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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#HandWritingTheWord : Measured To You

Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.” (Mark 4:24-25 NKJV) Do you have measuring cups in your kitchen? I’m sure you do, and I’m sure you know that measuring cups come in different sizes.  I have some in my kitchen as small as 1/8 cups and I […]

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#HandWritingTheWord : Questioning Jesus

While reading the second chapter of Mark, I noticed a certain behavior of the scribes and the Pharisees. They questioned Jesus repeatedly. Secretly, in their hearts, the scribes questioned His authority: When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (‭Mark‬ ‭2‬:‭5-7‬ NKJV) The scribes and Pharisees question His followers: Now it happened, as He was dining in Levi’s house, that many […]

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#HandWritingTheWord: Jesus Cleanses the Leper

Click here for more on #HandWritingTheWord. Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself […]

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#HandWritingTheWord : For This Purpose

Click here for more on #HandWritingTheWord. As I wrote through the first chapter of Mark the first thing that caught my attention was the use of the word immediately. It is used 8 times in the chapter. The second thing to cautch my attention was this verse: But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.” ~ Mark 1:38 In the previous verse (Mark 1:37) we are told that everyone was looking for Him, which to me implies that the […]

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#HandWritingTheWord : The Double Dog Dirty Dare

Recently Andy Ziesemer of The New Divide “double dog dirty” dared his twitter followers to hand write the word starting with the Book of Mark. Yes, that’s right, write it out, not just read it through. I have decided to accept this dare and have written out the first chapter and started the second. I am already seeing the Word in a whole new way. Things that once confused me are becoming clear and other things that I never saw before are jumping off the page, all by the power of the Holy Spirit, of course. […]

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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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