Dover Assembly of God
1.14.2018 | Life of David - Week 22
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  • Dover Assembly of God
    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM


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Weekly Bulletin
January 14, 2018
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
10:00 am ~ Pastor’s Sectional Meeting

6:30 pm ~ FAMILY NIGHT

6:00 pm ~ Women’s Birthday Celebration
Our annual meeting will be held NEXT Sunday, January 21 following the morning service. We will review this year’s activities, give an update on the building project and the parking lot pledge offerings. We will vote for one candidate to fill the vacancy on our deacon board. Please be in prayer as to whom God will choose.

The following have accepted the nomination and will be on the ballot. We will choose one.
~ Rick Crone
~ Sherwin Villagracia
Mark your calendars now for the Spring Tour. It will be held at Christian Life A/G on April 21.
If you would like to be a part of this yearly program, where each lady is assigned another to encourage throughout the year with cards, small gifts on special days, etc. please complete the form on the women’s table in the upper foyer and return to Darlene Fearson or put it in her mailbox.
All ladies are encouraged to join us for our annual birthday celebration. It will be held on Friday. Jan 19 at 6:00 pm here at the church. Please sign up at the Women’s table in the upper foyer.
Emerge Youth will be having their spaghetti lunch fundraiser on Sun. Jan 28 immediately following the morning service. Please sign up if you are able to come and support our teens! If you are able to donate any food items, that would help in keeping our costs down. The youth will appreciate it! New this year, we are adding a dessert auction that day. If you’d like to donate a dessert to be auctioned off, please sign up in the foyer and write DESSERT next to your name.
Mark your calendars now! On Sun., Feb. 11 we will have a Friends Day! Invite your family and friends who do not regularly attend church. We will be having New Life for Girls ministering that morning! And, we have invited our Spanish service to join us as well! Immediately following the service, we will have a luncheon for all church body, New Life for Girls and our Friends. Please sign-up and let us know how many will attend (adults and children) and what you are able to donate. Cash donations are accepted as well.
The ladies will resume their study of Joyce Meyer’s “Battlefield of the Mind” on Monday, Feb. 26 at 7:00 pm. Please sign up if you would like to be part of this study.
We would like to be able to purchase some communion cup holders to place in each pew row. The goal is 3 holders per row. There are 18 rows so the total needed would be 54. The cost per holder is $17.00. We are asking if you would prayerfully consider “adopting” one or more holder. We will receive the offering on Sunday, March 11. Thank you for your help!
Should we have the need to cancel any of our services due to inclement weather, we will put that information on our FaceBook page, our website, and the local TV stations [WGAL-CH 8, CBS 21, ABC 27, FOX 43, CW 15] If you would like to sign up for a TEXT on your cell phone that will indicate the status of our services, please fill out the blue & white card with your name and cell phone number. Please be sure to hand them into our Information Center and we will add you to our list.
As of Dec 31, we have received $5305 towards our loan repayment. Thank you for your faithfulness to this obligation. We are more than half way from our matching challenge of $10,000. PTL! Please help us to get there!
Enclosed in this bulletin is our annual “10 Most Wanted Prayer Book Mark”. Take some time and fill in the names of those for whom you are praying. We believe that God can and will do the impossible.
Matt 19:26 - NLT
With God everything is possible!
We should have our envelopes in about a week or so. Please use the envelopes in the pew racks and put your name on them to ensure proper credit. Once the new envelopes arrive, they will be in your church mailboxes.

Please take time to review and pray for those on this list. Drop them a card or call to set up a time to visit. They will be blessed!
~ Helen Stough
Prayer Needs
~ Rick Crone
~ Robin Housseal
~ Les Kauffman
~ Marian Tunney (BD: April 1)
715 N. Belvedere Avenue
York, PA 17404

Last week...

Last week, Pastor Jeff talked about how we can use our experiences from the past to push us forward and allow God to finish the work He’s started in each of us.
We left off about 3 weeks ago with David having committed the sin with Bathsheba, killing Uriah the Hittite and being confronted by Nathan.
Nathan clearly told him that we would be forgiven but there would be consequences in his life for his actions.
We are now at chapter 13, where we begin to see those consequences.
There are reasons that God tries to protect us from sin. The chief reason being that He knows what devastation sin causes in our own lives.

He wants to protect us from the damage caused by sin.

God knows what will happen to us when we sin so he warns us to keep away from it.
Dobson says “More is caught than taught."

Meaning people will see what we do, not what we say.
Let's identify the players in this soap opera...

~ Amnon is David’s firstborn and the heir to the throne.
~ Tamar is Amnon’s half-sister David’s side
~ Absalom is David’s 3rd born and Tamar’s full brother and Amnon’s half-brother.
~ Jonadab is their cousin.

Amnon is in love with his half-sister. First the law prohibits that.
But since David had a women he wasn’t allowed to have, why can't Amnon? David didn’t die. He seemed to go right on living it must be okay...
It’s one thing to have the thoughts about this, but another to let those thoughts consume you.
Temptation will always come and we can’t prevent that, but we can prevent it from going any further.
But Amnon didn’t do any of that. He knew God’s law but saw his dad (David) break it seemingly without any consequences, so he learned how to behave.
See the similarities?

He’s the kings son-he could probably have any women he wanted.

David could have had any women he wanted, but both chose the one they couldn’t have.

Sound like Adam and Eve, doesn't it?

You can have every tree here, except one. And which one did they want?

Why do we always want the one thing that we can’t have?
Then he hangs around with the wrong crowd--his cousin, probably another spoiled rich kid with nothing to do.

He has the entitled mentality.
Amnon tells him he loves his half sister. Both should know the law and what they weren’t allowed to do, but they ignore it.
And now Jonadab tells Amnon what to do.
Be careful who you hang out with and from whom you take advice.
David lied to Uriah about coming home from the war. Amnon is now lying to David and Tamar.

We are seeing the destructive power of a bad example.
David who once had wisdom and keen insight was now losing it.
Where’s all that spiritual wisdom now? Where is God speaking to David about the situation? Does he not hear what’s going on?
David who deceived Uriah was now being deceived by Amnon and was allowing his daughter to be raped.
So the dutiful daughter does the right thing. She obeys her dad-the king and goes to bake he brother some food. She is taking care of her older brother.
Here we see someone who is seemingly doing everything right--obeyed her dad, helping her brother, making him food and now is going to feed it to him?

She is the good child. And what does she get for her efforts? Attacked.

Remember Uriah was the good guy. He was doing everything right. He fought for David, twice stayed outside his house in order to honor his fellow soldiers. Then going back to fight.

What did he get for his efforts? Killed.

Don’t think that Amnon didn’t learn all this from watching his dad.

Here we see once again, that sin almost always hurts other people more than it hurts us.
Amnon’s lust and sinful thoughts were about to come to fruition.

If you think you can sit around and contemplate sin all day and not get caught up in it, you are mistaken.
Amnon allowed his thoughts to develop into desires and his desires led him to evil actions and we know those will lead him to death.
When you have planned out a action, the first thing we should do is ask yourself what does God say about it.
But if you have gotten that far, you’re not going to listen to the Holy Spirit trying to stop you.
You probably won’t listen to wise counsel about it either, because you have already made up your mind.
We all know people who are heading down the wrong path and no matter how you try to appeal to their sense of what God wants, it falls on deaf ears. They don’t want to hear it.
We have said before sin is very selfish. It’s all about me and what I want. I don’t care about you, your feelings, or what happens to you.
As long as I get what I want, it doesn’t matter what happens to anyone else.
Exactly what David was thinking with Uriah.
Then she appeals to his sense of self-preservation.
If you won’t listen to what God says or you don’t care about what you will do to others, you have already passed the point of caring what will happen to yourself.
Why? Because sin makes us think it’ll never happen to me.
I will get away with it and no one will care or know.
Then she tries to trick him out of it.
She probably knew that the king would never allow it because it was against God’s law, but it would give her a chance to escape the situation.
But none of her attempts stopped Amnon from getting what he wanted.
And so to know that Amnon didn’t love her, he only lusted for her, his attitude changed.
Amnon though this would fulfill him but instead it did just the opposite.
Sin never gives us what we think it will.
And as we see it isn’t only the sinner who suffers, but sin affects everyone it touches.
David sinned-it affected Uriah and Amnon and we’ll see later it affected Absalom.
Amnon sinned it affected Tamar and eventually it killed him.
Sin is a cancer, it isn’t something you try to live with, it is something you try to totally eradicate from your life, because if you try to live with cancer, it will kill you. If you try to live with sin, it will also kill you.
The difference is cancer kills you. Sin tries to kill you and everyone around you.
Let’s let 2018 be the year we allow God to eradicate sin in our lives.
It’ll never be gone, but we can make the choice to live right.

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