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The Consequences of Sin

The Consequences of Sin

Last week, we looked at how David's "small" sin of lust led him to commit murder. This week, the story continues with Nathan the Prophet's confrontation of David. From Nathan, we learn two lessons. 1) that God desires to forgive those who are genuinely repentant. And...

seduction of sin (2 Samuel 11)

seduction of sin (2 Samuel 11)

Sin can snowball out of control, especially when we try to keep it from being exposed. Nowhere in the Bible is this seduction of sin more obvious than in David's affair with Bathsheba. When he looks at Bathsheba from his rooftop, David gives himself over to lust. His...

Living with a Holy God

Living with a Holy God

David's first attempt to bring the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem shows what not to do when living with a holy God. In 2 Samuel 6 we see that While David means well, he is lax about keeping the holiness rules. This brings God's judgment on the community. His...

Discerning God’s Will

Discerning God’s Will

The story of David's flight from Saul offers us another comparison between the two kings. This one involves discerning God's will. When Saul hears of David's location, he believes God has set up David for a fall. He sees God's will at work when he has a chance to get...

Practice What You Preach

Practice What You Preach

You may have lots of things you say you believe about God but, when push comes to shove, do you practice what you preach? Saul and David would both say that their God is powerful. But only David was willing to risk his life fighting a giant. In I Samuel 17, we see a...

God Sees Us Differently

God Sees Us Differently

King David's story reminds us that God uses everyday people to do extraordinary things. While he's a lowly shepherd, he's a King after God's own heart. He's a brave warrior and gifted poet. But he's also an adulterer, a murderer and a lousy father. From the story of...

Preparing For Judgement

Preparing For Judgement

The Sermon on the Mount is really Jesus' cheat sheet, for his followers preparing for judgement. In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus talks about two builders. The first builder is wise so he builds a house with a foundation on the rock. The second, because he is a fool, builds...

Character Over Accomplishments (Matthew 78:15-23)

Character Over Accomplishments (Matthew 78:15-23)

The world (and the church) are full of accomplished people who lack the character to lead. While it's easy to hold such people up as examples to imitate, Jesus says no. Instead, he tells his people to value character over accomplishments. In Matthew 7:15-23, he tells...

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