David’s power and influence as King begins to quickly disintegrate as Absalom’s well-planned rebellion exploits almost every one of his father’s shortcomings and weaknesses as ruler of Israel.
Trials in life come for three reasons: to manifest the life of Christ in us; to prepare us an external reward; and to commend us as ministers of the Gospel.
King David displeases God by taking a count of army of Israel. He then discovers where God wants the Temple to be built, a great blessing to the nation.
The Lord allows the events of history to happen. By examining his ways with his people in the past we can gain insight on how we are to respond to our current crisis.
The story of David and Mephibosheth answers the question of what makes someone a giver, while the story of David and Ziba tells us what makes someone a taker.
The demise of the house of King Saul and the ascent of King David's shows that the consequences of our actions and how we live our lives affect not just us alone but the people around us as well.
We approach this often misunderstood event in the Christmas story by looking at three topics related to the Wisemen's journey: their decision to go; a dangerous detour; and a different way home.
When the angel of the Lord announced to the shepherds the birth of Christ, their circumstances, closeness to the event and the change it brought about gave them a special perspective on this first Christmas.
Paul knows that he is leaving the Thessalonians in a situation where there is conflict and persecution and he wants to show them how to have peace amidst such stormy circumstances.
Paul commends the Thessalonians for their great brotherly love which was becoming well known even beyond their own city; and yet he still exhorts them to love each other more and more.
When it comes to spreading the message of the Gospel, how that message is lived out in the lives of God's people and presented to the world is as important as the message itself.