Chance Strickland • June 02, 2021
Reading: 1 Kings 1:11-14
Nathan comes to Bathsheba with advice. We have no record of her seeking his advice. But she takes his advice and acts upon it. Take Good Advice.
Notice I said good advice. Not all advice is good. You will have to be your own filter. Ever get advice you didn’t ask for? Many times we hear good advice and never act upon it. The Bible is a source of wonderful advice that is many times overlooked. We can also receive counsel from others who have gone through what we are going through now, but how many times does pride keep you from accessing it. Many times at a restaurant the waiter says, “Hot Plate.” What is your immediate action after hearing this? I usually touch the plate! Take good advice.
Shanee Strickland • May 25, 2021
Reading: Exodus 9-12
Just for today, I will remember that the world and its ways may deceive me. Pharoah promised that he would let God’s people go, but when it came down to it, he hardened his heart each time. I cannot trust the world to come through on its promises, but with God, I can always trust that He will do what He says He will do.
Harpeth Baptist Church • May 21, 2021
At this school year’s end I encourage especially the graduating students of Cheatham County and beyond to use your hands in this fashion as you walk further into life’s adventure:
In one of your hands is technology that taps into an almost instant world of information. With your phone, you already know the amazing collection of data and communication. You can talk to someone on the other side of the globe. You can track things, get instant answers. It is one of your prime tools already.
In your other hand, I want you to put The Bible in it because it speaks to you also. From Job 38:35 it says, “Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are?”
I quote from the late scientist, Henry Morris, “”One of the most remarkable discoveries of modern engineering science is that electrical currents may be used (radio, television, cell phones, etc) to transmit information with lightning speed.”
You now bear witness to it. Your hand possesses the fulfillment of that verse. The Bible is an infinite adventure book and I encourage your other hand to use it.
Now, the Bible is made for use to the common person and speaks to everyone since the beginning. Ancient man probably read and heard Job 38:35 and understood that thunder and lightning happened with great speed. Now, in your time, scientific discovery shows greater meaning. Messages come to you daily from around the world and at your fingertips. Those messages say to you, “Here we are.”
And as you proceed perhaps one starry night, maybe you will gaze into the starry clear sky and see the Southern Cross and be drawn to the cross of that Bible as you walk in a world of exploding technology and as your understanding increases.
You are in a world told to Daniel from Daniel 12: 4 “….many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” You are into breakthroughs of travel (people going to and fro) and knowledge explosions that are at your fingertips.
Use it and look to The One that gave it to you. Put your technology into one hand and you already do that. And you will have to update that over time. In your other hand needs to be The Bible and since it is eternal, it won’t need an update.
Never before in our nation’s history is evidence of our Creator’s hand more visible. You are on life’s adventure. Redeem the time.
This post was originally published on May 29th, 2012
Chance Strickland • May 12, 2021
Reading: 1 Kings 1:9-10
What was Adonijah’s motivation? Did he want to be a great leader helping the nation? Did he want to serve the remainder of his life with thoughts towards others rather than self? Did he just want something he couldn’t have? Did he just want to rule and have power? We can’t know his mind, but his actions point us to think he just wanted the rule…to have the power of a King.
Jesus gives us the exact opposite example: Matthew 20:28, "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."
You and I can see that the best motivation is to be able to serve others rather than rule over them. Don’t be bossy. I purposely put that as a “bossy” command! It is easy to do…especially when in charge. Rather, lead softly by example.
Never be motivated by power. As Christian’s our motivation should be to show others the Love of Christ as shown to us. Power corrupts. Try to be self-less. This is a toughie. I think of it in terms of “yes’s” and “no’s”. No’s when I am being selfish. Yes’s when I am being self-less.
Shanee Strickland • April 27, 2021
Reading: Exodus 4-8
The time had come for Moses to confront Pharoah. God told him to march right in and demand that he let God’s people go, even though Pharoah would harden his heart and not listen to him. Moses followed God’s command and Pharoah persecuted God’s people even more! What a hard time for God’s children. Does that feel like our world at times? We try to do something for the Lord and the world stops us in our tracks and persecutes us even more.
Child of God, just for today, don’t lose faith, because “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).
Chance Strickland • April 21, 2021
1 Kings 1:9-10
This feast he is planning should have celebrated rather than initiated his campaign for the throne. Rather than having this feast as a kick-off party, Adonijah should have been having this feast once the throne was secured. We will see later in the chapter that Adonijah is quickly thwarted in his attempt to be King. This teaches us today to:
- Consider the end-result of our actions before we act. (Luke 14:28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?)
- Finish a task before having the victory party.
“They who feast when they should fight are likely to end their mirth with sorrow.” -Maclaren.
Shanee Strickland • April 06, 2021
Reading: Exodus 1-4
Have you ever thought of yourself as ‘not good enough’ to serve God? Maybe there are things in your past that bring you shame. It could be that there is a habit that you can’t break or a sin that ‘doth so easily beset’ you. Or maybe there is something about your personality or your abilities that make you feel inadequate to serve God. You are not alone if you are trying to make excuses when God asks you to do something. There is a man in our passage today that gave God excuse after excuse. “Who am I? What shall I say unto them? But they will not believe me; I am not eloquent; I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue…..” would you believe that the man who offered all of these excuses was Moses? THE Moses? If you know anything about the Old Testament, you will quickly realize that God was not interested in Moses’ excuses, and He isn’t interested in ours, either. If God called you to do something, then YOU are the person for the job!
Just for today, don’t offer God your excuses. Give Him your obedience, and see what He can do through you!
Chance Strickland • March 31, 2021
1 Kings 1:9-10
In verse 5 we clearly see that Adonijah exalts himself. In verse 9 we see Him preparing a religious feast. Evidently his plan was to have a religious ceremony with everyone there in hopes they would go along.
What would you do? See yourself as just a casual attendee. I would probably think: “Well, he wouldn’t go to all this extravagance if David didn’t want it…” or “David wouldn’t allow this if it wasn’t God’s will/plan.” His Self-Promotion can/was easily mistaken as God’s plan.
When facing such a time we should always check the source. Always ask where is this coming from? Usually once you figure out the source, it becomes evident whether you are dealing with God’s plan or self promotion.
Next, look for the motive. Who really benefits from this? For example, the credit card company offers a FREE GIFT if you use their card! Doesn’t a free gift sound nice? Or, the cell phone company offers a Free Phone. The motive is obvious…they would like for you to become a regular payer. When wondering, “Is this self promotion?” Look for the motive.
Finally, one other generally good measure to take: Follow the Spiritual Leader. Where was Prophet Nathan? He was not invited. If the spiritual leaders aren’t invited, something may be up. Families should trust the head of the home. Fathers should find a spiritual anchor to judge things.
Chance Strickland • March 11, 2021
1 Kings 1:8
Focus on What you Have Rather than What you Don’t
It would be easy to be David and be discouraged that Joab left your side. However, he still has a good following. So it is in life. Sometimes things don’t go our way. Try not to focus on what doesn’t go your way. Focus on what is going your way. Sometimes people hurt us. Rather than focus on the hurt, focus on those who love us. Many times we can’t have the things we want. Focus on the things we have instead. They will become so much more valuable.
Focus on what you can control rather than things you cannot!
Shanee Strickland • March 09, 2021
Reading: Genesis 47-50
Genesis 50:20 is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. After all was said and done between Joseph and his brothers, Joseph made this profound statement: “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good,” Satan is your enemy, and it is his desire to set snares and traps for you. He wants evil to reign in your life, and he wants to see your utter destruction-but don’t ever forget that God is always working! Romans 8:28 is a perfect cross-reference here: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Every situation and circumstance that you encounter must have God’s approval. Nothing can touch our lives that doesn’t first pass through His hands.
So just for today, realize that each circumstance you face will work together for good. Don’t try to ponder how, just trust God that He will make it so.