Contributed on Jul 2, 2008
This is an intro to the series on Judges and sets the stage and context for the following sermons on Gideon and Samson. You could say that the theme of this sermon is "What went wrong?"
WHEN FAITH COMPROMISES WITH CULTURE Culture has a very powerful influence in our lives. What our culture dictates we often follow along with. If our culture says it is okay, then it must be okay. In some circles of church community smoking was considered a sinful practice. Now our culture says ...read more
Contributed on Aug 5, 2008
Gideon’s life of faith began with tearing down idols and obeying the true God. What are the consequences of changing your life so radically?
DOES OBEDIENCE MATTER? Does obedience matter? Sometimes you have to wonder if it does. When you look around and see others bending the rules or ignoring them altogether, obedience doesn’t look that necessary. This week I witnessed the sad reality of our blatant disregard for authority and ...read more
Contributed on Aug 12, 2008
Samson had all the resources to be a great hero, except for one thing, a powerful lust. What makes this man a candidate for the hall of fame in Hebrews 11:32? What makes us potential heroes for God?
WHEN HEROES FAIL US Are there any heroes left? Do you have anyone in your life you would consider a hero? Are there men or women who you look up to? Our children and teenagers look up to a variety of stars as models to follow. Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers have captured the younger ...read more
Contributed on Aug 19, 2008
Samson confronts the Philistines while the Israelites cower and wonder about their future. What they don’t realize is that allowing evil to continue will destroy their future.
THE PERILS OF CONFRONTING EVIL “The only thing necessary for the triumph [of evil] is for good men to do nothing” (Edmund Burke, English Philosopher). Confrontation is never easy. It is probably the last thing any of us really wants to do. When we see a brother or sister in Christ behaving ...read more