Returning From Lo Debar – Part One

Returning From Lo-Debar – Part One

And the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him?” Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in his feet.” The king said to him, “Where is he?” And Ziba said to the king, “He is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar.” 2 Samuel 9:3-4 ESV

Before David was the king of Israel, he served in King Saul’s army and became a well-loved figure in the king’s court (That is well loved by everyone except Saul.) Not long after David killed Goliath, Saul’s son Jonathan became David’s closest friend. Then when things fell apart and David found himself running for his life, Jonathan came to his defense. That is when they made promises to each other to always be friends, though sadly, things didn’t work out as they had planned. They never had the chance to be best men at each other’s weddings or to do any of the things that friends do, because Jonathan was killed in battle, trying to defend his father when a neighboring nation invaded. In fact, the situation was worse than just a defeat in battle. The invaders also killed every one of Jonathan’s family members they could find.  But, after David had mourned, he remembered his promise to always take care of Jonathan’s family. That is how we come upon the scene of today’s conversation. David discovered that there was one child left, a young man named Mephibosheth who lived in the Biblical boondocks, in a town named Lo Debar.

Now might say, “That’s sort of interesting, but what does it have to do with me?” And the answer is, “Everything!” You see Lo Debar was not just a town in Hicksville. Lo Debar was also the scene of the defeat of Saul’s once mighty army and the place of Jonathan’s death. Talk about being in a depressing, hopeless and bitter spot: well Lo Debar sure fits the bill. Now it just might be that as we are entering a New Year that you look back and can only remember the loss of a loved one, a broken relationship or a moral failure. In fact, that place of pain may still be so powerful that you have bought a house there and moved in!

But the good news in that You are not forgotten by the King! Not content just to hear about you, God is sending you an invitation to return. Lo Debar is not your home. Last year might have been a horrible mess, but God has something way better for the future. He has sent you an invitation, but you have to open the envelope and read His promise. Are you ready to start packing? Lo Debar might be your address today, but Jesus has a place prepared for you that is better than anything you can possibly imagine!

Breaking Addiction

Addiction is hidden till it breaks out and destroys friendships families and lives of those we love. Many of us have experienced the pain of seeing loved ones struggle with addiction and I am grateful Adam Cook for this guest post today.  He is the founder of Addiction Hub, which locates and catalogs addiction resources. He is very much interested in helping people find the necessary resources to save their lives from addiction.

The First Two Steps to

Breaking Out of Addiction

Substance abuse destroys lives every day. From deterioration of health and relationships to overdose, suicide and auto accidents, it can result in devastation for the abuser and the people around them. If you’re struggling with an addiction to alcohol or drugs, the time to turn your life around is now. Here are two things you must do to begin your recovery:

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Reach out

Tell a few close family members and friends about your battle and be open to their support. Then, seek help from a professional who can direct you further (i.e. to support groups, treatment programs/centers, holistic therapy, etc.).

If you suspect your child may have a problem, look for signs of abuse, such as chronic medical problems and fatigue, mood swings and isolation. Consider whether you or your child has been prescribed an opioid for a recent injury, surgery or chronic condition. Many adolescent addictions begin with a legitimate prescription or from a parent’s medicine cabinet. As difficult as it is, you must address the issue to resolve it.

Make changes

You also need to adopt healthy new habits. Take your nutrition, fitness and self-care seriously. Once you experience the benefits, you’ll learn to value these habits. Also, avoid any places and people who could tempt you to relapse. Seek to repair important relationships that have been damaged, and find places that inspire you to live well and that open the door for healthy friendships.

Just as addiction is destroying lives every day, people are overcoming it every day. Brighter days are ahead, but the only way forward is to reach out and make changes.


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