David's Coronation

Pastor Kevin Rutledge - 10/22/2023 10:00 AM

Imagine living in a world where divisions dissolve, where forgiveness prevails, and true reconciliation is the norm. That's the world we're journeying towards in this episode as we trace biblical narratives from the reigns of Saul and David to the infinite love of Jesus Christ. We dissect the lessons learned from the unification of the northern and southern kingdoms of Israel and the necessary reconciliations that foster unity. The depths of the biblical stories offer us profound insights into our own relationships and the path to resolving conflicts in our lives.

As we continue our journey, we grapple with the vast mercy and reconciliation that God extends to us, illustrated through the story of the Ark of the Covenant. It's a challenging terrain, as forgiveness often is, but we are here to navigate it together. We will reflect on extending God's love and mercy in our own lives, and how we can be His torchbearers of reconciliation in an increasingly divided world. So join us, as we explore, learn, and challenge ourselves to become people of reconciliation, striving for unity and empathy in all our relationships.


  • First Reading: Psalm 150:1-6
  • Second Reading: 2 Samuel 5:1-5; 6:1-5;
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This Week's Reading Plan

Day: Reading:
Monday David Instructs Solomon: 1 Kings 2:1-4
Tuesday The Source of Solomon's Wisdom: 1 Kings 3:3-14
Wednesday Solomon Solves a Dispute: 1 Kings 3:16-28
Thursday Solomon's Fame: 1 Kings 4:29-34
Friday The LORD Speaks to Solomon Again: 1 Kings 9:1-9
Saturday Solomon's Fall from Faithfulness: 1 Kings 11:1-13
Sunday The Kingdom Divided: 1 Kings 12:1-17, 25-29

This includes only the sermon portion of the service.

Reflections and Caring Conversations

Please use the prompts and prayers below to aid you in your devotions for this week.

  • Morning Prayer: Gracious God, this morning I stand before you with a heart yearning for reconciliation. I am grateful for the lessons from the biblical narratives that encourage me to strive for unity and forgiveness. Today, may I reflect on extending your love and mercy in my own life, helping to bridge divisions and mend relationships. Amen.

  • Reflection Question: In the sermon, it was highlighted that our voice of reconciliation needs to be heard in a divided world. How can we use our voice and actions to promote reconciliation and unity in our communities? (Bible reference: Matthew 5:9)

  • Evening Prayer: Heavenly Father, as I prepare to rest, I thank you for your teachings of love, forgiveness, and reconciliation. I ask that you help me to apply these lessons in my life, promoting unity and harmony in my relationships. May I sleep tonight knowing that with your guidance, I can be an agent of reconciliation in a divided world. Amen.

  • Reflection Question: In the sermon, it was mentioned that true reconciliation requires more than just saying "I'm sorry." How do you understand this statement in the context of your personal relationships? (Bible reference: Matthew 5:23-24)

  • Reflection Question: The preacher pointed out that we do not need to protect God but rather revere and place Him first. In what ways does this statement challenge your current understanding and practice of faith? (Bible reference: Exodus 20:3)