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Learning Treachery from Saul—Choosing Our Teachers

July 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

1 Samuel 18:17 (New Living Translation) 17 One day Saul said to David, “I am ready to give you my older daughter, Merab, as your wife. But first you must prove yourself to be a real warrior by fighting the Lord’s battles.” For Saul thought, “I’ll send him out against the Philistines and let them […]

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These as Bad as Those?

June 11th, 2016 · No Comments

1 Samuel 15:23 (New Living Translation) Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.” Here is another one of those passages that must have lost something in translation, or there must be some other […]

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The Appetite of Kings

June 6th, 2016 · No Comments

1 Samuel 14:52 (New Living Translation) The Israelites fought constantly with the Philistines throughout Saul’s lifetime. So whenever Saul observed a young man who was brave and strong, he drafted him into his army. As predicted, if Israel had a King, the King would take the young men into war. I guess God knew what […]

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Guiding the Cows

May 28th, 2016 · No Comments

1 Samuel 6:10-12 (New Living Translation) 10 So these instructions were carried out. Two cows were hitched to the cart, and their newborn calves were shut up in a pen. 11 Then the Ark of the Lord and the chest containing the gold rats and gold tumors were placed on the cart. 12 And sure […]

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The Mighty Gods of Israel

May 22nd, 2016 · No Comments

1 Samuel 4:6-8 (New Living Translation) 6 “What’s going on?” the Philistines asked. “What’s all the shouting about in the Hebrew camp?” When they were told it was because the Ark of the Lord had arrived, 7 they panicked. “The gods have come into their camp!” they cried. “This is a disaster! We have never […]

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Reliable

November 1st, 2015 · No Comments

1 Samuel 3:19 (New Living Translation) As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him, and everything Samuel said proved to be reliable. Samuel was a prophet. He is the definition of a prophet in that what he predicted came true or, as in this verse, “proved to be reliable.” This is pretty simple, yet […]

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Stone David (?)

February 28th, 2015 · No Comments

1 Samuel 30:3-6 (New Living Translation) 3 When David and his men saw the ruins and realized what had happened to their families, 4 they wept until they could weep no more. 5 David’s two wives, Ahinoam from Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal from Carmel, were among those captured. 6 David was now […]

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Evil Deeds, Evil People

February 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

1 Samuel 24:13 (New Living Translation) As that old proverb says, ‘From evil people come evil deeds.’ So you can be sure I will never harm you. This strikes me as a quote from the movie “Forest Gump.” That is not quite correct, but similar. If you see a person performing evil deeds, that person […]

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I Will be Next to the King

February 21st, 2015 · No Comments

1 Samuel 23:15-18 (New Living Translation) 15 One day near Horesh, David received the news that Saul was on the way to Ziph to search for him and kill him. 16 Jonathan went to find David and encouraged him to stay strong in his faith in God. 17 “Don’t be afraid,” Jonathan reassured him. “My […]

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A Good Army?

August 17th, 2014 · No Comments

1 Samuel 22:1-2 (New Living Translation) So David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. Soon his brothers and all his other relatives joined him there. 2 Then others began coming—men who were in trouble or in debt or who were just discontented—until David was the captain of about 400 men. David raises […]

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