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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…