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26
Mar

Choosing a Leader

16:1 The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.”
16:2 Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the LORD said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’
16:3 Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.”
16:4 Samuel did what the LORD commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?”
16:5 He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
16:6 When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the LORD.”
16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the LORD does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”
16:8 Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.”
16:9 Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.”
16:10 Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen any of these.”
16:11 Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.”
16:12 He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.”
16:13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.
Today’s Message

Choosing A Leader: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Choosing A Leader: Grieving over Saul?

 The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel.”

Choosing A Leader

Leaders in Israel:
Moses, Joshua,
judges (Gideon to Samuel),
Saul,
David

Choosing A Leader: Inviting the Elders

 Samuel did what the LORD commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?”
 He said, “Peaceably”

Choosing A Leader: Jesse’s Sons

 16:6 When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought,
“Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the LORD.”

Choosing A Leader: What does God look for?

16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the LORD does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”
 16:10 Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen any of these.”

Choosing A Leader: The least of these (16:11)

 16:11 Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.”

Choosing A Leader: Choosing the Shepherd

 16:12 He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.”

Choosing A Leader: The youngest (Luke 22:26)

But not so with you;
rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves.

Choosing A Leader: Willing to Serve

David became Saul’s armor-bearer!
Psalm 23

23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;
23:3 he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff– they comfort me.
23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.

19
Mar

Peace With God

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

12
Mar

The Faith of Abraham

Sunday sermon delivered by the Rev. Bob Buehler on March 12, 2017 at the Marbury Church  of God, streamed live on Facebook Live.   This is the first livestream for this church.

Rev. Bob Buehler
Today’s Message Genesis 12:1-4 : The Faith of Abraham

The Faith of Abraham

So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him.

Believing in God or believing God? Gen 15:6

And he believed the LORD; and the LORD reckoned it to him as righteousness.

The Faith of Abraham:  Faith is founded on Forgiveness

So also David speaks of the blessedness of those to whom God reckons righteousness apart from works.

The Faith of Abraham
Law and Grace: Romans 4:13-17

4:14 If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void.
4:15 For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.

The Faith of Abraham
Heirs of Abraham’s Faith: Rom. 4:21-24

Now the words, “it was reckoned to him,” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also.

05
Mar

The Three Rs of Christianity

Today’s sermon is delivered by Rev. Jerry Seaman

01
Mar

Verse of the Month — March 2017

Working Together

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28, nrsv

26
Feb

Jesus Only

Jesus Only

Matthew 17:1-9
17:1 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves.
17:2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white.
17:3 Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.
17:4 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
17:5 While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!”
17:6 When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear.
17:7 But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.”
17:8 And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.
17:9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

Meeting God on the Mountain

Moses (Ex. 24:9-18)

Elijah (1 Kings 18:20, 19:8-18)

Meeting God on the Mountain:  Jesus and the Disciples

Peter, James and John

Jesus Only:  Transfiguaration (17:2)

Compare Exodus 34:29-30

Peter’s Confusion

Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

The Father’s Voice

“This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!”

The Father’s Voice

17:6 When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear.

17:7 But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.”

And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.

Jesus Only:  Resurrection

17:9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

19
Feb

Holy Living is Not Impossible

Guest preacher Ben Snyder, a member of the Marbury Church of God, brought the Sunday morning message on February 19. His notes are below.

Holy Living is not impossible

Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18

I. God Commands Us To Be Holy
A. Does God Expect  Perfection?
B.   The difference between “holy” and “perfection” ==  Reserved for God’sPurpose
C.God’s chosen people as a reflection of God’s Character (Leviticus 11:44-47)
II.  God’s Laws & Instruction (19:9-18):  God’s standard does not change
A. Show consideration for the poor and the alien
B. How holy people behave in their Relationships
C. “You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; and you shall not lie to one another.”
III.  Honor the Lord at all times (19:12)
A.  Unfair treatment of the deaf and blind is dishonor to God.
You shall not revile the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind; you shall fear your God: I am the LORD.
B. Showing Justice honors God and is a characteristic of holy living.
You shall not render an unjust judgment.
C.  Our Relationship with other people is the gauge that shows others our consecration to keeping God’s Law (19:16-17)
19:16 You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not profit by the blood of your neighbor: I am the LORD.
19:17 You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin; you shall reprove your neighbor, or you will incur guilt yourself.
1. not spreading slander
2. not endangering your neighbor’s life
3. “not hating your brother” but being frank with your neighbor.
IV.  Holy Living has no room for Negative behavior such as revenge and bearing a grudge against others.
You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself
A. Love your neighbor as yourself.  See also Matt. 22:39
B. Jesus himself quotes the greatest law for holy living.

The great Commandment

12
Feb

God’s Workers

1 Corinthians 3:1-9: God’s Workers

The Church of God in Corinth (1:2)

To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those in every place who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours,

Acts chapter 18

there are many in this city
who are my people
– Jesus to Paul, Acts 18:10c

The Problem of division (1:10-18)

Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters…. that there be no divisions among you.

Christians: spirit or flesh? (3:1-4)

And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food.

Unity and Holiness

Who’s Who in the Kingdom (3:5-9)

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each.

Building the Church (10-17)

Who do You Belong to? (21-23)

…and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.

05
Feb

Real Religion

Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12)
58:1 Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins.
58:2 Yet day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness and did not forsake the ordinance of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments, they delight to draw near to God.
58:3 “Why do we fast, but you do not see? Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?” Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day, and oppress all your workers.
58:4 Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to strike with a wicked fist. Such fasting as you do today will not make your voice heard on high.
58:5 Is such the fast that I choose, a day to humble oneself? Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush, and to lie in sackcloth and ashes? Will you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD?
58:6 Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?
58:7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
58:8 Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
58:9a Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.
58:9b If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil,
58:10 if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.
58:11 The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.
58:12 Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.

Real Religion

Who is it for?
God speaks to His family (58:1)

“My people”; “the house of Jacob”

A form of godliness (58:2-3)

These Israelites were not guilty of the kind of idolatry so explicitly warned of in the Torah; they called on the LORD by his right name and did not chase after the gods of the other nations.  Yet their prayers were not being answered.  Why?

God looks at the heart (58:4-5)

God is interested not just in how we worship, but why. They were doing many of the right things for the wrong reasons, and that is unacceptable.

Real Worship (6-7)

The way to God’s heart is in the right treatment of those He loves: “the least of these,” as Jesus says; the oppressed, those under the yoke, the hungry, the homeless, those without clothing, the basic needs of life.  These we are to treat as family, “your own kin.”

The Blessings of Obedience (8-12)

All the rewards Israel presumes she has a right to, are contingent on obedience.  Let the blessing flow!

01
Feb

Verse of the Month — February 2017

Invitation

Peace, peace to the far and to the near, says the LORD; and I will heal them.

Isaiah 57:19

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