David & Goliath, II

     David would make very ungodly, willful decisions, and act on them, but he would also do the will of God.   How is that possible?  Every one of us have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  Every one of us, including David.  Yes, he was a player in the flesh, but…

David & Goliath, I

David and Goliath, Part I  I Samuel 17      Note the order of names.  David’s name came first for a reason.  Goliath may have been bigger in stature, but David was bigger in God. That is what mattered, so I tend to believe it was no mistake whose name is recorded first.  If you…

Barnabas, Part II

Just to recap, in our previous study on Barnabas, we learned that: Barnabas opened a door for Saul to the apostles by defending him. The church trusted Barnabas to send him to check things out at Antioch. Barnabas was a good man. Are we good? He was full of the Holy Spirit. Are full of…

Barnabas, Part I

When we think of Barnabas, I don’t know why, but I rarely think of him as a unique individual.  It seems I usually think of him as “Saul & Barnabas,” or “Paul & Barnabas.” I have rarely heard Barnabas spoken of by himself.  It was like he was Paul’s shadow, attached to Paul’s hip. It’s…

Separations in Life

Don’t pretend you‘re not being left out or rejected when you are. As painful as it may be, just remember that it‘s not always them vs. you, or you vs. them concerning separations in life. It could be that the ones who make you feel rejected, or the ones who feel you don’t include them…

I Can Only Imagine

I’ve been thinking about heaven a lot lately, and I wonder what my daughter is doing, my mom and dad, my grandparents, etc.  I’ve been thinking about seeing those who arrived there before me, thinking about what it’s really going to be like when we get to heaven.  The word of God gives us glimpses,…