Ending to Begin the New



Towards the end of this year I began looking at Psalms 34: 3 “O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.”  David wrote this Psalm in the cave of Adullam.  He was running from King Saul who was trying to kill him and he had feigned madness in front of Achish King of Gath to escape.  The Bible says in 1 Samuel 22 “So David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam; and when his brothers and all his father’s household heard of it, they went down there to him.  Everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him.”  

Everyone that gathered with David in the cave had to decide to make an end of whatever it was in their lives that was causing them problems.    This was a roughneck group of men that went into the cave one way and came out of the cave another way.  They left the cave and began defeating the enemies of Israel, moving from victory to victory.  A stark contrast to living in distress, discontent and debt.   
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Going beyond the Middle.

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Can you believe that we are past the middle of summer? For some, summer is the best past of the year, yet for others summer it is the worst. Summer can bring added pressure as kids go to camp and families take vacations. Families can feel the burden of their kids being home and all that includes—three meals plus snacks, constructive entertainment and play, the taxi service, the lack of schedule. Some families manage the lazy days of summer well, while others struggle to keep a healthy balance in their homes.

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