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January 23, 2019

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Read 1 Samuel 2

 

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Scripture1 Samuel 2:22a- Now Eli was very old, but he was aware of what his sons were doing to the people of Israel.

Observations- The problem here wasn't merely the disobedience and violation of many of God's boundaries by Hophni and Phineas; rather it was also Eli's inability or unwillingness to hold his sons accountable for their disregard and disrespect for living out the truth they had received and knew quite well from God. Hophni and Phineas were well aware of the commitment as priests that was expected of them, but they chose to do as they pleased.

Application- Since Eli chose not to rein in his sons, God would find other ways to hold them accountable for their behavior. God was at the same time also raising up Samuel to faithfully execute and live out the values that He had made so clear to His people. We are accountable to one another in Jesus' Church. We lift one another up. We encourage one another to do what is right in God's eyes, and we also need to find ways to appropriately and gracefully hold one another accountable. We need our leaders, our Eli's, to challenge the behaviors of our Phineas and Hophni's when they go astray. If not, God will certainly find a way to do so. 

Prayer- Lord, we pray for our spiritual leaders. They have a hard task of seeking to live out the truth with grace in a way that gets loving accountability just right. Sometimes our leaders do too little. Sometimes they do too much. Give them and us guidance and wisdom. Lead us in ways that help us avoid the blatant failures of not only Hophni and Phineas, but of Eli as well. Amen.

 

"Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable." (Hebrews 4:13),

 

Pastor Jamie


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January 22, 2019

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From Kate Gilmore's baptism this past Sunday

 

Read 1 Samuel 1

 

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Scripture1 Samuel 1:27-28- "I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has granted my request. Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will belong to the Lord his whole life.” And they worshiped the Lord there.

Observations- Hannah was heartbroken that she hadn't been able to conceive and have a child. She cried out to God in her pain and made a commitment to God that if she was ever blessed with a child she would in her profound gratitude dedicate that child to the Lord. She remembered her prayer and commitment. She made good on her promise to God.   

Application- One of the things that Hannah's commitment reminds me of is the fact that every child is to be "dedicated to the Lord," since no child is a "possession" of the parents. If children are truly gifts from God, then it's important for us to do everything we can to help them truly live into the reality of what it means to be fully "dedicated to the Lord." That is precisely what we do in household or infant baptism. The parents, sponsors, and church family come together to do whatever it takes to help little ones grow up to make a decision to follow Jesus for themselves. What a privilege!

Prayer- Lord, we thank You for the gift of children. Help us truly recognize that each child is precious in Your sight and in need of a life giving relationship with Jesus Christ as their "forever friend." I am grateful that New Hope gets to come alongside families to help them fulfill the baptismal vows they make. Help us be a church that takes this opportunity seriously and joyfully in Jesus' name and for His sake. Amen.

 

"Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, 'Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.'" (Luke 18:16),

 

Pastor Jamie


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