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1-2 Samuel

Day: 1

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Why Isn’t God Answering My Prayer?

Lysa TerKeurst

Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. - 1 Samuel 1

Have you ever cried over something so much that you run out of tears?

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Day: 2

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

A Heart Devoted to God

Lysa TerKeurst

Then Hannah prayed and said: ‘My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance.’ - 1 Samuel 2

1 Samuel 2 starts with a beautiful, heartfelt song of praise lifted up from the lips of Hannah, a woman we would be wise to get to know better.

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Day: 3

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Speak Lord, I’m Listening

Leah DiPascal

Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. - 1 Samuel 3

Have you ever been woken out of a sound sleep by your spouse, your child, or maybe the ringer on your cell phone?

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Day: 4

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

The Ark Is Captured

Krista Williams

The ark of God was captured, and Eli’s two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, died. - 1 Samuel 4

Several years ago the news reported a 49-year-old bus driver in Dayton, Ohio, was repeatedly shot, and a Bible in the front pocket of his shirt stopped two of the bullets from entering his chest.

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Day: 5

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

When the Idol Breaks

Wendy Pope

After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. Then they carried the ark into Dagon’s temple and set it beside Dagon. - 1 Samuel 5

Shivers run up my spine as I read the first few verses of 1 Samuel 5.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

The Barren Places

1 Samuel 1-5 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 6

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Not So Sorry Apology

Whitney Capps

They answered, ‘If you return the ark of the god of Israel, do not send it back to him without a gift; by all means send a guilt offering to him. Then you will be healed, and you will know why his hand has not been lifted from you.’ - 1 Samuel 6

“You’re just sorry you got caught.”

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Day: 7

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

A Formula for Revival

Wendy Blight

When they had assembled at Mizpah, they drew water and poured it out before the Lord. On that day they fasted and there they confessed, ‘We have sinned against the Lord.’ Now Samuel was serving as leader of Israel at Mizpah. - 1 Samuel 7

As you open your heart to receive today’s teaching, does God feel distant?

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Day: 8

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

I Want It Now!

Krista Williams

They said to him, ‘You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.’ - 1 Samuel 8

This sounds a bit like a spoiled child, doesn’t it?

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Day: 9

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Getting What We Ask For

Whitney Capps

Kish had a son named Saul, as handsome a young man as could be found anywhere in Israel, and he was a head taller than anyone else. Now the donkeys belonging to Saul’s father Kish were lost, and Kish said to his son Saul, ‘Take one of the servants with you and go and look for the donkeys.’ - 1 Samuel 9

French diplomat Joseph de Maistre said, “every country has the government it deserves.”

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Day: 10

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

You Have What It Takes

Wendy Pope

Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, ‘Has not the Lord anointed you ruler over his inheritance?’ - 1 Samuel 10

When God chooses you for a special assignment, what is your first response to Him?

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

At the Heart of Saul

1 Samuel 6-10 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 11

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Saul’s Power Source

Leah DiPascal

So all the people went to Gilgal and made Saul king in the presence of the LORD. There they sacrificed fellowship offerings before the LORD, and Saul and all the Israelites held a great celebration. - 1 Samuel 11

The last place you’d expect to find Israel’s first king is in a field following behind a few oxen.

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Day: 12

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Who Sits on the Throne of Your Heart?

Wendy Blight

If you fear the LORD and serve and obey him and do not rebel against his commands, and if both you and the king who reigns over you follow the LORD your God—good! But if you do not obey the LORD, and if you rebel against his commands, his hand will be against you, as it was against your ancestors. - 1 Samuel 12

Who sits on the throne of your heart?

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Day: 13

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Saul’s Disobedience Under Pressure

Krista Williams

‘You have done a foolish thing,’ Samuel said. ‘You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time.’ - 1 Samuel 13

Have you ever taken matters into your own hands and acted hastily?

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Day: 14

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Direction Follows Devotion

Whitney Capps

Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, ‘Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.’ - 1 Samuel 14

Saul is a man with the appearance of holiness, but without a foundation of faith.

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Day: 15

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

What’s Better Than Sacrifice?

Leah DiPascal

But Samuel replied: ‘Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.’ - 1 Samuel 15

Have you ever been rejected by someone?

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

A Shifted Devotion

Day: 16

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Handpicked by God

Lysa TerKeurst

Day: 17

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Facing My Giant

Wendy Pope

Day: 18

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Saul’s Comparison Issues

Wendy Blight

Day: 19

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Toxic Emotions

Krista Williams