Monthly Archives: April 2012

April 16: trust (1 Samuel 18; 1 Chronicles 6; Psalm 11; Matthew 3)

The Lord was with David (1 Samuel 18:28). These words will become a refrain as we follow the life of David. Lest we think God has chosen a favorite and it is David instead of King Saul, this is more … Continue reading

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April 14: leadership (1 Samuel 15-16; 1 Chronicles 5; Matthew 1)

The story of Saul is a tragic story. He was the one God picked to be king but God quickly gave up on Saul. It does not appear that Saul did anything horrible – at least not to this point … Continue reading

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April 13: warning (1 Samuel 14; 1 Chronicles 4; 2 Corinthians 13)

When I was in my teens, my mother went back to college and then got a job. It changed a lot of things. She was no longer home when my sisters and I got home from school. She would leave … Continue reading

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April 12: wisdom (1 Samuel 13; 1 Chronicles 2-3; 2 Corinthians 12)

If I love you more, will you love me less? (2 Corinthians 12:15b) In these final chapters of 2 Corinthians, we are learning how to respond when under attack by others. Paul’s authority is questioned. His motives are questioned. His … Continue reading

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April 11: legitimacy (1 Samuel 11-12; 1 Chronicles 1; 2 Corinthians 11)

Finally, Paul is writing his own letter of recommendation. What makes Paul’s perspective on the Christian faith any better than the other teachers that he criticizes? Why listen to Paul? What gives him legitimacy? Prison, beatings, floggings, stoning, shipwrecks – … Continue reading

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April 10: boasting (1 Samuel 8-10; 2 Corinthians 10)

Like me, are you also getting the idea that whatever the people want will not turn out as they think it will? Oh, but we won’t be like those people. We will be better than that! Here we are boasting … Continue reading

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April 9: motive (1 Samuel 6-7; Psalm 72; 2 Corinthians 9)

Does one’s motive matter? I find the story of the ark of the covenant in 1 Samuel to be fascinating. In an effort to be victorious in battle they brought the ark onto the battlefield – as if the ark … Continue reading

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April 8: EASTER SUNDAY

He lives, He lives. Christ Jesus lives today. He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart. You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart!

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April 7: sadness (1 Samuel 1-2; Psalm 66; 2 Corinthians 7)

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 2 Corinthians 7:10 What is the difference between God’s way of sadness and the world’s way of sadness? Consider two of the people … Continue reading

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April 6: commend (Ruth 3-4; Psalm 64-65; 2 Corinthians 6)

com·mend o deliver with confidence. This morning, I stopped at 2 Corinthians 6:4 – commend ourselves. As a servant of God, have I delivered myself with confidence? Paul provides a list full of paradox. How do we react to suffering, difficulties, … Continue reading

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