Contributed on May 10, 2009
The Bible tells us that God closed up Hannah’s womb. Really? Would He do that, or was this the kind of comment where we call something an "act of God?"
Real Mothers are special people. Real mothers would like to be able to eat a whole candy bar (all by themselves) and drink a Coke without any "floaters" in it. Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils are probably in the sandbox. Real Mothers often have sticky floors, filthy ovens and ...read more
Contributed on May 17, 2009
Samuel was to replace Eli as God’s priest because Eli wasn’t listening to God anymore. God is looking for people who’ll listen to Him... how can we make sure we are those kinds of listeners?
OPEN: A businessman who needed several million dollars to clinch an important deal and sensing the need for divine help, he went to church to pray for money. By chance, he knelt next to a man who was praying for $100 to pay an urgent debt. The businessman took out his wallet and pressed $100 ...read more
Contributed on May 24, 2009
For 20 years God’s judgment had been on Israel. He was trying to get them to remember something... but what?
OPEN: The story’s told of an old Navajo Indian who had had the good fortune to have oil discovered on his land. He became a very wealthy man as a result, but wealth did not change him. He went on living just as he was before. In the meantime, the money piled up in the bank. But every now and then ...read more
Contributed on May 31, 2009
What did Saul do that was so wrong? And if he was condemned for disobedience, what does that mean for us when we disobey?
OPEN: A mother was telling about her 6-year-old daughter, Lori, who was studying 1 Samuel 15:22—"To obey is better than sacrifice" for her Bible memory course. One day Lori observed her 3-year-old sister, Kristi, being disobedient, and she immediately took her sister aside and sternly admonished ...read more
Contributed on Jun 7, 2009
God doesn’t judge from ouward appearance... but too often we do. What can we do to avoid that tendency?
OPEN: How many of you have ever watched “American Idol”? (Nearly ½ the congregation raised their hands). Ok, how many of you have ever seen “Britain’s Got Talent.”? (A few hand went up) That’s understandable since “Britain’s Got Talent” is aired in Britain. It’s the English cousin of our ...read more
Contributed on Jun 20, 2009
What’s wrong with a visit to a psychic? A "harmless" game of Ouija? A look at my horoscope to see how my day is going to turn out?
OPEN: A woman went to the local psychic in hopes of contacting her dearly departed grandmother. The psychic’s eyelids began to fluttering and she began to moan and eventually, a voice came, saying, "Granddaughter? Are you there?" The granddaughter, wide-eyed responded, "Grandma? Is that ...read more
Contributed on Jun 21, 2009
Samuel was a "father figure" to Israel and many of the traits he exhibited here in chapter 12 give us examples of what good fathers do.
ILLUS: One father had a three-year-old daughter who was having trouble sleeping through the night. She’d often wake up several times in the night because she was afraid. Each time as he re-tucked her into bed, he would remind her that Jesus was with her and he would keep her safe. Several ...read more