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Written by Maegan Stout | July 10, 2010 | 1 Samuel 23 - 25

Do you do good to your enemies?

How do you treat those people whom you don’t like, or feel threatened, misunderstood, and untrusted by? These are the people you know don’t have your best at heart.

I think if we’re honest with ourselves, we don’t treat them very well. And I’m not talking about how we treat them on the outside. How we treat them with our thoughts and …

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Off the Deep End

Written by Jeremy Sexton | July 9, 2010 | 1 Samuel 19 - 22

This is officially where Saul LOSES HIS MIND.

It’s gone. For realsies this time.

I think one of my favorite parts in the entire reading has to be where David is playing the lyre, doing his things, writing some Psalms or something… then Saul tries to pin him to the wall with a spear. I can imagine him chasing David around, knocking over chairs. This is an ugly scene. It’s …

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1 Samuel 16-18

Written by Dave Schmidgall | July 8, 2010 |

There is a great scene in the cult classic “Reality Bites” where driven protagonist twenty-something Lelaina is at a job interview and is asked to define irony.  She couldn’t.  So she returns home to her apartment where there is an exchange with the apathetic but bright Troy:
Lelaina: “I mean, can you define irony?”
Troy: “Its when the actual meaning is the complete opposite from the literal meaning.”
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Obedience Is Better Than Sacrifice

Written by Ross Middleton | July 7, 2010 | 1 Samuel 12 - 15

As Will Farrell would say, Saul made a ginormous mistake. One so big, God felt it necessary to take the Kingdom of Israel from Saul, or was it just one mistake?

Saul kept some of the loot for himself when he was supposed to destroy everything. In his mind he was probably thinking, I did what God asked, I destroyed this evil people, what’s the big deal with keeping some …

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From Humility to Humiliation

Written by Andy Pisciotti | July 6, 2010 |

The time has come. The Israelites are crying and complaining in search to fill a void in their lives (sound familiar?). Could a king satisfy the fix? In God’s unconditional love, He grants their request and anoints Saul as king over the people. Now, I am going to cheat a bit because I know the rest of the story but this is what intrigues me and causes me to evaluate …

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Are You Listening When God Speaks - 1 Samuel 1-3

Written by Chris Jarrell | July 4, 2010 |

“And the Lord came and called as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel replied, ‘Speak, your servant is listening.‘“1 Samuel 3:10

As we begin in 1 Samuel, It was a very dark time for Israel.  Eli, the priest—had sons who were abusing their power as priests. These priests were sexually immoral. They were doing horrible things. 1 Samuel 2:12, referred to them as “scoundrels who had no respect for the Lord …

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