Saturday, March 31, 2018

Having been an active child (a kind way of saying troublesome at least at times), it is not easy to parent children.  You can give the best example, and sometimes the children just don’t get it.  Samuel was an excellent example to his children. 1 Sam 8:3 tells us they...

Friday, March 30, 2018

The God of Israel is God alone you shall not have strange gods before you.  Dagon is no match for the God of Israel.  The Ark had a proper place to be, and it wasn’t with the Philistines.  The Israelites celebrated the Ark’s return.  The Ark came to reside in Kiriath-j...

Thursday, March 29, 2018

“Speak Lord your servant is listening!”  Samuel’s words in 1 Samuel 3:9 our good words for us today!    It is so easy not to listen, when we talk with one another it is often not a conversation it is more I am talking and when you are I am thinking about what I need or...

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Hannah poured her heart out to the Lord in First Samuel.   Have you ever poured your heart out to the Lord?   Hannah found great solace before God.  Mary, the mother of Jesus, brings to full voice Hannah ’s prayer to God.   In 1 Sam 2:1f we still hear how God punish Bo...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The book of Ruth 1:16-17 gives us the famous saying,  "Wherever you go I will go, wherever you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people and your God, my God. Where you die I will die, and there be buried."  While many people use this at weddings and it is ind...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Judges 20:3, “How did this evil thing happen?” Sad but true we allow or cooperate with evil at times. We call that sin. It is rare that one sin does not lead to another and another and on and on. It is the sad nature of sin. Some of the worse sin in us happens in our o...

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Judges 17:6",  "...Everyone did what was right in their own eyes."  Their rationale was that there was no king at that time, so everyone for themselves.  There are some parts of the scripture that are repugnant.  Did God wish the concubine to be raped and killed?  We n...

Saturday, March 24, 2018

It is helpful to know that Samson was a judge in Isreal. It is not so much his words that speak his wisdom, but his ultimate faithfulness to God.  The twists and turns of our life make for an interesting and sometimes difficult journey for us.  God does wish us to know...

Friday, March 23, 2018

Bargaining with the Lord is probably not a wise way to seek the Lord’s help.  It did not work out for Jephthah. Did God want to have him take the life of his daughter? No, not any more than we would want you to do something like that to a family member.   The point bei...

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Gibeon was a reluctant prophet for Israel.   He was also pretty obnoxious with the Lord.  Wow.  The Lord does have broad shoulders.  He takes Gibeon and allows him to voice his frustrations and doubts.  But the Lord is calling Gibeon to service, and the Lord gets what...

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