2022-11-27: Fear Not, Christmas — Fear Not, Just Believe

Sermon Audio: Fear Not, Just Believe
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Luke 1:5-17
Duration: 27:46
Size: 19.0 MB

Fear Not, Christmas
Fear Not, Just Believe
Luke 1:5-17

If the obligation to attend church on Christmas Eve or Christmas day gives you the willies you have ecclesiophobia.

But the story didn’t start when the Angel appeared to Mary, no the story began half a year earlier and 100 kilometers away.

In the King James Version, Elizabeth is called Mary’s cousin but the word in the original Greek was much broader than that and simply meant someone who was related to you, somehow.

From the beginning this was to be a very special birth and a very special child.

This is the first time the words “Don’t be afraid” are mentioned in the Christmas story, so let’s dive in a little deeper and see why the angel told Zechariah not to be afraid.

The first lesson is Prayer Delayed is Not Prayer Denied.

I wonder how many times Zechariah and his bride had questioned whether God even heard their prayers.

We don’t grieve because our loved one is in heaven with God, we grieve because they are not here with us.

The second thing is that an Answered Prayer May Have Multiple Ramifications.

And, he will turn many Israelites to the Lord their God. He will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah.

Answered Prayer May Have Unforeseen Consequences.

That new job that you want, it may bring extra hours, more responsibilities, more travel away from home that wouldn’t have been there in your old position.

And if you know the story, then you know the part that I alluded to earlier, that John’s preaching eventually cost him his life.

Zechariah was told to not be afraid of the answers to his prayers and each one of us need to understand that when our prayers are answered, that we need to trust God to have control.

2022-10-30: The Life of David — David’s Death

Sermon Audio: David’s Death
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: I Kings 2:1-11
Duration: 25:42
Size: 17.6 MB

The Life of David
David’s Death
I Kings 2:1-11

Today, we learn about David’s charge to Solomon and his death.

As David came to the end of his life, he told his son Solomon how to live his life in such a way that it would not be wasted.

I. Remember That All People Die (I Kings 2:10-11)
David’s death is a reminder to us that all people die. I am going to die. You are going to die. We are all going to die (unless Jesus returns before our death).

II. Act Wisely in Kingdom Matters (I Kings 2:5-9)
Thus, it was a reminder to all people that God will punish those who attack him or his representative on earth.

It seems to me that David’s instructions to Solomon regarding these three men had to with his government of God’s kingdom.

III. Live by God’s Word (I Kings 2:1-4)
Again, I ask: What would you say if you had an opportunity to give your final words?

Sadly, however, David’s sons did not obey God and his word. The earthly kingdom of David eventually fell.

The only way to keep yourself from wasting your life and making it count is to live by the word of God.

2022-10-16: The Life of David — David’s Son Solomon Anointed as King

Sermon Audio: David’s Son Solomon Anointed as King
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: I Kings 1:11-53
Duration: 25:16
Size: 17.3 MB

The Life of David
David’s Son Solomon Anointed as King
I Kings 1:11-53

Today we learn how David resolved this crisis and had his son Solomon anointed as king over Israel.

An outsider’s view is often different than an insider’s view.

I. The Countering of the Conspiracy (I Kings 1:11-27)
Nathan knew that God told David that Solomon was to be the next king over Israel.

II. The Prescription for the Ceremony (I Kings 1:28-37)
Nathan’s plan worked. King David swore a second oath to Bathsheba insisting that he would fulfill his first oath to make Solomon king.

David carried out God’s will to have Solomon succeed him as king when he gave them instructions about the ceremony.

III. The Crowning of the King (I Kings 1:38-40)
Every person faces the same choice today. Who will be our king? Will it be Jesus? Or will it be some rival to Jesus?

IV. The Submission to the King (I Kings 1:41-53)
This was awkward. Adonijah’s guests suddenly knew that they had backed the wrong horse. They couldn’t get out of En-rogel fast enough.

However, when Adonijah realized that his rebellion had been exposed, he threw himself on the mercy of God and his anointed king.

2022-10-09: The Life of David — David in His Old Age

Sermon Audio: David in His Old Age
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: I Kings 1:1-10
Duration: 23:04
Size: 15.8 MB

The Life of David
David in His Old Age
I Kings 1:1-10

The first one and a half chapters of I Kings tells us about the sunset of David’s life.

When kings and other leaders become old and feeble, there is often a grab for power.

I. We Notice the Diminishment of Others (I Kings 1:1-4)
The seventy instances of the noun king or the related verb is the most in any chapter in the Bible.

When we wrongly desire preeminence, we notice the diminishment of others.

II. We Exalt Ourselves (I Kings 1:5,6b-10)
Adonijah sought to take advantage of the situation and exalt himself.

Adonijah exalted himself by what he did, by the people he knew, and by his religious zeal. He wanted to promote the right image to the people.

III. We Pursue Our Own Pleasure (I Kings 1:6a)
In the middle of this narrative is a very important note about David’s relationship with his son Adonijah.

For the moment, all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

2022-10-02: The Life of David — David’s Census

Sermon Audio: David’s Census
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: II Samuel 24:1-25
Duration: 25:53
Size: 17.7 MB

The Life of David
David’s Census
II Samuel 24:1-25

David took a census of the nation, and it turned out to be a great calamity. Thousands of people died.

It makes many people queasy nowadays to talk about the wrath of God, but there can be no turning away from this prominent biblical theme.

I. Because of the Wrath of God, Sin Was Committed (II Samuel 24:1-9)
It is possible that the Lord was now punishing his people for rejecting him when they rejected David.

The point is that God was angry with his people, and he allowed David to commit sin.

II. Because of the Wrath of God, Judgment Was Delivered (II Samuel 24:10-15)
It was only after David recognized and confessed his sin that the Lord sent his prophet Gad to David.

III. Because of the Wrath of God, Mercy Was Pleaded (II Samuel 24:16-17)
David knew that God’s mercy is kinder and gentler than any disaster that could ever come his way.

IV. Because of the Wrath of God, Atonement Was Made (II Samuel 24:18-25)
That all looked forward to David’s Greater Son Jesus who, a thousand years after David, did die a short distance from Moriah.