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In The Garden Daily Devotional
Sunday Message
"The City Of Refuge"
Pastor Wayne Clabaugh

Scripture Reading: Joshua 20: 1-6
Scripture Text: "Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Appoint out for you cities of refuge, whereof I spake unto you by the hand of Moses: That the slayer that killeth any person unawares and unwittingly may flee thither: and they shall be your refuge from the avenger of blood." Joshua 20:2,3 (KJV

Good morning and welcome to this Sunday edition of In The Garden. Let me ask you a question this morning... Have you ever felt like you just needed to "get away"?

I can remember the old Calgon commercial when I was a young lad that would push that idea by to the limit by showing a housewife or a mother going through a rough day with telephones ringing off the hook, kids screaming all around her; food burning on the stove; and with that stress-drawn look on her face - wiping off her brow with her apron she would anxiously proclaim, "Calgon, take me away".

Well, I'm going to speaking to you today about that Place of Refuge in just a couple of minutes - but before I do here's a great song by The Booth Brothers, entitled, "This is what Salvation's Done For Me". I'll be right back after the song with today's message.

There are a few of us in this modern day and age that I'm sure wish we had a place of refuge - a place to "hide out from the world" who seeks to exact their pound of flesh from us. Yet, there are very few that ever find that place - and for most... their city of refuge ends up being their own home; shades drawn, phones off the hook with the Television as their only companion.

Our text today speaks of an even greater need for refuge than what I just described. Our text and subsequent scripture found it ( ) describes entire cities - set aside on land divided amongst the 12 tribes and given to the tribe of the Levites. (Priestly tribe)