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Holding out for a hero

Picture by Estaban Lopez

As a child of the 80s, I recall hearing a song on the radio every now and then called, ‘Holding out for a hero’ by Bonnie Tyler. Familiar with it? If you’re not, here are the opening lines to this classic 80s hit. *cue upbeat synthesizer music*

Where have all the good men gone

And where are all the gods?

Where's the streetwise Hercules to fight the rising odds?

Isn't there a white knight upon a fiery steed?

Late at night I toss and I turn

And I dream of what I need.

I need a hero

I'm holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night

He's gotta be strong

And he's gotta be fast

And he's gotta be fresh from the fight

 I need a hero

I'm holding out for a hero 'til the morning light

He's gotta be sure

And it's gotta be soon

And he's gotta be larger than life!

Why mention all of this?

This week, we’re looking at the book of Judges, a book filled with famous stories about Israel’s larger than life heroes.

At the start of Judges, we meet a white knight named Othniel.

At the end of Judges, we meet a streetwise Hercules named Samson who fights against the rising odds.

And all the way in between, we’ll meet many other heroes who are strong, fast and fresh from the fight.

But what is the book of Judges all about really?

Learn more about what Judges has to say about our greatest need and why is it that we need to hold out for a hero.

Dan is married to his lovely wife Deb and together they attend Bethesda Church Bukit Arang, where Dan serves as the Young Adults Pastor. Dan came to hear the good news of Jesus during his time studying as an undergraduate in Sydney, Australia and has since then been keen to help other young adults come to know Jesus for themselves. Dan also loves steak dinners and a good game of ping pong.


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