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King David 2 Samuel 11:1-15

King David

This is a story that reminds us to use our influence to heal others, not to harm them.

At a Glance

While the story of David and Bathsheba contains all the steamy elements to help sell tickets for an upcoming movie, it is far more a cautionary tale about the abuse of power. We can use our influence for our own good, or, on the other hand, for the benefit of those we have the privilege of leading.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "View Value," July 30, 2006, at

In the wake of the success of faith-based movies like God's Not Dead and Heaven is for Real, and, specifically, a resurgence in the popularity of Bible-based films such as Noah, Son of God and Exodus: Gods and Kings, Hollywood has announced the development of a movie based on the life of David. The Warner Brothers film is to be an adaptation of David: The Divided Heart, a book by David Wolpe, rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, California.

Wolpe's book, in the words of the summary on, "is a fascinating portrait of an exceptional human...

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