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An Abiding Hope

posted Mar 4, 2013, 1:28 PM by Carolyn Hampton
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Introducing the 2013–2014 Horizons Bible study

An Abiding Hope: The Presence of God in Exodus and Deuteronomy
By Janice Catron

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The books of Exodus and Deuteronomy invite us to remember that the central actor in human experience— in our own lives and in the experiences described in Exodus and Deuteronomy—is God. Our God is one who redeems, who brings liberty and fulfillment even when we do not deserve it, when we cannot redeem ourselves. We have the assurance of God’s abiding presence as individuals and as a community of faith. This presence helps us see that God’s redemption is more than a “saving from” harsh circumstances; it also is a “saving to” the fullness of life God intends for humanity.

The instructions given in Exodus and Deuteronomy for life as a covenant community were extended to

people who were on the move, who knew what it meant to be strangers in a foreign land. These teachings both invite and challenge us to consider our relationship with and responsibility to migrants near and far. An Abiding Hope seeks to help us understand and respond to situations of migration in our midst.

Janice Catron invites us to explore Exodus and Deuteronomy with her and see together the promise of what our relationship with God can be and the realities of what that relationship often becomes. It is God our Redeemer who, by grace, gives us the power to help ourselves and others live into the fullness God intends for us, and to move forward as people who have been set free.


About the Author


Janice Elizabeth Catron is a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Currently, she serves as pastor of John Knox Presbyterian Church, Louisville, Kentucky. Janice has more than thirty years’ experience working with churches and church education programs, writing curriculum, leading workshops, and teaching. Janice earned a bachelor’s degree from

Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi, a master’s degree in English from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, and a master of divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She did her doctoral work in Bible at the University of Chicago, and wrote the earlier Horizons Bible study Job: Faith Remains When Understanding Fails, published in 1997.


An Abiding Hope Bible Study, Supplementary Materials and Other Helps


English edition—HZN13100; $8.00

Large-print edition—HZN13150; $12.00 (available spring 2013)

Ecumenical edition—HZN13102; $8.00 (available spring 2013)

Spanish edition—HZN13110; $8.00 (available summer 2013)

Korean edition—HZN13120; $8.00 (available summer 2013)

Audio CD—HZN13172; $15.00/set (available summer 2013)

Bulletin cover—free download at

Workshop for Leaders—HZN13101; free
(also a free download at

Companion DVD—Janice Catron on video, leading each lesson of the study! Includes discussion starters, lesson summaries, and more. HZN13103; $20.00

Charm/pendantfeatures art from the study. HZN13300; $10.00

Promotional poster—HZN13410; free

Supplemental materials—stay tuned for a complete listing of supplemental materials, or visit us online at!

Did you know that you can receive a copy of An Abiding Hope: The Presence of God in Exodus and Deuteronomy as part of your subscription to Horizons magazine? Subscribe by April 1, 2013 to receive this study (subscribe after April 1 and receive the 2014–2013 Horizons Bible study as part of your subscription). Call toll-free 866/802-3635, or visit

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