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  • How To Avoid Getting Off Track – King David’s Sin: Bathsheba

    How To Avoid Getting Off Track – King David’s Sin: Bathsheba

      Transcript: Welcome to another episode of Inspired Word with T.K. I’m your host T.K. Chapin and today we’re going to look at David and Bathsheba. While this topic is a bit sad it’s a lesson for us all when it comes to matters of the heart, matters of sin; and I’ve been studying this in my morning devotions and it was something I wanted to share with you. You know a lot of times we struggle with understanding what God’s will is. A lot of times bad things happen and we aren’t sure why, whether it’s a death of relationship, whether it’s a death of our marriage, or a certain area of our life—we suffer. And the good news, the gospel, is that Jesus raises the dead. So whether you have a broken relationship, whether you have a broken marriage, whether you’re struggling with some kind of sin and you just feel dead, and you feel like you’re at the end of yourself. Go ahead and turn in your Bible if you have it handy to 2 Samuel 11, it’s where the reading will be today. And let’s just go through it together and see what we can gleam from David and Bathsheba. Verse 1: ‘In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.’ David had a lot of success. Everything he did was blessed in the previous chapters. You can go back and read it to see all the achievements that he was doing. He was rocking, rocking it, and it was because the Lord was him. He did more for Israel than any person up to that point as far as kings go. But in this first verse we see that David took a step back from what he was supposed to be doing and took some “me” time. “Me” time is something that’s really easy to fall into. I write a lot of books, but a lot of times I’ve caught myself doing this several times. After a book is released I’ll take time to just step back, and while it can seem like an okay thing to do, it can get us off track right.Read more…

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    Finding the Peace of God in the midst of Chaos (ISIS, Gay Marriage, Gender Neutrality)

    3 Steps to finding the peace of God I’ve been wanting to write a post about the chaos unfolding in our world for a while. First it was going to be focused on gay marriage, then ISIS and then… You get the picture. The world is full of chaos and is always changing. What are we supposed to do with that? There’s so much going on every single day that trying to keep up with it all is nearly impossible. Trying to keep up with it all AND finding peace of mind is impossible. There’s good news about all the chaos though, Jesus has already overcome the world! John 16:33 (NIV)  “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Most of us are familiar with the above passage from John, we just get stuck applying the scriptures to real life. There’s a big disconnect between what we sometimes read in the Scripture and how we act in our lives. That’s entirely normal, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There’s a way to keep the peace of God within your daily walk in life.  1. Read the Bible more than anything else you do While it seems difficult, it’s not. I know how it easy it is to listen to the news while getting ready for the day with that morning cup of coffee, but instead how about listening to Bible read out loud via audiobook or the Bible app on your phone? Taking in more of what God says instead of what the world media says will help your mind find more focus on God and more peace in your heart and mind. Chances are you’ll still end up hearing about current world turmoil through other avenues such as co-workers and friends, so there’s no sense in wasting your time hearing about it via your own TV set. Instead, if you are serious about getting your mind right with God and finding peace, get yourself set into the Bible. Make sure it’s getting more time than any other source of input (TV, Radio, Music, Internet). 2. Pray Our relationship with the Creator is dependent on our prayer life.Read more…