Contributed on Aug 11, 2015
Our past does not define us, God redeems us. Our mistakes do not define us, God teaches us. Our faith in God defines us, God uses us.
All of us have them. Some of us have more than others. • There are those who are crippled by them, others can rise above them and continue to live with confidence. But all of us have them. • What am I talking about? Flaws and failures. Our imperfections and mistakes. ...read more
Contributed on Jul 29, 2015
Don't limit God to our understanding. We need to enlarge our view of God, allow God to stretch our faith in Him, and see the goodness of God in our lives.
Gideon was about to face his greatest fear. We’ve seen him asking God for reassurances, a few times. • He knew how great his enemies were, having been tormented by them for 7 years. • Jud 7:12 says they were “thick as locusts” and “their camels could no more ...read more
Contributed on Sep 14, 2015
During the times of the judges, Israel has lost sense of who God is and what His will is. They do not know the meaning and purpose of life. We need a compass in life, and that compass is God.
Judges 17:1-13 Life Without A Compass ES 13 Sep 15 1706 Do you know where North is? Which direction is North? How can you tell? • If we are not sure, can we decide where North is? Can we all just agree to pick one direction and call it ...read more
Contributed on Sep 28, 2015
The conclusion highlighted the corruption and sinfulness of life without God and without His Word. We need to cling on to the compass and map of life - God and His Word.
Israel’s attempts at trying to do life on their own have failed miserably. • Man’s attempts at doing “what is right in their own eyes” would never succeed, we are lost, like sheep gone astray. • They could not even maintain a decent life. With each account ...read more
Contributed on Aug 3, 2015
Think about what really matters in life. It's not who you are, it's who you have become. It's not what you say, it's what you do. It's not how you start, it's how you finish. Be wary of misplaced passions.
In 2001, Jim Collins wrote the now-famous book GOOD TO GREAT. He and his team researched hundreds of businesses and came up with a list of characteristics that distinguish great companies from mediocre ones. Interestingly, two companies Collins commended that moved from “good to ...read more
Contributed on Aug 30, 2015
God chose, blessed and empowered Samson, but he squandered the grace of God for most part of his life. he lived an unhappy, messed up life. Don't take the grace of God for granted.
Judges 13:1-14 - Don’t Take God’s Grace for Granted 30 Aug 2015 It’s easy for us to take things for granted, and take people for granted, when they are there for us all the time. We fail to appreciate them when they are with us. Sadly most people tend to realise the ...read more
Contributed on Aug 25, 2015
When conflicts arise, ask these two questions: What is at stake, and what is in your heart?
Two men who lived in a small village got into a terrible dispute that they could not resolve. So they decided to talk to the town sage. The first man went to the wise man's home and told his version of what happened. When he finished, the sage said, "You're absolutely right." The next ...read more
Contributed on Jun 17, 2015
Keep God in sight, tell His stories, teach His Word and guard your heart.
We are going to look at Judges 2:6-15 [read]. The NIV bible entitled this section “Disobedience and Defeat”. • Two other words that I find appropriate to describe this chapter are compromise and complacency. • They compromised on God’s command and became ...read more
Contributed on Jun 29, 2015
God always responds. God always delivers. God always wins.
Last week we looked at a judge called Shamgar, whom the Lord used to save Israel. He was the 3rd of the twelve judges (some says 13) mentioned in this book. • Author Samuel recounted the acts of these judges, from Judges 3 to 16. • They are not written entirely chronologically, ...read more
Contributed on Jul 7, 2015
God uses the weak to accomplish His will. Don't focus on our disabilities or abilities, but on the God who calls us.
Israel fell into sin and into the hands of Eglon, King of Moab. • The Moabites forged alliances the Ammonites and Amalekites, two of Israel’s arch-enemies, and together they came against Israel. • They captured the City of Palms, which is Jericho. That’s the first city ...read more
Contributed on Jun 8, 2015
We compromise because we believe in alternatives and we do not believe in the grave consequences of our actions. Don't fall for the devil's lies. Hold fast to what God says. God's commands are inherently good and not impossible to be obeyed.
We will be looking into the book of JUDGES and learn from the mistakes of the past. • The book of Judges starts with “After the death of Joshua…” • It spans about 400 years, from the time of Joshua’s death to the rise of monarchy (when the people demanded ...read more
Contributed on Jul 20, 2015
To be a mighty warrior for God, Gideon needs to overcome his disappointment with God and his doubts in God.
Judges 6:1-24, 33-40 Israel did evil in the sight of God, again. They worshipped the false gods of the Amorites (6:10) and were greatly oppressed by their enemies. • The Midianites, the Amalekites and other Eastern nations came against Israel in big numbers, like swarms of ...read more