Bond of Love

Jane Douglass White

READ : Ruth 1:1-16   Naomi must have been a loving person. Both of her widowed daughters-in-law wept at the thought of leaving her. Orpah went back to her own family, but Ruth refused to leave, crying, “. . . where you go I will go and where you lodge I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God, my God” (v. 16b). What did she see in Naomi that caused Ruth to trust and love her …

Champ or Chump?

Jane Douglass White

READ : Judges 16:17-21   In the world’s eyes, Samson was a champ. His strength terrified the Philistines. He judged Israel for twenty-one years, but couldn’t control his lust. Though dedicated to God, he put himself in danger because of sexual sin. He probably thought, “Nothing’s going to happen to me!” Sound familiar? We heard a great basketball champ tell how the “magic” turned “tragic” when he contracted the AIDS virus from one of his admitted affairs. Another champ was …

Joshua’s Choice

Jane Douglass White

READ : Joshua 24:11-18   Joshua had led his people for a long time. At this point he calls them together and reminds them of the many times that God had helped them. Then he asks whether they will choose the gods of the people they have defeated (not through their own strength, but through God) or will they choose their God. He makes his choice: “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” What a …

Rahab to the Rescue

Jane Douglass White

READ : Joshua 2:1-20   The spies probably went to Rahab’s house because it was a gathering place for men and they hoped to pick up information. Rahab was a sinful woman, yet she was the instrument God used to rescue the spies from capture by the king of Jericho. Why was she chosen? Because she heard of the powerful God of the Israelites and believed in Him. Believing in God’s power, she helped the spies. I met a woman …

Believing is Seeing

Jane Douglass White

READ : James 2:25-26, Numbers 14:2-9   When the Israelites came to the border of Canaan, Moses sent twelve men to spy out the land. They returned with beautiful produce, saying the land was good. Ten spies said the people were too strong to conquer. Only Caleb and Joshua believed God would bring them into the promised land. Everyone else wanted to return to Egypt’s slavery, rather than risk entering the land. Ten spies came back, seeing only the giants, …