The Rock Star of Israel

David was more than just the king of Israel. A talented singer and song-writer, David would often pen Psalms praising the Lord for His deliverance, salvation, and might. Near the end of David's life he thanks God for all that He has done throughout David's life (2 Sam. 22:1-25). Through the many ups and downs of David's life, God was always present. Consider your life and its many ups and downs. Similarly to David, God has been present throughout the changes in your life too. How have you responded to Him? Though the circumstances in our life may not always be good, God always is and we need to take time often to reflect on that fact. Praise God often for His deliverance, salvation, and migh

Where Hope Begins - The Presence of God

Israel found themselves in a hopeless place. The land God had promised to give them was overrun by towering cities, formidable armies, and fearsome giants. With respect to these facts, 10 of the 12 spies report "we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them" (Numbers 13:33). For 40 years they wandered the desert until it was time for a new generation, led by Joshua, to enter into the land of towering cities, formidable armies, and fearsome giants...and this time it would be different. Joshua is commanded to "be strong and courageous" and lead Israel into the land God has already given them. Joshua and the people of Israel were to become "strong and courageous" by: Trusti

Lessons We Can Learn from the Sins of David

Today's devotional (2 Samuel 12:1-14) covers one of the Old Testament's stand out moments: David's adultery with Bathsheba. David, a man who is widely characterized by his faithfulness to God both before and after this event, is shown here having fallen from grace. There are a lot of lessons we can learn from this part of God's word. Let's explore some of those lessons now: 1. Even spiritual giants can fall - As great as David was, he was still a man prone to temptation and sin. Sometimes we put too much stock into fallible men and women. When someone we look up to is revealed to be struggling with some terrible sin, it can result in a faith-shaking experience. Do not put your faith in men,

Giving God Your Best

Distraught over the differences between his house and God's house, David speaks to Nathan about building a great house for the Lord (2 Sam. 7:1-29). Though his intentions are good, the Lord's house is not for David to build, that being said, the Lord rewards David for his heart and desire. Following this David gives God the best that he can give Him, a prayer of thankfulness and praise. God expects our best. We know this, but many of us hold back our best because, well, our best doesn't seem good enough. This chapter serves as a great example of what God expects from us. The prayer of David is not a gift that matches what God has given David, but it's the best he can bring and to God that is

It's Not Hopeless

Annual emergency room visits because of suicidal thoughts and attempts increased from 580,000 to 1.12 million between the years of 2007 and 2015. A majority of these children are between the ages of 5 and 12 years old. (source) People feel hopeless. Jobs, finances, workloads, relationships, and other stresses are pushing many people to a breaking point crushing them emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. What can we do? As hopeless as things may seem for you or for those around you, there is a way of escape. On Sunday mornings over the next few weeks (April 28, May 5, 19, 26) join us for a special sermon series on being Hopefilled. Throughout these lessons we’ll see how God gave

What Would Jesus Do?

In our reading today (1 Sam. 26:1-25), we find David in a position he has been in before, he has an opportunity to take out Saul before Saul can kill him. Rusty Hills, the author of Five Minutes with God, notes here that the phrase "the Lord" occurs 15 times throughout this chapter. Every action and thought of David ran through the filter of "what would the Lord want me to do?" In the heat of the moment, we do not always remember to stop and ask the question "what would the Lord want me to do?" Instead of asking the question we might lean on our own understanding and trust that we have all the answers to our own problems. For some of us it would have been very tempting to listen to our frien

Perception is Not Always Reality

I recently finished a book called "The Art of Storytelling". In it, the author explains methods and practices he has taken to become a better speaker and illustrator. He also shares a bit about his biggest struggle as a speaker, his terrible stutter. The author's name is John Walsh and if you ever got the opportunity to speak to him one-on-one you would not leave the conversation thinking "wow what a great speaker"! In private conversation, his stutter is pronounced and making it through sentences is a challenge, and yet he is the president of BibleTelling and a much sought after speaker. Once he walks on stage, everything changes and the stutter disappears, but you wouldn't know that from y

You Cannot Have Faith Without Humility

One of the most difficult expectations of God to uphold is that of humility. Admitting that we do not know everything, do not fully understand something, and do not have the full picture can be difficult for us, but it's so very necessary to our faith. Faith is simply our trust in God and where there is no humility, or stated in the positive, where there is pride, there can be no trust. When we believe we know everything, we push God and faith in Him out. When we think we know better than God, we push faith out. This is seen very clearly in our Bible reading for today (1 Sam. 15:1-35). In this text, Saul elevates his thoughts and plans over God's thoughts and plan when he chose to save the b

Celebrity Obsession

“Follow us online at”. Every time I write that sentence, I am reminded of our culture’s obsession with celebrity. Growing up in the age of social media has taught many that they need to go out of their way to earn “likes” and “follows” from their peers. We want our opinions to be liked and thoughts to be heard. We want to be known. In 1 Kings 20:13 we read of a prophet who comes to tell Ahab how the Lord will provide him victory against Ben-Hadad of Syria. Who is this prophet? We are never told. This prophet is simply doing his job, and his name is never given to us in the biblical record. If I asked you who you favorite Bible character is, you’d give me a name. Da

What a Week in the NICU Taught Me About God

It's been a few weeks since the last Five Minutes devotional was published on our website. The reason for that? I was busy spending time with my newborn daughter in the NICU. A few hours after she was born, we took her for a routine check-up at the hospital (pediatrician couldn't get us in) and found ourselves going from the ER to the NICU in a short amount of time. My daughter's liver and spleen were enlarged and the doctor's had no idea why (they still really don't have an answer). As the week went on, more and more potential diagnoses were knocked off their list as more and more blood work came back. All the while my daughter improved and a week after we got to the NICU, we went home with

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