The king was shaken. He went up to the room over the gateway and wept. As he went, he said: “O my son Absalom! … If only I had died instead of you – O Absalom, my son, my son!” (verse 33) Read 2 Samuel 18:19-33 There is a long back-story to David and Absalom’s… Read more
Be gentle with the young man Absalom for my sake’ (verse 5b) Read 2 Samuel 18:1-18 What heartbreak it would be for David that his son would plot to kill him and take his throne. It is brutal betrayal. Yet, despite the terrible rebellion, David is willing to forgive Absalom. He shows compassion for his… Read more
Then Absalom sent secret messengers throughout the tribes of Israel to say, ‘As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpets, then say, ‘Absalom is king in Hebron!’ (verse 10) Read 2 Samuel 15:1-16 Underhanded – it is the first word that comes to mind when I read today’s passage. Absalom has schemed and… Read more
The new Worship Planning Page from the LCA’s Commission on Worship (CoW) is up and running. It is designed to serve and equip anyone involved with the preparation of worship services within the LCA/NZ.
We Lutherans often miss the fact that in our baptism the Spirit of God comes to live in us. We need to change our thinking from ‘I need to share my faith’ to ‘How can I participate with the Spirit who lives in me?’
In all Israel there was not a man so highly praised for his handsome appearance as Absalom. (verse 25a) Read 2 Samuel 14:25-33 There is a saying, ‘Good Looks attract the eyes, personality captures the heart.’ One of King David’s sons, Absalom, had good looks in spades. The problem was he had an inflated ego to… Read more