Sunday Morning 06/19: Unit 9, Session 5: Eli’s Sons Disobeyed God (1 Samuel 4-6)

The ark of the covenant was a physical reminder of God’s tangible presence with his people. Rather than treat the ark with reverence, they treated the ark as a sort of good luck charm. In our Bible story today, we see what happened when the ark was taken from the people of Israel.  Except inContinue reading “Sunday Morning 06/19: Unit 9, Session 5: Eli’s Sons Disobeyed God (1 Samuel 4-6)”

Sunday Morning 06/12: Unit 9, Session 4: God Provided for Hannah

When was the last time you prayed fervently to God? What did you need? Did He answer in a way you expected? When Hannah wanted a baby, she cried out to God with great earnestness so much that the priest Eli thought she was drunk. Hannah had confidence that God heard her prayer. She understoodContinue reading “Sunday Morning 06/12: Unit 9, Session 4: God Provided for Hannah”

Sunday Morning 5/29: Unit 9, Session 2: God Used Samson

Samson is one of those characters in the Bible you don’t easily forget. He was strong, handsome, successful, and blind. He is what in literature is called an anti-type. He is a type of Christ in all the wrong ways. Samson was consecrated from an early age yet disobeyed his covenant promises and dishonored hisContinue reading “Sunday Morning 5/29: Unit 9, Session 2: God Used Samson”

Sunday Morning 5/22: Unit 9, Session 1: The People Kept Sinning

In the Book of Judges, we see a cycle of sin, oppression, repentance, rescue, obedience, and then back to sin. The condition of man’s heart when left to himself will “do what is right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25). Our own hearts lead us to sinful behavior that leads to enslavement to sin. JudgesContinue reading “Sunday Morning 5/22: Unit 9, Session 1: The People Kept Sinning”

Sunday Morning 3/20: Unit 6, Session 3: God Healed People

If there was one thing the Israelites were good at, it was grumbling. They weren’t just good; they were experts: “We have no food. We have no water. Why are we in the wilderness left to die? The land has big people in it.” And on and on and on. We have to wonder howContinue reading “Sunday Morning 3/20: Unit 6, Session 3: God Healed People”

Sunday Morning 3/13: Unit 6, Session 2: Moses Disobeyed God

Many of us categorize sins, whether we intend to or not. There are the major sins—the really bad ones like murder that are clearly wrong. Thankfully, few of us are prone to commit these sins, so we are pretty safe from them.  Then there are the significant sins, like getting angry or lying. We know these areContinue reading “Sunday Morning 3/13: Unit 6, Session 2: Moses Disobeyed God”

Sunday Morning 11/14: Unit 2, Session 4: People Rebel Against God

We love to measure the health, success, or sustainability of pretty much anything and everything. We measure our kids by their grades in school. We measure teams by their wins and losses. We measure people by their influence and following on social media. In a world obsessed with measuring “success,” we ought to be assessingContinue reading “Sunday Morning 11/14: Unit 2, Session 4: People Rebel Against God”

Sunday Morning 11/7: Unit 2, Session 3: God Spared Noah

The Bible is full of promises. As early as the first few chapters of Genesis, we begin to see God make, and even fulfill, His promises: promises for punishment and for blessing, for death and for life, for separation and for salvation. In Noah’s journey to build an ark, survive the flood, and begin toContinue reading “Sunday Morning 11/7: Unit 2, Session 3: God Spared Noah”

Sunday Morning 10/31: Unit 2, Session 2: Sin Spread to People

Siblings often fight and compete as children and even adults. It may be over something as innocent as who gets the last cookie or as serious as who inherits their parents’ prized heirloom.  The competition Cain felt toward Abel—the world’s first siblings—reminds us that these family tensions can cause great damage to our relationships withContinue reading “Sunday Morning 10/31: Unit 2, Session 2: Sin Spread to People”

Sunday Morning 10/24: Unit 2, Session 1: Sin Entered the World

Does the story of the fall surprise you? How could Adam and Eve—who had everything they needed—rebel against a loving God? Do you think you would have acted differently?  Adam and Eve’s story is our story. Think about the last time you blatantly sinned. What lies were you believing in that moment? Satan wants usContinue reading “Sunday Morning 10/24: Unit 2, Session 1: Sin Entered the World”