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A Remnant   1 comment

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This is from the blog Daily Meditation:

Isaiah 1: 9:  “Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.”

Jonathan, Saul’s son, said that it is nothing with God to save with a few or with many (1Samuel 14:6-15). And he went into the camp of Philistines, with his armour bearer, just the two of them, with that understanding. Definitely, he was a man of strong faith.

He did not wait to get permission, to get a consensus, he did not call for volunteers and he caused such a commotion. After killing a few in direct combat, God sent an earthquake to back up his audacious initiative.

In the time of Gideon, God told him to go and deliver Israel as one man, but he thought he was very small (Judges 6-7). He thought he was the least person in Israel that should be considered for that job. Eventually with only a few hundred people he led the people to strike the enemy. God said he did so that Israel will not think that she made it happen by her own strength and so become puffed up.

David as one man defeated the army of Philistine (1Samuel 17). Goliath has put himself forward from among the them are a representative, as a champion, and asked that someone from Israel come forward for a one-on-one battle, instead of the full armies confronting each other. He was so sure of himself, sure of his war experience, sure of his big spear and his giant stature.

But David showed up as someone without those credentials. But he came fully kited with trust in God and at the end of his encounter with Goliath, David stood with his cut-off head in his hand and the remaining army of the Philistine fleeing, not believing their eyes.

The one in whom they trusted was downed by a young lad barely weaned from his mother’s breast milk. They did not know that out of the mouth of babes and suckling God has ordained strength to silence the enemy (Psalm 8:2).

God used a young man, with only a stone and a sling, with virtually no experience on the battlefield to give Israel victory at that time over their perennial enemy, cause to flee the battlefield in total disarray.

God is not so enamoured by the crowd as he is with the state of people’s heart. He sees the heart and not the appearance. He said though many people call him lord, lord; he only regards those who do what he says (Luke 6:46). Many may shout Jesus is Lord, but a few live it.

He said there are two roads, one to life and the other destruction. The one to destruction has popular appeal, it is a broad road, many find it; it is the place for the crowd. But the road that goes to life is narrow, and a few find it. It is the path to the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14). The high calling is highly costly. Few can pay the prize.

God asked a question: Who shall I send, who shall go from us (Isaiah 6:1-8)? Isaiah answered: here am I send me. He decided to choose what God chooses, leave his own preference to embrace God, to speak the words of God, while others speak their own words, he chose to represent God while other represent themselves. He represents the remnant. And God told him not to fear what the people fear nor come to their ungodly conclusion (Isaiah 8:12-13).

The bible says, everyone do proclaims his own goodness, but a faithful man who can find (Proverbs 20:6)? Those who look out for themselves are many but those who look out for the things of God are few.

David prayed, help lord, for the godly man ceases and the faithful perish among the sons of men, i.e. they are going into extinction, getting fewer and fewer in number, those who hold to moral values are diminishing in number (Psalm 12:1). They are a remnant, rear breed and hard to find.

Paul wrote that in the last days the Spirit expressly says that many shall become lovers of themselves; abandoning the love of God (2Timothy 3:1-2). But there will be a remnant. Will you be one of those who stay true to the end? Jesus said he who endures to the end will be saved (Matthew 24:13).

When in the wilderness and the children of Israel fell into idolatry, Moses was angry and the wrath of God was burning against the people. And Moses called out: who is on the Lord’s side (Exodus 32:20-35)?

And the tribe of Levi stood up to be counted. Though one of the tribes of Israel, that day they began to journey to distinction in that nation.

Moses asked them to do something dangerous, something that will make them hated by men, hated by their brothers. Moses said they should take up dangerous instruments and kill their brothers and sisters from other tribes. And they obeyed. They chose relationship with God over relationship with their brothers, obedience to God over social expectations, similar to what Jesus said that if you do not hate your brothers and sisters you cannot be his disciples (Luke 14:26).

On the discipleship gate, there is no sign saying: everybody qualifies. Everybody is called but not everybody is accepted, not everyone qualifies (Matthew 22:14).

When Gideon blew the trumpet, in the time of the Judges, over thirty thousand showed up for war, but when the screening was done, only 300 were left.

These passed the test of fearlessness and the huddle of inner dispositions which was reflected in their physical posture when they wanted to get water from a river. You will think you have more chance of victory with such a crowd when you want to defeat an enemy, but in God’s calculation, having a crowd is not always linked to victory.

That means when you want to go forward in the will of God, you cannot act based on consensus, it is not about who agrees with you or who does not, who supports you or who does not, who sees things from your point of view or not.

When Jesus said he was going to die on the cross, his best pal, Peter was firmly against it (Matthew 16:21-23). Jesus did not say that he will go and think about it. He was harsh to Peter, telling him: get behind me Satan. He surely did not walk based on consensus but the will of God.

Similarly, when God asked Noah to build an ark to prepare a remnant when he planned to send a flood to the earth to destroy every living thing (Genesis 7). The only people saved were Noah and his family. Jesus revealed what happened at that time will repeat itself, in which people will continue in their previous lifestyles and normal social engagement when a major catastrophe was coming on the earth. The majority were blinded from the import of the moment while Noah and a few people member of the family was saved. Only a remnant was saved.

The Nakedness of Noah

Fear, Fury and the Fight   Leave a comment

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By Lori Rodeheaver

David and Jonathan have spoken privately and David is to wait as Jonathan goes to find out his father’s intentions.  Because David trusts Jonathan with his life, he listens to him and goes and hides while Jonathan heads to the new moon feast and sits down with Saul.

 So David hid himself in the field. And when the new moon came, the king sat down to eat food. 25 The king sat on his seat, as at other times, on the seat by the wall. Jonathan sat opposite, and Abner sat by Saul’s side, but David’s place was empty.~1 Samuel 20:24-25

Although it was likely a very large feast, the text gives the impression that this is an elite table of big heads.  It seems that this table was meant for only four men – Saul, Jonathan, David, and Abner.  A few things are notable: 1. Saul sat with his back to the wall.  He was as paranoid as he was guilty and insecure. Sin makes us unstable. 2. Saul’s right hand man was neither his militarily courageous and honorably proven son, Jonathan, nor David who had also proven himself as such.  No.  Saul’s right hand man was Abner – his uncle who was a traitor and whose ambition really was for Saul’s throne. Sin makes us stupid. 3. David appeared to be extremely highly esteemed in Saul’s house.  Sin makes us inauthentic.

Let’s see what happens when David plays hooky.

 Yet Saul did not say anything that day, for he thought, “Something has happened to him. He is not clean; surely he is not clean.” 27 But on the second day, the day after the new moon, David’s place was empty. And Saul said to Jonathan his son, “Why has not the son of Jesse come to the meal, either yesterday or today?” 28 Jonathan answered Saul, “David earnestly asked leave of me to go to Bethlehem. 29 He said, ‘Let me go, for our clan holds a sacrifice in the city, and my brother has commanded me to be there. So now, if I have found favor in your eyes, let me get away and see my brothers.’ For this reason he has not come to the king’s table.”

30 Then Saul’s anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said to him, “You son of a perverse, rebellious woman, do I not know that you have chosen the son of Jesse to your own shame, and to the shame of your mother’s nakedness? 31 For as long as the son of Jesse lives on the earth, neither you nor your kingdom shall be established. Therefore send and bring him to me, for he shall surely die.” 32 Then Jonathan answered Saul his father, “Why should he be put to death? What has he done?” 33 But Saul hurled his spear at him to strike him. So Jonathan knew that his father was determined to put David to death. 34 And Jonathan rose from the table in fierce anger and ate no food the second day of the month, for he was grieved for David, because his father had disgraced him. ~1 Samuel 20:26-34

When one man is absent from a four man table, he’s bound to be missed.  Saul gives David one day.  He chalks the first “offense” up to life’s unpredictable circumstances.  But the second day, Saul really does begin to wonder.  Keep in mind that this is a man sitting with his back tot he wall.  He’s outrageously fearful, suspicious, and insecure even without this unknown cropping into his life.

Saul asks Jonathan where David is.  David was right – Saul was paying attention to their allegiance to one another.  He knew that if anyone knew David’s story, it would be Jonathan.

But Jonathan lies to protect David.  It doesn’t matter how valid the excuse for David’s absence was, when Saul realizes that his evil plans have been frustrated, he becomes irate.  Not only does he lose his temper uncontrollably, he turns on Jonathan and blames him for his own frustration and disappointment.

First, Saul begins to name-call.  He tears down Jonathan’s character calling him, in modern terms, a son of a whore, a traitor, and a fool.  Many a man’s rage begins with a flurry of profanity.

Next, he curses David’s whole family pretending that his concern was for Jonathan’s advantage.  He’s trying to get Jonathan on board with is murderous intentions.  He’s reminding Jonathan of what’s in it for him if he would just compromise and cooperate.  More accurately, he’s warning Jonathan about what he will lose if he does not comply.  Oh, how the Enemy loves to remind us of the pleasures of sin without warning us of its consequences!

No matter what Saul says or does to hurt him, Jonathan won’t budge.  He isn’t like Saul.  He doesn’t care about the throne and he isn’t looking out for number one.  He loves David and he tenaciously defends his friend in the face of evil and injustice.

Because of Jonathan’s stubborn resistance to do evil, Saul rages at him just as he did David.  His own son is now a victim of his homicidal temper tantrums.  What a sad excuse for a father, a leader, and king.  Oh, I forgot, he’s a human.

Little wonder why the text tells us that Jonathan was mad.  He wasn’t just mad, he left that episode in “fierce anger.”  So fierce, in fact, that he couldn’t even eat.  It wasn’t every day that a spread like the new moon festival brought would be laid out.  Yet Jonathan is livid and his appetite is for justice, not physical satiation.  Those who are most engaged in righteousness are least invested in worldliness.

Not only is he fiercely angry over his father’s sin and lack of reason, but he is also deeply disappointed and grieved.  He is disappointed because he had so genuinely believed better things about his father.  He had truly been convinced of his uprightness regarding this situation.  He is grieved because he has finally come to the awful realization that his father is indeed a cold-blooded killer who will stop at nothing to extinguish his best friend’s life.

Ironically , that which Saul accuses David of trying to steal from Jonathan, he himself attempts to snuff out entirely.  If David gains the throne, Jonathan will be a subject, but if Saul murders Jonathan, will he then be a king?!  Certainly not!  ”What fools and savage beasts and worse does anger make men.” ~Matthew Henry

As I wrote yesterday, Jonathan is a type of Christ in this account.  As David trusts him and hides in the field, we ought to trust Christ and hide in him while the Father’s wrath is certain to rage against us.  Let us remember that wicked men bent on destruction are often paranoid.  They are insecure, guilty, fearful, and suspicious – especially when things do not go exactly according to their evil plans.  When those evil plans become frustrated by God’s sovereign plans, all hell breaks loose and flies out of their hearts in the form of uncontrolled rage, anger, profanity, character defamation, and brawling.  And all of us, at one point or another, are wicked men.

Therefore, these works of the flesh ought to make us fiercely angry.  They ought to disappoint us, grieve us and give us a ravenous appetite for rectification.    Likewise, physical satiation ought to lose its luster as we aggressively pursue righteousness wholeheartedly.  Our attitude against sin must be as hard-nosed and tenacious as Jonathan’s attitude against his father’s sick sword – even when we, personally, are physically and emotionally hungrier than we’ve ever been.

Finally, David, too, is a type of Christ, and he demonstrates here for us how during the time of Christ’s earthly absence, we are called to stand up to evil like his beloved friend Jonathan so faithfully did. Let us never forget that the sin we defend so desperately and allow to remain will doubtless be the very sin that wreaks havoc on the self-centered fear we’re seeking to avoid.

Everyday Encounters with the Creator

Posted January 25, 2013 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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Goodness Fights, Evil Watches   Leave a comment

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By Lori Rodeheaver

“…and there was war again…”

If there is war, David is fighting.  David is winning.  He has God’s favor and protection.  But Saul, aka Mister Big Britches, well, Saul is losing.  He has God’s unfavor and displeasure.

Once more war broke out, and David went out and fought the Philistines. He struck them with such force that they fled before him.

But an evil spirit from the Lord came upon Saul as he was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand. While David was playing the harp, 10 Saul tried to pin him to the wall with his spear, but David eluded him as Saul drove the spear into the wall. That night David made good his escape. ~1 Samuel 19:8-10

Really, how desperate must a man be to sit in his own home with a spear in his hand?  Meanwhile, David’s playing songs for the man – seeking only to help and relieve him.  That’s the equivalent of sitting on my couch clutching a gun while those trying to serve and befriend me write me a song and sing me a hymn.

Saul was a sad, sorry excuse for a leader.

Once again, this miserable, insecure leader seeks to kill and destroy David’s life.  But once again, God faithfully protects and preserves David completely.  This whole shenanigan must be getting quite frustrating for Saul.  Nothing he does seems to get him any closer to accomplishing his ill-intentions.  God himself is frustrating his evil efforts.  And he just keeps making himself look foolish and small.

 Saul sent men to David’s house to watch it and to kill him in the morning.~1 Samuel 19:11a

Saul’s plan was always the same – kill, defame, and destroy.  There was absolutely no willingness on Saul’s part to trust a man who sought only to do good and serve his master.  One has to wonder why.  Why was there not peace in this relationship?  I mean, if Saul had simply asked David to stay and truly sought to know him and find out his intentions, surely David would have obliged.  Well, if Saul hadn’t been throwing spears at him, that is.

After failing with his murder plot once again, Saul becomes so desperate that he sends other people to “watch” David.  Was this measure really necessary?  I mean, if Saul had simply been the leader he should have been, would he really have had to resort to “watching” his subordinate?  It seems that he did so for fear of what this righteous life might reveal about his own unrighteous one; for fear of what a man with God’s favor might show up in a man making pretense about God’s favor without it; for fear of losing his almighty, already rejected, position.

Clearly, David wasn’t an unreasonable man.  On the contrary – he was extremely compliant and reasonable – especially towards his king.  He served, he loved, he fought, and he did all that which he was obligated to do, and then some.  If Saul had simply been man enough and leader enough to accept God’s will and get to know David as a friend, he would have had no need to clutch weapons as he sat at home.  He would have had no need to try to kill an innocent man who had no intention of stealing his throne.  He would have had no need to “watch” David’s every move waiting for an opportunity to destroy him.

But Saul wasn’t a good leader. He wasn’t a good man, and he certainly wasn’t reasonable.

Little wonder why David runs away.  He’s got enough battles to fight!  He doesn’t need a sergeant from his own camp throwing spears at him!  David has no reason to stay where he is hated and repeatedly injured by one he seeks only to serve.  Besides, David has a God to serve. There’s bigger fish to fry than having to worry about whether he’ll get to finish picking his favorite tune for fear of a jealous man’s rage.  David’s out.

In this world, our wars wage on.  We must fight, continually under the direction of our God if we seek to win.  But the more battles we win, the more the Enemy will pursue us.  He sits on his self-made throne, clutching weapons from the safest vantage point, in hopes to destroy us from under the radar.  He masquerades as a king and a leader when all he is is a slanderous, murderous liar.  The more Our God protects and preserves us, the closer that fake snake watches us.  His jealousy and rage will not cease until our very blood is drawn.

Run away, Christian soldiers.  Resist the devil and he will flee.  Run to Christ and be delivered from evil.

Everyday Encounters with the Creator

Posted January 19, 2013 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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No Offense   2 comments

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By Lori Rodeheaver

David has just won the great victory over Goliath.  Now, what?

So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David. 51 Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. 52 And the men of Israel and Judah rose with a shout and pursued the Philistines as far as Gath and the gates of Ekron, so that the wounded Philistines fell on the way from Shaaraim as far as Gath and Ekron. 53 And the people of Israel came back from chasing the Philistines, and they plundered their camp. 54 And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent. ~1 Samuel 17:50-54

Before this victory, God’s people had spent a long time timidly on the defense.  They had been fearful, frozen, and impotent to stand up to the enemy and defend themselves and God’s glory.  They couldn’t even begin to think about acting offensively or pursuing their enemies.  They had little defense and no offense.  

One battle, one man, one victory was all it took to embolden the entire army of God.  Now, they were fearless.  An army who had been stuck standing still, frozen in fear, could now chase their worst enemy!  The enemies were now trying to run away from them!  They confiscated all the worldly advantages their enemies had over them previously.  The tables were turned and they no longer stood timidly on the defense, but courageously and confidently on the offense.  All this, with their champion holding the head of BDMOC – big dead man on campus.

But wait…weren’t the Philistines supposed to surrender and be Israel’s servants now that Goliath was dead?  Remember the deal?

  If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” ~1 Samuel 17:9

But…they fled instead (1 Samuel 17:51).  There’s no honor among thieves.  That’s why you never make deals with the devil.

Finally, after the victory, after the plundering, after the fact, old King Reject begins to inquire about the lowly shepherd who did what he, and everyone in his army, couldn’t do.

 As soon as Saul saw David go out against the Philistine, he said to Abner, the commander of the army, “Abner, whose son is this youth?” And Abner said, “As your soul lives, O king, I do not know.” 56 And the king said, “Inquire whose son the boy is.” 57 And as soon as David returned from the striking down of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand. 58 And Saul said to him, “Whose son are you, young man?” And David answered, “I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.” ~1 Samuel 17:55-58

Saul asks who David is.

Um…isn’t this the same guy who’s been playing the music for you and your troublesome spirits, Saul?  Isn’t this the one you yourself sent for?  Didn’t David’s own father, Jesse, send you bread, wine, and even a goat as gifts with this very man?  You know who David is!  Yet, when you meet him face to face after his victory, you pretend not to.  You ask him who he is.  And, graciously, he tells you what you darn well already know.

Perhaps it’s because you don’t want him to be known.  Maybe you don’t want to know him.  Could you be jealous?  Fearful of his ambition?  Insecure about your rejected kingly position?  Once again, Saul, pride stands in the way of your victory.  Get ready to fall.

Saul represents those who act as lord and king over a people whom God never intended them to rule – including, especially self.  Worldly, earthly kings, that is, who deny the true identity of this world’s One True King – Jesus.  These are the jealous ones.  The insecure ones.  The prideful ones, who, though they know Him, deny Christ’s ultimate authority over themselves and others.

Jesus is the one man whose one victory emboldens God’s people.  Likewise, when we, as Christian soldiers, obtain victory through him, we cease to be impotent cowards standing timidly on the defense.  Instead, we begin to pursue our enemies valiantly.

Don’t be a reject.  Be offensive.  Confess the True King today.

Everyday Encounters with the Creator

Posted January 3, 2013 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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By Lori Rodeheaver

“No, I don’t know where I’m going.  But, I sure know where I’ve been.  Hanging on the promises in songs of yesterday.  An’ I’ve made up my mind,  I ain’t wasting no more time.  Here I go again.” ~Evan A. Rogers

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a new year.

No longer am I willing to stand cowering, failing to engage my Goliaths.  No longer am I going to sit with my tail between my legs, boohooing over his taunts and trifling temptations.  No.  I know where that road leads, and, God help me, I refuse to go back.  No more wasted time.  Here I go.  Here’s to a new, different, hopefully much better year.

I may not know where the Lord will take me this year, but I do know one thing – I’m ready to run into battle.  There’s not a chance in hell that it’s a coincidence that today – the very first day of 2013, I come to David’s victory over Goliath in my study.  God’s providence has placed this passage in my lap today to encourage me to be a fighter, a winner, and an overcomer this year.

When the words that David spoke were heard, they repeated them before Saul, and he sent for him. 32 And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” 33 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.” 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, 35 I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him. 36 Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.”~1 Samuel 17:31-36

David’s confidence, courage, and faith come from his past experiences.  His past experiences came not from worldly training, but from a vast amount of time spent in the obedient service of his father.

What his brother ridiculed and tried to make him publicly ridiculous for, David owns and proves how honorable and advantageous obedience and service to his father really was.

In that service, his position was low, but his performance and work ethic in it were unmatched.  So outstanding and admirable his diligence within that lowly employment from his father, it qualified him for the most noble task of all men.

Therefore, never should we forget the dire importance of doing all things as though we are serving the Lord.  No matter how low our worldly position, we are employed sovereignly by Our Father.  Let us do so suitably, rightly, and honorably.

37 And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”

38 Then Saul clothed David with his armor. He put a helmet of bronze on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail, 39 and David strapped his sword over his armor. And he tried in vain to go, for he had not tested them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.” So David put them off. ~1 Samuel 17:37-39

David’s courage, coupled with his honorable experience, makes him more fit than any man to slay this beast.  Saul recognizes his opportunity and bids him go.  But, still trusting in worldly ways and means, he offers David his armor.

David understands that he cannot use what he has not been previously accustomed to.  The same is true for us.  If we are well-versed in the world and it’s advantages, we will stand with the other 10,000 cowards when the one with the most worldly advantages intimidates us.  It will be little help in our day and age of faithlessness and fear.

If, however, we are well-versed in obedient service to Our Father, how natural and faithfully familiar the deadliest weapons against evil will be in our hands!  Our trust in the victory will be as David’s was – solely dependent upon God, not  worldly advantages.

40 Then he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd’s pouch. His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine.~1Samuel 17:40

David chooses instead the familiar, faithful tools of his past victories.  He picks up his meager sling and stones and he approaches his enemy confidently.

In verses 42-47, the beast begins to taunt David.  He attempts to psych him out with a pre-battle attack.  Again, David’s past experience with his brother proves sufficient for this encounter.

Because David had self-control enough to answer wisely in a small attack, he has training in godliness and keeps from losing his wits in a great attack.  David responds not by displaying hot-headed temper for temper, but only by displaying his full faith in God.

 When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. 49 And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.~1Samuel 17:48-49

Because of his past obedience, experience submitted to his father’s service, and, most of all, his faith, David is not afraid of this fool.  He runs to meet Goliath and…*plink*…kills him dead.

No sword.  No armor.  No worldly advantage.

So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David. 51 Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.~1 Samuel 17:50-51

David prevailed.  David won, and, when he won, all his enemies ran away.  They fled.  Resist the devil and he will flee.

Hello, 2013.  Goodbye, Goliath.  I hope you don’t mind if my Shepherd takes your head with him when I go.

Everyday Encounters with the Creator

Posted January 1, 2013 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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