II Samuel 15 – Absalom Rebels (how to respond to a trial)

One of the great things about studying the life of David is seeing his extreme humanness.  He’s a man after God’s own heart but he’s also a man who sometimes forgets that as he follows his own.  Depending on the chapter, the reader of II Samuel sees David at his best and worst.  In our […]

II Samuel 1

The books of I and II Samuel tell the stories of three men who rule over Israel: Samuel (the last judge of Israel), Saul (the first king of Israel), and David (the second and greatest king of Israel).  The largest parts of both books are devoted to David (interestingly, the namesake of the books is […]

The Agony and the Ecstasy – Irving Stone

This is a unique book in that it’s a biographical novel.  It’s a biography – with all the facts and dates and actual people associated with the subject – Michelangelo.  But it’s also a novel, which means the author included dialogue, motives and thoughts.  It made for fascinating reading and I really enjoyed it. It […]

What is a Broken Heart?

In Psalm 51, a Psalm of repentance David wrote after he was confronted by Nathan the prophet about his sin with Bathsheba, David makes the following statement (vss 16-17): For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; […]