Israel Demands a King (1 Samuel 8-12)

Sunday with your kids

Lesson summary: Desiring anything more than God, even if it's a good thing, is evil.

In our bible story we learned:
    1.   Israel rejects God and demands a king
    2.  Saul is chosen to be king
    3.  It was always God's plan for Israel to have a king

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Where is Jesus?

How does today's Bible story fit into God's greater plan of redemption?

Read Revelation 19:13-16

Israel requested a king to rule them like the rest of the nations had (1 Samuel 8:5). So, God answered their desires and gave them a man who was large in stature—a great king from the world’s perspective. But God had another kind of king in mind, a king after God’s own heart. God is not interested in the outward appearance but is interested in the heart. David eventually is selected by God, but ultimately God would send Jesus to be an eternal king.

Jesus would perfectly reflect the heart of God by becoming obedient to death, even death on the cross. In Philippians, God the Father promises that he is going to give Jesus the highest place of all and that every knee will bow before him. Why? Because he is the greatest King! It was always God’s desire that his people be ruled, not by an earthly man, but by God as King.


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We are on week 54 which starts on page 359 in the Long Story Short devotional. Here are some questions you'll encounter as you go through this week's devotionals:

  • Why did the people of Israel want a king? By asking for a king to lead them, who was Israel rejecting? (day 1)
  • Describe what God's providence means. Where do you see God's providence in our story today? (day 2)
  • What does it mean to anoint someone? Who is called "God's Anointed?" (day 3)
  • We don't cast lots to guide our choices today. What do we use? (day 4)
  • What did Jesus do to put an end to sin? Daniel 9:26 says that the Anointed One is "cut off." How was Jesus cut off?

Pray about it! Thank and praise God for his providence (for how he controls all things and makes them work according to His plan).


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The God of Israel Cannot be Captured (1 Samuel 4-6)

Sunday with your kids

Lesson summary: God's presence is not a good luck charm that can be manipulated for our benefit.

In our bible story we learned:
    1.   Power lies not in object but in God
    2.  God demonstrates His victory in the midst of Israel's defeat
    3.  God brings the ark home

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Where is Jesus?

How does today's Bible story fit into God's greater plan of redemption?

Read 1 Samuel 7:1-11

Samuel’s offering of a lamb (1 Samuel 7:9) was a picture of Jesus, the Lamb of God, who died on the cross to save us from our sins. While Samuel was sacrificing the lamb, the Philistines were marching against Israel to attack. But because Israel confessed their sins and offered up a lamb, God remembered his promises to Israel and turned against the Philistines and defeated them.

Every time we see a lamb sacrificed for sinners in the Bible, it should remind us of God’s plan to send Jesus to die on the cross in our place.


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We are on week 53 which starts on page 352 in the Long Story Short devotional. Here are some questions you'll encounter as you go through this week's devotionals:

  • Why were the Philistines afraid? Who did not go to battle with Israel? Is this why they lost? (day 1)
  • Why did God knock down Dagon and break off his arms and legs? Why did God punish the Philistines with tumors? (day 2)
  • Why were the people so excited to see the ark back in Israel? (day 3)
  • What did Samuel say the people of Israel needed to do? Who was the lamb that Samuel offered up meant to remind us of? (day 4)
  • How was God going to save His people through Jesus? (day 5)

Pray about it! Thank God for returning to Israel and keeping his promises even though the Israelites sinned against him.


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God calls little Samuel (1 Samuel 2-3)

Sunday with your kids

Lesson summary: In the midst of Israel's great sin, God raises up a prophet.

In our bible story we learned:
    1.   The word of the Lord is ignored by Eli's house
    2.  The word of the Lord comes to Samuel
    3.  Samuel delivers the word of the Lord to Eli

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Where is Jesus?

How does today's Bible story fit into God's greater plan of redemption?

Read 1 Samuel 2:26; Luke 2:52.

In the midst of corruption within Eli’s household, God sent a man to prophesy the coming of a faithful priest who would be obedient to the heart and mind of God. The final fulfillment of this promise came in the life of Christ. Jesus did only what his Father commanded him to do (John 14:31). Jesus is a faithful high priest forever (Hebrews 7:21–24). Samuel was also a foreshadowing of Christ. Very similar language is used to describe both Samuel and Jesus (compare 1 Samuel 2:26 and Luke 2:52).


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We are on week 52 which starts on page 345 in the Long Story Short devotional. Here are some questions you'll encounter as you go through this week's devotionals:

  • What do you think it would of been like to be Samuel when the Lord called him at night? (day 2)
  • Did Eli still have time to repent of (turn away from) his sins? (day 2)
  • Did you ever have a time when Mom or Dad had to give you more than one warning to turn away from your sin? (day 2)
  • What does it mean to be faithful? Why is Jesus the only one who could be a faithful priest forever? What does a priest do? (day 3)
  • What happens to us if we refuse to turn away from our sin? How can we be saved from our sin? (day 4)
  • How can we escape God's judgment? (day 5) 

Pray about it! Ask God to help you turn away from your sin the first time Mom or Dad ask you. Praise God that He has made a way for us to escape His punishment so we can live in heaven with Him.


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God hears Hannah's prayers (1 Samuel 1-2)

Sunday with your kids

Lesson summary: Through Hannah's prayers and the promise she kept, a prophet came to Israel.

In our bible story we learned:
    1.   Hannah is faithful to the Lord in her suffering
    2.  God answers Hannah's prayers
    3.  Hannah fulfills her vow and celebrates God's faithfulness

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Where is Jesus?

How does today's Bible story fit into God's greater plan of redemption?

Read Acts 3:24.

Samuel is specifically mentioned in the book of Acts as a prophet whose life and
message pointed to Jesus.

In our story, Hannah cried out to the Lord to give her a son and committed him to the Lord for God’s service. Little did she realize her little boy would be used to anoint the first two kings of Israel. Samuel anointed Saul and thus established anointing as God’s means of indicating his choice. Later Samuel anointed David out of whose household the Savior would be born.


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We are on week 51 which starts on page 339 in the Long Story Short devotional. Here are some questions you'll encounter as you go through this week's devotionals:

  • How did Hannah feel about not having children? (day 1)
  • Can you think of a time when you didn't get something you wanted? How well did you do in that trial? (day 1)
  • Why did Eli think Hannah was drunk? How did Eli's prayer affect Hannah? (day 2)
  • Name something that you could pray fro and trust God to answer. (day 2)
  • Who did Hannah honor in her wonderful prayer? (day 3)
  • Why was Hannah willing to give her son to Eli? (day 3)
  • How was Samuel different from Eli's sons? (day 4)
  • Hannah said that the one who would judge the ends of the earth would also be a king. How does that point to Jesus? (day 5)

Pray about it! Ask God to help you respond like Hannah when you don't get what you want.


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Kids camp & The Book of Ruth

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Would you take a moment and pray for our kids while they're at camp?

  • Pray God would reveal Himself in big ways and kids would love Jesus more.
  • Pray nerves would be quickly calmed as our kids trust Jesus and connect with others.
  • Pray for counselors, that God would provide strength for them to constantly point our kids to Jesus in everything they do.
  • Pray God would bring us closer together and relationships would grow. Pray for our kids to come back with a desire to include others in what we experienced at camp. 

Would you pray over our kids by name? Below is a list:

  • Cooper Wilbanks
  • James Madigan
  • Ellie Williams
  • Frankie Francis
  • Jessa Stein
  • Kara Stein
  • Olivia Wootton
  • Piper Francis
  • Reese Williams
  • Samantha Avant
  • Stella Madigan
  • Vivian Wootton

Sunday with your kids

Lesson summary: God's blessing and salvation extend to people of every nation.

In our bible story we learned:
    1.   Ruth's conversion
    2.  Ruth's appeal
    3.  Ruth's redemption

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Where is Jesus?

How does today's Bible story fit into God's greater plan of redemption?

Read Matthew 1:5-6.

Ruth lost her husband and father-in-law and served her mother-in-law. She was a very
special person in God’s plan to bring his Son into the world. We learn in the genealogy
of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew that Ruth was one of the great-grandmothers in Jesus’
line.

In fact, Jesse, Ruth’s grandson, was the great King David’s father. Boaz and Ruth had
another tie to Jesus. They lived in Bethlehem—the very town where Jesus was born!
The life of Boaz points to Jesus. Not only did he redeem the bloodline of Elimelech but
he also redeemed the land sold by Naomi.

Jesus is our redeemer. “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as
silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you
from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or
defect” (1 Peter 1:18–19).


Family Discipleship - "Time" in the Home

We are on week 50 which starts on page 332 in the Long Story Short devotional. Here are some questions you'll encounter as you go through this week's devotionals:

  • What did Ruth do to show she trusted in the Lord? (day 1)
  • How did God use Boaz to care for Ruth? Why do you think Boaz cared for Ruth? (day 2)
  • Who is our redeemer? How did Jesus redeem us? (day 3)
  • What did it cost Jesus to redeem us? (day 4)
  • Read John 6:69, who does Peter say is the Holy one of Israel? (day 5)

Pray about it! Praise God for sending his Son Jesus, and ask God to help you to love the Lord with all your heart.


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Scripture memory in June

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