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The King David

David was the king of Israel. There were only three men who could make that claim and none greater than David. Among his accomplishments was the establishment of the City of Jerusalem and make it the capital of the country.

Sixty-six chapters of the Bible are devoted to him, more than any other Bible character. He is also mentioned in the New Testament more than 59 times! That shows us how important he is to us.

David was a prolific writer, musician, warrior, king, and “a man after God’s own heart.” While he did well in many areas of life, he did fail in others. He had an affair that led to the death of the woman’s husband. He appears to not have been a particularly good parent. One son tried to usurp his throne, another raped his sister, and another committed murder.

David has many truths to teach us about the way God works behind the scenes in our lives to prepare us for what He wants. In many ways, David’s life is a model for us. He was humble, reverent, faithful, obedient, and repentant. Those are amazing qualities which we all should desire.

David also teaches us from the negative aspects of his life. For example, he shows us the dangers of boredom, how none of us should believe that we are immune from sexual temptation. Finally, David shows us the heartbreaks that can come with parenting.

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Scripture: 1 Samuel 8:6-8, 13:14, 16:1; Acts 13:22; 1 Kings 2:9-10

The Thief Achan

Achan is a biblical character that made headlines for all the wrong reasons. He made a terrible decision in the city of Jericho, and the impact of that decision reverberated not only through his family but also the Israelite people.

Finally, after years of wandering through the desert, the Israelites have crossed over the Jordan and entered into the land of Canaan. This was an event that was a long time in the making. But entering the land did not mean that the Israelites possessed the land. The Canaanites and other tribes of polytheistic idolaters stood in the way of Israel fulfilling their God-given destiny.

The story of Achan is, in a way, our stories. Here was an Israelite who ignored God. What happens when we do that? Achan provides a warning for us all.

Scripture: Joshua 6-7

Sin Doesn’t Hinder God’s Faithfulness to His Promises

God’s plans and promises will ultimately come to fruition, despite the sinfulness of man. We see this truth in the person of Abraham who routinely demonstrated a commitment to self-preservation over a trust in God’s goodness and promises.

Scripture: Genesis 20:1-21:7

Judgment and Deliverance Part 2

What we look at, we will become and what we want, we will often get. In this sermon, Pastor Nate walks through the reason for God’s judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah.

Scripture: Genesis 19:1-29

Judgment and Deliverance

Failure to obey God’s ways of justice and righteousness can result in judgment. We see this truth in Genesis 19 where God, in His holiness justice, destroys a city on account of great outcry of evil.

Scripture: Genesis 19:1-29

A Conversation With God

In this passage, we see that a failure to keep the way of justice and righteousness can bring about judgment. We also see a pretty remarkable interaction between Abraham and God where Abraham intercedes for Sodom and Gomorrah. God’s kindness, justice, and holiness are on display in this passage.

Scripture: Genesis 18:16-33

Little Man, Big Apology

How can we move towards living out the mission of Jesus in our lives? We can pray for compassion and read/study about the person of Jesus. There’s a reminder in Luke 19:1-10 that some people who are secretly interested in Jesus are people that we never would have expected.

Scripture: Luke 19:1-10

But Jonah. But God.

In Jonah 1 we see God’s pursuit of not only the people in Nineveh but also the heart of Jonah. We also see that sin makes us do dumb things. It makes us go against logic. It makes us speak things, think things, do things that go against the nature of what it means to be a follower of Jesus.

The truth is, Jonah’s response is our response many times. Listen in as we walk through this amazing book and see how God is passionately committed to seeing people come to know him.

Scripture: Jonah 1