Author: Pastor Al Pittman
(1 Samuel 15:32-33) 32 Then Samuel said, “Bring Agag king of the Amalekites here to me.” So Agag came to him cautiously. And Agag said, “Surely the bitterness of death is past.” 33 But Samuel said, “As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women.” And Samuel hacked Agag in pieces before the Lord in Gilgal.

“And Samuel hacked Agag to pieces before the Lord…” Passivity has no place in leadership and should never be accepted as a replacement for obedience. Saul cared more about his reputation and the “voice” of the people (v.24, 30), than the voice of the Lord! As a result, the kingdom was torn from him and given to another, (v.27, 28). Leadership (servant-hood) often means doing the “dirty” work, confronting, rebuking and disciplining others; a task none of us relish, but all of us must execute, lest the authority God has given be “torn away” and given to another! Samuel was a “prophet,” but also a “hit man,” in “obedience to the Lord. Saul, however, sought to redefine the “mission,” (God’s clear directive – His word) and shift his responsibilities to others. (v.18-23).

Let us be bold, and not “redefine” God’s word, His mission; that we might be able to strike down ideas and attitudes within our fellowship with a holy boldness, in obedience to God’s agenda and not our own!

For His Glory,
Pastor Al

Pastor Al Pittman

Pastor Al Pittman

Pastor Al traveled extensively due to his father's military career before settling in Colorado Springs and dedicating his life to ministry and music. He has served in various pastoral roles, earned advanced degrees in Ministry, and with his wife Norma, has raised a family deeply involved in their community and church life.