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  • The Last Straw Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Apr 3, 2003
    based on 38 ratings
     | 9,063 views

    It wasn’t enough that Saul had Go’s Spirit within him. He also needed to respond to the Spirit’s prompting with obedience. We need to listen to God’s voice and respond as he would have us respond. "Surely, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed tha

    When you think about it, being a Christian is a simple thing at one level, but it’s a multifaceted thing at another. And it’s so easy to get confused about what matters. At one level all you need is faith in Jesus Christ. At another level you need to be in a Church, you need to read your Bible. You ...read more

  • Hurry Up And Wait Series

    Contributed by Victor Yap on Nov 6, 2003
    based on 41 ratings
     | 7,674 views

    Saul, Pt. 2

    HURRY UP AND WAIT (1 SAM 11) It’s been said, “Rome is not built in a day.” When I was a youngster I was in a hurry to grow up. I was skinny and short. When my brother and I sat in the same car going to school every day, I couldn’t help but compare his size to mine. My brother, who was two ...read more

  • A Good Start Is Not Good Enough

    Contributed by Steve Malone on Apr 2, 2004
    based on 83 ratings
     | 11,699 views

    From the life of Solomon we learn that a good start is not enough. (1 King - pt 1)

    "SOLOMON, AGOOD START ISN’T ENOUGH" TEXT: 1 KINGS 1-11 INTRODUCTION Have you ever noticed in life that a good start isn’t always enough. Now there is nothing wrong with a good start mind you, but it is often not enough to get us to the finish line or the winners circle. And if ...read more

  • It's Amazing What You Might Find Series

    Contributed by Doug Johnston on Aug 31, 2001
    based on 37 ratings
     | 1,775 views

    As Saul was surprized by God’s selection of him as king, we too may be surprized by the opportunitites God brings our way as we use the situations He puts us in.

    “I being in the way, the LORD led me” From Genesis 24:27 Saul... His name means “asked for” Was the “tall, dark, and handsome” type Was given a rare opportunity by God We must continually follow God to find all His gifts. I Follow When God’s “Not Looking” (9:1-3a) A. Busy with ...read more

  • The View From On Top Series

    Contributed by Doug Johnston on Aug 31, 2001
    based on 32 ratings
     | 1,457 views

    Saul found the view from the palace great, but the responsibilites were greater than his heart allowed him to enjoy.

    And some of the Hebrews went over Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling. 1 Samuel 13:7 It’s great to be on top… You see what others only wish to You know what it was like to be really there You decide what others ...read more

  • To Obey Is Better Than Sacrifice

    Contributed by Rich Hadley on Dec 17, 2001
    based on 55 ratings
     | 5,089 views

    A sermon for pastors and church leaders. It is a message on leadership illustrated from the interactions between Samuel and Saul.

    I Samuel 14:47: After Saul had assumed rule over Israel, he fought against their enemies on every side: Moab, the Ammonites, Edom, the kings of Zobah, and the Philistines. Wherever he turned, he inflicted punishment on them. Saul was a fighting King. He was a great general. He dealt all ...read more

  • Getting It Right

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Jun 17, 2002
    based on 40 ratings
     | 3,061 views

    Pulpit monologue-drama, in which "Solomon" describes how his father’s example influenced him negatively, but his father’s repentance redeemed him.

    “A wise child makes a glad father, but a foolish child is a mother’s grief.” Would you agree? I wrote that, you know. “Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.” Ah, but how do we train them? That is the question. Just by commands? Or do we train them ...read more

  • Avoiding Solomon's Slippery Slope

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Jun 27, 2005
    based on 64 ratings
     | 10,870 views

    Perhaps the fall of Solomon is one of the most distressing stories in the history of mankind. Here was a man who started out well but finished shamefully. Fifteen points.

    Avoiding Solomon’s Slippery Slope (I Kings 11:1-41) Disobedience has many biting consequences. No one’s life gives us a clearer picture of this principle than Solomon’s slippery decline. Perhaps the fall of Solomon is one of the most distressing stories in the history of mankind. Here was ...read more

  • Solomon, A Man Who Grew To Hate Life

    Contributed by Guy Glass on Aug 20, 2004
    based on 38 ratings
     | 4,377 views

    As we approach the book of Ecclesiastes, we get a profound glimpse into the later years of the life of Solomon, King of Israel, and gifted by God with intelligence far beyond his contemporaries. Yet, as Solomon aged, his focus changed, he was drawn away

    KING SOLOMON A Man Who Grew To Hate Life Ecclesiastes 2 INTRODUCTION: As we approach the book of Ecclesiastes, we get a profound glimpse into the later years of the life of Solomon, King of Israel, and gifted by God with intelligence far beyond his contemporaries. Yet, as Solomon aged, his ...read more

  • Wisdom

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Sep 1, 2004
    based on 38 ratings
     | 7,893 views

    Wisdom comes from God, and is a very real and practical sense of what to do, how to do it, and why it must be done...but wisdom is no guarantee that we’ll act wisely.

    Wisdom II Chronicles 1:1-11, Pastor Bob Leroe, Cliftondale Congregational Church, Saugus, Massachusetts “Ask for whatever you want Me to give you” (vs 7). If God handed you a “blank check”--if you could ask Him for anything and receive it, what would your pray for? I saw a “prayer” on a ...read more

  • Identity Theft

    Contributed by Pat Cook on Aug 31, 2004
    based on 20 ratings
     | 1,981 views

    A short devotional about how God called Solomon by a name no-one else ever called him. Solomon didn’t walk in God’s love and acceptance.

    2 Samuel 12:24-25 – Identity Theft “Who am I?” God said this baby’s name would be Jedidiah – “loved by the Lord”. But it’s never recorded anywhere else – nobody ever called him that. Even though God said who he was, nobody ever accepted it. Neh 13:26 – mentions God loved him, and that’s ...read more

  • Wisdom Marred By Obsession Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jan 3, 2006
    based on 14 ratings
     | 5,784 views

    Should we do as much as we can as well as we can for as long as we can? Should we seek to reach our full potential? Or, instead, should we be thinking of the long term consequences of what we do?

    Wisdom Marred by Obsession (I Kings 4) Reception Grade (how it went over: interest, compliments, etc.): A Intro 1. Once the Devil was walking along with one of his cohorts. They saw a man ahead of them pick up something shiny. "What did he find?" asked the cohort. "A piece of the truth," ...read more

  • A Man Gone Wrong

    Contributed by Duane Brown on Jun 17, 2003
    based on 18 ratings
     | 3,792 views

    The story of King Saul...wrong choices lead to a horrible statement "I have played the fool." Great challenge to men, especially at Fathers day

    In our scripture reading today we find perhaps one of the saddest accounts recorded in the bible of a father who went wrong, of a dad who made the wrong choices! behold, I have played the fool, This is the confession of King Saul. No doubt in this particular setting Saul was referring to his ...read more

  • Witchcraft Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Apr 27, 2003
    based on 30 ratings
     | 5,078 views

    Saul continues to disobey God, this time by resorting to witchcraft. But God never abandons his people. He has a king prepared who’s a man after his own heart, who’ll restore the fortunes of Israel: David, the shepherd boy, who’s become a great warrior th

    What we find as we read through the books of 1&2 Samuel is a mix of battle narratives and character studies. The action sequences are important because they show how the nation of Israel emerges as a force to be reckoned with, but often it’s in the character studies that we find the points of ...read more

  • A Wise Fool

    Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Jan 1, 2001
    based on 137 ratings
     | 4,537 views

    Solomon’s mistakes were that he started out well, but did not end well, he was a minimalist and he allowed his strength to become his weakness.

    Have you see the bumper sticker that says, “I took an IQ test and the results were negative”? Sometimes very intelligent people can get very negative results on their IQ tests. For instance, people are paid a lot of money to write the things that appear on the packages and products we buy. But a ...read more