Goliath Never Had a Chance (1 Samuel 17:10-11, 1 Samuel 17:32-37, 1 Samuel 17:48-49)

Steve Newton, June 24, 2018
Part of the 1 Samuel series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Goliaths come in all forms:
The disease you just learned about and now need to confront and contend with.
The serious surgery you are facing that understandably makes you afraid.
The loss of your job or the threat of unemployment, which undercuts your confidence and self-esteem.
The never-ending demands of parenting your children.
The loss of a friend, a loved one, a dear one.
The daily diminishment of aging, a very real giant.
Goliath is whatever immobilizes you in fear—fear of the future, fear of intimacy, fear of failure, fear of risk, fear of extending yourself, fear of loneliness.

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About Steve Newton: Stephen E. Newton Education B.S. in Biology and Secondary Education, Stephen F. Austin State University (1977) M. Div., Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (1983) Service: First Presbyterian Church, Coleman, Texas – Pastor (1983-1986) First Central Presbyterian Church, Abilene Texas – Associate Pastor (1986-1991) First Presbyterian Church, Mt. Pleasant, Texas – Pastor (1991-2003) Westminster Presbyterian Church, Nacogdoches, Texas – Pastor (2003-2019)
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1 Samuel 17:10-11

10And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together. 11When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid. (KJV)

1 Samuel 17:32-37

32And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine. 33And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. 34And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: 35And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. 36Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. 37David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee. (KJV)

1 Samuel 17:48-49

48And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. 49And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. (KJV)

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