About Pastor Dr. Phil Sallee

Pastor Phil, his wife Carol, and their three children, started in Bixby over 23 years ago when New Beginnings was meeting in a downtown Bixby store front. As a result of God's blessings, New Beginnings has become one of the fastest growing churches in Oklahoma. Pastor Phil graduated from Tulsa East Central High School (1978), and Tulsa University (1982). After serving for 11 years as a Student Pastor, at the age of twenty-nine Phil began to pastor his first church in Edgewater, Colorado. Phil received a Master’s Degree from Denver Theological Seminary (1994) and completed his doctorate in Missions and Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012. Phil and Carol are honored to serve God in a Kingdom minded church, with joy and longevity.
1 12, 2018

Still Battling Giants

By | 2018-11-25T17:04:11+00:00 December 1st, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

We read in 2 Samuel 21:11–14 that when David saw the devotion of Rizpah in protecting the bodies of her sons from the carnivorous birds and beasts, he was reminded of the shameful exposure of the bodies of Saul and his son Jonathan on the walls of Beth Shan where the Philistines had displayed them after the battle of Gilboa (1 Sam. [...]

29 11, 2018

Gruesome Justice

By | 2018-11-25T16:55:31+00:00 November 29th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

We read in 2 Samuel 20:11–22 that Joab took command as though nothing had happened. The troops were stopping in the road to gawk at Amasa’s corpse. So heartless Joab dragged Amasa’s body to a field and threw a garment over him, without bothering to bury him. Joab marched as far north as Abel Beth Maacah (four miles west of Dan and [...]

28 11, 2018

Violent Endings

By | 2018-11-25T16:52:33+00:00 November 28th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

We read in 2 Samuel 20:1–3. The contention between the Israelite and Judean delegations at Gilgal became so heated that a Benjamite by the name of Sheba announced a revolutionary movement against David and led the Israelites to desert the king. David and the Judeans then continued their homeward journey to Jerusalem alone. Once there, David reasserted his monarchical claims by, among [...]

27 11, 2018

The Kingdom is Dividing

By | 2018-11-25T16:50:11+00:00 November 27th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

We read in 2 Samuel 19:39–43 that when David and his troops crossed the Jordan and arrived at Gilgal where they were met by a throng of citizens from both Judah (the southern two tribes) and Israel (the northern twelve tribes). Israel was upset that the Judeans claimed David as one of their own to the exclusion of the other tribes (2 [...]

24 11, 2018

A Sad Summary and Warning.

By | 2018-11-19T08:23:39+00:00 November 24th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

The handsome, vain, and wicked prince, Absalom, followed Hushai’s advice and led his army into slaughter in the woods of Ephraim. Certainly he was unprepared to wage war, but “Pride comes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18). This wise saying was written later, by David's son, his next heir to the throne, Solomon. Absalom caught his head and [...]

23 11, 2018

Sin’s devastating consequences

By | 2018-11-19T08:06:36+00:00 November 23rd, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

In 2 Samuel 18:24–33. both runners, Ahimaaz, David’s courier and an unnamed Cushite, were seen from a distance. David assumed that the nearer runner was Ahimaaz. He assumed that the message Ahimaaz was conveying was good because of his trust and fondness of Ahimaaz.  The assumption was unfounded, however, for when Ahimaaz finally was able to deliver his message all he could [...]

22 11, 2018

Who will tell David of his son’s death?

By | 2018-11-19T08:01:04+00:00 November 22nd, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

In 2 Samuel 18:19–23. When Ahimaaz, David’s courier (2 Samuel 15:36; 2 Samuel 17:17), announced that he would set out to tell to David of the army’s victory Joab prohibited him from doing so.  We cannot be certain why Joab would stop him.   Perhaps Joab wanted  to spare the king unnecessarily early grief over his son’s death.  Joab may also have [...]

21 11, 2018

Absalom is dead

By | 2018-11-18T20:47:26+00:00 November 21st, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

Although David had ordered his men not to hurt Absalom and although Absalom was captured and David’s soldiers refused to harm him further., bloodthirsty Joab was not so reluctant. Joab thrust Absalom in the heart with three javelins. Immediately 10 of his attendants struck Absalom to make sure he died.  Absalom had already erected a memorial (a pillar called Absalom’s Monument) to [...]

20 11, 2018

Hanging by his hair

By | 2018-11-18T20:41:55+00:00 November 20th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

In 2 Samuel 18:6–18, the battle between David’s men and Absalom’s troops soon followed in the forest of Ephraim. The forest of Ephraim was a deserted place in the vicinity of Mahanaim (2 Samuel 17:24, 27) but otherwise unknown.  As terrible as Absalom’s losses were by the swords of David’s heroes (2 Samuel 18:7), they were even greater from the elements of [...]

19 11, 2018

Do not hurt my son!

By | 2018-11-19T08:24:24+00:00 November 19th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

In 2 Samuel 18:1–5. David has successfully eluded Absalom ands found some security and with his supplies replenished. He quickly took measures to reorganize his troops and prepare them for the inevitable encounter with Absalom.  A third of his troops he assigned to Joab; a third to Abishai, Joab’s brother; and a third to Ittai. David determined that he would lead the [...]

17 11, 2018

Seek the Word of the Lord and Obey.

By | 2018-11-12T07:32:06+00:00 November 17th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

Nevertheless, the detailed description of Ahithophel’s suicide was preceded as it is by the emphasis on his precocious wisdom (2 Samuel 15:31; 16:23).  The writer is emphasizing, critiquing, and comparing human wisdom to divine revelation.  Earlier, the counsel of the wise man Shimeah (2 Samuel 13:3–5) was shown to bring humiliation to the royal family and death to an heir of the [...]

16 11, 2018

David and His Followers are Saved.

By | 2018-11-12T07:23:50+00:00 November 16th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

In 2 Samuel 17:21–22, we read how Jonathan and Ahimaaz finally arrived at David’s camp. Their advice was designed to prepare David and his group for the worst-case scenario, that of an imminent predawn lightning raid of the type suggested by Ahithophel (2 Samuel 17:1–3). David and his group had spent the entire day making a headlong twenty-mile journey from Jerusalem to [...]

15 11, 2018

Deceiving Assassins

By | 2018-11-12T07:18:50+00:00 November 15th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

By frustrating Ahithophel’s counsel, Hushai had accomplished the first mandate Israel’s king-in-exile had given him (15:34). To fulfill his royal mission, however, Hushai had to perform one more task—convey to David the intimate details of Absalom’s plan of action. Without hesitation, Hushai sought out “Zadok and Abiathar” (2 Samuel 17:15), David’s priests, and told them what both he and “Ahithophel” had “advised [...]

14 11, 2018

A Second Opinion

By | 2018-11-12T07:11:19+00:00 November 14th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

In 2 Samuel 17:5–10, we read about an an act that would have huge implications for Absalom and his government, however, the new king decided to consult Hushai before proceeding. On the surface Absalom’s request seemed reasonable: Ahithophel and Hushai had both provided David with valuable advice, and now David’s son wished to determine the best possible plan of action. Accordingly, he [...]

13 11, 2018

A Brilliant Plan Ignored

By | 2018-11-11T20:02:44+00:00 November 13th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

In 2 Samuel 17:1–4, Absalom had unambiguously claimed Israel’s throne for himself. Now the most pressing task became that of eliminating David, the only credible threat to Absalom’s newfound power. This second objective was more challenging than the first, for David was a man of incredible military skill and resourcefulness. No enemy had ever succeeded in capturing or killing David, in spite [...]

12 11, 2018

Ugly Revolt!

By | 2018-11-11T19:55:46+00:00 November 12th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

 In 2 Samuel 16:20–23 we read about Absalom succeeding in gaining control of both the throne and the royal palacein an impressive bloodless coup. Now strengthening his grip on both became the central issue for his fledgling administration to deal with. For guidance in this all-important task Absalom sought the advice of Ahithophel. Ahithophel’s plan was brazen, simple, and almost sure to [...]