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March 3, 2019

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Read 2 Samuel 9

 

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Scripture- 2 Samuel 9:1- One day David asked, “Is anyone in Saul’s family still alive—anyone to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”

 

Observations- David again does something unconventional for a king 3000 years ago- he extends hospitality and kindness to a potential heir to the throne in the line of succession from the previous king. Most kings would have eliminated any threats to their power, but David remembered and honored his promise to his best friend, Jonathan, to bless his remaining family. 


Application- The question Jesus was asked, "Who is my neighbor?" was designed to figure out the precise boundaries and limits of hospitality and kindness to be extended, which led Jesus to tell the parable of the Good Samaritan. There are, of course, no limits to the way we extend love and grace; rather we are to pour God's love out lavishly- as it has been poured out on us.


Prayer- Thank You, God, for the way You have so graciously poured out Your love on my life. Help me not be stingy in sharing that lavishly with others. Point me in the right direction and lead us to "show kindness" in ways that reveal we are rooted in Your Word, renewed by the Holy Spirit, and reaching out with Jesus' love to all people. Amen.

 

“Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.” (Luke 10:36-37)

 

Pastor Jamie

 

  1. S. - Please join us today for a town hall meeting at noon after the 11 o'clock worship service in the Sanctuary where you can get more information, ask further questions, and offer feedback on this week's General Conference.


​​​​​​​To contact me: reply to this email...it only comes to me.

 

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March 2, 2019

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Read 2 Samuel 8

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Samuel+8&version=NLT

 

Scripture- 2 Samuel 8:11-12- King David dedicated all these gifts to the Lord, as he did with the silver and gold from the other nations he had defeated— from Edom, Moab, Ammon, Philistia, and Amalek—and from Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah.

 

Observations- This chapter details many victories of Israel (led by David) in battle. In the midst of so much victory other nations not in conflict with Israel paid tribute to avoid war and curry favor. It's the way things were done. Most kings hoarded such tribute gifts for themselves, but David made a different choice by offering such gifts to God.


Application- Stewardship is a word in church that we use to signify that God is the owner of everything we have in this life and that we get to manage these gifts for His glory, which doesn't preclude our enjoyment at all. How well are we stewarding the resources God has so graciously given to us? What adjustments do we need to make to ensure that we are "dedicating all of these gifts to the Lord?"


Prayer- Father, You alone are the source of every good gift. We give You thanks and praise for all of your gifts to us, and we thank you for your generosity. Everything we have and all that we are comes from you. Help us to be joyful, grateful, and responsible stewards. Renew us by the power of the Holy Spirit to make any adjustments in our spending, saving, and giving that bring You glory and make Jesus smile. Amen. 

 

"Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life." (1 Timothy 6:17-19),

 

Pastor Jamie

 

  1. S. - Please join us for a town hall meeting at noon tomorrow, March 3, after the 11 o'clock worship service in the Sanctuary where you can get more information, ask further questions, and offer feedback on this week's General Conference.


​​​​​​​To contact me: reply to this email...it only comes to me.

 

To connect with the New Hope website: www.findnewhope.com

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