OT19 | NT Connection (September 28)

NT Connect: Matthew 5:43-4 Weekly Reading: 1 Samuel 28-31; 2 Samuel 1 Love Your Enemies This week we read about the final days of Saul’s life, which culminates with a passionate (and maybe a little surprising) lament written by David. “Saul and Jonathan, beloved and pleasant in their life, and in their death they were … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (September 21)

NT Connect: John 5:30 Weekly Reading: 1 Samuel 23-27 Christ is the Righteous Judge We stand in judgment over ourselves and others on a daily basis. “You’re wrong,” you might protest, “I don’t judge other people. They can do whatever is best for them. I don’t judge them, and neither should you.” Such a claim … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (September 14)

NT Connect: Philippians 4:4-20 Weekly Reading: 1 Samuel 18-22 Rejoice in the Lord Always? Let’s take a stroll down memory lane for just a moment. Humor me, please. . . What was one of the best seasons of your life? What was a season in your life that you wouldn’t like to repeat? It may … Continued

Remembering the Impact of 9-11 on this Community

Our church, Lakewood Baptist, hosted the memorial service for Edna Stephens who perished on 9.11.01 when a hijacked airplane slammed into the Pentagon. Eighteen years have passed, yet we remember it so well. I remember well the words I used as I led in Edna’s memorial service. I thought they were important then, and I believe they … Continued

OT19 | NT Connection (September 7)

NT Connect: Mark 12:28-34 Weekly Reading: 1 Samuel 13-17 A Pleasing Sacrifice “Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord?  Behold to obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22-23, NASB). “To love Him will all the heart and with all the understanding and … Continued