The Book of Judges ends with a sad commentary, “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.” (Judges 21:25) That is the world in which young Samuel was introduced to in 1 Samuel.
Hannah, our Bible character for this Sunday, was a Godly woman married to a very devout man. Elkanah chose to worship the Lord even when many of the Jewish nation were turning their backs on God. He annually took his family to Shiloh to the Lord's tabernacle.
Hannah was deeply saddened because she had no children. In a Jewish culture, if you did not have children you were considered cursed.
Well that all changed on one of those trips to Shiloh. She met with God and made a vow that if the Lord would give her a son, she would give him back to Him for His service all the days of his life. God answered her prayer and she fulfilled her vow. We read in 1 Samuel 2:21, “. . . the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.” Samuel was the last of the judges and the first of a new line of prophets after Moses.
Her named is splashed throughout 1 Samuel 1 and 2, but then she disappears from the pages of scripture. Yet her greatest contribution to the nation of Israel, her son, Samuel, does not disappear. When you carefully study her life, you come to the conclusion that she is a true model for all mothers and all women of faith.
Hannah is a woman from whom we can learn some powerful life lessons. Such as: real Godly women have real problems; real Godly women know how to really pray; real Godly women experience God’s real blessing; real Godly women do what they really say; and, real Godly women know how to really praise the Lord.
I hope you will join us this Sunday, Mother’s Day, for a “Muffins with Mom” fellowship at 9:45 followed by worship as we study a slice of the life of Hannah.
Mothers, you are truly loved! Thank you for being who you are.
This Sunday is MOTHER’S DAY and to help celebrate this special day we are having a special fellowship called, “Muffins with Mom.” We will start at 9:45 in the fellowship area. Muffins and drinks will be served at this family event.
This is going to be a fun time and a small way to celebrate Mother’s Day. Please plan to join us for “Muffins with Mom” happening just prior to our worship!
Remember, this is a fellowship for the entire family!
Terry Powell, Pastor
Upon reading the Bible, you find a variety of names in the Old and New Testaments the Lord gives or specifically calls those who follow Him. Such as: Christians, Sons, Disciples, Jewels (or Treasured Possession), Ambassadors, Friends, Servants, Stewards, Saints and Witnesses.
It is the last name we will examine more closely during our worship this Sunday. One of the places where this word stands out is Acts 1:8. Jesus’ last words to His followers, before His ascension to heaven, was to charge them with the task of taking the Gospel everywhere. As we read in our key verse that includes: Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the whole world.
That task of taking the Gospel everywhere could only be accomplished if His followers were willing to do as He said and “Go.” They went and the result was astounding. In the Book of Acts you find words like “multiplied” (Acts 6:1, 7), and “added” (Acts 2:41, 47, 5:14, and 11:24) that refer to the outcome of their witnessing. People everywhere heard the Good News and followed Jesus.
The exponential growth that we read about in the early church happened because of the witness of the people - their undeniable obedience to the Lord. Following the formula in Acts 1:8 always works.
The lesson this week is a prelude to our “Mission Focus Sunday” next week when Jack and Alysia Kinney and family will be joining us. They will share their journey of following the Lord wholeheartedly as His witnesses.
I look forward to this Sunday. We had a GREAT day on Easter Sunday and we will have a great day this Sunday too.
You are loved,