September/October 2005

Book of Judges

A look at the lives of prominent figures in the book of Judges


This issue discusses the lives of biblical figures such as Gideon, Jepthah, and Samson. It also discusses the current tension at the Temple Mount and provides a glimpse of what Israelis must leave behind in Gush Katif for the disengagement of Gaza.

Features

What Kind of America Do You Want?

An important issue went before the Supreme Court recently. America is head- ing where it’s never been before. And you may be the decisive factor.

Red Skies Over the Temple Mount

The most hotly contested piece of real estate in the world is the Temple Mount. Today three ominous trends threaten the area.

Outrage at Gibeah: A Spiritual and Societal Breakdown

The story of the Levite and his concubine is one of the grimmest in all of Scripture. And its relevance for today may surprise you.

Conquering Spiritual Paralysis

Have you ever thought God let you down? Perhaps you’re simply looking at things the wrong way, as Gideon did before he fought the Midianites.

Jephthah: Faithful but Flawed

Jephthah was the man of the hour to deliver Israel, going from outcast to tribal chief. But when he was on top, a grave error cost him dearly.


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