The death of Saul completes the contrast in his and David's relationship with God as men and as leaders of their people. In the strength of God David finds deliverance but in his own strength Saul finds demise.
Life IS Religion
By affirming religious relativism, whilst declaring itself non-religious, secularism brilliantly enthroned itself as the ultimate religious principle. The biblical term for this is Idolatry.
Chariots of Fire
Christians must not give in to the temptation to despair in the face of loud, high-profile opposition to God and the Christian faith. The same is true for us as it was with Elisha, that the sovereign Lord is on the throne, and “those who are with us are more than those who are with them” (2 Kgs. 6:16).
The Meaning of Deliverance
Contrary to modern notions, true freedom is not the casting off of all restraint, but freedom from the power of sin.
Pride and Political Coercion: The Collapse of Freedom in the Centenary year of WWI
100 years after WWI, remember the hard-won freedoms our ancestors fought for, and pray for courage to confront a world that is hostile to the gospel.
Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before Him. The most mature Christians have often suffered greatly and yet experience great joy. The Comforter helps us and guides us in our persecution. Persecution cements the truth together with the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church.