Dover Assembly of God
12.10.2017 | Life of David - Week 21
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  • Dover Assembly of God
    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM


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December 10, 2017

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

~ DAY OF FASTING (Wednesdays through Dec. 20)

7:00 pm ~ Deacon Christmas Dinner

6:00 pm ~ Women’s Christmas Dinner


Fri., Dec. 15, 6:00 p.m.~ Mark your calendars for our annual Women of Purpose Christmas Dinner at Ray’s in Wellsville. Please fill a Christmas sock with items of about $10 for our sock exchange. If you have a Secret Sister, please remember her with a Christmas reveal gift of your choosing. Sign up at the Women’s table in the upper foyer. Please see insert for details.

Sun., Dec. 17~ Please see today’s insert for information regarding Christmas blessings for the ladies and children of New Life for Girls. Please bring wrapped shoe boxes by NEXT Sun., Dec. 17 and indicate if it is for a lady or for a child (and please include age-range if for a child). Thank you for this Christmas Blessing.

We are going to start the new year off with prayer. The Assemblies of God week of prayer begins on Sun., Jan 7 thru Sat. Jan 13. Mark your calendars. There will be evening prayer services Sun. thru Wed from 6:30 to 7:00 with the church being open for prayer on Thurs.-Sat.

Mark your calendars now for the Spring Tour. It will be held at Christian Life A/G on April 21.


Every year we update the numbering system on our mailboxes in the lower foyer. Please take a new and improved mailbox list found on the table in front of the mailboxes. Feel free to use these for Christmas cards, secret sister cards and any other items you wish to leave for someone.

Continue to remember Rose Kauffman in prayer at the home-going of her brother, Robert “Bob” Kunkle this past week.

~ Dick Sweitzer
~ Judy Landis
~ Sherry and Ken Sheely
~ Kendra & Gene Knaub
~ Leon Conley
~ Les Kauffman
~ Rose Kauffman
~ Robin Housseal
~ Donna Schott (hip surgery)
~ Marian Tunney (hip surgery)

Sun., Jan. 21~ As we prepare for our Annual Church Business Meeting, one of the items we will be covering is voting for Deacon Board members. The process at Dover Assembly for the election of our Deacon members is to encourage our voting members to submit names of other voting members whom they prayerfully feel would best serve our church and our Lord, Jesus Christ. There are nominating forms at the Information Center. Please write the names of those who you would like to nominate, sign it and place in the ballot box. We will only consider names of nominees from this ballot box. If you do not put the ballot in this secured box, the ballot will not be valid for consideration. Our nominating committee will review all nominees to determine if all constitutional requirements are met by that candidate. The eligible nominees will be contacted and asked to pray over acceptance or rejection of the nomination. The names of those who accept the nomination are then presented to the church body three (3) weeks prior to the annual business meeting. Nomination ballots will be accepted until TODAY!
Our current Deacon Board members are:
~ Mark Crumrine
~ Keith Housseal
~ Paul Jones
~ Keith Miller
~ Gil Tunney

We will vote to fill the position left opened by Mark Crumrine when he assumes Phil Stough’s unexpired term.

Dec 14 ~ Deacon Board Christmas Dinner
Dec 15 ~ Women’s Christmas Dinner
Dec 17 ~ R.O.C.K. kids and teens ~ human video
Dec 24 ~ NO Sunday School ~ Morning Worship Service as usual
Dec 24 ~ Christmas Eve Candlelight Service-6:00pm
Dec 27 ~ NO Family Night Services
Dec 31 ~ NO Sunday School ~ Morning Worship Service as usual
Note: No All Church Christmas Dinner this year.

Last week...

Last week, Pastor Jeff talked about how David's sin multiplied as he tried to cover it up rather than repenting of it.
We left off at the end of 2 Samuel 11. David had just heard the Uriah was dead and now he felt relieved.

No one would know, he would not be found out. He was safe.

But as we said these past 2 weeks, sin hurts others sometimes more than ourselves.
The Hebrew phrasing of this says “David sent and collected her” -- emphasizing the abuse of power that David was till engaged in.

Once he felt the problem had been dealt with, he renewed his arrogance towards others and continued to abuse his royal power. His position of authority was being abused in order to fulfill his wicked desires.
Things we see and hear in the news is nothing new.

But even as David is living like nothing happened and thinking he got away with it, 2 Samuel 11 ends with a truth that we all need to realize.
God knows everything we do. Every secret sin or desire, God knows as if we broadcasted it on national TV. Even if people don’t know, God knows.

Another thing to note about this: God saw the whole thing, but He didn’t intervene.

Think about it, God could have caused any number of things to happen that would have stopped David from sinning in the first place.

Don’t have the mistaken impression that if God didn’t want it to happen, he would stop it. Free will means that he will let us play out our sins.
Doing God’s will is sometimes an unpleasant task. Sometimes we have to confront others about their sin or maybe even just confront them with things that aren’t right.

If we let these situations go unaddressed, then we are being disobedient to God.
Nathan is setting David up--getting him to be emotionally invested in this story. He wants David to see and feel what God is feeling at that time.
David has no clue that this is about him. He is blinded by sin or maybe he doesn’t even think he did anything wrong.

Since our sins make us selfish, that also makes us not feel guilty about them. We rationalize away any guilt or conviction that HS may have brought.

But we get doubly mad at others who may be sinning.
That is why we need to constantly evaluate our own lives to see where we really are. It’s easy to drift off course a bit and think we’re ok.

We don’t want to get to David’s position where God has to get involved.
David gets so angry about this, he is so tied into the story that he gets irrational about it.

Stealing a lamb was not a capital offense, yet David wanted him to die for it. He was so blind to what was happening here, he was actually passing judgement on himself.

He was alert to others sins but blind to his own.
Joseph Butler says: “Many men seem perfect strangers to their own character.”

Are we blind to our character? Do we fail to see how we sinful we are? But notice the same traits in others?
Nathan realizes that David is angry but he is unguarded. He is ready for God’s word to pierce him.

He is ripe for the sword of the spirit to cut him to the quick.
First David had forgotten how good God had been to him. He blessed him more than abundantly. He met his every need and even whim.
And yet David despised all that and wanted probably the one thing God said he couldn’t have.
Sounds like Adam & Eve? Eat all you want except this ONE TREE.
Do we forget all the blessings that we have received in our lives? Do we look at the few things that God says NO to and want them, rather than appreciating all we do have?
To despise means “to break his commands and to incur guilt and punishment.”

God reiterated David’s sin:
~ You killed Uriah!
~ You TOOK Uriah’s wife!

Now for the punishment...
David was a man after God’s heart, but he was not above God’s law nor above God’s punishment.

No matter how spiritual we think we are or how long we have served God or our position in God’s economy, none of us is above God.
Look at what happens to David after this.

God fulfills his promise.
~ Calamity does befall David.
~ Amnon rapes Tamar
~ Absalom sleeps with David’s wives in broad daylight. (What David did in secret, Absalom does in public)
~ Adonijah tries to get his dead father’s concubine.

Notice how all these things are all variations of the same sin that David did.

Children learn what they live.
To his credit (of course after he was busted) he repented. He didn’t try to justify it or wiggle out of it. He acknowledged his guilt.

If we are confronted with situations that we need to address in our lives, we would do better to acknowledge them rather than trying to explain them away or not accept responsibility.
Forgiven but still suffering the consequences of his actions.

The baby was conceived while she was still Uriah’s wife and she did not belong to David, therefore the child cannot belong to David.
God won’t let you enrich yourself through your sin.

Through this chastening (not punishment), David was able to humble himself, accept responsibility and endure the suffering that came his way.

Chastening is difficulty permitted by God wants us to submit to His will and develop Godly character.

David learned that during this time.
Psalm 32 & 51 are David’s prayers of a person who had lost everything--Psalms that each of us has likely read at some point or another and we take comfort in them.
The take-away from this is that God is always looking to redeem each of us regardless of our sin.
He will use the consequences of those sins to get our attention and hopefully push us towards him.
Whatever fallout you may be experiencing now, do not take it as a punishment from an angry God, but correction from a loving father who wants to restore you to what you were always meant to be.

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