Women of the Word: Daughters of the Philistines

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The phrase “daughters of the Philistines” is mentioned several times in Old Testament Scripture. It generally refers to all Philistine women. 2 Samuel 1:20 reads:

“Tell it not in Gath, proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon, lest the daughters of the Philistines be glad, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised rejoice.

Ezekiel 16:27 and Ezekiel 16:57 reads:

So I stretched out my hand against you and reduced your territory; I gave you over to the greed of your enemies, the daughters of the Philistines, who were shocked by your lewd conduct.

Before your wickedness was uncovered. Even so, you are now scorned by the daughters of Edom and all her neighbors and the daughters of the Philistines—all those around you who despise you.

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Rapunzel

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Faith of Our Fairy Tales #9 (Original story)

Story Scripture: …Mercy triumphs over judgment. – James 2:13

Story Saying: I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. – Abraham Lincoln

Behind the Story: Rapunzel is a fairy tale favorite. It became even more of a favorite of mine after Disney released their 2010 twist on the story with Tangled. The original Rapunzel fairy tale and Tangled are different in more ways than one, but both are delightful nonetheless. When a man ventures into a forbidden garden to pick some rampion out of love for his wife who is expecting their first, much-longed-for child, he is caught by the enchantress who owns the garden. Continue reading

Afraid? Of What?

Afraid? Of what?
To feel the spirit’s glad release?
To pass from pain to perfect peace,
The strife and strain of life to cease?
Afraid? Of that?

Afraid? Of what?
Afraid to see the Saviour’s face,
To hear His welcome, and to trace,
The glory gleam from wounds of grace,
Afraid? Of that?

Afraid? Of what?
A flash – a crash – a pierced heart;
Brief darkness – Light – O Heaven’s art!
A wound of His a counterpart!
Afraid? Of that?

Afraid? Of what?
To enter into Heaven’s rest,
And yet to serve the Master blessed?
From service good to service best?
Afraid? Of that?

Afraid? Of what?
To do by death what life could not –
Baptize with blood a stony plot,
Till souls shall blossom from the spot?
Afraid? Of that?

E. H. Hamilton

Faithful John

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Faith of Our Fairy Tales #5 (Original story / picture)

Story Scripture: But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. – 1 Samuel 12:24

Story Saying: Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

Behind the Story: John was faithful to the old king all of his days. As he lay dying, John promised to become foster-father to the old king’s young son and show him all the castle except the room that held the picture of the princess of the golden dwelling. Well, John did not exactly keep this promise. After being repeatedly pressured by the prince to do so, John opened the door to the room that held the princess’ picture and the prince immediately fell in love with her and wanted to marry her. So began their trip to find her.

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Keep Christmas

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Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world – stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death – and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love? Then you can keep Christmas.
– Henry Van Dyke

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