C.J. thinks he knows everything about Easter. He's heard it all before. But he's never experienced an Easter like this. Discover with C.J. what it means to be a true believer of Jesus Christ. Paws & Tales presents a very special Easter story for your whole family.
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"What wondrous love is this?"
Nineteenth-century preacher, eminent scientist, and college president Alexander Means penned the words to this American folk hymn: "What wondrous love is this, O my soul? What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse for my soul!" "Wondrous" only begins to capture the enormity of God's love for us. David Carl explains how such love can leave one struggling to find an appropriate response.
A reluctant king rises to the challenge of leading a nation. King Saul's humility and obedience brings his people back to worshiping God. But as the Philistine armies prepare to attack, the king's faith is put to the ultimate test.
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“A humbling thought”
David Carl writes, "It is curious how we tend to be afraid, humble, and open to suggestion at the beginning of a mission, but then after some success—when God steps in and does the improbable or even the impossible—we then begin to scoop up the credit for ourselves by the armload. This alone should be proof of the darkness of the heart of man. The problem with us Christians is that we think of ourselves entirely too much in every way! Humility is making God the center of our thoughts and our goals and our hopes." Read about the poison of pride in this week's Director's Notes.
"A storm of destruction is coming—and King Saul doesn't see it." When Saul hears the words of his advisors more loudly than the direction of the Lord, his distraction threatens to destroy an entire nation.
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"A vital U-turn"
David Carl writes, "As I ponder the story of King Saul, I am burdened by the fact that he is not an aberration. He was exactly the way people will naturally become unless they focus on God . . . King Saul was "normal," but he was not what he should have been. . . . Unless we do something unusual, even radical . . . unless we make God the center of our universe and refuse to give in to despair and distraction, we will, with certainty, experience a universe of our own making." Read about making an essential U-turn in this week's Director's Notes.
King Saul's victories on the battlefield lead his nation to prosperity, but when he refuses to obey Samuel's instruction, Saul pays a great price. God directs Samuel to select for Israel a new king, a man after God's own heart.
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"Neither hot nor cold . . . "
David Carl writes, "It occurred to me while studying the story of King Saul that he is the embodiment of the lukewarm believer. Now I realize the very term lukewarm is a New Testament phrase, but there were lukewarm believers long before John coined the phrase, and their numbers have only increased since. . . . King Saul wanted to be close enough to God to use Him. And that is why I believe being lukewarm is so uniquely odious to God." Discover why being neither hot nor cold is a terrible place to be in this week's Director's Notes.