Monthly Archives: February 2012

I Samuel 21:1-9; I Samuel 22:6-23 — Lies

I hate lying.  I don’t even like telling “white” lies.  The only time I ever really lie is when I play the guessing game “True Lies” where you tell two true things about yourself and one lie, and the other … Continue reading

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I Samuel 20 — A selfless love

The love that Jonathan had for David was probably one of the greatest examples of love we have in the Bible.  In I Corinthians 13, it says that two characteristics of love is that it does not envy and is … Continue reading

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I Samuel 19:8-24; Psalm 59 — Remembering God’s goodness

“Why is this happening to me?  Don’t you care God?  Where are you?” When bad things happen in our lives, that’s typically how we respond.  And if there were someone who had a right to say that, it was David.  … Continue reading

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I Samuel 19:1-7 — When people we love are wrong

“I’m just no good at confrontations,” replied George McFly when asked by Marty why he wouldn’t stand up to Biff, in the movie Back to the Future. We kind of laugh at that line, but for many of us, including … Continue reading

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I Samuel 18 — Responding to God’s discipline

Discipline is never a pleasant thing.  I remember getting caught lying by my dad once, and he told me, “I can’t trust you anymore.  If I’m ever going to trust you again, you’re going to have to earn it back.”   … Continue reading

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I Samuel 17 — Man of faith, men of fear

This is probably one of the most famous stories in the Bible.  I’ve probably read or heard it hundreds of times in my lifetime.  But as I read it this time, the thing that came out most clearly was the … Continue reading

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I Samuel 16:14-23 — Temporary fixes

After Saul turned his back on God, God turned his back on Saul, and it says in verse 14 that an evil spirit from the Lord tortured him. This is admittedly a tough scripture for us to understand.  How could … Continue reading

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I Samuel 16:1-13 — What God looks at

How God looks at people and how we look at people can be radically different sometimes. When God sent Samuel to search for the next king of Israel from the family of a man named Jesse, Samuel was impressed when … Continue reading

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I Samuel 15 — Lip service

And the downfall of Saul continues. God commands Saul through Samuel to wipe out the Amalekites because of how they had attacked the Israelites while they were wandering in the desert during the time of Moses.  The Amalekites were apparently … Continue reading

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I Samuel 14:15-48 — Bad leadership

When we looked at Samuel, we saw many qualities of a good leader.  Unfortunately the same cannot be said of Saul.  He draws a blueprint of what a bad leader is. 1.  He relied on his own wisdom instead of … Continue reading

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I Samuel 14:1-13 — Standing together in faith

While his father Saul was a man lacking in faith, Jonathan was a man who was full of faith, and he showed it in this battle against the Philistines.  Without telling his father, he went out to the Philistine outpost.  … Continue reading

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I Samuel 13 — Waiting on God

I sympathize with Saul in this passage.  I really do.  Here he is, an army of 3000 reduced to an army of 600.  The enemy is literally knocking on the door, and Samuel, a man he was counting on to … Continue reading

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I Samuel 12 — The qualities of a good leader

Samuel was by no means a perfect man.  But he did exhibit many of the qualities of a good Christian leader, and it shows in this chapter.  How was he a good leader? 1.  He was honest.  He said to … Continue reading

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I Samuel 11 — Doing what needs to be done

Whatever you might say about Saul’s later life, he actually got off to a good start.  One of the cities in Israel was under attack, and all the people could do when they heard the news was weep. When Saul … Continue reading

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I Samuel 9-10 — Where our strength comes from

And so we come to the story of King Saul.  It’s amazing to think about where he came from.  He came from a tribe that was nearly wiped out because of their sin (Judges 20-21).  As a result, they were … Continue reading

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I Samuel 8 — Who are we seeking to imitate?

“But everyone else has one.”  “Everyone else is doing it.” How often do we hear that from children when we ask why they want to do something, whether it has to do with fashion, having an X-box, or whatever it … Continue reading

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I Samuel 6-7 — Who can stand before God?

After the ark was returned to the Israelites, they rejoiced, and offered burnt offerings and sacrifices to the Lord.  But in the midst of rejoicing was sorrow, as the Lord killed 70 people for looking into the ark, treating as … Continue reading

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I Samuel 5-6 — Every knee shall bow

An almost amusing story, were it not for what happened to the Philistines.  After capturing the ark of the covenant, they brought it into the temple of their god Dagon.  The next day, the idol of Dagon was on the … Continue reading

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I Samuel 4 — A form of godliness

As you look at the Israelites, a lot of their problems stemmed from the fact that while they often maintained the outward appearance of godliness, their hearts truly didn’t belong to God. In this passage, they went to battle against … Continue reading

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I Samuel 3 — Hearing from God

I’d like to say that I hear God’s voice clearly and often, but I can’t.  I think that often times, I feel like the Israelites of that time. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were … Continue reading

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I Samuel 2 — Honoring God, despising God

It’s a tale of two kinds of people in this passage.  Two honor God (Hannah and Samuel), while three don’t (Eli and his sons). Hannah starts out the chapter by worshiping God for what he had done. Throughout, she talks … Continue reading

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I Samuel 1 — The God who hears

Names often have great significance in the Bible.  God renamed Abram, “Abraham” which meant “father of many” because Abraham would become a father of a great nation.  God renamed Jacob, “Israel,” which meant “he struggles with God” and also “prince … Continue reading

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Ruth 3-4 — The one who redeems us

In the relationship of Boaz and Ruth, we see a beautiful picture of how Christ redeems us. Here we have a woman named Ruth, widowed, poor, and nothing to offer, yet coming to Boaz and basically asking him to marry … Continue reading

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Ruth 1-2 — Never abandoned

After such a depressing book in Judges, it’s nice to have a book like Ruth right after it. But it starts out as depressingly as Judges ends.  A woman named Naomi, moves with her husband and sons to Moab because … Continue reading

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Judges 19-21 — When we live by what we think is right

As I look back at the book of Judges, I guess I came in knowing it was a dark book, but going through it this year, I realize that even more.  It was a time when even the judges that … Continue reading

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Judges 17-18 — False worship

We now come to the epilogue of Judges.  The next couple of stories seem to be out of sequence with the rest, and probably happened shortly after the death of Joshua, as Phinehas, the grandson of Aaron was still the … Continue reading

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Judges 14-16 — Much less

“He had so much potential.  What a waste.” How often do we hear these words.  We see this in athletes a lot of time.  A person has a lot of natural physical skills, and yet because of their inflated ego, … Continue reading

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Judges 13 — He whose name is Wonderful

It’s amazing how often Jesus seems to appear in the Old Testament.  And this appears to be another case of Jesus appearing as a messenger (the word “angel” basically means “messenger”)  for his Father. This time he appears to a … Continue reading

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Judges 12:1-7 — Hotheads

I sometimes think that the politically correct movement is meant simply to give people reasons to get upset about something.  I understand that sometimes people say things that are offensive, but I think sometimes that there are people who are … Continue reading

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