131006 I Chronicles 29:1, 12, 10-18

Text: I Chronicles 29:1, 2, 10-18
Theme: Pray David's Way

It was a grand day, a glorious day, a day of celebration and transition. The gathering was like a who's who of the most important people in Israel: officials, officers, commanders and mighty warriors. After all the leaders had assembled, their leader King David rose to his feet.

This was not the young boy who shepherded the sheep. This was not the brave warrior who slew the giant Goliath. This was not the powerful ruler who united the nation and established the nation's capital in Jerusalem. No, by this time David was an old man. The ruddy complexion was marked with deep wrinkles. Forty years on the throne had taken their toll. It was time for the great king to pass the scepter to his successor.

David had not been allowed to build the temple (the Lord had given that honor to his son Solomon), but that didn't stop the departing king from making all the necessary preparations. And in his farewell address David detailed how much of the groundwork had already been laid:

"With all my resources I have provided for the temple of my God—gold for the gold work, silver for the silver, bronze for the bronze, iron for the iron and wood for the wood, as well as onyx for the settings, turquoise, stones of various colors, and all kinds of fine stone and marble—all of these in large quantities" (2).

David continued (in verses not included in our text) by giving an account of how much he had given to the temple project out of his own personal funds: 110 tons of gold and 260 tons of silver. After I tried to process what 370 tons of gold and silver looks like, after I tried to imagine how wealthy David must have been to give a gift like that, after I got over the staggering amount David had pledged I started asking myself some questions. Maybe you have some questions too.

Why did David publicly disclose how much he had given for the building of the temple? Didn't his actions contradict the stewardship principle that when we give we shouldn't let our left hand know what our right hand is doing (Matthew 6:3)? After so many years of faithful service was David looking for some kind of acknowledgement or recognition or praise?

No! David knew that this day was not about him or Solomon or the immense wealth and increasing power of the nation of Israel. A closer look at King David's prayer reveals what this day was about, and I pray that the Spirit-inspired words of this man of God will inspire each of us to...

PRAY DAVID'S WAY

Read more: 131006 I Chronicles 29:1, 12, 10-18

130922 I Timothy 6:6-16

Text: I Timothy 6:6-16
Theme: The Marks Of A Man Of God

Three men are seated in the same row of a crowded airplane...

On the aisle is an elderly, gray-haired gentleman, and as the crew prepares for takeoff he rocks back and forth nervously in his seat. Judging by the way he is gripping the black leather cover of the book in his hands, he does not like to fly.

Next to the window is a man in his forties. The expensive suit he is wearing will have to be pressed to get rid of all the wrinkles caused by this flight. He is tired, no, he is exhausted. But before he closes his eyes he pulls a picture out of his wallet and smiles.

The young man sitting between them is barely in his twenties. Maybe it's the multiple piercings. Maybe it's the tattoos that cover his bare arms. Maybe it's the music blaring out of his earphones, but he just isn't normal. He looks different. He looks like trouble.

One of these men is a devout Christian. Only one of these men trusts in Jesus as his Savior. One of them knows that if the plane crashes and he dies, he will go to heaven. The question is: Which one?

The old man with the Bible in his hands? Maybe, but what if that book isn't a Bible? What if he is holding a copy of the Koran or the Book of Mormon? Could it be the businessman? Sure. Maybe he keeps a picture of Jesus in his wallet. Or maybe it's a picture of his wife. But what if it's not? What if it's a picture of a co-worker with whom he is having an affair?

The only one we can rule out for sure is the punk kid, right? He doesn't look anything like a Christian... until we look a little closer. Those tattoos on his arms are Christian symbols, a cross, a triangle, a fish. And even though the music he is listening to is way too loud, it's loud enough to make out a few words...Jesus...Savior...Redeemer.

What is the moral of this story? It kind of sounds like the spiritual version of "You can't judge a book by its cover," but it's more than that. It challenges us to define what it means to be a Christian. When we look at other Christians, when other Christians look at us, are there certain things we should be able to see? Are there perhaps other things we can't see?

The apostle Paul addresses those questions in our text for today, and his answer for both is, "Yes." At the conclusion of this very personal and practical letter, Paul describes for Timothy and for us...

THE MARKS OF A MAN OF GOD

I. A godly life
II. A good confession

Read more: 130922 I Timothy 6:6-16

130915 Exodus 32:7-14

Sermon Text: Exodus 32:7 – 14
Sermon Theme: Do You Practice Idolatry?

 

Idolatry. When I mention that word to you, what is the first picture that jumps into your head? Do you picture a Muslim, as he bows down to offer his prayers to Allah? Do you picture a Buddhist bowing down to a statue of his god Buddha? Or, do you picture someone praying for help to one of the "saints," such as Mary or St. Peter? If I were to ask each one of you here today whether or not you practice idolatry, I think most, if not all of you, would quickly respond with a loud "NO WAY! Are you kidding? I don't practice idolatry!" But today I am going to ask you to examine that answer. So I ask the question again: DO YOU PRACTICE IDOLATRY? From God's Word before us in Exodus chapter 32 we will see that the sin idolatry is far too easy for you and me to fall into. And we will see that there is only one cure.

Read more: 130915 Exodus 32:7-14

130908 Proverbs 9:8-12

Text: Proverbs 9:8-12
Theme: What It Takes To Be Truly Wise

Last weekend's Labor Day holiday gave many Americans a chance to relax, and it gave me the opportunity to do something I enjoy, something I don't get to do much anymore. I watched Jeopardy. Even though the game show first aired almost fifty years ago in 1964, the basic put-your-answer-in-the-form-of-a-question format hasn't changed.

Here are a few questions (or answers) from Monday's show: Two million kilowatts can be generated by the power plant at this dam on Lake Mead (What is Hoover Dam?); This alphabetically first of the six noble gases is used in light bulbs and vacuum tubes (What is argon?); Common four-letter term for an ordinary hexahedron (What is a cube?).

Some game shows require more luck than skill. Jeopardy is not one of them. In order to be successful, you need to be able to process information quickly. In order to do well, you have to perform under pressure. And in order to win, you have to know a lot about a lot of things.

The text before us today was written by a man who knew a lot about a lot of things. Listen to what the Bible has to say about him: "God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. Solomon's wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the men of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt" (I Kings 4:29, 30).

Solomon was perhaps the wisest man who ever lived. But as smart as he was, as much as he knew, he didn't let it go to his head. Solomon recognized that his wisdom was a gift from God, a gift to be shared with others. In the book of Proverbs King Solomon shares some of his insights with us. And as we sit at his feet and listen to his words, we will learn...

WHAT IT TAKES TO BE TRULY WISE

I. A humble attitude
II. A healthy appetite
III. A holy awe

Read more: 130908 Proverbs 9:8-12

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