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THE LORD’S ANOINTED ON THE RUN
1 Samuel 21-23


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Things don’t always look like we expect them to look. Being a father is not exactly what I thought it was going to be. I love it. I am humbled by the responsibility to raise two men. But parenting does not always look like I thought it would. It involves a whole lot more mundane tasks than I realized: changing diapers, waiting in lines after school, teaching the same lessons day after day. When I held Isaiah in my arms for the first time nine years ago, I had no idea exactly what it would look like being his dad. Sometimes I can get frustrated by this fact, but other times I am just thankful for the opportunity to be a father.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 18 June 2017 )
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1 Samuel 18-20: Love for the Future King Print E-mail

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One of the greatest blessings that God has given us is our relationships with one another as followers of Christ. The local church is a gift to believers. Sometimes that can be hard to see due to difficulties and hardships in the body, but we should not lose sight of it. God has given us brothers and sisters in Christ to encourage us and pray for us and laugh with us and cry with us. He has given them to remind us that we are never alone and that we can have victory through Jesus. Of course, we should also remember that we are a gift to others. We should be committed to encouraging others with our gifts and investment of time so that they too will be blessed. We should treasure these relationships as great gifts from God.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 18 June 2017 )
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1 Samuel 16-17: The Heart of the Matter Print E-mail
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Some things that matter to men do not matter to the Lord. One of those is outward appearances. We are obsessed with how things look. We want our clothes to look a certain way, our cars to look a certain way, our homes to look a certain way. We even apply this principle to certain people. We want our politicians to wear suits and our stars to wear Gucci. Or we want our politicians to look approachable and our stars to look casual (does Gucci have a casual line?) We created jobs to manage how a person looks: image consultants. We have competitions and TV shows devoted to fashion and clothing. Outward appearances are important in our culture.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 June 2017 )
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1 Samuel 13-15: The King Rejects the King Print E-mail

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It is sometimes difficult to admit what our actions reveal about our hearts. We have all heard it said that ‘actions reveal more than words’ and we believe that to be true for the most part. Yet, we often struggle to faithfully apply to it to our own lives. We explain away our actions as mistakes or temporary setbacks or ‘just being human.’ We want to have control over any negative ideas that our actions might reveal. The hearts of others might be revealed by their actions, but not ours. It takes humility to actually admit that our actions do reveal what is true about us. And it takes the power and grace of God to do something about it.

Last Updated ( Friday, 09 June 2017 )
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1 Samuel 11-12: Renewed Committment to the King Print E-mail

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When I was growing up in church, the idea of rededication to the Lord was very popular. After big youth events, all the teens would swarm the altars for rededication. During revivals, those not coming for salvation would be coming to rededicate themselves. It was a common occurrence in the services that I grew up attending. Unfortunately, it became kind of trendy among evangelicals. And it was true in my own life as well. I remember being stirred at the youth events and revivals. I remember feeling distant from the Lord. I remember wanting more than what I was experiencing in my relationship with God. And so I rededicated myself to following after Jesus. Looking back, I see some real problems with my experiences of rededication (the high frequency perhaps being the biggest), but I also understand the value in a renewed commitment to the Lord..

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 May 2017 )
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1 Samuel 8-10: Who Is Your King? Print E-mail

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History has taught us that people like to have a leader. Humans will follow the person in charge. Even the movements that rebel against authority are normally still led by someone, or at least a body of leaders. Pure democracy, where everyone makes every decision is difficult to sustain. Thus, normally the people select some leaders to handle certain responsibilities. You may call the person in charge the director, the leader, the king, or in our country the president, but they all serve a similar purpose: lead the people. On a smaller scale, most human institutions have someone in charge. Schools have principals. Boards have chairmen. Businesses have owners. Large and small groups of people normally have someone to lead them in some capacity.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 May 2017 )
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