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Daily Bible Readings

Playing the Long Game in a Sanctuary City

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[6] And your servant had two sons, and they quarreled with one another in the field. There was no one to separate them, and one struck the other and killed him. [7] And now the whole clan has risen against your servant, and they say, ‘Give up the man who struck his brother, that we may...

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Tags: dysfunction, family, forgiveness, mercy, reconciliation, sin

Seeking Jesus First and Avoiding a National Calamity

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[1] Now Absalom, David’s son, had a beautiful sister, whose name was Tamar. And after a time Amnon, David’s son, loved her. [2] And Amnon was so tormented that he made himself ill because of his sister Tamar, for she was a virgin, and it seemed impossible to Amnon to do anything to...

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Tags: action, forgiveness, passive aggressive, reconciliation, redemption

Treating People Right When They Sin

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[13] David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die.  2 Samuel 12:9-13 ESV

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Tags: hell, judgment, mercy, punishment, sin

Listening to God and Staying Out of Trouble

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[1] In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. [2] It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was...

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Tags: action, discipleship, obedience, temptation, volunteer, works

Showing Honor No Matter the Consequences

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[4] So Hanun took David’s servants and shaved off half the beard of each and cut off their garments in the middle, at their hips, and sent them away. [5] When it was told David, he sent to meet them, for the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, “Remain at Jericho until your beards have...

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Tags: compassion, diplomacy, grace, honor, mercy, shame

This Invitation Goes Out to All the Dead Dogs

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David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your father, and you shall eat at my table always.” [8] And he paid homage and said, “What is your servant, that you should show regard for a dead...

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Tags: forgiveness, grace, mercy, salvation

To the Victors go the Spoils

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[11] These also King David dedicated to the LORD, together with the silver and gold that he dedicated from all the nations he subdued, 2 Samuel 8:6–11 ESV

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Tags: charity, donations, giving, money, offering, success, wealth

The Promise of Those Coming After Us

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[13] He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. [14] I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, 2 Samuel 7:12-18 ESV

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Tags: discipleship, diversity, middle school, sunday school, youth, cross-generation

Carting Around God's Presence

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[7] And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah, and God struck him down there because of his error, and he died there beside the ark of God. 2 Samuel 6:3-7 ESV

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Tags: anointing, ark, faith, fanfare, holy spirit, laws, obedience

Faith in Truth or Circumstances and the Action that Follows

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In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the LORD said to you, ‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over Israel.’” [3] So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with...

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Tags: action, failure, faith, grace, struggle, truth

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