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Gleanings from recent reading

What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the LORD our God is near us whenever we pray to him?

Ask now about the former days, long before your time, from the day God created man on the earth; ask from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything so great as this ever happened, or has anything like it ever been heard of? Has any other people heard the voice of God speaking out of fire, as you have, and lived? Has any god ever tried to take for himself one nation out of another nation, by testings, by miraculous signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, or by great and awesome deeds, like all the things the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?

Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other.

Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever.

Do not be terrified by them, for the LORD your God, who is among you, is a great and awesome God.


(selections from Deuteronomy chapters 4-7)

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