It’s back-to-school time and my thoughts are turning to teachers…
I am blessed to have been taught by some excellent teachers, Not all were in a classroom. Many came into my life through the years to mentor, encourage, and train me in different life areas. Some were managers in the workplace. Others served alongside me at church. Still others were friends who modeled the reality of living for Christ.
As a young child of nine years old, I listened intently, wide-eyed with delight, as my father read the lilting verse from the musty, second-hand volume of The Oxford Book of English Verse. How his voice danced with the rhythm of the words! Up, down, round, and through. Over and under each syllable he sailed, propelled by the wind of poetic joy. Like a master violinist, he played each syllable with all of his heart, pouring into it the essence of his being. Continue reading
A Story of Love, Desperation, and Hope During a Great Biblical Epoch
Sold into slavery by her father and forsaken by the man she was supposed to marry, young Egyptian Kiya must serve a mistress who takes pleasure in her humiliation. When terrifying plagues strike Egypt, Kiya is in the middle of it all.
To save her older brother and escape the bonds of slavery, Kiya flees with the Hebrews during the Great Exodus. She finds herself utterly dependent on a fearsome God she’s only just beginning to learn about, and in love with a man who despises her people. With everything she’s ever known swept away, will Kiya turn back toward Egypt or surrender her life and her future to Yahweh?
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The story of Cain and Abel is one of the saddest in the Bible, but it is also a story full of God’s mercy. Two brothers offer sacrifices to God. Abel gives his best and pleased God. Cain does not. When he knows God is not pleased, he gets angry. Genesis 4:6-7 says, “Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.'” God didn’t send fiery judgment or make it impossible to serve Him. He patiently showed Cain what he had done wrong and how to do right. Continue reading
As I write this post, Americans are enduring tragic situations in every direction. Cat 5 Hurricane Irma has already ravaged the Caribbean islands in the Atlantic, and is pounding its way through southern Florida and is predicted to continue up through Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. Several of the authors who share this blog with us have homes in Florida. Meanwhile fires are raging across Washington Continue reading