Sermons

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National Suicide (1 Samuel 31)
Sep 11, 2013
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“So they cut off his head and stripped off his armor.” After the brief interlude with David’s response to the attack at Ziklag, we are now returned to Saul. We pick up with the march of that Philistine army and their judgment-attack on Saul and Israel—both from which David was so providentially spared. Saul, freshly […]
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Setbacks and Leadership (1 Samuel 30)
Sep 6, 2013
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“Here is a present for you from the spoil of the enemies of the Lord.” David, just saved from a dangerous predicament, was now only to walk into the teeth of trial. And my how emotions must have swung. We left off chapter 29 with David and his men saved from being sent to war by […]
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Saul’s “Last Supper”: Victories in exile II (1 Samuel 28–29)
Aug 30, 2013
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“Why then do you ask me, since the Lord has turned from you and become your enemy?” It was only a matter of time before Achish began to call upon David for return favors. When he did, he put David to task doing what he thought David did best: war. But this time the war was with […]
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The right to remain silent: Victories in exile I (1 Samuel 27).
Aug 29, 2013
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“. . . and I shall escape out of his hand.” In the last sermon, we noted David’s pronouncement that Saul would undoubtedly perish. We said that may have been a turning point in David’s expectations in general. Here we see David acting upon such a presumption and fleeing the country. It was that of […]
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The deep sleep of political compromise (1 Samuel 26)
Aug 27, 2013
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“If it is men, may they be cursed before the Lord.” The other day, I was reading a book that was about as timely for modern politics as anything you can imagine: it was humorously titled, What Makes You Think We Read the Bills? The rest of the book is just as insightful and eye-opening […]
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How to deal with a foolish dog-like man (1 Samuel 25)
Aug 23, 2013
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“The Lord has returned the evil of Nabal on his own head.” With Saul’s pursuit after David dominating the narrative since chapter 19, the story here in chapter 25 seems like an abrupt switch. In fact, as chapter 26 picks back up with Saul chasing David again, chapter 25 seems almost out of place. Nevertheless, […]
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Saul’s confession, and the folly of short-term political fixes (1 Samuel 24)
Aug 20, 2013
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“I have not sinned against you, though you hunt my life.” In chapter 23, we learned that God would protect and spare David and the remnant from Saul even in the direst of situations. In Chapter 24, God goes one step further to show that he would even deliver Saul right into the hands of David. […]
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The politics of fear and the surveillance state (1 Samuel 23)
Aug 9, 2013
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“And the Lord said, ‘They will surrender you.’” God had reconstructed the nation of Israel around to-be-king David, and had sent him a remnant led by a prophet, a priest, and a king. These things had all come together despite the slaughter of the priesthood in Nob, and without the aid of man’s plans or efforts. It […]