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My wife tells of two high school graduates who had grown up in the wide-open spaces of the Texas Panhandle. Both received basketball scholarships to attend a small college in the dense forests of the Piney Woods of east Texas. Although they were eager to come and play basketball they both left after only one semester. The problem...They stated that they felt like they were going to "suffocate" not being able to see further than the East Texas woods allowed. Spiritually, we are much like that. Once we have "Breathed" in the wide open spaces of God’s grace we find it hard to live anymore in a confined space. Maybe that’s what Isaiah 49:20 speaks of when it says "This place is too small for us; give us more space to live in."

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