Archive for August, 2015|Monthly archive page

A Legacy Worth Leaving

On his deathbed, King David summarized the core of his life in 3 short phrases as he passed the throne to Solomon. This conversation was more than a “how to reign” speech for a son. It is an ongoing challenge to us today to live well and live long.
Readings: I Kings 2:1-4, Matt. 22:35-40
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Better Is One Day

As our summer of reading through the early years of the kingdom of Israel draws to a close, we listen in on King Solomon’s prayer of dedication for the new temple. His hope was that it would be a place where God would hear prayers and offer forgiveness. Can we hope for the same thing today?

Readings: 1 Kings 8:(1,6,10-11), 22-30, 41-43; Psalm 84; Ephesians 6:10-20; John 6:56-69

A Wealth of Wisdom

As David’s son, Solomon, prepared to lead the next generation as King in Israel, he had a dream. It wasn’t unlike the kind of dream that most of us have had at some point or another – a dream where we are granted whatever it is we ask for! But Solomon’s request was not what you’d expect, and perhaps for that very reason, it was granted.

Readings: 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14; Psalm 111; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58

I Want Only My Son

Most all of us would prefer to avoid the negative consequences that follow our poor decisions. While King David’s sin was forgiven, the consequences were felt for many years afterward. In the story of his son Absalom’s revolt and subsequent death, we come face to face with a truly broken-hearted king.

Readings: 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33; Psalm 130; Ephesians 4:25-5:2; John 6:35, 41-51

 

From Attraction To Destruction

Beauty is worthy of our appreciation, but too often, we fail to respond appropriately, and the results can be deadly. The sad story of David’s affair with Bathsheba draws attention to the dangerous road that leads from attraction to lust and beyond. What can we learn from his failures?

Readings: 2 Samuel 11:1-15; Psalm 14; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21