Coffee With God

Although I love to study the Bible, I have to admit that I’m a bit like Dug, the speaking dog in the 2009 animated movie Up. He often stopped in the middle of conversations, jerking his head to one side or the other and announcing “Squirrel!” In other words, I…

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Consider the Ups and Downs

If you’re not careful, you might miss a couple of little words sprinkled throughout the story of Samson. Paying attention to these words—up and down—can enhance your understanding of the circumstances of Israelite life during the period of the judges. The first verse of Judges 14 tells us that Samson…

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Lies, Seduction, and Betrayal

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more tragic story of seduction and betrayal than that of Samson and Delilah in Judges 16. If you’ve already read chapter 14, you already know of one of Samson’s great weaknesses. It’s in that chapter that Samson’s new wife pesters him for the answer…

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Who Are These People?

Throughout the story of Samson, we run into the Philistines. In Judges 14 alone, we read that he married a Philistine woman, lost an unfortunate wager to 30 Philistine wedding guests, and killed another 30 Philistines from Ashkelon to pay his gambling debt. Just who were these people? That question…

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