There is not much information about Hannah, but what we do know reveals that she was a special mother. Hannah = gracious or graciousness; favor; (Ann & Anna). Hannah was one of two wives to Elkanah, a Levite. The other wife was Peninnah, who picked on and taunted Hannah because she could not have children and Hannah was favored by Elkanah. The story of Hannah is an example of how the most unpleasant circumstance can produce a blessing to the world.
Do you realize that if God were to withdraw His goodness and mercy for one day, one hour, one moment, we could not live. In his book, Who Really Gives Thanks? Friedrich Bolinow wrote, "There is hardly any other quality of man that is so suited to reveal the state of his inner spiritual and moral health as his capacity to be grateful."
It is important for us to take the time to reflect on God's blessing and give Him the thanks and praise that He rightfully deserves. Remember, He is worthy of praise regardless of our circumstances. Of the lepers in the story today, which one are you most like?
Satan will often try to trap us in the prison of doubt, discouragement, depression and despair. Have you found yourself an all too frequent prisoner there? How can we avoid or escape the devil's prison of D's? Today we will discover another weapon for spiritual warfare for our victory.
I want to talk today about doubt, specifically about getting rid of your doubt.
Our society is saturated with suggestive images of sexual immorality. Everywhere we look and everywhere we go, it is flaunted as the way to live to find fulfillment: movies, television, clothing styles, billboards, newspapers, magazines, books, radio, conversations, etc. What are we to do?
What is the most exciting invitation that you ever received? Was it to a wedding, some special party or possibly to some influential persons home? How did it make you feel? Did you find it hard to keep from telling people about the invitation and who it was from?
There are few things in life that are really worth dedicating your life to because dedicating yourself to any cause can be costly. You need to make sure that your purpose is worthy of your dedication. Today we will look at an extravagant dedication made as an act of worship, thanksgiving and praise to God. Is God worthy of extravagance? He is worthy of our dedication and we should dedicate ourselves and our earthly things to Him?
“A vision foretells what may be ours. It is an invitation to do something. With a great mental picture in mind, we go from one accomplishment to another, using the materials about us only as stepping stones to that which is higher and better and more satisfying. We thus become possessors of the unseen values that are eternal.” – Katherine Logan
I believe that God longs to bless His children, but often our disobedience stands in the way, as a roadblock, to our ability to be blessed from His holy hand. Today I want to call you to a deeper level of obedience in your relationship with the Lord. It is not about feeling, nor is it without personal cost or sacrifice, but the blessings will come when we obey. I am convinced that God has more for us than we are currently experiencing in our walk with Him. Today I want you to hear the biblical call to go deeper in your relationship with Jesus. The challenge comes from a fishing story that is “tthhiisss biigg!”
September 18, 1994 Maurice Bender Holiness for Modern Times Gilmore Trio- I’m Standing on the Solid Rock Kathy Parsons- Master of the Winds that Blow GTH- Only Trust Him, He is Here Matthew 5:27-28 Colossians 12 Romans 16
Do you see people as riches and value others like God does? In our story today we find God looking for someone who will value and love people as He loves people. We will be reminded of the love of God for us and His great love and value of all people.
Rev. Doug Sider The Wrights singing He's in the Midst Sandra Wingert singing Make My Heart Your Home Gospel Tide Choir singing God is Our Refuge and Strength and Let Your Love Flow Through Me