God created us to live in fellowship with him, but mankind is born in a condition of rebellion against him.  We don’t want him to be our king and this leads to all kinds of problems: sinful actions, lack of identity and direction, and self-centeredness.  But Jesus is the King who made it possible for rebels to […]

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Samson was a judge bound by many things.  Though he was physically strong, he was spiritually weak.  But this story teaches us more about God than about a particular man.  God is a God not bound by physical, social, or spiritual conditions.  His purposes will be accomplished despite our weakness.

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After believing the lie that God would not help them, Israel then exemplifies what a life of decision-making and sin-fighting apart from God comes down to: a series of negotiations.  It’s the secular solution to our problems and though it begins with mutual agreements and logical arguments that seem like win-win scenarios, it eventually leads […]

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The story of Gideon is one of the most popular stories in the Bible.  But contrary to what we’re often taught, it’s main message is that only God can win the battle.  We are too weak to fight off our foes.  For Israel, their foe was Midian, an enemy they could not defeat.  But in […]

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Join the Fight – Judges 4-5

We’ve all got problems.  Our main problem, however, is not our circumstances but unbelief.  The people of Israel, like us, had a hard time seeing that.  Their idolatry brought conflict.  But the good news is that God fights for his people and always wins.  And that’s not a call to sit on the sidelines, but […]

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When Israel was entering the promised land, God commanded them to not allow any remnant of the previous inhabitants or their gods to remain because he wanted their whole heart. However, Israel disobeyed God’s command and allowed a few Canaanites to stick around, thinking they could control them.  In the same way, we sometimes like […]

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