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Sermons by Glenn Peterson

A New Heart and a New Spirit

Scripture: Ezekiel 36:22-32 I. A new heart and a new spirit goes with cleansing from your sin. A. We see the problem between God and His people Israel in vs. 22-23. Three times in these two verses God says that Israel has profaned His name. Because of Israel’s sin, the nation did not deserve for…

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Looking On The Heart

Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 I. God’s looking on the heart means appearances do not matter. A. Samuel does what God commands (vs. 4) and goes to Jesse in Bethlehem to anoint one of Jesse’s sons as the new king of Israel. When Samuel looked at Eliab (vs. 6), he thought to himself: “Surely the LORD’s…

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TORN

Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:24-35 I. You will not have something precious torn from you if you fear God more than people.  A. Saul admits in vs. 24 that the reason he disobeyed God was that he feared the people in his army. Saul both feared the rejection of the people in the army, and he…

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TO OBEY IS BETTER

I. Obeying God is better than success. A. 1 Samuel 14:47-48 is a summary of Saul’s successful reign as king. Saul could look all around Israel at the end of his reign and see victory over Israel’s enemies. From the standpoint of Israel’s history, Saul is a success. Saul was successful in defeating Israel’s enemies.…

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OUR UNSTOPPABLE GOD

Scripture: 1 Samuel 14:1-23 I. God will not use the fearful and disobedient to save others. A. 1 Samuel 14 presents a contrast between King Saul and his son Jonathan. Where was King Saul (vs. 2)? He and his men were hiding in a cave. So, Jonathan is moving (vs. 1) while Saul is sitting.…

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The One After God’s Heart Obeys

Scripture: 1 Samuel 13 I. If you don’t obey God, God cannot bless your future. A. 1 Samuel 13 opens with another battle between Israel and those pesky Philistines. King Saul’s son Jonathan wins a battle against the Philistines (vs. 3), and the Philistines retaliate big time. So, what was King Saul going to do? Saul…

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God vs. The People

Scripture: 1 Samuel 12 I. God’s verdict is that His people are unfaithful. A. The main complaint that God has to bring against His people is found in vs. 12. God had made a covenant with His people. A covenant is a chosen relationship in which two parties make binding promises to each other. Israel…

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The Lord Saves

Scripture: 1 Samuel 11 I. God saves you when there is no one else who can save you. A.  Back in 1 Samuel 8:20 the people of Israel told Samuel they wanted a king who would go out before them and fight their battles. Now Saul is going to fight his first battle as king.…

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A King Like All the Nations

Scripture: 1 Samuel 8 I. We leave God behind for substitutes. A. Instead of worshiping the one true God, we worship substitutes for God. Earlier in its history, God had anticipated Israel wanting a king. Deuteronomy 17:14-15: “When you come to the land that the LORD your God is giving you, and you possess it and dwell…