Legacy assignments for June 4

The Plank and the Speck (pg. 301)

Life’s Great Joy (pg. 1216)

 

The Plank and the Speck:  2 Samuel 11-12

 

Although David is described as a man after God’s heart (see 1 Sam. 13:14), he was certainly human. These

chapters tell his story of failure, including the confrontation by the prophet Nathan and David’s response.

David’s extreme reaction to Nathan’s story revealed his own guilt. What David thought was his righteous

indignation was really a judgment on his own behavior. Jesus taught the same truth. Matthew 7:1-5 says

that we reveal our weaknesses when we see and revile those weaknesses in others.

 

In these areas of my life I tend to react with righteous indignation in regard to others, only to realize that

I sometimes also display the same behavior:

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This is what I have done to correct this behavior:

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Related scripture:  Psalm 51; Proverbs 16:18; Matthew 26:31-45

 

 

Life’s Great Joy:  3 John

 

John wrote that his greatest joy was to hear that his “children” (younger believers whom he had taught

and for whom he was praying) were walking in the truth (see verse 4).

 

At these times I observed you “walking in the truth” and it brought joy to my life…

 

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Related scripture: Proverbs 10:1; Romans 16:19; Philippians 1:3-11

Devotional Thought

In Psalm 58, we read that David must have had some serious encounters with some seriously bad (i.e., evil) people.  We, too, in our lives will encounter people of all kinds who will be “wayward and speak lies. [With] venom … like the venom of a snake, like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears” (verse 4).  Although our language may not be as eloquent as that penned by the Psalmist, we know the end result for the wicked is just the same – they “will be swept away” (verse 9).

As Christians we should pray for and anticipate the ultimate sweeping away of all evil and wickedness and for the blessed hope of our Soon Coming King!  Until that day comes, we keep pressing on, standing firm in our faith despite the encounters and attacks of the enemy.

In His Grip,

Pastor Beau

 

May 25 sermon recordings

Rev. Vernon Perera preached a different sermon in our 2 services.  Click here to listen or download.

9 am:  “Victories of Faith”

11 am:  “When Everything is Against You”

May 25 sermon handout

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Legacy assignments for May 28

Jonathan (pg. 272)

Friends Forever (pg. 281)

 

Jonathan: 1 Samuel 20:42

 

Genuine loyalty isn’t blind. A truly loyal person seeks the truth in the only One who can provide

that truth. What role has God played during conflicts in which you wanted to remain loyal to both parties?

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Related scripture:  1 Sam. 13:1 – 2 Sam. 1:27; 2 Sam. 9, 21.

See article on page 272 of the Legacy Bible.

 

 

Friends Forever:  1 Samuel 20

 

David and Jonathan shared friendship that sustained them, encouraged them and protected them.

Check out these expressions of friendship displayed by David and Jonathan: They both gave to each

other (see 1 Samuel 18:4). They came to one another’s defense (see 1 Samuel 19:4-5). They cheered for

one another’s advancement (see 1 Samuel 23:25-17). They openly declared appreciation for each other

(see 2 Samuel 1:17-27).

 

Here’s how my close friends have expressed friendship to me:

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I appreciate our relationship because…

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Related scripture: Proverbs 17:17, 18:24; Mark 3:13-19; John 15:13-15

Devotional Thought

As the deer pants for the water, so my soul longs after You.
You alone are my heart’s desire and I long to worship You.

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You alone are my strength, my shield, to You alone may my spirit yield.
You alone are my heart’s desire and I long to worship You.

I want You more than gold and silver, only You can satisfy.
You alone are the real joy Giver and the apple of my eye.

You’re my friend and You are my brother, even though You are a King.
I love You more than any other, so much more than anything. 

– Martin Nystrom, 1981

Prayer focus

“Break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the LORD until He comes to rain righteousness on you”  (Hosea 10:12b).

Today, I am encouraging everyone to fast with this in mind— breaking up your fallow ground.  What is fallow ground?  For all of us who do not have a farming background, fallow ground is ground that was once tilled but now lies in waste.  Sounds drastic?  We like to think of ourselves as not too bad and we don’t declare ourselves as being overly good.  This feels safe.  To break up the fallow ground is to bring the mind into such a state that it is prepared to receive the Word of God.  A good way to judge if we need to break up the fallow ground of our hearts is to examine ourselves.  Here are some ways suggested by a preacher from the 1800’s named Charles Finney which still holds up today in our modern world:  ingratitude to God, lack of love to God, neglect of the Bible, unbelief, neglect of prayer, lack of love for the souls of our fellow men, neglect of family duties (Do we habitually strive to influence their spiritual good?), neglect watchfulness over our own lives and neglect of self-denial.

As we fast today, let us seek God and ask the Holy Spirit to show us the ways we are lacking.  Let us break up the fallow ground of our hearts so we can be revived and as fruitful as God intends us to be.

In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit. – Judges 21:25;18:1;17:6

As mentioned in Sunday’s sermon, I believe the closing chapters of Judges are the saddest chapters in the Bible. What could have been for Israel was not realized as they lost sight of their Savior and King upon entering the promised land. God gave them the instruction they needed to succeed, yet they failed. Today, as New Testament believers, we must remember that God has given every believer the gift of abundant life – that is, the potential for abundant life – but it is up to us to exercise the spiritual disciplines that will make it a reality in our life. Sadly Israel did not, but they could have if only they had remembered their true King. We have a King; in fact we have the King of Kings (Jesus) and our success is directly tied to our attentive awareness of this truth.

May 18 sermon recording

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May 18 sermon handout

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