Courage in a World of Compromise
�In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in their own eyes� (Judges21:25). All human problems and pain are symptoms and the cause is our separation from God. The reason for all the abuse, brokenness and misery�is that we are not reconciled to God.
In some ways, the end of Samson is the end of the Judges story. The earlier passages give us a bird�s-eye view of things, only saying that the people �did evil in the eyes of the Lord� (3:7, 12; 4:1; 6:1; 10:6; 13:1). The last four chapters of Judges give us a ground-level, detailed view of what life was like in Israel�the kind of spiritual condition God rescued them from…
Have you ever given your best in a relationship and gotten the worst in return? Deep relational wounds can certainly diminish our sense of security and personal value. But even worse we tend to repeat the same mistakes of judgment over and over again or we build an impenetrable wall around our hearts to keep everyone out. Either way we and those closest to us lose. How do…
Character is about spiritual maturity. Spiritual maturity is NOT about age, appearance, academics, or achievements. It is about having a Christ-like attitude (Phil2:5). Behavior is the product of choices based on Biblical values (Thermostat/Proactive) vs. Behavior is the product of feelings based on people/things/circumstances (Thermometer/Reactive).
The first century church was living in a land of Dragons. It was difficult to be a Christian and they were struggling with two main things. They struggled with suffering and the temptation to compromise. Jesus gives this revelation to show that there is victory (nike) in the midst of all they are going through. It is found in Him. This grand finale of the Revelation not…
The war for the hearts and souls of the next generation will be fought with the weapons forged by and for the Lord and the gates of Hell will not prevail.
What is the absolutely best thing about the Christian life? It is discovering and enjoying the presence of God! Today we meet a couple who encounter the presence of God and their lives are never the same. The more you hang out in the throne room of the powerful and personal King of the Universe, the more you�ll be satisfied and the less you�ll be intimidated by life.
On 4th of July alone, Americans consume 150 million hot dogs. Cheap hot dogs are a very little bit of meat & a whole lot of additives that are not good for you. Our next Judge (Jephthah) is a lot like many American Christians who have a very little bit of the meat of Christian faith with a whole lot of really bad additives from our culture poisoning their lives.
Gideon goes from cowardly (Judges 6) to courageous (Judges 7) to cocky (Judges 8). Gideon is a good leader who goes bad (rancid)�he never becomes an evil man, per se; he just spoils and ruins his ministry and his kids in the process leading the Israelites astray.
What is your favorite �underdog� or �comeback� story? The story of Gideon is much more than a great comeback story! When circumstances look the bleakest and our strength is the weakest is when God�s presence and power are the greatest. (2Cor12:9). Judges 6:12 �The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.�