The focus the sermon message in last Wednesday’s email was:

“Two are better than one…a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

Wow, are we going to change direction this week! The numbers phrase for Sunday is:

“300 are better than 32,000.”

This phrase is somewhat meaningless until you have the context. A man named Gideon has been directed by God to lead an “army” into battle to defeat an enemy force of an immense size – even the camels of the opposing army numbered “more than the sand on the seashore.”

While this, in and of its self, is a daunting task – the Lord further “helps” Gideon whittle down his army from 32,000 to 300. Apparently peer pressure was not a big part of the assembled forces because 22,000 of them simply walked away when Gideon told them they could leave if they were afraid. And the way he got from 10,000 to 300 is equally fascinating.

Can you imagine the FaceBook posts and comments from Gideon and his followers?!!

Oddly enough, often in God’s economy “less is more.” The less Gideon had, the less he could take credit for what happened, and the more God got the glory. Come to think of it, that is a pretty consistent theme throughout the Bible. Hmmm….

In preparation for our time of study this Sunday, let me encourage you to read the following verses:

Judges 6-7 – two of the most intriguing chapters in the Bible.
Deuteronomy 8 – the challenges of thinking we did it in our own strength
2 Corinthians 4:7 – the theme continues: “It is God, not us”

It was sure great being back in church last Sunday. I am already anticipating this Sunday!

Pastor Jim

P.S. Please join me in ongoing prayer for the students and teachers this first week of school.