As we celebrate the marriage of Rachel and Joshua, Darren takes a look at the roles and responsibilities of the husband and wife and explains that every marriage reflects and embodies the relationship between Jesus and his Church. Jesus loves the church and has given it a mission, the same is true of every marriage.
David wants to to build a Temple for God, a permanent dwelling place for his glory. Great idea? Everyone thinks so, everyone that is except God. God says no to David's plans not because David has sinned or because he's unworthy. It's a great idea emanating from sound and pure motives but God simply says its not part of my plan for you. How does David cope with a knock back like that?
Are you free in your worship? David finds out that true freedom comes when we are completely obedient. To be a man after God's heart David discovers you have to care about the things God cares about, even in the smallest of details!
What do you want people to say about you once you are gone, what will your epitaph be? King Saul sums up his life in five words - I have played the fool! - tragically it needn't have been this way but Saul chose compromise and disobedience.
Join Rod as he prepares us for a new year and all the opportunities it will bring us to grow the Kingdom of God. Let's get our perspective right!
Today we find David fighting a crucial battle; this time however he's not fighting with a sword and its not against the Philistines or any external enemy. This time David loses the internal battle of truth versus lies; the conflict between commitment and compromise; the war of allegiance to God or self. The consequences are dire and David once again finds himself at rock bottom. Thankfully David finds that even after living in the land of the enemy for a long time that God is a Hope bringing God.
Temptation never arrives with horns blaring and lights shining, rather it creeps in under the cloak of credibility and rationality. Today we learn how David falls for the temptation to short circuit his route to the throne, it seems good to him and those around him but it wasn't God's way. In this situation David learn's that even 'little' sins need to be avoided at all costs. Why? because there is no such thing as a 'little' sin.
David was down and out but still his heart was turned towards God. It was at this point that God reveals his purpose and it becomes part of his healing. Listen in as Darren continues his series on the Life of David as he contemplates his future in a dark lonely cave.