1 Samuel 17: Spiritual Excellence

1 Samuel 17: Spiritual Excellence

If you ever went to Sunday school, you’ll know the story of David and Goliath. But let’s not dismiss this story merely because it is familiar. Instead, let’s look at it with fresh eyes and learn from it. As we consider the battle, David’s spiritual excellence in the...
1 Samuel 17: Spiritual Excellence

1 Samuel 16: The Deception of Appearances

Obedience is the path to open up intimacy with God. If you are going to know Him better, you must do what He tells you to do. God teaches us this truth over and over again. Disobedience has consequences, and it leads us away from God. Obedience, on the other hand,...
1 Samuel 17: Spiritual Excellence

1 Samuel 10: Our Gracious King

The only way to find what you’re looking for is to die to yourself and surrender to God. This is completely countercultural. The world will tell you to seek satisfaction and security in your power, your possessions, your pleasure, your performance. These things,...
1 Samuel 17: Spiritual Excellence

1 Samuel 9: Trusting the True King

The temptation to seek after the visible and temporal rather than the invisible and eternal is not new. Looking at 1 Samuel, we see that the Israelites struggled with this temptation in regard to their rulers. They sought after a visible king rather than trusting in...
1 Samuel 17: Spiritual Excellence

1 Samuel 8: Hope for the Future

Have you ever wished you could change the ending of a story? First Samuel 8 recounts one of those stories we wish we could change; it is not a story that goes well. Samuel’s sons have forsaken the way of the Lord, and, as a result, the people of Israel reject them as...