|TODAY IN THE WORD|
Monday June 18, 2018
Any person, especially a dad, wants to leave a legacy in the lives of others. Welcome to the Word with Pastor David. As dads we desire to create a long shadow on future generations. The Word tells us stories of some fathers whose shadows were shortened by their actions. Eli was a high priest with terrible sons serving in the temple. They ripped off the people and went to bed with the serving women. Eli says to them in I Samuel 2:23-24:
“…Why do you do such things? I hear from all the people about these wicked deeds of yours. No, my sons; the report I hear spreading among the Lord’s people is not good.”
Eli complains about their behavior, but he doesn’t take action. He is their boss in the temple and he could remove them from their posts but he does nothing. All he does is wring his hands in despair. So, the Lord judges Eli and announces his family line will be cut short. He says,
“…Why do you honor your sons more than me…?” (v 29)
People who fail to hold those under their care accountable see their shadow of influence shortened. Eli’s shadow could have been generations long but because he cared more what his kids thought of him than what was right, his shadow was cut short. As dads we must connect actions with consequences in those we love if we hope to leave a positive legacy for the future.
And that’s the Word from Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.
Tuesday June 19, 2018
As dads we want to leave a legacy in our families. But are there ways to self-destruct that noble goal? Welcome to the Word with Pastor David. King Saul had been promised to start a long line of kings. Yet the prophet Samuel challenges him in I Samuel 15:18-21:
“…he sent you on a mission, saying, ‘Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; wage war against them until you have wiped them out.’ Why did you not obey the Lord?”
“…Saul said. I went on the mission the Lord assigned me, I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back…their king. The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder…”
Saul maintains he is completely obeying while clearly, he is not. And he has a nasty habit of blaming others for his mistakes—‘the soldiers did it.’ Because of his failure to take personal responsibility, his royal line is terminated and God seeks out another kingly line to take his place.
For you and I, if we model to our families that we are never to blame, if we are dodgers of responsibility, then we run the risk of teaching our children the same. Whether a family or a multinational company, if the top cannot accept responsibility when they make mistakes the entire organization can be infected. Trying to avoid responsibility in the short term can pay a high price in the long term.
It will shorten the leader’s legacy.
And that’s the Word from David Baker of Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.
Wednesday June 20, 2018
In our day, the message is preached that there is no connection between our personal lives and our public service. Welcome to the Word with Pastor David. The story of King David suggests otherwise. After his affair with Bathsheba, the Lord tells King David through the prophet Nathan in II Samuel 12:8-10:
“I gave your master’s house to you…I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah…with the sword and took his wife to be your own…Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house….”
David’s secret sin became public when Bathsheba became pregnant. And what David worked so hard to hide became a cancer in his own family. One prince raped another half-sister princess. Her brother plotted and killed the rapist, and then tried to take the throne from David himself before he was hunted down and killed.
The truth is that secret sin casts its own shadow despite our best efforts to hide it. And the shadow of sin wreaks havoc wherever it goes. Our private and public lives are essentially inseparable. If we want a healthy family legacy we need to look to our own private actions first.
And that’s the Word from Pastor David of Deer Lodge Assembly. Join our Wednesday adult Bible Study at 6:30 for more of the Word.
Thursday June 21, 2018
What does it take to be a real man? Welcome to the Word with Pastor David. King David was one of the great heroes of all time. He is the one who defeated Goliath and led his people to many battle victories. I Kings 2:1-3 reads:
“When the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to Solomon his son.
“I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, act like a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him…””
One of the toughest men to ever strap on a sword tells his son on his deathbed that to be a strong man—to be a real man--involves walking out the requirements of God whether they are easy or popular or not.
Could this be true in our day when obeying anyone—a God or otherwise is considered weak? We trumpet defiance. But King David says let your walk line up with your talk. Follow God’s commands and act like a man. Let your life of honor and virtue and commitment to the One who made you speak for itself.
And that is the Word from Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.
Friday June 22, 2018
What is King David’s advice from his deathbed? Welcome to the Word with Pastor David. I Kings 2:3-4:
“…observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him…Do this so that you may prosper in all you do…that the Lord may keep his promise to me: ‘If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.’”
King David’s advice to his son Solomon was to walk faithfully after the Lord with all his heart and soul. If he did, the legacy of David would go on for generations. And in fact, the shadow of David’s influence stretched over nearly a millennia—and was privileged to be the bloodline of the Messiah himself.
If you and I want a legacy that lasts, we need to walk faithfully after the Lord with all that we’ve got. That can affect our children’s lives, and sometimes beyond that!
And that’s the Word. You can enjoy more of the Word this Sunday at 10:45 at Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.