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  • Kingdom in Chaos- Week 7- Day 1

    “And Samuel said, ‘How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.’” – 1 Samuel 16:2 Have you ever participated in a trust fall? You know the drill; stand up nice and tall, facing away from a couple friends who are standing...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos- Week 7- Day 2

    “…and I will show you what you shall do.” – 1 Samuel 16:1-5 I proposed to my fiancé by sending her on a scavenger hunt. Along the way to her final destination, I placed a small gift, and then wrote a note that guided her to...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos- Week 7- Day 3

    “For the LORD sees not as man sees…”  – 1 Samuel 16:7 I once sat in a leadership training seminar where the speaker said something that has stuck in my mind for many years. He said, “Wherever you’re leading, you’re taking people someplace they’ve not been...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos- Week 7- Day 4

    “And the LORD said, ‘Arise, anoint him, for this is he.’” – 1 Samuel 16:12 Some members of the Woodside church family don’t appreciate the leadership of democrats. Other members of the Woodside family do not have much respect for a Republican leader. No matter...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos Week 7-Day 5

    “And the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward…” – 1 Samuel 16:13 If you have ever seen a post-game interview following a professional sports championship game you’ve probably heard it. The bold proclamation by a Christian athlete who declares that...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos- Week 6- Day 1

    “Saul said to Samuel, ‘I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice.’” -1 Samuel 15:24 Back in middle school I decided to run for Student Council President. As the...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos- Week 6- Day 2

    “And Samuel said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you king over his people Israel; now therefore listen to the words of the Lord.” -1 Samuel 15:1 A couple of years ago I received a text message from a friend that I was...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos- Week 6- Day 3

    “The word of the Lord came to Samuel: ‘I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following me and has not performed my commandments.’” -1 Samuel 15:10-11 In our home, we define obedience as “doing what you are told,...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos Week 6-Day 4

    “Saul said to Samuel, ‘I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and your words.’” -1 Samuel 15:24 Daily it seems as though we learn that another prominent leader has failed in some way. There is no profession that is immune...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos Week 6-Day 5

    “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice…” -1 Samuel 15:22 God delights when we obey. He doesn’t delight when we do good things hoping that our actions will cover over our sin. Saul knew what God commanded him to do and instead of obeying, he justified...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos Week 5-Day 1

    “…but there shall be a king over us.” -1 Samuel 8:19-20 Consider the word, “security”. What do you envision? Do you see a Marine stationed overseas? Do you see a man with a black t-shirt at the front of a concert line? Do you see...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos Week 5-Day 2

    “Yet his sons did not walk in his ways but turned aside after gain.” -1 Samuel 8:3 Imagine a nation with everything a citizen could ever want: » Waterfronts for trade and land for agriculture » The lowest taxes in the world and the most...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos Week 5-Day 3

    “So, Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking for a king from him. He said, ‘These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you…’” -1 Samuel 8:10-11 “Mom, I’m running away from home.” I...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos Week 5-Day 4

    “But there shall be a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.” -1 Samuel 8:19-20 If you’ve seen any form of popular media lately,...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos Week 5-Day 5

    “And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day.” -1 Samuel 8:18 Evaluations. They are not the most fun for anyone. However, life is actually better...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos Week 4- Day 1

    “And Samuel said to all the house of Israel ‘if you are returning to the LORD with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods…’” -1 Samuel 7:3 According to a 2016 article that appeared in The Atlantic, “Roughly 51 percent of Americans say...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos Week 4- Day 2

    “…direct your heart to the LORD and serve him only.” -1 Samuel 7:3 When I was in high school, I was at a winter church camp playing broomball. (Think hockey with shoes, a broom, and a dodgeball in place of skates, sticks and a puck.) Suddenly,...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos Week 4- Day 3

    “But the LORD thundered with a mighty sound that day against the Philistines and threw them into confusion, and they were defeated before Israel.” -1 Samuel 7:10 In a world of instant news, constant updates, smart homes, and the world of internet, it’s so easy...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos Week 4-Day 4

    “And the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel…” -1 Samuel 7:13 It’s so easy to lose sight of God’s many blessings. It seems almost a rule of human experience that you could wake up on your own after...

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  • Kingdom in Choas Week 4-Day 5

    “We have sinned against the LORD.” -1 Samuel 7:6 We have a tendency to define godliness by the things we don’t do. The godly person doesn’t wear immodest clothes, doesn’t curse, doesn’t get drunk. When we think of godliness, we think of the absence of...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos Week 3-Day 1

    “And the LORD appeared again at Shiloh, for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel…” -1 Samuel 3:21 Leadership! How do you define leadership? What makes a great leader? How would you select a leader? God has a history of selecting leaders who don’t fit the...

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