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Polly and I have lived through two major floods: 1994 in Albany, Georgia & 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The roof was torn of our church building in Antioch, Tennessee by a tornado. 

Natural disasters can be easily observed. Some can even be anticipated with enough warning (thank you, local weather people!) that many lives can be saved. 

But you can't see a virus. You have to make a judgement call. How exposed to potential risk will you allow yourself, and your children ... and your aged parents ... to be, and for how long? Who will you trust?

We made a judgement call about canceling our church service on Sunday. On one level it really wasn't all that hard: everyone else was doing it, and for legitimate medical & safety reasons, and to comply with governmental recommendations / mandates. Kind of a no-brainer when so many good reasons are stacked so tightly and so tall. We do not want to the put the Lord to the test by taking foolish risks.

Yet I grieve, nonetheless. I miss being with my brethren on Sunday. 

I do.

In the coming days we will develop a plan for delivering our teaching, and different forms of worship, online. We will do this either through streaming smaller "live events" or recording devotionals, sermons, prayers, scripture readings, songs, testimonies, interviews. We don't know what all we'll do, but we will not be idle.

Expect to hear more by Tuesday afternoon.

For today, I have recorded a devotional. God is in control. We will not be fearful. We will be faithful. We will find ways to serve.

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A Real Sacrifice

It’s unthinkable, really.

“Take your son, your only son Issac, whom you love, go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”

How does this thought even enter the mind of God? Commanding a human sacrifice? Pagan deities command human sacrifices, not El Shaddai! Not God Almighty!

This child beloved of Abraham was ... IS! ... the child of God’s long-awaited promise. Ishmael was expelled into the desert, left to the mercies of God, in order to make certain the inheritance of Issac. A burnt offering? Now? After so long and so much? “Far be it from You! Will not the judge of all the earth do what is just?”

Yet Abraham “got up early the next morning” and obeyed God. Abraham even chopped the wood for the sacrifice himself. I cannot begin to imagine what, if anything, Abraham told Sarah before they left. (“God told me to sacrifice our ‘Laughter’” ?) The three days journey to Moriah must have been ... what’s the right word ... awkward? Foreboding? Dreadful? It staggers the mind.

Abraham’s faith staggers my mind: “I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.”  How did Abraham conceive BOTH he and Issac would return? 

Abraham answers Issac’s question with, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” The Hebrew writer tells us Abraham, “considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead.”

Abraham’s climbs the mountain. Obedience. Trust. Believe the impossible. Obedience. Trust. Believe the impossible. Step after labored step.

This is the life of faith, for Abraham and for us.

 

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