This week’s sermon title is “Be on the Alert.” There is no deception worse than self-deception. In our day, virtue signaling is all the rage. Individuals do it. Companies do it. Communities do it. Sports teams do it. What is the goal of all the virtue signaling? To be seen as virtuous, of course! But what if that label “Virtuous” proves not to be accurate. Everyone may think it is accurate, but perhaps it isn’t Then what? We’ll see some examples of “then what” in our texts. Samuel brings a wake-up call to King Saul, while Jesus tells a parable about virgins who need to wake up. The church in Sardis needs to be on the alert.