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True Repentance (1 Samuel 7)

Throughout the life of Israel, God allowed distressed and troubled times to try to cause Israel to see that they needed to turn back to the Lord. Prosperity typically keeps people from looking to God. So God would take away that prosperity and would allow his people to be oppressed so that they would turn their eyes upward. God returned to Israel as seen in the ark of the covenant leaving the land of the Philistines and coming back to Israel. God revealed his own glory to Israel and to the Philistines, showing everyone that you do not carry God. God is self-sufficient and does not need anything. However, when the ark of the covenant returned, the people in Beth-shemesh looked into the ark and God struck those people dead. The people then asked a very important question. Who is able to stand before the Lord, this holy God (6:20)? The people of Kiriath-jearim take the ark of the Lord and keep it in the house of Abinadab for 20 years. For 20 years the presence of the Lord is pictured as tucked away and hidden in Israel. Shiloh has been destroyed and it appears that God is not with his people. 1 Samuel 7 is going to teach what we need to be able to be in a relationship with this holy God…

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Fearless: Anxious For Nothing

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4–7 ESV)

Paul just taught Christians to not be anxious about anything. Do not worry about anything (CSB, NRSV, NLT). But Paul certainly could not be talking about times of crisis. Paul could not be talking about times of hardship and difficult. Sometimes we can take the scriptures and apply them in their ideal circumstances, rather than applying them at all times. We can want to read the words to not be anxious under general life circumstances. But when bad things happen or when terrible times come, then we can worry. But a little background about these Philippian Christians can help us understand what Paul is teaching…

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Where Is God’s Glory? (1 Samuel 4-6)

In our last lesson we saw the message about God needing to receive our honor. This truth is going to be exemplified beautifully in chapters 4-6 of 1 Samuel. So God is going to reveal his glory and teach us about how we are to look at God and approach God.

Failed View (4:1-4)

Chapter 4 opens with Israel preparing for battle against the Philistines. So they begin the battle and Israel was defeated by the Philistines, losing about 4000 soldiers in battle. It is a catastrophic loss. Now, as we have studied through the scriptures, we know what this means. We know that God is not with his people…

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Fearless

So we are going to take a break for a couple weeks from the sermon series that we have been doing where have been learning about who God and who we are in the book of Genesis. We will return to this series soon. However, with so much going on in the world today, it seemed appropriate for us to pivot our studies in Overflow and in Genesis so that we can talk about anxiety. We are crushed with worry right now with the coronavirus. There is no break in the news about this virus. Life has been completely changed. Many are not working. Schools and restaurants are closed. Everywhere we look is fear. I did not know that I could wish for all the political memes and rants to come back to by Facebook feed. But everyone now posts what they know as if they have secret information about this virus that no one else has. The whole country is being driven by fear. What is a Christian to do during these times? How are we to handle our anxieties and fears? We will talk about how to handle our worries over the next few weeks, Lord willing.

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