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February 17, 2014, 12:00 AM

Did someone say distraction...

"Then Samuel took a suckling lamb and offered it up as a whole burnt offering to the LORD. He cried out to the LORD on Israel's behalf, and the LORD answered him. While Samuel was sacrificing the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to engage Israel in battle. But that day the LORD thundered with loud thunder against the Philistines and threw them into such a panic that they were routed before the Israelites. The men of Israel rushed out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, slaughtering them along the way to a point below Beth Car." 1 Sam. 7:9-11

If you had the opportunity to worship with our family last night, this verse needs no further explanation.  For those that couldn't, let me explain.  Just before evening service, I heard a strange sound coming from our utility room where the fire pump, risers, etc. are housed.  Of course,  I think I have time to peak my head in and take care of it and so the distraction begins.  A few men of the church and myself begin to problem solve and get this feeling that something is about to happen.  Sure enough, just about the time I begin to preach...full blown alarm.  I let the congregation know that nothing is wrong and the kids have already evacuated the building, but we can't get the alarm to shut off...a simple thing, or at least it should be!

It becomes obvious that it is going to take longer than normal to get this problem solved, so I let our church family know of our choices: 1) hang out and we will resume, or 2) I understand if you feel you need to go on home.  After what seemed an eternity to me, we got the alarm shut off, the kids went back to the activities (huge thanks to our children's workers...huge thanks) and I come back into the sanctuary to find singing.  Thank you Lord!  Just as Samuel went on about what was important...worshiping God.  Staying through the distractions of the moment, our folks understood that all was good and continued to worship the Lord.  

We heard God's word through song, through message and through prayer last night as we were not distracted by the happenings of life.  Gotta love how God works sometimes, don't you!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant


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