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Fear in Crisis - Part 2 (Help for Coronavirus COVID-19) Overcoming Anxiety

Fear in Crisis - Part 2 (Help for Coronavirus COVID-19) Overcoming Anxiety

March 23, 2020

Where is Jesus when you are in trouble? Peter sinks after a heroic walk on water. Why did he sink and where was Jesus while he was sinking? 

Had Peter been in a prior situation in a boat in a storm? Was Jesus expecting them to have learned from the experience? 

Have you been in a prior stressful situation not EXACTLY like the one you are in now?

Prov. 18:20-21

By the fruit of a man's mouth, his stomach is satisfied...

Death and life are in the power of the tongue...

How are your words about yourself and your situation. Are you exchanging the power of your words for sympathy or gossip?

Further resources on DrDLevy.com and Dr. David Levy App. 

Fear in Crisis - Part 1 (Help for Coronavirus COVID-19) Overcoming Anxiety

Fear in Crisis - Part 1 (Help for Coronavirus COVID-19) Overcoming Anxiety

March 19, 2020

Fear and Emotional Contagion are rampant with the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. People regularly share bad or distressing news with each other.  Anxiety, depression and fear-driven anger are easy to see. What does Jesus have to say about fear?

Psalm 91 personalized. 

Peter gets out of the boat and walks on water. Why does he begin to sink? What are the dynamics with those in the boat? Was Jesus standing in front of him as the famous painting shows? Or was Jesus behind him? 

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Giants 5: David’s Confidence

Giants 5: David’s Confidence

March 17, 2020

Does King Saul believe David can win against Goliath in 1 Samuel 17?

If you were trying to decide whether to send David against the giant, how would you decide? 

What strategy does David choose and where does he get his confidence? 

David is quoting from Deuteronomy 20 as he speaks with King Saul. He seems to have absolute confidence in The God of Israel. 

Are there other giants in the land? What happened to them?

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Giants 4: In the Promised Land

Giants 4: In the Promised Land

February 28, 2020

How do you differentiate between God and coincidence?

Numbers 13:25 The spies bring a "bad report." We see "emotional contagion," spreading fear among the Israelites who want to go back to Egypt. Why do they want to go into the Promised Land the day after they wanted to go back to Egypt? What changed in their mind?

If we see or perceive God it changes the way we behave. 

The Israeli spies gave an "Honest Report" of what they saw, but without faith, God called it a "Bad Report," and it kept them all out of the Promised Land.

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David and the Giant 3: Interpreting Insults

David and the Giant 3: Interpreting Insults

February 21, 2020

We typically take the worst possible interpretation of what someone did or said as the truth. We review the offense over and over...I'm not good enough, I'm not special...I'm not loved.

Is there a situation bothering you because you took offense? What message did you receive that wasn't from God?

Continuing in 1 Samuel 17.

Other people encounter lions in scripture.

How did David kill a lion and bear? Did he use his sling like a chain-mace and break the jaw of the animal?

David is not intimidated and gives his own speech to Goliath the giant. What is your self-talk?

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David and the Giant 2: Envy

David and the Giant 2: Envy

February 18, 2020

1 Samuel 17. Judah doesn't conquer the Philistine territory they were given claiming the iron chariots of the plains were too strong for them. God defeated iron chariots in Judges 4.

David's family dynamics include envy, resentment and a culture of dishonor. Envy is treating your gifts as lower value than someone else's gifts. 

Why do we interpret events negatively? 

Who do you envy? Who makes you jealous? Were you raised in a culture of dishonor?

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David and the Giant 1

David and the Giant 1

February 11, 2020

 1 Samuel 17 David is sent by his father to to see his brothers "fighting" with the Philistines. 

Goliath the Giant is described in all his glory, power and weapons of war. The narrator then switches to David at home with the sheep.  

Did God want Saul or one of David's brothers to fight the giant?

David played the lyre, how do you worship?

Saul is offering a reward if someone kills the giant and David asks repeatedly about it.

Why is Eliab angry at David?

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A New King 2

A New King 2

February 4, 2020

Saul becomes king of Israel and is successful in battle. Later, worried about an upcoming battle, he offers a sacrifice instead of waiting for Samuel, the Priest. We hear that God will remove Saul and choose another. 

Why do righteous people have children who don't follow God? Eli's sons and Samuel's sons don't follow God. They lack attachment (bonding) to the parent and to God. 

1 Samuel 13

"Rules without relationship causes rebellion"  - Josh McDowell 

How do you hear from God? Listening Prayer described more fully on YouTube entitled "Why Can't I Hear from God?"

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A New King 1

A New King 1

February 2, 2020

Saul is chosen king of Israel.  Does God want a king in Israel? Deuteronomy 17:14-18 seems to indicate God was OK with a king as long as he was a spiritual as well as political leader. God wanted the king to read and write the scriptures daily to be familiar with what God wanted. The people want a king for security and prosperity.

1 Samuel 9 and 10. 

Is it possible you could hear God like Samuel did? 

Would it be a good thing for you?

If you desire a spiritual gift, Ask, seek, knock.

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Who’s Leading the People?

Who’s Leading the People?

January 26, 2020

Why are the people worshipping idols? Where are the priests? Leviticus 10 and 1 Samuel 2 shows us why the people were not flocking to the priests for instruction during this period. 

Bible Maps here https://www.knowingthebible.net/studies/bible-maps