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    God is Speaking – Will you Listen?

    Sunday Readings 1 Samuel 3:1-10 [11-20] Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 Mark 2:23-3:6 Daily Reflection   The LORD came, stood there, and called as before, “Samuel, Samuel!?” Samuel responded, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10 (CSB)   God is speaking – will you listen?   What would you do if you heard God speak? Would you listen? In the days of Eli, the Bible says the “word of the Lord was rare and prophetic visions were not widespread” (1 Samuel 3:1 CSB). It was in this spiritual dearth that God called Samuel. Samuel mistook God’s voice for that of Eli, but after several visits, Eli understood it was the…

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    God has the Final Word!

    Daily Readings Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 1 Samuel 2:1-10 John 7:9-24 Daily Reflection  Do not boast so proudly, or let arrogant words come out of your mouth, for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and actions are weighed by him. The bows of the warriors are broken, but the feeble are clothed with strength. Those who are full hire themselves out for food, but those who are starving hunger no more.The woman who is childless gives birth to seven, but the woman with many sons pines away.1 Samuel 2:3-5 (CSB) God has the final word.  Hannah carried the shame of barrenness for years. She endured the whisperings of those around…

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    God Hears Your Cry

    Daily Readings Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 1 Samuel 1:19-27 Romans 8:31-39 Daily Reflection  After some time, Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, because she said, “I requested him from the LORD.” 1 Samuel 1:20 (CSB) God Hears Your Cry.  We live in an age of the instant. We are annoyed by the buffering of a Youtube video, long lines at the grocery store, and drive-thrus that take more time than expected. If not careful, this instant-grits-mentality bleeds over into our spiritual walks. We wonder, “How many times have I prayed about this situation? Shouldn’t God have answered by now?” Rest assured, God hears your cry. …

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    You’re on God’s Mind

    Daily Readings Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 1 Samuel 1:1-18 Acts 25:1-12 Daily Reflection   Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in your book and planned before a single one of them began. God, how precious your thoughts are to me; how vast their sum is! Psalm 139:16-17 (CSB) You’re on God’s mind.  Life can be difficult. Often, we are forced to trudge through valleys that we would instead bypass. Places where the dark mountains taunt us asking, “Where is your God?” You may be there now. If not, you will be. Life can be hard. However, we can take courage in knowing that no matter the…