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Giving Thanks in Difficult Times
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Mar, 2010
Summary: Knowing Jesus is enough to give the foundation for us to give thanks in difficult circumstances. The future will bring great difficulties for the people who experience it; knowing Jesus is their only foundation for hope.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Revelation 12:1-17
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,055
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When God Says “No”
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Jan, 2002
Summary: When God tells us "no" to one of our requests, it does not mean He does not care for us, it usually means He has something else for us
based on 71 ratings
Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:1-29
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,722
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When God Seems Unreal
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Jan, 2002
Summary: If we choose to live as if God is not real in our lives, we may commit sins we too will regret for life.
based on 29 ratings
Scripture: 2 Samuel 11:1-12:6
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 447
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How Can We Make It Right?
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Jan, 2002
Summary: Psalm 51 shows us steps to peace we gain when we come clean and make things right after we sin.
based on 36 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 51:1-15
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 507
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Sailing Through the Storm
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Jan, 2002
Summary: David was able to sail through the storm arriving in the aftermath of his sin with Bathsheba because he didn’t fight it, he went with it so it could fulfill its divine purpose.
based on 48 ratings
Scripture: 2 Samuel 12:1-25
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 613
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A Sheltering Tree
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Jan, 2002
Summary: God’s face in crisis often is seen in the face of friends He sends to help us, or in our face as He directs us to help others.
based on 36 ratings
Scripture: 2 Samuel 15:1-19:43
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 593
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Big Enough to Forgive
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Jan, 2002
Summary: David discovered that sometimes personal offenses are best forgiven, not paid back by holding grudges, getting angry, or giving paybacks.
based on 37 ratings
Scripture: 2 Samuel 16:1-19:43
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 827
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The End of an Era
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Jan, 2002
Summary: David’s death brought the end to a unique time of history; have we lived in such a way to make an impact in history for God that will be remembered?
based on 44 ratings
Scripture: 2 Samuel 23:1-7
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,146
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Doing the Impossible
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Jan, 2002
Summary: Mary was able to take on the seemingly impossible task God gave her by taking the strength for the task He gave and not relying on herself.
based on 40 ratings
Scripture: Luke 1:28-55
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 828
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Finding God
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Jan, 2002
Summary: Jesus’ first independant action, teaching in the Temple at the age of 12, introduces His life-long urgency of helping people find God.
based on 60 ratings
Scripture: Luke 2:41-52
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 679
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The Rest of Your Life
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Jan, 2002
Summary: Simeon and Anna did not live their senior lives without purpose, they dedicated the rest of their lives to praise God and were blessed for it.
based on 39 ratings
Scripture: Luke 2:21-40
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 498
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Strange Blessings
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Jan, 2002
Summary: Failing to make time for God during strange times might cause us to miss His blessings and instead find frustration instead.
based on 25 ratings
Scripture: Luke 2:1-20
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 480
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"I Played the Fool, " Saul's Epitaph
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Oct, 2001
Summary: Instead of being like King Saul, whose life ended with disappointment, we can be like King David, whose life was characterized by hope, even when death was near.
based on 33 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,052
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In and Out of Depression
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Oct, 2001
Summary: Just as David went into a "funk" of depression while he waited for God, we too need to watch out for periods of depression as we wait for God to work in our lives.
based on 48 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 27:1-30:31
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 698
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How to be Better Than Your Neighbor
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Oct, 2001
Summary: If we truly think we’re better than another, we must demonstrate it by controlling ourselves, not controlling our neighbor.
based on 42 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 24:1-22
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 420
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When It's No Fun Anymore
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Oct, 2001
Summary: David developed his faith by necessity as God allowed other helpful resources to go by the wayside.
based on 41 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 18:1-20:42
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 671
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Not Quite Robin Hood
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Oct, 2001
Summary: The story of Nabal illustrates the value of knowing when to act and when to practice patience.
based on 32 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:1-44
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 446
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High Noon
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Oct, 2001
Summary: Honoring God in all the areas of his life had the unexpected result of uniquely preparing David to kill the giant Goliath.
based on 34 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 17:1-58
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 267
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God's Favorite Things
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Oct, 2001
Summary: When God saw David as a man after His own heart, he noticed three important character traits He still values today: spirituality, humility, and integrity.
based on 52 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 13:14
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,139
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Honor, Humility, and Faith
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Oct, 2001
Summary: David’s life shows how important our brokenness in confession and prayer is to God.
based on 37 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 51:1-19
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 302
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One Man's Influence
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Oct, 2001
Summary: Saul’s failure to address his own heart and it’s lust get to the heart of the matter why God’ prefered David’s heart to his.
based on 36 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:1-35
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 332
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Dealing With Failure
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Oct, 2001
Summary: When Saul made mistakes in judgment or sinned, he had the pattern of making things hard for himself by overlooking them or blaming others instead of coming back to the heart of the matter and doing the simple things God wants most.
based on 41 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 14:1-15:35
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 589
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The Awakening
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Sep, 2001
Summary: Just as Saul was called out of fear to take his place of leadership, so we too are being called by God to awake from slumber and take our place in these days crying out for leadership.
based on 43 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,416
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It's Amazing What You Might Find
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Aug, 2001
Summary: As Saul was surprized by God’s selection of him as king, we too may be surprized by the opportunitites God brings our way as we use the situations He puts us in.
based on 37 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 8:1-9:27
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 615
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The View from On Top
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Aug, 2001
Summary: Saul found the view from the palace great, but the responsibilites were greater than his heart allowed him to enjoy.
based on 32 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 13:1-13
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 457
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Promises For Believers Only
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Aug, 2001
Summary: Belivers must stop making excuses for lives of spiritual weakness and use God’s power for living by laying down their weaknesses and exchanging them for His strengths
based on 27 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 4:1-7:14
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 427
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When Crying Isn't Enough
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Aug, 2001
Summary: Instead of being satisfied to feel "sorry" when we miss God’s mark, we should press on to produce change in life to please Him.
based on 64 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 7:1-14
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 844
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A Heart After God
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Aug, 2001
Summary: Jesus described the hearts His followers would ideally possess in the Beatitudes, hearts we should strive to build in ourselves
based on 17 ratings
Scripture: Matthew 5:1-12
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 410
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My Petition
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Aug, 2001
Summary: Hanna’s example of dedication to God demonstrated through prayer challenges us to pray about the things our heart desires.
based on 47 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:1-11
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,003
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Why Do You Keep Doing It?
Shared by: Doug Johnston on Aug, 2001
Summary: When we begin to think God doesn’t listen to our prayers, we need to remember Hanna, a woman who was committed to prayer.
based on 24 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:12-14
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 513