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You may be asking yourself: What is Ziklag? A very good question! Spell Check does not even like the word!
It was David’s hometown that Achish, King of Gath, granted him when David was living with the Philistines for a year and four months (I Samuel 27:6). David had been fleeing King Saul in the wilderness. Samuel had died. He was surrounded by men and others who were in trouble or in debt or were just discouraged. Distress was off the scales. They had all gathered together at the Cave of Adullam. Saul had 85 priests murdered for “helping the son of Jesse” and then all their families including children and babies were killed. Their livestock was also destroyed. Things were bad. Nabal did not want to help David after he was kind to him. David had spared Saul’s life twice and still the trouble came. Finally he escaped to the Philistines and settled at Ziklag.
And then the worst of times appeared on David’s “radar screen.” Having been rejected by the lords of the Philistines to fight with them, he and his men returned to Ziklag to find it destroyed by the Amalekites. The Scripture records the following:
“They had carried off the women and children and everyone else but without killing anyone. When David and his men saw the ruins and realized what happened to their families, they wept until they could weep no more … David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the Lord his God.” I Samuel 30:2-6 NLT
Things were bad. Stress was off the charts. The discouragements were multiplied. The relationships he possessed that were dear to himself … were taken away. What can he do? He did the following:
“But David found strength in the Lord his God.”
My question: How did he do this with all the “stuff” swirling around him? Another translation stressed that he found “encouragement” in the Lord. How was this possible? How did he do it?
Time and space will not allow me to write all the findings that came to my attention, but I want to share the paramount thinking of David at that time when “he found strength and encouragement from the Lord.”
1. He focused his thinking and meditation on the Character of God: Who He is!
2. He focused his thinking and meditation on the Promises of God: What He says!
3. He focused his thinking and meditation on the Actions of God: What He does!
This is exactly what Isaiah said in chapter 26:3-4 NKJV:
“You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH, the Lord is everlasting strength.”
With this “little background,” what is your Ziklag experience? Do you relate to David and all that he was going through? You may not be experiencing all of this, but a Ziklag event could be approaching. Are you ready? The good news - David pursued his losses and regained them. You must read what happened - I Samuel 30!
There is always HOPE in difficult and trying circumstances when the thinking and meditation is on the Lord! Jeremiah says: “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose hope is the Lord…and (he) will not be anxious in the year of drought nor will cease from yielding fruit (Jeremiah 17:7-8 NKJV).
Now this is something to think about!
The Latest Happenings…
▪ CBS national and local affiliates have been on campus filming and reviewing the history of Trinity Alumnus Dr. Billy Graham.
▪ Bobby Watson, grandson of Founder W. T. Watson, ministered on campus to the student body in chapel. He has developed a “Message in Song.” It is a tribute to the life and ministry of Fanny Crosby and is an excellent presentation in history and Biblical roots. Check out his presentation and availability to minister in your congregation by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
▪ Over 380 churches have received information on the appearance of Dr. Ravi Zacharias at our 2014 Annual Banquet. The date is May 9, 2014. Ticketing and sponsorship of this event may be found by clicking here.
▪ A firm $500,000 pledge was received for our new student residence hall. Another friend of the College is considering a strategic gift to facilitate the construction of this needed facility. Presently, we are renting five apartments. When students leave, we still must maintain the lease which affects operational expenditures.
▪ Grace Point Church of Trinity officially began on February 23, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. with Dr. Eric Bargerhuff as the lead pastor. Eric also teaches at Trinity and is the Director of our new and highly anticipated Honors Program. The church meets every Sunday in the Sid Williams Chapel on campus. Information on the church can be found by clicking here.
▪ The Christian and Missionary Alliance Bible Quizzers from the Southeastern District were on campus last month for their Bible “Quiz-offs.”
▪ The Board approved Revenue Generating Committee has been meeting on campus. Their task is to search out ways in which the College can generate operational funds during the summer.
▪ One of our President’s Council members has provided a new Christian business contact directory for our area. Chick-fil-A will be distributing them in their restaurants along with other participating groups. Trinity College is featured in the directory as the host of Dr. Ravi Zacharias for the 2014 Annual Banquet.
▪ The Spring Campus Preview will be April 11, 2014. Mr. Tim Bettelli, Director of Admissions and Marketing Coordinator, along with his staff and volunteers, are working to make this preview the best possible. Activities, classroom experiences, chapel, a special “tent” lunch, and much more are planned for this occasion. It is a FREE event. Check out the schedule and registration by clicking here. Changed lives change the world!
▪ The need for lighting between our administration building and the present residence hall is being researched.
▪ Our Spring 2014 attendance and FTE are the largest since 2003 and beyond. The challenge continues for each student to secure the funding for their Biblical educational pursuits.
Urgent Prayer Requests …
▪ Pray for online course development and offerings.
▪ Pray for a planned giving program. Dr. Charlie Martin, Vice President for Advancement, is working with a local Christian attorney for assistance in giving and estate planning.
▪ Pray for our new student residence hall. Everything is ready to proceed once adequate funding is achieved.
▪ Pray for the gift income need of $150,000 for this new semester.
▪ Pray for the Reasonable Faith in an Uncertain World conference sponsored by C. S. Lewis Society, Biola on the Road, and Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater. The conference will feature Best Selling Author Lee Strobel along with gifted apologist Sean McDowell, Dr. Craig Hazen of Biola University, and the C. S. Lewis Society’s Director Dr. Tom Woodward from Trinity College of Florida. For more information click here.
▪ Pray for the development of our new and anticipated Honors Program at Trinity. $7,726 is still needed toward this effort. This program will take our College to a new level of academic excellence. Contact email@example.com or call 727-569-1401 for details.
“Once he (Billy Graham) was asked a question about the “secret of love” in light of his long marriage to Ruth. His response was: “Ruth and I are happily incompatible.” Happily incompatible! A paradox! He doesn’t sugarcoat life’s painful realities, but affirms that despite them, two dramatically different people can live as man and wife. Love doesn’t smooth the road, according to the old proverb, but it puts springs in the wagon.” (Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham)
And that will preach!