Sun, May 28, 2017
Duration:43 mins 14 secs
In the final chapter of 1st Samuel the Israelite armies are soundly defeated by their arch-enemies, the Philistines. Among those killed in the fighting are King Saul and three of his sons, including David’s good friend Jonathan. What has gone wrong? Has God forgotten them all? What will become of David, his faithful followers and the rest of Israel? Join Pastor Jim as he sums up the timeless truths and hope-filled lessons found in this ancient book which serves as a part of the record of God’s amazing plan of redemption history.
Sun, May 21, 2017
Duration:41 mins 55 secs
After returning to their temporary, Philistine wilderness home in Ziglag, David and his army of 600 men were confronted with a horrific and shocking tragedy. Their village had been razed to the ground and their wives and children kidnapped by the Amalekites. In a fit of frustration and anger David’s men were about to turn on him. How did David respond and what can we learn from this 3,000 year old story about navigating a crisis in our own wilderness experiences? What promises of God remain for those who must go through similar experiences in our own time? Join Pastor Jim for this hopeful story of God’s amazing grace and glorious redemption at work in our lives.
Sun, May 14, 2017
Duration:31 mins 56 secs
David was behind enemy lines again and this time, he was caught on the horns of a moral dilemma. What were the circumstances? What did David do? More importantly, what did God do? There are many timeless truths and practical lessons to be found in 1 Samuel 29. Join Pastor Jim as he unfolds the riches of this ancient Bible passage, as it foreshadows the gospel of grace in Christ.
Sun, May 07, 2017
Duration:46 mins 54 secs
Upon what grounds can we approach God? Does God ever run out of patience toward anyone? 1 Samuel 28 records the account of Israel’s King Saul who had obstinately rejected God but yet continued to try to have God on his own terms. Join Pastor Jim for this sobering study of what happens to the soul that persistently rejects God and this hope-filled study of God’s grace on offer to every sinner.
Sun, Apr 30, 2017
Duration:51 mins 13 secs
What happens to people of faith living in an increasingly secularized world? Why might we experience mounting moral tension amidst the shifting societal chaos of our culture? Where can we find God's wisdom on how to walk in God's ways? Join Pastor Jim for this study of 1 Samuel 27 as he reminds us to marvel at the God Who can redeem the best and even the worst among us!
Sun, Apr 23, 2017
Duration:54 mins 33 secs
David is a falsely accused fugitive on the run. King Saul, the eastern despot with an army of 3,000 elite forces, is in hot pursuit. 1 Samuel 26 is a story of espionage, intrigue, and a high-risk, near impossible mission that takes David into the enemy camp. There, David will find himself at yet another moral and spiritual crossroad. What should he do? What will he do? Join Pastor Jim for this exciting study from God’s Word.
Sun, Apr 02, 2017
Duration:46 mins 24 secs
1 Samuel 25 presents a stark contrast with chapter 24 as regards David's response to yet another difficult person in his life. This time David is confronted with a wealthy man who also happens to be quite a reckless fool. Join Pastor Jim as he unpacks the ancient lessons of this chapter which remind us of God's Righteous Judgement, God's Merciful Redemption, and God's Gracious Providence.
Sun, Mar 26, 2017
Duration:42 mins 29 secs
Temptation comes to us in many and diverse forms. Have you ever found yourself at a moral crossroads, confused and wrestling with whether something was God’s will or a temptation to sin? How can we learn to discern the difference? Join Pastor Jim for this helpful study of 1 Samuel 24 where we look at the temptations of opportunity, timing and the majority view.
Sun, Mar 19, 2017
Duration:40 mins 4 secs
1 Samuel 23 is rich in its portrayal of God’s manifold sovereign initiatives throughout history. Join special guest speaker Scotty Smith as he helps us see the Guiding Hand of God, the Comforting Hand of God, the Sovereign Hand of God, and the Saving Hand of God. As it was with David so too it is for us, our salvation won’t come through the sacrifices we make to God, but through the sacrifice God has made for us through Christ Jesus.
Sun, Mar 12, 2017
Duration:39 mins 17 secs
King Saul had gone completely mad with rage toward David and anyone who appeared to be willing to help David escape. In 1 Samuel 22 Saul commands the slaughter of Ahimelech and so ends the lives of 85 of the priests of the Lord in the ancient town of Nob. What are we to make of this violent action taken by Saul? Why does God allow such evil to occur? How should believers respond to this kind of wickedness and injustice? Join Pastor Jim for a study of one of the darkest events in human history and see how it leads us to the light of the gospel of God’s grace.
Sun, Mar 05, 2017
Duration:47 mins 33 secs
In 1 Samuel 21 we read of how David was now a fugitive on the run. King Saul, blinded by rage and jealousy, wanted David killed. Why was this happening? Were was God in all of this? David moves from place to place but ends up hiding in a cave out in the wilderness. Join Pastor Jim for this helpful study of the lessons of the wilderness and the trustworthy faithfulness of God’s providential care for His servants, no matter what we are going through or what is going on in the larger world around us.
Sun, Feb 26, 2017
Duration:44 mins 57 secs
What happens to a human person when anger begins to rule in their heart? How can we develop healthy relationships with others? What is the role of faith in God when it comes to our relationships with family, friends, co-workers and our neighbors? Join Pastor Jim for this practical study from 1 Samuel 20 on covenant relationships.
Sun, Feb 19, 2017
Duration:41 mins 32 secs
As we study the history of ancient Israel, one of the truths that jumps from the pages of the Bible is that God is always at work to accomplish His purposes. God never let the world slide out of control or drift away from His presence or active participation. What does God’s providence look like in history or in our own lives? Join Pastor Jim for this study from 1 Samuel 19 of God’s comprehensive and compassionate providence.
Sun, Feb 12, 2017
Duration:40 mins 3 secs
Some of the characters we read about in 1 Samuel 18 exhibit deep friendship, loyal love, faithfulness, esteem, and grace. Others display fear, envy, paranoia and violence. This is a chapter that teaches us some timeless truths of scripture by way of contrasts. Join Pastor Jim for an honest look at how both esteem and envy towards others can be cultivated in each of our hearts and how only faith in Christ can set us free to live in the love of God.
Sun, Feb 05, 2017
Duration:42 mins 49 secs
Approximately 3,000 yrs ago in ancient Israel a young Israeli shepherd boy named David confronted a giant Philistine warrior named Goliath. Most of you have heard it before but is this really just the story of a little guy finally winning against a big bully? Is this just about facing whatever our giants might be with extraordinary courage? Or, is there something else this famous story teaches us about God, faith, redemption and trust? Join Pastor Jim for this inspiring study (beyond the flannel graph versions) of David and Goliath.
Sun, Jan 29, 2017
Duration:45 mins 37 secs
1 Samuel 16 recounts the continuing demise of King Saul and the rise of God’s choice to replace him, David. How does God reveal Himself in and through the tumultuous times of this transition in national leadership? In what ways has God proven Himself sovereign, faithful and true throughout all human history? What hope can we place in God here in our own day and time? Join Pastor Jim as he reaches back some 3,000 years for the timeless truths of the ancient scriptures and shows us where and how our souls can find rest in a sovereign God.
Sun, Jan 22, 2017
Duration:50 mins 32 secs
Do you ever struggle with obedience to God? Do you have questions about the wrath of God as we read about it in the Bible? How does God reveal Himself in what some would call the more difficult passages of the Old Testament? Join Pastor Jim as he draws from a 3,000 year old record of how some people wrestled with these same issues and shows what God was doing to shape and steer redemption history.
Sun, Jan 15, 2017
Duration:40 mins 34 secs
What happens to a world in which we all are becoming increasingly self-absorbed? What kind of societal blindness can this cause and how does it affect the flow of love and grace in our relationships? Join Pastor Jim as he walks us through the second half of 1 Samuel 14 with its timeless lessons from redemption history.
Sun, Jan 08, 2017
1 Samuel 14:1-23 contrasts the authentic faith of Jonathan with the faux faith of his father, King Saul. What are the characteristics the author uses to describe the two? What was the disposition of their hearts toward God and how did that influence the way they saw themselves and the way they behaved around others? What can we learn from this passage about seeking God’s specific will in our lives? Join Pastor Jim for this enlightening and practical study.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016
Duration:49 mins 19 secs
1 Samuel 13 begins to reveal some of the character weaknesses of Saul, Israel’s first king. Self-aggrandizement and impatience were among the early sings of his demise. Join Pastor Jim for this study as he points out that if we are always in a hurry, we might miss the wisdom that waiting can bring. And that because of God’s grace, helplessness need not mean hopelessness.
Sun, Nov 06, 2016
Duration:37 mins 1 sec
In 1 Samuel 12 we find a practical list of character traits of a good leader. Samuel was morphing from being the last of the Judges in ancient Israel to the first of the prophets God would use to lead and guide His people and the nation. How did Samuel handle that change? What wisdom did God offer his people as they began the time period of the monarchy in Israel? In what ways did God's grace and mercy show up and point forward to the person and work of Christ? Join Pastor Jim for this interesting study of God's timeless truths from 1 Samuel.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016
Duration:40 mins 2 secs
Saul, the first king of ancient Israel, steps up and shines his brightest as a leader in 1 Samuel 11. What can we learn from Saul and the injustice he faced over 3,000 years ago that still applies to us in our own day and time? How did calling, character, courage and faith affect the way God used Saul to lead God’s people? Join Pastor Jim for a look at the early stages of King Saul’s development as a leader and reign as a king.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016
Duration:40 mins 36 secs
As the children of Israel continue to obstinately demand a king just like the kings of the nations around them, God continues to show them His faithful love and tender grace. What can we learn about God’s character, about our own demanding hearts, and about the grace of God in Christ as we look at this 3,000 year old story? Join Pastor Jim as he unpacks the timeless truths of 1 Samuel 10.
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.