• The Good News of the Kingdom [Part 2]

    By — August 19, 2016

    Are you ready for some good news? If you ever feel like a foreigner in your own culture, be not dismayed. You’re a citizen of a different kingdom. Today’s text: ““You saw, O king, and behold, a great image. This image, mighty and of exceeding brightness, stood before you, and its appearance was frightening. The head of this image was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its middle and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. As you looked, a stone was cut out by no human hand, and it struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, all together were broken in pieces, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.” (Daniel 2:31–35, ESV)

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  • The Good News of the Kingdom [Part 1]

    By — August 18, 2016

    Are you ready for some good news? If you ever feel like a foreigner in your own culture, be not dismayed. You’re a citizen of a different kingdom. Today’s text: ““You saw, O king, and behold, a great image. This image, mighty and of exceeding brightness, stood before you, and its appearance was frightening. The head of this image was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its middle and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. As you looked, a stone was cut out by no human hand, and it struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, all together were broken in pieces, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.” (Daniel 2:31–35, ESV)

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  • Wisdom and Power [Part 2]

    By — August 17, 2016

    Are you ready for some good news? Though it may be hidden from the eyes of the world, when you receive the marvelous revelation of God’s grace in Jesus Christ, it brings you might. Text: “To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of you, for you have made known to us the king’s matter.”” (Daniel 2:23, ESV)

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  • Wisdom and Power [Part 1]

    By — August 16, 2016

    Are you ready for some good news? Though it may be hidden from the eyes of the world, when you receive the marvelous revelation of God’s grace in Jesus Christ, it brings you might. Text: “To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of you, for you have made known to us the king’s matter.”” (Daniel 2:23, ESV)

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  • Are you ready for some good news? No one has authority to name you – but God. Text: “The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah. And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego.” (Daniel 1:5–7, ESV)

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  • Are you ready for some good news? No one has authority to name you – but God. Text: “The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah. And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego.” (Daniel 1:5–7, ESV)

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  • Are you ready for some good news? Others can’t label you – only God can! Text: “The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah. And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego.” (Daniel 1:5–7, ESV)

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  • Christ, Our Exile [Part 3]

    By — August 10, 2016

    Are you ready for some good news? Daniel was an exile. But he was blessed. We’re like aliens in this world. But we’re blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Text: “As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. At the end of the time, when the king had commanded that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. And the king spoke with them, and among all of them none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Therefore they stood before the king. And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom.” (Daniel 1:17–20, ESV)

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  • Christ, Our Exile [Part 2]

    By — August 09, 2016

    Are you ready for some good news? If you ever feel like the culture has changed so much that you’re like an alien – take heart. God has a way of showing favor to people like Daniel, and you. Text: “And God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs,” (Daniel 1:9, ESV)

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  • Christ, Our Exile [Part 1]

    By — August 08, 2016

    Are you ready for some good news? The world has changed so much that it might seem sometimes like you are a foreigner in your own culture. But take heart. The hand of the Lord is upon you. He can show you favor in a foreign land. Text: “And God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs,” (Daniel 1:9, ESV)

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  • Oh Absalom [Part 3]

    By — August 05, 2016

    Are you ready for some good news? How great is the Father’s love for you? He gave up His only begotten Son for you. “And the king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And as he went, he said, ‘O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!’” (2 Samuel 18:33, ESV)

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  • Oh Absalom [Part 2]

    By — August 04, 2016

    Are you ready for some good news? When you are in Christ, you’re God’s child – no matter what. Text: “And the king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And as he went, he said, ‘O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!’” (2 Samuel 18:33, ESV)

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  • Oh Absalom [Part 1]

    By — August 03, 2016

    Are you ready for some good news? “The king said to the Cushite, ‘Is it well with the young man Absalom?’ And the Cushite answered, ‘May the enemies of my lord the king and all who rise up against you for evil be like that young man.’” (2 Samuel 18:32, ESV) I am moved and broken by the story of David’s son Absalom. I feel the waves of David’s grief when he learns of Absalom’s death: “Oh Absalom, Oh Absalom!” And, in the midst of the moving story, the gospel lies in wait.

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  • Are you ready for some good news? You can come to the very throne of grace with no inhibition because of the work of Christ on your behalf! ​ Texts: “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. And David was angry because the Lord had broken out against Uzzah. And that place is called Perez-uzzah to this day.” (2 Samuel 6:7–8, ESV)

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  • Are you ready for some good news? In Christ, you can come into the very presence of God without fear. Texts: “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. And David was angry because the Lord had broken out against Uzzah. And that place is called Perez-uzzah to this day.” (2 Samuel 6:7–8, ESV)

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  • Are you ready for some good news? “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. And David was angry because the Lord had broken out against Uzzah. And that place is called Perez-uzzah to this day.” (2 Samuel 6:7–8, ESV) It’s a notorious, scandalous Bible story. As David and the house of Israel were parading to Jerusalem with the Ark of the Covenant, the oxen stumbled and Uzzah steadied the ark with his hand. The seemingly benign offense was met with instant death. David became angry and unwilling to take the ark into Jerusalem that day. So, the ark resided at the house of Obed-Edom for three months, and the keeper of the ark was highly blessed.

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  • Are you ready for some good news? God loves it when you pray His Word back to Him. Text: “And you established for yourself your people Israel to be your people forever. And you, O Lord, became their God. And now, O Lord God, confirm forever the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, and do as you have spoken.” (2 Samuel 7:24–25, ESV)

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  • Are you ready for some good news? I guess I’m an odd bird. I have a lot of friends who are Pentecostal in tradition and “Word of Faith” in theology. I also have a lot of friends who are Presbyterian in tradition and Calvinist in theology. When it comes to prayer, my Word of Faith friends tell the Calvinists, “You act as though everything is already going to happen anyway. If God has decreed everything already, why pray? You need to learn how much authority you have to claim your blessings.” My Calvinist friends respond to the Pentecostals, “You act as though you can tell God what to do. You can’t just ‘name it and claim it’; you have to respect God’s sovereignty. God can do whatever He wants to do.”

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  • Are you ready for some good news? 2 Samuel 7 is one of the most important chapters in the entire Bible. God makes a unilateral covenant of grace with David declaring that the Lord would establish David and his family as the king of Israel forever. The promise of God is breathtaking. But what beggars belief as much is the receptive response of David. The youngest son of Jesse had experienced 15 years of persecution and disappointment from the time he was originally anointed as a youth, but when David received the promise of 2 Samuel 7 he didn’t shy away from the great things God declared. Instead, David prayed God’s promise back to God: “And now, O Lord God, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant. Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever.” (2 Samuel 7:28-29)

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  • Overtime [Part 3]

    By — July 25, 2016

    Are you ready for some good news? Sometimes life is like a sports game that suddenly, unexpectedly goes into “overtime.” It doesn’t mean that you’ve lost. It just means there’s more time on the clock. Text: “And the time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months.” (2 Samuel 2:11, ESV)

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