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When Our Heart Is Set On Him

April 18th, 2019

 

Yesterday David killed Goliath and led the Israelites in the defeat of the Philistines. Today he’s hiding in a cave, trying to outrun Saul, who would love nothing more than to see him dead. Along the way, David attracts a following of outcasts – men who the Bible says were “desperate, in debt, or discontent.” In David these men found Hope for a better life,... Read more

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When Your Hands Feel Empty

April 17th, 2019

 

When David ran to the battle line holding only a sling and a small bag of stones, he wasn’t any less equipped than the Israelites standing behind him. I Samuel 13:19-22 says, Now there was no blacksmith to be found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, “Lest the Hebrews make themselves swords or spears.” But every one of the Israelites went... Read more

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Move That Suitcase

April 16th, 2019

 

“Behold, he has hidden himself among the baggage .”  I Samuel 10:22 I wonder what the Israelites thought as Samuel presented their long-awaited king and then discovered he was hiding. Saul had already been anointed king in a private ceremony. He knew what was coming as Samuel slowly narrowed down the tribes in order to reveal their new leader. But he hid anyway. Saul, a... Read more

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Hannah loved God. But her nest was empty. And her heart ached. Year after year she prayed, and year after year she found herself childless….. once again. One year, when she had reached a point of desperation, she prayed to God with a vow,   “Lord of Armies, if you will take notice of your servant’s affliction, remember and not forget me, and give your... Read more

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What is God saying this morning as I turn the pages of Judges? From Jephthah’s vow that leads to the death of his daughter to the entire life of Samson, filled with the impulsive use of his strength, to Micah and his house full of gods and his very own Levite priest, these chapters are filled with men trying to do the right thing……… in... Read more

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Life isn’t fair. I see it every day. Some children are born into plenty. Some children are not. Some children are born into love. Some children are not. It’s challenging to look into the eyes of a child suffering the consequences of actions far from his or her control and offer some sense of hope. I wonder if Gideon, threshing wheat in a winepress so... Read more

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Over and over again, Joshua uses his last days on the earth to remind the Israelites of their covenant with God, recapping their legacy all the way back to Abraham. “Choose today who you will worship,” Joshua declares. And over and over again, the Israelites reply, “We will worship the Lord.” So Joshua takes a large stone and places it under an oak at the... Read more

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Crossing the Jordan may have been a miraculous reminder of God’s parting of the Red Sea,  but the Promised Land wouldn’t come without a fight. I’m not sure if this is comforting or scary. God, the Giver of good gifts and Keeper of His Word, never specialized in handouts. So the Israelites, tired and weary, stepped into the land they had been promised and very... Read more