Posts in Analysis & Faith
Samson's Hair

I’ve always found the story of Samson intriguing, but I must admit, I’ve always had a hard time fully understanding its significance. We all know that Samson was a strong guy and judge for Israel, that his strength came from his hair, and that he died defeating the Philistines. But, what does all that really mean and why should we care?

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From the Penthouse, to Prison, Back to the Penthouse and Then Some

Seele editor, Ally Portee sheds light on Joseph in the Old Testament’s journey from the penthouse, to prison and back to the penthouse again. Before Joseph was born, God had a mighty plan for his life, a destiny for him to save his nation (the Israelites) and another nation (Egypt) from starvation. But pride and arrogance in the penthouse let him to prison, and after 13 years of God working in his life, Joseph moved back to the penthouse.

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Putting It on the Table

Seele's editor points out that it’s so easy for us to put our brokenness, our baggage, and our issues on the table. In order to be transformed to the likeness of Jesus, there will be moments where God will back a person into a corner, so to say, in hopes that the person will put their brokenness, their baggage, and their issues on the table to be sorted. Happy Friday!

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When Everything or Everyone that Challenges You Isn’t Removed- Obedience

Last week we looked at when God doesn’t remove everyone and  everything that challenges you, through the lens of Judges 3:3. God knows what He’s doing with His children, and He knows how best to raise us and grow us as people. One reason He let other nations stay in the Promise Land was to test them, to see if they would be obedient to Him.This week we'll look at the importance of obedience.

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When Everything or Everyone that Challenges You Isn’t Removed

The Israelites from the time of their exit from Egypt to the death of Joshua knew oppression, they knew warfare, but, they also knew the importance of trusting and obeying God. God allowed other nations of people to live among the Israelites in the Promise Land. He didn’t wipe these various nations all out for 2 reasons: 1- So that that generation of Israelites would know how to fight… 2- To test them, to see if they would be obedient to Him. This week we’ll look at reason 1 and next week we’ll look at reason 2.

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Eve, the Completion of Relationship

Seele Editor-In-Chief, Ally Portee continues with the month of Eve. March is the month of Eve, a month where Seele is looking at the first woman from 6 angles, over a period of 6 weeks. This week we will look at “Eve, the Completion of Relationship.” God is relationship, He is about relationships, and He created us to be in relationship. He created us to share in a relationship with Him, to not be independent, but dependent, in the sense that relationship (what He is with Himself) would play out in the lives of humans. 

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Eve, the Strength and Power to Her Husband

It’s interesting that God didn’t bring Eve into Adam’s life until he was lonely and ready or it. When a man is ready for commitment and to love a woman, that’s when he will appreciate her. Before he’s ready, it’s most likely pointless to hope that he will commit to you. Women must understand this and not chase men who aren’t ready for commitment. Let a man chase you, not the other way round. 

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The Majestic Mystery of the Incarnation

For the next 2 Fridays I will be posting directly from the Jesus Calling devotional, like I do every year. I use the last three weeks of December to take a slight break from Seele to refuel and quiet myself from the year and the holiday rush. The voice that Sarah Young, the writer of each devotional, is writing in is the voice our Triune God- as if he is sitting across the table speaking directly to you.

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