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SONG OF DELIVERANCE: Abigail and David, Part 3

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In the previous two studies we saw both Abigail and David in their wilderness journeys.  We saw that David had been engaged in battles with Saul and other enemies leading up to the time he met Abigail.  We saw that Abigail was engaged in her own battle.  Many of us know very well what a wilderness experience is. Many of us have been engaged in our own spiritual battles for what may seem like an eternity.  That's why I find comfort in reading Psalm 18, a song of deliverance. David gives us the description of this Psalm in the first verse: "To the Chief Musician.  A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD who spoke to the LORD the words of this song on the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.  And he said;  I will love You, O LORD, my strength."  The occasion for David writing this was the day the Lord delivered David from the hand of his enemies and Saul.  What comfort to hear that there did come a day

Macon Film Festival - "Resistance is Life" - Review (5 of 5 stars)

Apo E. Bazidi brought his prize-winning documentary to the 12th Annual Macon Film Festival this July and it is absolutely amazing. In 2014, following the ISIS attacks on the Kurdish people and city of Kobane, Bazidi went to the Syrian-Turkish border to volunteer with relief efforts. He encountered a cause and a people group hurting. He took his camera and used it to bring the story of Evlin and the Kurdish people to light. The film opens with Evlin, an 8-year old Kurdish girl, living in a refugee camp along the Syrian-Turkish border, explaining the events that brought her family to the camp. From the first shot, it is clear that Evlin is charismatic and wise beyond her years. Bazidi said that when he was filming at the refugee camp, Evlin approached him to tell the story of her homeland and displacement. Evlin speaks clearly, eloquently and with a smile that warms hearts. She explained how when her town got word that ISIS was coming, she and her family along with the other women and ch

ROCK OF ESCAPING: Abigail and David, Part 2

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Read MARRIED TO A FOOL: Abigail and David, Part 1 . When I was studying Abigail in 1 Samuel 25, my eyes caught a glimpse of a verse in chapter 23 that had the words "Rock of Escape."  So naturally my curiosity was piqued.  I went back to that chapter and made some wonderful discoveries.  Chapter 23 details the time when David had asked the Lord if he should go down and fight the Philistines.  The Lord said yes.  During that time, Saul learned what David was doing and plotted evil against him.  What captured my attention begins with verse 25:  "When Saul and his men went to seek him , they told David.  Therefore he went down to the rock , and stayed in the Wilderness of Maon .   And when Saul heard that, he pursued David in the Wilderness of Maon . " (Emphasis mine.) The passage continues in verses 26-29: "Then Saul went on one side of the mountain, and David and his men on the other side of the mountain.  So David made haste to get away from Saul,

MARRIED TO A FOOL: Abigail and David, Part 1

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Throughout the ages, many women have found themselves, whether through arranged marriages or by choice, married to men who might be considered fools... men who are not walking with the Lord...  men who have hardened their hearts to their wives and to the Lord.  The world says, "Well, you deserve to be happy."  Or it tells us that love is the basis for whether a marriage is to continue or not... as if lack of love is a legitimate reason for divorce.  Let me say here if you are divorced for whatever reason, be encouraged that you still have a Husband, and His name is King Jesus.  There is much to be learned from the story of Abigail for all women.  This study, in particular, is for those women who find themselves in the same plight as Abigail.  Let me encourage you, Dear One, if you don't know what to do, stay where you are.  God has permitted this to happen in your life, in part, to refine you, to sift you, to chip away as a gemstone cutter chips away to make the perf