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A Good Beating

As Israel was camped east of the Jordan on the plains of Moab, Balak the king of Moab showed concern that the Israeli army would be too powerful for his military to defeat. So, he gathered recommendations on who to call to curse Israel and give him the upper hand. Balaam, a soothsayer, claimed to be able to foretell the future, and was the name that led the list. He was living in the land of Pethor just a few miles south of Carchemish about 400 miles north. His fame grew over the years in a time of no radio, TV, or satellites. Balak sent a team to convince him to come and curse Israel. He refused. So, Balak sent another larger and more distinguished group of officials to influence him to come. Balaam considered their request and asked God what he should do. That led to a discussion with God where permission to go was granted but only if he would abide by what God would tell him to do. Agreed, Balaam jumped on his favorite donkey which he had ridden all his life and started the long jour…

Trust

When was the last time you stared up at clouds or ran around in the rain they dropped on you? You may wonder, "Where is this Today's Word going?" Clouds are evaporated water from the earth's surface and come in several different forms, i.e. cirrus, stratus, cumulus and more. The highest clouds can be almost four miles above the earth. Remember that plane ride and takeoff which eventually brought you through the clouds and from your dark rainy day to a bright sun lit sky? The sun was up there, you just couldn't enjoy it until you rose above the clouds. Now, consider a second question. How far is it to outer space? Keep tracking with me, it will all make sense soon. Sixty-two miles above sea level lies what is called the Karman Line. It was named in honor of Theodore Von Karman who was a mathematician, aerospace engineer, and physicist who worked in the fields of aeronautics and astronautics, and who is responsible for many key advances in aerodynamics, notably supe…