Book of Samuel

Seek First To Understand Then To Be Understood, Pastor Phil Sessa

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James 1:19-20, “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires”

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God gave us all two ears and only one mouth. I think by our mere creation, God has designed us to do twice as much listening than we do speaking. First we must be quick to listen. Are you a careful listener, intent listener? Husbands do you give your wife your undivided attention when called upon by them during a time when they need your ears to just listen and not your mouth of advice?

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A King Without A Kingdom, Pastor Phil Sessa And Pastor Boaz Olang

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1Samuel 16:1-13, “1 The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” …12 So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one. 13, “So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power. Samuel then went to Ramah”

Can you imagine if one were a king, but had no kingdom? This is where David found himself for a time, when he was first anointed to be the King of Israel. Read the rest of this entry »

Who Chose Who? Evans Olang

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1Samuel 9:1-20, “3 Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, were lost. And Kish said to his son Saul, “Please take one of the servants with you, and arise, go and look for the donkeys. 4 So he passed through the mountains of Ephraim and through the land of Shalisha, but they did not find them. Then they passed through the land of Shaalim, and they were not there. Then he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they did not find them.”

I recently spent time studying this passage to see it’s parallel to salvation. In preaching the gospel, we must have a starting point. The starting point is crucial to the outcome of the message. The gospel message that starts with man will ultimately put God on the stand and judge Him as the bad one. The gospel message that starts with God will definitely put man on the stand, this is the way it should be.

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Turning Disappointments Into Appointments, Part 3of3, Evans Olang

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1Samuel 30:1-30, “…And David encouraged himself in the Lord”

There are people who may be present but not present to encourage you. That is why we always have to know who we turn to for encouragement and for strength to encourage ourselves in Him.

Psalm 27:13, “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” Believe me very few people will encourage you to the level you need to be encouraged. When you know what you are going through, encourage yourself in the Lord, bring back to memory the good things the Lord has done in your life before, let them be a stepping stone for what you are trusting God for. Remember someone would wish to be in your situation since theirs may be worse than yours. Don’t sit and have a pity party, speak like Paul who said, “…for I know whom I have believed and I am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day”, 2Timothy 1:12. I’m not talking about positive thinking or positive outlook; I’m talking about speaking God’s word that is able to defeat the enemy of our souls. Jesus defeated the enemy in the desert by the word. Read the rest of this entry »

Turning Disappointments Into Appointments, Part 2of3, Evans Olang

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1Samuel 30:1-30, “…But David encouraged himself in the Lord”

The challenge with life is that there are times you go through things thinking you are the only one. Then there are those times you are going through them with other people especially those who are looking up to you. In these times, you don’t need those who add more pressure to your life, but those who are there to help you ease your burden. That was not with David.
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Turning Disappointments Into Appointments, Part 1of3, Evans Olang

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1Samuel 30:1-30, “…But David encouraged himself in the Lord”

David has just come back to Ziklag a place where he and his men’s families camped for some time. During this time, David had been anointed to be the next king while Saul was still ruling at this time. David’s reign was just around the corner, however his reign was not going to come easy. Saul was out to kill him, the philistines to who he had destroyed their champion had an issue with him and now the Amalekites had descended right into their camping site while David and his 600 men were away to team up with the Philistines to fight Israel. The Philistines did not trust David for they feared that David was in a position of turning against them while in the battle field to join the Philistine enemy. So they refused to allow him to team up with them and David and his men came back to their camping site. Read the rest of this entry »

Perception Of Preparation, Part 3of3, Pastor Phil Sessa

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1Samuel 17:45 – 46, “Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

Have you ever looked back at your life and saw that God’s divine handprint was upon the battles that you faced? As we mature in the Lord we begin to discover that God is truly the One that is winning and bringing the victory. Even though you look back and see victory in your life, did you see victory when you were in the midst of battle? I’ve heard it said that hindsight is 20/20, meaning that we seem to see so clearly when looking back but not as clearly when we are going through something, because we are in the midst of a situation. Are you able to use the situations that God has brought you through as a springboard to propel you on to future victories? Read the rest of this entry »