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Archive for January, 2009

A Love That Lasts

Mia, my 3 year old has chosen new parents – at least she says she has.  There is a guy staying with us who she absolutely adores and she often says he and his girlfriend are her new mommy and daddy.  I’m assuming it’s because she only has fun when she interacts with them and never gets punished or disciplined by them.  I’m sure if I sent her away with them for a few weeks, that may change and she might just miss her real mommy and daddy after all, along with all her toys and her own bed. 

My point is that there is a part of us, as humans, that tends to desire relationship void of both submission and authority and seeks ubiquitous happiness and bliss. (more…)

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Can You See God?

Jacob was born a deceiver.  His very name means “supplanter” and was given because he was born grasping the heal of his brother, Esau (Genesis 25:26).  He later took both Esau’s birthright (Genesis 25:31-34) and his blessing (Genesis 27:35).  Eventually, he fled in fear of Esau’s revenge and began a new life with his mother’s family (Genesis 27:41-43).

When God called Jacob to return to his home, Jacob was afraid.  He was afraid of Laban (his father in law) and left in secret (Genesis 31:20) and he was afraid of Esau and whether he was still waiting to take revenge and kill him upon his return (Genesis 32:7). (more…)

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Suited for Surrender

Abraham sent his servant out to obtain a wife for his son, Issac.  When the servant determined who the Lord had chosen, he went to her (Rebekah) and her family and told of his assignment and desire to take Rebekah back to his master and away from them.  This is how they responded:

50Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, “The thing comes from the LORD; we cannot speak to you either bad or good. 51 Here is Rebekah before you; take her and go, and let her be your master’s son’s wife, as the LORD has spoken.”  ~Genesis 24:50-51

I thought on those two verses for a while and I don’t think there is any better response they could’ve given to the servant of Abraham, who in turn was the servant of God. (more…)

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