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Each week we participate in Sunday Salon to discuss books we’ve found and enjoyed. This week I’d like to introduce you to a ‘new-to-me’ author and share an excerpt from his latest release. Settle back, relax as I feature this interesting author and his intriguing book.
Maybe I DO Want To Read This Book by Paul Kasch
Paul believes that the Bible is the accurate, true, infallible Word of God in a literal sense - because, as he likes to say, if God is powerful enough to create the universe and all life, He is powerful enough to write a book. Christians will discover a hidden gem in this author.
Here’s a brief synopsis of Maybe I DO Want To Read This Book:
Take a wild but spiritually eye-opening ride through the pages of the Bible and learn the stories they don’t teach in Sunday school. In his latest work, Paul Kasch is not afraid to offer sound commentary on the R-rated and X-rated content found in the scriptures. After all, it is all part of God’s Word.
You will come away from this text spiritually charged, understanding that God did not always use perfect people to accomplish His will. That means he can even use the likes of you and me. A bit of warning, however: You might be absolutely blown away by the stories of some of the people whom the Christ genealogy came through.
Seasoned Bible students will have a great time and discover new insights into the heart of God, while new Bible students will likely be both shocked and delighted.
Now here’s a brief excerpt from the book:
When Samson was a young man, God caused him to have run-ins with the Philistines, mostly over a Philistine girl whom he took a liking to. The results were disastrous for the Philistines, as God’s spirit would come upon him and he would kill a bunch of them at the drop of a hat when he got upset. During one such episode, he killed a thousand Philistines using only the jawbone of a donkey for a weapon. Samson was made Judge of Israel and presided over them for twenty years.
He then fell in love with a woman named Delilah. The Philistines, understanding that there was no way to beat this guy in any kind of a fight, came to Delilah and offered her money to betray Samson and discover the secret of his strength. She agreed. When she and Samson were alone, she began questioning Samson about this secret, pulling the old female trick of if you won’t tell me then you don’t love me kind of thing.
Samson messed with her for a bit, telling her crazy things like if she used a certain kind of rope it would overpower him. Each time she would try what he said when he was sleeping, and then call in the Philistines - and each time they would all see that she had been fooled. Delilah played the hurt female and kept nagging at him, until one day she finally wore him down and he told her about the Nazarite vow and the hair. So, she shaved his hair off while he was sleeping and called in the Philistines again, and this time Samson’s strength was gone. The Philistines gouged out his eyes, bound him, and took him back home as a much-prized prisoner.
So what really happened here? Was it really Samson’s hair that gave him strength? Of course not! His strength came from God. Samson insisted on flirting around with trouble and tempted God one too many times. Breaking the Nazarite vow, which is essentially what he did by telling Delilah about it, knowing she had tested everything he told her in regards to the secret of his strength, was the last straw. Samson was a fool, and God finally had enough of his foolish behavior. To let the whims of his fleshly desires divulge him of his great blessing was inexcusable.
We can all learn a valuable lesson from this. Some of us are devout Christians who insist on flirting with some sin or another, some ungodly behavior. The more we flirt with it, the greater control it gains over us, and if we don’t wise up and stop, it could be our undoing.
For more on Paul and his writing, visit his website at http://andrewkaschpublishing.com/paul-kasch/
Have you discovered new authors this past week? Thanks so much for stopping by. Be sure to drop by tomorrow, I have an invitation for you. Have a wonderful Sunday.