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Feeling entitled…Absalom’s downfall

Posted by Cary Curry on

Focusing on 2 Samuel 14:25-15:18 find us deep into the life of David’s son Absalom.  He was David’s third son, born out of David’s sin with Bathsheba – God had forgiven David for his sin but also promised there would be consequences for it.  Absalom was...

This Guy Gets It

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“Now Hiram king of Tyre sent envoys to David, along with cedar logs and carpenters and stonemasons, and they built a palace for David.  Then David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.” 2 Samuel...

God's Regret

Posted by Emily Bedwell on

And the Lord regretted that he had made Saul king over Israel. 1 Samuel 15:35 I'm not sure there are any more convicting words in the Old Testament to me than the ones contained in 1 Samuel 15. Twice in just 35 verses God says that he regretted making Saul king over Israel. I do not picture...

If Everyone ELSE Jumped Off a Bridge

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I Samuel 8-9 The Israelites sounded like kids when they asked the prophet Samuel to appoint a king.  After all, they argued, all the other nations around them had a king.  “C’mon, dad.  Everyone ELSE is doing it.” Samuel, on the other hand, knew that having a...

Fly Fishing and Prayer

Posted by Claudia Mitchell on

 ..and she kept on praying 1Sa 1:12 The events in chapter one of the book of Samuel take place in a culture facing a lack of morality and a lack of respect, in a land according to Judges 21:25  “everyone did what was  right in his own eyes”. Does this place sound just...

A Happy Ending

Posted by Roger Clark on

Ruth 4 & 5 The story of Ruth has all the essential elements of a Hallmark Movie: love lost and found; tragedy and triumph; family and friends. By the end of the book, Ruth and Boaz are married and we believe they lived “happily ever after.” In this snapshot of everyday life in...

Stay Away from Moab!

Posted by Tom Ellsworth on

Ruth 1 & 2 When Elimelech, Naomi, Mahlon and Kilion moved away from Bethlehem to escape the local famine, they chose the godless neighboring nation of Moab for their new zip code.  If Bethlehem was home to a famine of food, Moab was home to a famine of faith.  All three of the men...

Trust and Obey

Posted by Tobin Wingard on

BLOG   Judges 4 What does a judging prophetess, an evil king, a faithful Israelite leader, a violent general on the run, and a woman with a tent peg all share in common? They are all major players in the dramatic and suspenseful story that unfolds in Judges 4 After reading, rereading...

Same Result, Different Day

Posted by Brian Bailey on

In Judges Chapter 3, we read what some would term “the same old, same old” with the Israelites.  The phrase “the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord” appears twice in the chapter before we get to verse 13!  (Don’t cheat but chapter 4 of Judges...

When it's All Up to Me...

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Type A, perfectionist, overachiever—all words that describe the tendencies of my personality. The warped view I have of others’ expectations of me, as well as my own unrealistically high standards for myself, come to dominate the motivation of everything I do. Day to day tasks are...

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