Is God Your Lord?

“…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is LORD and you believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9 The fifth and final test we are going to look at this week is the courage test. We read in Judges 14:6,9 and 15:14 that … Read more

Are You Saved?

“…work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” – Philippians 2:12-13 As we study the life of Samson, we see a series of “tests” that he took and that all of us must take in life. Over … Read more

Samson’s Tragic End

“… but he did not know that the LORD had left him.” – Judges 16:20 As we conclude this week’s devotional series on Samson’s life, let’s imagine a Lone Ranger type of political leader for whom no one could work for very long and who had a volatile temper, could not stop picking fights, and … Read more

God’s Mystery Box

“His father and mother did not know that it was from the LORD, for he was seeking an opportunity against the Philistines. At that time, the Philistines ruled over Israel.” – Judges 14:4 Yesterday, we discussed the Nazirite vow and, today, we will learn how, or if, Samson lived that vow out in his own … Read more

What is the Nazirite Vow?

“And the woman bore a son and called his name Samson. And the young man grew, and the LORD blessed him.” – Judges 13:24 The backdrop of Samson’s life is his interaction with women and begins with his mother being a strong woman married to a less-strong man. This theme of stronger women and weaker … Read more

A Nation in Decline

“And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, so the LORD gave them into the hand of the Philistines for forty years.” – Judges 13:1 The four themes discussed this week were evident in both Samson’s life and in the lives of the people of Israel as … Read more

Leadership Struggles

“Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great?” – 2 Chronicles 1:10 The fourth and final theme portrayed in Samson’s life is leadership. The last line of the Samson story in Judges 16:31 says, “He had … Read more

Samson + Women = Disaster

“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” – Proverbs 13:20 The third theme in Samson’s life is women. He appears to be a man obsessed with them, longing for a satisfying relationship, but so sexually unhinged, emotionally unhappy, and spiritually unhealthy that he never has a loving … Read more

The Downward Spiral 

“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? – 2 Corinthians 6:14 Yesterday, we discussed the power of sight. Today we discuss how various situations went down in Samson’ life. It is common to hear, when things are going poorly, phrases like … Read more

The Power of Sight

“Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” – Judges 17:6 If you look back on your life, odds are you will see some themes and patterns that repeat. The key to being a growing and maturing person is to be mindful of and repeat the good themes and patterns and turn away from … Read more

Jesus: The Greater Samson

“He will swallow up death forever; and the LORD God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the Earth, for the LORD has spoken.” – Isaiah 25:8 After 300 years of judges, the final judge is Samson. The people and their leaders have … Read more

Is the Bible sufficient or all I need for life with God?

The Protestant Reformers’ slogan “sola Scriptura” means that Scripture alone is our court of highest authority. This should not be confused with “solo Scriptura”, which is the erroneous belief that truth is to be found only in Scripture and nowhere else. Scripture itself speaks of lesser courts of lower authority that Christians should obey: we … Read more