The Lord Thundered!

In all probability, the controlling Philistines had banned the Israelites from holding public meeting where they could mobilize the tribes for war. Consequently, the Philistines dispatched a large military force to Mizpah “to attack them.” Fear gripped the Israelites when they learned that an attack by the Philistines was looming.

Samuel told them, “Don’t stop crying out to the Lord our God for us, so that he will save us from the Philistines.” Then he took a young lamb and offered it as an offering to the Lord. The bible says, “the Lord answered him.” While Samuel was offering the young lamb, the Philistines approached to fight. Suddenly, the Lord thundered loudly against the Philistines and threw them into such confusion that they were defeated by Israel. The men of Israel chased the Philistines out of Mizpah and pursued them, striking them down.

In honor of God’s victory, Samuel took a stone and set it up at the place of the victory. He named it Ebenezer, clarifying that, “The Lord has helped us to this point.” The Philistines did not invade Israel’s territory again and the Lord’s hand was against the Philistines all of Samuel’s life.

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About the Author:

Pastor Phil, his wife Carol, and their three children, started in Bixby over 20 years ago when New Beginnings was meeting in a downtown Bixby store front. As a result of God's blessings, New Beginnings has become one of the fastest growing churches in Oklahoma. Pastor Phil graduated from Tulsa East Central High School (1978), and Tulsa University (1982). After serving for 11 years as a Student Pastor, at the age of twenty-nine Phil began to pastor his first church in Edgewater, Colorado. Phil received a Master’s Degree from Denver Theological Seminary (1994) and completed his doctorate in Missions and Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012. Phil and Carol are honored to serve God in a Kingdom minded church, with joy and longevity.

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