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Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Hannah

 

Bible Text:

1 Samuel 1:1-20

 

1 Samuel 1:1- 4 NKJV

“Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim Zophim, of the mountains of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. And he had two wives: the name of one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. This man went up from his city yearly to worship and sacrifice to the Lord of hosts in Shiloh. Also the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the Lord, were there. And whenever the time came for Elkanah to make an offering, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and daughters.”

Hannah, one of two wives of Elkanah, had no children, although she had been married for some time. Elkanah’s other wife, Peninnah, had children.
Each year the family would faithfully go to Shiloh and worship and offer a sacrifice to God. Elkanah loved Hannah very much, even though she did not have any children. Elkanah treated Hannah very kindly and special. He even gave her a double portion of the offering to give to God. However, Peninnah was not so nice to Hannah. She made fun of Hannah because she did not have any children.

1 Samuel 1:5-8 NKJV

“But to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, although the Lord had closed her womb. And her rival also provoked her severely, to make her miserable, because the Lord had closed her womb. So it was, year by year, when she went up to the house of the Lord, that she provoked her; therefore she wept and did not eat. Then Elkanah her husband said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? And why is your heart grieved? Am I not better to you than ten sons?”

Year after year Peninnah teased Hannah so much that Hannah even lost her appetite. Her childlessness affected her whole outlook on life. She was so depressed and sad. In her bitterness and misery she could not see her many blessings, such as God’s goodness in giving her a loving husband.
In the house of God, Hannah cried out to God, asking the Lord to give her a son. She earnestly, specifically, and believingly prayed to Him. Hannah was praying so hard that her lips were moving but she wasn‘t making a sound., Eli, the priest, accused her of being drunk.

1 Samuel 1:9-14 NKJV

“So Hannah arose after they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the tabernacle of the Lord. And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish. Then she made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.” And it happened, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli watched her mouth. Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk. So Eli said to her, “How long will you be drunk? Put your wine away from you!”

Hannah explained to Eli, the priest, that she was not drunk, but praying, because she was very sad. Knowing that God would surely do what was best for Hannah, Eli told her to go in peace. Eli reminded Hannah that as she brought her request to God in faith, she could have peace knowing that He would answer in the way best for her.

1 Samuel 1:15-18 NKJV

“But Hannah answered and said, “No, my lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord. Do not consider your maidservant a wicked woman, for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief I have spoken until now.” Then Eli answered and said, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him.” And she said, “Let your maidservant find favor in your sight.” So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.”

Eli knew that God would answer Hannah’s prayer in His own perfect way, so he told her to go in peace. After Hannah prayed and Eli spoke to her she was no longer sad or unhappy. She went her way rejoicing, knowing that God had truly heard her prayer. The next morning Elkanah and his family returned home.
God answered Hannah’s prayer in time and gave her a son. She named the baby Samuel, which means “Heard by God.”

1 Samuel 1:19-20 NKJV

“Then they rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord, and returned and came to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked for him from the Lord.”

 

Memory Verse: 1 Samuel 1:13

 

Life Application: God hears our silent cries.

 

Review

1. Hannah had no ________________, although she had been married for some time.

2. Each year Hannah’s family would go to Shiloh and ________________ and offer a sacrifice to God.

3. Hannah’s husband treated her very kindly and ______________.

4. Peninnah was not ________ to Hannah. She made fun of Hannah because she did not have any children.

5. Hannah cried out to God, asking the Lord to give her a ______.

6. Hannah explained to Eli, the priest, that she was not drunk, but ______________, because she was very sad.

7. Eli told her to go in peace because God would ____________in the way best for her.

8. Hannah went her way ________________, knowing that God had truly heard her prayer.

9. God answered Hannah’s prayer in ________ and gave her a son.

10. Hannah named the baby ____________, which means “Heard by God.”

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Abigail Helps To Bring Peace

abigail 

Memory Verse: Hebrews 12:14

Bible Truth: God wants you to be a peacemaker.

1 Samuel 25:3 NKJV

“The name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail. And she was a woman of good understanding and beautiful appearance; but the man was harsh and evil in his doings. He was of the house of Caleb.”

Nabal was a very rich man. He had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. His home and business were in a wilderness area. He was a target for thieves and bandits because of the location and because of his great wealth. At the time of sheep shearing, David sent word to Nabal asking for a reward for the services that he had been given. David and his men had protected the flocks of Nabal as well as his possessions. Nabal would have plenty of money on hand from the sale of the wool to pay David and his men. David had left the amount of the reward due up to Nabal to decide since no certain price had been set.

1 Samuel 25:4-11 NKJV

“When David heard in the wilderness that Nabal was shearing his sheep,
David sent ten young men; and David said to the young men, “Go up to Carmel, go to Nabal, and greet him in my name.
And thus you shall say to him who lives in prosperity: ‘Peace be to you, peace to your house, and peace to all that you have! Now I have heard that you have shearers. Your shepherds were with us, and we did not hurt them, nor was there anything missing from them all the while they were in Carmel. Ask your young men, and they will tell you. Therefore let my young men find favor in your eyes, for we come on a feast day. Please give whatever comes to your hand to your servants and to your son David.’” So when David’s young men came, they spoke to Nabal according to all these words in the name of David, and waited. Then Nabal answered David’s servants, and said, “Who is David, and who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants nowadays who break away each one from his master. Shall I then take my bread and my water and my meat that I have killed for my shearers, and give it to men when I do not know where they are from?”

When David’s men went to Nabal to ask for what they were due, Nabal acted like he didn’t know David and spoke of him in a mocking tone. Nabal even suggested that David was a runaway servant. The behavior (conduct) of Nabal and his response to David’s men was very foolish and defiantly the wrong thing to do. One of Nabel’s workers went to Abigail and told her everything that had happened. Both, what David and his men had done for them and the way that her husband had treated David’s men. The servants were very angry at Nabal because his actions put their life in danger.

1 Samuel 25:12-16 NKJV

“So David’s young men turned on their heels and went back; and they came and told him all these words.
Then David said to his men, “Every man gird on his sword.” So every man girded on his sword, and David also girded on his sword. And about four hundred men went with David, and two hundred stayed with the supplies. Now one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, saying, “Look, David sent messengers from the wilderness to greet our master; and he reviled them. But the men were very good to us, and we were not hurt, nor did we miss anything as long as we accompanied them, when we were in the fields. They were a wall to us both by night and day, all the time we were with them keeping the sheep”

Abigail knew that her husband was wrong and that she would have to take matters into her own hands. She immediately knew that she need to try to make things right with David. She gathered up a lot of goods to give to David in hopes that he would accept it as compensation for what he and his men had done for Nabal. Abigail sent the provisions to David right away by some of their servants.

1 Samuel 25:18-22 NKJV

“Then Abigail made haste and took two hundred loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five sheep already dressed, five seahs of roasted grain, one hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and loaded them on donkeys.
And she said to her servants, “Go on before me; see, I am coming after you.” But she did not tell her husband Nabal.
So it was, as she rode on the donkey, that she went down under cover of the hill; and there were David and his men, coming down toward her, and she met them. Now David had said, “Surely in vain I have protected all that this fellow has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that belongs to him. And he has repaid me evil for good.
May God do so, and more also, to the enemies of David, if I leave one male of all who belong to him by morning light.”

After the servants had left with the things to give to David, Abigail followed after them. As soon as Abigail saw David she got off her donkey and fell on her face before him. Humbly Abigail began to plead for mercy and forgiveness for Nabal. Abigail understood that the right thing to do was to show David respect and honor.

1 Samuel 25:23-31 NKJV

“Now when Abigail saw David, she dismounted quickly from the donkey, fell on her face before David, and bowed down to the ground. So she fell at his feet and said: “On me, my lord, on me let this iniquity be! And please let your maidservant speak in your ears, and hear the words of your maidservant. Please, let not my lord regard this scoundrel Nabal. For as his name is, so is he: Nabal is his name, and folly is with him! But I, your maidservant, did not see the young men of my lord whom you sent. Now therefore, my lord, as the Lord lives and as your soul lives, since the Lord has held you back from coming to bloodshed and from avenging yourself with your own hand, now then, let your enemies and those who seek harm for my lord be as Nabal. And now this present which your maidservant has brought to my lord, let it be given to the young men who follow my lord. Please forgive the trespass of your maidservant. For the Lord will certainly make for my lord an enduring house, because my lord fights the battles of the Lord, and evil is not found in you throughout your days.
Yet a man has risen to pursue you and seek your life, but the life of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living with the Lord your God; and the lives of your enemies He shall sling out, as from the pocket of a sling. And it shall come to pass, when the Lord has done for my lord according to all the good that He has spoken concerning you, and has appointed you ruler over Israel, that this will be no grief to you, nor offense of heart to my lord, either that you have shed blood without cause, or that my lord has avenged himself. But when the Lord has dealt well with my lord, then remember your maidservant.”

David called Abigail’s speech blessed because through it God had kept him from avenging himself with bloodshed. After receiving the provisions from Abigail, David told her to go in peace to her home because he had heeded her words and had respect for her.

1 Samuel 25:32-35 NKJV

“Then David said to Abigail: “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! And blessed is your advice and blessed are you, because you have kept me this day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself with my own hand. For indeed, as the Lord God of Israel lives, who has kept me back from hurting you, unless you had hurried and come to meet me, surely by morning light no males would have been left to Nabal!” So David received from her hand what she had brought him, and said to her, “Go up in peace to your house. See, I have heeded your voice and respected your person.”

Camp Challenge

Peace can be described as the absence of hostility, strife, and disorder. It is also being calm and quiet, free from struggles in your mind and heart. In his writing to the Corinthians, Paul encouraged the believers to live in peace.

2 Corinthians 13:11 NKJV

“Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”

Abigail could have ignored the conflict between Nabal and David’s men, however if she had many people would have suffered. She chose to be a peacemaker. Instead of fighting and living in conflict God wants peace to rule our lives. He wants us to be a peacemaker.

Hebrews 12:14 NKJV

“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord”

Hebrews 12:14 shows us that our relationship with others and our relationship with God are equally important. God wants us to be at peace with others and He wants us to be at peace with Him.

1 Thessalonians 5:13 NKJV

“…Be at peace among yourselves.”

Prayer Points

Ask God to help you be at peace with Him.

Ask God to help you be at peace with others.

Ask God to use you as a peacemaker.

Ask God for strength to be a peacemaker.

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Glorious News – Children’s Booklet

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G.L.O.W. – God Lights Our Way Booklet

Psalm 119:105 NKJV

“Your word is a lamp to my feet

And a light to my path.”

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Thirsting For The Real Thing

Psalm 42:1 NKJV

“As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.”

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Abiding In Christ – Children’s Booklet

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God’s Garden

god's garden

Memory Verse: Psalm 92:12

 

Life Application: I grow when I am in rightstanding with God.

 

Bible Text:

Psalm 92:12

John 15:1-6

Psalm 92:12-15

Deuteronomy 6:5

Deuteronomy 11:1

1 Samuel 15:22

John 14:15

Galatians 5:22-23

Matthew 28:19-20

Ephesians 2:10

 

God’s Garden

God wants us to bear fruit in His garden. The goodness or sweetness of our fruit will depend on how much time we spend with God – in prayer and in His Word.

John 15:1-6 NKJV

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”

We must abide in Christ if we desire to bear fruit. The Bible tells us that the righteous will flourish.

 

Psalm 92:12-15 NKJV

“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing,
To declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”

We are known by our fruit and our fruit will be judged.

Matthew 7:15-20 NKJV

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”

 

Fruit

God wants the fruit of our love toward Him.

We are to love the Lord with everything within us.

Deuteronomy 6:5 NKJV

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

Deuteronomy 11:1 NKJV

“Therefore you shall love the Lord your God, and keep His charge, His statutes, His judgments, and His commandments always.”

God wants the fruit of obedience in our lives.

Obedience is important to God. He tells us in His Word that obeying is better than sacrifices.

 

1 Samuel 15:22 NKJV

“So Samuel said:

“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,

As in obeying the voice of the Lord?

Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice”

Jesus tells us that if we really love Him we will obey His words.

John 14:15 NKJV

“If you love Me, keep My commandments.”

God wants the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.

Believers should have spiritual fruit in their lives.

Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

God wants the fruit of reproduction in our lives.

God wants us to win souls for Christ. As a Christian we should “produce” other Christians.

Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age”

We are instructed to go into all the world and make other disciples (followers of Christ), and we are to teach them to obey God’s commands, laws and words.

 

God wants the fruit of good works and deeds in our lives.

Works and deeds do not save us, however our works and deeds will show what we believe.

Ephesians 2:10 NKJV

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

Review

1. According to Psalm 92:12 the righteous will do what?

 

2. What does righteous mean?

 

3. The goodness or sweetness of our fruit will depend on how much time we ___________ __________ ________ .

 

4. We must ______________ in Christ if we desire to bear fruit.

 

5. We are known by our fruit and our fruit will be ________________.

 
6. A ___________ tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a _________ tree bear good fruit.

 
7. What will happen to a tree that does not bear good fruit?

 

8. We are to love the Lord with _______________________ within us.

 

9. What does Deuteronomy 6:5 mean to you?

 

10. What is obedience?

 

11. What did Samuel mean in 1 Samuel 15:22?

 

12. Jesus tells us that if we really ______________ Him we will obey His words.

 

13. Believers should have spiritual fruit in their lives. List the fruit of the Spirit.

 

14. We are instructed to go into all the world and make other disciples. What are we to teach them?

 

15. “For we are His _________________________, created in Christ Jesus for ____________ ___________, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 NKJV

 

16. What are some good works?

 

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Abiding In Christ

ABIDING IN THE VINE

Memory Verse: John 15:5

 

Life Application: I must abide in Christ to produce fruit.

 

Bible Text:

John 15:5

John 15:4-5

1 John 2:6

John 15:1-2

John 15:6-8

Galatians 5:22

Abide means to dwell, to live or reside in a place. As a believer we must abide in Christ in order to experience normal Christian growth and maturity. If we abide in Christ we will produce (bear) much fruit.

John 15:4-5 NKJV

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

When a person abides in Christ, He is their source of life and strength. They live in Him and that gives them the power to resist Satan. Abiding in Christ is a person’s only source of power and strength. As a Christian abides in Christ they begin to take on His nature – they begin to walk as He walked. They like the things that He liked, they hate the things that He hated, they have the same burdens, desires, love and compassion that He had.

1 John 2:6 NKJV

“He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”

The Gardner

A gardener takes care of his flowers, trees, and plants. He will give them whatever they need in order to thrive and produce good fruit.

* Pruning

A gardener prunes his trees and plants so that they will grow more and produce much fruit. And for the branches that are producing, they are pruned so that they will bear even more fruit.

John 15:1-2 NKJV

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”

God is the Vinedresser (Gardener) and He prunes us so that we will grow more (and stronger) and so that we will produce more fruit in our lives. In our lives there are, and will be, things that God prunes away in order for us to grow closer to Him. These things are not always sin. They can just be things that are a hindrance to our relationship with Him and to our fruit bearing in our lives.

 

* Light

A gardener gives his plants and trees the proper amount of light in order for them to live and grow. God is the Vinedresser (Gardener) and He gave us His Son to be our light. Jesus Christ, is the Light of the World. We need Him in our lives in order to truly live and grow.

 

*Water

A gardener gives his plants and trees water. Without water they would shrivel up and die. Water is essential for their growth. God is the Vinedresser (Gardener) and He gave us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is like water to us. He is the Living Water. We need Him raining down upon and in our lives. We need His presence every day and everywhere.

 

*Nourishment

A gardener ensure that his plants and trees have good soil and nourishment. God is the Vinedresser (Gardener) and He gave us His Word. The Word of God (the Bible) is our nourishment. It is our spiritual food.

Blessings and Dangers Of Not Abiding In Christ

John 15:6-8 NKJV

“If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”

When a believer truly abides in Christ, and His Words abide in them, their prayers will be answered. God will be made known (glorified) by our fruit when we abide in Christ. The world will know that you are a disciple of Christ by your fruit.

 

Galatians 5:22 NKJV

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control.”

A branch that is cut off from the vine will wither and die. The same is true with man. If a person is cut off from the vine (Jesus Christ) they will wither and die also. Eventually they will be cast away from the presence of God.

We Must G.R.O.W.

* G – Go to church. We are instructed to meet with fellow believers. This meeting does not always have to take place in a “church building”. Believers are the body of Christ, they are the Church and you can meet with each other anywhere and at anytime.

* R – Read God’s Word and pray.

* O – Obey God’s Word.

* W – Watch for a way to be a witness.

 

Review

1. What does abide mean?

 

2. Where should believers abide?

 

3. Abiding in Christ is a person’s only source of __________________ and _____________________.

 

4. What does 1 John 2:6 say about abiding in Christ?

 

5. A gardener will give his plants ______________________ they need in order to thrive and produce good fruit.

 

6. Why does a gardener prune his plants and trees?

 

7. Why does pruning take place in our lives?

 

8. Some things are a _______________________ to our relationship with God and to our fruit bearing in our lives.

 

9.. ______________ ___________________, is the Light of the World.

 

10. We need the _____________ _____________ raining down upon and in our lives.

 

11. The _________________ of God is our spiritual food.

 

12. The world will know that you are a disciple of Christ by your _________________.

 

13. If a person is cut off from the vine (Jesus Christ) what will happen?

 

14. Believers are the body of Christ, they are the ________________ and they can meet with each other anywhere and at anytime.

 

 

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Tu B’ Shvat Hagaddah – One Christian’s Perspective

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Tu B’ Shvat Booklet – One Christian’s Perspective

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