Blog 225 for JULY 31, 2021



One of the most amazing stories ever recorded is that of Gideon that is found in Judges chapter 6. Ten times I have been to the place where it is recorded, and where Gideon routed the Midianites. One of the reasons it has always been an exciting place for me to visit is because of the location of the miraculous victorious battle. It is in the same place called Armageddon, where the last great battle will be fought. It is known as the Valley of Armageddon and is known as the greatest battlefield known to mankind. 



Nowhere in the Word of God can we find a better basis to prove the value of one plus God. Gideon’s sword plus God’s sword...Gideon plus plus God. What an army! It is just another way of saying if God is for us, who can be against us. One plus God makes the difference in any situation or circumstance!


Now think of things of lesser value than a man and we can still emphasize the value of one. One link in a shingle on a soldier counts in an army even though he may be a letter is essential to complete the key on the piano helps to make a beautiful melody. 


Turning to world history we underestimate the value of one. Aaron Burr missed being president of the United States by only one vote. One vote saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment. One vote gave Texas to the United States. No society discovered America, but one man, Christopher Columbus. 


The value of one is illustrated in the Bible. Noah, his life was an unmuddied stream in an ocean of iniquity; Joseph, just one, brought deliverance to a world in a great famine; Moses, just one, with his rod, seas divided and a nation was born in one night; Paul, just one, rocked the old world with the message of Jesus Christ. 


One plus God has always made the difference through the centuries of time! Gideon plus plus God. What a team! You, just one, plus God, but what a team! You can make a difference! 


You and I really can make a difference in a troubled nation and world!​​​​​​


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Blog 225 for JULY 31, 2021




(Written by Thomas Merton)


“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me.  I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following Your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.  But I believe that the desire to please You does, in fact, please You.  And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.  I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.  And I know that, if I do this, You will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it.  Therefore, I will trust You always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for You are ever with me, and You will never leave me to face my perils alone.”  Amen.



I was not acquainted with the author, Thomas Merton. As I started my research to learn more about him, I was truly surprised by my discovery.  It seemed to me that here was a man who had tried everything and done everything...a struggling man.  I was about to decide to not use his prayer when I thought, this just might be the prayer of thousands of struggling people, both young and old.  Feel free to do your own research.


And this morning in our devotions, taken from “Follow the Leader,” by Norman G. Wilson, a simple prayer touched my heart, and I felt it would be appropriate to add to this blog.  The illustration was taken from a Christian magazine.  The simple prayer was a powerful one, written by a 40-year-old rough and wicked man. He was profane, mean-spirited, and loved to drink and fight. He went from bad to worse, from liquor to drugs.  Finally, he got so low he couldn’t handle himself.  His pastor repeated the advice he had given him so many times before, “Your only hope is God.”  Beaten and humbled, the man asked the pastor, “How do I contact God?” The pastor said, “Just talk to Him. Ask for His help.”  The man looked up and here is his prayer, a simple one.


“Help me, God. I can’t help myself.” The testimony of this 40-year-old man was that “God set him free from alcohol and drugs and all that rotten stuff.”

God hears all of our prayers, no matter our circumstances; whether we are thanking Him, praising Him, asking Him, confessing to Him, pleading for deliverance, or whatever your prayer is today.  Please know that God is listening. He hears our prayers and He answers our prayers. He may say “Yes;” He may say “No;” He may say “Wait.”

Remember to pray till light breaks through.                                                              








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