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Sermon Passages: 1 Samuel 24:1-22

When we encounter conflict with the authority figures God places in our lives, we have a choice: to respond sinfully or rightly as David did with King Saul. Though we may defend ourselves before those authority figures, we also can appeal to God with the same confident faith David had. For we know, as he did, that the Lord sees, that God alone is and will judge, and that he will deliver the righteous.

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Sermon Passages: 1 Samuel 18:1-20:42

Like David, we all experience trials and difficulties, and like David, God is with us. It is God's presence that makes the difference, his presence and power that gives us victory! However, victory doesn't always mean we escape the difficulty; sometimes God's presence and power are evident because we are still standing in the midst of the storm. God's faithfulness is sure.

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Sermon Passages: 1 Samuel 11:1-15:35

The curses for disobedience that we see in the OT point to the reality of heaven and hell, provoking a sober awareness of the real consequences of our sin before a holy God. Yet for those in Christ, the power of sin is broken! We can obey—though imperfectly. And sometimes the consequences we reap in this life are harsh, but we can and will rejoice because the Lord will not forsake his own! Like the Israelites, we are disciplined, but not disowned.

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Sermon Passages: 1 Samuel 5:1-10:27

We all love stories of kings and princes. The story of Saul in 1 Samuel tells us much about Israel’s first king, but it tells us much more about our King. We see in Saul’s story, God’s sovereignty and care for his people—that he alone is our refuge, our defender, our strength, our savior. Like the Israelites, we are tempted to be faithless in the midst of trials and even tempted to unbelief as Israel was when they demanded an earthly king, but God was the only King Israel needed. And he is all that we need!

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Sermon Passages: 1 Samuel 1:1-2:11

Life is full of trials and temptations and, for some, even terrible situations. Our response to life's challenges and our prayers in those moments reveal what we truly believe about God. Are our prayers honest—gut level, bear all, pouring out our soul before God? Are our prayers humble—filled with an awareness of God's infinite power, glory, and majesty? In Hannah's prayers we see all this and so much more.

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Sermon Passages: 1 Samuel 18:1-31:13

What do we do when things don't go the way we thought or hoped? The life of David is a wonderful example. David was very successful. He was anointed king of Israel, had great success in battle, had strong friendships, married the king's daughter, and was loved by the entire nation. But Saul was jealous and afraid of David, and set out to kill him. When the "good life" turned bad, how did David respond? Notice what was absent from David's response. There was no complaining or demanding of explanation. David didn't take matters into his own hands when he had an opportunity to kill Saul. David wasn't self-centered, but showed concern for others. What did David do? He strengthened himself in the Lord, inquired of the Lord before acting, trusted the Lord and did good.