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2 Samuel 1:1-16 - Kingdom Principles

This book is not just about David but more properly it is about a covenant God who makes covenant promices to a covenant king through whom he will preserve a covenant people. In the begining of this book an Amalekite thought david would want to gain the kingdom in any way possible (no scruples). But David did not want power for himself by denying God's principles, commands, and precepts. He knew that faithfulness to Kingdom Principles is where real authority comes from. God will be faith to give him the kingdom if he is faithful to kingdom Principles for living

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Philippians 1:1-2 - A Captive Joy

We normally think that Philippians is all about joy, and that is of course a major theme when it flashes forth 16 times. But it is sparked by the deeper themes of Paul’s letter. Philippians calls us to a particular kind of joy - a joy that was experience by Paul in Roman captivity facing a capital charge while his leadership was being contested. In this sermon we will look at acts 16 and see the journey Paul took to get to Philippi with his companions (Luke, Timothy, and Silas) including the Macedonia call by the Spirit of God. Secondly we will look at Paul's reception by 3 different people in Acts 16 when he arrives at Philippi. Finally, we will look at the occasion for this letter late in Paul's imprisonment at Rom (probably after 62 AD). My desire and prayer is that you will see the servant heart of Paul in fellowship with the Philippians Christians was based on making Christ the center of the letter and the motivation of His joy.

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2 Samuel 23:1-7 - Last Words Looking Forward

Last words are funny things. Not everyone gets a chance to give them, but David's last words (whether they are what he spoke or his last will and testament, I do not know) are recorded in Chapter 23 for us. The unique thing that differs from other last words in the Old Testament is that David was trying to anticipate the future. It is not a blessing about a person but a prophecy about a kingdom. Chapter 22 looks back upon how Yahweh established the kingdom and chapter 23 looks forward to how Yahweh will consummate the kingdom. David's last words help all of us over come a confidence problem we have with the future and especially Biblical prophecy. Verses 1-7 center around a just ruler that perfectly fears the Lord, which is none other than Jesus Christ Himself, as the Writer gives you 3 characteristics of His final kingdom: Certainty, Attractiveness, and Exclusiveness. As you listen to the sermon I pray that you will start or recommit yourself to see Christ as the center of your confidence in Scripture. May you see Christ as the preeminent figure in your understanding of the future kingdom of God.

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2 Samuel 21:1-14 - The Cost of Covenant Breaking

Chapter 21 starts a new section (21-24) in closing the book of 2 Samuel. Some thing think that this secion is an intrusion to our the them of transition (David to Soloman). But I believe that the author is making a conclding point on how God's kingdom is to be goverend. In our passage in 2 Samuel 21, David's kingdom is experiencing a famine which causes David to pray to find out its cause. God says it is because the bloodguilt on Saul because he put the Gibeonites (who had made a Covenant with Israel in the name of the Lord (see Joshuah 9)) to death. David Doesn't pray for a solution but seeks atonement with the Gibeonites who want 7 men to pay with their lives. The difference between David and Saul is show by David loyality to the covenant he made with Jonathan to protect Mephibosheth (Jonathan's son). it ends with showing Rispah love for her son in protecting the bodyas and David giving Saul, Jonathan and the other that were hanged to bury them. We learn how misplaced zeal can cause us not to rely on our covenant with God and his mercy.

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