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Sermon Passages: 1 Samuel 18:1-20:42

Like David, we all experience trials and difficulties, and like David, God is with us. It is God's presence that makes the difference, his presence and power that gives us victory! However, victory doesn't always mean we escape the difficulty; sometimes God's presence and power are evident because we are still standing in the midst of the storm. God's faithfulness is sure.

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Sermon Passages: 1 Samuel 18:1-31:13

What do we do when things don't go the way we thought or hoped? The life of David is a wonderful example. David was very successful. He was anointed king of Israel, had great success in battle, had strong friendships, married the king's daughter, and was loved by the entire nation. But Saul was jealous and afraid of David, and set out to kill him. When the "good life" turned bad, how did David respond? Notice what was absent from David's response. There was no complaining or demanding of explanation. David didn't take matters into his own hands when he had an opportunity to kill Saul. David wasn't self-centered, but showed concern for others. What did David do? He strengthened himself in the Lord, inquired of the Lord before acting, trusted the Lord and did good.

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Sermon Passages: Mark 4:26-6:6

Jesus demonstrates that he has power over creation, over demons, and over life and death itself. He proves that he is king and lord over all. In Mark, we see examples of two responses to Jesus–the response of unbelief and the response of faith. We are to walk in faith and trust in Jesus.

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Sermon Passages: Exodus 15:22-18:27

After seeing God's great power and glory, Israel falls into escalating grumbling as God brings them through the wilderness. Moses, however, retains his faith in "the LORD my banner." Without denying the very real and agonizing hardships we experience in life, we must resist the temptation to unbelief and grumbling and must remind ourselves of God's goodness and faithfulness. He will surely continue to sustain us through trials.