A Christian Should ........

Written by Stanley T. Crawford

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A Christian Should……. By Stanley T. Crawford

As Christians we should treat each other according torepparttar 126981 guidelines established by God. God has defined guidelines for our behavior with our brothers and sisters in Christ. In addition, God has defined how we should treatrepparttar 126982 non-Christian. In some casesrepparttar 126983 guidelines arerepparttar 126984 same for our behavior towardsrepparttar 126985 Christian and non-Christian. In other cases there are unique behaviors that we should display towardrepparttar 126986 Christian andrepparttar 126987 non-Christian. A look at Romans 12:9 – 21 sheds light on this issue. In this passage, Paul defines some ofrepparttar 126988 desired behaviors for Christians in our interactions with Christians and non-Christians.

Paul begins by pointing out thatrepparttar 126989 love that we demonstrate should be real (Romans12:9). Paul proceeds to point out that our focus should be onrepparttar 126990 good and not evil. When people say terrible things about us we shouldn’t dorepparttar 126991 same to them. We should instead bless them (Romans 12:14). Implementing this behavior is a challenge in some situations. At times, our emotional state toward our antagonist makes it difficult to bless and not curse. Yet, we must try to remember that God knows best even over our perceptions. (Proverbs 3:5 & 6)

Also, we should show compassion and empathy (Romans 12:15). We should apply this behavior withrepparttar 126992 Christian and non-Christian. Showing compassion or empathy does not mean that we are to adopt behaviors that aren’t Christ like.

Deborah: The Judge & Prophetess

Written by Angelique Watkins

God used Deborah to deliver HIS people from Canaanite oppression.

Deborah was a Prophetess who judged Israel. Deborah's prophecy was fulfilled. (Judges 9:9)

The judges were temporary deliverers, sent by God to deliverrepparttar Israelites from their oppressors. Their name in Hebrew is Shophetim and, which isrepparttar 126980 same as that for ordinary judges. For, though their first work was that of deliverers and leaders in war, they then administered justice torepparttar 126981 people and their authority suppliedrepparttar 126982 want of a regular government.

The Book of Judges called in Hebrew 'Shofetim" (judge), a term identical withrepparttar 126983 Carthaginian 'Sufetes,' althoughtrepparttar 126984 two offices were not ofrepparttar 126985 same nature.

The Book may be divided into three parts. Chapters 2:6-16 begins with an introduction explainingrepparttar 126986 spiritual significance ofrepparttar 126987 events narrated.

Fourth Judge: Deborah and Barak

Let's look at Judges 4:4-9; 14, 15 and 17a

verse 4...And Deborah, a prophetess,repparttar 126988 wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.

Deborah was not chosen byrepparttar 126989 people or appointed byrepparttar 126990 people. God raised her up to help His people, and thus she judged Israel at that time. The record teaches us that Deborah was a prophetess. Deborah wasrepparttar 126991 judge and one who hadrepparttar 126992 gift of prophecy.

verse 5...And she dwelt underrepparttar 126993 palm tree of Deborah, between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim: andrepparttar 126994 children of Israel came up to her for judgment.

Mount Ephraim is allrepparttar 126995 hill country belonging torepparttar 126996 tribe of Ephraim. The word "dwelt" could be that Deborah lived there or that wasrepparttar 126997 place at which she gave justice to those who came up to her for judgment.

verse 6...And she sent and called Barakrepparttar 126998 son of Abinoam out of Kedesh-naphtali, and said unto him, Hath notrepparttar 126999 LORD God of Israel commanded, saying: Go and draw toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men ofrepparttar 127000 children of Naphtali and ofrepparttar 127001 children of Zebulun?

Barak lived around 80 miles torepparttar 127002 north of where Deborah held court, but it appears he came when Deborah called him. Deborah told Barak that she was giving himrepparttar 127003 message ofrepparttar 127004 Lord God of Israel, not of her own. God wanted Barak to assemble an army of 10,000 men fromrepparttar 127005 tribe of Naphtali which was Barak's own tribe andrepparttar 127006 neighbor tribe of Zebulun. Barak was to leadrepparttar 127007 army to Mount Tabor.

verse 7...And I will draw unto thee, torepparttar 127008 river Kishon, Siserarepparttar 127009 captain of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his multitude; and I will deliver him into thine hand.

The Lord planned to deliverrepparttar 127010 men into Barak's hand: He promised victory to Barak and his army.

verse 8...And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, I will not go.

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