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Judges 9: The Bramble King and the God of Justice Print E-mail

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Because our God is a God of justice, every wrong in the universe will ultimately be righted, including your own.  Every sin, every injustice, every act of violence, every word of slander, every wrong will be righted.  Such truth should always be an encouragement to the people of God.  The news can be disheartening.  Thousands are dead in Nepal.  Hundreds are rioting in Baltimore.  The Supreme Court is defining (or redefining) marriage.  These are all headlines from this past week.  And it is tempting to throw our hands up and give in to fear and despair.  So what holds us back?  What truth sustains us?  The fact that our God is just and that He has not lost control of any of these situations.  He will bring justice to them all, even if we can’t see how.

Last Updated ( Monday, 18 May 2015 )
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Judges 8: Struggles Upon Struggles Print E-mail

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Many refuse to follow Christ because of what they see from those who do claim to follow Him.  Maybe they were hurt by a pastor or a Sunday School teacher.  Maybe they have family and friends who do not seem that different from themselves and yet claim to be Christians.  Maybe they have just seen too much religious scandal to even think about visiting a Church.  The followers of Christ are the main reason they do not want to follow Christ.

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 May 2015 )
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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 )
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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 )
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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 )
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