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1 Kings 1-2: Transition

King Solomon receives the throne of David amidst great expectations– what kind of King will he become? Will he live up to the great promises given to David regarding his offspring? In these first two chapters of 1 King we see the transition of power, from David to Solomon.

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2 Samuel 22-24: Swansong

The books of 1 and 2 Samuel close with a final ‘song’ of David, revealing the dimensions of his understanding and relationship with God. God is his rock, and so David calls to him in the face of his enemies. God responds to David’s call, arriving in fearsome power — and yet he compassionately reaches out to save David. Ultimately, God relates to David on the basis of the righteousness gifted to him.

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2 Samuel 18-21: Disruption

The book of 2 Samuel turns on chapter 11, as David’s blessed reign is blighted by his adultery and murder. From now on, the sword will not leave his household. Calamity will come upon him from within his own family. Stuart Holman leads this reflection on chapters 18-21, which tell of the disruption caused to God’s Kingdom by Absalom’s rebellion.

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2 Samuel 15-17: Absalom and David

The book of 2 Samuel turns on chapter 11, as David’s blessed reign is blighted by his adultery and murder. From now on, the sword will not leave his household. Calamity will come upon him from within his own family. Stuart Holman leads this reflection on chapters 15-17, which tell of David’s increasing distress and also of his faith– all the while giving us insights into the mind of Christ.

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2 Samuel 13-14: Amnon, Tamar and Absalom

The book of 2 Samuel turns on chapter 11, as David’s blessed reign is blighted by his adultery and murder. From now on, the sword will not leave his household. Calamity will come upon him from within his own family. Stuart Holman leads this reflection on chapters 13 and 14, which begin to tell of David’s experience of this family conflict.

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2 Samuel 11-12: David and Bathsheba

The book of 2 Samuel turns on chapter 11, as David’s blessed reign is blighted by his adultery and murder. From now on, the sword will not leave his household. Calamity will come upon him from within his own family. Chapters 11 and 12 tell the story of David and Bathsheba.

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The Call to Disciple our Children, part 5

The GrowingDisciples Course will impact entire families— families of the ‘nuclear’ and extended kind, families of the church kind. In this series of short devotionals, The Reverend Canon Craig Roberts, CEO of Youthworks, reflects on the Bible’s call to Intergenerational Discipleship, particularly as this theme is developed from Genesis to Revelation. This fifth episode reflects on value of each child– even young boys who throw stones! 1 Samuel 17. 

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The Call to Disciple our Children, part 4

The GrowingDisciples Course will impact entire families— families of the ‘nuclear’ and extended kind, families of the church kind. In this series of short devotionals, The Reverend Canon Craig Roberts, CEO of Youthworks, reflects on the Bible’s call to Intergenerational Discipleship, particularly as this theme is developed from Genesis to Revelation. This fourth episode reflects on the 5th Commandment, from Deuteronomy 5:16. 

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The Call to Disciple our Children, part 3

The GrowingDisciples Course will impact entire families— families of the ‘nuclear’ and extended kind, families of the church kind. In this series of short devotionals, The Reverend Canon Craig Roberts, CEO of Youthworks, reflects on the Bible’s call to Intergenerational Discipleship, particularly as this theme is developed from Genesis to Revelation. This third episode considers the value of ‘memorial stones’, from the example of Joshua 4:1-7. 

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The Call to Disciple our Children, part 2

The GrowingDisciples Course will impact entire families— families of the ‘nuclear’ and extended kind, families of the church kind. In this series of short devotionals, The Reverend Canon Craig Roberts, CEO of Youthworks, reflects on the Bible’s call to Intergenerational Discipleship, particularly as this theme is developed from Genesis to Revelation. This second episode considers Deuteronomy 4 and 6. 

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The Call to Disciple our Children, part 1

The GrowingDisciples Course will impact entire families— families of the ‘nuclear’ and extended kind, families of the church kind. In this series of short devotionals, The Reverend Canon Craig Roberts, CEO of Youthworks, reflects on the Bible’s call to Intergenerational Discipleship, particularly as this theme is developed from Genesis to Revelation. This first episode considers Genesis 1:26-28. 

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2 Samuel 8-10

Having promised a dynasty and everlasting rule to David’s offspring, God also demonstrates his faithfulness his earlier promises. Israel is given peace on every side after David’s many military and political victories.