I Samuel – Three Key Doctrines

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OTI-09 960207WE Life in the flesh or Spirit would be an apt title of this first book of Samuel. The striking contrasts between Hannah and Peniah, Samuel and Eli, David and Saul attest to this truth.  We read some of the great stories of the Bible in First Samuel, like the persistent love of Hannah […]

David’s Purpose – God’s Glory

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900121PM DSS-30 DAVID SERIES PART 1 “A MAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART” DAVID’S PURPOSE: GOD’S GLORY 1st Samuel A Man after God’s own heart I. WHERE DOES DAVID FIT IN THE SCOPE OF THE SCRIPTURAL PORTRAITS OF GOD’S SERVANTS? A. David = Ruth 4 (1), 1 Sam. 16-1 Kings 2 (41), 1 Chron. 1- (29), […]

Hacking Agag to Pieces

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060305PM DSS-12 Suffer Loss Like Saul .doc Hacking Agag to Pieces 1st Samuel 15.3-16.1 How bad is sin? Sin is so bad it took God killing His own Son to pay the price of wrath that sin deserved! That is an abstract thought until we see the price of sin is terms we can relate […]

Saul – Reject by God

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060219AM DSS-08 Saul–Rejected by God .doc Rejected by God 1st Samuel 13 The Lord of life, the Creator–God Himself, once said something very sobering. He said that the day of our death is better than the day of our birth (Ecclesiastes 7:1-2). Why would He tell us that? Because at the end, after the life […]

Don’t Waste Your Life Like Saul

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060205PM DSS-07 Don’t Waste Your Life like Saul did .doc David’s Spiritual Secret– How NOT to serve the Lord or, How to waste your life— Like King Saul 1st Samuel 31 When I read a letter or card I usually start by looking at the end to see who it is from. When I read […]

Saul – How NOT to Serve God

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060205AM DSS-06 Saul–How not to serve God .doc David’s Spiritual Secret– How NOT to serve the Lord or, How to waste your life 1st Samuel 15 There is a chorus we often sing, “The greatest thing in all my life—is loving You, knowing You, serving You…”. Those are precious words, if they are true, and […]

David – Standing Alone for God

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060129AM DSS-05 Standing Alone for God .doc David’s Spiritual Secret— David & Goliath Standing for God All Alone 1st Samuel 17 David was willing to stand for God–all alone. And there were few more lonely spots in the history of the universe than the hillside of the Valley of Elah in the ‘no man’s land’ […]

David’s Spiritual Secret

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060108AM DSS-01 David’s Spiritual Secret .doc David’s Spiritual Secret Serving God 1st Samuel 16 Everything seems so fragile these days. News gets old in seconds, emails in hours, movies in days, electronic gadgets in weeks, cars in months, and buildings in years. Nothing seems enduring in our world. We live more and more in a […]

What Happens When Parents Pray

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020707AM Prayer-3 GDGW-20 Growing Dads God’s Way-20 The Most Powerful Tools in Godly Parenting: Prayer – 3 What happens when parents pray? DWM-14   What Happens When Parents Learn to Pray? I Samuel 12:23   One of my great heroes of the faith is a missionary who lived from 1824-1907. His name was John Paton, […]

Spirit Filled Believers Want to Avoid Eli’s Idolatry of Neglect

120819AM Choice-5 Tragic Eli.doc Choices Every Spirit-Filled Believer should make Choice #5: Spirit-Filled Believers Want to Avoid Eli’s Idolatry of Neglect CHO-05 I Samuel 1-5 On Father’s Day we began looking at Four Choices every godly dad should make. We saw there are four dads that display an attribute that God especially points out in […]

Cries from the Desert of Loneliness and Betrayal

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As we open to I Samuel 23 we are coming to the final stages of David’s life on the run. From the desolate wastelands of Israel’s geography we hear the cries of David’s heart from desert where he now find that added to danger, deprivation, and despair are the twin struggles of betrayal and loneliness.

That is what happened next in David’s life. He has survived a fight with the Philistines. He is surviving daily advances against him by King Saul. But now after those he had risked his life to protect and save from the Philistines, turned against him. David now shows for all the world to see, how does a godly person deal with:

The Loneliness and Pain of Betrayal

Finding Hope when Everything has Been Lost

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Open with me to I Samuel 18 as walk through a few chapters to get to our passage for this evening. These chapters tonight remind us that:

Our Struggles Frame God’s Faithfulness

The context of these dark and lonely days in David’s life, makes an incredibly beautiful frame around some of the most precious of all of David’s Psalms[1]. His prayers, cries for help, and affirmations of God’s faithfulness: seem even clearer, dearer, and more memorable from those dark and lonely hours in David’s life. David repeats in as many ways as possible that: 

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