Parashat Shemot: Hope’s Focus.

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In the opening verses of Parashat Shemot, we learn that Yoseph (Joseph) dies and Pharaoh decides to enslave the children of Yisrael (Yaakov) because they feared the multitude of people the children of Yisrael had become.  The Scriptures say Shemot / Exodus 1:13 The Egyptians compelled the sons of Israel to labor rigorously; 1:14 and they made their lives bitter with hard labor in mortar and bricks and at all kinds of labor in the field, all their labors which they rigorously imposed on them. (NASB)  Though the people were placed under hard labor, enslaved to Pharaoh, they still had hope in the God of Yisrael and obeyed God rather than Pharaoh.  1:17 But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live. (NASB)  The people waited, in the midst of their bondage in slavery, for answers from the Lord. The process of waiting can either isolate or unite us, tear us apart or bind us together.  Waiting on the lord for answers to prayer can cause serious problems in our lives if our hope is not focused correctly.  Have you become dispassionate, less obedient, and neglected the pursuit of God’s presence in your life and His promises as a result of not having had answers to your prayers?

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Duane D. Miller received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Akron Ohio. He is currently a Chemical Engineering Researcher. Duane’s research expertise has focused upon functional materials development for the control, conversion, and release of process gases in Energy production technologies. His R&D interests include computational chemistry, developing novel technologies for converting biomass to fuels and studying their fundamental interactions during the chemical conversion process. His past experience includes sorbent development for pre- and post-combustion CO2 and SO2 capture, selective absorption of H2S from methane streams, O2 capture for oxy-fuel combustion, photocatalytic reduction of alcohols, NOx reduction catalysis, the development of oxygen carriers to combust fossil fuels (CH4 and coal) for the chemical looping combustion processes, and the extraction of rare earth elements using patent pending sorbents. His research expertise has focused on operando-characterization using Infrared, Raman, and UV-Vis spectroscopy to observe the nature of the catalytic active sites and reaction intermediates under realistic reaction conditions, allowing direct correlation of molecular/electronic structures with catalyst performance during Gas-Solid / Liquid-Solid Adsorption and Photocatalytic Processes with real time online analysis of reaction products using ICP-MS and mass spectrometry. His current work involves a multi-disciplinary approach to developing, understanding, and improving the catalytic gasification of coal and methane, high temperature chemical looping combustion, and the catalytic decomposition and gasification of biomass and coal using novel microwave reactor.​ He has been studying the Hebrew Scriptures and the Torah for 20+ years and sharing what he has learned. The studies developed for MATSATI.COM are freely to be used by everyone, to God be the Glory!