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THE LORD ESTABLISHES HIS ANOINTED
2 Samuel 1-4


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Most human thrones are taken either by sword or succession. At times, the king dies and the kingdom is passed on to his son (or daughter). But other times, an individual who is not in the family decides to take the kingdom by force. Sometimes this even happens within the family, with different members fighting for power. Of course, how a king comes to power can determine how loyal the subjects will or will not be. A throne that is taken by force can often be rejected by the people. Normally this will lead to even more bloodshed.

Last Updated ( Friday, 21 July 2017 )
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1 Samuel 27-31: The Greatest Tragedy Print E-mail

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Tragedy is a common part of the human experience. Bad things happen to everyone. Artists have been capitalizing on this fact for thousands of years. Shakespeare wrote plays where everyone dies in the end and people love them. Sad songs written in minor keys are just as popular today as they have always been. Because of our common experience with tragedy (the loss of health, the futility of life and work, the death of a loved one) we all can sympathize with the art of tragedy. It appeals to the masses because the masses have experienced such loss. In fact, we often scoff at happy endings because they feel so foreign to us. Why is tragedy so common? The Bible answers: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). We suffer because we have sinned. So then the question is not who will suffer, but how will we respond to tragedy when it comes?

Last Updated ( Friday, 21 July 2017 )
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1 Samuel 24-26: The Good Hands of God Print E-mail
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Every July 4th, the citizens of America celebrate their freedom and independence. They chose this day because it is when “The Declaration of Independence” was signed in 1776. This document was written to proclaim our independence from Great Britain. The final line reads: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” The writers and signers knew that such a declaration was treason, but they believed it to be the right action to take and they moved forward “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.” They believed that if they were in fact doing the right thing, then the Lord would see it through to the end. They entrusted themselves to the good hands of God.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 July 2017 )
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1 Samuel 21-23: The Lord's Anointed on the Run Print E-mail
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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 ( Monday, 03 July 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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