Digging in Deeper: 1 Samuel 9:2

“And he had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man.  There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he.  From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Saul looked the part of a king. Think about that in light of the initial reception on the part of both Samuel and God to their request to have one. Samuel was hurt and God was disappointed. But then God goes out and finds a king who looks the part in every way. He gives them exactly what they wanted. What gives? Read the rest…

Lean into God

Happy New Year!  In this New Year’s Eve sermon, we spent the morning talking about the tools we need to find success in our New Year’s resolutions.  More than that, with the help of God’s conversation with Joshua as he was taking over the mantle of leadership of the people of Israel, we talked about the tools we need to help move ourselves in the direction of God no matter what our starting point may be.  Keep reading to see what these are.


Lean into God

Today is New Year’s Eve.  A whole year’s worth of activity and life experiences comes to an end with the stroke of midnight tonight.  Now, in a sense, this is a day just like any other.  What significance it has is entirely constructed.  Tomorrow will be Monday just like it was seven days ago and just like it will be seven more days from now.  There is nothing in the Scriptures which proclaims that on December 31st thou shalt get reflective and throw a big, wild party that often ends with total strangers kissing each other amid a thronging crowd of hundreds of thousands.  I’ve read the whole thing a few different times and I haven’t found a single statement to that effect. Read the rest…