Memo 1058: Sharing is Caring

Last week, we read about David's camp being raided and his family being taken captive. When he sought the Lord about pursuing the marauders, he got the assurance he would be successful—and he was. He recaptured everything and everyone and the saying "all's well that ends well" could apply. However...

Memo 1057: Asking On The Go

Guidance should never be a problem for those who know the Lord. God's a great communicator and isn't playing cat-and-mouse or hide-and-seek with His people. If He wants us to do His will, and of course He does, then He must reveal what that will is in clear terms. Of course, He must...

Memo 1056: The Spirit of Pharaoh

Last week, we looked at a chapter in David's life that wasn't his finest hour. He had taken refuge among the Philistines, although if our father-in-law and king were trying to kill us, perhaps we would have done the same thing. At any rate, this week we see that...

Memo 1055: The Power of a Thought

As we continue to read about David, we come upon a season of his life that was not his best version of himself. David despaired of God's continuing help and, being tired of fleeing for his life while he also protected his people, consequently fled to King Achish in Gath, the same king before whom he had acted like a...

Memo 1054: Walkabout

As we continue our travels with David while he was fleeing Saul, we encounter a story in 1 Samuel 26 that seems like déjà vu. We saw the same scenario in 1 Samuel 24: Saul was pursuing David, David was hiding, Saul goes to sleep, David gets near to the king, his advisor suggested they kill Saul, but David...

Memo 1053: Like a Wall

We saw in 1 Samuel 23 that David ended up doing King Saul's job of rescuing his people because the king was preoccupied with the idea of destroying David. When the village of Keilah was captured, the Lord directed David to go in and save the day, even though...

Memo 1052: Entrusted to the Lord

After David narrowly escaped Saul after he rescued the residents of Keilah, he had no time to rest for Saul was soon at it again, bent on wiping out his son-in-law and heir to his throne by God's decree. We read...

Memo 1051: Betrayed

Have you ever felt used and even abused in God's service the very people you were trying to help? If so, David would have known how you feel as we learn from one my favorite stories in 1 Samuel 23. David was on the run from Saul who should have been...

Memo 1050: God Was With Him

Last week, we saw how David managed to escape from the king of Achish through his madness act. Then he took refuge in a cave while he figured out his next move:

Memo 1049: Go Crazy All the Way

David was in full panic-mode when he left the priests in Nob: "That day David fled from Saul and went to Achish king of Gath" (1 Samuel 21:10). Fear will cause people to do unusual, uncharacteristic things, and David, God's mighty warrior, was no exception.

Memo 1048: Stale Bread

David was officially on the run, a fugitive, and his only crime was being successful and serving the king and his people with distinction. His downfall was his success and he had no choice but to run for his life as Saul sought to eliminate the rival to his throne. David had enjoyed success that belied his age, for he was...

Memo 1047: A Conflicted Friend

We have established the last few weeks that Saul was indeed intent on killing David and everyone seemed to know it except one person: his son Jonathan. Let's look at how that played out in this week's Memo to see how this impacted David and his anointing to be king.

Memo 1046: Prophetic Protection

As we continue with the story of David, which also involved the story of King Saul, we encounter a bizarre episode that makes us stop and ponder what in the world it could mean. Saul's attempts to kill David had failed, but that didn't stop him from trying. Finally, David took refuge with the prophet Samuel, and then we read this:

Memo 1045: Training for Reigning

I ended last week by pointing out that Saul would torment David until his dying day—not Saul's death but David's—for Saul put things in orbit so that even his descendants could not break free from their gravitational pull. Through all of Saul's murderous intrigue and machinations, however, God protected David and also taught him one valuable lesson—He taught David how not to lead.

Memo 1044: You're Fired

Last week, we saw that the people's praise of David made Saul suspicious, causing him to believe that David and the people were conspiring against him to take over the kingdom. If that was the extent of his suspicions and subsequent actions, then things could have carried on with David being one of his military champions while Saul...

Memo 1043: Celebrated, Not Tolerated

It was 21 years ago this weekend that I decided to write a weekly teaching letter that would help people focus on their purpose and be creative. Today, I write number 1,043 in the series that I named The Monday Memo. More than 1,000 times, I've sat down at my computer, sometimes not knowing what I would write, and God...

Memo 1042: The Big Head

What do you do when you do something well? What's more, how do you handle it when someone compliments you for something you did well? If you're like some, you may not know what to do in those situations. You don't want to appear proud or egocentric, so you may actually minimize your strengths and achievements in your eyes and in the eyes of others. This may seem spiritual or noble...

Memo 1041: Talk the Walk

Have you ever said something about yourself or referred to something you wanted to do or be and then thought, "Why did I say that? What are people thinking of me right now? They must think I am boasting or have a big ego! What if I can't follow through? And perhaps I even offended the Lord with such talk." If so, then that may be why you can't...

Memo 1040: What Are You Wearing?

It's hard to walk in someone else's expectations, especially when those expectations don't relate to your purpose. You can try to please society, your family, and even your own interpretation of what you think you should be or do, but eventually you will...

Memo 1039: A Small Opening

So much has been written about and so many sermons preached on the story of David and Goliath that I hesitate to examine the story for what new insight can possibly be garnered? Yet the historian chose to include this story early on in David's biography because it tells us so much about the man and...

Memo 1038: Too Gifted

Last week, we saw that God enrolled David in the Saul Academy where King Saul and his family played a major role in David's preparation to be the next king. Little did David suspect at the time that he would,,,

MEMO 1037: Saul Academy

We left off last week when Samuel was anointing David as the next king. That news was kept quiet for Saul was still on the throne and would probably not take too kindly to the news—as will be proved later in the...

Memo 1036: Disqualified

Last week, we began our series on the life of David, my goal being to collect lessons and inspiration to help each of us be people of creativity and purposeful work. We saw in our first entry that David was an afterthought to his family. Samuel had to prod them to find out David even existed. This week...

Memo 1035: David: The Burning Question

As we start a new year, it's also time to start a new Monday Memo series. I had considered an end to the Memo in 2022, but it's such a rich source of publishing material for me, having led to 12 books from Memo content so far, that I decided to keep it going for a while longer. Since I want to finish a historical fiction novel on the life of David this year...

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