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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

As I'm writing a new lesson for the Bible study, Individualized Retirement Assignments: Seniors in Scripture, I re-examined two poems which I wrote years ago about Moses. I'm posting the update here, a combined version :

Go, Moses

On an ordinary day,
The extraordinary God
From an ordinary bush
Now burning, though not consumed,
Spoke to an ordinary man.

Go Moses, I'll be with you.
Who are you?
The LORD God Almighty
But I'm not eloquent.
I'll give you My words.

They won’t believe you sent me!
I'll give you My power.
Can’t you send someone else?
You’re making me angry, Moses!
GO! No more excuses.

The extraordinary God
Burned up forty years
And sent Moses back
Not as Prince of Egypt,
But Shepherd of His enslaved people.

God delivered them,
Parted the Red Sea,
Led and sustained them.
But the extraordinary God spoke to Moses
Face to face, as to a friend.

Written by Nancy Baker in 2003, revised 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

Not quite a year later! A new post. And news. I have sent a book proposal to Kregel for Individualized Retirement Assignments: Seniors in Scripture. I added a new Lesson: Noah. After the rejection from AMG, I made the mistake of stopping. I waited to hear from them, then couldn't write for a while, then heard that Kregel was interested, then tried to return to writing the Bible study. After six months of interruptions--both good and bad, including a cruise, illness, a conference, writers' block, I experienced new life: Noah was born--written, that is.

I will not stop writing this time while I wait to hear. Moses and I are becoming good friends. I know God wants this Bible study written, and I'm experiencing His Presence as I write.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Well, AMG rejected my book proposal--they are "not in acquisitions mode right now."

I am therefore going back to my original idea of a devotional booklet instead of a Bible study. My devotions are expositional--containing much scripture and interpretations besides applications to contemporary life.

The new book will be the same topic and title:

Seniors in Scripture

I'll probably include some questions for Bible study as Denise and I do on the website: The format is not clear at this time: I've only received part of the assignment!

Meanwhile, I'm resting, teaching and attending Bible studies at church, finding my house under accumulated clutter, reading, and doing all the things I put off while writing the book proposal. I'm drinking at the well.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Well, I did it--I sent in a book proposal to AMG Publishers. It's for a Bible study on Retirement:

Seniors in Scripture

or IRAs for short.

I looked at seven seniors in the Bible and the assignments God gave them, then at how to apply the principles to our lives. 

Hope to hear soon--could be four months to process.
It's in God's hands.

Monday, April 20, 2015

I'm back.

Two years! Life's been keeping me busy. Still writing biweekly for
I'm working on a book about retirement, a Bible Study. Hope I can send in the book proposal in May or June.

Maybe if I have short posts, I can write more often?? Anyway, that's all for now.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Studying Zechariah in order to write a devotion for to be published next Thursday. This prophetic book is fourteen chapters full of Messianic prophecies. God will come to dwell with His people. Immanuel, God incarnate (2:10-13). He will remove their iniquity in one day: dying for their sins on the cross. His sacrifice will pay the debt of their sin (3:9). Others not now part of His people will be invited to sit under the vine and fig tree. Gentiles (3:10, 6:15).

The Messiah is described as The Branch (see also Jeremiah 23:5-6). He will be both priest and king (6:8; 11-13). He will be rejected, stricken, His followers scattered (11:12-13, 13:6-9).

But one day all nations will gather against Jerusalem and God will defend His people who have been refined as silver and tested as gold. They will look on the One they pierced and mourn as for an only child, a firstborn son (12:10).

Thursday, November 28, 2013

New devotion on the website today: Finding Hidden Treasure, God delighting, rejoicing, and singing!

Also check the Dig into Holidays section on the left of the page for some Thanksgiving devotions from past years.