Posts from April 2014

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St. John Supports Missions!

by mcurley

St. John is committed to supporting mission efforts around the world to share the blessed message of salvation in Christ our Lord.  The following are a few of the ways St. John is supporting those efforts with financial donations from our members through the Board of Evangelism.  Please keep our international brothers and sisters in […]

Ten Excellent Reasons to Go to Church Every Sunday

by mcurley

Ten Excellent Reasons to Go to Church Every Sunday (And One Pretty Good One*) 1.  Let’s start with the obvious- Christians go to church each week because God said to.  “Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy”.  A day to rest and refresh in the presence of God, to find peace, to remember your […]

1 & 2 Samuel, part 14

by mcurley

We close the epic story of the life of David with yet another tarnished episode of it: his son Absalom’s rebellion.  It seems that while God always kept His promise to bless David and his house and while closing with a confident psalm, David’s life wasn’t the same after Bathsheba.  As we’ve learned, upon repentance, […]

1 & 2 Samuel, part 13

by mcurley

David is without rival.  A united Israel is enjoying a golden age.  Her borders go to the Euphrates River to the east, the eastern arm of the Red Sea to the south and to the north, up to Tyre, the Phoenician Kingdom main city.  Thus the Philistines, Arameans, Ammonites, Moabites, Edomites, and Amelkites are either […]

1 & 2 Samuel, part 12

by mcurley

We continue with chapter 7.  David is now well established in his reign and palace in Jerusalem.  His enemies are subdued and he enjoys a period of peace for Israel (see also chapter 8:1-14). He comments about its grandeur while the Ark of Covenant rests in a mere tent.  So he inquires of the prophet […]

1 & 2 Samuel, part 11

by mcurley

The End of the Beginning Samuel’s gone.  Saul’s death is imminent. David is almost officially at the throne of Israel.  For now he makes an alliance with Israel’s sworn enemies, the Philistines, and launches a series of raids in the arid lands south of Judah known as the Negev killing all he finds, men and […]

1 & 2 Samuel, part 10

by mcurley

After feigning insanity before the Philistine king of Gath, Achish, David next makes way for the stronghold in the cave of Adullam.  A stronghold doesn’t necessarily mean a fortress but more likely a naturally inaccessible place that would be easy to hide in or to defend with a small number because of its terrain.  There […]

1 & 2 Samuel, part 9

by mcurley

David’s a Marked Man, For Sure Jonathan still can’t truly believe his father wants to kill David.  No doubt he was aware of some of his father’s anger and jealousy toward David but this would be a far cry from murder he thought.  David, on the other hand, is certain of Saul’s ultimate plan against […]

1 & 2 Samuel, part 8

by mcurley

Duck, David! David leaves the battlefield with such an extraordinary victory over the Philistine giant Goliath that Israel is singing his praises.  You can imagine how this would make the king feel.  Saul was already suffering deep bouts of depression.  God had taken the Holy Spirit from him and sent/allowed an evil spirit to vex […]

1 & 2 Samuel, part 7

by mcurley

David and the Giant Once again the children of Israel and the Philistines are at it.  On one side of the Valley of Elah is Saul and Israelite army and on the other hilltop is the Philistines.  Only the valley itself separates them.  The scene is set unlike anything Hollywood could conceive although in the […]