JUN. 12: CALLED

By Al R. Hodges
Retired IMB Missionary

Sunday School Lessons explore the bibleFocal Passage: 1 Samuel 3: 1-10, 17-21

Samuel was a boy of about 12 when he heard God’s call. Youth is the best time for a person to hear God’s voice.  As a boy, he ministered to the Lord in the tabernacle by helping Eli, the old priest (I Samuel 3:1).  He probably swept the floors or did other chores. When children are in church, their heart is more apt to hear and obey God when He calls. [Read more…]

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JUN. 5: ANSWERED!

Editor’s Note: The first paragraph of this lesson was incorrectly edited when it first appeared. The following version is now correct.

By Al R. Hodges
Retired IMB Missionary

Sunday School Lessons explore the bibleFocal Passage: 1 Samuel 1:10-18, 26-28

Elkanah had two wives.  Hannah had no children, while Peninnah had several (vs. 1-2). Every year Elkanah and his wives would travel from their home town to Shiloh to worship and sacrifice to the Lord. Interestingly, vs. 3 says “Also the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the Lord, were there.”

Hannah’s experience in praying for a son provides inspiration for us even today.  “Desperate times call for desperate measures.”  Hannah was desperate to have a son.  The nation Israel had also fallen on desperate times. [Read more…]

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