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Judges 17

Judges 17

Judges 17 – It is the strangest of stories.  Judges 17 sets the table for the remaining chapters with Israel’s moral decline and the people following their own ways…

Judges 16

Judges 16

Judges 16 – We like to compartmentalize.  We take things, events and push them back into compartments of our mind where we simply don’t deal with them any longer. …

Judges 15

Judges 15

Judges 15 – Samson continued to act within the flesh.  Driven by his own wants and desires, when things didn’t go his way, he took matters into his own…

Judges 14

Judges 14

Judges 14 – Samson saw with his eyes, wanted in his heart and in the end did what he wanted.  To me, it’s interesting this is the first story…

Judges 13

Judges 13

Judges 13 – The cycle of sinfulness continued.  The Israelites left God, followed their own terms, judgment came, they repented.  This circular theme is found over and over again in the…

Judges 12

Judges 12

Judges 12 – We all have them in our lives.  They are the most challenging people.  Chronic complainers never see anything good; always go for the worst scenario; they…

Judges 11

Judges 11

Judges 11 – The story of Jephthah is both encouraging and shocking. We read of a man born of a prostitute, driven to be an outcast, became a mighty…

Judges 10

Judges 10

Judges 10 – There’s a phrase used describing a long journey or long period of time.  Sometimes people say, “I’m in this for the long haul”.  To me, there…

Judges 9

Judges 9

Judges 9 – Our personal goals can control our actions. When there is power and position at play, those actions can be reckless. After Gideon destroyed the altar of…

Judges 8

Judges 8

Judges 8 – Warren Wiersbe observes, “Gideon’s choosing to avenge himself could have been the beginning of his backsliding.” Gideon’s story continues with interesting events that follow after the…

Judges 7

Judges 7

Judges 7 – “‘Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.” – Zechariah 4:6 Size matters.  We tend to look at numbers…

Judges 6

Judges 6

Judges 6 – The pattern continues.  “Again Israel did evil in the eyes of the Lord…”  Once again they would need to hit rock bottom before they would cry…

Judges 5

Judges 5

Judges 5 – Leadership is a gift.  Wise leadership can be rare.  The role of leadership within any sphere of life is important.  When leadership is undertaking the work…

Judges 4

Judges 4

Judges 4 – Oh the cycle continues.  The people were blessed and delivered, their hearts grew cold to God.  They did evil in His sight; they endured oppression. God…

Judges 3

Judges 3

Judges 3 – “The Spirit of the Lord came upon him…” Judges 3:10 This phrase is simply a powerful reminder of the power of the Holy Spirit coming upon…

Judges 2

Judges 2

Judges 2 – The stage is set. The unraveling of Israel is about to take place as leaders would rise and lead people forward.  When the leader passed, the…

Judges 1

Judges 1

Judges 1 – What began under Moses would be carried by his successor Joshua.  The land of Canaan would become the land of the Israelites.  The book of Judges…

1 Thessalonians 1

1 Thessalonians 1

1 Thessalonians 1 – It was the capital city of Macedonia. Thessalonica was one of the largest and most important thoroughfares on the Roman highway. From Rome…

Jude

Jude 1

Jude 1 – He grew up in the household of Jesus. He knew him through and through. His brother James would eventually become the leader of the early church….

3 John 1

3 John 1

3 John 1 – Paul calls it a gift. Hospitality is right up there as one of the giftsthe Spirit gives out to Believer’s. EveryFollower has at…

2 John 1

2 John 1

2 John 1 – 2 words – spoken often and used quite a bit in today’s age but seldom practiced: Truth and Love. Almost like an endangered species,…

1 John 5

1 John 5

1 John 5 – “You guys teach too much on obedience.” The words hung in the air. “It’s all I hear week after week, ‘We must be obedient…

1 John 4

1 John 4

1 John 4 – I remember the meeting well. Almost 20 years ago a woman whom I did not know called and said she had a word…

1 John 3

1 John 3

1 John 3 – My goodness, this chapter is chock full of so many incredible truths. Statement after statement rings out about the love of God through…