Undercover Agents

Art of Samson destroying the temple

Some people mentioned in the Bible forcefully took action against things related to false gods/false worship. For example: Gideon tore down his father’s altar to Baal, which shouldn’t have been there in the first place. (Judges 6:25-32; see 2:2) King Josiah’s destroying of pagan objects even smacks of overkill. (2 Chronicles 34) Samson pulled down the temple of the god…

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Too Busy Singing

US Navy choir

Ever feel helpless, like your troubles are too big to handle? Even kids do sometimes! So I was telling the grandkids the story of King Jehoshaphat’s army (2 Chronicles 20:1-30). An assortment of enemies had gathered together against God’s people and were going to attack. God’s people had an army but surely not with the equipment of those other armies,…

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The 11th Child

child standing outside of a closed door

March 2021. Some Sunday school classes had been canceled altogether during the year-long COVID “emergency.” Wanting to open back up, many considered Easter Sunday to be a good time. But being still fearful, some churches aimed to limit the number of kids per classroom. One such class planned to allow registration for 10 preschool children. A loving, concerned teacher from…

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Living Dangerously

young man in hoodie facing a distant crowd through the fog

Jay Sekulow’s ACLU periodically has to defend a student whose Bible has been confiscated at school and/or the student has been told it’s forbidden to talk about Jesus there, even during free time like recess. Here’s one such report about a fourth grader. I can’t help wanting to take advantage of this kind of situation to turn it on its…

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Not Always What They Seem

man's legs facing down a long street

My church has recently used Michael W. Smith’s song “Surrounded (Fight My Battles),” just singing a few rounds of the two repeating lines. It seems to have had a profound effect on the congregation. Here’s my take on why: We are in a battle, soldiers in a spiritual battle. It’s good to acknowledge that. Paul likens Timothy to “a good…

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