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How to Defeat Giants

“David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut…

The Giant of Doubt

David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”  Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.” 1 Samuel 17: 32-22…

The Giant of Delay

“Now David was the son of an Ephrathite named Jesse, who was from Bethlehem in Judah. Jesse had eight sons… Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war…The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.” 1 Samuel 17: 12-15 (NIV) Sometimes,…

We Can Face Our Giants

“David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down…” 1 Samuel…

Pure Heart

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me…Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.  Psalm 51:10, 12 (NIV) When we think of the things we are not supposed to do, we often begin by thinking of the Ten…

First Love

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.  Consider how far you have fallen!  Repent and do the things you did at first… Revelation 2:4-5 (NIV) Think of the excitement you feel when you get something new that you really wanted, whether it is a new relationship or…

In the Spring

In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. . . . One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace… 2 Samuel 11:1-2 (NIV) David had a job to do. …

Run Quickly

As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him.  Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead.  The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground.  1 Samuel 17:48-49 (NLT) Goliath,…

All Your Heart

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.  Colossians 3:23 (NIV) It is easy to believe that your work isn’t as important unless you are working in a position in the church.  We think pastors and church workers are making a bigger impact and…

Be Encouraging Today

We learned about being encouraging this week. Today is all about taking action. Think about the people in your home, your friends, or your co-workers. What is one specific way that you can be encouraging to someone today? Maybe your spouse has had a heavier workload recently at their job, maybe a friend is buried…

Encourage Others Spiritually

“One of the things I always pray for is the opportunity, God willing, to come at last to see you.  For I long to visit you so I can bring you some spiritual gift that will help you grow strong in the Lord.  When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith,…

Let’s Think

“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.  And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”  Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT) It can be hard to encourage others, to think…

Encourage Others Daily

“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”  Hebrews 3:13 (NIV) Encouragement is a gift that keeps on giving. Science has provided numerous studies showing the benefits of encouragement.  The business world has a lot of articles on why encouragement…

Our God Is an Encouraging God

“When we arrived in Macedonia, there was no rest for us.  We faced conflict from every direction, with battles on the outside and fear on the inside.  But God, who encourages those who are discouraged, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus.”  2 Corinthians 7:5-6 NLT We face a different world than Paul did when…

The Best Gift Ever!

Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things….  Psalm 103:2-5 (NLT) This week we…

What’s Money Got to Do with It?

Money shows what you love and trust the most. “Don’t store up treasure here on earth. . . . Instead, store your treasures in heaven. . . . for wherever your treasure is, that’s where your heart will be.”  Matthew 6:19-21 (NLT) If you trust in your money, you will fall, but if you trust in…

How’s Your Gratitude Attitude?

…For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can…

Where Do Good Things Come From?

Every good and perfect gift is from above…  James 1:17 (NIV) We live in an extraordinary country.  We have many blessings and opportunities.  It is easy to believe we are self-made people.  But the truth is, we are Not!  At best, we have leveraged what God has given us.  We have benefited from opportunities, education,…

Unlock the Good Inside

Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When [Jesus] saw them, he said, “Go, show…

We Have Confident Hope

For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News. Colossians 1:4-5 (NLT) When we remember…

My God Is Still Working in Me

…Being confident of this, that [God] who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 (NIV) When we follow Christ, we know that we are going to be changed by the Holy Spirit working in us. We can be confident in God as…

My God Always Helps Me

…“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.” Hebrews 13:5-6 (NIV) Another reason we can be confident in God is that He will always help us. Never will He leave us, never will He forsake us. When we…

My God Is Always for Me

If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Romans 8:31 (NIV) So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Hebrews 10:35 (NLT) When our confidence is shaken, one thing we can remember is that God is always working for us. God is a…

We Need God-Confidence

My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises! Psalm 57:7 (NLT) Many times we hear of the importance of self-confidence and how essential it is to be confident based on your own self-perception. While it is true that having self-confidence is important, it is even…

I Am Convinced

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 (NIV) There are…

It Will All Work Out

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28 (NIV) The Old Testament reveals the story of Joseph, Jacob’s son.  Joseph had eleven brothers.  He was his father’s favorite son and his brothers knew it.  His brothers…

Help in Weakness

. . . . Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness…  Romans 8:24-26 (NIV) Many times we think that we have to be strong and not show any…

Right Hand

. . . . Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.  Romans 8:34 (NIV) Imagine being in a courtroom.  The defendant and defendant’s attorney are standing in front of the judge.  The defendant is guilty of the crimes being…