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The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), April 20 David learns much about leadership by the negative example of his predecessor, King Saul. David was a blessing to King Saul and his army, but because of paranoia and pride, Saul sought to assassinate his greatest asset. Saul reigned by fear and drove away those who might challenge his leadership. David, on the other hand, surrounds himself with mighty men, "who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom, with... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Apr 20
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The Backlash of Disobedience

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), April 19 Hundreds of years before the Kingdom Era, Moses records God's promise regarding the Amalekites, who had fought against Israel during the early days of their departure from Egypt: "Then the LORD said to Moses, 'Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven"" (Ex. 17:14). Moses repeats this... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Apr 19
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Scrambled Thoughts and Where They Take Us

The One Year Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), April 18 Beware of the thoughts that you entertain. It won't be long before you fulfill them. David has been on the run from Saul for over a decade. He still has about two years to go (though he is unaware that the end of running is in sight) before the tribe of Judah crowns him king. Fearful, negative, and suspicious thoughts have a way of laying their eggs in our minds until they hatch. That's what happens with David,... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Apr 18
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Psychopathic Leaders

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), April 17  "So it was, when David had finished speaking these words to Saul, that Saul said, 'Is this your voice, my son David?" And Saul lifted up his voice and wept. Then he said to David: 'You are more righteous than I; for you have rewarded me with good, whereas I have rewarded you with evil'" (1 Sam. 24:16-17). Sometimes little men live in big bodies. King Saul is such a man. He stands... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Apr 17
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The Caves of Life

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), April 16  David is a God-centered man, reduced to living in caves. David spends more than a decade of his life fleeing the assassination attempts of King Saul. Many of those days and weeks are spent hiding in caves. That must have been excruciating for this former shepherd boy, used to the open sky! How did he make that transition so joyfully? Psalm 57:1 offers a clue, "Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Apr 16
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Interpreting Life

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), April 15  David's quiet, private life as a shepherd changes forever when the prophet Samuel shows up at his house and anoints him future king of Israel. More than a decade will pass before David actually takes the throne of Judah. David spends the gap between the anointing and the inauguration running for his life. Like looking through a keyhole to see what's in a room, Psalm 34 and other psalms reveal the inner... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Apr 15
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Leadership Development 101

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), April 14   God develops His leaders in obscurity. They rarely look like much to those around them. While among the sheep and under God's watchful eye, David hones his sling shot skills to pinpoint accuracy. He kills a lion and a bear to protect his father's sheep (1 Sam. 17:34-36). He develops his musical skills as he lies beneath the twinkle of God's stars while meditating on and worshiping His greatness.... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Apr 14
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Epic Fail

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013) April 13  A mentoring relationship would have done wonders for Saul as he began his leadership role as king over Israel. Samuel was accessible to Saul, but Saul decided to "wing it," to his own detriment and the detriment of his people. 1 Samuel 15 details the foolish steps that led to Saul's rejection by God. Saul ignores Bible literacy and his spiritual formation. Back in Deuteronomy 17, the LORD... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Apr 13
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Big Ego or Great Faith?

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), April 12 The proverbs describing a child's likeness to his parents, "An apple doesn"t fall far from the tree," and, "Like father, like son," could not be further from the truth in Saul and Jonathan's relationship. Jonathan interprets his and Israel's circumstances through a high view of God. Therefore he and his armor bearer take on an enemy outpost by themselves. God honors his faith in... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Apr 12
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A King and a Poor Beginning

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), April 11  Tall stature and good looks don't make for a good leader. Little men often reside in handsome and large bodies. Such is Israel's first king. Samuel anoints Saul as Israel's first king and warns him and the people of Israel about Bible literacy and obedience, "If you fear the LORD and serve Him and obey His voice, and do not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then both you and the king... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Apr 11
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