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The Life Plan of a Courageous Man

Men! In western society today, we've typecast men as unable to be responsible, intelligent, or relationally healthy. Boys will be boys. Men just can't control themselves. Girls rule. Boys drool. We aren't doing our boys any favors by hold up this particular caricature. Equally dangerous is the other extreme, embraced in various generations of history in which men are domineering overlords of the weaker sex. Between and beyond these two models is the model of a godly …

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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 way. We can choose to play well. Start now by asking questions like these: Have I built my life on the foundation of a relationship with Jesus Christ? Have I …

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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 was struggling greatly in this battle. Out of six chapters of 1 Samuel, we learn at least four lessons about what our flesh is prone to do. I want us to consider these …

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How God Prepares a Heart for Greatness

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 fund. We'll teach him to drive someday. We'll educate him, nurture him, feed him, and clothe him. We'll seek out healthy relationships for him. All of this is an effort …

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You’ve Got a Friend In Me

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 friendship is all about. In 1 Samuel 18-20, we get to see three different kinds of relationships exemplified by how three different people relate to David. These three …

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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 giant, and most of the life applications we hear are from this angle as well. Don't miss the opportunity to learn some lessons from Goliath along the way though. For …

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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

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 my mind... slingshots don't hurt people, people hurt people. David used his slingshot to bring down a giant. Goliath was a 9 foot, 3 inch mountain of a man, covered in …

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Killing Giants

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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