This week we will see how God acts triumphantly against a Philistine religious establishment that attempted to to ridicule Him.
Eli and his sons, were a burden that weighed down and ultimately brought disaster upon Israel.
As staggering as the loss of life was, it was dwarfed by the losses dealt to Israel's confidence.
All of Israel would have to suffer because of the sins of a very few.
1 Samuel 3 is an unusual story about Samuel’s calling. This is a story that reminds us that God has not forgotten His people. It is a story about an elderly, incompetent priest and a little boy trying to find his way. When Samuel Heard the Lord’s calling he seemed to be in the habit of receiving directions from Eli. When Samuel [...]
Samuel enjoyed a childhood marked by divine favor and a lifestyle evidencing a Moses-like relationship with the Lord.
Having a religious pedigree or social power is no match to genuine purity!
Hannah's prayer reflect the character of God and the Promises He makes point to Jesus Christ.
After Samuel was weaned, Hannah did just as she had promised. While Samuel was still young, Hannah gave her son to the Lord to serve Him as long as he lived.
Shockingly, Hannah's faith and heartache led her to prayerfully beg the Lord of Hosts for a son, and make a vow to give her only son to the Lord all the days of his life.
God is in control and He hears our prayers and answers them.
In spite of them breaking their promises, doubts, and complaints. God’s people entered the Promised Land.
God’s promises take Joseph and His family on a journey from fracture to forgiveness, from famine to feast, and from promise to fulfillment.
Our God is a God of Promises.
We must learn to hate the sin that nailed Jesus to the cross. We must repent from boring, powerless, hobby faith. We must take seriously the call to become the Good News.
How can a God get crucified? Nature itself convulsed at the deed: the ground shook, rocks cracked open, the sky went black.” How can the enormity of such an event be so ignored and neglected in modern culture?