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  • Giving Thanks In Difficult Times Series

    Contributed by Doug Johnston on Mar 26, 2010
    based on 4 ratings
     | 5,931 views

    Knowing Jesus is enough to give the foundation for us to give thanks in difficult circumstances. The future will bring great difficulties for the people who experience it; knowing Jesus is their only foundation for hope.

  • When God Seems Unreal Series

    Contributed by Doug Johnston on Jan 2, 2002
    based on 29 ratings
     | 2,010 views

    If we choose to live as if God is not real in our lives, we may commit sins we too will regret for life.

    Introduction: David was a man who loved God, a man after God’s own heart. He sinned, and it was intensified because of who he was and how he mishandled it. But it was just sin, an act of disobedience he came later to regret with bitter tears. And unless we take heed (1 Corinthians 10:12) to ...read more

  • How Can We Make It Right? Series

    Contributed by Doug Johnston on Jan 2, 2002
    based on 36 ratings
     | 2,097 views

    Psalm 51 shows us steps to peace we gain when we come clean and make things right after we sin.

    What are some of the most important things in life? How can you live if you don’t have them? Psalm 51:10-15 gives us guidelines for making things right after we sin, making things right in our world even if we don’t have all the things we think we should have. I. Settling Conflicts ...read more

  • Sailing Through The Storm Series

    Contributed by Doug Johnston on Jan 2, 2002
    based on 48 ratings
     | 3,019 views

    David was able to sail through the storm arriving in the aftermath of his sin with Bathsheba because he didn’t fight it, he went with it so it could fulfill its divine purpose.

    9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. 10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine ...read more

  • A Sheltering Tree Series

    Contributed by Doug Johnston on Jan 2, 2002
    based on 37 ratings
     | 3,941 views

    God’s face in crisis often is seen in the face of friends He sends to help us, or in our face as He directs us to help others.

    2 Samuel 15; 17; 19 When the chips are down, it’s amazing how god sends us a sheltering tree. I. "I’m With You” (15:18-21) Ittai the Gittite A few will remain and be counted on no matter what II. “I’ll Do Whatever You Wish” (15:23-28) Zadok and Abiathar the Priests They were willing to ...read more

  • Big Enough To Forgive Series

    Contributed by Doug Johnston on Jan 2, 2002
    based on 37 ratings
     | 2,928 views

    David discovered that sometimes personal offenses are best forgiven, not paid back by holding grudges, getting angry, or giving paybacks.

    When David met Shemei the first time (2 Samuel 16:5-8), Shemei: +Kicked him when he was down. +Threw rocks at him, +Yelled at him, +Said God was judging the King, +Probably reminded David who Shemei’s dad was The second time they met (2 Samuel 19:22-23), 1. David kept his focus on God ...read more

  • The End Of An Era Series

    Contributed by Doug Johnston on Jan 2, 2002
    based on 44 ratings
     | 3,691 views

    David’s death brought the end to a unique time of history; have we lived in such a way to make an impact in history for God that will be remembered?

    For David, After he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, and was laid unto his fathers... From Acts 13:36 Every person has a purpose for living, every one of us. The tragedy of all tragedies is that we should live and die and never found that purpose, that special ...read more

  • When God Says "No” Series

    Contributed by Doug Johnston on Jan 2, 2002
    based on 71 ratings
     | 4,991 views

    When God tells us "no" to one of our requests, it does not mean He does not care for us, it usually means He has something else for us

  • The Rest Of Your Life Series

    Contributed by Doug Johnston on Jan 2, 2002
    based on 39 ratings
     | 2,548 views

    Simeon and Anna did not live their senior lives without purpose, they dedicated the rest of their lives to praise God and were blessed for it.

  • Finding God Series

    Contributed by Doug Johnston on Jan 2, 2002
    based on 61 ratings
     | 2,868 views

    Jesus’ first independant action, teaching in the Temple at the age of 12, introduces His life-long urgency of helping people find God.

  • Doing The Impossible Series

    Contributed by Doug Johnston on Jan 2, 2002
    based on 40 ratings
     | 3,430 views

    Mary was able to take on the seemingly impossible task God gave her by taking the strength for the task He gave and not relying on herself.

  • Strange Blessings Series

    Contributed by Doug Johnston on Jan 2, 2002
    based on 25 ratings
     | 2,866 views

    Failing to make time for God during strange times might cause us to miss His blessings and instead find frustration instead.

  • "I Played The Fool, " Saul's Epitaph Series

    Contributed by Doug Johnston on Oct 19, 2001
    based on 34 ratings
     | 4,113 views

    Instead of being like King Saul, whose life ended with disappointment, we can be like King David, whose life was characterized by hope, even when death was near.

  • How To Be Better Than Your Neighbor Series

    Contributed by Doug Johnston on Oct 12, 2001
    based on 44 ratings
     | 2,148 views

    If we truly think we’re better than another, we must demonstrate it by controlling ourselves, not controlling our neighbor.

    “If you ever want to test the (1) of a person, ask him (or her) what you should do when your enemy is vulnerable. Unless they are men or women of God, they’ll tell you to (2) every time.” -Chuck Swindoll (1) = carnality (2) = strike I A Subtle Temptation (1-4) A. When we really want ...read more

  • In And Out Of Depression Series

    Contributed by Doug Johnston on Oct 12, 2001
    based on 48 ratings
     | 2,968 views

    Just as David went into a "funk" of depression while he waited for God, we too need to watch out for periods of depression as we wait for God to work in our lives.

    What can make us fall into “the pits?” -Taking the wrong viewpoint “David said in his heart…” -Pessimism “I shall now perish…” -Defeatist thinking “There is nothing better for me…” What happened to Israel’s future king? +He lost his own identity and became displaced “Make ...read more