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“Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight” (Psalm 144: 1). For a period of fifteen years, I worked for the school system. One of the roles I had to perform was being part of the school’s Safety Team. With the increasing number of school shootings, the Director of Risk Management, as well as members of the district’s security team and police department, joined us in developing an action plan in the event an armed intruder broke into the school. First, in a stressful situation, they showed us the aerial…

“Your enemy is coming to crush you, Nineveh. Man the ramparts! Watch the roads! Prepare your defences! Call out your forces!” Nahum 2:1 NLT In Jonah’s time, Nineveh had repented; but a century later their return to sin and rebellion brought God’s wrath. Nahum teaches us that although God is merciful, He will judge sin. Those who trust God know His justice is unerring. We should take courage today; and remember that, in every situation, God is truly in control. In this second chapter, Nahum is warning them that the enemy is coming to destroy them and gives them instructions…

“Why are you sleeping? ” he asked them. “Get up and pray, so that you won’t fall into temptation” (Luke 22:46, Christian Standard Bible). I find alarm clocks annoying but necessary. I am not one of those people whose eyes pop open automatically, and who cheerfully jumps up to face the new day. I prefer to snuggle down for a few more minutes before finally edging one toe off the edge of the bed. Gradually . . . very slowly . . . the whole foot finds the floor. And then the second foot. But I’m still groggy. Sleep is healthy and…