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S.O.A.P August 15, 2017

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August 15, 2017

Read 2 Samuel 18:1-18
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Scripture: 2 Samuel 18:5- “Then the king ordered Joab and Abishai and Ittai, “Deal gently for my sake with the young man Absalom.” The whole army heard what the king commanded the three captains regarding Absalom.

Observation: David gives explicit orders to the commanders before they go into battle against his son's forces, Absalom is to be spared. Despite Absalom's earlier betrayal toward him, David wants to show his son mercy (mercy is defined as not getting what we deserve).

Application: We can overlook a multitude of faults when we love someone deeply. How else do we explain the actions of husbands and wives – or parents – toward a son or daughter or spouse of an addict? The actions of loving parents toward an unruly teenager? Or, ANY pet owner? 

And how much greater is God's love for us! With inexhaustible mercy toward us, he is able to see beyond our failings. To see beyond past hurts & disappointments we've caused. As we seek to become more like Christ, we who are the recipients of such mercy, are called to show ever greater levels of mercy toward others. Because, as David knew, holding onto past hurts gets in the way of our ability to fully experience the love God has woven into the very fabric of his creation. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father. Thank you for your great love for us. The mercy you shower us with. And the lessons you teach us, in love. Help me to overlook any slights that come my way today – whether intended or accidental. May the way I relate to others glorify you. Amen.

-Dan Palmer
Connect Groups Ministry

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S.O.A.P August 14, 2017

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August 14, 2017
Read: 2 Samuel 15:13-14
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Scripture: “A messenger came and told David, “The hearts of the people of Israel are with Absalom.”
Then David said to all his officials who were with him in Jerusalem, “Come! We must flee, or none of us will escape from Absalom. We must leave immediately, or he will move quickly to overtake us and bring ruin on us and put the city to the sword.”
Observation: Absalom, impatient to become king himself, gathers support and foments rebellion against his father, David, forcing him to flee Jerusalem. David is emotionally torn between preserving his throne and preserving the life of his rebellious son.
Application: The book of 1 and 2 Samuel has a lot of stuff going on here. I’m talking soap opera stuff, reality TV. It’s like the TMZ reports of David or even MTV trying to do a “Real Life” Story. But what I get out of this may be a little different than the actual stage it was set upon. The headlines may be something, but I think I see some THING they didn’t cover.
First of all, THANK the LORD, we don’t have to worry about “the sword”, now that Jesus has spared us. David going through his own sin is a reflection of what we are. He was trying to be rough and ready. The one! But see, he was human. His predicament was enough in itself.
We always want to touch Jesus and have Jesus’ grace. We beat ourselves up though. And this is where David is so important. He was called in so many ways, but he was not the savior. He was flawed but he loved God!  Alas, he was like you and me. Human. Dang! Did you ever feel so compatible to a person in the Bible. Failure. Struggle. SIN!
Oh, yeah, we got it! And we are right with David. But the majesty of our savior, Jesus,  saves us all. And David gives us hope through all our struggles! And through a new life in what we hail…. Jesus Christ. Oh, yeah!
Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”
We are his. And we are in him. Go be….
Prayer: God...God, I love you. Thank you for me and thank you for accepting me. Amen!
The Youth Dude.
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