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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

1 Samuel 11-15 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 16

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Handpicked by God

Lysa TerKeurst

But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.’ - 1 Samuel 16

Over and over in Scripture God reveals to us the truth of Isaiah 55:8-9: His thoughts are not our thoughts nor are His ways our ways.

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Day: 17

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Facing My Giant

Wendy Pope

‘The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.’ Saul said to David, ‘Go, and the LORD be with you.’ - 1 Samuel 17

Most days we don’t wake up expecting to face a giant, but let’s face it, planned or not there are days as we drink our morning cup of coffee, and confidently turn to face the day, we happen upon the unexpected.

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Day: 18

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Saul’s Comparison Issues

Wendy Blight

Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with David but had departed from Saul. - 1 Samuel 18

When a friend receives unexpected blessings and rewards, it presents you with a choice.

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Day: 19

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Toxic Emotions

Krista Williams

Once more war broke out. - 1 Samuel 19

In 1 Samuel 19, we continue to see the harmful, poisonous effects of fear, insecurity, inward focus, envy and jealousy in Saul’s life.

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Day: 20

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

Whitney Capps

But if I say to the boy, ‘Look, the arrows are beyond you,’ then you must go, because the LORD has sent you away. - 1 Samuel 20

When I was a kid, I loved the book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Handpicked but Overlooked

1 Samuel 16-20 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 21

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

More Than Just the Essentials

Leah DiPascal

The priest replied, ‘The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here; it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want it, take it; there is no sword here but that one.’ David said, ‘There is none like it; give it to me.’ - 1 Samuel 21

Nothing gets your heart pumping faster than a high-speed chase, especially if what is coming up behind you isn’t interested in passing you, but rather plans to attack you.

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Day: 22

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

The Senseless Slaughter of God’s Sacred Priesthood

Wendy Blight

Then David said to Abiathar, ‘That day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, I knew he would be sure to tell Saul. I am responsible for the death of your whole family.’ - 1 Samuel 22

Today we witness breathtaking brutality: Saul’s out-of-control rage that results in the senseless slaughter of God’s sacred and holy priesthood.

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Day: 23

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

The Wilderness Experience

Wendy Pope

David stayed in the wilderness strongholds and in the hills of the Desert of Ziph. Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands. - 1 Samuel 23

When God calls us to a special assignment, it is tempting to assume the journey will be smooth and trouble free.

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Day: 24

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

A Golden Opportunity

Krista Williams

He said to his men, ‘The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the LORD.’ - 1 Samuel 24

In 1 Samuel 24, David is given a golden opportunity to put an end to all of Saul’s murderous pursuits.

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Day: 25

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Choosing Grace

Lysa TerKeurst

His name was Nabal and his wife's name was Abigail. She was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband was surly and mean in his dealings—he was a Calebite. - 1 Samuel 25

Have you ever been in a situation where you had to choose between extending grace or operating out of bitterness?

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

I Steer Where I Stare

1 Samuel 21-25 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 26

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Completing Our Assignments

Whitney Capps

Abishai said to David, ‘Today God has delivered your enemy into your hands. Now let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of the spear; I won’t strike him twice.’ - 1 Samuel 26

In Scripture David is often referred to as a type of Christ.

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Day: 27

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

A Faith Strong Enough to Boss Our Feelings

Wendy Pope

’But David thought to himself, ‘One of these days I will be destroyed by the hand of Saul. The best thing I can do is to escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will give up searching for me anywhere in Israel, and I will slip out of his hand.’ - 1 Samuel 27

We can meet with difficult days as we wait for God’s plan to come to fruition, since the Lord typically doesn’t send His agenda through email, Instagram or Snapchat.

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Day: 28

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Looking to the Wrong Advisor

Leah DiPascal

He inquired of the LORD, but the LORD did not answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets. Saul then said to his attendants, ‘Find me a woman who is a medium, so I may go and inquire of her.’ - 1 Samuel 28

As we’ve journeyed through the life of Saul, we’ve witnessed the sad consequences of his strong-willed personality and defiant behavior.

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Day: 29

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

David’s Rejection Was God’s Protection

Wendy Blight

Achish answered, ‘I know that you have been as pleasing in my eyes as an angel of God; nevertheless, the Philistine commanders have said, “He must not go up with us into battle.”’ - 1 Samuel 29

How could God’s anointed and Israel’s future king align himself with the Philistines?

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Day: 30

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

The Gift of His Strength

Whitney Capps

David replied, ‘No, my brothers, you must not do that with what the LORD has given us. He has protected us and delivered into our hands the raiding party that came against us. Who will listen to what you say? The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike.’ - 1 Samuel 30

Have you ever felt abandoned by people you were counting on?

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Acting From the Heart of God

1 Samuel 25-30 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 31

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Saul’s Legacy

Wendy Blight

So Saul and his three sons and his armor-bearer and all his men died together that same day. - 1 Samuel 31

Today is Saul’s day of reckoning. This day God exacted justice for the blood of the Amalekites Saul sinfully spared. The blood of the priests he sinfully spilled.

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Day: 32

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Weeping Even When Wronged

Krista Williams

They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the LORD and for the nation of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. - 2 Samuel 1

Are you tempted to rejoice when tragedy strikes those who have wronged you? Does their sorrow bring you relief or even make you smile a little?

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Day: 33

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Interweaving Opposition with Blessings

Leah DiPascal

Then the men of Judah came to Hebron, and there they anointed David king over the tribe of Judah. - 2 Samuel 2

Wouldn’t it be great if life wasn’t filled with so much heartache and pain? Imagine a world covered with love, joy, peace and unity. Where no one grieves.

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Day: 34

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Blind Ambition

Whitney Capps

During the war between the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner had been strengthening his own position in the house of Saul. - 2 Samuel 3

Selfish ambition clouds our perception of reality and can be the beginning of a life marked by persistent manipulations and countless disappointments. Abner was this kind of man.

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Day: 35

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

A Murder in Vain

Krista Williams

They brought the head of Ish-Bosheth to David at Hebron and said to the king, ‘Here is the head of Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, your enemy, who tried to kill you. This day the LORD has avenged my lord the king against Saul and his offspring. - 2 Samuel 4

In every nation and people group across the globe, crime is a part of life. Historically, no matter what century or place on the planet you examine, you will find people engage in unlawful activity.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

A Man After God's Heart

1 Samuel 31-2 Samuel 4 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 36

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Sacred Places

Whitney Capps

The king and his men marched to Jerusalem to attack the Jebusites, who lived there. - 2 Samuel 5

Have you ever talked with someone who visited the Holy Land? Jerusalem is a central location of study and exploration because this is where Jesus spent time and ministered.

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Day: 37

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Trusting God in the Hard Places

Wendy Blight

The LORD’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down, and he died there beside the ark of God - 2 Samuel 6

Today we study a difficult story. One where God’s actions seem senseless and cruel. When I encounter passages like this, I pray for wisdom and understanding.

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Day: 38

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Yes I Will

Leah DiPascal

The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you: When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. - 2 Samuel 7

As we grow in our relationship with the Lord a natural progression should happen where we want to please God more and do things that honor Him. We can come up with all sorts of great ideas and programs to serve God and point others to Him.

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Day: 39

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Victory Is Mine

Wendy Pope

The LORD gave David victory wherever he went. - 2 Samuel 8

David has finally been named king of all Israel (2 Samuel 5) and the ark of the covenant has been returned to Jerusalem. (2 Samuel 6) Truly it’s a day to celebrate for God’s people and God’s chosen leader.

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Day: 40

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

The Kindness of the King

Krista Williams

The king asked, ‘Is there no one still alive from the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?’ Ziba answered the king, ‘There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet. - 2 Samuel 9

Have you ever asked the question, “Is there someone I could show the kindness of the Lord to today?” This is the question David asks.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Harsh or Holy?

2 Samuel 5-9 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 41

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Believing the Best in Others

Whitney Capps

Day: 42

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

A Tragic Chapter in David’s Life

Krista Williams

Day: 43

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Owning Our Own Sin

Lysa TerKeurst

Weekend Teaching

Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Humbled, Forgiven, Redeemed, Restored