|Infusion Bible eStudies are downloadable small group studies that can be read online, printed, or emailed. Each study includes a leader guide and a study guide and is suitable for a one-hour group Bible study.
Listen...to the words of the Scripture, and in them discover God's message for you today.
Look...at a brief verbal snapshot from the scrapbook of contemporary life and discover its connection both to you and to the Scripture passage.
Live...inside the Scripture to discover its context and message; then allow the Scripture to come alive in you and cause you to live out your faith in new and more-effective ways.
Read an excerpt from this study below.--------------------------
Theologian Reinhold (RINE-hold) Niebuhr (KNEE-boor) said that the world is full of half-believing nonbelievers and half-nonbelieving believers. Bob Harrington, the one-time “Chaplain of Bourbon Street,” said that most people have just enough religion “to bug ’em instead of to bless ’em.” Apparently the problem of partial belief has been perennial. The people of Israel had difficulty making up their minds to serve the Lord only. Often they committed to other gods, too. The prophet Elijah accused them of “limping with two different opinions” (1 Kings 18:21). They wanted a relationship with the Lord yet maintained commitments to other gods as well. A commitment to the Lord, unadulterated by other loyalties, is hard to come by.
In our Bible Lesson we see the people of Israel in the time of the tribal confederation, under the direction of Samuel, returning with all their hearts to the service of the Lord. We also see something of the causes and conditions of that return that resulted in a movement from bitterness to blessing.