: in verse 42, we learn that more people believed in the lord because of Dorcas’ miracle. When I prepare a sermon I always keep before me the question, “what difference does this make?” Sometimes I am very directive about how I see a particular passage of scripture applying to modern life. Do you know someone whose talents are hidden? Our club has a rich heritage. As Jesus transformed Peter, so must we, Christ’s disciples, continue to seek out improbable champions of the Gospel and reveal the divine grace God constantly offers. What a worshipper! Christ the King is present now among the poor, the immigrants, the sick and the imprisoned.

The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, “Ananias!”. Does the McCarrick report exonerate Pope Francis?

A guy who ends up ruling a great number of people in a time of famine and trouble. July 27, 2013, melanie, Leave a comment. I really appreciated how MacArthur was able to add some color to these biblical figures which was a nice blend of narrative and biblical context. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. As we’ll hear over the five weeks, God sees, loves, and works through each of them—which means God certainly sees, loves, and can work through us as well. if you are trying to comment, you must log in or set up a new account. Nobody would argue that what he did wasn’t wrong, but most people who know their own propensity toward doubting God at times can let that one slide. Balaam the Prophet is best known as “The Donkey Guy” for having his donkey speak to him (Numbers 22;21-27). He killed Jesus’ people! This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

There is Isaac, who committed the same sin as his father. This is the third installment of MacArthur’s “Twelve” series and it’s the second that I’ve read. ( Log Out /  God LOVES a comeback story! I certainly wasn't disappointed! : This is perhaps the only time an enemy general has been killed with a tent-peg. Yet, he was faithful.

Who else would choose Joseph – a young man who is only the youngest of his brothers and has a cool coat he brags about? Let's stay updated! How does it cause you to feel to think that the Bible calls our attention toward people who behaved like that? Twelve Unlikely Heroes: How God Commissioned Unexpected People in the Bible and what He Wants to Do with You by John MacArthur outlines the lives of 12 figures from the Bible who proved to be heroic though they may have seemed ordinary. And, God did take Him up in status in the eyes of the world.

He was adopted by one of the richest people in his region, the Pharoah’s daughter, because his sister, Miriam had the guts to put him in a basket in the reeds near a river. Hebrews 11:31 plainly refers to Rahab as “Rahab the harlot.”. After seeking permission from the king of Aram, the general went to see the prophet of Samaria (Elisha) to be cured of his leprosy.

And it is likely that your newspaper deliverer who seems relatively unimportant (and somehow manages to knock down both of your front porch flower pots), is an unlikely hero. God trusted David probably more than David trusted himself! The baby ended up dying. This is the third in a loose trilogy which began with Twelve Ordinary Men and then there followed Twelve Extraordinary Women, and now Twelve Unlikely Heroes. The interaction between Jesus and Peter unfolds at first along lines completely in keeping with Peter’s world: boats, sailing and fish. (Esther 2;21-23). 25:13). As written: Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. ( Log Out /  No, God isn’t indifferent about how we act.

9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. So often, it’s easy to write others off, but really, if we think about it carefully, we’re all created in God’s image and we all have a purpose in this life. In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus calls a sinful man to share his ministry. (Either he wasn’t wearing skinny jeans and he needed a belt OR he was giving God glory by dancing until his clothes came off! In Hebrews 11:32, the writer said that time wouldn’t permit him to mention all the heroes of faith. Mentioned next in the lineup is Abraham, who is commended so strongly in Hebrews 11 that it seems as if the writer has completely forgotten that the Bible has already given us the low-down on the man in the book of Genesis. Unlikely Champions of the Bible. This study is complete and I would recommend it to any friend who loves biblical history. David and Goliath. Ehud must have been a smooth talker because when he told the servants of the king that he had a “secret message” for him (Judges 3:19), they left Ehud all alone with the king. by Greg Laurie on Nov 11, 2017 . I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to both seasoned Christ-followers or those just started their journey with Jesus. He got a sweet coat from his dad, got cocky about it, and his brothers got mad and Joseph ended up being trafficked – sold to others who were traveling to another location.

What I appreciate about the series is that it presents a nicely segmented study on various attributes that are helpful to cultivate in our lives and recognize in those around us. Let us briefly consider each of their lives as recorded in the bible and how significant they were to their time and generation, you would be amazed to see some unexpected heroes.Naaman’s wife’s maid (2 Kings 5). A different look at biblical people than I have seen before. Paul. The story goes on to reveal how the servant girl of the commander’s wife pleaded with her mistress saying, “oh that my master could meet the prophet of Samaria, he would be healed of his skin disease. These are stories of women and men, young and old, the well-heeled and destitute, influential and irrelevant, faithful and feckless. Start by marking “Twelve Unlikely Heroes: How God Commissioned Unexpected People in the Bible and What He Wants to Do with You” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Saints are not saint at all! This article also appeared in print, under the headline “Unlikely Hero,” in the February 4, 2019, issue. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. These are facinating people who were chosen by God to fulfill his will,even though though. All Rights Reserved. This simple act of devotion to defending God’s holiness not only turns the Lord’s anger away from the children of Israel, it earns him God’s “Covenant of peace” and a position for him and his descendants as high priests before the Lord (Num. Nobody except God would choose these weaklings!

Because it’s unlikely. In fact, when you look at the way most of the people mentioned there behaved, you may have to reboot your whole understanding of how God sees people and who He decides to lift us as examples for the rest of us. Even after Peter responds to the grace he has encountered, Jesus speaks with metaphors from Peter’s world: “From now on you will be catching men.” Peter’s normal day at work changed his life and the lives of countless others. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Jacob was a homeless grifter, Moses a murderer with a stammer, Ehud a disabled loner, Yael a … A nod... To see what your friends thought of this book, Twelve Unlikely Heroes: How God Commissioned Unexpected People in the Bible and What He Wants to Do with You. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. We just look at the end of the story – the “success” stories – the Americanized version – short, sweet, and emotionally stirring. I love preaching, though to tell you the truth, it is a really weird thing to do for a living. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! (I skipped the women one, but I probably should read it.) I loved reading it and looked forward to reading it each morning because it was like discovering the inside scoop about biblical figures who's story I knew but only basically, and wanted to learn more about. The donkey is understandably startled to see the angel of the Lord on the road and stops several times out of fear. This book features the lives of 12 unlikely heroes of the Bible.

So let’s examine, together, these five unlikely women who God used in mighty ways to ultimately bring about the birth of Jesus. The Bible lists a group of people who have become known as the “heroes of faith.” They’re listed in Hebrews, chapter eleven.

-> He had Moses lead His people, the Israelites, out of captivity (slavery) toward the promised land! On July 19 we begin a short sermon series that will delve into the lives of 5 biblical characters. His powerful story is told in Luke 23:32-43, that describes the conversation between Christ and the two criminals crucified alongside of him. Throughout the Bible, God makes heroes out of the unlikely. Each chapter if filled with different way of looking at these Heroes and how God worked in their lived in spite of themselves. 25 Responses, 10 Relationship Red Flags and Warning Signs Christians Often Overlook. Most are pretty well known but there are a couple that are usually less talked about.

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