Sun, Oct 16, 2016
Duration:43 mins 57 secs
How many times have we been frustrated or failed to understand why God was allowing this or that to happen? How many times have you realized what God was up to after the fact, as you looked back through time, with new information? 1 Samuel 9 tells of such an experience in the life of the man who was soon to become Israel’s first king. Join Pastor Jim as he mines this ancient account for its timeless truths about what it means to trust God, even when we don’t understand what God may be up to at the present moment.
Sun, Oct 09, 2016
Duration:38 mins 46 secs
After the great revival of chapter 7 at Mizpah, several years go by and the people of Israel seek a king like that of the nations around them. It was not the request for a king itself that was so wrong but rather, the motive behind the request that tainted it. What was their motive and what can we learn from their enchantment with a likeness to their cultural milieu? What should we look for and what can we count on in the earthly leaders of our own time? Join Pastor Jim as he unpacks the timeless truths of this relevant Old Testament passage.
Sun, Oct 02, 2016
Duration:36 mins 37 secs
1 Samuel 7 tells the beautiful story of the repentance, return and restoration of God’s people. What happens to a human soul that tries to live apart from God? What is God’s solution to the problem of our separation from Him? What does real reconciliation with God look like? Join Pastor Jim for this hopeful and inspiring study of God’s redemptive work from over 3,000 years ago!
Sun, Sep 11, 2016
Duration:41 mins 40 secs
After the Philistines captured the Ark of the Covenant from the Israelites, they carried it to Ashdod and set it up beside a statue of Dagon, one of their fertility gods. In a stranger than fiction sequence of events, Dagon falls flat on his face before the Ark, the Philistines are plagued by a bizarre epidemic, and the Ark gets passed around like a Hot Potato. What timeless truths can we learn from two of the most fascinating chapters of 1 Samuel? Join Pastor Jim as he helps us see what God was up to in this real life tragic comedy from approximately 3,000 years ago!
Sun, Sep 04, 2016
Duration:38 mins 8 secs
1 Samuel 4-6 describe events that involve the Ark of the Covenant. Just what was this Ark and what did it represent to the children of Israel? What did the Ark suggest about the God of the Bible? In what ways does the Ark point forward to Jesus Christ? And how does all of this inform our own faith as Christians? Join Pastor Jim as we study the timeless truths of scripture, written over 3,000 years ago, in the real life stories of God’s people, the children of Israel.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016
Duration:42 mins 15 secs
“And word from the LORD was rare in those days…” describes the spiritual climate in ancient Israel at the beginning of 1 Samuel. Do you ever wish you could hear a word from the LORD? Do you ever wonder if God is aware of what’s going on in your life or if God even knows your name? Join Pastor Jim as he walks us through one of the most loved stories of 1 Samuel when God called a young man by name, gave him a new mission and calling in life, and stirred him to join the LORD in the work God was doing, to break through the famine of spiritual hearing of that time. What similar kind of thing might God want to do in our lives, in our own day and time?
Sun, Aug 21, 2016
Duration:40 mins 48 secs
As the young Samuel grows up in the context of the Tabernacle in Shiloh, he is surrounded by the greed and corruption of two priests, Hophni and Phinehas. They had disregarded the Lord and were abusing God’s people. What lessons can we learn from looking at the budding faith of Samuel, at Eli as a father, at Hophni and Phinehas as corrupt spiritual leaders, and at the way God deals with each one of them? Join Pastor Jim as he helps us see and understand how God is at work, even in times that appear dark, frustrating and filled with injustice. And this God of the Bible is writing a much larger narrative than our present circumstances might otherwise suggest.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016
Duration:41 mins 37 secs
The ancient song sung by Hannah in 1 Samuel 2 overflows with exuberant praise and gratitude. Hannah describes several of the immutable characteristics of God and reflects upon God’s faithfulness to the individual. God is presented as the Great Reversal Artist and God’s power shown to be at work on a personal, global and cosmic level. Join Pastor Jim as he helps us unpack this beautiful ancient song-prayer and how it equips us to love and trust in the God who is Creator, Sustainer and Ruler of all.
Sun, Aug 07, 2016
Duration:47 mins 11 secs
1 Samuel reaches back in time over 3,000 years and recounts some of the most loved stories of the Old Testament including stories about the prophet Samuel, Israel’s first king Saul, and King David, a man after God’s own heart. Join Pastor Jim for a look at chapter one where we find God listening to the prayers of a broken-hearted woman, showing He is the one true and faithful God; and setting up the birth of Samuel, a prophet who will point us to the ultimate redeemer king, Jesus Christ. There is much we can learn from Hannah’s prayer and the way God responds to her!