Bethel Baptist Church: December 10, 2017: 10:15 am
It is the choices of the heart, that defines David.
1 Samuels Chapter 13 verse 14 reads: “the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people”. The Good News Translation renders that same verse as follows: “the Lord will find the kind of man he wants and make him ruler of his people”. Acts Chapter 13 verse 22 states “God testifying concerning him: I have found David son of Jesse to be a man after my own heart”. I do not know the Christian man who would not want his testimony to be that he was ‘the kind of man God wants’ or would not deeply desire to share the heart of God. This leads us to the question; in what ways does the life of David clearly demonstrates the heart of God? Before addressing this question directly it is necessary to examine some contextual matters. Continue reading
We have just celebrated another Christmas. Beyond the exchange of gifts, family get-togethers and eating lay the heart of Christmas, God speaking to humankind as “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” In our sentimental celebration of the Babe in the Manger, we often miss the point that Jesus was born in a period of great turmoil, dissension and division in Israel. Murder was rife, sectarianism was rampant and the imperial control of Rome was everywhere. God spoke his most powerful Word to humankind in a period marked by strife, not peace, colonial domination not equality among the nations and confusion not a consensus among the people. Continue reading
Beginnings are special. The beginning of all beginnings has to be the most special. No human was there. This is universally agreed by theologians and scientists, believers, agnostics and atheists. So we who result from the beginning are left to ponder and to wonder.
What marked the beginning? The first sentence of John Chapter 1 verse 1 is “In the beginning was the Word”. Like many others, I find this phrase profound. It is the source of recurrent meditation and inspiration. More than 40 years ago I remember bringing the message at a Christmas morning service at church and spoke on John Chapter 1 verse 1. Continue reading