Dover Assembly of God
8.27.2017 | Life of David - Week 13
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  • Dover Assembly of God
    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
    domingo 10:30 AM


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Weekly Bulletin
August 27, 2017

Welcome to Dover Assembly!
We are so glad you have chosen to attend Dover Assembly this morning. It is not by accident that you are here. We believe that God has allowed you to be here so that you might receive all that He has for you. We pray you are blessed as you allow the Lord to work in your life.

9:00 am ~ Coffee & Donut Fellowship
9:30 am ~ Sunday School
10:30 am ~ Worship Service
10:30 am ~ R.O.C.K. Children’s Ministries
1:00 pm ~ Spanish Service

6:30 pm ~ FAMILY NIGHT

Fireman’s Fair Begins


Attention all men! It’s time to sign up for the Men’s Conference to be held at Christian Life Assembly in Camp Hill on Oct 20-21. The cost is only $50 for both days and a lunch is provided. We will take the church van both days. Please sign up in the lower foyer if you are able to join us! This is a great opportunity to bring along a friend!

The guys will be going to Old Country Buffet Saturday, Sept 9 at 8:00. Be sure to sign up and bring a friend with you!

It is scheduled for Nov, 10-11. Please sign up in the upper foyer if you are interested in attending.

Beginning Mon. Sept. 11, 7:00-8:00 pm, the women will begin a study using the book “Battlefield of the Mind” by Joyce Meyer. If you would like to join this study, please sign up at the women’s table and indicate if you need a book. The cost for the book that includes a study guide is $11.49 See you in 2 weeks!

Every year, students and parents from every school across the country gather around their school’s flag pole to pray for their school, teachers and the students. This year’s SYATP day is Wed. Sept 27. Please check with your school as to the time. Our schools are in dire need of prayer and God’s blessings. Please be sure to be a part of this event.


It is time again for the Annual Dover Borough Fireman’s Carnival! The Carnival will be held Sat., Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 4 thru Sat., Sept. 9, 2017. What a great way to reach our community with the gospel! The theme for this outreach is “Riding the Wave.” The church will be taking the “Ark” to the fireman’s carnival and emphasizing the various ministries within the church. Please see the sign-up sheet if you would like to participate. There will be 2 hour shifts available throughout the week if you are available to help.

It’s that time of year again! We would like to bless and provide small tokens of our love and appreciation for all our college students. Instead of donating specific items, we want to give them gift cards so they can purchase exactly what they need. Please give any gift card or cash donations (we will purchase the gift cards) to Anna, Pastor Jeff or Gladys. Thank you for contributing to this ministry!

Sunday, Sept 10 is National Grandparents day. We are going to celebrate our grandparents (or significant elders in yours or your child’s life) by inviting them to our Sunday service. During that time, we will have your grandparents visit your Sunday School classroom, meet your teachers and enjoy some light snacks. We will have a photo area where we will take a picture of you and your grandparents. During our service time, the children will minister in song and acknowledge their grandparents. Please mark your calendars and begin now to invite your grandparents to our church that day.

We are in the beginning stages of planning this event. If you would like to help, see Pastor Jeff.

Beginning Wed. Sept 20 and running for approximately 3-4 weeks, we will be showing the Feature film / documentary “Is Genesis History”? It is a look at the biblical, historical and scientific evidence for creation and the flood. We will hear from dozens of scientists and scholars as they explore the world around us in light of the truth of Genesis. If you know someone who doubts the biblical account, this is a perfect opportunity to invite them to see it from the other side. There will be discussion before and after each viewing.

There is a one day conference designed to inspire and empower our teens to be fearless in sharing the gospel with the world! It is on Sat. Sept 16 at Christian Life Assembly from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

We encourage all teens to participate in this tremendous project. The cost is only $35 per student and lunch will be provided.

Sept 2 ~ Carl Perry
Sept 3 ~ Cara Doan
Sept 4 ~ William Myers
Sept 5 ~ Bill Myers
Sept 11 ~ Amelia Markel
Sept 22 ~ Helen Stough
Sept 28 ~ Chris Jones

Sept 10 ~ Steve & Melanie Glatfelter
Sept 17 ~ Todd & Bobbie Jo Blanchard
Sept 27 ~ Bill & Shirley Myers

Last week...

Last week, Pastor Jeff talked about David's trip to Gath, putting himself in harm's way since he didn't ask God about it first, but God was still able to deliver him from it.
David returns to a familiar place (the cave of Adullam - 15 miles from his hometown) and cries out to God.
Psalm 142:1 - NIV
A maskil of David. When he was in the cave. A prayer
There are 2 times David prays in a cave. Here and the cave of En Gedi. Nobody is positive which is which, but most agree that the prayers offered in either place would be about the same.

We will look at Psalm 142 from the point of view that David is still running, by himself, feels alone and now one to help.
So David is alone in the cave, probably exhausted from traveling the 10 miles between Gath and this cave, feeling in danger, depressed and abandoned.

He does what God’s people should always do -- Go to God for help.
When we find ourselves in a situation where we are in danger, we feel depressed and abandoned, where do we turn?

It’s one thing to go to friends and family, they may offer some comfort, but in reality only God can help us where we don’t know what to do.
He is in a cave, a place where he could probably scream and nobody would hear.

He probably isn’t usually in a place where he could be loud for fear of someone hearing or seeing him.

So he cries loudly to God.

Speaking loud doesn’t mean God hears you better, but it does represent David’s anguish and state of mind at this time.

It’s like he isn’t sure what to pray yet. He’s at the bottom and just wants relief.
He first complains about his situation.

All his life so far he is a pretty godly man. Lives his life obedient to his father, doing everything right.

So right, in fact that God anoints him to be king.

He is so godly that God picks him to be KING! He must be living right.

“If I’m so godly and if I am doing everything right, why am I going through this God?”
David goes from just complaining, to being specific about what he is complaining.

Notice also that he is complaining TO God, not complaining ABOUT God.

God is big enough to handle our temper tantrums and griping and legit problems.

So what exactly is David’s problem?
Notice how the pronouns change.
Verses 1-2 - David refers to God as “HIM”
Starting at Verse 3, he is addressing God as “YOU”.
David was a great warrior but even great warriors get spiritually drained.

Things were just going south wherever he looked.

David complained to God, blaming God that things weren't going the way that David thought they should go, and that evil seemed to be winning.
He was feeling overwhelmed by what life was dishing out to him.

Ever been there? Feeling overwhelmed by what life is pouring on you?

Nobody seems to care or be there to help. Even if they could help, they don’t.

You just can’t take one more day?
When we don’t know the next step we should take. When everything we try fails, and we have no clue of what to do next, God knows the way.

God knows what the next step is. Sometimes we just have to be still and allow God to speak to us about what is next.

David was exercising some faith here. He knew in himself, he was drained and overwhelmed and he knew he needed God to take it from here.
Not only is God concerned about heavenly things, he is concerned about things here on earth.

God is his refuge (protector, place of shelter) and he is David’s portion. David said that God was his portion, where? Here in the land of the living.

God supplies his earthly needs as well as his spiritual needs.
When life struggles seem impossible for us to handle, things that are beyond our control, God is the one who can set us free from them.
Look at how David’s attitude changes.

He goes from crying out and complaining to God about his life, he settles down a bit and recognizes that God is the one who is able to help, he then commits the problem to God.

He wants to be free from the worry and heartache enough to just focus on praising God.

He wanted to praise God more than he wanted delivered.

He doesn’t say set me free so I can enjoy my life.

He wants to be set free from the fear of the situation more than just the running part.

“God, I don’t want to worry about this anymore, I just want to focus on praising you and letting you handle it.”
We will encounter many situations that are too much for us to handle and they may be with us for quite a while (10 years for David).

But even during those times, God takes the fear and worry away so we can focus on what God is capable of doing, giving the problem to him and praising him for handling it.

What happens when that occurs?
Other people will be drawn to you because of what they see God doing in your life. Whether it is God delivering you from the problem, or God giving you peace and comfort during the problem, people will see the goodness and reality of what God is doing.

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