Monthly Archives: December 2019

Walking in truth and love (2 John)

I’m not sure, but this may be my last blog article of the year. And as we end this year, and look into the next, it’s good to remember the truths John sets forth here. Namely. each day we are … Continue reading

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Losing that which we cannot possibly keep (Judges 14)

A missionary named Jim Elliot once wrote, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” Sadly, Samson was a man who gave up what God had intended for him to gain … Continue reading

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Imperfect savior. Perfect Savior (Judges 13)

As I read the story of Samson at Christmas time, I can’t help but notice the similarities in the announcements of Samson’s birth, and Jesus’. You will conceive and give birth to a son…he will begin to save Israel from … Continue reading

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Recognizing our Owner and Master (Isaiah 1)

The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s feeding trough, but Israel does not know; my people do not understand. (Isaiah 1:3) Here at Christmas time, we often see Nativity scenes, with Jesus in the manger. But how … Continue reading

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Why Jesus came (Matthew 19:16-30)

As I was reading this passage today, I saw it in a slightly different way. This man comes to Jesus and says, “What good must I do to have eternal life?” Jesus answered, “Why do you ask me about what … Continue reading

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Our true king (Judges 9)

We often think of Saul as the first “king” in Israel’s history. But actually, Abimelech was. The problem was, he was not appointed by God, who was Israel’s true King. Rather certain Israelites appointed him as king on their own. … Continue reading

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The Lord is peace (Judges 6)

I’ve been preparing a message on Luke 2 for my church, so I couldn’t help but notice some parallels between this story and the story of the shepherds. As with Gideon, the shepherds must have been wondering why God had … Continue reading

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For you (Isaiah 9:6; Luke 2:11)

I was reading the prophet Isaiah yesterday, where he proclaims, For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty … Continue reading

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What your faith is leaning on (Judges 4)

What is your faith leaning on? On your pastor’s faith? On your spouse’s? On your friends’? Or do you yourself truly trust in God? For Barak, his faith rested on Deborah’s. He was confident God was with Deborah. He wasn’t … Continue reading

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Failing to drive out evil in our lives (Judges 1)

One of the things God commanded the Israelites to do as to completely drive out the Canaanites from the land, and make no compromise with them. Why? Because of all their evil. And if they did not drive them out, … Continue reading

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