The Inside Column 26/10

Posted in: The Inside Column- Oct 26, 2014 No Comments

Good Morning and a very warm welcome to all.

If you are visiting with us today we pray you will feel at home here at St Barnabas. Please make yourself known and feel welcome to stay for tea or coffee after the service.

Next Saturday is the church fair, fun, fun, fun, have you sighed up to help on the day? There is still time for you to bring in your White Elephant stuff, old books, home baking and sweets, The church fair is not just away for the church to make some money, but it is also a chance for us to meet people from our community and to put a face to the church. As always with the Church fair the more people we can have helping on the day the easier the day will run, so if you have not signed up, today is the day. Can you come early to help set up? Can you stay late to help clean up? Remember about the baking contest. There are three categories that you can enter and one for children.

Can I ask that we all pray for the church fair that it will be a success, and that we will be able to have some faith decisions with the people that come and that we might be able to bless our community?

This week we will be looking at the life and times of King David. Big story! We are first introduced to David after Saul, who at the insistence of the people, was made king, This choice of king, or even having an earthly king at all, was against the will of God, and although Saul was anointed by God through Samuel, he did not measure up as God’s king. While King Saul was making one mistake on top of another, God sent Samuel to find His chosen king David, the son of Jesse. David was believed to be 12-16 years of age when he was called in from tending his father’s sheep to be anointed as the true king of Israel. As soon as Samuel had anointed David’s head the Spirit of the Lord departed from King Saul. The fact that evil spirits were tormenting Saul brought David into the king’s service, Saul was pleased with young David, but this feeling vanished quickly as David rose in strength to slay the Philistine giant, Goliath, and win the overwhelming favour of the people. Although Saul never stopped pursuing him with the intent to kill him, David never raised a hand against his king and God’s anointed. He did, however, raise up an almighty army and with power from God defeated everyone in his path, always asking God first for permission and instructions before going into battle.

An adulterous affair when he should have been out fighting, then the murder of her husband to cover up his mess, causes David much trouble, “against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place,” - Psalm 51.

David grasped the seriousness of sin. David confessed that He had sinned, There is much to learn from David’s life.

 

Yours in Christ

Phil

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