Nicknames, Name Changes, & Nightmare Pronunciations

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If you’ve ever read one of my novels, you know they’re filled with difficult-to-pronounce names. I try to extend mercy to my readers by assigning nicknames to the characters, a practice I’ve found nowhere in historical records. But nicknames are something with which modern-day readers are familiar.   My readers also have to keep up with character name changes, sometimes changed by God, other times …

God’s New Mercies by Tracie Heskett

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With every “new” benchmark in life, we have a chance to re-evaluate our hearts. A new year gave us that chance a few weeks ago, and now Mesu’s new release. Isaiah had some interesting things to say about God’s new work. Let’s look with more understanding at Israel’s harsh reality that built to Isaiah’s prophetic promise of NEW.   ‘By …

Who is Hephzibah?

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There are several women in Scripture for whom my heart absolutely aches. Leah, because her husband Jacob openly loved his other wife, Rachel, more. Mary, the mother of Jesus, whose joy of birth and early motherhood gave way to letting go of the unpredictable and divine Son she watched die on the Cross.   And then there is Hephzibah. She was wife of Hezekiah, …

Who is Micah?

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  When we look at the people in our churches, we see great variety. Tall and short. Young and old. Thin and . . . not so thin (especially after all those Thanksgiving and Christmas goodies!). Big churches, little churches, well-to-do parishes, and those that struggle financially. We could break it down into Protestant, Catholic, Evangelicals and then name various denominations. But what’s …

Who is Abijah?

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With a name like “Mesu,” I’ve never had to worry about which Mesu someone was talking about. Abijah, however, is another story. If we had an “Abijah Bible reunion,” eight people would walk off the pages of Scripture—six men and two women. The Abijah we’re talking about today is the wife of King Ahaz, mother of Hezekiah. Scripture says very …

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Who Is Isaiah?

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When children list their superheroes, we get Batman, Superman, Spiderman, and maybe—now that we’re raising more sophisticated children—Captain America and/or Iron Man. Diligent, Bible-teaching parents might invest in the Super Heroes of the Bible Sticker and Activity book. I would be surprised if the prophet Isaiah was featured in this book. He’s generally not listed with Old Testament greats like:  …