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When the Lord chose David, He wanted a man who sought “after God’s own heart.” The Lord found this man in David, who was the least of his brothers and a humble shepherd who did not otherwise aspire to greatness. David was a man after God’s own heart not because he was perfect, but because he was sensitive to the Holy Spirit and knew to repent when he had sinned.   

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Scripture Text for Sunday Morning

1 Samuel 16:1–13 

The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.”  And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” And the LORD said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’  And invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do. And you shall anoint for me him whom I declare to you.”
Samuel did what the LORD commanded and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling and said, “Do you come peaceably?”  And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Consecrate yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. 
When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed is before him.”  But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”
Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.” And Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen these.” Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.”  And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the LORD said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.”  Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.


Scripture Text for Sunday Evening

Romans 3:10-26

As it is written:
“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” 
“Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.”
“The venom of asps is under their lips.” 
“Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” 
“Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known.”  
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”  
Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.  
But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it - the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,  whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Announcements
Rise with the Guys - Saturday at 7:00, we'll begin with breakfast then read and discuss Genesis chapter 43.

Women's Bible Study - The Women's Bible Study will take up 1 Corinthians 8

Session and Deacons Meeting
An all officers meeting has been called for Tuesday (Jan 8) at 6:30, just prior to the regular Deacons and Session Meeting.  This meeting will be to review the 2019 budget before the Congregational Meeting.

Sunday Night Service - Our Sunday Evening Services will resume this Sunday, January 6 at 6:30. We will take a brief pause from our study through the Psalms to consider what it means to evangelize and share the Gospel in today's world.

Annual Congregational Meeting -
The Annual Congregational Meeting of Lennox Ebenezer Presbyterian Church will be held on Wednesday, January 16 at 7:30pm in the Sanctuary. All resident communing members are strongly encouraged to attend. Among other items of business, we will be electing new Church Officers and receiving the proposed Church budget.
Songs for Worship
Father, Long Before Creation” 

Change My Heart, O God

My Heart Your Home”  

Benediction

Close Encounters is designed to reach men's groups who want to delve deeply into Scripture, using hunting and fishing as the staging ground. This six-session, video-based small group Bible study uses real-life wild game hunts and fly fishing ventures with nationally known outdoors-men to connect with enthusiasts about divine spiritual truths with the unique earthly experiences found only in the world of hunting and fishing.
Starting Monday, January 7.  See Pastor Sayler or Paul Beukelman for more information.
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Starting this Sunday I'll be preaching on the story of David: A Man After God's Own Heart. Join us at Lennox Ebenezer as we study what it means to live for God, trusting in His promises, and walking in His grace.
Sermon Series Schedule:
Jan 6        1 Sam 16:1-13     David Annointed
Jan 13      1 Sam 17:17-50   David and Goliath
Jan 20      1 Sam 18:1-16     David and Saul
Jan 27      1 Sam 20             David and Jonathon
Feb 3        2 Sam 7:1-17       David and God’s Promise
Feb 10      2 Sam 9:1-13       David and Mephiboseth
Feb 17      2 Sam 11:1-27     David and Bathsheba
Feb 24      2 Sam 12:1-14     David and Nathan
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