Morning Worship - November 24, 2013
What life lessons did you learn this past week as we read about the life of David in THE STORY? We can learn from the good and bad examples in David's life. David is described in Scripture as a man after God's own heart (I Samuel 13:13-14; Acts 13:22). In other words, he was a man who desired to know God and His righteousness. David was "a man after my own heart, . . .", but he was not perfect. David had an affair with a married woman named Bathsheba which resulted in her becoming pregnant. Then in an attempt to cover up his sin, King David arranged for Bathsheba's husband to be killed in battle. When confronted with his sin by Nathan the prophet, David confessed his sin. David's repentant heart pleased God, but David also learned some painful lessons as a result of his sin. David learned that forgiveness of sin may not remove the earthly consequences of sin. David's sin is a reminder to us that sin can be forgiven, but the earthly consequences of sin remain. Is there anything you are experiencing in life that could be identified as the natural, earthly consequence of your sin? We will be considering that question and others during the Message Time this Lord's Day.
Morning Worship - November 17, 2013
From our reading of THE STORY, what have you learned about Samuel? Samuel was Israel's last and probably greatest judge. He was also a priest and prophet of God. Samuel began serving the Lord as a boy and remained faithful to God throughout his life. Samuel is included in a list of military leaders in the Book of Hebrews, though he was not a leader of any army, but he fought a battle equal to any the soldiers of Israel fought. Samuel's foes were idolatry and immorality. He had to stand up in the middle of wicked people and fearlessly proclaim God's truth. His defiant audience was not the heathen people of Canaan, but his own people, the Israelites. Israel constantly rebelled against God. By his words of warning and rebuke, Samuel sought to bring the people of Israel back to God, but most of them refused to repent. By standing up for God, Samuel stood against many of the wicked practices of Israel. Samuel stood up for God risking rejection by his own people. During the Message Time this Lord's Day, we will be considering the risk that we take in confronting the sins of our family and friends.
Morning Worship - November 10, 2013
This past week in our reading of THE STORY we were introduced to a man by the name of Saul who became the first king of Israel. King Saul was a man who did things his way and it cost him dearly. In stubborn pride he took an "I'll do it my way" approach to life. In doing things his way, he stepped beyond the boundaries that God had established for him. When he went into battle, he did things his way and it cost him the victory. Saul finished poorly in life because he put his will above the Lord's. Saul started out strong, but he finished weak. Poor judgment on Saul's part caused his downfall. Saul was guilty of partial, or selective, obedience. He obeyed up to a point, but not completely. We can be guilty of the same thing and it is a serious offense to God. The Lord rejected Saul as king due to his disobedience. The life of King Saul could be summed up in the expression: It's not how you start; It's how you finish. During the Message Time this Lord's Day, we will be examining the rise and fall of King Saul.
Morning Worship - November 3, 2013
From our reading of the life of Ruth in THE STORY this week, what quality in her life spoke to you? Was it not her loyalty to her mother-in-law: her faithfulness to Naomi. Ruth was willing to sacrifice everything in order to faithfully serve her mother-in-law. Her loyalty to Naomi is worth noting. Ruth left her native land to go with her mother-in-law to a land she had never known — Israel. We would have to search far and wide to find a woman more worthy of being a role model than Ruth. She shows herself to be loyal, kind, hard-working and trusting. The timeless spiritual truths found in this story of Ruth relate to practical, everyday life. The theme of loyalty, kindness and love for one another stand out. May we show loyalty, kindness and love for our family and our family in Christ. During the Message Time this Lord's Day, we will be applying lessons learned from the life of Ruth.
Morning Worship - October 27, 2013
What have we learned so far about people of the Bible from our reading of THE STORY? Abraham came from a pagan family. Joseph's brothers were jealous of him and sold him into slavery. Moses was adopted as a baby. Joshua and Caleb were rejected for a time by their own people. Rahab was a prostitute. From our reading we have learned that God uses people with a variety of backgrounds for His purposes. But what was the one quality that all of these people shared? They were people of faith. They were not perfect by any means, but due to their faith God used them to accomplish His will. They may have been weak people, but their faith in a strong God turned their weakness into strength. As we continue reading THE STORY, we discover the faith of Deborah, Gideon and Samson whose strength was in the Lord. During the Message Time this Lord's Day, we will be considering how those who live by faith place their total dependence in the Lord.
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