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These Hands

“I will be the same in your old age, and I will bear you up when you turn gray. I have made you, and I will carry you; I will bear and save you.” Isaiah 46:4 I was working around the house today, and as I was scurrying around putting everything in its rightful place, I glanced down at my hands. Something made me stop, and I just stared down at my hands, examining them. These weren’t the hands they used to be; they were worn, creased with lines, and roughened a bit from the effects of time and use. I stood there focused on the change I had never seen in them before. To my surprise, I did not get distressed over these signs Read More

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The Shadow of the Almighty

“Ah, stubborn children,” declares the Lord, “who carry out a plan, but not mine, and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin, who set to go down to Egypt, without asking for my direction, to take refuge in the protection of the Pharaoh and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt!”  Isaiah 30:1-2 Who do you look to when you need to be saved? Who is your refuge and your ally? Back in the time of the prophet Isaiah, the “stubborn children” of Israel looked to Egypt and its Pharaoh for hope when facing threats from the nearby kingdom of Assyria. Egypt, however, was an ironic choice since it had cruelly enslaved and oppressed God’s Read More

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The Edge of Impossible

Imagine you and your family standing at the edge of a deep ocean with the thundering sounds of horses approaching, carrying battle-ready soldiers who want to harm you. You see the dark forces coming as you cling to your children, but there is absolutely no way out. You have never been gripped by such fear and desperation. But wait. At that exact moment of your hopelessness, you see great walls of water rising up out of the sea right in front of you…and there it is: the way of escape you never could have imagined, a straight path of deliverance in the midst of an impossible situation. The people who experienced this great deliverance were the chosen ones of God. They had been in bondage Read More