1 Samuel 12

June 30, 2015Pastor's Blog

“But be sure to fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things He has done for you.” (1 Samuel 12:24, NIV) Ever told God He wasn’t enough for you? Israel did when they asked Samuel to set a king over them. God wasn’t good enough to be their king. (1 Samuel 12: 12-14) Even though this was a sin, God gave the Israelites what they asked for with a reminder: Serve the Lord. God’s reminder was out of love. He knows our heart … Read More

Sweeter Than Honey

June 29, 2015Pastor's Blog

1 Samuel 11-14 In ancient times, the sweetness and value of honey was well known. Jonathan was tired after routing the Philistines.  On his way back to the camp he dipped his staff into a honeycomb that was lying on the ground and when he tasted the honey, it brightened his eyes. It was almost disastrous for Jonathan because his father, Saul, had bound the army under an oath not to eat anything.  But Jonathan, and later David and Solomon, knew the value of honey, that sweet taste that has the power … Read More

2 Samuel 24

June 26, 2015Pastor's Blog

2 Samuel 24 finds Israel under a curse that King David had played a part in causing. The prophet Gad directed him to build an altar at a certain place to stop the plague that had already killed 70,000. Now when David went to purchase the items for the altar the owner offered to give him everything; the land, the oxen, even the wood. But David declares “I will buy them at full price. I won’t present to the LORD offerings that cost me nothing.” This passage made me think … Read More

1 Samuel 10

June 26, 2015Pastor's Blog

God answered Israel’s call for a king by having Samuel anoint Saul. When you look at Saul’s genealogy, occupation and life experiences, Saul seemed an unlikely candidate to do anything great for God. But God never looks on a person’s past to determine their future and He fully knew Saul’s calling and what he’d need to fulfill that. Today, God still calls each of His children to do great things for Him and He knows what we need to accomplish that. Notice what He did in and for Saul and … Read More

2 Samuel 16-22

June 25, 2015Pastor's Blog

In 2 Samuel chapter 22, David had a song in the night. He began to sing unto the Lord. He reminded himself of where his strength came from. He said, “The Lord is my Rock and my Fortress, my Deliverer. He recalled the times the Lord had helped him before. Back in the 30th chapter of I Samuel, we read of a time when all seemed lost for David. His family and the families of his men were carried away captive. His men were ready to stone him, but in … Read More

1 Samuel 8

June 24, 2015Pastor's Blog

Following THE King? Samuel serves as the bridge leader between the judges and kings of Israel. Here, the elders have come to Samuel to ask for a king (v5). This request distressed Samuel greatly, not because his sons, who should have been Samuel’s successors, had strayed away from the Lord, but because the Hebrew leaders desired to be like the other nations governed by an earthly King. Samuel models faith when he goes to the Lord for prayer and discernment about how to respond (v. 6-9). Chances are, if you’re … Read More

1 Samuel 7

June 23, 2015Pastor's Blog

“They said to Samuel, ‘Do not stop crying out to the Lord our God for us, that He may rescue us from the hand of the Philistines.’ Then Samuel took a suckling lamb and sacrificed it as a whole burnt offering to the Lord. He cried out to the Lord on Israel’s behalf and the Lord answered him.” (1 Samuel 7:8-9) The last time Israel faced the Philistines, they grabbed up the Ark of the Covenant & rushed out to battle certain of their victory because they carried the Ark … Read More

Have Faith and Trust in God’s Holiness

June 22, 2015Pastor's Blog

1 Samuel 6 Who is able to stand before this holy LORD God? In their disrespect for God, the men of Beth Shemesh offended the holiness of the LORD. The primary idea behind holiness is not moral purity (though the idea includes moral purity), but it is the idea of apartness – that God is separate, different from His creation, both in His essential nature and in the perfection of His attributes. When men encounter the holiness of God, they are not necessarily attracted to it. When Peter saw the holy power of Jesus he said, “Depart … Read More

Summer of Faith

June 19, 2015Pastor's Blog

I Samuel 5 In I Samuel 4, the Bible records the great devastation that the Philistines brought upon the Israelites. Israel lost over 30,000 soldiers, their priests had been killed and the Ark had been captured. In chapter 5 the Bible shares “behind the scene” action that transpired within the very temple of the enemies of God’s people. The captured Ark was brought into Dagon’s temple (the Philistine’s god), assumedly to show up Jehovah and His “lack of power” compared to Dagon. Israel, no doubt was in deep mourning over … Read More

1 Samuel 21-27

June 18, 2015Pastor's Blog

David fled from the home of the priests in Nob with Saul in hot pursuit. He made his way to Gath, the home of his enemies, where he was instantly recognized. David’s fame was celebrated everywhere in story and song. He had slain thousands of Philistines (1 Samuel 21:11), a reputation established at the expense of Philistines. Here was an opportunity to take revenge.   But, David lost his nerve. In terror, he pretended to be mad . . . , so he fled to Judah. Close by was a hill … Read More