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Comeback Stories (Cornerstone)

Feb 18, 2018 - Rev Paul Rasmussen



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Discussion Questions

  1. Are you or someone you know in the middle of a crash and burn?
  2. How does the story of David speak to these circumstances?
  3. Why does worship matter when you’re at the bottom of the hill?
  4. Who could God be asking you to care for today?

You've seen it before: Shaun White at Sochi, Lindsey Vonn in Vancouver, Dan Jansen at Lillehammer. The whole world watches as the most elite athlete, one who has trained, practiced and sacrificed for this moment, crashes and burns. And you wonder, "How could they ever make a comeback?"

Has that happened to you? Ever tried hard, prayed hard and worked hard - and still, the cards came tumbling down? Sometimes in life, we train and plan, and we’re faithful – but our dreams don’t come true. 

This weekend in Cornerstone, we explored the Comeback Story of a Spiritual Giant, one we name our sons after King David. You can read the full story in 2 Samuel 12, but here’s some context:

David was handpicked by God to lead Israel as King. He was “a man after God’s own heart.” Then one day, David started to stumble, and in his effort to cover up and right the ship, he crashed hard. The son he conceived out of wedlock died, and here’s where we pick up the story:

David’s servants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, “While the child was still living, we spoke to David but he would not listen to us. How can we tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate.”

David noticed that the servants were whispering among themselves and he realized the child was dead. “Is the child dead?” he asked.

“Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.”

Then David got up from the ground. After he washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, went into the house of the Lord and worshipped. Then he went to his own house, and at this request they served him food, and he ate. 2 Samuel 18-20

Did you catch that? See what he did at rock bottom?

He got up.

He washed.

He worshipped.

And he went back to the basics. 

Are you in that space where things have fallen apart? Remember that faith isn’t a feeling. It’s a decision. Get up.

Be washed. God can cleanse you and bandage your wounds with his love, his presence, and his grace.

Declare God’s faithfulness. Worship him.

And get back to the basics.

We’re here to help you do this – reach out to Paul, Matt or Hannah or email  .

You are not alone.

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