Call to Worship April 18, 2021

Expository Thoughts on 1 Samuel 5 & 6:1-12 After the Israelites lost their battle to the Philistines in Ch. 4, and those Gentiles captured the Ark of God, it would be natural to think that the next chapter will consider the plan of the Israelites to retrieve the Ark of God. Yet, the scripture reveals that God made known His presence, power, and dominion over all situations,…

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Call to Worship April 11 2021

Expository Thoughts on 1 Samuel 4:1b-22 The time for battle was fast approaching as Israel camped near Ebenezer. The Philistines were camped near Aphek and they were prepared for the encounter. As they attacked and moved forward, Israel was defeated. The leaders of Israel could not understand the defeat and asked why the LORD had done it. Instead of thinking about the Lord’s word, they invoked His…

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Call to Worship April 4, 2021

Expository Thoughts on 1 Samuel 3 thru 4:1a The people of Israel lived in difficult times and not just economically or politically. The word of the LORD was rare in the days of Eli. Israel spent time worshipping false gods with little consideration of their idolatry and hypocrisy. Samuel would be the one to call them to repentance (1 Samuel 7:3-4). Before Samuel would rise to this…

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Call to Worship March 28 2021

Expository Thoughts on 1 Samuel 2:11-36 These passages reveal the justice and faithfulness of God amid all the circumstances of life. Also, they contrast the ideas of trust, obedience, and blessing with unbelief, disobedience, and judgement. Furthermore these verses tell of the consequences of sin in an immediate and future context. Eli’s sons were thoughtless unbelieving men (vs. 12), and even worse, they sowed their seeds of…

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Call to Worship March 21 2021

Expository Thoughts on 1 Samuel 1:20-2:10 Hannah gave birth to a son and this gift from God reminds us of His power and grace. After Hannah weaned her son she returned to Shiloh to offer sacrificial worship unto the LORD. Her son’s name was in reference to Hannah’s prayer. Samuel refers to the idea of asking, or a petition (Davis, pg. 21).  She dedicated Samuel to the…

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Call to Worship March 14, 2021

Expository Thoughts on 1 Samuel 1:1-18 1 Samuel opens with an introduction of a man with a fair amount of financial means and a lineage from the line of Levi. Elkanah was a devoted man to the Lord in sacrifice and worship, including leading his family to take part in the yearly sacrifice at Shiloh. Yet, his family life is far from perfect. Although he has two…

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Call to Worship March 7 2021

In preparation for worship please read the scriptures in the Order of Worship. Also read Matthew 5-7 referred to as The Sermon on the Mount, it takes ten minutes or less to read through it, depending on how many times you pause to think. After you read it, you may note some verses and phrases that you desire to consider with more thought. Hopefully, the preaching over time will…

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Call to Worship February 28 2021

MATTHEW 28:1-10 “The principal subject of these verses is the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. It is one of those truths which lie at the very foundation of Christianity, and has therefore received special attention in the four Gospels. All four evangelists describe minutely how our Lord was crucified. All four relate with no less clearness, that He rose again. We need not…

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Call to Worship February 21 2021

“Let us cling firmly to the resurrection of Christ, as one of the pillars of the gospel. It ought to produce in our minds a settled conviction of the truth of Christianity: our faith does not depend merely on a set of texts and doctrines; it is founded on a mighty fact which the skeptic has never been able to overturn.” “It ought to assure us of…

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Call to Worship February 14 2021

Expository Thoughts on 1Corinthians 15:1-26  Previously in his letter to the Corinthians, Paul stated the importance of orderly thinking and activity in some secondary matters in the life of the church, alongside issues of Christian liberty. His goal was for the Corinthians to not only properly understand and order these matters, but live with one another in the grace of Christ. He turned his attention in chapter…

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