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Broken

Written by Andy Pisciotti | July 23, 2010 |

Proverbs tells us that in the beginning that there is a way that seems right, but in the end it leads to death. I think all of us have been there before. We begin a journey or a project with the greatest intentions but in the end it leads us down a road that we never wanted to embrace. We started humble and we ended up arrogant. We started with …

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Betrayal

Written by Nina Schmidgall | July 21, 2010 | Hosea 1 - 3

Okay, usually it seems like a pretty awesome privilege to have your life used by the Lord to speak to His people.  But, anytime I read Hosea, I grieve for him.  Imagine his devastation to have his wife and the mother of his children betray him.  Okay, this is totally embarrassing to admit but, back in my college days, I read some fiction versions of the story of Hosea.  I …

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Book Background: Hosea

Written by Heather Zempel | July 21, 2010 | Hosea 1 - 3

This is a weird book, isn’t it? When most of us seek God for our calling, we hope it is something that would be viewed by good society as successful and significant. When we trust God to bring us a spouse, we assume it will be one that our friends and family would support.

Hosea’s experience was different. God told him to marry a prostitute named Gomer.

The book of …

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Who’s Responsible?? (2 Samuel 22-24)

Written by Andy Pisciotti | July 20, 2010 | 2 Samuel 22 - 24

Who actually incites us to do the things in our lives that are bad or sinful? Is it God working through evil to correct us sternly or is it actually Satan that influences our decision-making and choices in those moments?

1 Samuel 24:1 says, “Again the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, ‘Go, number Israel and Judah.’”

We haven’t read …

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2 Samuel 16-18

Written by Andy Pisciotti | July 18, 2010 | 2 Samuel 16 - 18

How often in our reading of the Old Testament do we come across passages about ‘counsel?’  Especially now in Israel’s history, where there is a king in place and in power, there are many people that come through the stories that we read that have some kind of counsel to give, whether it be for the king himself or for the larger context of the nation.

The counsel that was …

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Everyone Needs a Nathan (2 Samuel 10-12)

Written by Heather Zempel | July 16, 2010 | 2 Samuel 10 - 12

Andy Stanley once said, “Your friends will determine the quality and direction of your life.” I’ve found that to be true. Whether it’s Mike Mathews, who has been on the phone or email with me through every major life and career decision I’ve made since high school. Or crazy Herb Fisher who showed me the power of a praying man in the marketplace. Or Marti Pulliam, a youth pastor who …

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Who Am I? II Samuel 7-9

Written by Mark Batterson | July 15, 2010 |

One of David’s greatest qualities is his enduring humility.  He certainly chewed on praise and criticism, but I don’t think he swallowed.  Even at the height of his power, David didn’t read his own press clippings or get full of himself.  His rise to power simply increased his level of humility and gratitude.  And it’s evidenced by a prayer of gratitude in II Samuel 7:18: “Who am I, O Lord …

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Oh How the Mighty Have Fallen

Written by Andy Pisciotti | July 13, 2010 | 2 Samuel 1 - 3

These passages that are wrought with so much pillage and murder are always a little hard for me to get through and find positive spiritual encouragement for my already melancholic soul. However, there is always something to gain from diving into scripture; even the R-rated portions. As I read the first chapter of 2 Samuel, the thing that stood out to me was the realization of the importance of recognizing …

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One Crazy Ride!! (1 Samuel 29-31)

Written by Jenilee LeFors | July 12, 2010 | 1 Samuel 29 - 31

Leading up to this point, David has been on one crazy trip! He’s put to the test; he is on the run for his life, and what next? His strategy of battle, and what he thought was the next step, or best option was rejected. A joining of forces with the Philistines, was rejected.

David and his men are on the way back, only to find their home has …

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(dis)Qualified

Written by Andy Pisciotti | July 11, 2010 | 1 Samuel 26 - 28

I love the people God chooses to do His work through.

He doesn’t choose perfect people to do his work, he chooses people he can shape and mold. Pastor Mark recently sent out a tweet that said God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called. I love that thought because it takes a lot of pressure off of me and a lot of guilt away when I mess up. …

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