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Sermon: A Better Than Jonathan Is Here



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Sermon: One Life. Play Well.

1 Samuel 31 records the end of the lives of King Saul and his sons, including Jonathan. It's a tragic end that didn't have to be. According to 1 Samuel 26:21, Saul chose to "play the fool" during his life, making up his own rules instead of obeying God's wisdom. We don't have to face death and eternity that …

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Winning the War Over the Flesh

There is a universal battle in the lives of believers between the flesh and the Spirit. We waver between doing what our fleshly instincts tell us to do and doing what God is telling us to do. This is a timeless battle. As we look through the life of David, we've come to a spot in his life where I believe he …

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How God Prepares a Heart for Greatness

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Samuel (our son) is now six days old as I write this, and we are already talking about what we're going to do to prepare him for adulthood. That's the goal - doing all we can as parents to help him grow up into a well-adjusted, independent, godly young man. We're already putting aside money in his college …

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You’ve Got a Friend In Me

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When people talk about friendships in the Bible, they usually think of David and Jonathan, and with good reason. Not long after David defeated Goliath, the two had an opportunity to live under Saul's roof together and become very close. Many things about their relationship demonstrate exactly what real …

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Take a Lesson from Goliath

You've probably heard the story of David versus Goliath, and you've probably heard all kinds of applications of that story such as how to face the giants in your life, how to fight by faith, etc. Most of the sermons we preach from the story revolve around the victory of the little teenager against the big …

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Guest Post About Charging at Giants

Kevin Martineau just asked a few people to write guest posts on his blog, so I offered one and Kevin published it today. It's all about charging at giants, and I love the image Kevin chose to represent the idea!... Read Charging At Giants …

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Slingshots Don’t Hurt People… People Hurt People

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Yesterday at Bethel, we kicked off a four-part sermon series on the story of David and Goliath called Killing Giants. I took a slingshot to church and picked up five smooth stones along the way. We had fun. Nobody argued with the sermon... no one dared! This morning, I woke up with a semi-profound thought on …

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Killing Giants

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Tomorrow, I'm beginning a new series of messages on the battle between David and Goliath. That's where we are in our journey through the Word, right in the middle of 1 Samuel, and I'm going to slow down and dedicate the four Sundays of March to this wonderful story. …

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To Become a Man After God’s Own Heart

In our journey through the Word at Bethel, we've come up to the historical books of the Old Testament. We jump right into the first two kings, Saul and David, who could not be more of a contrast. I've always been struck by the supreme difference between the two of them Saul would do anything for the approval of …

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