I was hoping somebody could clarify what the difference between Azure Resources and Services are.
That is a great question. An Azure resource is a billable entity, such as a virtual machine instance or storage account. A service is what is needed to perform a task, which could be one or more resources. For example, if you create a virtual machine as a service, you will also get a storage account, a VNet instance and a network security group. The service is what you would normally create, and the resources of the services is what you manage and interact with.
I hope that make sense.