Archive for March 13, 2015
Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. – 1 Samuel 3:9, 19
Samuel Walked with God:
Wednesday evenings, I’m reading through the book of First Samuel with my small-group Bible-study. So far it’s a great story, detailing the epic transition between the times of the Judges and the appointment of Saul as Israel’s first king.
This week we talked about chapters 8 and 9. The young man Saul rides out on what reads like a classic “quest” story, and he eventually meets the prophet Samuel. Samuel, it turns out, knows that the young man is coming; and, when Saul shows up, he is ready to to share God’s word with the future…
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“Those of us who follow Christ also know the importance of whom we love. When we obey the greatest commandment and make God the object of our love, we can be assured of having a purpose that transcends anything we could imagine or our strength could achieve.”
Julie Ackerman Link
“If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. With the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation.”
Romans 10:9-10 (HCSB)
“I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.” John 17:4 (NASB)
Whatever Jesus did during His earthly ministry–teaching, performing miracles, or making a journey–it was for one primary purpose: to glorify the Father. In the entire span of His earthly ministry He never performed a miracle to bring comfort or gain to Himself. He came to live for others, to die for others, and to redeem men from sin–and He finished what He came to do.