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Welcome to all of you as we gather together this evening to continue our series in unlikely heroes. For those of you who are visiting with us, this will all and much more be contained in a book called Unlikely Heroes which will be available, I think, in August or in September. But we don't want to just have the book; we want to share these amazing accounts of people that God used that appear on the surface to be very unlikely as to their usefulness. And I've often said that God uses unlikely people, He uses flawed people, He uses failing people, He uses sinful people, because if He didn't, He wouldn't have any people to use. So we hear another account of how God uses for His own purposes and His own plans those who on the surface appear very, very unlikely.

In Hebrews chapter 11 and verses 32 to 34, we read these familiar words, "And what more shall I say for the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Samson who through faith subdued Kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quench the violence of fire, escape the edge of the sword, and out of weakness we're made strong.

Now there are many more who would be included in that list, but the book of Hebrews does mention Gideon and Samson. And they are two of the most fascinating and unique, if not even bizarre characters in holy Scripture. Gideon and Samson are brought together in our discussion tonight because they are stories of weakness and strength. Gideon goes from weakness to strength; and Samson goes from strength to weakness. But in both cases, they are useful to God in very, very important ways....

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