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Samson loses his wife and political tension increases between the Philistines and the Israelites. God will use these circumstances to bring judgment on the Philistines.

Samson loses his wife and political tension increases between the Philistines and the Israelites. God will use these circumstances to bring judgment on the Philistines.

BibleGateway: Judges 14:12-15:8 ESV Text: Judges 14:12-15:8 Judges 14:12–15:8 (Listen) 12 And Samson said to them, “Let me now put a riddle to you. If you can tell me what it is, within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty changes of clothes, 13 but if you cannot tell me what it is, then you shall give me thirty linen garments and thirty changes of clothes.” And they said…

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It was not a good idea for Samson to get a wife from the Philistines, but God made the best of his poor judgment, turning it into an opportunity to approach these enemies.

It was not a good idea for Samson to get a wife from the Philistines, but God made the best of his poor judgment, turning it into an opportunity to approach these enemies.

BibleGateway: Judges 14:1-11 ESV Text: Judges 14:1-11 Judges 14:1–11 (Listen) Samson’s Marriage 14:1 Samson went down to Timnah, and at Timnah he saw one of the daughters of the Philistines. 2 Then he came up and told his father and mother, “I saw one of the daughters of the Philistines at Timnah. Now get her for me as my wife.” 3 But his father and mother said to him, “Is there not a woman among the daughters of your relatives, or among all…

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Again Israel did evil. It is a recurring theme. This time, God announced the nation’s next judge in an unusual and very personal way.

Again Israel did evil. It is a recurring theme. This time, God announced the nation’s next judge in an unusual and very personal way.

BibleGateway: Judges 13:1-25 ESV Text: Judges 13:1-25 Judges 13 (Listen) The Birth of Samson 13:1 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. 2 There was a certain man of Zorah, of the tribe of the Danites, whose name was Manoah. And his wife was barren and had no children. 3 And the angel of the LORD appeared to the woman…

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Both the man with leprosy and the centurion placed their full confidence in Jesus and He did not disappoint! What resulted was astonishing!

Both the man with leprosy and the centurion placed their full confidence in Jesus and He did not disappoint! What resulted was astonishing!

BibleGateway: Matthew 8:1-13 ESV Text: Matthew 8:1-13 Matthew 8:1–13 (Listen) Jesus Cleanses a Leper 8:1 When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. 2 And behold, a leper1 came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 3 And Jesus2 stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4 And Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go,…

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Jesus carries out the ministry of the gospel while at the same time demonstrating that He is the Son of God and His words are God’s.

Jesus carries out the ministry of the gospel while at the same time demonstrating that He is the Son of God and His words are God’s.

BibleGateway: Mark 3:7-35 ESV Text: Mark 3:7-35 Mark 3:7–35 (Listen) A Great Crowd Follows Jesus 7 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd followed, from Galilee and Judea 8 and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from around Tyre and Sidon. When the great crowd heard all that he was doing, they came to him. 9 And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush…

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Mere outward observance of the Law without a heart that loves and trusts in the Savior is not what God is looking for.

Mere outward observance of the Law without a heart that loves and trusts in the Savior is not what God is looking for.

BibleGateway: Matthew 12:1-14 ESV Text: Matthew 12:1-14 Matthew 12:1–14 (Listen) Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath 12:1 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.” 3 He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was…

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After Jephthah, we know little about the men who led Israel for the next 25 years, but God was continuing to provide the leadership the people needed.

After Jephthah, we know little about the men who led Israel for the next 25 years, but God was continuing to provide the leadership the people needed.

BibleGateway: Judges 12:7-15 ESV Text: Judges 12:7-15 Judges 12:7–15 (Listen) 7 Jephthah judged Israel six years. Then Jephthah the Gileadite died and was buried in his city in Gilead.1 Ibzan, Elon, and Abdon 8 After him Ibzan of Bethlehem judged Israel. 9 He had thirty sons, and thirty daughters he gave in marriage outside his clan, and thirty daughters he brought in from outside for his sons. And he judged Israel seven years. 10 Then Ibzan died and was buried at Bethlehem. 11 After him…

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Again the Israelites did evil and turned away from the Lord. When they came to Him seeking help yet again, would He rescue them or would He tire of them?

Again the Israelites did evil and turned away from the Lord. When they came to Him seeking help yet again, would He rescue them or would He tire of them?

BibleGateway: Judges 10:6-18; 11:29, 32-33 ESV Text: Judges 10:6-18; 11:29, 32-33 Judges 10:6–18 (Listen) Further Disobedience and Oppression 6 The people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals and the Ashtaroth, the gods of Syria, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the Ammonites, and the gods of the Philistines. And they forsook the LORD and did not serve him. 7 So the anger of the LORD was…

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Jesus proves His divinity to Nathanael and tells Him that He is the way to heaven.

Jesus proves His divinity to Nathanael and tells Him that He is the way to heaven.

BibleGateway: John 1:43-51 ESV Text: John 1:43-51 John 1:43–51 (Listen) Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael 43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good…

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Christ truly is the Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world.

Christ truly is the Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world.

BibleGateway: John 1:15-42 ESV Text: John 1:15-42 John 1:15–42 (Listen) 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.1 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God,2 who is at the Father’s side,3 he has…

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