David & Goliath Part 7: Unrecognizable & Changed For The Better

If you haven’t read the full story of David & Goliath in awhile click here.  You may also want to check out parts 1 -6 in this series.  When Saul saw David going out against the Philistine, he said to Abner, the commander of the army, “Abner, whose son is this youth?” And Abner said, “As your soul lives, O king, I do not know.” So the king said, “Inquire whose son this young man is.” Then, as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before Saul with the head of […]

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David & Goliath Part 6: Another Note on Motives

If you haven’t read the full story of David & Goliath in awhile click here.  You may also want to check out parts 1 -5 in this series. Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the […]

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David & Goliath Part 5: Well-Placed Confidence

If you haven’t read the full story of David & Goliath in awhile click here.  You may also want to check out parts 1 -4 in this series. And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!” Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. […]

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David & Goliath Part 4: Unlikely Victory

If you haven’t read the full story of David & Goliath in awhile click here.  You may also want to check out parts 1, 2, and 3 in this series. Then (David) took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine.  So the Philistine came, and began drawing near to David, and the man who bore the shield went before […]

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David & Goliath Part 3: Humble Gifts

Read the full story of David and Goliath here. You may also want to checkout part 1 and part 2 in this David and Goliath series. So Saul clothed David with his armor, and he put a bronze helmet on his head; he also clothed him with a coat of mail. David fastened his sword to his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. And David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off. Then he took his staff in […]

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David & Goliath Part 2: Lions, Bears… & Faith?

If you haven’t read the full story of David and Goliath in awhile click here.  You may also want to check out David & Goliath Part 1: Motives of the Heart. Now when the words which David spoke were heard, they reported them to Saul; and he sent for him. Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of (Goliath); your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, […]

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David & Goliath Part 1: Motives of the Heart

Before we begin please read the full story of David and Goliath here. So the men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel; and it shall be that the man who kills him the king will enrich with great riches, will give him his daughter, and give his father’s house exemption from taxes in Israel.” Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach […]

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Patiences and Promises

Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed (David) in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward.  So Samuel arose and went to Ramah. ~ 1 Samuel 16:13 Do you notice that after Samuel anointed David as king Samuel got up and left?  Did he take David with him?  No he didn’t.  If you are familiar with this story (and if you are not read the full chapter here) you know that David had been called in from tending the sheep to meet […]

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Is God Just? ( Joshua 7:23-26)

And they took them from the midst of the tent, brought them to Joshua and to all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the LORD.  The Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the garment, the wedge of gold, his sons, his daughters, his oxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent, and all that he had, and they brought them to the Valley of Achor.  And Joshua said, “Why have you troubled us?  The LORD will trouble you this day.”  So all Israel stoned him […]

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Hidden In The Dirt (Joshua 7:16-22)

So Joshua rose early in the morning and brought Israel by their tribes, and the tribe of Judah was taken. He brought the clan of Judah, and he took the family of the Zarhites; and he brought the family of the Zarhites man by man, and Zabdi was taken. Then he brought his household man by man, and Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken. Now Joshua said to Achan, “My son, I beg you, give glory to the LORD God of […]

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