[bible:365] Exodus 1-19

There are few sections of the Old Testament that capture our imagination quite like the story of the Exodus from Egypt. From the interwoven story of Moses, a murderer in all respects (2:12), to the incredible plagues of Egypt, to the parting of the Red Sea, there is nothing quite like it, and it is likely the Old Testament’s most well known story.

The Israelites’ time in slavery must have been terrible for them. Slavery is horrible for anyone, but the Israelites had been promised so much by God, they were going to be a great nation, and God was going to give them a land of their own. How would this promise have looked to them while they were slaves in Egypt? Might they have felt as though God had abandoned them? Maybe thinking that God had broken his promise to them, or he had never intended to keep it? continue reading…

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With a Thankful Heart

Thanksgiving has always been a big ordeal for my family, second only to Christmas: lots of family and lots of food.  In recent years, I’ve begun to feel a little uneasy with this arrangement.  While we are eating our huge Thanksgiving feast, likely encroaching on the sin of gluttony, there are 925 million hungry people in our world – this world that Christ has called us to reach, both spiritually and physically (whatever you do for the least of these…).

Every day, almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes.  Sixteen thousand!  Find a clock.  Watch five seconds go by.  In that amount of time, someone’s son or daughter, brother or sister, has died because they didn’t have access to the nutrition they needed.   Continue reading…