Sep 26, 2016
“Is there still anyone….that I may show him kindness?”

2 Samuel 9:1-7

9 And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan's sake?

And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he.

And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet.

And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lodebar.

Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar.

Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant!

And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually.

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  • Sep 26, 2016“Is there still anyone….that I may show him kindness?”
    Sep 26, 2016
    “Is there still anyone….that I may show him kindness?”

    2 Samuel 9:1-7

    9 And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan's sake?

    And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he.

    And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet.

    And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lodebar.

    Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar.

    Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant!

    And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually.

  • Sep 18, 2016“If the Lord is with us, whey then has all this happened to us?”
    Sep 18, 2016
    “If the Lord is with us, whey then has all this happened to us?”

    Judges 6:11-13

    11 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrahthat belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”

    13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”

  • Sep 12, 2016“Why have You brought me to this place?”
    Sep 12, 2016
    “Why have You brought me to this place?”

    Numbers 21:4-5

    4 Then they set out from Mount Hor by the way of the [a]Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the [b]people became impatient because of the journey. 5 The people spoke against God and Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no[c]food and no water, and [d]we loathe this miserable food.”

  • Sep 6, 2016“Who am I?”
    Sep 6, 2016
    “Who am I?”

    Exodus 3:1-11

    The Burning Bush

    3 Now Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the [a]west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 The angel of the Lordappeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of [b]a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. 3 So Moses said, “[c]I must turn aside now and see this[d]marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.” 4 When the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 5 Then He said, “Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” 6 He said also, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

    The Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. So I have come down to deliver them from the [e]power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite. Now, behold, the cry of the sons of Israel has come to Me; furthermore, I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians are oppressing them.

    The Mission of Moses

    10 Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?”

  • Aug 28, 2016“How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?”
    Aug 28, 2016
    “How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?”

    Joseph’s Success in Egypt  Genesis 39:1-9

    39 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an Egyptian officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the bodyguard, bought him[a]from the Ishmaelites, who had taken him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, so he became a [b]successful man. And he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian. Now his master saw that the Lord was with him and how the Lord caused all that he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight and [c]became his personal servant; and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he owned he put in his [d]charge. It came about that from the time he made him overseer in his house and over all that he owned, the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house on account of Joseph; thus the Lord’s blessing was upon all that he owned, in the house and in the field. So he left everything he owned in Joseph’s [e]charge; and with him there he did not [f]concern himself with anything except the [g]food which he [h]ate.

    Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. It came about after these events that his master’s wife [i]looked with desire at Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.” But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Behold, with me here, my master [j]does not concern himself with anything in the house, and he has put all that he owns in my [k]charge.[l]There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?”

  • Aug 21, 2016“Will not the Judge of all the Earth do Right?”
    Aug 21, 2016
    “Will not the Judge of all the Earth do Right?”

    Genesis 18:22-25

    22 The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord.[a] 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare[b] the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it?25 Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?”

  • Aug 14, 2016“Indeed, has God Said…?”
    Aug 14, 2016
    “Indeed, has God Said…?”

    Genesis 3:1-5

    The Fall of Man

    3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which theLord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from [a]any tree of the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; 3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” 4 The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! 5 For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

  • Aug 7, 2016The End is Just the Beginning
    Aug 7, 2016
    The End is Just the Beginning

    Acts 28:17-31

    17 After three days [a]Paul called together those who were the leading men of the Jews, and when they came together, he began saying to them, “Brethren, though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our [b]fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. 18 And when they hadexamined me, they were willing to release me because there was no ground [c]for putting me to death. 19 But when the Jews [d]objected, I was forced to appeal to Caesar, not that I had any accusation against my nation. 20 For this reason, therefore, I [e]requested to see you and to speak with you, for I am wearing this chain for the sake of the hope of Israel.” 21 They said to him, “We have neither received letters from Judea concerning you, nor have any of the brethren come here and reported or spoken anything bad about you. 22 But we desire to hear from you what[f]your views are; for concerning this sect, it is known to us that it is spoken against everywhere.”

    23 When they had set a day for Paul, they came to him at his lodging in large numbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morning until evening. 24 Some were being persuaded by the things spoken, but others would not believe. 25 And when they did not agree with one another, they began leaving after Paul had spoken one parting word, “The Holy Spirit rightly spoke through Isaiah the prophet to your fathers,26 saying,

    Go to this people and say,
    [g]You will keep on hearing, [h]but will not understand;
    And [i]you will keep on seeing, but will not perceive;
    27 For the heart of this people has become dull,
    And with their ears they scarcely hear,
    And they have closed their eyes;
    Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    And hear with their ears,
    And understand with their heart and return,
    And I would heal them.”’

    28 Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will also listen.” 29 [[j]When he had spoken these words, the Jews departed, having a great dispute among themselves.]

    30 And he stayed two full years [k]in his own rented quarters and was welcoming all who came to him, 31 [l]preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered.

  • Jul 24, 2016Fellowship Matters
    Jul 24, 2016
    Fellowship Matters
    Acts 28:11-15

    Paul Arrives at Rome

    11 At the end of three months we set sail on an Alexandrian ship which had wintered at the island, and which had [a]the Twin Brothers for its figurehead. 12 After we put in at Syracuse, we stayed there for three days. 13 From there we sailed around and arrived at Rhegium, and a day later a south wind sprang up, and on the second day we came to Puteoli.14 [b]There we found some brethren, and were invited to stay with them for seven days; and thus we came to Rome. 15 And the brethren, when they heard about us, came from there as far as the [c]Market of Appius and [d]Three Inns to meet us; and when Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage.

  • Jul 17, 2016The Silent Sermon
    Jul 17, 2016
    The Silent Sermon
    Acts 28:1-10

    Safe at Malta

    28 When they had been brought safely through, then we found out thatthe island was called [a]Malta. 2 The [b]natives showed us extraordinary kindness; for because of the rain that had set in and because of the cold, they kindled a fire and received us all. 3 But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out[c]because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand. 4 When the[d]natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they began saying to one another, “Undoubtedly this man is a murderer, and though he has been saved from the sea, [e]justice has not allowed him to live.”5 However he shook the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm.6 But they were expecting that he was about to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had waited a long time and had seen nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and began to say that he was a god.

    Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the leading man of the island, named Publius, who welcomed us and entertained us courteously three days. And it happened that the father of Publius was lying in bed afflicted with recurrent fever and dysentery; and Paul went in to see him and after he had prayed, he laid his hands on him and healed him. After this had happened, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases were coming to him and getting cured.10 They also honored us with many [f]marks of respect; and when we were setting sail, they [g]supplied us with [h]all we needed.