I Samuel 3

And the LORD came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.” (I Samuel 3:10) What a beautiful picture of our God, the God who comes and stands near. He doesn’t shout! He calls. He invites. He whispers. And as He...

I Samuel 2

There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God. (1 Samuel 2:2) Hannah recognized the truth of who the LORD was. Her view of God wasn’t dependent on her circumstances; it didn’t fluctuate based on her emotions. She worshipped...

I Samuel 1

As she continued praying before the LORD, Eli observed her mouth. Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard. (I Samuel 1:12-13a) The narrative of Samuel opens with Hannah who longed for a child. In her deeply personal heartache, she sought the...

Ruth 4

“So I thought I would tell you of it and say, ‘Buy it in the presence of those sitting here and in the presence of the elders of my people.’ If you will redeem it, redeem it. But if you[a] will not, tell me, that I may know, for there is no...

Ruth 3

And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you ask, for all my fellow townsmen know that you are a worthy woman. (Ruth 3:11) Ruth was a risk-taker, determined to honor her mother-in-law. Naomi was a risk-taker, determined to secure a husband that Ruth needs...

Ruth 2

So she set out and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers, and she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the clan of Elimelech. (Ruth 2:3) One of Ruth’s first encounters as an immigrant is the challenge of learning...

Ruth 1

So she set out from the place where she was with her two daughters-in-law, and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah. (Ruth 1:7) Naomi. Her life had change, flexibility, tragedy, sadness, and hopelessness. Imagine that kind of life -- losing a husband, sons, and...

2 Thessalonians 3

For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies…As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. (2 Thessalonians 3:11,13) The world today is geared toward convenience and ease. We actively seek ways to make our lives easier and more profitable....

2 Thessalonians 2

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17) This chapter starts with a grave warning of the lawlessness and...

2 Thessalonians 1

Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring. (2 Thessalonians 1:4) Life can be difficult at times, and it might be tempting to seek comfort from the world instead of...