Part 18: Build an Altar

“The Best and Worst of Times” 2 “Build an Altar” Part 6

2 Sam. 24:18-25 – NIV

*Our ability to fail never ceases so our willingness to build altars should never cease.

Luke 9:23 – NIV

1. Building an altar requires a denial of self

*Building an altar is the laying down of a life!

Rom. 12:1 – KJV

2. Building an altar requires identification with Christ

2 Tim. 2:11 – KJV

Phil 3:20 – KJV

*Taking up your cross is ongoing surrender

*The cross we bear crucifies pride and promotes humility

3. Building an altar requires obedience

*David’s sin cost many lives, but his obedience saved many lives

1 Chron. 21:27 – NIV

*Altars are not placed in temples, temples are built on altars!

Is what we offer to God costing us something?

Part 17: What Makes a Mighty Man?


“The Best and Worst of Times”2 “What Makes a Mighty Man?” Part 5

2 Sam. 23:8-12 – KJV

2 Cor. 10:3-4 – KJV

2 Tim. 2:3 – KJV

Mal. 3:16 – KJV

2 Tim 2:19 – KJV

Five Traits of Mighty Men:

1. Must be brave!

*Bravery means: Selfless and Fearless is it a surrender of self to a greater cause and purpose

Act. 20:24 – KJV

Act 21:13 – KJV

Rom. 14:8 – KJV

2. Must be a man of principal

*If our cause is not bigger than us we need a new one!

3. Must be loyal

*Our loyalty and faithfulness does not just affect our generation!

4. Must be able to fight alone or alongside others

5. Must use what he has

*Don’t let your background or past hinder you from being a Mighty Man for God!

Part 16: “O Absolom!”

“The Best and Worst of Times” 2 Part 4 “O Absalom!”

2 Sam. 18:33 – NIV

Col. 3:21 – NIV

Five Lessons for Dads:

1. Avoid Duplicity and Hypocrisy

*David’s sin with Bathsheba was the first and most devastating blow to the foundation of his family.

2. Do not fail to discipline your children

*Prov. 13:24 – NIV

*Prov. 19:18- NIV

3. Do not fail to protect your children

*We must protect them physically and spiritually

4. Do not fail to express love to your children

*Kids spell “love” TIME

*Deut. 6:6-7 – NIV

5. Do not fail to initiate reconciliation with your children

*Mal. 4:5 – NIV

Five Lessons for “Absaloms”:

1. You’re not as smart as you think you are

2. Your parents may not be perfect but they are your parents, obey them!

3. When you rebel, you hurt yourself just as much as your parents

4. The things you are most prideful about will snare you and destroy you

5. When you fight against God you will always lose

Oh Absalom!

Part 15: The Anatomy of a Fall

“The Best & Worst of Times” (2) “The Anatomy of a Fall”  Part 3 

2 Sam 11:1-17, 27 – NIV

The Five elements of David’s Fall:

  1. He had just experienced a great victory

*Prov. 16:18 – NIV

Two reasons why great falls often come after great victories:

Pride or arrogance   B. We let down our defenses

     2.  He was in a position of idleness

*Gen. 4:7 – NIV

*The Word of God reminds us to beware of idle hands, idle time, and idle minds.

      3. He did not turn quickly from temptation

James 1:14 – NIV

I Tim. 4:7 – NIV

     4.  He had an attitude of entitlement

*Thank Jesus Christ He does not give us what we deserve!

*Luke 17:10 – NIV

    5.  He attempted to conceal his sin

Prov. 28:13 – NIV

The reason concealment of our sins is so detrimental is because:

A. It callouses our heart

B. It leads to additional sins

C. It emboldens us to sin again

*Jude 1:24-25 – NIV

*We can overcome!

Part 14: Dropped But Not Forgotten

“Best and Worst of Times 2” “Dropped but not Forgotten”

2 Sam. 9:1-13

2 Sam. 4:4

*Someone who was supposed to help him dropped him.

*In ancient times physical handicaps were considered a curse or the reward of sin

*God knows and cares deeply about our hurts from the past

What the king offered Mephibosheth:

  1. Release from his fears
  2. Kindness based on the merits of someone else
  3. Provision (Land and servants)
  4. A place at the kings table
  5. Deliverance from future death

*The king did not remove his lameness but he did remove the shame!

*You have an invitation from the King to sit at His table!