David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much and chose him as the man to carry his weapons. Then Saul sent a message to Jesse: ‘I like David. Let him stay here in my service.’ From then on, whenever the evil spirit sent by God came on Saul, David would… Read more
So Jesse sent for him. He was a handsome, healthy young man, and his eyes sparkled. The Lord said to Samuel, ‘This is the one-anoint him!’ Samuel took the olive oil and anointed David in front of his brothers. Immediately the spirit of the Lord took control of David and was with him from that… Read more
He was going into a village when he was met by ten men suffering from a dreaded skin disease. They stood at a distance and shouted, ‘Jesus! Master! Have pity on us!’ Jesus saw them and said to them, ‘Go and let the priests examine you.’ On the way they were made clean. When one… Read more
The LORD does not let us forget his wonderful actions; he is kind and merciful. He provides food for those who honour him; he never forgets his covenant. He has shown his power to his people by giving them the lands of foreigners. (verses 4-6) Read Psalm 111 Embarrassment and frustration often loom large for… Read more
Then Samuel turned to leave, but Saul caught hold of his cloak and it tore. Samuel said to him, ‘The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel away from you today and given it to someone who is a better man than you. Israel’s majestic God does not lie or change his mind. He is… Read more
‘But my men did not kill the best sheep and cattle that they captured; instead, they brought them here to Gilgal to offer as a sacrifice to the LORD your God.’ Samuel said, ‘Which does the LORD prefer: obedience or offerings and sacrifices? It is better to obey him than to sacrifice the best sheep… Read more
‘That was a foolish thing to do,’ Samuel answered. ‘You have not obeyed the command the LORD your God gave you. If you had obeyed, he would have let you and your descendants rule over Israel for ever. But now your rule will not continue. Because you have disobeyed him, the LORD will find the… Read more
Fasting? Huh? Throughout the history of God’s people, fasting has been a common spiritual discipline. Fasting is giving up something good in order to pursue something better. Fasting can help us find open space and time for prayer.