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Contributed on Jul 18, 2023
Saul sinks to new lows as he consults the medium of Endor.
Today we will be in 1 Samuel 28 The chapter begins with two announcements 1. Samuel has died 2. Saul has taken action against the mediums in the land. By expelling “mediums and spiritists,” Saul had obeyed Pentateuchal law (Lev. 19:31; 20:27; Deut. 18:10–11). So, good for Saul. After the two ...read more
Contributed on Jun 17, 2023
David's success drives Saul into uncontrolled jealousy.
Today we will continue our series on the kings of Israel in 1 Samuel 18. The first king is Saul and he has not been doing well and this week we will see that things are just getting worse. Before that, here’s a little story: I was an average/mediocre athlete in high school. Good enough to make ...read more
Contributed on Jun 13, 2023
Samuel anoints David as the successor to Saul after he has been rejected as king.
The Crown – Season One – Episode 5 The Lord looks at the heart Today we will continue in 1 Samuel where the story has centered around Saul – the first king of Israel. But in 1 Samuel 16 the story shifts away from Saul to another character. You may have heard of him, David. Samuel is sent on a ...read more
Contributed on May 26, 2023
After being somewhat reluctantly anointed king of Israel, Saul faces his first two tests. How the new king handles these two encounters will set the tone for the rest of his reign.
The Crown – Season One – Episode 3 You have done a foolish thing We left chapter 10 a little confused. Saul seems to lack initiative. He doesn’t exhibit the skills associated with leadership. In some ways there is not a lot of hope for his reign. Yet, Samuel says some very encouraging things about ...read more
Contributed on May 24, 2023
Israel, in a most unconventional manner, gets the king they want in Saul, the son of Kish.
The Crown – Season One – Episode 2 Long Live the King . Today we will be in chapters 9-10 as Israel gets the king they wanted. But before we go there let’s take a look back at last week. It’s an odd story to say the least. I’m not going to read through the whole passage but here is a ...read more
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Contributed on Sep 12, 2023
With football season in full swing, I often think of my high school football days. I wasn’t very good at all but, as the saying goes, the older I get the better I was. One of my few highlights from those days was a kickoff return. You may be thinking that my story is about a game winning return but ...read more
Contributed on Jun 23, 2023
I recently drove my adult son to the airport for a trip he was taking with some friends. He lives in Arkansas but was flying out of DFW, so he drove to our home in Denison to spend a little time with us. While he was gone I drove his car a few times just to make sure it was running well. I guess ...read more
Contributed on May 30, 2023
Don’t you just love spring? It’s simply glorious. Trees blooming. Plants blossoming. It’s all so beautiful. Unless of course you were looking at my front yard earlier this year. Last summer we bought three bushes that looked so promising. The leaves were supposed to turn all kinds of spectacular ...read more
Contributed on Apr 26, 2023
This week is the National Football League Draft, a day that thousands of young men have been anticipating for years. I love to watch as the player hears his name called. The smiles. The hugs. Going to the platform and being congratulated by the commissioner. And then donning the jersey and cap of ...read more
Contributed on Mar 21, 2023
Driving to work the other day I hit a pothole and, like most people, I reacted angrily. “Why can’t they do something about this?” I mumbled under my breathe. But this time instead of complaining I thought maybe I could learn a lesson or two from the pothole. Here’s what I learned: Pothole Lesson ...read more