Understanding Gideon and the Fleece

The story of Gideon’s fleece is well known. For a long time I didn’t really understand it, because it seemed like Gideon was testing God. But I recently re-read the account, and noticed an earlier encounter between Gideon and the Lord that provides valuable context for the later episodes of the fleece.
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On the Plains

Our spiritual walks have many ups and downs. We speak of mountaintop experiences, where God’s presence is especially manifest to us. During such times we feel as if our spiritual batteries are being recharged, and we’re ready to face the valleys of life. We think of those valleys in terms of the “valley of death”, and know that our Lord is with us. These are the times of Job, when we find that God’s presence is especially close during times of trial.

So we see the Lord walking with us on the mountain tops and valleys, and even carrying us from time to time. But what about the boring, featureless, daily plains of life? Continue reading

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Why is Love Greater?

A very common verse lists faith, hope, and love, and declares the superiority of love. That easily makes sense given the significance of love, but exactly in what ways is it greater? Looking at the context, we can see at least one interesting possibility. Continue reading

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Seeing Jesus Face to Face

What do we mean by having “a relationship with Jesus Christ”? There’s an interesting passage of Scripture that suggests we need more than intellectual knowledge and understanding, more than religion, even more than using our gifts. It has to do with listening, knowing, and being known… Continue reading

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Open Eyes and the Voice of God

Walking with the Lord in a life of love and obedience involves listening for Him to speak. But in these days of always-on lifestyles saturated with social media, entertaining distractions, and the normal busyness of friends and family and jobs, it’s easy to miss that still, small voice. It may even become easy to miss a loud interruption. As difficult as it can be sometimes, we need to remain receptive, but it’s important to realize this may involve more than listening. Moses’ encounter with the burning bush illustrates this. Continue reading

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Science vs. God: A Video About Pictures of God in Physics

This great little video presents a handful of concepts from physics that illustrate aspects of God’s nature. They are more than pure metaphors, but less than proofs. The lecture is presented in such a way that the concepts challenge purely secular thinking, while not attempting to force a perspective. Continue reading

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Speaking Waterfalls

I am captivated by waterfalls, and am also interested in exploring and sharing spiritual truths in different ways. Might it be possible to bring these together and use the characteristics of waterfalls to illustrate God’s nature? This would be very similar to Romans 1:20a. Could this even be a way for God to speak forth? This would be similar to the last post — if music and instruments can be used to prophecy, perhaps so can such a beautiful part of God’s creation. After all, this is something we should all seek to do. Continue reading

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