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Sermons on 1 Samuel

loyalty & lament

Loyalty & Lament

David is a complex character in this story. He is a warrior, a mercenary. Where’s the word of God in it for us? What I am hearing in this is loyalty. For David, God’s anointed king may be ineffective, but King Saul still holds the commission to lead. (1 Samuel 18:1-11)

unlikely hero

Unlikely Hero

We love stories where the underdog wins. We look at these types of stories with awe as the participants face overwhelming odds and almost certain defeat. David does not let others’ expectations impede his success.  David’s action reminds us that God may already have empowered us for a task, if we have the courage to draw on those skills and resources. (1 Samuel 17:1-50)

chosen & anointed

Chosen & Anointed

I’m sure you all remember the fairy tale Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs. In it the Queen asks “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of us all?” Children are often fascinated by mirrors. Dogs too, although I suspect they think it is another dog! But adults? Not so much! How about you? Do you like looking in a mirror? Other than checking your hair or make-up, tying your tie? Our scripture today teaches us that God does not look at outward appearances. God looks into our hearts. (1 Samuel 16:1-13)