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Judges 7: God's Glory, Gideon's Good Print E-mail

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It is important for us to understand God’s motivation for doing what He does.  He has not left us guessing about why He acts.  Have you ever thought: ‘Why did God create the world?  What was His motivation for creation?’  He tells us in Psalm 19: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork (v. 1)  Listen how He describes His people in Isaiah 43: they are those whom I created for my glory (v. 7).  God created for His glory.  Have you ever wondered: ‘Why did you save a wretch like me, O God?  Why is their a history of redemption that begins with Abraham and Israel and ends with Jesus and His Bride?  Why did you send your precious Son who shed His precious blood to pay for my sin and shame?’  What motivated God to save a people for Himself?  He did it for His glory.  The exodus was for His glory: And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gotten glory over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen (Exodus 14:18).  Why did He not give up on them?  Even when they cry out for a king Samuel tells them: ‘For the Lord will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you a people for himself (1 Samuel 12:22).  God encourages His people through the prophet Isaiah when they face exile: Behold I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another (Isaiah 48:10-11).  God does what He does for His glory.

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 May 2015 )
Judges 6: Someon God Can Use Print E-mail

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Most jobs have a list of qualifications that a person must meet in order to be hired.  If you are going to be a surgeon, then you will probably need a medical degree from a reputable university that teaches how to operate.  If you want to be an accountant and prepare people’s taxes, then you might need to know how to work with numbers (or really good with TurboTax).  If you want to be a teacher, then you need to know how to teach a particular subject and how to handle a classroom.  Most jobs have some set of qualifications that must be met.

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 May 2015 )
Love One Another Print E-mail

Love One Another

By Stephen Schroeder 

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Last Updated ( Monday, 18 May 2015 )
Judges 4-5: A Story and and a Song Print E-mail

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The truth is best expressed in various formats.  The variety of genres used in the Bible witnesses to this fact.  Sometimes the text is written in narrative to tell us the story.  Sometimes it is written in proverbs to pack a punch.  Sometimes it is written in poetry to grab our attention.  All of these and more are used in the Bible to teach us about God and His great story of our redemption.  By using these different genres the Bible gives us a complete picture of truth.  There are times when we need to hear the story and there are times when we need to hear the song.  We continue to use these various means to teach truth even today.  Beginning next week we will celebrate the final week of Jesus.  We will read the different stories of His triumphal entry, prayer in the Garden, death on Golgatha, and victory at the tomb.  We will be amazed again by the familiar words that tell of our salvation.  But we will not just hear the stories, we will sing them as well.  We will lift our voices and proclaim: “There in the ground His body lay, light of the world by darkness slain, then bursting forth in glorious day, up from the grave He rose again!” 1 Through story and through song we will celebrate the great work of our Savior.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 March 2015 )
Judges 3:7-31: The Gritty Gospel Print E-mail

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There are passages in the Bible that can embarrass us.  We would think twice about reading them in Church or during a small group study.  We secretly hope our lost friends never ask us about them because we are not sure what we would say.  If you think I am overstating it, then go home and read Song of Solomon and get back to me.  The Bible is simply not G-rated at times.  But hear me, these passages are just as much a part of God’s revelation as the ones we memorize.  I imagine it might serve us well to meditate upon them more.  We need to see what they say, even if we do have to look for appropriate times to do it to avoid immodesty.  The people of God need the Word of God, all of it, even the passages that make us uncomfortable.

Last Updated ( Monday, 23 March 2015 )
Judges 1:1-3:6: The Grace of God Delivers Print E-mail

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Sometimes the moon and the stars shine brightest in the darkest, coldest nights.  I am fairly certain there is a scientific explanation for this, but it is hard not to notice how clear the nights become in the cold days of winter.  And we have had a few cold nights recently (not sure if you noticed).  Did you ever go outside one night and look at the stars?  After we finished up playing basketball on Thursday night, I was walking to my truck and was struck by how bright the moon and the stars were.  Granted, it was too cold to stand around star-gazing for very long, but the beauty was striking.  It drew you in and made you want to endure the cold at least for a moment.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 March 2015 )
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