Solomon was the son of David and Bathsheba hand-picked by David to succeed him. He was the last king to rule over a united kingdom of Israel. He was blessed by God with wisdom, which he asked for, and with peace and prosperity.
The Rise of King David briefly examines the tension between Saul and a young David that became very popular with the people very quickly. God’s Spirit was taken from Saul and given to David. This was his plan and his doing.
The Fall of David looks at not only David sin but all that he did to cover it up, up to and including murder. Perhaps thinking that he had pulled it off he was then confronted by Nathan the Prophet.
The Redemption of David describes how David and Saul responded differently when being challenged by sinful behavior. Saul justified his actions with explanation, redefining right and wrong in his own terms. David confessed his sins and repented, seeking after God.
Jack was born on July 7, 1925 in Atlanta to the late James Earl Miller and Willie Mae Prow Miller. In addition to his parents, Jack was also preceded in death by: his brother, Harry Miller; and his sister, Sarah Miller Culberson. He was a member of Plainville Unity Baptist Church. Jack was an Air Force Veteran, serving in both WWII in the South Pacific and the Korea Era. He served 12 years on the Gordon County School Board, and was the oldest member of the Plainville Masonic Lodge F&AM #364.
You can read the full obituary and leave condolences here. The Miller family will receive friends tonight from 6 to 8 pm at Thomas Funeral Home in Calhoun. Services will be Sunday, August 19th at Plainville Unity Baptist Church. The Masonic Lodge will have graveside rites at Scott Cemetery.
Jack Miller was the kind of deacon that pastors enjoy working with. He was type to arrive early and leave late, unlocking doors and turning on lights when he came in and turning everything back off when he left. He was a stickler for details in a day and age when folks have decided details don’t matter. He put Sunday School numbers on the board and rang the church bell at 10:45 on Sunday morning. As his eyesight and hearing began to fail it frustrated him that he could no longer read the Bible. He would tune into Through the Bible with Les Feldick and often give me a report on what Feldick had to say about a particular scripture. Jack continued to serve communion and collect the offering on Sunday morning after we tried to talk him out of it. He was more than faithful in his service; he literally refused to quit.
Jack Miller served his country, worked hard, loved his wife and loved his church. I can honestly say to his credit there are not many like him. Maybe there were at one time but in a changing world he remained steadfast. To God be the glory.
When Israel demanding a king, God told Samuel to give them one. He did so for one specific reason and that was to demonstrate they were better off without one. God was with Saul when he was called but after not keeping God’s commandments, and eventually claiming his sin was God’s will, the Bible tells us He regretted making Saul king. Samuel encouraged/warned Israel that king or no king God would not forsake his people if they would serve the Lord.
*I messed up my notes and began reading 1 Samuel 9:9-13 and it should have been 10:9-13. It wouldn’t hurt to go back and read all of 1st Samuel, in this case chapters 9 – 15, in order to understand this sermon in it’s full context.
Samuel is a judge and a prophet, a bridge between the time Israel was guided by judges and ruled by its first kings. Samuel was established as a prophet in all of Israel and during his lifetime they served only the LORD.
Joshua 24 begins with a brief history review, from the time of Abraham to the conquest of the people in Canaan. Joshua then challenges Israel to “choose whom you will serve.” The people commit themselves to putting away other gods and serving the LORD all their days.
We had a guest preacher July 1st. This is the Sunday morning sermon from July 8th, 2018.
As soon as the Children of Israel began eating the produce of Canaan the manna from Heaven stopped. Before the Battle of Jericho, the Commander of the army of the Lord appeared to Joshua.
At the end of Moses’s life, the mantle of leadership is passed on to Joshua. Joshua was one of only two adults that left Egypt and 40 years later entered the promised land. He had been close to Moses and nearer to God than anyone else in Israel. The crossing of the Jordan was almost a repeat of the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea, so that a new generation of Israelites would know God was near and also with Joshua.
*On Sunday evening we read most of Joshua 3 and the beginning of 4. Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground, following the ark of testimony (covenant). A man of each tribe picked up a stone from the river bed and a mound is built on the Cannan side of the river. “When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.” Joshua 4:6-7 ESV
This is TONIGHT at Heritage in Calhoun:
Heritage Baptist Church is on Curtis Parkway (next to Fred’s, behind the furniture gallery). If you can’t attend in person please pray at this time.
After several chapters of instructions, followed by several chapters of building, sewing and carving, the Tabernacle was raised in Exodus 40. It was one year from the day the Israelites left Egypt and it was all a picture of what was to come. God is less visible but nearer to believers than in the days of Moses.