January 31, 2017
He was youngest in his father’s house, and his father’s house was “least in Manasseh.” He did not present a picture of expected success, but God was with him. Gideon’s success was so stunning the people wanted to make him king.
February 7, 2017
The Lord called him a “valiant warrior” and promised to be with him. Gideon responds by testing the Lord, not once, not twice, but three times. God demonstrates His might through Gideon. Will Gideon demonstrate his faithfulness to God?
February 14, 2017
The Book of Judges does not mince words concerning Jephthah. Called a mighty man of valor, he is also the outcast son of a harlot, and those that follow him are called “worthless men.” When the King of Ammon ignored Jephthah’s pleas for peace, the Spirit of the Lord came upon him and gave him […]
February 21, 2017
Last of the major Judges of Israel, a son of the tribe of Dan, consecrated before birth with the Nazirite vow, a legendary hero of remarkable strength – Samson was as weak in the flesh as he was strong in muscle. This weakness cost him his dignity and his eyesight. He never fully freed Dan […]
March 1, 2017
The final section of Judges focuses on two of the smallest tribes in the middle of the nation: Dan and Benjamin. Repeatedly the tribes on the fringes of Israel’s territory were terrorized by pagan neighbors. Judges were called forth to deliver them. Now the story moves to the inland center of Israel. The very heart […]
March 8, 2017
During the period of the Judges, the dark ages of the history of the sons of Israel, God acts in anticipation of a better future. There is an unusual love story, one that demonstrates the strength of covenant love for today and for tomorrow.
March 14, 2017
After the prideful arrogance of the Judges, God moves decisively among a faithful but humble family to lead His people toward a better future. About the same time as Samson, another child is born and dedicated by his mother with the Nazarite vow. Hannah is the unsung heroine of the end of the period of […]
April 11, 2017
A group of ethnic Greeks, the secular elites of the day, approached and said, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” At some point in your life you have been or will be a seeker. Ultimately you will have to address the Jesus question. He is the unavoidable personality of human history. But will you see […]
April 18, 2017
By modern thinking, freedom is the removal of all restraints. This concept of freedom is simplistic and unworkable. The Bible presents a more complex picture of freedom, but one that will truly set you free—the resurrected Christ!
April 25, 2017
For each believer there comes that defining moment—that moment in time when God’s call and claim is crystal clear. A person’s response to that moment can have a defining impact on many lives. The call of Samuel was one of those moments in the history of salvation. Many people were called. Each had their own […]