• IN SEARCH OF A KING: Demanding a King

    Have you ever demanded something only to realize that what you demanded is not what you want nor what you need? In 1 Samuel 8, the Israelites make a demand for God to give them a king. In looking for a new king, we reject the King God gives us....

  • IN SEARCH OF A KING: Embracing Glory

    As we continue through 1 Samuel, we continue to see Israel’s struggle in pursuing the Lord. The Philistines had taken the ark and God’s glory had departed. This is where we pick up the continuing narrative and see: God’s glory exposes our sinfulness, produces repentance and leads to worship. 1....

  • IN SEARCH OF A KING: The Discipline of a Glorious God

    It was a joy to be able to open God’s word with you all this past Sunday.  As we studied 1 Samuel 4-5 my prayer was that we would see clearly that, the Lord disciplines His people and keeps His covenant promises. Introduction To begin, it is crucial to understand...

  • IN SEARCH OF A KING: God’s Word Revealed

    Have you ever taken something for granted? Maybe it was your health, a relationship or a freedom that you had? We tend to truly appreciate things after they’ve been removed from us. But I wonder if we have ever taken God’s Word for granted? In 1 Samuel 3, we see...

  • IN SEARCH OF A KING: Finding a Faithful Priest

    If you’ve ever heard the adage “good help is hard to find” then you can understand the frustration that plagued even the priesthood during Samuel’s day. The frustrating, disappointing and destructive nature of the priests made for a severely troubling season in Israel’s history. In response to that, God will...

  • IN SEARCH OF A KING: Singing God’s Praises

    If you ever been so excited or overcome with joy that you burst into celebration, then you can relate with Hannah in 1 Samuel 2 as she sings a song of praise to God. What we see in this celebration from Hannah is that: Our hope and joy are fixed...

  • In Search Of A King: God’s Gift of a Son

    This past Sunday, we began our sermon series in the book of 1 Samuel. For the next number of months, we have the privilege of working through this rich story with complex characters, intense action and profound teaching that will repeatedly point us back to Jesus. But at the outset,...

  • Be Disciples. Make Disciples.

    This past week, we had the pleasure of examining the Great Commission. I call it a pleasure, not because it is always fun and easy to do (although sometimes it certainly can be); rather, I call it a pleasure because it should be pleasing to us that God would use...

  • Pleasing Prayer

    When you think of prayer what is it that comes to your mind and what goes on in your heart? For many of us there is a sense of guilt, obligation or the thinking that this is what spiritual people do. Most people don’t tend to think of prayer as...

  • What Does The Bible Say About… Government & Life in the Public Square

    In our final sermon in our What Does the Bible Say Series, we looked at what the Bible had to say about government and life in the public square. While this is an emotionally charged and potentially divisive issue, we should be thankful that God has given us wisdom and...