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One Shining Moment

Have you ever had one of these? This is a time that everything went right. Your speaking, listening, answering questions, promoting positive thoughts, and even the little things came together like puzzle pieces fitting into place. It was a shining moment when you felt on the top of the world. During the Israelite conquest of their God given territory called the Promise Land the armies had to fight many battles. Joshua had encouraged the tribes of Reuben, Gad, the half tribe of Manasseh who already possessed their territories on the east side of the Jordan River to be the lead warriors for the other tribes. They fought along with the rest of the Israelites until they received their inheritance on the west side of the Jordan River and then were allowed to return to their own lands. There were 44,760 capable warriors, all skilled in combat and armed with shields, swords, and bows. In one instance "they cried out to God during the battle, and He answered their prayer because they trust…

Friend or Foe

In times of war it is often hard to determine who is a friend and who is a foe. Neither one is always wearing the uniform of their country and may even be in disguise. That makes it difficult to trust anyone who you encounter. And the question is usually asked, "Are you friend or foe?" You and I have friends and foes. It may not be easy to recognize which is which without some further investigation. That seems sad to say but sometimes a friend in appearance and words is really a foe. In fact, internally we can be a friend or a foe to ourselves. Have you ever done something that caused you pain? You were certainly not being a friend to yourself at that point. David's storied life allowed him to come across many friends and foes. His first wife, Michal the daughter of Saul, was a good friend at the beginning. She loved David and covered for him against Saul's guards who came to get him at their home. But later on she became a foe, ridiculing him for dancing in the street…