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Daily Bible Readings

Kingly Strength and Dependence

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[10] But David’s heart struck him after he had numbered the people. And David said to the LORD, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. But now, O LORD, please take away the iniquity of your servant, for I have done very foolishly.” [11] And when David arose in the...

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Tags: failure, forgiveness, judgment, mercy, strength, weakness

The Few, the Humble, the Mighty Men of David

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[18] Now Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of the thirty. And he wielded his spear against three hundred men and killed them and won a name beside the three. [19] He was the most renowned of the thirty and became their commander, but he did not attain to the...

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Tags: belonging, humility, leadership, politics, pride, service

David's Obituary Psalms, Part III - God Has Shown Himself

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer called the Psalms the Prayer book of the Bible. Today, as we wrap up this autobiographical psalm of David, look at the things that helped him know and appreciate the Lord. What has happened to you this week (or this decade) to help you know and appreciate the Lord? [32]...

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Tags: age, faithfulness, honor, reflection, time, worship

DAVID'S OBITUARY PSALMS, PART II - God Makes Us Strong

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This is the second of three sections of David’s Psalm reflecting on his life. Remember from the other psalms that David always credits his righteousness to God, so when he talks about how blameless he is, it’s not pride, it’s recognizing God’s mercy. [17] “He sent...

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Tags: grace, mercy, old age, reflection, righteousness, salvation

David's Obituary Psalms, part I

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We are going to do things a little different for the next few days. 2 Samuel ends with 2 psalms of David and then a quintessential story of the kinds of things he did in his life. We’re going to take it slow through the psalm, because the God that delivered David delivers us too. [1] And...

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Tags: death, faithfulness, reflection, thanksgiving, worship

Old Stories and New Hopes Share the Fight Together

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[17] But Abishai the son of Zeruiah came to his aid and attacked the Philistine and killed him. Then David’s men swore to him, “You shall no longer go out with us to battle, lest you quench the lamp of Israel.” [18] After this there was again war with the Philistines at Gob...

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Tags: discipleship, groups, mentor, nextgen, old people, young people

Get to the Point, Resolve the Conflict, Save the Day

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[17] And he came near her, and the woman said, “Are you Joab?” He answered, “I am.” Then she said to him, “Listen to the words of your servant.” And he answered, “I am listening.” [18] Then she said, “They used to say in former times...

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Tags: conflict, confrontation, enemy, leadership, peace

Mercy Beats Depression After Trauma

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[1] It was told Joab, “Behold, the king is weeping and mourning for Absalom.” [2] So the victory that day was turned into mourning for all the people, for the people heard that day, “The king is grieving for his son.” [3] And the people stole into the city that day as...

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Tags: death, depression, forgiveness, grief, healing, hurt, mercy, pain

Welcome, Foreigner that is Loyal to the King

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[1] Then David mustered the men who were with him and set over them commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds. [2] And David sent out the army, one third under the command of Joab, one third under the command of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab’s brother, and one third under the...

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Tags: community, grace, loyalty, racism, team, trust

Advice that Appeals to Our Pride or God's Glory

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[11] But my counsel is that all Israel be gathered to you, from Dan to Beersheba, as the sand by the sea for multitude, and that you go to battle in person. [12] So we shall come upon him in some place where he is to be found, and we shall light upon him as the dew falls on the ground, and of...

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Tags: advice, choices, counsel, discernment, humility, pride

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