What Does a Good Leader Look Like?

“A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.” – Proverbs 13:22 So far this week, we’ve examined the tests of anger and relationships. Today, we will discuss the eighth test: leadership. Samson is in a leadership position as a judge. A judge in the Old Testament was an ad hoc military and spiritual … Read more

Are You Leading Your Family?

“For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. No razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb, and he shall begin to save Israel from the hand of the Philistines.” – Judges 13:5 Last week, we discussed key themes in Samson’s life. We will … 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

God Gives All Authority and Leadership

In old western movies, there were good guys and bad guys. The good guys wore white cowboy hats, and the bad guys wore black cowboy hats. Life, however, is a lot more complicated than an old gunslinger show. If we are honest, even if we are believers, some days we wear the white hat, and … Read more

God Raises Up Leaders

The first judge God raised up was Moses. Exodus 18:13 says, “Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood around Moses from morning till evening.” Serving as the only judge, Moses was overwhelmed at the workload, and people could not get justice in a timely manner. So, Moses’ father-in-law Jethro says in Exodus … Read more

Can Women Be Pastors?

1 Timothy 3:2 – Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife,  sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach… Yesterday, we looked at four patterns of males in senior spiritual leadership roles in Scripture and, today, we will look at the fifth and final pattern, oftentimes the most controversial among Bible-believing … Read more

Can Women Lead in the Church?

Matthew 28:5-6 – But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Being in leadership does not mean that someone is superior to those they … Read more

Was Deborah a Pastor?

Hebrews 5:1 – For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. One leadership role that Deborah did not hold was priest. The New Testament speaks of pastors as the leaders in the church. The Old Testament … Read more

What Was a Judge in the Bible?

Judges 4:5 – She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the people of Israel came up to her for judgment. Deborah was a judge. This is very unique, as there may have been other female judges in the Old Testament, but she … Read more

What is a Prophet?

Judges 4:5 – She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the people of Israel came up to her for judgment. Deborah is called a “prophetess”, which is a rare thing for a woman in the Bible. Only five women in the Old … Read more

Who was Deborah the Judge?

Judges 4:4 – Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time. Deborah is a godly, anointed, gifted, and courageous leader serving the Lord faithfully in numerous spiritual and political roles. Deborah appears along with other notable women in the book of Judges. As we have established in the previous … Read more

What is Judges All About?

Judges 21:25b – Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Deborah stands as one of the most significant, godly women in all of Scripture. The life of Deborah is recorded in the Old Testament book of Judges (chapters 4-5). The Bible is a library of books organized by genre of literature. Judges is … Read more