The Pastor's Pen
When I was a teenager, I had a friend who was about as different from me as I could get. I kept my room clean and his was always messy. I had a little part time job and he wouldn't work anywhere. I always kept my window open for fresh air and he kept his closed for privacy as he called it. Even though we were friends it seems that we had many differences. When Libby and I got married and we built a household and marriage I recognized a flaw in myself: I wanted things my way. I had to drop what I wanted all the time and take on things she wanted, and so did Libby. I wanted my new wife to see me as a man she could get along with.
Saul and David also lived in conflict because of self-centeredness. David was God's anointed future king and a celebrated hero while Saul was
jealous. Saul wanted to kill David and took 300 men to find him. David, who had just a few men, ended up in a cave where David could have killed
Saul; instead he cut off a part of Saul's robe which was symbolic of David taking a piece of Saul's authority. This showed that David was led by his conscience and character because of the relationship God had on his life. In verses like these in 1st Kings chapter 24, we can see why GOD would have considered David a man after His own heart.
How do you think GOD sees you?
- Preacher Chuck
Peace Free Will Baptist Church
Rev. Chuck Thornton, Pastor Cell: 864-497-7953 Church: 864-579-4762
1195 Old Converse Road, Spartanburg, S.C. 29307
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 170835, Spartanburg, SC. 29301
Preacher Chuck is a Spartanburg native. He graduated from Spartanburg High School and attended Spartanburg Community College and Beaver Creek Bible Institute. He is married to Libby Bullman Thornton and has two children, Dawn Thornton Guy and Charles Thornton II (Chip). He is the proud grandfather of five granddaughters - Dru, Daphne, Delaney and Daelyn Guy and Selah Thornton and grandson Jake. He is a member of the Palmetto Conference of the Free Will Baptist, where he serves as Clerk. His hobbies are hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.