I read the name “Damien” in a pastor’s conference program and instantly thought of the 1970’s movie about the spawn of Satan. I couldn’t help it. That was the only Damien I had ever heard of up to that point.
Don’t get snooty. You thought the same thing.
My first exposure to the teaching ministry of Pastor Damien Kyle was at the 1994 Southeast Calvary Chapel Conference in Merritt Island, Florida. He is a tall guy, and back then, he had really long hair. He stepped up to the pulpit almost like he was going to clean it or get it ready for someone else. I know that sounds like a weird description, but he didn’t take the stage like everyone knew who he was. He seemed to be there to just soak in the richness of whatever the Lord my want to do through whoever stood at that podium.
That’s how he took the pulpit: like he was a “whoever.”
He spoke slowly, clearly, compellingly. He spoke about bitterness. He told of the three-way relationship between Uriah, Bathsheba, and Ahithophel. Ahithophel was related to Bathsheba and was, therefore, dishonored by David’s tryst with her. His opportunity for revenge presented itself when Absalome usurped his father’s throne. Ahithophel became Absalome’s main political advisor and counselor in a war against David.
Ahithophel foreshadowed the betrayal of Judas Iscariot.
Damien taught that bitterness has the shelf-life of a Twinkie. It’s so full of preservatives and artificial ingredients that it lasts and lasts.
Damien spoke at the 2006 Calvary Chapel Pastors Conference in Southern California and gave his personal testimony. He shared his story with incredible transparency. For me, it was the highlight of the conference.
I’ve recently subscribed to Damien’s podcast which will soon be added to my podcasters totem pole.