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Ordinary Offerings (discussion questions)

The following discussion questions accompany my message this past weekend at Eastbrook Church entitled “Ordinary Offerings” on the faith of Hannah from 1 Samuel 1.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is the most important gift that you’ve ever given to someone else in your life? Why was it so important?
  2. We continue our series, “Risky Faith,” this week with a focus on Hannah, the mother of the prophet Samuel. We will look at 1 Samuel 1:1-28. Read that portion of Scripture out loud. Read the rest of this entry »
 

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Risky Faith

This coming weekend at Eastbrook I will begin a new series entitled “Risky Faith.”

When Jesus came into our world, He gave His very life that we might be brought back to God. Jesus does not call people into a comfortable or safe religion.  Instead, Jesus beckons His followers into a faith that risks. It is a faith filled with adventure, joy, and surprising possibilities. It is a faith that takes us beyond safety and control into the unknown depths of full life with the living God.  It is a life of risky faith that will go where He sends us and do what He calls us to do, no matter the cost.

April 28/29 – “Step Out” – Joshua 1:1-11

May 5/6 – “Ordinary Offerings” – 1 Samuel 1:1-28

May 12/13 – “Walk on the Waves” – Matthew 14:22-36

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2012 in Eastbrook

 

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The Pathway to Slow Decline, part 2

This continues a post from yesterday looking at the slow decline of Saul the Benjamite, the first king of Israel. As I recently read through Saul’s story again, I was struck by the pattern of Saul’s slow decline. Here are a few reflections on that for us today.

Tormented and Angry Saul
It is shortly after Saul’s disobedience that David appears on the scene. Samuel secretly anoints David as the next king at God’s request (16:13). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2011 in Scripture reflections

 

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The Pathway to Slow Decline, part 1

The word ‘decline’ has a different value based on different situations. Seeing a decline in unemployment rates is good, but seeing a decline in gross domestic product is bad. Watching dirty bath water go down the drain is good, but watching your marriage go down the drain is bad.

One of the most gripping stories of decline in the Bible is that of Saul the Benjamite, the first king of Israel. As I recently read through Saul’s story again, I was struck by the pattern of Saul’s slow decline. Here are a few reflections on that for us today. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2011 in Scripture reflections

 

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Every Blessing You Pour Out

There’s a well-known worship song that says: “every blessing You pour out I’ll turn back to praise.” While the term ‘blessing’ is often thoughtlessly used, it refers to a deep happiness or gift that God brings into our lives. Hannah, a Hebrew woman we encounter in 1 Samuel, was someone who knew about both receiving God’s blessing and turning it back into praise of His name.

A Hopeful Prayer
Hannah was a barren woman who lamented both her loneliness and shame. In a culture that was built on family and the importance of providing an heir, Hannah was on the outs. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2011 in Scripture reflections

 

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Expect God to Speak (Samuel)

Samuel was a child given as a gift to a godly woman who cried out to God for mercy in her barrenness. In response to God’s grace, Samuel’s mother, Hannah, gave him back to God to serve in the house of God with the priest, Eli. Samuel grew up in the place where God was seen as most present and ready to speak to His people.

But we read in the Scriptures that “in those days the word of the Lord was rare” (1 Samuel 3:1). Because of this, when Samuel is awakened in the night by a voice calling his name, he thinks it is Eli calling to him. He does not expect that God will speak to him, nor does anyone else expect that sort of thing.

After three experiences of having God call to him, it is the priest Eli who recognizes that God is calling out to this young man. Eli teaches Samuel to expect and discern God’s voice, as well as to respond in the appropriate way: “speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:9).

Like Samuel, we often do not expect God to speak into our lives. As the Scriptures say of Samuel’s day, God’s voice and words often seem absent from our lives. Even when He does speak, we are not nearly as attentive to His voice as we could be.

Before we can ever hope to respond to God’s voice, we must first expect Him to speak into our lives. We must come with expectation to God and then respond with a readiness to listen.

So, here are two questions to consider:

Do we expect to hear from God? And are we ready to listen to what He says to us?

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2010 in Discipleship

 

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Listening for God

This past weekend, Kelly and I were speaking at Eastrook’s Young Singles retreat. The messages for the weekend were themed around listening to God and how we respond to what we hear by how we live.

I started off the retreat on Friday night by talking about three individuals in the Bible who give us a picture of how we can approach listening to God. Over the next few days on the blog, I want to paint a brief picture of these lives and how they help us approach listening to God.

The three characters and themes are:

  • Samuel: Expect God to Speak
  • Elijah: Let God Whisper into Our Lives
  • Paul : Allow God to Get Our Attention
 
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Posted by on October 19, 2010 in Discipleship, Eastbrook

 

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