Spiritual

Exodus 18-20

In Chapter 18 of Exodus, Jethro comes to visit Moses in the wilderness. He brings with him Moses' wife and his sons. Now, I always thought that Moses and the Israelites were wandering around in the wilderness lost. Apparently, they weren't lost in the way I thought they were since Jethro knew where to find… Continue reading Exodus 18-20

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Spiritual

Exodus 15-17

The Israelites have escaped Pharaoh and now they're wandering in the desert. They're excited and happy. They sing songs of praise to God and to Moses. In Chapter 15 of Exodus, they're full of praise. They're singing. They're dancing. They're shouting for joy. 2 The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become… Continue reading Exodus 15-17

Spiritual

Exodus 11-14

At the end of Chapter 10, Pharaoh told Moses to leave and never come back, and Moses agreed to go away. Now, after all the other plagues God visited upon Egypt, God tells Moses that He has one more plague in store. After He sends this one, God says, Pharaoh will not only let the children… Continue reading Exodus 11-14

Spiritual

Exodus 7-10

Chapters 7 and 8 of Exodus look pretty familiar to me from years of watching The Ten Commandments. God tells Moses what to do and say, and he and Aaron return to Pharaoh again and again, turning Moses' rod into a serpent, turning the rivers into blood, bringing on the plagues of frogs, lice, and… Continue reading Exodus 7-10

Spiritual

Exodus 5-6

Moses asks Pharaoh to let his people go so they can travel three days into the wilderness and then offer sacrifices to their God. Sounds like a reasonable request to anyone who believes in the God of Abraham, but it doesn't sound reasonable to Pharaoh. Pharaoh gets angry. If the people have so much idle… Continue reading Exodus 5-6

Spiritual, Trust

Exodus 3-4

Moses has fled Egypt and settled in a strange land. He's busy working here, tending his father-in-law's sheep. Life's good. He's happy, or at least content. And then one day, after he takes the flocks to Horeb (which the notes I made in the margins of my Bible tell me means "Desolation") God speaks to… Continue reading Exodus 3-4

Spiritual

A Stranger in a Strange Land

Exodus begins long enough after Joseph's death that the new King of Egypt doesn't know who Joseph was. He's ruling over a country filled with outsiders who are not only prosperous, but who outnumber the Egyptians by a wide margin--wide enough to make the king start thinking maybe he ought to be concerned. I mean,… Continue reading A Stranger in a Strange Land

Christ, Gratitude, Spiritual

Therefore take no thought…

Matthew 6: 30-33:  30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven,shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall… Continue reading Therefore take no thought…

Family, Gratitude, Holidays, Spiritual

Fear Not; I Will Help Thee

Psalms 16:1  Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.Isaiah 41:13: For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. I'm having a tough day today. There's no sugar-coating it. Serious things are going on, and I don't know how… Continue reading Fear Not; I Will Help Thee

Spiritual

Today is the Lord’s Day

Since we moved to Florida, life's been both exceptionally sweet and exceptionally hard. There's been no middle ground. I'm either overwhelmed by the joy of being with both of my kids and grandkids, or by the difficulty of living in someone else's house, or by the depths of depression, either my own or someone else's. It… Continue reading Today is the Lord’s Day