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The Go-Backs and the Left-Behinders

September 30, 2012

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Post Exile Jerusalem Ezra 1:1 to 9:1 1:1 During the very first year under the rule of King Cyrus, the new king of Persia, the Jews enslaved in Babylon got some excellent news. The king posted a written public notice that read as follows: OFFICIAL NOTICE God has told me to be the boss over […]

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Let Your Freak Flag Fly

July 22, 2012

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Samson and Delilah Judges 16:4 to 21:25 16:4 Samson fell in love with a woman named Delilah. The Philistine aristocrats offered Delilah a lot of money to find out the secret of Samson’s magical superman strength. Delilah wanted all that money. She wanted that money so very badly. Several times Samson lied to Delilah and […]

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The Lion, The Switch, and Thirty Wardrobes

July 15, 2012

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Samson and the Foxes Judges 13:3 to 16:1 13:1 Again the children of Israel were being bad little children from the Lord’s point of view. So he had the Philistines conquer and rule over them for forty years. Meanwhile a childless couple of the tribe of Dan was visited by one of the Lord’s many […]

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The Branch Manager

July 8, 2012

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Abimelech and Jephthah Judges 9:1 to 12:1 9:1 A chaotic power struggle ensued following Gideon’s death and through various manipulations and lots of murders Gideon’s son Abimelech managed to get himself crowned king. Meanwhile Abimelech’s brother Jotham was upset with the arrangement and the murders, so he made up a colorful analogy about how all […]

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It’s Not a Perfect Science

July 1, 2012

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Gideon’s Fleece Judges 6:1 to 8:27 6:1 The Lord got angry with the Israelites again so he helped the king of Midian take control of the tribes. The brutal oppression of the Midianites caused many of the Israelites to head for the hills and hide out in caves and such. Things looked pretty bleak for […]

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Order in the Court

June 24, 2012

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Ehud and Deborah Judges 1:1 to 5:26 1:1 The Israelite tribes each were given their own territory to live in, but occasionally they continued to kill remaining Canaanites indiscriminately, or run them off their land, or tax them severely and cut off their kings’ thumbs and big toes and such. Because so many of the […]

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