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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Threefold Cord (04/12/12)

TITLE: Triple Threat
By Kathy Stevens


Goliath didn’t know what was about to hit him the day he came out and shouted to the children of Israel as he had every morning and evening for 40 days. He was big, tough, and terrifying to the average man. In fact, the average soldiers, although strong and well trained, were shaking in their sandals. Standing before them was a mountain that needed to be moved.

Who was man enough to do it? Not a full-grown man at all, but a young man who knew, above every circumstance, who he was. He had already done everything he seemed too young to do. He had killed a bear and a lion that threatened his sheep. Now he saw a larger predator who threatened God’s people. This made him mad.

David had been taught the scriptures since childhood, and he knew who he was.

He had spent many days and nights with his sheep, alone, on the country side. Alone, that is, except for the God who created him -- the God to whom he sang and felt the intimacy of love between them -- their hearts being intertwined with a bond that only a very personal relationship could afford.

He knew that the God whom he served was with him.

In the midst of taunting from his brothers about how he was just a boy and he couldn’t -- he spoke with authority. He did not let objections from the world stop what he knew in his heart.

His strong spirit gushed up through his mouth when he told King Saul, “Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”

Moreover David said, “The LORD, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” There was no doubt or fear in David. He had seen God’s deliverance too many times to doubt Him now.

Out on the battlefield, the once scenic valley disappeared for David. He had one focus, one goal. He stood fast as Goliath’s curses were hurled at him like a scud-rocket. The Philistine cursed David by his gods, and he said to him, “Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.”

Goliath only had himself and his army to back up his words, but David had his God. Goliath did not have a clue as to Whom he was fighting that day. He thought he was fighting a ruddy-looking boy and was insulted by the prospect. “Can’t they see who I am?”

David launched his own weapons with declarations.

"You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’S, and He will give you into our hands."

David fought and won the battle before he ever took up the five smooth stones. All he had to do was to take the steps to finish it.

He put his hand in his bag and took out a stone. He slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.

Boom! The mountain fell.

When faced with a man who knew who he was, he knew the living God of Israel, he spoke words of faith, and he took action, the mountain had no choice but to obey. Phett! It was gone.

We are a triple threat when we use our threefold cord. It cannot be broken. No mountain of any kind can stand before us.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/19/12
This is a delightful retelling of David. You really brought him to life for me and I could picture the entire scene.

Remember to include which translation you use when you quote verses. At the end, I don't think you needed to add the phrase threefold quote. You already did an excellent job of writing on topic. I know sometimes I get nervous that people won't see the topic so I add the words of the topic just in case... However, the strongest stories are when you know what the story is about without knowing the topic. You had done that with your great characters and your beautiful arrangement of words. I really enjoyed that the main part of your story was based on a different scripture. You really nailed this.
C D Swanson 04/20/12
Beautiful job. I loved this entire piece...I always enjoy stories with Biblical characters.

Thank you. God Bless~
Amanda Brogan04/20/12
David has always been one of my favorite Bible characters. Such an inspiration! You capture his faith and devotion perfectly in this piece. I especially love how you pointed out that David didn't pay attention to all the things his superiors and elders said that he couldn't do because he was young. He just trusted God and in doing so brought a giant to his knees. Reminds me of the song "What Faith Can Do" by Kutless. One of my favorite lines is "When the world says you can't, then it (faith) tells you that you can."

Also like how you said that David knew who he was and Whose he was. Great job!
Leola Ogle 04/20/12
Excellent retelling of a familiar story. This was well written and easy to follow. You did a great job! God bless!
Genia Gilbert04/21/12
Interesting take on the topic, and very well done. The world needs people who are a triple threat. Good job.
Edmond Ng 04/26/12
Nice retelling of the biblical story. God bless.