Persevering Against All Odds (2 Samuel 22-23)

Next to him was Eleazar son of Dodai the Ahohite.  As one of the three mighty men, he was with David when they taunted the Philistines gathered at Pas Dammim for battle.  Then the men of Israel retreated, but he stood his ground and struck down the Philistines till his hand grew tired and froze to the sword.  The Lord brought about a great victory that day.  The troops ... [Continue Reading]

The Risk of Doing Right (2 Samuel 8-9; 1 Chronicles 18)

David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” (2 Samuel 9:1) Doing what's right can sometimes be risky.  I was watching an episode of MasterChef a few months ago, and one of the contestants forgot to grab a certain ingredient.  Due to the rules, she wasn't allowed back into the kitchen, so she began asking ... [Continue Reading]

Doing the Right Thing (1 Samuel 18-20)

Saul’s anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, “You son of a perverse and rebellious woman!  Don’t I know that you have sided with the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of the mother who bore you?” (1 Samuel 20:30) There are times when it's convenient and easy to do the right thing; in those moments, you'd be a fool not to do what's right.  And then ... [Continue Reading]

Leading with Courage (1 Samuel 10-12)

But when they looked for [Saul], he was not to be found.  So they inquired further of the Lord, “Has the man come here yet?”  And the Lord said, “Yes, he has hidden himself among the supplies.” (1 Samuel 21b-22) King Saul's momentous coronation was fraught with problems from the get go.  As the ceremony was about to begin, Saul wasn't found wooing the crowds but hiding in ... [Continue Reading]

Picking Teams (Joshua 5-6)

Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”  “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” (Joshua 5:13-14) Do you remember picking teams in elementary school?  There was really only one place ... [Continue Reading]