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 More »

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

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 More »

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 More »