Rise and Fall of King David: How Do We Face Sin Head On? | Nov 12, 2023
Christians should be courageous in the face of the ugliness of life. As people who know the grace of Christ, we can be honest with how hard and painful this world can be. This Sunday we take a look at one of the most challenging passages in all of Scripture.
**Warning: this week's Scripture passage includes some adult themes. While we will be very careful in how we talk about them, if you have young children, you may want to consider attending the 10:30am service when the children's ministry occurs.
We are there to be supportive, to visit, to listen, but not to place a burden by expecting false cheerfulness and plastic smiles from the bereaved. No mourner should, God forbid, feel obliged to put on a "nice face" for others.
“When I couldn’t get sober, Mel told me not to give up hope, and he urged me to find my faith. It didn’t have to be his or anyone else’s, as long as it was rooted in forgiveness. When I couldn’t get Hired, he cast me in the lead of a movie originally developed for him. And he kept a roof over my head and food on the table.
"Most importantly, he said that if I accepted responsibility for my wrongdoings, and if I embraced that side of my soul that was ugly – hugging the cactus, he calls it – if I hugged that cactus long enough, I’d become a man of some humility and that my life would take on a new meaning. And I did and it worked. All he asked in return was that someday I help the next guy in some small way. It is reasonable to assume that he did not expect the next guy to be him or that someday would be today."