Under Pressure

Saul waited there seven days for Samuel, as Samuel had instructed him earlier, but Samuel still didn’t come. Saul realized that his troops were rapidly slipping away. 1 Samuel 13:8 nlt __________ Last weekend, I had to have a medical procedure done.  It was considered routine for the issues I’ve been having, but it certainly […]


So they asked the LORD, “Where is he?” and the LORD replied, “He is hiding among the baggage.” 1 Samuel 10:22 NLT __________ Inferiority Complex: “A persistent feeling of being inferior to other people (or specific tasks) in some way.  It is usually connected with a real or imaginary shortcoming in physical appearance, intelligence, personality, education, social […]

Even Demons Believe

But when the citizens of Ashdod went to see it the next morning, Dagon had fallen with his face to the ground in front of the Ark of the LORD! So they set the idol up again. 1 Samuel 5:3 NLT ________________ A couple years ago, one of my coaches asked me to determine for […]

Honey For Mara

“Don’t call me Naomi,” she told them.  “Instead, call me Mara,  for the Almighty has made life very bitter for me. I went away full, but the LORD has brought me home empty.  Why should you call me Naomi when the LORD has caused me to suffer and the Almighty has sent such tragedy?” Ruth 1:20+21 […]

The Tree King

“But it refused, saying ‘Should I quit producing the olive oil that blesses both God and people, just to wave back and forth over the trees?'” Judges 9:9 nlt ________ One of the misconceptions myself and many others have fallen into believing is the idea that you are either a leader or a follower; there is nothing else.  Along […]


So Gideon took ten of his servants and did as the LORD had commanded.  But he did it at night because he was afraid of the other members of his father’s household and the people of the town.  He knew what would happen if they found out who had done it. Judges 6:17 nlt ______________ […]

The Real Deal

Then the LORD turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you.”  Judges 6:12 nlt ___________ So many times in my life, I have considered the experience I was going through as preparation for the “real deal” that I would someday discover.  It’s kind […]

True Love Waits

Since you have done this, I will no longer drive out the people living in your land.  They will be thorns in your sides, and their gods will be a constant temptation to you.  Judges 2:3 nlt _____________   One year as a teen, my parents sent me to a True Love Waits retreat for […]

Servant Ears

So honor the LORD and serve him wholeheartedly.  Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt.  Serve the LORD alone.  Joshua 24:14 nlt ____________ I’ve read from many different sources about the power of active listening versus just hearing. Some of the best ones talk about calling upon my […]

No Land, No Cry

But Moses gave no land to the tribe of Levi, for the LORD, the God of Israel had promised to be their inheritance.  Joshua 13:33 nlt _____________ The word resourceful is an extremely powerful one to me.  When I hear it, I picture someone like MacGyver or Survivor Man.  I like playing games that sharpen my […]