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1 Samuel 3 (SN)

1 Samuel 3 – Pastor Mark Neely

Worship:

All Who Are Thirsty – Vineyard UK
10,000 Reasons – Matt Redman
The Stand – Hillsong United
I Surrender All – Traditional
10,000 Reasons (Reprise)

In this chapter, God calls Samuel to be His prophet, and teaches us some pretty cool things along the way. Since this is so late, I’ll keep it short and sweet.

First off, we see that God calls Samuel while he’s sleeping. Lesson to learn here: God calls us on His timing, not ours.

Next, we see that at first Samuel doesn’t recognize God’s voice; he thinks that it’s his surrogate father Eli’s voice. There’s a few things here. First, Samuel was raised in “church”. His whole life was devoted to the service of God. Somehow, he didn’t recognize God’s voice. Just because a person is “churched” does not mean that they know God. It is not until God calls a person that they can hear Him.

Finally, Eli figures out what’s up and tells Samuel to go back to bed and tell God, “Speak, for your servant hears”. Samuel hears God’s voice a third time, and responds. This goes to show that ultimately, man still has the responsibility to listen to God. We have to let God speak to us before He can work.

What did I take home? Take the time to listen to God. He wants to speak, I just need to listen.

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Sermon Notes: Luke 12:35-46

Luke 12:35-48 – Rod Blackburn

Worship

Our God Saves – Paul Baloche
Sanctuary – I have no clue, it’s kind of old
Majesty – Delirious?
Revelation Song – Kari Jobe

We’re going to make this one snappy, since this passage can be summed up pretty quickly. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a ton of good stuff in there. In fact, go read it yourself and click on that fancy-schmancy link up at the top of the post. I just won’t say much.

Here’s the skinny: Jesus has told us that He will come back. It could be any time. How does my life reflect that? To constantly engage in meaningless activities that I will ultimately regret when I get to heaven is a horrible waste of time. Unfortunately, I’m far too often guilty of this. From endless hours in front of a computer screen to just sitting on my bed and doing nothing, I am a master of laziness. At least I can be. I’m making an effort to change that.

There you go. Super short, and hopefully super sweet.

Fact of life: locking your guitar in an office at church is a bad idea when nobody at church has a key to said office. Especially when you’re supposed to lead worship that night. Oops.

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