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Do You Have a Hidden Strength?

Several years ago, a ruptured Achilles tendon landed me in a knee-high non-weightbearing cast. A few days later, my opposite leg suffered a knee injury. Those injuries combined ruled out crutches and put me in a wheelchair for three months. But that wasn’t all. Insomnia hit me, too.   Several months prior, I’d accepted a… [ read more ]

Gracious Uncertainty

Gideon must have thought God had lost all grip on reality.  Imagine going to war with 300 soldiers and expecting to win. Ludicrous. But that’s exactly what God had told him to do—whittle down his army until only 300 men remained. And so he obeyed. (Judges 7) Call it ludricous, or call it gracious uncertainty…. [ read more ]

When God Says Go

When God gives a divine assignment, our human tendency is to say, “Who, me? I can’t do that.” Fear looms, and we offer excuses such as, “I’m not smart enough,” or “I don’t have the skills necessary.” Gideon’s story is a prime example. When God tells him to rescue Israel from the Midianites, he immediately… [ read more ]

God's Curious Methods

Sometimes God’s methods for accomplishing His purposes leave me shaking my head. Gideon’s story is a classic example (Judges 7:1-8:17) God told Gideon to rescue the Israelites from the Midianites. You’d think God, knowing the size of the task, would supernaturally rally the troops and then equip them with the latest in body armor and… [ read more ]

Do it Afraid

Last week I wrote an article based on interview with Cindy Winters. She’s the widow of Fred Winters, a Baptist pastor who died on March 8, 2009, when a stranger entered his church, sauntered down the church aisle, and opened fire on him as he preached. Cindy told me that she used to be a… [ read more ]

The Trap

Gideon returned from battle with a ton of gold. Well, not literally. But you get the idea, right?  What was he going to do with it? Ah-ha! Why not melt a few earrings gathered from his enemies and make them into an ephod? Okay – I looked up the word ephod in a Bible dictionary…. [ read more ]

God's Strategy

Who can understand God’s ways? Who can comprehend His ways of doing things, of accomplishing His purposes? Not I. Neither could Gideon, but he obeyed divine instructions anyway. Judges 7:1-8:17 tell a most amazing story of Gideon’s victory, achieved in a way that boggles the imagination. Based on smart human strategy, he’d gathered an army… [ read more ]

The Mighty Hero

When I speak about the fear of inadequacy, I often refer to Moses as a prime Scriptural example. But move over, Moses! Make room for your friend Gideon. Judges 6 tells how Gideon was threshing grain in the winepress to avoid being caught by the marauding Midianites when the angel of the Lord appeared to… [ read more ]