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So David went to Baal-perazim and defeated them there and said, “Like a bursting flood, the Lord has burst out against my enemies before me.” Therefore, he named that place the Lord Bursts Out. (2 Samuel 5:20) [What lead up to the Lord bursting out?] All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron…

How’s work going?

How’s work going?  A simple question with typically a simple answer: “Good. Alright. Not bad today.” Whether it’s true or not, that’s the response we give to our friends and family members that ask daily, weekly, or at the awkward Thanksgiving lunch.  But how is work really going? Is it really good, terrible, wallowing in mediocrity?…

Scantron Mercies

Today, I forgot a grading sheet, also known as a scantron, where I bubble my answers for exams. My sociology teacher, Dr. K, could have, should have, not let me go get a scantron during the test, but she did. I should’ve gotten a 0 on the test, but I didn’t. She had mercy on…

The Root of All Pride

“I’m just really struggling with pride right now.” What the does that even mean? Every believer has most likely said that first statement, in some form or fashion, at either a Sunday school class, discipleship meeting, or ‘Life Group.’ Pride is easy to talk about in general terms, but we must get to the root…

Lessons from the Israelites

Do you ever read about God’s people in the Old Testament and wonder, what were they thinking? From the moment God spoke to Moses in the burning bush, God guided His people. Like a shepherd, He led His sheep through the desert despite their stupidity and disobedience. Even though He didn’t have to do so,…

A gracious Father desires gracious children

What is grace? Although one can look up the definition in a dictionary, the best way to understand grace is to be shown grace. I had heard the word hundreds of times before I began to comprehend it. Grace became clear when I saw my dad demonstrate it by forgiving someone. He gave that person…

A Fixed Focus

“What do you have to live for?” American psychologist William Marston asked three thousand people this question. An astonishing 94 percent were living in the present, but waiting for something in the future. As I look at the choices I make and why I make them, they sometimes reflect the mentality of the 94 percent….