Overcoming Overwhelming Odds?

July 14, 2015


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SCRIPTURE

“But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!”
~Judges 6:15, NLT

QUOTE

One of the greatest pleasures is life is to do something that everyone said you could not do.
~Source Unknown
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During the days of Gideon, the Midianites would invade the land like a army of locust. They were nomads who lived in tents and they brought their livestock including droves of camels too numerous to count. And they stayed until the land was stripped bare. The Israelites like Gideon were reduced to starvation. Their plight lead to prayer: they cried out to the Lord for help. The Angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon as he was thrashing his wheat in a secret place to keep the Midianite hordes from stealing his harvest. The Angel said to Gideon, “O mighty man of valor, Yahweh is with you.” “Sure,” Gideon responded, that is why we live in hiding and in fear of the Midianites.”
Long story short, the LORD told Gideon that he was going to make him a commander of an army that would defeat the Midianites. After a crisis of faith, Gideon does a call to arms and 32,000 Israelites show up. Just to put things in to perspective, their were 135,000 Midianites and practically all of them owned a camel. This made the odds 4 to  1 in favor of the Midianites. Then God told Gideon, “You have too many, send the ones who are afraid back home.” So Gideon spoke to his army and said, “If you are afraid, go back home,” and 22,000 left immediately. This is where I would really get discouraged. Gideon now has a army of 10,000 and odds are 13 to 1 in favor of the Midianites. The LORD said, “You still have too many, if you win, you will take the credit: keep the cautious ones and send the careless ones home. Gideon obeyed and he was left with 300 men to fight an army of 135,000. This made the odds 450 to 1 in favor of the Midianites.
The Israelites not only won the battle, it was a rout. How can 300 Israeli farmers defeat the host of Midian who had 135,000 men? Only one explanation, Yahweh! Don’t worry about the odds: just do what God says do.
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  • I think we have one of our Sunday night discussions worked out. I think the post was probably by a King James only because the verses that Joe David and I looked up are all in brackets in the NASB. This means they are editorial comments or copy from other books which is common is translating the synoptic gospels. I totally misunderstood: I thought they were taking our verses in reference to homosexuality but this has nothing to do with it. KJV buffs hate the NIV, NLT and ESV. Actually, they hate all English Translations other than King James. Most of them are ignorant as the day is long and they do not understand that the KJV is a translation itself. The N.T. is translated from Greek manuscripts and the verse omitted on the list I saw are those that are not in the original manuscripts. The other things are true: Zondervan is owned by Harper Collins Publishers and they publish a vast array of things, not just bibles. There was a law suit by a homosexual concerning offensive verses and he sued Zondervan. It is old news and he has no case.
  • The STAR BUCKS thing is right on line. Marty Duren in a post said, “At the Starbucks annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday, CEO Howard Schultz sent a clear message to anyone who supports traditional marriage over gay marriage: we don’t want your business.” Duren does not quote Schultz as the liberals are claiming. He says in essence, Shultz sent a clear message and he did. Schultz quote was to stockholders who were upset with the company gay promoting policy and this is what Schultz said to the conservative stock holders…”If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38% you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much.” How would you enterpret what Schultz said? Our job is to lower that 38% figure. We can’t hurt them up North but we can make a difference in the South.
  • A much brighter person that myself told me: Walmart is banking on the fact that they are nation wide. They know that their position will hurt them some in the South but not enough to make a difference. They also believe that we will not make the effort to shop else where when we can conveniently get everything we need in one Walmart Super Center. Let me reason with you for just a moment: the NFL, Target, G.E, and practically every major corporation has taken the anit-traditional family view. If we try to boycott all of them at the same time, we will fail. Let’s start with Walmart and Starbucks. They seem to be the most arrogant. Use your influence, spread the word. If every God fearing person would stop patronizing these two establishment, we would see some changes. This in no way means that I am against Walmart employees. The employees are not the problem, it the two Waltons.
  • I can assure you that sprinkling red pepper in your garden will not, I repeat, will not keep the coons out.
  • The TRUSTEES will make a decision Sunday on which contractor to go with but the PARKING LOT is officially on the agenda and the funds are there. I think we will get three of the four projects completed in 2015 and in 2016 we pay off the FORTE and remodel the sanctuary. Who would have believed one year ago that any of these things would be possible. It is God’s doing and I gladly give Him the praise.
  • We only have four Sundays for BLOCK PARTY OFFERINGS and our balance is $4,500.00. We probably need twice this amount.

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