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Judges 15:20-16:1 "And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years. Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an harlot, and went in unto her."
I heard a well known preacher say once that he didn't think that Samson achieved much at all in his lifetime. It is easy for us to think that. I guess it's easy for us to think that of each other too. When we look at Samson's life we see a lot of failure which tends to overshadow the Lord's work in and through him. The truth is that every Christian is a lot more like Samson than we might think. Samson's weakness was in the area of woman. And we see that after 20 years of being the Lord's servant, judging the people of Israel, he had a 'blow out' and ended up in Gaza with a harlot. He then moved on from that relationship into another one with a woman named Delilah. But as we read Judges chapter 16 we find the amazing grace of God as while Samson is messing round in the muddy waters of the flesh, the LORD is still with him, and time and again strengthens and delivers him! It appears from the scripture that this was always an area of weakness for Samson. And we too all have some area or areas of sin with which we find a MAJOR battle! A battle that just goes on and on. The thing is, not to give up in the fight against sin; even if you have to bleed over it; time to wear those knees out in prayer and petition. Samson fell but the problem was he got COMFORTABLE there. And there came a day when the Lord separated from him and he ended up suffering loss and affliction (Judges 16:20-21). The good news for us all is that God knows all about our problem with sin and he hasn't departed from us, just as he didn't depart from Samson (no matter how dark and ugly our sin is), but he's standing by to strengthen us: so what we need to do is, get back up off the canvas and fight! Christ can train you to overcome every sin through his power! "Knocked down but not knocked out"! is the message to us (2 Cor 4:9 paraphrase). And if like Samson you've thrown in the towel some time ago, God wants you to know that like Samson, who's hair grew back while there in the prison house (Judges 16:22), Jesus Christ our Saviour is able to raise you up to do greater things than you've ever done before! "By grace ye are saved" Ephesians 2:5. Jesus loves you. Have a happy new year with a fantastic beginning. ???? If you haven't made Jesus Christ your Lord and Saviour, you can do that today; behold, now is the accepted time: or if you know Christ, but you need to get right with him and back on the road.
God Bless.
 "Friend of a Wounded Heart" (Wayne Watson.) 

We may not know much about the thrill of surfing the "tube" of a perfect wave but surfing the "tube of life" in the turbulent seas of today's world can be a hazardous experience to avoid being dumped and drowned in the swirling perilous waters of violence, narcissism and hurtful mockery.

In the dumping experiences on today's wild sea of life there exists a thrilling and Perfect wave "tube" that Christ has provided that has no surprising "dump of death" but rather an experience of great peace now and the exhilarating emergence at the end of His "tube" into Everlasting Life.

You may have (and what person hasn't) had some rough experiences in your 'tube of life' that has rolled in upon you and is hurtling you towards Eternity. And you may also often find yourself asking the Big Question ..... "What is Life all about? Really, what is the reality of it all?

The following (taken from a website promotion brochure) is a brief description of this website contents, which contains some of the many sided answers to life's Big Questions which are wonderfully provided by the great love of God and found in the Bible.

The site is arrayed in a 'static' and not a 'blog' format so that most of the site contents are in plain view, sectioned into menus.

There is no claim to fame or web site dazzle. The presentation is bright and enthusiastic about faith, hope and the love of God in Christ.
There are approximately 500 illustrated articles covering many topics of the Christian life, along with much for those who are seeking answers, those who are broken and troubled, those who are are anxious about life and death. Irrefutable realities for the atheist, skeptic, and agnostic; an answer to Richard Dawkins book "The God Delusion" called "The God delusion ...Delusion"
Links are provided to other websites of interest such as the astounding evidences of "intelligent design" in creation found at "Creation Research.net" website.
One very special menu is that of "Pilgrim's Progress" which has been broken up into 30 segments for ease of reading. These articles practically fill the "Most Popular" list. The journey of Pilgrim from the "City of destruction" to the "Celestial city" is nothing short of thrilling. Years ago when the world was more sensible about spiritual things Pilgrim's Progress was part of the school curriculum because of the sheer beautiful principles to build any nation upon. The good and unsavoury characters met along Pilgrim's way illustrate great lessons for humanity: Such characters as - Obstinate, Pliable, Evangelist, Mr. Worldly Wiseman, Good-will, Formalist and Hypocrisy, Faithful, Mr. Talkative, Lord Hate-good, Hopeful, and Giant despair. There are many others with much to guard one's life against to avoid serious pitfalls. The Pilgrim's Progress series is stacked with original wonderfully descriptive sketches providing extra enjoyment in following the journey.
The various "Menus" provide at a glance the site content in those articles listed under that menu heading; for example - "Tasty Menu for lost Sheep" is for those who don't know the way through life and death to eternity. 'Promise for You" is for those who are looking for any of the countless promises in the Word of God. The Menu "Emergency 000 Help when" is a list of noted encouragements and promise verses provided in the "Gideons Bible" found in Hospitals, Motels, Prisons, Schools and many other places. There is much more. Investigate the site and be lifted up! God bless.

"There is lifting up" [Job 22:29.]

Hymn by:

James Rowe. 1866 - 1933.

Love Lifted Me.

1. I was sinking deep in sin,
Far from the peaceful shore,
Very deeply stained within,
Sinking to rise no more;
But the Master of the sea
Heard my despairing cry,
From the waters lifted me,
Now safe am I.

Love lifted me!
Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help,
Love lifted me.

2. All my heart to Him I give,
Ever to Him I’ll cling,
In His blessed presence live,
Ever His praises sing.
Love so mighty and so true
Merits my soul’s best songs;
Faithful, loving service, too,
To Him belongs.

Love lifted me!
Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help,
Love lifted me.

"Love lifted me." (Gaither singers)

Clik on the Picture to go to a further list of "Songs in the night" that will lift your heart in "melody to the Lord."

[Job 35:10.]

List will be extended from time to time.