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Deborah is one of the most famous of the Old Testament women, for she is the only woman among several men in the book of Judges.  She comes on the scene as did all the judges when the nation of Israel was backslidden an under oppression.  In Judges 4:4, we learn that Deborah was a wife, a judge, and a prophetess.  The argument from egalitarians and Christian feminists (so-called) is that since these women seemed like leaders in spiritual matters, then why is there...

It is September, and I just finished reading Jeremiah.  I was so blessed!  Really.  I know the book of Jeremiah can be a difficult read, but it is also full of encouragement.  God feels the same way about the sins of Israel and the surrounding pagan nations as He does today.  We like to think that God is longsuffering and merciful here in our Age of Grace, but He was longsuffering and merciful in the Old Testament too.  Many times He waited a...

In Part 1 of this article, we looked at The Child of God under Law.  I drew a correlation between Law and Childhood because that’s what Paul did in Galatians 3:21-25.  God has treated us differently in the Age of Law than He does in the Age of Grace.  Likewise, parents treat their children differently in the “Dispensation of Childhood”...

  Through circumstances recently, I’ve been reminded of the gaping hole in the human heart that only God can fill.  In an earthly sense, we have to wait a little longer for the harvest of delicious crops and gardens.  But in the spiritual realm, the souls of men are white already to be harvested.  We only need spiritual perception and sensitivity to see when that seed is ready.  Some plant, some till the ground, some reap, but God gives the increase.  As we watch the harvest come in, as we enjoy...

One of my favorite verses of the Psalms.  The Psalmist reminds us that it is alright to stop our overloaded schedules and take time to meditate on God’s Word.  Indeed, it is necessary!  In Christianity, meditation is not disengaging the mind, but rather focusing the mind on God’s character and what He has told us.  Laying aside distractions is a essential part of growth.  Pulling the weeds that threaten to choke out our joy and peace is necessary.  Vance Havner once said, “If you don’t...

Yesterday it seemed like my children were in trouble all day long.  It was a long day.  I wondered if I’m doing this right.   Are my expectations too high?  Have I not expected enough?  I want to believe that my own parenting style is fine because I can see parents who are more permissive than I on the one hand, and on the other hand I can see parents who are more overbearing than I am.  So I must be ok, right?  In light of the so called...

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