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!