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April 4 - Evening

"When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep.

David’s two wives had been captured—Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel.

 David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters.

But David found strength in the Lord his God."

- First Samuel 30:3-6

David's 600 Men Talk of Stoning David

David and his men had marched north with Achish and the other Philistine kings for the battle in the Jezreel Valley between Mount Gilboa and the Hill of Moreh. The other Philistine kings rebuked Achish for bringing David and his men along because they did not trust that David would fight for them against his own people. So, David and his men made the three day journey of 50-60 miles from Aphek back to Ziklag in southern Judah. (Armies could travel about 15-20 miles per day.) When they arrived they found that their town had been overrun by the Amalekites. Their homes had been plundered and burned. All of their families had been taken as part of the plunder.

David and his men had decided after years of being hunted by Saul in Judah to seek refuge in the land of the Philistines for the sake of their families. In Ziklag these families had found a home and security, but with the invasion of the Amalekites all was lost.

The Amalekites attack on Ziklag may have been revenge for David using Ziklag as his base of operation against the Amalekites (1 Samuel 27:8). This coupled with the fact that David had led his men sixty miles away with the intention of fighting with the Philistines against their homeland of Israel while leaving all the families unprotected on the border of Amalekites territory easily led the frustrated and emotional men who had just lost their families to the conclusion that David needed to be stoned.

At this point David had been universally rejected and was completely alone without friend or family. Saul had convinced all of Israel that David was an insurgent, the Philistines did not trust David, cities in Judah had betrayed David, his family had been taken as plunder and his faithful 600 men believed it was time to stone David and rid the earth of his leadership. In his state of great stress “David found strength in the Lord his God.”

David’s thoughts and expressions in Psalm 25 may reflect his search for strength in God during this event:
“Turn to me and be gracious to me,     for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart     and free me from my anguish. Look on my affliction and my distress     and take away all my sins. See how numerous are my enemies     and how fiercely they hate me! Guard my life and rescue me;     do not let me be put to shame,     for I take refuge in you. May integrity and uprightness protect me,     because my hope, Lord, is in you.”
- Psalm 25:16-21
Baros (Gr) – burden (Eng) – baros is Greek word referring to things weighing on people such as physical things (Mt.20:12), financial (1 Thes.2: 6), spiritual (Gal.6:2) or religions (Acts 15:28).
Do I turn to the Lord for strength when I am alone, rejected and under attack?
I will always seek strength, comfort, guidance and hope from the Lord, but even more when these things cannot be found among men.

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Complete Text

General Text


Family friends and their children


Health of leadership
Secretary of Education

A Greek inscription on the baptismal at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The inscription translates as,

"For remembrance, rest and remission of sins of those whose names the Lord knows."

(Photo of the baptismal. Details of the Church of the Nativity.)

Map of Israel.

Someone to Quote

"Although a believer enters the kingdom of God at the new birth, they do not gain the knowledge of God or the council of God until it is presented and understood." - Galyn Wiemers

Something to Ponder

In the Middle Ages higher education always took place in monasteries and cathedral schools controlled by the church. Peter Abelard challenged his teachers, questioned some of the church’s official teaching and promoted additional learning. As a result Peter Abelard was banished from the educational system of Europe around 1150, and instead set up his own school in St Denis. This was followed by Irnerius setting up a law school in Bologna in 1088 a university was set up in Paris that was granted official status in 1200 by Philip II of France.

Here’s a Fact

The cave in Antakya, Turkey that has traditionally been considered the place where Paul first taught in Antioch (Acts 11:25-26) is being restored. (Details 1, 2. Photos 1, 2.)


"She (wisdom) will give you a garland to grace your head and present you with a glorious crown."
- Proverbs 4:9

Coach’s Corner

When pressured by life or overwhelmed with problems, focus on the issues instead of being distracted by people and personalities. In other words, argue to resolve the problem, not to attack the person.

Acts 11:25-26
New International Version (NIV)
25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
1 Samuel 21
New International Version (NIV)
David at Nob
21 David went to Nob, to Ahimelek the priest. Ahimelek trembled when he met him, and asked, “Why are you alone? Why is no one with you?”
David answered Ahimelek the priest, “The king sent me on a mission and said to me, ‘No one is to know anything about the mission I am sending you on.’ As for my men, I have told them to meet me at a certain place. Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever you can find.”
But the priest answered David, “I don’t have any ordinary bread on hand; however, there is some consecrated bread here—provided the men have kept themselves from women.”
David replied, “Indeed women have been kept from us, as usual whenever I set out. The men’s bodies are holy even on missions that are not holy. How much more so today!” So the priest gave him the consecrated bread, since there was no bread there except the bread of the Presence that had been removed from before the Lord and replaced by hot bread on the day it was taken away.
Now one of Saul’s servants was there that day, detained before the Lord; he was Doeg the Edomite, Saul’s chief shepherd.
David asked Ahimelek, “Don’t you have a spear or a sword here? I haven’t brought my sword or any other weapon, because the king’s mission was urgent.”
The priest replied, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here; it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want it, take it; there is no sword here but that one.”
David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.”
David at Gath
10 That day David fled from Saul and went to Achish king of Gath. 11 But the servants of Achish said to him, “Isn’t this David, the king of the land? Isn’t he the one they sing about in their dances:
“‘Saul has slain his thousands,     and David his tens of thousands’?”
12 David took these words to heart and was very much afraid of Achish king of Gath. 13 So he pretended to be insane in their presence; and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard.
14 Achish said to his servants, “Look at the man! He is insane! Why bring him to me? 15 Am I so short of madmen that you have to bring this fellow here to carry on like this in front of me? Must this man come into my house?”
Judges 15
New International Version (NIV)
Samson’s Vengeance on the Philistines
15 Later on, at the time of wheat harvest, Samson took a young goat and went to visit his wife. He said, “I’m going to my wife’s room.” But her father would not let him go in.
“I was so sure you hated her,” he said, “that I gave her to your companion. Isn’t her younger sister more attractive? Take her instead.”
Samson said to them, “This time I have a right to get even with the Philistines; I will really harm them.” So he went out and caught three hundred foxes and tied them tail to tail in pairs. He then fastened a torch to every pair of tails, lit the torches and let the foxes loose in the standing grain of the Philistines. He burned up the shocks and standing grain, together with the vineyards and olive groves.
When the Philistines asked, “Who did this?” they were told, “Samson, the Timnite’s son-in-law, because his wife was given to his companion.”
So the Philistines went up and burned her and her father to death.
Samson said to them, “Since you’ve acted like this, I swear that I won’t stop until I get my revenge on you.” He attacked them viciously and slaughtered many of them. Then he went down and stayed in a cave in the rock of Etam.
The Philistines went up and camped in Judah, spreading out near Lehi. 10 The people of Judah asked, “Why have you come to fight us?”
“We have come to take Samson prisoner,” they answered, “to do to him as he did to us.”
11 Then three thousand men from Judah went down to the cave in the rock of Etam and said to Samson, “Don’t you realize that the Philistines are rulers over us? What have you done to us?”
He answered, “I merely did to them what they did to me.”
12 They said to him, “We’ve come to tie you up and hand you over to the Philistines.”
Samson said, “Swear to me that you won’t kill me yourselves.”
13 “Agreed,” they answered. “We will only tie you up and hand you over to them. We will not kill you.” So they bound him with two new ropes and led him up from the rock. 14 As he approached Lehi, the Philistines came toward him shouting. The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him. The ropes on his arms became like charred flax, and the bindings dropped from his hands. 15 Finding a fresh jawbone of a donkey, he grabbed it and struck down a thousand men.
16 Then Samson said,
“With a donkey’s jawbone     I have made donkeys of them. With a donkey’s jawbone     I have killed a thousand men.”
17 When he finished speaking, he threw away the jawbone; and the place was called Ramath Lehi.
18 Because he was very thirsty, he cried out to the Lord, “You have given your servant this great victory. Must I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?” 19 Then God opened up the hollow place in Lehi, and water came out of it. When Samson drank, his strength returned and he revived. So the spring was called En Hakkore, and it is still there in Lehi.
20 Samson led Israel for twenty years in the days of the Philistines.

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