Tag: 1 Samuel

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Most people who want to follow God have a difficult time letting go of experiences of the past. These experiences come up periodically to haunt them and no matter how hard they try, they cannot suppress them. So these experiences drag them down and take up space in their minds where God needs to be. Then there are those who want to follow God, but their love for things of this world keep taking up their time so they never end…

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I want to walk through a thought process here and don’t want you to jump to any conclusions by the first few paragraphs of this post. The end result of this post will probably surprise you so stay with it. I’ve tried to keep an open mind with this subject and will provide my input as a US citizen and then as a Christian. Gun violence is all over the news. Murder rates are rising in many US cities. The right…

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de·cep·tive: intended to make someone believe something that is not true. (a) So I watched my first Harry Potter movie the other day. I’ve typically stayed away from those types of movies because of the “magic” stuff. But considering the enormous following, even among Christians, I was curious as to why it was so popular. Some think that Harry Potter is harmless and they promote this type of literature and entertainment as no big deal. The divination instructor from the movie, when addressing the…

Youth-DiscussionStarters-Scripture

Read the following passages to your youth and ask them to explain to you and to each other what they mean to them personally. Read the questions that follow the passages. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “in Christ” we become new creations. What’s one thing that would be difficult for you to give up about yourself if you gave it all away right now? What would be something you’d be eager to give up? 1 Samuel 5:1-4 The Ark of the Covenant…

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I know that Jesus has qualified me for His work. The problem with me is that I do not always qualify myself. Doubts lead into my mind and change my attitude towards myself. This often creates an insecurity that prohibits me from reaching my potential in Christ. This is a prevalent thing to a lot of people. We often feel we are not good enough for His work. That our education is not enough. That our standing in church is…

Kev-search

1 Samuel 29:5 “Is this not David, of whom they sang to one another in dances, saying: ‘Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands’?” These were the words of the Philistines. They knew who David was. He had a reputation throughout the world and they knew he was a follower of the God of Israel. They feared him because they knew he was blessed. This made me think about what other Christians and non-Christians think of me. Do they…