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The Prayer of a Father-to-Be

    The Prayer of a Father-to-Be       “Oh Lord I beg you.  Let the Man of God You sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born.” Judges 13: 8 Isaac. Samson. Jesus. The miraculous announcement of each baby was provided in advance.  The response by Manoah, the father of Samson, is recorded in Judges 13:8. When told of God’s plans for Samson, Manoah responded in prayer. Two key points in his prayer provide prayer prompts for us. First of all — He begs the Lord.  Do …

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Focus on Sarah: Motherhood in the Ancient World

Sometimes it’s hard to understand the traditions from ancient times in comparison to our life today. God teaches in his Word certain principles that hold as true today as it did many years ago in spite of the current accepted practice. We can learn a lesson from Abraham’s wife Sarah when her great desire to have a child overcame her desire to follow the promise of God. She tried to “help God out” and it ended in disaster. Genesis 16: 1-2 “Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; so she …