Contributed on May 8, 2006
First in a series on the life of David. This message looks at how God uses ordinary people in ordinary poistions to serve His purposes.
For the next ten weeks or so, we’re going to embark on a journey through the life of David. The story of David’s life is so fascinating. We probably know more about David that any other person in the Bible, except for Jesus. And the thing I like about David is that he’s so much like us. God calls ...read more
Contributed on May 12, 2006
Second in a series on the life of David. This message focuses on our work.
Last week, we began a journey through the life of David and as we took a look at the process of Samuel anointing David to be the king of Israel we found that: God chooses to give extraordinary power to ordinary people in ordinary positions in order to serve His purposes. This week, we’re ...read more
Contributed on May 22, 2006
Third in a series on the life of David. This message focuses on how religion can pervert our relationship with God.
Members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas have made quite a name for themselves in the past several years. The church is led by Pastor Fred Phelps, and though it has “Baptist” in the name of the church, it is not associated with any Baptist denomination. The church is focused on the ...read more
Contributed on Jun 6, 2006
Fourth in a series of messages on the life of David. This message deals with how we live together in a community of faith.
This week, I’d like to begin by sharing a couple of poems that I found this week. But there’s a twist. For now, I’m going to leave out the last verse of each poem and come back to them a little later on. The Perfect Church If you could find the perfect church Without one fault or smear For ...read more
Contributed on Jun 13, 2006
Fifth in a series of messages on the life of David. This message deals with how to handle the losses in our lives.
All of us experience losses throughout our lives. We have family members and friends who die. Sometimes we lose jobs. Or we can lose material possessions or our health. Sometimes we lose a relationship that’s important to us because of a conflict or because someone moves away. Those kinds of losses ...read more
Contributed on Jun 23, 2006
Sixth in a series on the life of David. This message focuses on worship.
I’m going to put the pictures of several people up on the screen and I’d like you to respond with the first word that pops into your mind. • Mugshots of Bill Gates when he was arrested in Albuquerque in 1977 for reckless driving • Childhood photo of Jean Claude Van Damme with glasses • Childhood ...read more
Contributed on Jun 28, 2006
Seventh in a series on the life of David. David learns it’s not about him, it’s about God.
When Roy DeLamotte was chaplain at Paine College in Georgia, he preached the shortest sermon in the college’s history. However, he had a rather long topic: "What does Christ Answer When We Ask, "Lord, What’s in Religion for Me?" The complete content of his sermon was in one word: "Nothing." He ...read more
Contributed on Jul 6, 2006
Eighth in a series on the life of David. This messages focuses on how to deal with suffering.
In the April 16, 2006 issue of Parade Magazine, Marlo Thomas wrote the following words in an article titled “We Can Become Bitter of Better”: There are times in our lives when the right words spoken at the right moment can transform us. They challenge us at a crossroads, carry us through times ...read more
Contributed on Jul 20, 2006
Last in a series on the life of David. David expresses the gospel in his song to God.
We’ve spent the past couple of months now looking at the life of David, a man after God’s own heart. As I said at the very beginning, perhaps the greatest value of David’s life is that he shows us that it is possible to live out our spirituality here in the real world. It’s not always easy; it’s ...read more