Category Archives: God’s presence

Hannah and Mary – Six Degrees of Separation

Much of Hannah’s prayer (1Sam. 2:1-10) is very similar in structure and style to Mary’s hymn of praise (Lk 1:46-55).  The first reading begins “My heart exults in the Lord!” while the New Testament account begins “My soul magnifies the … Continue reading

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The Story of Sampson

Today’s reading covers the story of Sampson (Judges 14-16).  The tale reads like something out of a Shakespearean tragedy.  A leader of the people, blessed with outlandish strength, is strong and firm in his commitment to God.  His dedication hits … Continue reading

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A Fall From Grace

Throughout the Hebrew Bible, we see a never-ending circle of actions that fail to correct themselves but always face dire consequences.  The repetition of God’s favor, to the people, leads to sin and they do what is displeasing to the … Continue reading

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Boundaries Boundaries Everywhere

Just when you thought it was safe to get over the endless lists of does and don’ts; rule after rule, there is more to the story.  Joshua 15-17 discusses the boundaries regarding borders in the “Land Flowing with Milk and … Continue reading

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God Gives Us Purpose

“Joshua said to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, because tomorrow ADONAI is going to work wonders among you.’” (Josh. 3:5). This is a newly found verse that called to me in the reading for Thursday.  We are to prepare our hearts and … Continue reading

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God Knows Our Hearts

“Once you have entered the land the Lord your God is giving you and you have taken possession of it and settled down in it, you might say: ‘Let’s appoint a king over us, as all our neighboring nations have done.’ You can … Continue reading

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Go North!

“Finally ADONAI said to me, ‘You have been going around this mountain long enough!  Head north, and give this order to the people.’” (Deut. 2:2 CJB). We circle the same problems, the same bad relationships, even the same places in a … Continue reading

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Commissioning Our Leaders

Thursday’s reading contained some more laws, but nestled in the pages of Chapter 27 lies the first transition of power, the new leader of the Hebrew people (Num. 27:18-21). In the text, God directs Moses to appoint Joshua as the … Continue reading

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God Gave Me a Sign!

When Caeleb came into the world, there were some concerns regarding breathing due to a few complications during pregnancy.  Cazandra developed gestational diabetes, and further medical issues increased the chances of health risks for the baby.  To protect both mom … Continue reading

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God Leads, They Follow!

The Torah is not for sissies.  The reading proves difficult, and the names get more difficult to pronounce with each passing chapter.  Sometimes I feel like saying, “Help me Obi-Wan Knobie.  You are my only hope.”  Leviticus brought law after … Continue reading

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