* Saul made a classic mistake as a leader that showed he was a bad leader. * His son attacked the Philistine outpost. * But the news alert Saul crafted was that “he” attacked it. * The best running backs in the NFL give credit to their lineman. * This was the beginning of Saul’s downfall. * Up to this point Saul prophesied, stood boldly, and led the people to victory. * Now, because he had a few victories under his belt, he started to find his identity in winning and being the best. * He began to focus on building his own kingdom and personal brand rather than God’s. * vs 8-11 - the result of Saul trying to build his own brand ultimately lead the people to run away from him. * So, in order to keep them around, he ended up crossing God’s boundaries. * He did this because he was trying to keep his platform. * Pastors today who want to keep their congregations around and their brands in tact put themselves in a position to cross God’s boundaries in other areas because they have lost their wisdom.
1 Samuel 13:3-4 (4/25/19)
April 25, 2019 • Benham Brothers
1 Samuel 1:12-15 (4/27/17)
Bad Dad • April 27, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* We get a glimpse of the type of person Eli was and why maybe he was not a good father. * He rebuked a woman who didn’t need to be rebuked * He assumed something about a person that didn’t line up with reality and in haste rebuked her before he questioned her. * This shows his willingness to act without thinking. * On the flip side, we see later on that he didn’t rebuke his sons even though they needed to be rebuked. * Son on the one hand he rebuked someone who didn’t deserve it because he judged by outward appearance, but on the other hand he refused to rebuke someone who did deserve it because he didn’t have the courage to confront. * Hannah was an easy target - his sons were not.
1 Samuel 1:24 (4/26/18)
Quantify • April 26, 2018 • Benham Brothers
* The best thing a young entrepreneur can do is quantify how much is enough. * You need a plan to: * 1) Quantify your hours. * When you get to a certain point financially will you use that money to buy your time back? * At what point do you stop working 70 hours a week and cut it to 30? * 2) Quantify your income. * When you get to a certain point financially will you increase what you give in tithe? * The goal is to get to a point where you give away more than you take home. * Hannah shows us how to do this. * It was her idea to give her son away after he was weaned. * She got to keep him for a few years, but then she let him go. * She didn’t keep holding on. * This worked out for her with 500% ROI (1 Samuel 2:21).
1 Samuel 2:1 (4/27/17)
The Secret to Joy • April 27, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* If we’re not experiencing joy in our lives, we need to re-joy (rejoice). * How do we do this? * By being willing to give back to God what He has given to us. * The moment we give something back to God we will experience a joy that can be found in no other way. * Notice Hannah - she was filled with joy after she was willing to give him back to God - her one and only son. * She ended up having 5 kids in his place, which is a 500% return. * Are you experiencing joy in your life? * If not, then you need to re-joy by giving back what God has given you!