Archive for February, 2011

The Story of David and Goliath

The Israelites were looking across the valley and the Philistines were not coming down the slope. They aren’t coming! And at first, the men of Israel thought maybe they’ve won by forfeit.

But before they can celebrate, a sight unfolds before them, the likes of which they have never seen before. Something is moving down the slope. Something big. Something huge. It’s like a tree maybe or a mountain. Whatever it is, it is covered with bronze. It looks like a tank only they didn’t have tanks back then.

The thing got to the middle ground near the ravine and suddenly a shudder ran through the men of Israel. It’s a man. The biggest man they’ve ever seen. First Samuel describes him in detail. He stands six cubits and a span. That doesn’t mean anything to us but if you convert it to our system of measurement, it means he was 9 feet 9 inches tall. His name, of course, is Goliath. He wore a bronze helmet and a bronze coat of armor that weighed nearly 125 pounds. He wore bronze shin guards and had a bronze javelin slung over his back. The head of the spear had an iron point weighing 17 pounds.

Having gotten their attention, this is what Goliath says:

“Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.” Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the ranks of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other” (verses 8-10).

Verse 16 tells us that Goliath came out 40 days straight, twice a day, morning and evening, to challenge the men of Israel. Each day it was the same: No one would answer the challenge. God’s people were losing the battle before it started.

I imagine that the military men of Israel got together each night and tried to formulate a plan. I’m sure they talked strategy and tactics. Who would they send? When would they send him?

It only takes one giant to stop you as long as you look at life from the human level. Our lens picks up a giant ahead and suddenly he fills the whole screen until the giant is all we can see. Giants defeat us not because they’re big but because they make us feel small.

He gets there just as Goliath is making his daily rounds for the 40th time. This is pretty old stuff by now. Verse 23 says that Goliath was spouting his “usual defiance.” He comes out, makes a few threats, curses the men of Israel, and then goes back to his lines so he can toss off a couple of drinks at the Officer’s Club. But this time things will be different.

David hasn’t heard a thing about Goliath and his challenge. He’s just excited to be on the battlefield and away from those sheep. So he asks, “What’s going on? Why doesn’t somebody take care of that loud-mouth?” Look at the answer in verse 25: “Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel. The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his father’s family from taxes in Israel.” It’s not a bad deal except for the part about Saul’s daughter. She was no prize. But notice David’s answer. It’s the key to the whole story. “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (1 Samuel 17:26). Did you get that? “The armies of the living God.” Not “the armies of Saul” or “the armies of Israel.” That makes all the difference in the world. The soldiers are saying, “Do you see that guy? He’s like a mountain out there. You wouldn’t last five seconds.” David, don’t you see him? Yes, David sees him. But he also sees something else that nobody in the army of Israel had seen. David saw that Goliath was not only defying Israel, he was defying Israel’s God.

David looks at life differently. Israel saw Goliath—that brazen giant—as an immovable object. David saw him from God’s point-of-view. “He’s blocking the way of God. Let’s go get him.” David was no match for Goliath but when that uncircumcised Philistine took on God, he got in over his head. This is not braggadocio or big talk. No, it’s entirely different. This is a man who sees Goliath from above. It’s like looking down at Shaquille O’Neal from the top of the Sears Tower. At ground level, you look up at him. From the top floor, you need binoculars to find him. It’s all a matter of perspective.

You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

He doesn’t return insult for insult or slander for slander. He doesn’t need to boast or to call names.  It’s not a fair fight.

2 perspectives in this world

- Negative/Pessimistic – Saul and all of Israel were terrified

- Gripped/Hopeful – David was a Giant Killer which led him to become the King all because He spoke it in the NAME above all names!

 

 

 

Foto Friday

Posted: February 25, 2011 in General
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Today is that day when I think about a picture that stands out to me that either sums up my life that week, something I am hopeful for, or a cool picture I’ve snapped a long the way.

It’s so hard to decide which picture stands out to me the most…

This is my nephew. He came down from playing upstairs after church and was dressed in full gear. I love his imagination and confidence.

WHY NOT SHOW THIS VIDEO OFF OF MY SOFTBALL GIRLS!!! :)

Talk Back Tuesday

Posted: February 22, 2011 in General

I am a huge fan of the Charleston Southern University Buccaneers! I did not play sports in college, nor did I really support sporting events as a student. Since I began working at CSU I have probably become the most dedicated fan. I love the female athletes like they are like my little sisters! I love shooting photographs at the events. I love spreading the word and send out promotional stuff about the sporting events.

I would have to say that I enjoy watching the Lady Bucs play. I enjoy the Volleyball games because of the intensity and the environment. I enjoy softball because I love the chatter/cheering. I enjoy the soccer matches because they get excited about their fans. I enjoy watching Women’s Basketball because they work like a sisterhood/team! And the list goes on…

For me, it depends on the sport to how involved I get during the game. I love to cheer. I love to wear my sporting gear. I, of course, love to shoot pics. And when they are allowed I love to spend time with them cutting up and making videos!

So it is your time to talk back…

What is your favorite sporting event to attend at the college level?

What kind of involvement do you have when you attend sporting events?

Do you wear your sporting gear on the day of the game?

What do come to the games for?

What do you do when your team wins? Loses?

 

Foto Friday

Posted: February 11, 2011 in General
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These people are why I love to do my job at CSU. I am thankful to learn and grow with them in our walk in the Lord.

Top Ten Thursday!

Posted: February 10, 2011 in General
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This week I think we should look at the TOP TEN resource websites…

10. Sermon Spice (www.sermonspice.com)

9. Web.AppStorm (web.appstorm.net/)

8. Stuff I Can Use (stufficanuse.com)

7. BittBox (www.bittbox.com)

6. Shift Worship (www.shiftworship.com)

5. Church Kreatives (www.churchkreatives.com)

4. Planning Center (www.planningcenteronline.com)

3. Igniter Media (www.ignitermedia.com)

2. iStockphoto (www.istockphoto.com)

1. Creation Swap (www.creationswap.com)

Foto Friday

Posted: February 4, 2011 in General
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Today’s foto is a sad one to post for me…

Yesterday, I got rear ended by a lady while driving to Coaches Bible Study at Kelly’s BBQ which I was thoroughly excited about attending. CRASH! My poor Maxima was trying to hang strong, but it just didn’t get out of the way in enough time. I am sure I got jerked pretty hard and I am a little sore today, but I am doing ok. The car…not so much! I still do not know what will happen about fixing the car or if I will have to get a new car, but we shall see!

Top Ten Thursday

Posted: February 2, 2011 in General

This week’s top ten is devoted to APPS you should have for your iPod, iPhone, iPad or even Macbook! Some of these are even available on Blackberry and Driods now too!

10. Drop Box: Share files from your computer and iphone. It is FREE!

9. HeyTell: It like a walkie talkie on your iPhone. No need to set up an account just choose any other HeyTell app user and instantly talk to your friends and family. It’s FREE!

8. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock: alarm clock analyzes your sleep pattern to wake you when you’re in a light sleep phase so that you naturally awake and feel more rested. It’s $0.99!

7. Sudoku: good with numbers and strategy. This game is for you! It’s FREE!

6. Angry Birds: addictive!! It’s $0.99!

5. Harbor Master: Become the Harbor Master by docking boats to unload and sending them back out without crashing the boats. There is a FREE version too. It is $1.99!

4. iMovie: Right in your phone you can edit the 720p, HD video you’ve shot. It’s $4.99!

3. Hipstimatic: Photo app that allows you to change the type of lens, film and flash that adds effects to the photos. It’s $1.99!

2. Twitter: Always stay connected by tweeting your thoughts, videos and photos right from your iPhone.  It’s FREE!

1. Netflix: Subscribe to Netflix and you can watch instant streaming right from your phone or iPod. It’s FREE!

 

I was on the phone with a friend tonight and we got to talking about Weddings. I always love thinking about ideas for what would be cool at weddings from the invitations, to the ceremony, to the reception decor and even the party favors. We ended up talking about how so often we come up with there fairy tale ideas for a wedding and then the reality of money hits us in the face. Nowadays many people are making things on their own and finding friends who are gifted at certain things to curb the costs some.

What are some of your ideas that you have that can be made by you (and your friends) to save money?

Do you think traditional or trendy?

Where do you prefer the ceremony to be?

Do you think a fancy reception or laid back reception?

What kind of party favors?

Over the last couple of weeks we have been studying about the lies that we tell ourselves about ourselves. So we have been talking about transforming our mind to be more like Christ and how we need to fill our thought closets with promises, encouragement, and TRUTH. So how does this have anything to do with Make it Count Monday? I think the only way to fill our thought closet with TRUTH and we transform our minds to think like Christ we must know what Christ said in His Word. So my challenge is to make it count by joining us in filling your heart with scripture by memorizing TRUTH.

Psalm 119:11 says, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

Dr. Waylon B. Moore has a website where he shares 8 tips to memorizing scripture so that you will instantly recall it. Here they are:

  1. Plan & Prepare
  2. Passage
  3. Paste the Reference
  4. Phrase by Phrase
  5. Perfect
  6. Partner
  7. Ponder
  8. Persistence

And, here’s how I apply each suggestion in memorizing Scripture so that I never forget!

  • Plan & Prepare: Make a commitment to the Lord to memorize one to three verses per week over at least a 6-month period. Use a tried memory system you can recommend to others, such as the Navigator’s Topical Memory System, instead of having to select verses from scratch. After you’ve mastered this system, add your own verses. Put each verse on a blank calling card or something of similar size. Put the cards inside a plastic or leather cardholder, which you will take along on your daily routine.
  • Passage: Start memory work in your Quiet Time when possible, perhaps early in the morning. Commit to begin memorizing the first verse for the week before you eat Monday lunch. Read the Bible passage (context) where your memory verse is located. See how your verse flavors and is flavored by the verses before and after it.
  • Paste the Reference: The Bible reference is like a street and house address. Learn to “glue” the Bible reference to the first words of the verse. Use this sequence: topic, reference, verse phrase, reference.
  • Phrase by Phrase: Learn the verse by sections, versus all at once. For example, say “John 16:24: ‘Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My name,’ John 16:24.” Quote the reference before and after, and repeat that phrase over and over. When you’re ready to add another section of the verse, start again with the reference. Learning it only a few words at a time, you can easily memorize long verses or even a chapter. “It’s a cinch by the inch, but hard by the yard.”
  • Perfect: Strive for word perfection. Use whatever translation touches your mind and heart. I have learned more verses in the King James Version, but certain verses hit me better in newer translations. I want to eat the word ( Jeremiah 15:16) and have it in my heart like a fire ( Jeremiah 20:9).
  • Partner: Memorize with a friend. Team up with your mate, brother or sister, or best friend. Check each other out. Make it fun!
  • Ponder: “Chew up” the verse with meditation. Ask questions about different words. Visualize how you can apply the verse. Pulverize the verse’s meaning. The goal of meditation is the Word becoming flesh, infusing our beings! We want to be “doers of the Word, not hearers only deceiving your own selves.” (James 1:22) Ask God to let this verse “dwell in your heart richly in all wisdom” (Colossians 3:16). There is a whole chapter on how to memorize and meditate with delight in our newest book, Living God’s Word, published by LifeWay Press.
  • Persistence: Review, review, REVIEW the verse daily for 100 days. Reviewing isn’t the same as meditation; it’s recalling the reference with the verse and saying it perfectly. The best way to review a verse is to use the verse. Use spare time during the day, quoting the verse multiple times. Say it as you travel or wait in line. Stick a verse card on your auto dashboard, by the sink, or on a bathroom mirror. Find a small box to place verses into for later review. You can average reviewing 30 verses per day quickly.

(http://www.mentoring-disciples.org/HowToMem.html)