Christ suffered on the cross, refusing to save himself in order to save us, knowing his Father would vindicate him three days later as He carried out His plan of redemption.
A fresh look at the familiar story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem before the Passion. Setting aside our own lens of perspective, what did those who were there see?
Bob and Brenda, Josiah and Brittany, and Dan and Lynn offer their wisdom relationships, dating, marriage and more. Good questions from the group sparked some really good conversation!
While fleeing from Saul, David has the opportunity to take Saul’s life. He refuses to do so, claiming that he cannot kill God’s anointed one. Even though Saul is pursuing him for evil intent, David is determined to let God deal with the injustice. This is a theme that we see in the Psalms of David, “Lord please rain down justice or vengeance upon my enemies…” David clearly sees (experiences) the injustice and cries out to God for justice but at least on this occasion is unwilling to take justice into his own hands. What does this teach us about dealing with our enemies?
Dan explores two key pieces of a biblical framework for relationships – the universal mark we all bear and the universal mandate we are called to obey. Both have important implications for how we view relationships and treat others we are in relationship with.
The story of David, Nabal, and Abigail. The courage and desire for justice that served David so well against Goliath almost leads to a great sin, if not for Abigail’s humble intervention with the truth.
Armor offers protection. Who wouldn’t want this when going into battle? Yet, David in 1 Samuel 17 declines Saul’s offer of armor, choosing instead the protection God has already given him: his faith and his instruments of shepherding.
A look at God’s grace and mercy despite our sin, confession, and the foolishness of trusting in our own strength.
Josiah Leueberger continues our mini-series on the book of Philippians, exploring chapter three in his talk ‘Striving After Christ’. Paul put no confidence in his own abilities, but hoped only in Christ, striving hard to gain him.
In 1 Samuel 8:1-22, the people reject God as their judge by asking Samuel for a king, “such as all the other nations have.” (v. 5) God’s intention was not for them to be like the other nations! In spite of their rejection, God is faithful and eventually sends them a King like no other.