by Christopher Harbin

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NOTE: This sermon is part 21 and 22 of a 40 part devotional series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Twenty-First Day (21 of 40)
Series: Lenten Devotion
Christopher Harbin
II Samuel 12:4

‘‘One day someone came to visit the rich man, but the rich man didn’t want to kill any of his own sheep or cattle and serve it to the visitor. So he stole the poor man’s lamb and served it instead.’’ 2 Samuel 12:4

Nathan’s parable paraded before King David pretended to be a true story - a story about another. It is a classic strategy, not likely to have begun with Nathan, but certainly his was the foremost example upon which prophets like Amos built their own critiques of the nation and its leaders. King, listen to this story of gross injustice! How can such a thing happen in Israel with no one held accountable? What an outrage! As David’s emotions are stirred by the story, he delivers an edict of condemnation. That is when Nathan delivers the punch line: You are the man.


Twenty-Second Day (22 of 40)
Series: Lenten Devotion
Christopher Harbin
Luke 12:44

‘‘A servant who is always faithful will surely be put in charge of everything the master owns.’’ Luke 12:44

Jesus spoke a lot about being prepared. He talked of living with an eye on eternity, not just the moment. Meanwhile, he did not focus on eternity as a destination. He focused on eternity as a question of relationship and service. He wanted people to understand that eternity with God is a serious issue. He also stressed that eternity is tied to one’s relationship with God and how that relationship impacts those around us. Faith is relational and includes transformation into servants of God Almighty.
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