelites’ renewed freedom. Moses had to trust in God, and take action, without always knowing what the end result would be.
Moses was willing to go to action and to start a process without knowing for sure what would happen. The Moses of NotoftheNorm is Nick Brown. Nick started this blog site early this spring and it took off pretty quickly. The stuff Nick was writing about was the stuff people wanted to read. Similar to how Moses talked about an end to slavery was something the Israelite people were very interested in. Nick got this blog out of captivity in Egypt and into the wilderness, with a vision to bring this blog to the Promised Land.
Moses didn’t end up being the one to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. He brought them as far as he could, all the way to the doorstep, but it wasn’t Moses’ place to lead them into the land of promise.
“Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the LORD showed him the whole land–from Gilead to Dan, all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the western sea, the Negev and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar. Then the LORD said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.” Deuteronomy 34:1-4
This passage of scripture is the last moment of Moses’s epic life. Moses climbs up a mountain, in an area with a lot of crazy names, and there God shows him the whole of the Promised Land. Make no mistake, this was a miracle. There was some sort of miraculous power that took ahold of Moses’ sight so that he would be able to see all the land.
Moses had led a successful life, not perfect, but successful. Moses had accomplished the task that was given to him.
“Lead the people to the promised land.”
Right after this passage, Moses dies and is buried by the Lord. At this point Joshua takes over leadership of the Israelite people and leads them into the Promised Land. This trek into the Promised Land isn’t a cake walk though. They will face all kinds of obstacles, but by trusting in the Lord they will be able to conquer many foes.
NotoftheNorm Ministries is about to step into the Promised Land. Nick Brown was our Moses, he led this ministry team to the front door of the Promised Land, but that is where Nick’s leadership is wrapped up. On mount Nebo God took Moses home, to be with Him. God had a new plan for Moses. Now Nick didn’t die, but God has a new plan for Nick.
Nick Brown has handed the leadership of NotoftheNorm over to me. I am incredibly excited for this opportunity and am chomping at the bit to take this ministry into the Promised Land. Nick Brown will still be an author for NotoftheNorm, so don’t worry he isn’t gone, just stepping back from leadership.
NotoftheNorm is already striving to bring our ministry to the next level. Our goal is to present the truth, encouragement, and love of God, to as many people as is possible, via social media. Social Media is a truly amazing and undervalued ministry ground. Everyone is on social media. We as people have the opportunity to reach so many people with the love of God through social media. That is what we are striving to do here at NotoftheNorm.
Our name states who we are, and what we want. We desire to be outside of the norm. We don’t want to be “cut from the same cloth” as the rest of the world. We want to Fight the norm. We are striving to bring opportunities of growth to as many people as is possible.
Over the next few weeks, NotoftheNorm will be going through some changes. Firstly we will be bringing on more authors! And increasing the number of blog posts! This is exciting! I am super stoked for you guys to meet the new people on board with NotN. We have some really dope writers who are committed to blessing you guys with the love of God. I’m not sure who’s more excited, me, or the new authors. So over the next two weeks expect to meet some of our new writers! Message them, follow them on twitter. They want to get to know you guys and hear what you have to say!
Secondly NotN has launched all new social media sites. We can now be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Just search for @notofthenorm and you will find us! We will be using these social media sites as platforms to share the love of God with everyone.
A classic phrase of ministry is, “to meet people where they are at.”
Let me tell you, they are on social media. I don’t go outside every day, but I do go on social media every day. These sites are an amazing opportunity to bring truth into peoples lives.
It used to be that you would have to have the courage to approach someone face to face to share the gospel with them. In order to do that you would probably have to know them pretty well. This is not the world we live in anymore!
You have the opportunity to reach people for Christ with the touch of a button!
Lastly, NotoftheNorm will be launching all new graphic design for our social media sites within the next week. We are also striving to make NotoftheNorm clothing available! So keep your eyes open for the new look of NotoftheNorm!
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8
This verse is the foundation of who we are at NotoftheNorm. This verse describes our goal. This goal isn’t attainable without YOUR help. There are two very easy things you can do to help spread the gospel to all the earth.
First; pray. Just pray for us. Pray for our writers. Pray for our readers. Pray for everyone involved with NotN. Prayer is the thing that we covet most.
Second; follow, like, and subscribe. NotN is everywhere. We are on all social media sites, posting all of our material so that Gods love is meeting people right where they are at. By following us on social media and liking/sharing our posts you are helping to spread the gospel.
Please get a hold of us! If you want to know how to get involved or have any questions let us know! Comment, tweet at us, Facebook message, or email firstname.lastname@example.org!
We strive to grow so that we may increase the number of people that are reached with the love of God. Join us on this journey!