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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

Idols in Your Life

Idols in Your Life

January 22, 2020

Idolatry was forbidden by The God of Israel. Why? What is an idol? Have you conquered the territory God assigned to you? 

Begin discussion of the Levites and Priests. Leviticus 10, I Samuel 

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The Bullies from Dan

The Bullies from Dan

January 17, 2020

Continuation of events in Judges 18. The tribe of Dan don't attempt to take their allotted inheritance in the Tel Aviv area of Israel. The opponents look to be too strong, so they go to find some unsuspecting people to attack in the extreme north of Israel. The 600 men from the tribe of Dan come to Micah's Inn for the night and steal his household Gods. Micah is very attached to his idols. What idols do you have in your life?

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See Bible Maps here. #14 Tribes of Israel

https://www.knowingthebible.net/studies/bible-maps

Micah’s Motel

Micah’s Motel

January 14, 2020

What was life like in Israel before there was a king? We begin in one of the most confusing portions of scripture, Judges 17 and see syncretism, the mixing of idolatry with The God of Israel. Micah has an Inn in the hill country of Ephraim and strange things occur. Is this the Bible? We are asking these questions What does God want?  What do the people want? 

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See Bible Maps here. #14 Tribes of Israel

https://www.knowingthebible.net/studies/bible-maps

 

Narcissistic Relationships

Narcissistic Relationships

December 10, 2019

What are the characteristics of narcissistic relationships? What is "narcissistic supply?" Are you a people-pleaser? 

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Family Dynamics 1

Family Dynamics 1

November 29, 2019

 Jesus had some awkward family dynamics. Can he help us with our families?

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