Sermons on “1 Kings”

Get Up

Over the summer, people I love suffered an enormous tragedy.  When they called to tell me their terrible news, I found myself saying the words so many of us say so honestly but so automatically: oh my gosh, I’m so sorry, let me know if there’s any way I can help. 

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God Provides

The powerful prophet Elijah comes to prominence at a difficult time in the history of God’s people. Last week, we heard about the work of King David to unite all the tribes of Israel as one powerful country. After David’s reign, his son Solomon succeeds him. Israel descends into a series of less-faithful kings and the nation itself ultimately divides in half. Elijah’s ministry comes during the reign of King Ahab, who ruled over the Northern Kingdom, who worshipped other gods – mostly notably and nefariously, the false god Baal.

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The Lord Indeed is God

A couple years ago, I had a friend who proposed doing the following exercise for a week during Advent: you take a piece of paper, and write down the words: God is God, and ______ is not. And each day of the week, in the blank, you write something that you think you give too much importance, too much weight, too much claim on your identity.

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The Gift of Guidance

May Grace and Peace be yours in abundance in the knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen

Today we come to the end of David’s story. We have followed David from a little shepherd boy, the youngest of Jesse’s sons anointed as God’s beloved to rule a kingdom, through early signs of leadership in his battle with Goliath, his failings and brokenness in the pursuit of Bathsheba, and his struggles as a leader and father in the death of his son Absalom. David’s life was full of political intrigue complete with personal failings and triumphs.

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It’s Not About Money

It’s always about money. Having enough, not having enough, looking like you have enough, needing more, keeping what’s yours and taking what isn’t, it’s what we are always talking about and thinking about. The root of all evil, that around which the world turns, time is money, money is power, it’s about money.

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