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Estrangement in David’s family

When God is left out of the picture, troubled relationships keep getting worse. 2 Samuel 14:23-33  23 Then Joab went to Geshur and brought Absalom back to Jerusalem. 24 But the king said, ‘He must go to his own house; he must not see my face.’ So Absalom went to his own house

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Death is not what God desires…

David is convinced to seek reconciliation with his son Absalom. 2 Samuel 14:1-22  14 Joab son of Zeruiah knew that the king’s heart longed for Absalom. 2 So Joab sent someone to Tekoa and had a wise woman brought from there. He said to her, ‘Pretend you are in mourning. Dress in mourning

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Longing to Get Along

As everything falls apart, we find ourselves longing for reconciliation. 2 Samuel 13:34-39  34 Meanwhile, Absalom had fled. Now the man standing watch looked up and saw many people on the road west of him, coming down the side of the hill. The watchman went and told the king, ‘I see

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Like Father, Like Son

If we follow the patterns our parents set, where does that leave us? 2 Samuel 13:23-33  23 Two years later, when Absalom’s sheep-shearers were at Baal Hazor near the border of Ephraim, he invited all the king’s sons to come there. 24 Absalom went to the king and said, ‘Your servant has had

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When Evil is Systemic

How do we get help when the whole system is corrupt? 2 Samuel 13:20-22  20 Her brother Absalom said to her, ‘Has that Amnon, your brother, been with you? Be quiet for now, my sister; he is your brother. Don’t take this thing to heart.’ And Tamar lived in her brother

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Love that Lasts

Why does love seem to fade so quickly? 2 Samuel 13:15-19  15 Then Amnon hated her with intense hatred. In fact, he hated her more than he had loved her. Amnon said to her, ‘Get up and get out!’ 16 ‘No!’ she said to him. ‘Sending me away would be a greater

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The Pattern of the King

Big idea David’s hurtful sin is repeated in his family, through his sons. God’s healing forgiveness is repeated in his family, through his son, King Jesus. Bible passage    2 Samuel 13:23-38 You will need some honey All Ages Activity As you start your time together “accidentally” make a mess

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Abuse of Power

Content Warning: Rape. This story is very heavy and may cause distress to some people. If you need support or would like to process your feelings with somebody, please reach out to your growth group leader, a church staff member or a trusted friend and start a conversation. Intro Sentence:

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Who is Your Advisor?

Where does your guidance in life come from? 2 Samuel 13:1-5  13 In the course of time, Amnon son of David fell in love with Tamar, the beautiful sister of Absalom son of David. 2 Amnon became so obsessed with his sister Tamar that he made himself ill. She was a virgin,

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In My Name

After the sad side-bar of David’s misdeeds, we see him waltzing in at the last moment to take credit in his name. 2 Samuel 12:26-31  26 Meanwhile Joab fought against Rabbah of the Ammonites and captured the royal citadel. 27 Joab then sent messengers to David, saying, ‘I have fought against Rabbah and

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