Jephthah's vow has been a bone of contention for centuries. Did he really sacrifice his daughter? What kind of man was Jephthah?
God has chosen the weak and base things of the world, yet we can still sacrifice our personal concerns for the greater good just as our Savior did.
Christians are not called to fight in this world's wars, but we are called to spiritual battle. Hebrews 11 speaks of some heroes of faith—spiritual veterans.
According to Plutarch, heroism is not about nobility, strength, boldness or even courage. The critical component in the ancients' view of the hero is compassion.
We can promise to change our lives in return for a request we ask from God, but should we do this? Although not forbidden, making vows is a risky business.
Richard Ritenbaugh, focusing on Israel's culture during the time of Judges, suggests that Israelites were a poor, downtrodden agricultural people, having few luxuries. The Philistine culture (related to the Mycenaean civilization) was more sophisticated and cosmopolitan. Israel's arms, mainly farm tools, were primitive compared …
Richard Ritenbaugh asks if we have known people who seemingly had everything going for them but never reached their potential. Samson had what it took but made horrible mistakes and lapses in judgment. Nevertheless, Hebrews 11 says that he will be part of the first resurrection. Even with his dalliance with women and problems …
Comparing the movie 'Prince of Egypt' with what the Bible and history tell us about the life of Moses proves that truth is more incredible than fiction.
We would like God to instantly gratify our desires. Consequently, we find living by faith difficult; we do not trust that He has things under control.