The Power of a Famine

The Power of a Famine
Written by Jim Staley

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This week's Torah portion begins in Genesis 12 with God calling Abram out of his homeland to a spiritual journey—a journey with more twists and turns than a roller-coaster. Yahweh told him, "Get out of your country, from your family and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you." We have heard this story of Abram being called from his Gentile pagan land and how God would make his descendants into a great nation as numerous as the sands of the sea and the stars of the sky. We look upon Abraham’s bravery with awe. His bravery allowed him to leave his family, home and the place he grew up to head out to the “wild frontier,” having no idea where he was going and no way to prove to anyone coming with him that he was not crazy.

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