Differential Diagnosis 1/3: The Symptoms

“These were the sons who were born to David in Hebron…” 2 Samuel 3:1 _______ I finally caved and gave the t.v. sitcom “House” a try.  Now I am addicted. Gregory House is a brilliant M.D. who works for a teaching hospital in New Jersey.  He specializes in solving cases that elude all other doctors.  He always begins […]

A Million, Million Doors

She fell at his feet and said, “I accept all blame in this matter, my lord. Please listen to what I have to say.” 1 Samuel 25:24 nlt __________ There is a contemporary Christian song playing on some radio stations right now by artist Jason Gray, called “With Every Act of Love.”  This is one of those […]

No Means Know

David asked the LORD, “Should I go and attack them?” “Yes, go and save Keilah,” the LORD told him. 1 Samuel 23:1+2 nlt _________ There is a tradition in some Christian churches of giving up something for the season of Lent. (Lent is the 40-day period of time leading up to the death and resurrection […]

The Problem

“… for Saul was afraid of him, and he was jealous because the LORD had left him and was now with David.” 1 Samuel 18:12 nlt ________ The most useful problem solving technique I’ve learned in the past year is called “triangulation.” Triangulation is a method of communicating in conflict resolution that allows the two people resolving to see each […]

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 ______________ […]