Hannah is a woman who wanted a son after having been thus far unable to bear a child. God granted her prayer.
We have a very special guest reader today. James Cooper, my co host on the Lifespring! Advent Calendar Podcast, reads the book of Ruth. Ruth is a short book that is a marvelous story of loyalty, devotion and love.
Written by Henry van Dyke in 1907, this hymn was inspired by the Berkshire mountains. Mr. van Dyke was an extremely accomplished man, to say the least. Listen to the show for his story.
- Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flow’rs before Thee,
Op’ning to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
Drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness,
Fill us with the light of day!
- All Thy works with joy surround Thee,
Earth and heav’n reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee,
Center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
Flow’ry meadow, flashing sea,
Singing bird and flowing fountain
Call us to rejoice in Thee.
- Thou art giving and forgiving,
Ever blessing, ever blest,
Wellspring of the joy of living,
Ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother,
All who live in love are Thine;
Teach us how to love each other,
Lift us to the joy divine.
- Mortals, join the happy chorus,
Which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning o’er us,
Brother love binds man to man.
Ever singing, march we onward,
Victors in the midst of strife,
Joyful music leads us Sunward
In the triumph song of life.
Paul explains how the old covenant required repeated sacrifices (that did not bring permanent forgiveness), but in the new covenant, Jesus’ sacrifice was “once for all”.
Paul compares the Levitical law and priesthood to the New Covenant and Christ’s priesthood of Melchizedek.
Finishing the book of Judges and beginning the New Testament book of Hebrews.
We find out the consequences of the murder of the concubine, near the end of Judges, and then the book ends with a surprising solution to a problem created by the carrying out of the consequences.
The book of Hebrews begins with the apostle Paul offering a wonderful exposition of the diety and humanity of Jesus.
Some intriguing episodes from Israel’s past, including a story very similar to CSI: Las Vegas (or Miami or New York)!
Mon: Judges 10-12
Tue: Judges 13-16
Wed: Judges 17-19
Thur: Judges 20-21, Hebrews 1-2
Fri: Hebrews 3-7
Sat: Hebrews 8-10
Sun: Hebrews 11-13
Samson and Delilah. Do you remember the story as it actually was? Where was Samson’s strength? Are you sure?