Saul and his sons die

Chapter 31 Saul and his sons die v1 The *Philistines fought against the *Israelites on the mountain of Gilboa. The *Israelites ran away and the *Philistines killed many of them. v2 The *Philistines pursued Saul and his sons. They killed his sons Jonathan, Abinadab and Malki-Shua. v3 There was a fierce battle near Saul. The men with bows aimed their arrows at Saul and nearly killed him. v4 Saul spoke to the officer who carried his *armour. Saul said, ‘Kill me with your sword. I do not want those *heathen…

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David again refuses to kill Saul

Chapter 26 David again refuses to kill Saul v1 Some men from Ziph went to visit Saul at Gibeah. They said, ‘David is hiding on the hill of Hakilah which is opposite Jeshimon’. v2 So Saul went to the desert of Ziph to search for David. Saul chose 3000 *Israelite men to go with him. v3 Saul and his men camped next to the road on the hill of Hakilah. This was opposite Jeshimon. But David stayed in the desert. Then David heard that Saul had followed him there. v4…

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David refuses to kill Saul

Chapter 24 David refuses to kill Saul v1 When Saul had finished fighting the *Philistines he returned home. Someone told him that David was in the desert at En Gedi. v2 So Saul chose 3000 of the best soldiers in *Israel. They went to look for David and his men near Wild Goat Rocks. v3 Saul came to the sheep pens that were close to the road. There was a cave near to these pens. Saul went into the cave to use the cave as a toilet. David and his…

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Saul tries to kill David

Chapter 19 Saul tries to kill David v1 Saul told his son Jonathan and all his servants to kill David. Jonathan liked David very much. v2 So he warned David, ‘My father Saul is trying to kill you. Be careful tomorrow morning. Hide in a secret place and stay there. v3 I will go out and stand with my father in the field where you are hiding. I will talk to him about you. Then I will tell you what I find out’. v4 Jonathan spoke to his father Saul.…

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Jonathan ate honey

Chapter 14 v1 A young man carried Jonathan’s *armour. Jonathan was Saul’s son. One day, Jonathan said to the young man, ‘Let us go across to the *Philistine camp on the other side’. But Jonathan did not tell his father. v2 Saul had camped under a pomegranate tree at Migron near Gibeah. There were about 600 men with Saul. v3 Ahijah was with Saul. He wore an *ephod. Ahijah was the son of Ahitub. Ahitub was Ichabod’s brother. Ichabod was the son of Phinehas and the grandson of Eli. Eli…

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The Philistines return the ark of God to Israel

Chapter 6 The Philistines return the ark of God to Israel v1 The *Philistines had the *ark of the Lord in their country for 7 months. v2 Then they called for their priests and men who work magic. The *Philistines asked them, ‘What shall we do with the *ark of the Lord? Tell us how to send it back to its home’. v3 The priests answered, ‘Send the *ark of God back to *Israel. However, you must not send it back without an *offering. You must send an *offering to…

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3 Beautiful Truths Every Divorced Christian Needs to Know

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Dear Divorced Christian, That term still stings, doesn’t it? It seems as if people everywhere want you to wear a large, scarlet letter “D” around your neck. Every form you complete asks if you are divorced or widowed, not just single or married. You are often scorned by the church because of your past. You feel as if you are a total and complete failure.

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On What Day Was Jesus Born?

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On What Day Was Jesus Born? While much of the world celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ on the 25th of December, can the actual day of Jesus’ birth be determined from scripture? This question will be explored in some detail, and will yield a result that is quite intriguing. The first passage we will consider begins with the father of John the Baptist, Zacharias: Luke 1:5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his…

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‘When I Get Filled . . . I Will Begin To Speak’

As a young Baptist preacher, I associated with Full Gospel people around divine healing. We both believed in that, and hearing them talk about divine healing made my faith grow stronger. I also knew I needed the infilling of the Holy Spirit that they talked about, because I sensed a lack of power in my own life. But after meditating on and thinking about the scriptures concerning the Holy Spirit, I became convinced that speaking with other tongues wasn’t necessary.

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Instructing Your Children in the Ways of God

A home is not only a place where a family lives; but it is also a training center, with the parents as the primary instructors. If you don’t teach your children about God and His value system, most likely they won’t follow after Him and His ways. But before any effective instruction can be given, a solid relationship must be developed between you and your children. To understand God’s intentions for the family, we must first go back to the Book of Beginnings.

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Your Believing Affects Your Receiving

In Mark 9:23, Jesus said, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” According to this and other verses in the Bible, what you believe determines what you receive from the Lord. In other words, your believing affects your receiving. Notice I said that your believing affects your receiving. Your receiving isn’t based on another person’s faith; it’s based on your faith. And just hearing someone else preach the Word won’t give you faith to receive unless you get into the Word for yourself.

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The Holiness of God

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 To any of His creation that are able and willing to listen and take heed, God says something very important in Leviticus, chapter 11. We’ll turn over there and see what this important thing is. Leviticus, chapter 11, verse 44: Tozer – The Holiness of God (Part 4 of 4) by ChristianSongs “For I am the Eternal your God: you shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and you shall be holy: for I am holy.” That is also repeated in the New Testament in I Peter, chapter 1 and verse 16.

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Talked to God Lately?

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Talked to God Lately?We all make time for what we value the most. Have you gotten into the good habit of praying to God on a regular basis? Need some instruction and encouragement? Here it is! How’s your prayer life? Some would answer, “What prayer life? I don’t have a prayer life. I’m too busy!” Yes, we are all quite busy, but is that a legitimate excuse? Several years ago, a good friend of mine passed on a phrase that his father used to tell him: “You make time for…

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Can You Believe Bible Prophecy?

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Are you a spiritual skeptic? Do you question whether the bible is actually the Word of God? After all, you may reason, none of the authors are around to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that it’s genuine. You want evidence to verify that the Bible truly is God’s word. You need something solid to back up your belief. How do you start? Where do you search for the facts to solve your dilemma? There is a source that can answer your suspicions. Stay tuned to Beyond Today as we…

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How to Live the Best Life Possible

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How can you get the most out of this life, which you can only spend once?When I was 20, two questions weighed heavily on my mind: “What is the purpose and meaning of life?” and “How can I live the best life possible?”While reading one night, I stumbled upon a statement that I shall never forget: “Your life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you want, but you can only spend it once .” The realization was most powerful—I had only one life to live. There were many…

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Life is in the Small Things

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Have you ever felt the desire to do something great? Have you desired to do something that mattered on a large scale? Do ever you feel frustrated or disappointed when you can’t change the world in massive ways? “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” -Mother TeresaIt is normal for us limited humans to desire to tap into our incredible human potential. We can often burn ourselves out trying to accomplish great feats.

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Why We Can Stand on God’s Promises

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This afternoon I’d like to address a topic that touches all of us from time to time. I’d like to ask you this question. Anyone here ever had a promise made to you and had that promise broken? I think we’re all in that same boat, aren’t we? It can start as early as just a young child growing up. Promises are made by parents to the child and the child is all excited and waiting for it and all of a sudden, oh it doesn’t happen. Then the child…

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Does the Bible teach a secret rapture?

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Does the Bible teach a secret rapture?There has been a great deal of interest in end time events based on the Left Behind series of books and movies. What does the Bible teach about the rapture? Millions have read the Left Behind books, which are based on a secret rapture. According to the most common version of the rapture theory, Christ will approach the earth (but not return all the way down to it), to secretly seize believers seven years before His actual return. Does the Bible teach this? The…

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The Key to Praying Effectively

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When I pray with my kids, I can tell their minds are somewhere else.  They might have their eyes closed, but talking to God is the very last thing on their minds.  I guess for us adults, some things never change.Years ago I read a quote by Mother Teresa.  When asked what she says when she prays she answered, “I listen”.  When asked what God says, she responded, “He listens”.All too often, I look at prayer only as presenting my requests before God.  After all, that is exactly what He…

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God’s Not Dead… but Christian Films are on Life Support

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As unfortunate as it may be to admit, “Christian movies” have something of a track record.Often the purpose of the filmmaker is clear, if not bluntly stated: to win souls, bolster the faith of believers, or even simply to get the name of Jesus to a theater near you. All too often, however, these well-meaning Christian films are marked by substandard acting, careless plot-holes, and contrived situations. Christian audiences flock to see such films, forgiving shortcomings and encouraging friends and family to support the Christian film industry by going out…

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Why Doesn’t God Give Me What I Want?

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Being a parent teaches me a lot about how I relate to God – and vice-versa. I feel like I’m always learning valuable spiritual lessons from my experiences with my son, which is why I wrote my last article entitled Lessons Learned from a Toddler. Immediately after writing that article, God showed me another powerful spiritual truth from an interaction with my son, but this lesson seemed like a big one that I have dealt with many times in my life, and it seemed worthy of an article all its…

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11 Ways to Build a More Loving Marriage

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If your marriage isn’t what you’d like it to be and your husband isn’t changing, there’s still hope that your relationship with him can improve. That’s because you can greatly influence the state of your marriage when you change yourself through the power of the Holy Spirit working in you. The growth of one person in a marriage relationship significantly impacts the other person.Here’s how you can change your marriage by becoming a more loving wife, with God’s help:

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The Promise of Victory We Are Going to Win in the End!

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In his great novel about the French Revolution, called A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens began his story with some of the most memorable words in all of English literature:It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…These…

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10 Days to Passover – The Last Day Before Passover

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 It’s the last day before Passover, which begins at sundown tonight. In His day, Jesus, knowing that His hour had come, and that He would be delivered into the hands of the Romans to be killed, gave His disciples the lasting, unforgettable ceremony of the New Covenant Passover. The whole story of what happened during the supper He had with His disciples goes from John 13-18, but the first sentence of John 13 is what we will focus on: Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that…

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Jesus Christ’s Resurrection: Our Hope of Life

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 Two men ran through the streets of the city, trying to see if it was true. Over the final sprint one outran the other and arrived on the scene first. Stopping, he stooped down and looked into the space and noticed the linen cloths that had once wrapped a body. Astounded, he didn’t immediately enter.His friend, not hesitating, tucked his head and went inside. He also saw the same linen cloths, with a separate piece lying nearby. He too was stunned.Then the other joined him inside. Staring at the empty,…

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How to Seek God’s Will

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Many leaders are imploring us to pray for God’s help. Indeed we should. But let’s be realistic enough to realize that God will hear us only if we are willing to hear Him.The attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon was a horrible act of violence by religious extremists. Their acts are unconscionable. Nevertheless leaders from all nations are warning that more violent acts of terrorism may come. They caution us that, though now few in number, these furtive enemies of Western civilization are intelligent, cunning and capable.…

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Is God’s Temple Under Construction?

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Scripture indicates that before the return of Jesus Christ, a new temple is to be built in Jerusalem. But is a grand temple of God already under construction? Does it involve you?Many Jews long for it. A number are actively preparing for it. Bible prophecy says it will happen. Amazingly, it directly concerns you.Before Jesus makes His prophesied return to earth, certain passages in the Bible appear to state that a third physical temple of God will be constructed or will be undergoing construction alongside an operational sacrificial altar, possibly…

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Christianity is Harder Than We Pretend it is

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We make a lot of pitches with Christianity.”It’s a free gift.””The peace and satisfaction your heart desires.”These are the expectations we set. And expectations help preface either disappointment or fulfillment.Unfortunately, for many Christians, the reality of faith is a shocking letdown compared to the false premises that were guaranteed them by pastors, churches and other believers.As people obsess over church attendance, burnout rates and demographic changes within Christianity, we become infatuated with solving today’s problems—determined to find the perfect fix.Thus, we analyze church traditions, styles, techniques and theologies and wonder…

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