Pursue - Overtake - Recover

March 2, 2007

Ziklag was listed as one of the 29 towns in Negev assigned to the tribe of Simoen (Joshua 15:31; 19:5). It was apparently controlled by the Philistines during King Saul's rule, and was given to David by King Achish of Gath. David used the town as a home base for raids against various groups who threatened the southern borders of Judah (I Samuel 27). After being away one time, David returned to find it ransacked by the Amalekites.

David's response is a powerful story of reclaiming what was lost. Often in life we find ourselves in this situation. What is God's take on our situation? Some interesting principles in the text we'll examine on Sunday morning. To know God's attitude about our losses is valuable when we seek His direction on how to respond. Have you lost your Ziklag? God has three words for you. Come expecting a blessing!

Amazing Grace: Opinions & Options

February 21, 2007This Friday (23rd) the movie, "Amazing Grace" premiers all over the nation.  It is a story of one's man driving passion to eradicate slavery in the British Empire.  The story is a journey of struggle and ultimately victory.  We will have a few clips about the movie during the assembly on Sunday (25th).  

When Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech to the 14th Indiana Regiment in 1865, he said, in part:  "Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally."  Nine years earlier, during his annual message to Congress, Lincoln asserted:  "In giving freedom to the slave we assure freedom for the free - honorable alkie in what we give and waht we preserve."  In a Birmingham jail in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote:  "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."  

Looking forward to our study on Sunday!  Jim

God's Surprising Power Over My Failure

February 11, 2007This will be the fifth and final installment in study series from Psalms.  We've talked about God's surprising power over my disappointment, confusion, hurt, and fear.  Failure seems to be the toughest because we usually bring this on ourselves.  

We will tell the story of a man who was held responsibile for a mistake that took nine lives and cost the government tens of millions of dollars.  It cost him his career, and nearly his sanity.  What was his turning point?  How did he find resolution to his failure?  What role did his faith and His God play?  We will look at his life through the lens of Psalm 13.  His testimony is powerful!  

Thank you for your response to this series.  If God can address our struggles with disappointment, confusion, hurt, fear, and failure, we can our way to a trust that produces amazing peace.

See you on Sunday!

A Champion's Charge

January 30, 2007Are you ready for the Super Bowl this coming Sunday?  Evidently, the whole world will be tuning in.  

A few interesting facts:  
- Over 150,000,000 Americans will be tuning in.  
- Nine of the top 10 shows ever watched by us were Super Bowls!  
8% will tune in just to view the ads  -  ads that will cost $73,333 per second!  
- The Bears and Colts will do battle for the Vince Lombardi Trophy, a sterling silver prize that costs the league $25,000.  
- The football game will be only 60 minutes, but there will be at least 30 minutes of commercials interrupting the game.   
- Take out food sales skyrocket for the game as well as antacid sales which rise 20% for Sunday and Monday.  
- And evidently, many need time to heal because there is a 6% increase of illness on Monday following the game.

With all this in mind, my message this Sunday is, "A Champion's Charge."  We will talk about the champion within all of us, and how three championship principles help us reach the goal of victory.  

See you on Super Sunday!


God's Surprising Power Over My Fear

January 23, 2007

We're in week four of our series.  On Sunday we will look at a Harris Poll of what Americans are afraid of.  We are fearful creatures and a very fear-filled culture.  Each day we're reminded of the losses of terrorism, but did you know more people die each year from water than all the explosions of terrorism? After 911, travel in the airwaves decreased, but did you know fatalities from automobile accidents went up.  Why?  Simple.  We are 27 times more likely to die in a car accident than in an air disaster.  When passengers stopped flying and started riding, fatalities rose.  What does the Bible have to say about fear?  We'll study this on Sunday with a special look at Psalm 46.  Looking forward to our time in the Word and our worship.