Judges: I do what I think is best…

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Reading: Judges 20:1-21:25

Focus: Judges 21:25

These days, you tell people what to do and you’ll probably get the response, “Don’t tell me what to do, I’ll do whatever I like, thank you!” Nobody likes being told what to do, but a society without boundaries, structure, governance—essentially, without the laws of the land—leave you with anarchy. Each person does as they so desire and, in the end, nobody benefits…nobody.

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Judges: seriously messed up…

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Reading: Judges 18:1-19:30

Focus: Judges 19:20-30

I’m speechless. To read about the depths humanity falls to truly renders me speechless. This past Tuesday night, a wheelchair bound man was beaten up by two teenagers at a Sydney railway station, robbed and left for dead. (Link) What thoughts would run through the head of two teenagers to even seriously consider destroying the life of a disabled person? Yet, it happened. Not in a game, not in a movie, but in real life… in our world… in our day…
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Samson: Achilles heel

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Reading: Judges 15:1-17:13

Focus: Judges 16:1-20

Let’s face it, men have a common weakness…women. For all we guys may try and ignore the issue, whether it be our mothers, sisters, wives, girlfriends, or just female friends…they have a “special” part in our lives. It is the greatest of all love-hate relationships, that is, between man and woman. As the cliché goes, “You can’t live with ‘em, you can’t live without ‘em.” Yet, there are times when particular women become the bain of our existence and all hell breaks loose…in those times, you wonder why God made them in the first place (and women constantly wonder why God made men at all! hehe…)

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Samson: parenting seminars

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Reading: Judges 12:1-14:20

Focus: Judges 13:8-14

We live in an age where parenting has become a business opportunity: there is a never-ending list of parenting seminars, books, how-tos, podcasts, etc. In a world where the definition of community is no longer easy to define, the community where parents and children alike would grow up has been lost. With so many differing parenting solutions, you wonder why there is so many different ideas and practices. Where can people turn? What can people rely upon? How did our parents survive without all these seminars, books, how-tos!

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Judges: kids say the darndest thing…

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Reading: Judges 9:1-11:40

Focus: Judges 11:29-40

You know how kids just say the silliest thing sometimes… Bill Crosby made an entire TV series out of the things kids say. They are often come up with the most innocent of statements that are simply full of meaning and, at times, even profound. When they say silly things, we laugh and appreciate the innocence of a child and there is little consequence for even the silliest of comments. However, you have an adult repeat some of things kids say and you would look at them and wonder what planet they were from!

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Judges: the underdogs…

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Reading: Judges 6:1-8:35

Focus: Judges 7:1-8

There is something about humble circumstances and beginnings which get people passionate about things in life. Take any major league sport, there always seems to rise up a crowd behind the newest team, or the team that has suffered a great deal—that is, the underdog team. In life, when those that are undervalued or underestimated achieve success that humanity cheers and celebrates. There is something about success in humility that stirs the passion of our hearts.

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