Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Spa

I realized recently that I had been giving myself a “grouch allowance” when certain things happened.

They were mostly trivial things like having to clean up a mess when I was tired or my husband being late—things that I could have easily gotten through if I hadn’t predetermined that I had the right to get grouchy in those circumstances.

Jesus tells us, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Grace, I realized, is a choice. I could choose to avail myself of the grace Jesus freely offers and plug into His infinite power, or I could gripe and try to muddle through on my own. As soon as I told myself that a particular situation was too much, it wastoo much. And if I allowed myself to gripe about it, the situation became even more difficult. But if I maintained the position that Jesus’ grace was sufficient, it was. He always came to my rescue and made the situation bearable or even enjoyable.

Sometimes the concept of relying on Jesus’ grace and strength—also known as “resting in the Lord”—seems quite abstract. How cool it would be, I have thought, if there were an actual couch that I could plop down on and, by virtue of simply being there, rest in the Lord.

Well, there is such a place where grouches like me can go—a nice little spa where I can get fixed up so nicely you would hardly know how awful I really am, if only I would visit it often enough. You women know what I mean. Think of how relaxed you feel in the hands of your favorite hairstylist. You know he can fix your worst hair day, and you hardly need to look in the mirror when he’s done, because you know you look your best. It’s like that.

What works best for me is before the day starts and again whenever one of those problem situations begins to unfold, I close my eyes and go to that spa. I say to the stylist, “Jesus, I’m a mess, but Your grace is sufficient. Fix me up with some of that!” Then I know it’s done, and I act like it.

Some days are better than others, of course, but I know where to go when things begin to go wrong. Jesus’ spa is always open.



Psalm 62:5 NIV - Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.

1 Peter 5:7 NIV – Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Psalm 62:5 NIV - Yes, my soul, find rest in God: my hope comes from him.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Overcoming Past Hurts

Most of the unpleasant things that happen to us are like bruises or minor scrapes to our spirits. Like minor injuries to our bodies that only leave a mark or hurt for a short while, those hurtful incidents may temporarily make us “black” with negative thoughts or “blue” with discouragement but are usually forgotten fairly quickly. At some time or another, however, many of us experience deep wounds to our spirits. How can we be healed of those?

When we suffer a serious physical injury, we consult a physician who can properly tend to it. We have the wound cleansed and dressed, and sometimes have it checked regularly to make sure it’s healing properly. Even then it may take some time to heal. This is an illustration of how our inner wounds can heal with faith, prayer, and proper care. But if we don’t allow them to be cleansed and heal in the proper way, if we try to hide our wounds, they can become infected with bitterness and resentment that can poison our whole being.

Bitterness doesn’t usually develop into a serious problem immediately; it festers and grows over time, like an infection in a wound, quietly destroying healthy areas it comes in contact with, if it’s not purged from the body.

The Bible teaches that we should empty our hearts of things that bother us: “Watch out that no bitterness takes root among you, for as it springs up it causes deep trouble, hurting many.”

Past circumstances do not have to dictate your present outlook, because God has made a way for you to overcome the negative in your life. In fact, He intends for you to! “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” In other words, as we immerse ourselves in Jesus and His Word and learn to do things His way, old things will pass away and everything will become new.

It’s human nature for people to blame their problems on others or on events from their past. A lot of people go along with this way of thinking, because it is easier than forgiving and putting those incidents in the past and leaving them there. It’s easier than accepting that they are wrong in being bitter. However, if they stay stuck in this frame of mind, it will hinder their ability to move forward in life.

Some of our problems may indeed be the result of things that happened in our past. We are all products of our environment to some extent; we have been influenced positively in some respects and negatively in others. No one in this world has had only positive experiences, but the negative ones don’t have to control or permanently influence us emotionally, mentally, or spiritually.

The Christian life is all about overcoming obstacles, rising above our circumstances, and not letting things get us down. It’s about letting Jesus resolve and override problems by the renewing and transforming of our mind. God puts the responsibility on each of us for how we react to whatever situations we find ourselves in. He has given us free will and free choice, and He is constantly asking us to make the right decisions and to take the right steps. When we do, He is right there to see us through.

The fact that we have some control over the way we are is obvious when we look at different individuals who experience similar setbacks in life. Some react in one way and some in another, and as a result, turn out to be very different types of people leading very different lives. Despite the adverse circumstances in their past, some are happy, healthy, successful, and well adjusted, while others are just the opposite—depressed, unhappy, discontented, or disturbed.

Sadly, many people blame God for things that have gone wrong. Somehow, they think God is not responsible for all the good in their life; He’s only responsible for the bad. Their relationship with Him is completely contrary to how it should be. They don’t give Him praise and credit for the good times, but they complain and blame Him in bad times.

According to God’s Word, trials are designed to strengthen us. If your life were problem free, you might never build the strength of character that comes from fighting to overcome problems. You also probably wouldn’t be able to relate to or have compassion on others who have gone through similar things. You might miss the beautiful transformation that takes place when you discover that you really need Jesus in your life. You might never experience the thrill of Him coming through for you and equipping you to carry on.

Jesus wants “your joy to be full.” The secret to that joy lies in forgiving those who have wronged you, letting go of bitterness and resentment, and forgetting the past. It is possible for you to overcome!



Psalm 32:5 NIV - Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.

Matthew 6:12-15 NIV - And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Luke 17:3 NIV - So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them.”

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Race

As I strolled along the river, swans and other birds added to the beauty of a sunny Sunday afternoon that was wasted on me. The past few years had been a nightmare. Alcoholism was taking its toll. Guilt, negativity, and discouragement hung over me like dark clouds. I was separated from my wife and had lost my job. I had also lost the respect of all my friends and coworkers. I felt like a worthless failure.

A few joggers passed me up. A group of young people raced by on bicycles. I hardly noticed them either, as my mind relived the events of the past few years, trying to figure out where I had taken the wrong turn that had led me to this awful place.

Then a young voice called out. “Don’t give up! Keep going! Don’t give up!” The words rang in my ears.

I turned to see a boy of about seven, running my way. As he passed, he yelled again over his shoulder to his younger sister, probably five, who seemed about to give up in what was apparently a race between them.

“Don’t stop now! You have to get to the finish line!”

It reminded me of a scene from the film Chariots of Fire (1981), where Eric Liddell, one of the runners in a 440-yard race leading up to the 1924 Olympics, was bumped by another runner and fell to the infield. As all of the other runners passed him, I imagined what must have gone through his mind in that moment. Give up! You have lost! Don’t bother to finish the race! Instead, Liddell picked himself up, got back on the track, and ran as though he was destined to win—and he did!

I smiled for the first time in a long while. A beam of light had broken through my darkness. So what if I had fallen into the depths? The only way out for me now was up! I could get up, I told myself. I could get back on track and run. I might not win in dramatic fashion like Liddell, but I could finish the course, the great race of life.

Time has passed. I’m still running and have gained some important ground. I am now a recovering alcoholic, and have found renewed purpose and fulfillment in a life rededicated to sharing God’s love and hope with others.

It’s never too late to get up and try again.



Philippians 4:12-13 ESV - I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Galatians 6:9 ESV - And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Romans 5:5 ESV - And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Prayer Points

1. Please pray for Freddy Cheong, Alice Ong, Daniel, Sandy and Ailyn

2. Please pray for one another in your prayer - Spiritual Growth, Challenges in Life, School, etc, especially those that are not feeling well. Encouraging one another in Christ likeness.

3. Please pray for various ministry that going well bring forward fruitful result

4. Please pray for Penang Children's Home Open Day

5. Please pray for our nation Malaysia that is going through many challenges.

6. Please pray for P6 students as they prepare for UPSR.

• Pray for our Territorial leaders, Cols Lyndon & Bronywn, Lt Cols Paul & Evelyn, as they direct and lead God's Army in this Territory

• Stand in the gap for Majors Bo & Christina as they settle and begin their new appointment in Myanmar.

• Capt Ken and Neva will be pioneering work in Thailand. Ask God to strengthen them and seek Lord for His will for this startup.



Announcement

Old Testament 150 Reading Challenge within 7 months, reading just 5 chapters per week: Look out for it at the Church website.

Annual Day of Prayer For victims of human trafficking Date: 28th Sept 2014 Sunday

Cell Group Date: 09th Sept 2014 Time: 8:00pm Venue: Bro Choon Eng & Sis Jenny home

SMM Spiritual Leadership Conference Date: 4-6th Oct 2014 Venue: TSA Singapore

Penang Open Day Date: 18th Oct 2014 Time: 8am - 2pm Venue: Penang Children's Home. Help needed to sell coupons, please look for Lt. Fiona

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Why Should I Forgive?

Questions: Why should I forgive others who have done things that hurt me? Wouldn’t that absolve them from guilt? Why should I let them off the hook like that?

Answer: No matter how hard it may be to forgive, your situation can’t improve until you take that all-important step.

It begins with understanding that forgiveness isn’t entirely or even primarily for the sake of the other party. You also need to forgive the person who hurt you for the sake of your own emotional and spiritual well-being; it’s a necessary part of the healing process. Here are three reasons why that is so:

First, it helps you avoid the poisoning effect that an unforgiving attitude invariably has on those who hold on to it. If you refuse to forgive those who have wronged you, your mind and spirit become fertile ground for all sorts of negative and destructive attitudes, such as hatred, bitterness, anger, and a desire for revenge. You will never be happy in that state of mind. Forgiveness is the antidote, an agent of positive change that can, over time, reverse the damage that was done.

Second, even though those feelings may seem justifiable considering the circumstances, if you act on or even entertain them, you become guilty along with the one who wronged you. Two wrongs never make a right.

Third, in what has become known as The Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught us to both seek and extend forgiveness. “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. … For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Forgiveness doesn’t change the past, but it does make for a much brighter future.



Luke 6:37 NIV – Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

John 8:7 NIV – When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Luke 23:33-34 NIV – When they came to a place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals – one on his right, the other on his left, Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

Friday, August 29, 2014

Coffee and Forgiveness

A blanket of fog on the runway had caused a three-hour delay. I boarded the plane and settled wearily into my seat. How good it would be to get back to home and loved ones!

Midway through the flight, I was engrossed in conversation with a fellow passenger named Robert, when a young woman passed by in the aisle, swinging her purse behind her. It knocked my cup of coffee right into my lap, splashing my jacket and running down the legs of my jeans. I grabbed as many tissues and napkins as I could find, mopped up what I could, and resigned myself to the fact that the rest of the mess would remain until I got home. Only then did I glance down the aisle at the girl responsible for the mishap. She was waiting outside the toilet, oblivious to the minor catastrophe she had caused in seat 25C.

Robert had been telling me about how hard it was for him to forgive someone who had hurt his family. His account was laced with anger and bitterness, and I searched for words that would help him.

“You know, that girl who spilled my coffee all over me didn’t see what she did,” I said, “so I guess I can’t expect an apology. But now I have the choice to let this incident ruin the rest of my trip, or move on and not let it dominate my thoughts and emotions. Either way, it’s not going to be easy living with the ramifications of what happened until I get home, shower, and change clothes, but God can help me rise above these circumstances if I ask Him to. So that’s what I’ll do.”

Robert nodded. “That’s a fitting illustration,” he said sheepishly.

The happy ending of this story is that Robert prayed and accepted Jesus as his Savior. Now he has Jesus’ presence in his life, and Jesus will help him have more love, mercy, and understanding for others. For Robert, the road to freedom from bitterness began with one step—receiving Jesus. The wonderful truth is that Jesus offers the same to anyone who asks.



Matthew 6:14-15 NIV - For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Matthew 18: 21-22 NIV – Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times? “Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

2 Corinthians 2:5-8 NIV – If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you to some extent—not to put it too severely. The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient. Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him.

Sharp-End Christianity

Iraq is steeped in history. It is the site of the Garden of Eden, of the Great Flood and the birthplace of Abraham. Tread lightly there.’ With these words, Colonel Tim Collins sent the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment into battle in 2003. Eleven bloody years later, some parts of the cradle of civilisation are struggling to retain civility.

Earlier this month, Canon Andrew White, the Vicar of Baghdad, appeared on 'Newsnight' to describe the plight of minorities in the north of the country. He told viewers that his church was regularly a centre of worship, relief and medical care to a range of minorities - Sunni, Mandaeans, Yazidis and Christians. He also said that he and his co-religionists were in the north of Iraq to help those suffering at the hands of Islamist extremists. ‘Despite us being Christian, we are there for everybody. Everybody is being massacred and slaughtered,’ he said. ‘What they are experiencing is worse than you can imagine.’

Just days later, Canon White reported via Twitter that a five-year-old Christian boy was slaughtered during an attack by the Islamic State on the Christian town of Qara Qosh. ‘I’ve just had somebody in my room whose little child was cut in half,’ he said. ‘I baptised his child in my church in Baghdad. This little boy, they named him after me - he was called Andrew.’

In the comfort of Andrew White’s English homeland, where the only bombardment faced is of news reports and images, it is easy to feel helpless. It is easy to give up - mentally to abandon these people and others like them in the world’s troubled regions.

We can, though, give money to humanitarian relief efforts. And we can pray. Andrew White says that he and his congregation pray for protection, provision and perseverance. 'The War Cry' invites readers to join in those prayers.

UK & Ireland War Cry August 2014

Ruth 2 --- Naomi and her daughter-in-law, Ruth, return to Bethlehem.

Read Ruth 2

- V1&3, was this coincidence, or do you think this was all part of God’s plan? Is it possible that some apparent coincidences may actually be a part of God’s plan, and yet we will never be aware of that fact?

- V12, to what extent might this verse summarise the story of Ruth?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Teaching Children to Control Negative Feelings

Raising children is no easy task, and there are no shortcuts. The ever-shifting ocean of emotions that children go through at various ages and stages poses one of the greatest challenges to parents. Here are a few things that I have found helpful in teaching my children to deal with the negative emotions they experience.

Encouraging positive traits such as kindness, appreciation, gratefulness, integrity, and unselfishness at an early age will help prepare them to deal with negative situations they will encounter later.

Reading or watching classics that show the rewards of being positive and solution oriented—Pollyanna and Heidi, for example—impart important life lessons in an enjoyable, memorable way.

Being a friend and confidante in good times makes it easier to discuss and find solutions together when problems arise.

Older children can be shown the futility of giving in to negative emotions. Balance reasoning with lots of encouragement, as well as humor when appropriate.

When I notice negative trends in my children, I first ask myself if they are a reflection of what they see in me. If so, we talk about it from that angle and agree to work on it together. For instance, I’m prone to stress and the negativity it can lead to, but explaining that has helped us avoid problem situations. They understand now that it triggers a negative reaction when they stay up too late or don’t clean their rooms, so they give me more cooperation at those critical times.

When I feel overwhelmed, I stop and pray. That has at least four good effects: It releases frustration, puts things in perspective, gives God an opportunity to straighten out my mess, and serves as a lesson to my children on crisis management.

My husband and I try to not be too quick to provide our children with solutions to the problems and frustrations that cause them to get negative, but rather to help them define the problem and find their own solutions. Games that teach problem solving are also helpful.

There are upsides to most negative situations. When children are discouraged or become negative over something that has happened, try to steer their thinking toward the positive aspects. Again, if they can reach these conclusions themselves, it’s usually more effective than you providing the answers for them.



Proverbs 4:23 ESV - Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

Isaiah 26:3 ESV - You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

Philippians 4:8-9 ESV – Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Ruth 1 --- Naomi and her daughter-in-law, Ruth, return to Bethlehem.

Read Ruth 1

- V15, What do you make of Naomi saying this about the Moabite gods? Do you think she mentioned them to try and attract Ruth into going back to her own home, or was she simply stating a matter of fact about Orpah?

- V21, Do you think the Lord really had brought this upon Naomi, or that this was merely the way she felt about it? Which would be better?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Rage Route

According to research, nine out of ten motorists admit to having experienced road rage to one degree or another, from excessive honking and abusive gestures to physical attack. Aggressive driving contributes to a third of motor accidents. When the Old Testament prophet Nahum saw a vision—about 2,600 years ago—of “chariots raging in the streets, jostling one another in the broad roads,” he could well have been seeing this modern phenomenon.

Anger is, of course, neither a new condition nor limited to driving. Everyone has experienced how a minor nuisance can easily grow into an irritation, then an annoyance, and finally cause us to erupt in fury. When that happens, the consequences are not usually very happy for us or for those around us.

There is an interesting example in the Bible of a man who lost a lot through anger. After Moses had led the Israelites out of Egypt, they were forced to survive for years in the wilderness. On one occasion when they were desperately in need of water, God instructed Moses to speak to a rock, promising him that water would come out. However, Moses had lost patience with the people’s incessant complaining, despite all the miracles God had already done to protect and supply for them, so instead of simply saying the words that he had been instructed to, Moses struck the rock in frustration. Water came gushing out, as God had said it would, and everyone’s thirst was quenched. However, this display of temper cost Moses dearly. God told him, “Because you did not believe Me”—Moses’ impatience showed that he didn’t believe things would work out if he simply did what God had told him to do—“therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.” In the end, Moses was only allowed to see the Promised Land from a nearby mountaintop before he died. As Roman emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius wrote, “Our anger and impatience often prove much more mischievous than the things about which we are angry or impatient.” Besides the strain on our relationships with others, medical research shows that negative emotions can damage our blood vessels, increase the likelihood of heart attacks, and reduce our resistance to infections, among other problems.

The good news is that we don’t have to keep traveling on the rage route. Peace of mind is within our reach if we will only pause, pray, and remain positive.

Reflections on the route back from rage



1. Pause and put things in perspective.

We’ve all experienced the feeling of being rejected or hurt by someone’s words or actions. Depending on how close you are to that person, there are varying degrees of how painful it is or how much it affects you. When it’s a pretty serious hurt, it’s often hard to think rationally. It’s natural to become hardened or bitter or resentful, or to be overwhelmingly discouraged or despondent, or to get angry with the person, or to retaliate. The problem is, because you’re hurt, you often don’t have a very clear perspective on the situation, yet the way you handle it at the time has a great bearing on the long-term outcome.—Maria Fontaine

When you have been pushed to the point that you’re about to scream, step back from the situation for a few minutes. Breathe deeply. Try to see things in perspective. Then face the world again.—Mottos for Success

Put time into proper perspective. Every difficult experience you may be dealing with now, circumstances that tend to make you angry and bitter, will in time pass away.—Jim Henry

The greatest remedy for anger is delay.—Seneca the Younger



2. Ask God for help.

At the end of every day, take stock. If anger or any other negative emotion is in your heart, ask God to take it away. He will.—Mottos for Success

Do you sometimes feel that you are in a deep hole? And what’s more, do you feel that somebody just keeps throwing dirt on you? You can turn the bad to good by looking up and seeing that Jesus is there through it all. Take His hand. Ask Him to pull you up and to help you see His purpose in it all. He can help you see the events around you from His perspective. He can give you His calm and stop the panic. And then He can help you find solutions that will enable you to step triumphantly out of that deep well and onto the path of a brighter tomorrow.—Chloe West

Relax and let go of everything as you enter into God’s presence. You can relax and let go of everything, precisely because God is present. In His presence nothing [else] really matters; all things are in His hands. Tension, anxiety, worry,frustration all melt away before Him, as snow before the sun.—James Borst

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.—Isaiah 26:3



3. Make an effort to adopt a positive thought pattern.

May I forget what ought to be forgotten; and recall, unfailing, all that ought to be recalled, each kindly thing, forgetting what might sting.—Mary Carolyn Davies

When I forgive, I am not to carry any bullets forward on the journey. I am to empty out all my explosives, all my ammunition of anger and revenge. I am not to “bear any grudge.”

I cannot meet this demand. It is altogether beyond me. I might utter words of forgiveness, but I cannot reveal a clear, bright, blue sky without a touch of storm brewing anywhere.

But the Lord of grace can do it for me. He can change my weather. He can create a new climate. He can “renew a right spirit within me,” and in that new atmosphere nothing shall live which seeks to poison and destroy. Grudges shall die and revenge shall give place to goodwill, the strong genial presence which makes its home in the new heart.—J. H. Jowett

The battlefield is the mind. The Bible says, “As [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he.”  People who emphasize positive thinking or the power of the mind can go a long way with that, but they won’t go as far as they could unless they also ask God to change them within through His miracle-working power. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”—Maria Fontaine

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.—Ephesians 4:31–32



4. Turn good thoughts into good actions.

There is a strong connection between thinking the right thoughts and doing the right things. You must act on the victory, live the victory, and let the change be manifested in your actions, not just your thoughts. If you’ve prayed against anger, for example, then you have to accept the victory by not only entertaining positive thoughts, but also by acting on those thoughts. Even if it would have been impossible to do such things before, if you’ll exercise your faith by trying, you’ll see Jesus come through for you. What you weren’t able to do before will be possible, because He will have changed you. As you do what He shows you day by day to live your victory, you’ll see it manifested more and more in your reactions, actions, and daily life.

Positive thoughts are not enough. They must become action. They must translate into positive deeds. As you combine your new thought patterns and reactions with behavior that reflects the victory Jesus has given you, you will go from strength to strength.—Maria Fontaine

If you know all this, blessed are you if you act accordingly.—John 13:17 WEY



Psalm 37:8 ESV - Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.

James 1:20 ESV – For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Proverbs 15:1 ESV – A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Judges 16 --- Samson falls for Delilah, and the Philistine temple falls on Samson

Read Judges 16

- V4, Why do you think we are introduced to Delilah by name, and yet we are not told the name of Samson’s chosen wife, nor his mother?

- V4-6, We are told that Samson fell in love with Delilah. Do you think she loved him? Do you think she loved him BUT loved her fellow Philistines more?...Or do you think she was driven by the money?

- V7, Does Samson’s response reveal his lack of trust in Delilah?

- V7-14, numerous times it must have been clear that Delilah was trying to trap Samson. Do you think his love had blinded him of this, or did he enjoy the challenge/mockery of the Philistines?

- V16-17, What eventually made Samson cave in to Delilah’s request, and how could he have avoided this?

- V20, How was the Lord’s presence linked to his hair cut?

- V23, How would this reflect on the Name of the Almighty God?

- V25-30, What message would this send to the rest of the Philistines about their god?