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Our Wilderness

Our Wilderness
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“Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water.” (Ex. 15:22)

My Dear Shepherds,

Now that we also find ourselves in a kind of desert do you wonder just what this “dry and parched” season will reveal about your congregation? One brother wrote me, “I am struggling with anxiety about my congregation’s faith.” Another, discouraged about how few of his people downloaded his first sermon, wrote, “It’s as though they are content to watch their news feeds all day and ignore God, even though they have more time than usual and are facing the biggest crisis in their lifetime.”

If anyone knew that feeling, it was Moses. After shepherding a nation of lost sheep for four decades, Moses said to the new generation of Israelites, “Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order ...

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