Motherhood & Sanctity

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Gomer: Praises to the God who Redeems an Adulteress

As Israel uncovers herself to whore with Baal for the price children and rain, the God of heaven and earth looks and declares: “no birth, no pregnancy, no conception! Even if they bring up children, I will bereave them till none is left. Woe to them when I depart from them (Hosea 9:11-12)! Yet His burning anger in Hosea is graciously weaved with the hope of His salvation. And so He beckons: “Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you” (Hosea 10:12).  Like a loving Husband longing for the contrition of His adulterous wife, God, through Hosea, calls His people to return (Hosea 14:1-4).

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Hannah, God Works Sovereignly Through Prayer

Surely, the LORD is good and strong! In His sovereignty, God works through Hannah’s prayers to establish His will for her and Israel. This same God has given us His own Son. What more then will He withhold from us, His children? Our Father in heaven gives good things to those who ask of him (Matthew 7:7-11). So pray Christian, for the sake of His glory and the praise of His grace, pray!

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Naomi and the Sovereignty of God in Human Suffering

If common experience makes for good friendship, Naomi and Job would have gotten along well. Speaking of the loss of his own health, property and children, Job states: “For the arrows of the Almighty are in me; my spirit drinks their poison; the terrors of God are arrayed against me” (Job 6:4). Naomi and Job knew pain well. And they knew God well, for they attribute their suffering to Him. In short, the two never deny God the honor of His sovereignty amid their pain.

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Ruth, God’s Gracious Providence in Redemption

In the days of the judges when everyone did what was right in his own eyes, a Moabite woman does what is right in God’s eyes (Ruth 1:1; Judges 21:25). Ruth reflects God’s own covenant love for His people in choosing to leave her familial home for the saving of another. She turns from father, mother, and country for a people she does not know and finds refuge under the wings of Israel’s God (Ruth 2:11-12).

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Jochebed, Abortion and the Simple Choice

I wonder as I read: how early did Jochebed rise to prepare her basket? Were her eyes blurry with tears as she worked? Did her lips quiver in whispered prayers as she nursed her child for what may have been the last time? Did her heart pace within her as she set her son in the river? A daubed basket in the Nile was more merciful than the fatal hands of Pharaoh so Jochebed released it, trusting her baby to the water and ultimately to God. In all, she simply didn't want her child to die. It was just that simple.

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Leah’s Eyes were Weak but her God was Strong

an you imagine being hated by your own husband? His cold eyes for you transform into longing whenever your sister walks by. What tears those weak eyes must have shed! Surely, Leah was a woman acquainted with many sorrows. Just consider the following: she is treated as an object of deceit by her own father; she endures the rape of a daughter (Genesis 34:1-2) and then the murderous revenge of her sons (Genesis 34:3-25); she bears the shame of her eldest son’s illicit relationship with his father’s concubine (Genesis 35:22); and witnesses the painful death of her sister (Genesis 35:16-19).

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1.4 Million Ebola Cases Estimated for January. Are You Praying?

As I write, some 3,400 persons have died from the outbreak – leaving families in dismay and children orphaned and stigmatized. Worse still, the virus continues to spread uncontained. The CDC estimates 1.4 million Ebola cases by the end of January! They see no end to the outbreak at present.

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Christian Persecution & Psalm 23

Today, I remember the Good Shepherd in light of the persecuted church. As I write, thousands of Iraqi Christians are displaced; threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants to either abandon home, convert to Islam, or face death. Many roam today as refugees in Mosul without the promise of food or shelter.

In Northern Nigeria, the Islamic militant group, Boko Haram, continues to bomb churches, murder Christians and abduct girls for forced marriages. Christians there are living under the constant threat of death – they are indeed sheep trailing through the valley of the shadow of death!

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The God who Sees Me: the Opening of Hagar's Eyes

Hagar flees again in Genesis 21:1-14, —only this time, she is sent away. As she and her son stumble around in the desert, dehydrated and near death, the God of Beer-lahai-roi shows up as living water. The LORD hears the cries of Ishmael and comes down to Hagar in her grief to provide water and life to her and her child (Genesis 21:15-19).

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Sarah's Story: God does Great Things through Weak Instruments

George Whitfield, is credited with the saying: “God loves to do great things by weak instruments that the power may be of God, and not of man.” Sarah’s story is not unique to Scripture. Her narrative, like others, reveals our God. Whether it is a dead womb or a dead spirit given solely to sin, it is God who awakens to life. Salvation is of the Lord; sisters, let us boast all the more gladly of our weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon us (2 Corinthians 12:9)!

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The Greatest Adoption Story Ever Told

There is a story told of a man whose teenage son was brutally murdered by another boy – a member of a gang. Unfortunately, this part of the story is nothing new, a gang related shooting is no surprise to the ear. What happens next however will not only stun the ear but also blow the mind! The father of the murdered boy pays the associated fees of the case and adopts his son’s killer as his own! Kirk Cameron, in the Biggest Question, recounts the tale here as he describes a meeting with this father and his adopted son!

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