Archive | January 2012

It’s Just the Way We Are

The Philistines gathered for an attack on Israel.  Israel went out to engage them in battle and camped at Ebenezer, while the Philistines camped at Aphek.  The Philistines then drew up in battle formation against Israel.  After a fierce struggle Israel was defeated by the Philistines, who slew about four thousand men on the battlefield.

When the troops retired to the camp, the elders of Israel said, “Why has the LORD permitted us to be defeated today by the Philistines?  Let us fetch the ark of the LORD from Shiloh that it may go into battle among us and save us from the grasp of our enemies.”   Read More…

The Trust Invested in Us

The Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah.  He passed through Gilead and Manasseh, and through Mizpah-Gilead as well, and from there he went on to the Ammonites.  Jephthah made a vow to the LORD.

“If you deliver the Ammonites into my power,” he said, “whoever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites shall belong to the LORD.  I shall offer him up as a burnt offering.”

Jephthah then went on to the Ammonites to fight against them, and the LORD delivered them into his power, so that he inflicted a severe defeat on them, from Aroer to the approach of Minnith (twenty cities in all) and as far as Abel-keramim.  Thus were the Ammonites brought into subjection by the children of Israel.   Read More…

Always on the Go

The Woman at The Well

Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.   Jacob’s well was there. Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well. It was about noon.  A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”  His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.  The Samaritan woman said to him, “How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” (For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.) 

Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”  Read More…