Sincerity Isn’t Everything

1 Kings 15:14 “But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa’s heart was perfect with the LORD all his days.” “But they were sincere.” This is the statement you often hear as someone tries to defend another’s actions. Sincerity is often the guidelines many people use to determine if […] Read more »

The Most Beautiful Sight

1 Kings 8:66 “On the eighth day he sent the people away: and they blessed the king, and went unto their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the LORD had done for David his servant, and for Israel his people.” People often ask me what […] Read more »

Two Needed Characteristics for Leaders

2 Samuel 23:3 “The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.” In the final days of David’s life, he reveals the advice that God gave him concerning leading Israel. This was not […] Read more »

It Still Takes God

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2 Samuel 17:14 “And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the LORD had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the LORD might bring evil upon Absalom.” There are […] Read more »

Picking Up the Pieces

2 Samuel 12:24 “And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him.” One of the worst feelings a person can have is when they are holding something that […] Read more »

I Am an Amalekite

2 Samuel 1:8 “And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite.” The last act of Saul’s life is a sad one. He was in a battle with the Philistines when one soldier drew his bow, shot at Saul and hit him. Saul […] Read more »

Fighting God

1 Samuel 24:20 “And now, behold, I know well that thou shalt surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in thine hand.” The most revealing thing about Saul came out in the verse above. Saul tried to kill David on a couple of occasions while […] Read more »

The Background of a King

1 Samuel 16:18 “Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him.” […] Read more »

Disturbing God

1 Samuel 14:45 “And the people said unto Saul, Shall Jonathan die, who hath wrought this great salvation in Israel? God forbid: as the LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground; for he hath wrought with God this day. So the people rescued […] Read more »

Agreeing Doesn’t Always Mean Agreement

1 Samuel 8:9 “Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.” Samuel’s sons had soured the children of Israel from wanting another priest to rule over them. They saw how the other countries […] Read more »