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Youth Movement By JEROD McPherson Have In 1 Samuel 14 (NLT) there is a fantastic story of Jonathan and his armor bearer and one of their crazy exploits. It’s a great example of friendship and “fighting the good fight of faith” together. “One day Jonathan said to his armor bearer, “Come on, let’s go over to where the Philistines have their outpost.” But Jonathan did not tell his father what he was doing. 4 To reach the Philistine outpost, Jonathan had to go down between two rocky cliffs that were called Bozez and Seneh. 5The cliff on the north was in front of Micmash, and the one on the south was in front of Geba. 6“Let’s go across to the outpost of those pagans,” Jonathan said to his armor bearer. “Perhaps the lord will help us, for nothing can hinder the lord. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!” 7 “Do what you think is best,” the armor bearer replied. “I’m with you completely, whatever you decide.” 8 “All right then,” Jonathan told him. “We will cross over and let them see us. 9If they say to us, ‘Stay where you are or we’ll kill you,’ then we will stop and not go up to them. 10But if they say, ‘Come on up and fight,’ then we will go up. That will be the lord’s sign that he will help us defeat them.” 11 When the Philistines saw them coming, they shouted, “Look! The Hebrews are crawling out of their holes!” 12Then the men from the outpost shouted to Jonathan, “Come on up here, and we’ll teach you a lesson!” “Come on, climb right behind me,” Jonathan said to his armor bearer, “for the lord will help us defeat them!” 13 So they climbed up using both hands and feet, and the Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor bearer killed those who came behind them. 14They killed some twenty men in all, and their bodies were scattered over about half an acre. 15 Suddenly, panic broke out in the Philistine army, both in the camp and in the field, including even the outposts and raiding parties. And just then an earthquake struck, and everyone was terrified.” A good friend can help you fight the good fight of faith. Did you notice what Jonathan’s armor bearer said in 1 Samuel 14:7 (NLT)? “I’m with you completely, whatever you decide.” What a respons ɕ)͡и)]ձeЁЁɕЁѼ͕Ց)ɽٕȁѡѥѽѡȁɥ͡ѼЁѡ)Ё݅݅ȁЁѡ)䁽ѡ́Ʌѥéͽձ) 5eѠ5ٕ́Ёѡ(ѥՔȤ() 5eѠ5ٕЁՑ͕́́ٔ͡ɔѡѡ)UѕMхѕ́ɽչѡݽɱɔɵѥЁѡ 5eѠ)5ٕЁ5ͥQɥ́̀Ą((ϊ:ܹ̈́ɟ:)ձ()ԁٕȁ)ɥѼх)ԁٔͽ ɥѥ)ɥ́ݡݽձЁȁ)!ٔԁٕȁѽѼݽȰ)́ԁѼ܁ ɥаݡЁ)ѡх٥ɥ)ݡ͡ɔȁѠѵ)]ɔѕɕѡ)MɥɗéāQѡ(Ȁ91PqЁѡЁ)ѡՔѠ!ѥѱѼѡ)ѕɹѼݡ́)԰ݡԁ͕ٔͼ)ݕɔݥѹ͕̳t)ݔ͕Ё啐Ёٕ䁑䁽)ȁ̸ٕ́չ ɥѥ̰ݔ)ٔѼЁѼ٥ٔ]ٔ)ݽɱѡЁ́хѱ䁅ͅձѥ)̰ɑȁ̰́)́ݥѠٕ䁵ͅѡ)ݽձѕЁ́Ѽ)ɕѥ͡ݥѠ)̸Q䁥)䁽ЁѠ̰ӊé՝Ѽ)ѥѱѼȁѠ) Ёѡ́́ݡɔѡɕ)ɕѠЁ 5)eѠ5ٕЁ́Q́)ݡ䁥ӊéͼхЁѼЁ)ɽݥɽ ɥЁݕ)͔ݔɥ́Ѽ)ݥѠ̸1 5eѠ)5ٕ́ɽ٥ѡ́ѥQ䁅ɔхѥ́Ѽ)ɵ́ݥѠѡȁɥ́ݡ)ɔѥѡͅи)QѡȰԁݽձɥ͕)ݡЁѡ1ɐ((0