A Defining Moment: Two Hearts in Contrast
by: Phil Tuttle
The story of David and Goliath is familiar to nearly everyone, even people who have never read the Bible. It's the ultimate underdog scenario—very dramatic and loaded with lessons for anyone facing a giant. Plus, it's entertaining for the kids.
But there's more to this story than meets the eye. The real issue in 1 Samuel 17 is not the contrast between David and Goliath—small vs. huge, weak vs. strong, and godly vs. proud. No, the real issue is the contrast between David and Saul.
For 40 days, the enormous "champion of Gath" came out and taunted Israel's army with a challenge to choose one man to fight him. That, for any leader and even for any believer, is a defining moment. How should one of God's chosen people respond when a giant threatens? What will that person do with God's promises of protection and victory? That kind of moment can...
God is doing exciting things through Walk Thru the Bible this month!
- Please join us in prayer for the upcoming Walk Thru the Old Testament andGod's Grand Story conference in the Philippines on November 8-11.
- Pray for the conference attendees and the instructors attending the training sessions. Pray for their safe travel. Many people have to travel a very long way to attend the conference.
- Pray that the excitement for God's Grand Story will spread across the nation to ignite passion for God's Word and change lives.
- Pray that God will open teaching opportunities throughout the country for the newly trained instructors. Pray that these opportunities will reach people who haven't yet heard or understood God's Word.
- Pray for the Walk Thru the Bible Philippines launch of Detour: Finding Purpose When Life Doesn't Make Sense on November 29, 2014. Pray that the materials (translations, printing, and distribution) will be completed on time. Pray that Detour will help people know that God is faithful and has purpose for all our detours.
Keeping Calm in a Culture of Panic
by Chris Tiegreen
The bad thing about constant news reports and social media is that we get so much exposure to current thoughts and opinions.
Sometimes I feel the weight the first sentence more than the second, but I have to admit it's swung the other way in the past week or two. Recent news reports and social media posts seem to have taken on distinct sense of panic.
If I were to believe some of the things I read, I'd be convinced that the whole country is destined to...