“A sword for the Lord and for you (and me)!”

ghfdjsThe moment has come. It’s time for Gideon and his 300 warriors to attack the encampment of 135,000 Midianites and their allies. It’s shortly after midnight, after the changing of the guard, and all is quiet in the Valley of Jezreel except for the lazy shuffling of camels and horses, and a few barking dogs. Continue reading

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Very strange weapons detail

th-23The Lord told Gideon, “With these 300 men I will rescue you and give you victory over the Midianites. Send all the others home.” So Gideon collected the provisions and rams’ horns of the other warriors and sent them home. But he kept the 300 men with him. (Judges 7:7-8)

Now the Lord has what He wants. He has Gideon and 300 men. We have a tendency to focus this whole story on Gideon and miss the small miracle of these 300 warriors. Continue reading

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Video: Strange Weapons

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Courageous and alert!

th-20But the Lord told Gideon, “There are still too many!” (Judges 7:4)

Still too many? This is after God had already reduced the number of Gideon’s fighting men from 32,000 – a number that favored the enemy 4 to 1 – down to 10,000 fighting men, roughly 13 to 1. And that was still too many? Continue reading

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Video: How to Drink from a Stream

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Some Memorial Day Weekend thoughts

FullSizeRenderThis is a picture of our flag in the entryway to our house. I put it up on Saturday, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Every time I see the flag I am reminded: Oh yeah, this is Memorial Day weekend — we are remembering those who have fallen in defense of the people and ideals of this country, and freedom and democracy everywhere. Among them are most likely people you know. Continue reading

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Be strong and courageous; be not afraid

th-19So Jerub-baal (that is, Gideon) and his army got up early and went as far as the spring of Harod. The armies of Midian were camped north of them in the valley near the hill of Moreh. (Judges 7:1)

Imagine you are one of 32,000 foot soldiers who have answered the call of Gideon to go fight the Midianites. You are anxious to fight because it is better than being victimized by the enemy. You know the odds aren’t good (4 to 1), but you’d rather fight than continue to be intimidated by these people. Though you may lose your life, it would be better than the one you are living. You don’t know a lot about Gideon (renamed “Baal-basher” after he destroyed the altar to the Canaanite god, Baal, that was on his father’s land), except his name tells you that maybe the God of Israel is back in action on behalf of His people. They say God talks to him. You hope that is true, and that it is not merely a mad man you are following. Continue reading

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Video: Mission@Night – In the Home

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