Clayton & Micah Chancey

Supporting the Church in East Africa

Author: Micah Chancey

Freely, Freely

I used to sing a song in church that went: “He said, ‘Freely, freely, thou hast received / Freely, freely give.” The lyrics were based on Jesus’ words in Matthew 11:

“These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them… ‘Proclaim as you go, saying “The kingdom of heaven is at hand’… You received without paying; give without pay. Acquire no gold nor silver nor copper for your belts, no bag for your journey, nor two tunics nor sandals nor a staff.’” (Matthew 10:5-10)

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Do Not Go Down To Egypt

“Ah, stubborn children,’ declares the Lord, who carry out a plan, but not mine, and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit… who set out to go down to Egypt, without asking for my direction… Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the Lord!” (Isaiah 30:1-2, 31:1)

“It was often the fault and folly of the Jews, that when troubled by their neighbors on one side, they sought for succour from others, instead of looking up to God… See what dangers men run into who forsake God to follow their carnal confidences… God is displeased when He is distrusted, and when an arm of flesh is relied on, more than His power and goodness. It is foolish to lean on a broken reed when we have the Rock of Ages to rely upon.” (Matthew Henry)

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The Context of Jeremiah 29:11

As an American and biracial, it’s hard for me to understand the depths of ethnic loyalty possessed by most people in the world. To me, it exceeds reason and glosses over undeniable wrong. But, having read straight through Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel, and 1 & 2 Kings, I have caught a sense of the hope and pride of Israel as a people group.

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Getting There

“In the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.” (Psalm 57:1)

“Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand / Keep me safe, til the storm passes by.” (Mosie Lister, “Til The Storm Passes By”)

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When Conviction Is Tested

“Now the Philistines assembled to fight with Israel, 30,000 chariots and 6,000 horsemen, and people like the sand which is on the seashore in abundance; and they came up and camped in Michmash, east of Beth-aven. When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait (for the people were hard-pressed), then the people hid themselves in caves, in thickets, in cliffs, in cellars, and in pits. Also some of the Hebrews crossed the Jordan into the land of Gad and Gilead. But as for Saul, he was still in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.

Now he waited seven days, according to the appointed time set by Samuel, but Samuel did not come to Gilgal; and the people were scattering from him. So Saul said, ‘Bring to me the burnt offering and the peace offerings.’ And he offered the burnt offering.” (1 Samuel 13:5-9)

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Sounds of Kenya

Since we aren’t currently there and can’t post our own pictures, check out this sweet video that incorporates the (very accurate) sights and sounds of Kenya with awesome editing. Sadly, I didn’t make this video – but this is my ideal of what a degree in ethnomusicology would’ve produced. Maybe someday! 😉

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