Contributed on Jan 14, 2018
The story of the boy Samuel provides clues to hear more clearly from God: we need to cultivate our environment, obey with what we do know God wants, and listen with a servant's heart. In doing so, we set ourselves up to be better listeners and obeyers.
1 Samuel 3:1-20 Hearing More Clearly from God Prophets with a Purpose – week 1 Today we’re starting a five-week series I’m calling, “Prophets with a Purpose.” A prophet or prophetess is someone who speaks for God. In a way, I’m a prophet as I deliver this message. When you encourage or correct ...read more
Contributed on Jan 21, 2018
The amazing story of Jonah reminds us: 1) Don't run from God, 2) When life gets you down, look up, 3) Respond to God's second chance, and 4) Get God's heart for people. Like Jonah, we need to give up the "reluctant prophet" role and stay in God's will.
Jonah 3:1-10 Aligning My Will with God’s Prophets with a Purpose – Week 2 Do you ever feel like some people are beyond hope, that they are incapable of change? Or maybe you’ve felt like God wanted you to do something, but you resisted that urge? If so, you can identify with the prophet Jonah. ...read more
Contributed on Jan 28, 2018
Too many people say they speak for God. How can you know who really is? The occult is not the answer. God through Moses gives us two tests for discerning real prophets from false ones. And we find that Jesus is the greatest prophet of all!
Deuteronomy 18:14-22 How to Pick a Prophet Prophets with a Purpose: Week 3 We are in a five-week series called “Prophets with a Purpose.” We began with Samuel, the great priest and prophet of Israel. Last week we looked at Jonah, the reluctant prophet. And today we’ll discuss two of the ...read more
Contributed on Feb 4, 2018
Isaiah speaks to us in the exile of our fears, our anxieties, our worries, and he says, God is great--he is bigger than our problems. God is good--he is tuned into my concerns. And I can put all of my hope in the Lord, knowing he will come through.
Keeping God in Proper Perspective Prophets with a Purpose – Week 4 - Isaiah 40:21-31 We are in week 4 of our series, “Prophets with a Purpose.” Today we’re returning to a prophet we looked at in December, because Isaiah had a lot to say about a coming Savior. In fact, during that series, we ...read more
Contributed on Feb 11, 2018
Change or transition is hard, but we can face it bravely and powerfully with God's help. The transition in leadership from Elijah to Elisha reminds us to pay attention, to seek the Holy Spirit's filling, and to bravely take up the task given us.
2 Kings 2:1-15 Transitioning Well Prophets with a Purpose – Week 5 Today we’re finishing up a five-week series looking at various Old Testament Prophets and what they have to say to us. Little Samuel reminded us that God still speaks if we are listening. Jonah reminded us that all people ...read more