Posts by Marc Harrington

Posts by Marc Harrington

From Your Pastor, February 23

He’s Human After All And he was very thirsty, and he called upon the Lord and said, “You have granted this great salvation by the hand of your servant, and shall I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised (Judges 15:18)?”  Whether you consider yourself exceptionally gifted or simply average, we all need to be reminded that God is the giver,…

From Your Pastor, February 16

Testing and Foreshadowing “And he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion (Judges 14:8).” Many people have wonderful stories about meeting their in-laws for the first time, but none more interesting than Sampson’s. With his parents by his side, he made the journey to the hometown of the beautiful Philistine he intended to marry. It’s not clear where his parents…

From Your Pastor, February 9

What We Don’t Know “His father and mother did not know that it was from the Lord, for he was seeking an opportunity against the Philistines (Judges 14:4).”  One of the reasons I try not to ever get my hopes up is because I don’t like it when they come crashing down. In general, it seems best to linger somewhere between optimism and pessimism. In our passage…

From Your Pastor, February 2

God’s Power Among Us “…for behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. No razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb, and he shall begin to save Israel from the hand of the Philistines (Judges 13:5).” If you’ve ever wished you could see more of the power and might of God at work in your life, there is one…

From Your Pastor, January 26

Fanatics and Egomaniacs  You need not tell me that the end of Judges 11 is not exactly devotional material. I am fully aware. In fact, I debated skipping it because of the shocking, gruesome display of Jephthah’s “faith”. While I’ll only touch on it, he displays one quality that serves as an ongoing reminder that the character of the leader is essential. In 11:29-31,…

From Your Pastor, January 19

How to Deal with Unreasonable People “I therefore have not sinned against you, and you do me wrong by making war on me. The Lord, the Judge, decide this day between the people of Israel and the people of Ammon.” (Judges 11:27).”  In our passage today, we see what can only be described as a brilliant piece of diplomacy on the part of Jephthah. While it’s…

From Your Pastor, January 12

A True Representative “Go and cry out to the gods whom you have chosen; let them save you in the time of your distress…So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the Lord, and he became impatient over the misery of Israel.” (Judges 10:14,16) Have you ever been given over to a sin that, in the beginning was delightful and appealing, but that became, in…

From Your Pastor, January 5

Chaos Removed in Israel Thus God returned the evil of Abimelech, which he committed against his father in killing his seventy brothers. 57 And God also made all the evil of the men of Shechem return on their heads, and upon them came the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal (Judges 9:56-57).  If you’ve ever despaired at the condition of leadership in…

From Your Pastor, December 29

Lasting Change “As soon as Gideon died, the people of Israel turned again and whored after the Baals and made Baal-berith their god (Judges 8:33).” Have you ever wondered what mark you will leave behind when you leave this world; what lasting impact you will have in the lives of the people you influenced? Some of us have had the privilege of knowing, if not being directly…

From Your Pastor, December 22

The Bi-polar Soul The Lord said to Gideon, “The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel boast over me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’” (Judges 7:2) The bi-polar soul can be found in everyone of us. We all have a tendency to go from one extreme to another: to be overcome one minute with fear and despondency, and…

From Your Pastor, December 15

The Right Answer to the Wrong Question And the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you? (Judges 6:14).” Have you ever noticed that the “why?” questions we offer God in prayer seem to rarely get answered? We have general truths in Scripture concerning why things happen—the glory…