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Archive for October, 2012

King of Hearts

Read 1 Samuel 10:17-27.

It’s time for Saul’s inauguration as king over Israel.  Samuel presides and instates the object of their affection – but not without first indicting them as the fools that they were.

Now Samuel called the people together to the Lord at Mizpah. 18 And he said to the people of Israel, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all the kingdoms that were oppressing you.’ 19 But today you have rejected your God, who saves you from all your calamities and your distresses, and you have said to him, ‘Set a king over us.’ Now therefore present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and by your thousands.”~1 Samuel 10:17-19 (more…)

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Saul vs. Sandy

I don’t think there’s ever been snow outside on my birthday before.  I guess weird things happen sometimes.  Just like Cat Stephens said, it’s a wild world.

Read 1 Samuel 10:1-16.

Here we find Samuel anointing Saul as God’s chosen leader.  He prophesies to Saul and tells him all that is about to happen, as well as his duty in it.  Samuel offers confidence and assurance to Saul saying God is with him.  He prepares Saul for the divine encounter which is about to take place saying, Then the Spirit of the Lord will rush upon you,and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man.” (1 Samuel 10:6)  Lastly, Samuel bids him to wait seven days until he is shown more details about his appointment. (more…)

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Black Cat or Black Sheep?

It’s hard to navigate through the Christian community when you’re a girl born on Halloween Eve.  Some believe that Halloween is to be avoided at all costs by the spiritually mature.  For many other people, it’s a night of pranks, pilfering, and, admittedly, evil intentions.  But for a little girl whom God brought to life on October 30th, Cyndi Lauper said it best.  I just want to have fun.   (more…)

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Don’t Be An Ass

Read 1 Samuel 9.

The people of God have demanded a king.  They have rejected both God and his true prophet.  Now, God gives them over to their own lusts.  He is about to deliver just the kind of guy they were asking for. (more…)

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Wants

I run, praying.  I pray, running.  I’m not sure which it is but I do know one thing  – out on the road, my ambitions seem more attainable.

“Help me choose the right things today, Lord.  Cause me to be better today than I was yesterday.  We both know how yesterday went…”

I change my clothes and the tests begin.  Sometimes I overcome.  Usually I derail.  (more…)

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Read 1 Samuel 8:10-22.

Samuel took his people’s request to the Lord.  He prayed and God told him to give the people what they asked for.  In his grace, he instructed Samuel to give them one final warning, though.  These are the things he told them they would experience if a man were to rule over them: (more…)

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Read 1 Samuel 8:1-9.

Towards the end of his life, we find Samuel with the very same trial as the priest before him, Eli, had.  Samuel’s sons were corrupt, too.  Apparently, living a Godly life does not automatically produce Godly children.  God sovereignly chooses those whom he will.  Thou must save and thou alone.

When Samuel became old, he made his sons judges over Israel. The name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beersheba. Yet his sons did not walk in his ways but turned aside after gain. They took bribes and perverted justice. (more…)

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