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The Gullible Populace

June 19th, 2016 · No Comments

2 Samuel 15:1-6 (New Living Translation) After this, Absalom bought a chariot and horses, and he hired fifty bodyguards to run ahead of him. 2 He got up early every morning and went out to the gate of the city. When people brought a case to the king for judgment, Absalom would ask where in […]

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An Actress and a Playwright

June 18th, 2016 · No Comments

2 Samuel 14:20 (New Living Translation) He did it to place the matter before you in a different light. But you are as wise as an angel of God, and you understand everything that happens among us! A woman says this to King David after she has pretended to be someone else with a story […]

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Funny How We Remember and Forget

August 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

2 Samuel 5:1-2 (New Living Translation) Then all the tribes of Israel went to David at Hebron and told him, “We are your own flesh and blood. 2 In the past, when Saul was our king, you were the one who really led the forces of Israel. And the Lord told you, ‘You will be the […]

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Dance Before the Lord (then and now)

June 22nd, 2013 · No Comments

2 Samuel 6:14 (New Living Translation) And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment. David danced before the LORD. What joy. We should all dance all the time for the LORD. Right? But dancing is…well just watch a little TV and you’re likely to see some not-so-praise-the-LORD dancing. See […]

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The Seeds of Separation

May 19th, 2013 · No Comments

2 Samuel 19:41-43 (New Living Translation) 41 But all the men of Israel complained to the king, “The men of Judah stole the king and didn’t give us the honor of helping take you, your household, and all your men across the Jordan.” 42 The men of Judah replied, “The king is one of our […]

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The Idols of a Defeated Enemy

April 29th, 2012 · No Comments

2 Samuel 5:20-21 20 So David went to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. “The Lord did it!” David exclaimed. “He burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So he named that place Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who bursts through”). 21 The Philistines had abandoned their idols there, so David and his men confiscated them. Here […]

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Beware the Crafty Friend

April 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

2 Samuel 13:3 (New Living Translation) But Amnon had a very crafty friend… There are some opening lines of stories that guarantee the story will not end well. This is one of those opening lines. Having a “crafty” friend is not a good thing. It is not a surprise that this story ends poorly. In […]

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An Accomplice to Murder

April 21st, 2012 · No Comments

2 Samuel 11:14-17 (New Living Translation) 14 So the next morning David wrote a letter to Joab and gave it to Uriah to deliver. 15 The letter instructed Joab, “Station Uriah on the front lines where the battle is fiercest. Then pull back so that he will be killed.” 16 So Joab assigned Uriah to a spot […]

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Dancing in the Streets

April 30th, 2011 · No Comments

2 Samuel 6:12-15 (New International Version 2011) 12 Now King David was told, “The LORD has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God.” So David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing. 13 When […]

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Recovering the Banished

November 13th, 2010 · No Comments

2 Samuel 14:14 (New International Version) Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But that is not what God desires; rather, he devises ways so that a banished person does not remain banished from him. In this verse, a “wise old woman” is speaking to King David. David’s […]

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