26/05/2013 | Andrew Heard
Andrew unpacks what the bible says about family, living for the honour of God. Deut 6:1-6. Eph 6:1-4 Eph 6 describes an asymmetry in relationship, children to obey parents. Assumption being that the child is 'in the Lord'. Fathers - don't exasperate your children, why fathers ? because he is most likely to create the problem (physically stronger and lower emotional intelligence). Punish for wilful disobedience rather than childishness. We can punish based on inconvenience to us, rather than inappropriate behaviour. Eph 6:4 goes on to say 'instead ... Bring them up in the training and discipline of The Lord. This suggests that The Lord is more important than even family.
23/06/2013 | Andrew Heard
Andrew unpacks the Judge Samson. Despite Gods continued mercy and love, Israel again did evil in the sight of The Lord. The Philistine oppression was more subtle, and This time Israel doesn't cry out for The Lord. Samson's parents were God fearing and he was dedicated as a Nazirite. In chapter 14. Samson ignored the requirements of the vow. His riddle was an arrogant provocation. Samson had a problem with his eyes, & discipline - which undermines his actions. Samson was physically strong but of weak character. God used this broken man. He used Samson to stir up the Philistines to oppress Israel, to stir up Israel to cry out for The Lord. God is the deliverer !