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Day by Day - 1 Samuel

Machiavelli, The Prince, And David
It is all too easy to justify dishonesty by saying it will lead to something good.   ~~~   “The end justifies the means.” How many of you are familiar with that phrase. The statement declares that if the end goal is valuable enough, worthy enough, then any means, any avenue, any scheme or strategy it takes to achieve that goal, is justified—whether it be right or wrong, just or unjust, fair or cruel. The end justifies the means. For example—How many of you have been to a revival, crusade of some sort…perhaps it was a youth conference, and at the end of the sermon the preacher said something like, “I want everyone to bow their heads and close their eyes. No one looking around but me. If you want to give your life to Jesus, raise your hand. Look at that, hands go up all around the room.” But while he is saying that, you happen to open your eyes, and you see that only a couple of people have raised their hands. Why would the preacher say, “Hands go up all over the room”? Because in his mind, the goal of getting someone saved justifies the means of making people think that many people were coming to Christ, so they should as well.” The idea of the phrase “the end justifies the means” is accredited to Machiavelli, an Italian diplomat and philosopher of the 15th-16th centuries, in his book The Prince. There Machiavelli wrote, “It is unnecessary for a prince to have all the good qualities I have enumerated, but it is very necessary to appear to have them…let a prince have the credit of conquering and holding his state, the means will always be considered honest, and he will be praised by everybody;” (Chapter 18, The Prince). I don’t think it would take very long for any of us to recount a time or two where we justified dishonesty, sinfulness, because we thought it would lead to a noble, even godly purpose and place. And we wouldn’t be the first generation. But if you want to see what any of this has to do with David and King Saul, you have to return tomorrow.
By: Clif Johnson
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Aired on Feb 27, 2024
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Lori Cline

Drop Your Weapons
God sees whatever battle we are in and will fight for us.   ~~~   Is it time to drop your weapons? I don’t know about you, but when I’m attacked, I don’t readily want to lay my weapons down. The natural response is to weapon up like you see in the movies. You fire at me, I’ll fire back. Now I’m not talking literally, but goodness we have some sharp arrows in our proverbial arsenal we like to throw at the ready don’t we? Remember the power of your tongue and the power of your comments? I won’t dig deep into that today, but if you need Godly wisdom, there is much to read in His word about the heart and what flows out of it by way of your tongue. Dig into that and ask God to reveal and heal the roots of your words. Today I wanted to remind you of what is true if you are in a season of verbal attack, hurt or betrayal. First, remember you are never alone. God sees and He knows what you’re facing. Take your hurts to the Lord and allow His love and healing grace to meet you there. In Genesis 16 we read how the Lord met Hagar in her sorrow. “You are the God who sees me”, she prayed. He sees you today and in Him there is comfort, wisdom and peace. Second, drop your weapons. We don’t battle as the world does. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. Paul was being slandered by the church he planted in Corinth and his authority as an apostle of Jesus was being challenged. His faithful obedience, empowered by the Holy Spirit, was all he needed to stand strong against his accusers. Like Paul, let your life be the witness to silence the words of those against you. Fight on your knees in prayer. Love your enemies and those who come against you. Your soft answer and unexpected response of grace to their anger could bring them to repentance. Third, remember the Lord is your shield. Psalm 3:3 But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. When King David prayed these words he was being attacked at every turn. To make it cut a little deeper, his son Absalom was leading the attack. David prayed, ‘Lord you are a shield around me’. If you read about David, you quickly get a glimpse of the great warrior he was. No doubt he was familiar with a full body shield that shields one from the arrows AS they would MOVE forward. David’s faith, identity, character, even though all were being attacked, were shielded and protected by God. Charles Spurgeon wrote, “What a divine trio of mercies is contained in this verse! Defense for the defenseless, glory for the despised, and joy for the comfortless.” Whatever battle you may be in, remember God sees you. He IS always at work around you and the war that rages is not against flesh and blood. Don’t fight as the world does. Go to the Lord in prayer. He is your shield. He is your glory. Lift your head and remember what is true. You are never without hope, you are loved and you are never alone in the battle. That’s the truth. Let’s drop our weapons. Whatever that looks like for you today, allow God to lead you, guide you and give you strength to love, even your enemies through the battle. I’m Lori Cline.
By: Lori Cline
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Aired on Feb 27, 2024
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Day by Day - 1 Samuel

The Ministry Of Friendship: Pledge Your Commitment
We should be committed to gathering with our fellow believers.   ~~~   David’s misery and fear needed the company of someone who knew God’s word. David needed the fellowship, the brotherhood of someone devoted to God and His word. Which situation are you in this morning? Are you in the position of being a Jonathan? Is there a Christian sister or brother that you know is growing tired…weak…discouraged? Go to them. Or maybe you are that Christian who is in the position of David. You have followed the LORD, yet pieces of life still seem to crumble, and it makes you want to close up shop or give in. You just want to quit trying. Don’t neglect the gathering of the saints. The fellowship of the brotherhood is a means of your own endurance and perseverance.
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Day by Day - 1 Samuel

The Ministry Of Friendship: Point To Promises
We should point our friends to God’s promises when they are struggling.   ~~~   We not only see Jonathan being present with David in his time of crisis, but Jonathan POINTS DAVID TO PROMISES OF GOD. vs. 17 “…and strengthened his hand in God. And he said to him, ‘Do not fear, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. You shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you. Saul my father knows this.” Being present with a brother or sister in the midst of a struggle is good. It is needful. But it cannot end there. The purpose of Jonathan’s visit and fellowship was not to wallow in misery or fear with David. That is a form of empathy. Empathy feels what the other person feels. Empathy tries to put yourself in their shoes. But our ministry to one another cannot end there. Empathy sees a brother and sister in the middle of the marsh of despondency and jumps in there with them, saying, “Yeah, this really is miserable. I see what you mean.” Jonathan does not do that. He goes to David, and then strengthens David. Get that image in your head. Jonathan made David’s grip on God stronger. How did he do that? He pointed David to the promise God made to Him. “David, God anointed you with His Spirit by His prophet Samuel. You will be the King of Israel. And if you will be the king of Israel, then you will not be killed by my father before that time. Take heart. Do not fear!” Jonathan gave him a command (Do not fear) and then the basis of the command was rooted in God’s promise. Proverbs 12:25 “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.”
By: Clif Johnson
(Lifeword)
Aired on Feb 22, 2024
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Lori Cline

I Dare You To Pray This
We should be willing to go to work wherever Jesus is moving.   ~~~   Have you ever been dared to pray something? Me either! But I loved it and now I’m daring you to pray it too! But, before I get to the prayer, let’s talk about mission. What is your mission? If you’re a believer in Jesus, I really hope you know the answer. If you don’t, let me give you a refresher. Matthew 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” What’s our mission? We are to go and tell and teach the world about Jesus. Mission is the heartbeat of God. It began with Jesus and now it is to continue through you and me. Jesus said in John 20:2, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” That’s you and me! Yes, it’s also all of our missionaries we support and pray for that are all around the world, but it’s also YOU and ME, right where we are. Luke 10:2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. The harvest is plentiful, but the workers or laborers are few. Why are the workers few? Because our eyes are only seeing what we want to see. We’re not even seeing the harvest field around us. Where we work, where we live and where we play, that’s where the harvest is. There are people all around us that need Jesus. They need a friend to listen. They need a helping hand to help them with a meal. They need someone that won’t judge them. They need someone that can lay aside their agenda to see a divine opportunity to love. They need someone who will put their needs above their own. That’s Jesus. That’s what people need. Why do you love like that? Jesus. Why do you listen like that? Jesus. Why do you serve me like that? Jesus. Why do you care for me like that? Jesus. That’s our mission. Will you accept it? If so, I dare you to pray this prayer. Jesus, where are YOU already at work where I live, work, learn and play? Jesus, how can I join you? That’s it. That’s what I’m praying in this season. Join me. I dare you. Don’t miss where God is at work around you. There’s no better place to be! Is it uncomfortable? Yes! Will you get your hands dirty in the field? Yes! Let’s go! You can read all through scripture how God used ordinary men and women, just like you and me. Go and tell the world about Jesus. Show them His love. That’s YOUR mission. That’s the truth. May our prayer be, ‘Jesus, show me where YOU are at work’, then may we be willing to go into the field. I’m Lori Cline.
By: Lori Cline
(Lifeword)
Aired on Feb 22, 2024
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Day by Day - 1 Samuel

The Ministry Of Friendship: Be Present
We should be willing to step out of our comfort zone and be present for the people in our lives.   ~~~   1 Samuel 23:16 “And Jonathan, Saul’s son, rose and went to David…” Jonathan goes to David, even though David is in hiding, and even at great risk of Jonathan’s own life. The encouragement of a fellow brother or sister who is pensive, or depressed, is worth a risk! Jonathan initiates. He doesn’t wait for a letter or request from David. He is not waiting by the phone saying, “If he needs me, and asks, I will go to him.” NO! He takes initiative. He moves. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in a time of trouble… God is in the midst of her.” He is here, present with us. This is one of the distinguishing features of the true and Biblical God, that He is immanent and close to His people. He is not a far-off God who has no concern or care for his creation or people. The God-man entered His creation. Jesus left behind the glory and splendors in heaven, he humbled himself to come to us. He arose from his throne and came to us. And so too we should be able to say about God’s people, that they are close and with us, a very present help in a time of trouble. Sometimes the providence and grace of God includes the presence of other believers in order to help us persevere and endure. Are you there, present for people? Are you willing to push things off of your busy schedule in order to be there for your faith family? What are you willing to risk in order to be there for your people? It can definitely push us out of our comfort zones, but look at what is at stake. You may be helping your brother or sister from being crushed under the weight of fear, the cloud of confusion. Your presence is comforting and useful. Just like a newborn baby needs the physical presence of her mother, so too does the believer need the presence and warmth of Christ that is often felt in Christian fellowship.
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Day by Day - 1 Samuel

Man On The Run
The ways and providences of God are innumerable.   ~~~   Can you imagine the emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical strain and pressure, perhaps even exhaustion that David was feeling throughout this narrative? Let’s just consider the physical. He has just fought a battle with the Philistines in 1 Samuel 23. Don’t overlook that. Running, jumping, swinging swords, stabbing, chopping. We cannot even begin to imagine the adrenal and physical toll that took on a body. But don’t stop there. Think about the mental and emotional aspects as well. The fear, the uncertainty, experiencing war AGAIN. Leading men into battle and losing brothers and friends in battle. The brutality and horror of it all. And then under all of that, the foundation, is David’s spiritual life. He, who had the Spirit of God, who was hearing from God, had to be on the run from a maniacal king who was devoid of the Spirit of God. As we read these stories and turn these pages, we are not meant to forget, or to push to the side any of these things. David was not superhuman. He was a human, a man, just like the rest of us. So 1 Samuel 23:15 says, “David saw that Saul had come out to seek his life.” Here we go again. Another chase. “Will I escape this time? How much longer LORD? I can’t take this any more.” We know this was, at times anyway, how David felt because we have the Psalms. Psalm 55 says: “Attend to me, and answer me; I am restless in my complaint and I moan, because of the noise of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked… My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror overwhelms me.” We know this is not the last time something like this happens. In fact, the back half of 1 Samuel 23 is another story of more of David’s fellow Israelites turning on him, wanting to appease Saul and avoid Saul’s savageness. The Ziphites run to Saul saying, “We know where David is and we can put you on his trail” I don’t think any of us can quite relate at the exact level of David, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know what it’s like to be tired from fighting the enemy; to be confused as to what exactly is going on in this life, when you are trying seeking the LORD and face nothing but battle after battle. To doubt, to be afraid, to want to give up. So what happens here is of immense importance to us. This is not David’s first foray into being chased, neither will it be his last. And the common theme that we have seen throughout this story is the providence of God directing, protecting, providing for His future king. The ways and providences of God are innumerable, and we will witness another on in this text, but you have to come back tomorrow to discover it, OR you could read it for yourself!
By: Clif Johnson
(Lifeword)
Aired on Feb 20, 2024
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Lori Cline

Singing In The Rain
God is able to deliver us from whatever we walk through.   ~~~   Do you ever sing in the rain? I don’t either, but I’m starting to think we should! Here’s why, I was in the car rider line to pick up my girls from school. It was pouring rain. As I get closer I’m seeing kids using umbrellas, hoodies and backpacks to try to cover their head as they make their way to their car. Then I see this boy. He is not even walking fast. He’s almost kinda struttin’ a little. Is he not getting wet? Yes, he is. Does he not care? No, apparently not! I’m having this conversation with myself, in the car of course. As he gets closer to me, I see he’s singing, in the rain! This kid was in his own little world. Earbuds in, hair dripping wet and he did not care one bit. He was walking, had a song in his ears and he was singing every word. As he walked by my car I said out loud to myself, “he’s just singing in the rain”! You know what, it made me smile! He was soaking wet, walking along, singing his song. I want to be like that kid. I want to sing in the rain and not care that I’m getting wet. You know why he didn’t care, he was way more focused on the song than the rain. Do you have a song to sing today? I don’t know if you’re walking in sunshine or a heavy downpour, but do you have the JOY of the Lord? I’m not talking about fake smiling, sweep the pain under the rug, I’m fine talk. I’m talking about peace in your heart and hope for tomorrow, even in the rain, kind of joy that only comes when you know God is WITH you. Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Here in Isaiah 43, God is reminding Israel, to not be afraid. He knew the journey ahead for them would be rough. They would face many obstacles along the way, but He would be with them and He would deliver them. God is still making a way for us. Through faith in Jesus we have the promise and hope of heaven. This world is not my home! So in a way, like that boy singing in the rain, I’m in my own little world a bit. I can walk out each day and no matter what comes my way or tries to bring me down, I can keep on walking with a song in my heart. That’s mountain moving kind of faith. You see a mountain and yes it’s big and yes you don’t see a way around it, but God is WITH you! Remember Daniel’s friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego in the Old Testament? Go read Daniel chapter three. They were FULL of faith. They were ‘singing in the rain’ kinda boys. They weren’t gonna bow to the king’s idol. NO! The King asks, ‘and who is the God who will deliver you from my hands?’ “O King” they said, “we have no need to answer you in this matter. Our God is ABLE to deliver us, but even if He does not, we will not worship your God.” Yep, they were thrown into the fire. The guys that threw them in died it was so hot. But those boys, I can just imagine them walking around singing in the fire with Jesus right there beside them. Remember those words back in Isaiah? I will be with you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Those boys had faith in that promise, so they just kept on walking. That’s the truth. Trust the Lord with all you’re walking through. He will walk WITH you and he’ll even give you a song to sing. I’m Lori Cline.
By: Lori Cline
(Lifeword)
Aired on Feb 20, 2024
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Day by Day - 1 Samuel

The Ministry Of Friendship
In times of desperation and exhaustion, we need godly friends to lift us up.   ~~~   How many friends do you have? You may have hundreds or even thousands on social media, but honestly, how many friends do you have? And as you are thinking about that, how many people consider you a friend? And I guess even before you answer the questions, you have to define what a friend is? Is a friend simply an acquaintance? Or Your ride or die? Someone with whom you share a common interest or experience? I guess the truth is that friendship is a sliding scale. You have friends, and then you have best friends, and then you have lifelong friends. Some people have a lot of friends, and some keep a tight leash on whom they may describe as friends. But the reality is that we all need them. We all need relationships. We all need some form of fellowship. And within the family of faith, within the church, we are called to be friends, but even more than friends—we are called to be brothers and sisters, a bond that we willfully enter into for the cause of Christ. As we study the Bible this morning, we are going to see the type of friendship/brotherhood that is called for within the church, especially when you are in a crisis. Read text: 1 Samuel 23:15-18 David saw that Saul had come out to seek his life. David was in the Wilderness of Zeiph at Horesh. And Jonathan, Saul’s son, rose and went to David at Horesh, and strengthened his hand in God. And he said to him, “Do not fear, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. You shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you. Saul my father also knows this.” And the two of them made a covenant before the LORD. David remained at Horesh, and Jonathan went home.” This is the last time that David and Jonathan would see one another. We have watched this friendship begin, grow, and persevere. We have come to love Jonathan. He laid down his own rights and privileges because he recognized the anointing of David. He put his life in jeopardy to protect and defend David on more than one occasion. And we see him do it again here. This is deep friendship. This is brotherhood. This is the type of friend, brother, church member we should be to one another. Somehow Jonathan knew that David needed to be encouraged. Depression, desperation, exhaustion, confusion, a spirit of giving up, was settling in on David. He was growing tired. Perhaps ready to give up on his calling. Who knows what would have happened in verses 19-29 in the hills of Horesh had not Jonathan showed up when he did? What’s the fellowship of the brotherhood like in your church?
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Day by Day - 1 Samuel

Knocked Down, But Not Knocked Out
Though the enemy may try, God’s people can never be permanently defeated.   ~~~   Since God’s truth is and forever will be preserved, so too will his people. In 1 Samuel 22, we see one priest who escapes the wrath of Saul, according to prophesy. And to him, David says, “Stay with me. With me you find safekeeping.” God’s preserving of Abiathar is one in a long line of a pattern in Scripture. We see many Hebrew baby boys taken by Pharoah’s decree, but one, Moses is preserved. It seems that Baal and Jezebel have conquered Israel and that Israel is left without a word from God, but God has preserved several prophets who had not bowed the knee to Baal. Many more examples are here for our consideration—such as King Herod of the NT, who gives the decree to slaughter more Hebrew boys, with one escaping, preserved, who grows up to be the One who is the great shepherd, in whose hand we are completely safe; our life is in safekeeping with Christ Jesus. The enemy tried to put Jesus in the ground, and was successful. It looked like the attack of the enemy had succeeded completely and finally. This was not just a set back, but a game over! But it was only setting the stage for the greatest come back story ever known to man. And because of that, those that are in Christ are never knocked out!
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Aired on Feb 15, 2024
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Aired on Feb 15, 2024
Lori Cline

My Redeeming Love Story
God will redeem what is lost and restore what is broken when we give our hearts to Him.   ~~~   Are you afraid of love? I was at one point in my life. I don’t know what chapter in your story led you to where you are today with how you feel about love, but for me it had to do with trust. I didn’t trust love. If we dig a bit deeper into the root lie I was believing, I ultimately didn’t trust God with my heart. What I’ve come to discover over the years about the lies we believe, is that the broken pieces of our story can lead to broken views of God. Broken views of God lead to lies we then believe about His LOVE for us, His character and His plan. Those lies take root deep in our heart and the fruit is unhealthy. Jesus had my life, but there were pieces of my heart I had on lock down. Only when we shine the light of God’s redeeming love and truth into those dark chapters of our story can love be trusted and have room to grow. When I went to college the last thing on my mind was marriage. I had a five year plan. Marriage was somewhere after those five years, IF it happened. Plans are great, but hold them loosely. The Lord had my path set for a different course. Something unexpected happened. I met a cute boy that didn’t get on my nerves. We actually had fun together. He became my best friend. We even went through a break up and only by the amazing grace of God were we able to see beyond ourselves to something greater God had in store for us. It was His plan, not ours. But the beautiful thing was that all the things we desired individually, God gave us together and it was better than we could have ever asked for or imagined. God has a way of working like that. When I look back over 30 years ago now to those early days of love, I see clearly why I was afraid. I didn’t want to trust God with my heart when it came to relationships. It was too scary. Love couldn’t be trusted. Here’s a light of truth. 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. Jesus had my heart, but the truth is, He didn’t have all of it. The pieces I was holding on to needed to be released into His loving care. I let go and released my control of what I couldn’t even control in the first place. Freedom flooded my heart. And with every step of faith I took, what was broken was restored and redeemed by the most perfect love of all. That’s how our love story began and it is still being written today. It’s a beautiful story. It’s not perfect, but we look to the one who IS and we abide together in His perfect love. That has made all the difference. Give your heart to Jesus. If you’re afraid of love or maybe believing a lie, shine the light of truth into what you’re believing to be true about God. He’ll redeem what was lost and restore what has been broken. The redeeming love of God is deep and it’s unlike any you’ve ever known. That’s the truth. Don’t let fear hold your heart captive. Abide in the perfect love of God and He will redeem your love story. I’m Lori Cline.
By: Lori Cline
(Lifeword)
Aired on Feb 15, 2024

Trick Plays And God’s Providence
God’s providence can be difficult to understand, but it is plain in Scripture.   ~~~   When I was playing baseball, there were several trick plays that we had in our arsenal. One of my favorite was a trick plays we would run was when there was a speedy runner on first base. The pitcher would step off the rubber, and then fake a quick throw to the first baseman. The first baseman would dive on the ground, making it look like the pitcher had made a wild throw. The second baseman and the right fielder would race back behind first base as if they were going to retrieve the wildly thrown ball. The runner, in the midst of this pandemonium, would hop up and begin advancing towards second base. But when he got about halfway to second base, the pitcher, still with ball in hand, would toss it to the shortstop who was at second base, and then easily tag out the runner. If you just look at a small segment of that trick play, it looks like the baserunner is advancing, gaining ground against the other team, when in reality, that baserunner was fulfilling the will of the other team. If you just look at a small segment of history, from time to time, then it looks like the enemy is advancing, attacking and succeeding against God. But if we take a step back, then we realize, we see, that the enemy, because of his quest for power, is actually fulfilling the will of God. This truth is one we have been examining all throughout this book—the providence of God. It can be mysterious and difficult to understand. But it is plainly and squarely on the pages of scripture. And because of this, God’s church, Christians banding together, can walk through extremely tough seasons with perseverance and endurance and confidence. When it looks like the enemy is gaining an edge, remember, God has the ball in his hand the whole time, and He is in control of the game. As David prays in Psalm 57:6 “They set a net for my steps; my should was bowed down. They dug a pit in my way; but they have fallen into themselves.”
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