The Bitter in Soul Welcome Here

2 And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, gathered to him. And he became commander over them. And there were with him about four hundred men.(1 Sam. 22:2, ESV) If there is anything I could tell anyone at any time it is this: your discontent isContinue reading “The Bitter in Soul Welcome Here”

We Get the Leaders We Deserve

I am referring to Saul in 1 Samuel, but I don’t mind the parallels it might draw to our present day politics. 😉 Israel rejected God as “king” and wanted what everyone else had. Okay, I can’t help but think of parallels to the American Church as well… Israel got the king they deserved. He looked likeContinue reading “We Get the Leaders We Deserve”

The Mark of a Leader

2 All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him. (1 Sam. 22:2, NIV) The mark of a great leader isn’t that they seem to be able to hire great people. The mark of a great leader is that theyContinue reading “The Mark of a Leader”

The Presence of God is NOT a Good Luck Charm

1 Samuel 4 When Israel was pummeled by the Philistines yet again, they turned to the ark of the covenant. They didn’t turn there to seek God. They turned to it as a good luck charm. They thought if they took it into battle it would bring them the luck they needed to defeat theContinue reading “The Presence of God is NOT a Good Luck Charm”