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The Lord is With Him (1 Samuel 16)

    This morning we’ll meet a person in the Bible who was a very important person; one of the most important in the Old Testament. His story and his writings take up a good portion of the Old Testament. His introduction here though, is humble in many ways, but even with his humble introduction, …

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Co-Dependent (1 Samuel 15)

 

    There are few words that sum up the Western culture like the word independent. We like the idea of independence, don’t we? From the time we signed our nation’s declaration of independence, we have been drawn to the idea of independence. It’s what lured people out of the east and into t…

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Take Your Stand (1 Samuel 12)

    Today we’ll look at the last public address Samuel makes. We’ve seen through the passages we’ve studied in 1 Samuel that at this point, Samuel is old and one of the factors in the people deciding they wanted a king was because of Samuel’s advanced age. The people knew he wouldn’t be able to …

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Living Proof--1 Samuel 10 & 11

    I think we’re all probably familiar with the phrase, “actions speak louder than words,” right? I think the phrase is probably self-explanatory, but just in case, the idea is that what we do, says more about our beliefs and who we are, than what we say. What we say, must be backed by what we …

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A Willing Heart--1 Samuel 9

    I don’t know about you, but from time to time I’ve been tempted to think that what God requires of me is perfection. Now, I’m not talking about Christian perfection, I’m not talking about heart holiness, I’m talking about worldly perfection. You know the thought, the one that says, “Okay, yo…

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The Blessing of Choice--1 Samuel 7 & 8

    My kids haven’t been in school since March 6. The older two are done with the school year now, but their last in-person day was March 6. However, I still brought them down with me to the church building a few days a week so I could have some quiet time to study and pray and get things done t…

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Redeemer--Ruth 3 & 4

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    Today we’ll finish the book of Ruth. In my opinion, two weeks is not nearly enough to fully delve into the pages of Ruth, but since it is a small book and we’re just doing an overview, we do need to keep our pace up.
    As we go through Ruth 3 & 4, we’ll see that Ruth’s st…

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It Just So Happened... (Ruth 1 & 2)

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    Good morning and Happy Mother’s Day! I have to admit that as we’re leaving the book of Judges, I’m actually really glad to be moving out of the book of Judges. Now, because it’s part of the Bible, I see how God has used the book of Judges to help us work through some of what has be…

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Our Own Worst Enemy (Judges 16)

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    Today, we’ll be wrapping up the book of Judges with the saddest chapter in Samson’s story as a judge. Today, we’re going to talk more in depth about Samson’s own character flaws as a way to examine ourselves. We’re going to be in Judges 16 today.
    Judges 16 opens w…

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Misusing God's Power (Judges 14 & 15)

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    Today’s message is one that hits hard for me because of the direction that the Spirit took me when I was putting this together, something that He’s been working through me for over a year now.  It’s an idea that we see come up in Samson’s story, it’s the idea of the misuse of God’s…

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Unfulfilled Purpose (Judges 13)

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    This week, we return to the book of Judges. Because we’re doing an overview of Judges, we are skipping a few of the judges that were raised up by God to deliver the nation of Israel. We’re skipping the stories of Gideon, which spans Judges 6, 7, and 8. We’re skipping the stories of…

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The Rending of the Veil (Matthew 27:45-51)

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    It’s Sunday! We celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Christ, Jesus, this morning! I hope and have been praying that today is a day of jubilant celebration for us and for all believers. I know that many of us, myself included, are grieving the loss of being able to be …

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Expect the Unexpected (Judges 4)

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    This morning we’re going to go through one of my personal favorite stories in the Bible. I have to warn you, it is a violent story, but it’s also full of irony and dark humor, and an epic twist that’s worthy of the Lord of the Rings. We’re going to be in Judges 4, and we’re going t…

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God Can! (Judges 3)

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    Today, we’re going to continue looking at Judges to see what surprising things this part of God’s Word has in store for us. We’re continuing to look at this pattern that the ancient Israelites got into that is expanded upon in the book of Judges where the people would sin, cry out …

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By Grace! (Judges 2)

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    Today we’ll start going deeper into the book of Judges to see what happens, what God does, when the Israelite people don’t do what He’s asked them to do. We saw last week through Judges 1 that God desires for His people to be obedient to Him, and He wants us to set an example, not …

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Partial Obedience? (Judges 1)

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    Today, we pick back up where we left off in the Old Testament some four months ago. I’m glad we went through a series on discipleship. I see that the Spirit led us to that, and used that time to refresh our vision and our desire to…

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Come, Let Us Reason Together Part 2 (1 Timothy 2:12)

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    Since January, we’ve been talking about making disciples: making better disciples of ourselves and then taking what we have learned and grown through ourselves, and moving out of the comfort of the church to go and make disciples of all nations. We’ve learned that we, each and eve…

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Come, Let Us Reason Together Part 1

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    One of the most common things I’ve heard from Christians when we talk about the Bible is that they just don’t know how to study the Bible, really study it. Hopefully we read it daily for devotion, and we should. If His Word is meant to be our daily bread, like we talked about last…

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God's Word (1 Peter 2:2-3)

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    Jesus gave us a command that we’ve been examining. He told us to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, eve…

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Lighthouse (Matthew 5:14-16)

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    Go and make disciples of all nations. That’s what we want to do, that’s our mission that we’ve been diving into the last few weeks. We know it’s a call we’re all called to, regardless of our spiritual gifts and talents. We also know that we’re not supposed to do it alone, we’re s…

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