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August 2019

A Man Named Fool

Sarah and I love befriending other couples, and one of the first questions I like to ask as I am getting to know another couple is, “How did you two first meet?” I have asked that question hundreds of times over the years, and the responses have run the gamut from the fairly pedestrian like “we grew up together,” to the truly bizarre like one man I know who was an amateur taxidermist. He met his wife while scraping roadkill off the side of the road in front of her house so he could practice

The Temptation of David

After the events of chapter 23, that we studied last week, King Saul, along with three-thousand of his best men, pursued David into the oasis of En-Gedi. They were hot on the trail of Israel’s most wanted fugitive when a very human thing happened. Saul had to go to the bathroom so the armed troupe came to a halt outside of a cave that local shepherds used as a fold for their flocks at night. As the men milled about, and their animals fell to grazing, King Saul ducked into the cave to “r

July 2019

But David’s Men Said

Although not yet recognized as King within Israel, and although he is innocent of a grasping desire to usurp Saul’s throne, in chapter 23 of 1st Samuel we will see that David’s shepherd heart toward Israel forces him to begin acting the part of a King by protecting the people of an Israelite town called Keilah from an invading force of Philistines. During our study of chapter 22 last week we saw that when Gad confronted David about lingering in Moab he immediately obeyed and returned to Judah, but, as we will see in this week’s study, returning was merely the floor, not the ceiling, of what he was called to do.

I hope you can listen in as we study 1 Samuel 23:1-14.

Depart and Go

In the Bible, Adullam is first mentioned among the cities conquered by Joshua during his conquest of the promised land. It is a site known to modern archaeologists as well. Even today the ruins of ancient fortifications can be found there atop a mounded hill and the nearby cliff faces are dotted with caves whose ceilings are charred black from all the campfires down through the millennia. In David’s time the site was likely abandoned and uninhabited, which made it an ideal hideout, and in 1

Internal Investment

Luke 16:1-9
A message about the gift of money and its value beyond this world.

June 2019

You Are Here For Something

1 Peter 4:7-11
A message about understanding the need to user our God-given gifts for the sake of the Church and community.

Fear and Lies

Do the ends justify the means?

In his book, “Pioneer Priests of North America,” historian Francis Parkman tells the tale of a group of missionaries in the late 1600’s who were having a very difficult time trying to win converts from among the Huron people of Canada. The indigenous people were not interested in anything the Jesuits had to say, but they were enthralled by a cuckoo clock that the missionaries had brought with them from France. Every hour on the hour the bird would emerg

Jonathan: Traitor or Loyalist?

Several Sundays ago we studied the first five verses of 1 Samuel 18 in which we witnessed the birth of that famous friendship between David and Jonathan. This friendship had its beginnings in those happy days following the killing of Goliath. Everybody was lining up to pat David on the back then! However, often times it takes a trial to reveal who one’s true friends are. As it says in Proverbs 17:17, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” This Sunday as we

The Already But Not Yet King

The book of 1st Samuel is dominated by three human personalities, Samuel, Saul and David, but oddly, the 19th chapter is the only place in the entire book where all three men are found together in the same place at the same time. The 19th chapter of 1st Samuel is not only an exciting portion of David’s story but it serves to illustrate many truths that will challenge and encourage us in our own efforts to live as followers of God. I hope you can listen in as we worship God through the study of 1 Samuel 19.

Don’t Pour Your Passions Into A Broken Pot

Imagine if your Father-In-Law had tried to murder you with a spear…twice. In 1 Samuel 17 David asked what would be done for the man who killed Goliath and the reward was, in part, that the daughter of Saul would be given to him in marriage. After some time passes Saul makes good on that pledge and David marries his youngest daughter, Michal. The name David is derived from a Hebrew word meaning “beloved” or “loved one” and it is a fitting name because everyone, but Saul, seems to love Davi