February 2015 - April 2017
It is from the words of a young David in 1 Samuel 17:37, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”, that we derive the central theme for this study of 1st and 2nd Samuel, THE BATTLE IS THE LORD’s.
We all face overwhelming circumstances in our life and the only thing that can give us strength to overcome those horrific circumstances is a realization that it is not by our might or power, but by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is the only way that we can overcome and address the challenges that we have in life.
Note: Classes in this series are arranged with the most recent class appearing first.
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Tue, Apr 18, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 23:1-29
Duration: 55 mins 4 secs
How can we know if we are doing the will of God? Listen to this lesson to hear nine principles that can help us make biblical decisions. Learn about the different kinds of God’s will and how each impacts us. See that since the canon of Scripture was completed, God no longer gives direct revelation to people as He once did. As you contemplate decisions in your life, make choices from the standpoint of wisdom, which is the skillful application of the Word of God to your circumstances.
Tue, Apr 04, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 23:1-29
Duration: 1 hr 3 mins 16 secs
How does God guide and direct us? Listen to this lesson to see that in the age in which we live God directs us through His Word. Hear five principles we should know about what God’s will is for our lives and some misconceptions about knowing His will. See that our purpose in life is to first trust in Christ as our Savior and then grow spiritually with a willingness to serve Him.
Tue, Mar 21, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 23:1-29
Duration: 1 hr 1 mins 49 secs
What kind of problems have you been facing this week and what did you do about them? Listen to this lesson to see that the first thing Christians should do when they have difficulties is turn to God in prayer to ask for divine guidance. Learn three things we need to keep in mind about God’s guidance in the Old Testament. See that God knows not only what actually happens but what could have happened and what should have happened. See how God gave David direct guidance and today we have the completed Word of God to find answers.
Tue, Mar 07, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 22:1 & Psalm 142:1-7
Duration: 1 hr 7 mins 18 secs
When you feel like the rug has been pulled out from under you and you’re overwhelmed by all your problems, where should you turn? Listen to this lesson to learn that reading the psalms that David wrote when he was persecuted by Saul are a good place to go. Find out that we can apply the problem solving devices in prayer and that our default position should always be to turn to God. Learn that there’s nothing wrong with crying out to God because that is acknowledging our absolute dependence on Him. Hear five points on depression and see the role anger plays when we’re depressed.
Tue, Feb 14, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 22:1 & Psalm 57:2-11
Duration: 1 hr 1 mins 32 secs
Over and over in the Bible we are told to trust God. How do we do that? Listen to this lesson to hear four things we need to do to start down the path of relying on God for everything. See that we must switch our thinking from focusing on our problems to God’s loving kindnesses by reading in the Psalms about God’s wonderful works as expressed through His names. When we truly trust God we can rest and relax because we know that God has a plan and He’s carrying it out and we have nothing to fear.
During this class Dr. Dean mentioned a new book authored by Dr. Thomas Ice called The Case for Zionism: Why Christians Should Support Israel.
Tue, Feb 07, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 22:1 & Psalm 57:1
Duration: 59 mins 43 secs
Who do you go to when you have a problem? Listen to this lesson to see that God wants us to cry out to Him in times of trouble. See how David called to God for mercy when he was being pursued by his enemies. See that we need to know God’s promises so we can claim them and can present our cases before God. Hear ways that we can learn to be like David and pray about all our needs. In times of trouble relax in God as baby birds rest in the care of their mother's wings.
Tue, Jan 31, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 22:6-10 & Psalm 52:1-9
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 15 secs
How do you try to solve problems in your life? Listen to this lesson to learn that you need to turn to God and ask for His help when you are facing troubles and adversities. Hear how David was facing a very evil man who was boasting and seemed all-powerful. Find out that God will not allow this man to prosper for long. When you find yourself being mistreated unfairly by someone, turn this problem over to God and He will judge, break down, and destroy your tormentor and be a blessing to those who are doing what is right.
Tue, Jan 24, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 21:10-15 & Psalm 56:5-13
Duration: 1 hr 1 mins 14 secs
Have you ever wished that you didn’t need to fear anything because someone more powerful than all your troubles had your back? Listen to this lesson to learn that David explains how God is that One and He cares for you. See that faith conquers fear when our faith is in God. Find out some of the ways we suffer from our enemies by their plans and verbal abuse. In times of trouble remember that we are never alone because God pays very close attention to all of our heartaches.
Tue, Jan 17, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 21:10-15 & Psalm 56
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 5 secs
Have you ever been in what looked like a hopeless situation with no way out? Listen to this lesson to hear about a time when David was pressed on all sides but he turned to God and cried out to be rescued. He trusted God’s mercy instead of giving in to his fears. See that in our prayers we need to remind God what we know about Him and how He has promised to help us. Understand it’s not that our fears go away. We can learn to live above fear and let God’s Word change our focus. In times like this turn to the Psalms for maximum peace and joy.
Tue, Jan 10, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 22:1-23
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 35 secs
Did you ever have a temper tantrum or throw a pity party when things around you were falling apart and not going your way? Listen to this lesson to learn that all Christians are given tests by God to prepare them spiritually to rule and reign with Christ someday. See how David handled the unjust circumstances he was facing in contrast to King Saul who became angry and murderous. See one example of legitimate civil disobedience and another of a man who obeys the king and kills the priests. When you find yourself in disaster situations, see it as an opportunity to apply God’s promises and to grow spiritually.