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May 15, 2017, 9:46 AM

Naomi: Sovereign Faith


A young man was standing at the grocery store checkout line when he noticed an elderly woman in front of him. As she unloaded her grocery cart, she kept looking up and staring at him. After a few awkward moments, he asked, “Why do you keep staring at me?” The woman said, “I'm sorry, but it's just that you look exactly like my son who recently died." "I'm so sorry to hear that," the young man replied. "Is there anything I can do for you?" "Yes," she said. “As I leave, if you would say, 'Goodbye, Mother' it would make me feel so much better because I need closure." "I’d be glad to do that for you," he answered. As the old woman was leaving, he called out, "Goodbye, Mother!" After unloading his cart, the bill came to $147.50. "How can that be?" he asked the clerk. "I only purchased a few items." “Oh,” the clerk replied, "your mother said that you would pay for her." - Kent Crockett’s Sermon Illustrations,


Last week we talked about Jochebed and her Glorious (or extreme) Faith. We talked about how important her faith was to her life and how it wasn’t just a faith of words but of action also. We also talked about how her faith impacted her family. Jochebed’s faith is a notable example of strong faith for each of us to follow and learn from. I still do not know the answer to this question, HOW LONG DID IT TAKE HER LET GO OF THE BASKET THAT SHE HAD PUT BABY MOSES IN? But I do know that she did let go, and that was because she had an Extreme, Glorious Faith that was strong enough to see her thru what was happening in her life.



This week we are going to look at the faith of Naomi. To be honest as I started preparing for this month’s series of messages on the faith of different woman in the Bible Naomi wasn’t on my list. Ruth was on my list and as I was doing some reading and study I read a comment on Ruth 1:1 which was talking about the word “dwell” or “sojourn” in some translations and the statement was made that it meant a “short- time”. The thought was that Elimelech intended to move his family away for a short-time but he intended to bring them back.

Immediately my mind began to think of the phrase “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”. I began to dig deeper into the first few verses and the story of Elimelech and Naomi and the next thing I knew I was in the middle of writing this week’s message.

This week’s message is “Naomi, Sovereign Faith” and our text will be Ruth 1:1-13. A verse that helps to understand what was happening in Naomi’s life is the last verse of the previous book, Judges. It says, “in those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” The family should have never left but they did. Like everyone else they were doing what they pleased to do even though it was wrong.

There are several lessons we can learn from Naomi’s Faith like “Moving away from a problem doesn’t make problems go away” and “Good intentions cannot replace Obedience to God”. I pray that you will join me this week as we continue to learn from the faith of different women in our Bible.


This Sunday is Mother’s Day and we will have another “Church @ Home” this coming Sunday.


Church @ Home, Sunday May 14th

Pick a time/place to gather your family (anytime in the afternoon or early evening on Sunday, May 14

Read Proverbs 31:10-31

Share memories of the ways your mother has influenced your life

Share ways you can encourage younger mothers or honor older mothers in your family

Spend time praying for mothers



Our business meeting and fellowship meal will be moved to Sunday, May 21st.


Prayer needs: Bro. Tom Satterwhite (Hendrick rehab), Thomas Bryan, Christy Clark (niece of Joan and Larry),



June 11-15   6 to 8:30 pm




One blistering hot day when they had guests for dinner, Mother asked 4-year old Johnny to return thanks. "But I don't know what to say!" the boy complained. "Oh, just say what you hear me say" his mother replied. Obediently the boy bowed his head and mumbled, "Oh Lord, why did I invite these people over on a hot day like this?" – copied


Say a pray for your mothers, bring your mom to church this Sunday to worship as a family. See you Sunday!


Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith

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