Stories

  • 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 Choas 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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  • Kingdom in Chaos Week 3-Day 2

    “Then the LORD called Samuel…” -1 Samuel 3:1 Has this happened to you: You believe that you hear someone you’re familiar with calling you, but you suddenly realize you were mistaken? Young Samuel heard a voice, too. He heard the audible voice of God. But...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos Week 3-Day 3

    “And I declare to him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them.” -1 Samuel 3:13 Have you ever had to tell someone bad news? Can...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos Week 3-Day 4

    “And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.” -1 Samuel 3:19 Our words have power! Words can declare war on nations, and decree peace to the same people. Words can build others up, or...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos Week 3-Day 5

    “And the word of Samuel came to all Israel.” -1 Samuel 4:1 We don’t have to watch the news for very long to realize that our nation’s families are broken and struggling. While our political climate grows increasingly tense and divided. What does God expect...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos- Week 2- Day 1

    “Thus the sin of the young men was very great in the sight of the Lord, for the men treated the offering of the Lord with contempt.” -1 Samuel 2:17 I used to think the opposite of gratitude was complaining. I don’t think that any...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos- Week 2- Day 2

    “And his mother used to make for him a little robe and take it to him each year when she went up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.” -1 Samuel 2:19 Rather than focusing on the fact that her son no longer lived...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos- Week 2- Day 3

    “Then Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, and say, ‘May the Lord give you children by this woman for the petition she asked of the Lord.’ So then they would return to their home.” -1 Samuel 2:20 French Philosopher and Mathematician Blaise Pascal once...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos- Week 2- Day 4

    “Now Eli was very old, and he kept hearing all that his sons were doing to all Israel, and how they lay with the women who were serving at the entrance to the tent of meeting.” -1 Samuel 2:22 Eli spoke to his sons about...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos- Week 2- Day 5

    “Now the boy Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favor with the Lord and also with man.” -1 Samuel 2:26 Some people seem to live at a survival level. They make ends meet, live for the weekend, and do what they need to do...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos- Week 1-Day 1

    How to Use This Devotional Guide The pages of this devotional are written with you in mind. As our church focuses on the historic story of Samuel amidst an earthly kingdom that was in chaos, we believe this devotional guide can serve to bring you...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos- Week 1-Day 2

    “But to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the LORD closed her womb.” -1 Samuel 1:5 There are many games that have stood the test of time, perhaps none more popular than Hide-and-Seek. There are variants to the world’s greatest game, but...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos- Week 1-Day 3

    “And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, “I have asked for him from the LORD.”’ -1 Samuel 1:20 When you are in the midst of a trial, it can feel never-ending. It’s like...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos- Week 1-Day 4

    “…And the boy was ministering to the LORD in the presence of Eli the priest.” -1 Samuel 2:11 Do you love being told that you have done a great work? How refreshing. It is even better to receive a thank you card in the mail...

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  • Kingdom in Chaos- Week 1-Day 5

    “And Hannah prayed and said, ‘My heart exults in the LORD…”’ -1 Samuel 2:1 Do you ever watch competitive cooking shows? You know the ones where the chefs are given a set amount of time and a random central ingredient? If you are an individual...

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  • Uganda Mission Trip Blog #3

    Today started out with a 30-minute bus ride to Katete Victory Church where we were greeted with hugs by many excited children and by the church’s amazing Pastor Sara. We were then escorted to our seats at the front of the church where the worship...

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