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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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Hannah Never Gave Up Praying

HANNAH NEVER GAVE UP PRAYING

Memory Verse: 1 Samuel 1:10

Life Application: Never give up praying because God hears and answers your prayers.

 

Bible Text:

Psalm 127:3

Luke 1:25

1 Samuel 1:1-2

1 Samuel 1:3

1 Samuel 1:4-6

1 Samuel 1:7-11

1 Samuel 1:12–16

1 Samuel 1:17

1 Samuel 1:18-19

1 Samuel 1:20

1 Samuel 1:21-28

In Israel during Biblical times, children were considered a gift from God. To be childless was considered shameful.

Psalm 127:3 NKJV

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward.”

When a woman finally had a child she felt as though the reproach she had perversely experienced was removed.

Luke 1:25 NKJV

“Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.”

Hannah, one of two wives of Elkanah, had no children, although she had been married for some time. Elkanah other wife, Peninnah, had children.

1 Samuel 1:1-2 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.”

Each year Elkanah family would faithfully go to Shiloh and worship and offer a sacrifice to God. During this time people went to offer sacrifices to God for various reasons.

1 Samuel 1:3 NKJV

“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.”

Hannah was loved very much by her husband, even though she did not have any children. Elkanah treated her very kindly and special. He even gave her a double portion of the offering to give to God.

1 Samuel 1:4-6 NKJV

“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. 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.””

Peninnah teased Hannah year after year because she did not have any children. The teasing hurt Hannah so much it caused her to lose her appetite. Her childlessness affected her whole outlook on life. She could not even see her many blessings, such as God’s goodness in giving her a loving husband.

1 Samuel 1:7-11 NKJV

“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?” 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.”

Hannah cried out to God, asking the Lord to give her a son. She earnestly, specifically, and believingly prayed to Him.

1 Samuel 1:12–16 NKJV

“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!” 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.”

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. She explained to Eli, the priest, that she was not drunk, but praying, because she was very sad.

1 Samuel 1:17 NKJV

“Then Eli answered and said, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him.”

Eli told Hannah to go in peace. He 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 1:18-19 NKJV

“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. 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.”

After speaking to Eli, Hannah was no longer sad or unhappy. She went her way rejoicing, knowing that God had truly heard her prayer. The next day Elkanah and his family returned home.

1 Samuel 1:20 NKJV

“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.”

In time God answered Hannah’s prayer. Hannah had a son and she named him Samuel, which means “Heard by God.” After Samuel was weaned, Hannah took him to the house of God, where he lived and grew up. Hannah praised and thanked God for giving her a son.

1 Samuel 1:21-28 NKJV

“Now the man Elkanah and all his house went up to offer to the Lord the yearly sacrifice and his vow. But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, “Not until the child is weaned; then I will take him, that he may appear before the Lord and remain there forever.” So Elkanah her husband said to her, “Do what seems best to you; wait until you have weaned him. Only let the Lord establish His word.” Then the woman stayed and nursed her son until she had weaned him.
Now when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bulls, one ephah of flour, and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the Lord in Shiloh. And the child was young.
Then they slaughtered a bull, and brought the child to Eli. And she said, “O my lord! As your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood by you here, praying to the Lord. For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. Therefore I also have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the Lord.” So they worshiped the Lord there.”

 

Review

1.We are to never give up ___________________ because God hears and answers your prayers.

2. In Israel during Biblical times, children were considered a _________ ______ _____________.

3. Who were Elkanah two wives?

4. Each year Elkanah’s family would faithfully go to _______________ and worship and offer a sacrifice to God.

5. Hannah was ______________ very much by her husband.

6. How did Elkanah treat Hannah?

 

 

7. How did Peninnah treat Hannah?

 

8. Hannah’s childlessness affected her whole _________________ on life.

9. Hannah earnestly, specifically, and believingly ___________________ to God for a baby.

10. Why did Eli think Hannah was drunk?

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11. After speaking to Eli Hannah left in peace knowing that God would ________________ in the way best for her.

12. God _______________ Hannah by giving her a son and she named him Samuel.

13. What does Samuel mean?

14. What did Hannah do after Samuel was weaned?

 

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Hannah

hannah     Hannah

Memory Verse: 1 Samuel 1:13

Life Application: God hears our silent cries.

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.”

 

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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The Tortoise And The Hare – Keep On Going

tortos and hareThe Tortoise And The Hare – Keep On Going

Theme: Turtle and Rabbit

Memory Verse: Galatians 6:9

Bible Truth: We will be rewarded if we keep going and don’t give up.

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction -What Is Perseverance?

     In Galatians, Paul uses the example of sowing and reaping to teach about perseverance. Perseverance is keeping on though the job is hard or discouraging without complaining or quitting. It is also going through hard times without grumbling or giving up.

Galatians 6:9 NKJV     “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

     God expects us to persevere in all that we go through, both individually and as a group. Sometimes we go through discouraging situations for extended periods of time, but if we don’t give up we will be rewarded. There is a season for everything, but we must wait for it no matter how slow the process seems.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. _________________________________________

2. _________________________________________

4. Memory Verse

Galatians 6:9 NKJV     “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

5. What Is Steadfast?

1 Corinthians 15:58  NKJV     “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

     We must remain steadfast. Steadfast means a firm purpose: loyal and unwavering; firmly fixed; not moving or changing. As a Christian must remain firm and constant in what we believe and be determined in what we do. Our steadfastness will be rewarded, in God’s time – not ours.

6. Game – The Tortoise And The Hare Memory Verse Relay Race

Need: a sign with the memory verse written on it.

Galatians 6:9 NKJV     “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

Divide the group into two teams and have them line up in two rows. At the signal the first person on each team is to hop like a rabbit to the front. Stand up and say the memory verse, then crawl like a tortoise back to their team. The next person on their team will do the same thing. The team that finishes first is the winner.

7. Examples Of Steadfast People

The Bible gives us many examples of people who persevered, even in the face of opposition. Giving up was not on option to them. Noah, Job, Daniel, Joseph, Hannah, Nehemiah, and Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are all wonderful examples of people who remained steadfast in their faith, goals and dreams.

In our Christian walk we must remain steadfast and strive for the goal ahead of us.

Philippians 3:12-14  NKJV     “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended, but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize  of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

8. Game –  Persistence Relay Race

Need:  Two packages of seeds. Write the memory verse on two small pieces of paper and attach them to the packages of seeds and a poster board sign with the word “Persistent” written on it.

Galatians 6:9 NKJV     “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

Divide the group into two teams. Line the two teams up in rows. Give a package of seeds to the first person on each team. At the signal the first person on each team is to run to the sign, say the memory verse, then run back to their team. The next person on the team will do the same thing. The team that finishes first is the winner.

9. Story – “The Story Of Tommy And Harry”

One bright and sunny day Tommy tortoise went for a walk. He enjoyed going for walks and looking at and listening to all the wonderful things that God had created.

After a short period Tommy slowed down to admire some very small flowers growing next to the path. The flowers were so delicate and they had a sweet smell that filtered out into the air.

“Slow poke!” shouted Harry the hare as he came up behind Tommy. “You’re so slow you’re blocking the path.”

“I’m sorry I was in your way, anyway I’m not that slow,” replied Tommy.

“If you got any slower the grass would grow up around you!” teased Harry. Harry was not a nice hare and he enjoyed making fun of others, especially Tommy. “You need to find another path and leave this path to the really fast.”

“You’re not as fast as you think you are,” replied Tommy. He did not like it when Harry made fun of him. It made him feel sad inside. All the sudden Tommy remembered what his Sunday school teacher had read from the Bible last week – “You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength.” Before Tommy realized it he said, “I challenge you to a race! We’ll see who the slowest person is.”

“A race? You mean a race between you and me?” asked Harry. “Even my great-grandmother could go faster than you!”

“Are you afraid I might win?” asked Tommy.

By this time many of the animals in the meadow had come to see what was going on. They looked at Harry with questioning eyes. Was he going to accept Tommy’s challenge or not?

Harry knew what the crowd was thinking and he didn’t want them to think he was afraid of Tommy’s challenge to a race, so he quickly said, “I’m definitely not afraid that you might win! In fact, I know you will lose! Let the race begin!”

Standing close by was Sammy the squirrel who said, “I’ll help you with the race.” After going over the details of the race, the path it would take and where it would end, Sammy lined up Tommy and Harry. It was time for the big race to begin. Sammy held  his handkerchief high in the air. “On your mark, get set, GO!” yelled Sammy, as he brought his handkerchief down to his side.

The race was off. Harry was running as fast as he could go down the path. Tommy was walking his normal slow pace.

Harry looked back over his shoulder and he saw Tommy moving ever so slowly. It did not take long before Harry was way out of sight. Harry continued to run until he came to the farmer’s garden beside the path. When he looked at the garden he immediately thought of all the delicious, crisp vegetables growing in it. Then he remembered the race. “Tommy is so far behind he’ll never catch up,” said Harry to himself. “It would not hurt for me to stop and eat some of these scrumptious vegetables!” The carrots, Harry’s favorite food, were growing on the far side of the garden next to a wonderful shade tree. As fast as he could Harry made his way there. He ate, and ate, and ate. It wasn’t long before Harry began to feel sleepy, probably from eating so many carrots. Once again Harry said to himself, “Tommy is so far behind he’ll never catch up. I think I will take a nap under this shade tree.” As soon as Harry laid down He was fast asleep.

Meanwhile, Tommy continued with the task at hand. Ever so slowly Tommy walk on and on. Each step that Tommy took, no matter how small, brought him closer to the goal. As much as he like the flowers and the things growing along the path, he never stopped nor was he distracted. Even when he passed by other animals that teased him about being slow it did not discourage him or make him want to give up.

Finally, after what seemed like an eternity to Tommy, he could see the finish line up ahead, just past the farmer’s garden. It had been a long day for Tommy as he journeyed toward the finish line. Thoughts of his Sunday school came back to his mind. All the things that the teacher had taught began to have a new meaning for Tommy. “I truly can do all things through Christ who gives me strength,” thought Tommy as he placed his foot over the finished line.

Harry was awakened from his sleep by the sounds of cheering. He jumped up and took off running as fast as his legs could go. As he rapidly approached the finish line his eyes caught a glimpse of Tommy, already there. “Oh no!”

When Harry arrived at the place where Tommy was standing he asked him, “How did you get here before me?”

“By not giving up or stopping.” replied Tommy.

Perseverance is always rewarded. It paid off for Tommy and it will us too.

10. Game – Memory Board Game

The Bible gives us many examples of people who persevered, even in the face of opposition. Giving up was not on option to them. Noah, Job, Daniel, Joseph and Nehemiah are all wonderful examples of people who remained steadfast in their faith, goals and dreams.

Need:  9 note cards with the following written on them.

2 cards with the name Noah written on them, 2 cards with the name Nehemiah written on them, 2 cards with the name Joseph written on them, 2 cards with the name Daniel written on them, and 1 card with the memory verse written on it.

Divide the group up into teams. The teams will take turns turning over two cards. If the cards match they will remove them and earn a point, if they do not match they will turn them back over. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

11. Worship Song  – _______________________________________

12. Challenge And Altar

Each of us must earnestly pursue our goal of heaven. We must persevere no matter how long, slow, hard or alone the journey may seem. In times of discouragement we should not complain or quit. The Holy Spirit will help us to not grumble or giving up, however we must admit that we need help and ask Him.

Revelation 3:10  NKJV     “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on earth.”

     Perseverance is always rewarded. Revelation 3:10 is a wonderful verse because it gives us an extraordinary promise from God. If we obey God’s commandment to persevere we will be greatly rewarded. For those that persevere God will remove them from earth (trough the rapture of the church) before He sends a time of testing to the earth (the Great Tribulation).

Sometimes, as a Christian, we may feel like we are moving at the pace of a turtle while those in the world seem to be moving at the speed of a rabbit. There is a children’s fable that teaches us a very good lesson about perseverance. The story “The Tortoise And The Hare” reminds us that we will be rewarded if we keep going and don’t give up.

Allow the children time to pray.

Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior, making heaven your home?

Are you following after God with all your heart?

Have you, or someone you know, given up on God’s promises?

Are you, or someone you know,  weary, discouraged, or tired?

God has given us the Holy Spirit to help us during these times.

13. Refreshments or a light meal 

14. Crafts

15. Dismissal

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The Silent Cry

The Silent Cry

Memory Verse: 1 Samuel 1:10

Life Application: God has compassion on man’s emotional torment.

 

1 Samuel 1:10-11  NKJV     “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 back to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.’ ”

     Hannah’s desperation before the Lord was misunderstood by Eli. Like Hannah when you begin to cry out in desperation there will be those who misunderstand, and there will be those who do not understand.

1 Samuel 1:12-14  NKJV     “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!’”

     When Eli confronted Hannah concerning what he thought was drunkenness, Hannah responded in a polite and respectful way.

1 Samuel 1:15-16  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 I 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.’”

     The Lord ministered unto Hannah by giving her the desire of her heart, a son.

1 Samuel 1:20  NKJV     “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.’”

     When Hannah went with her husband to take Samuel to the temple, she again ministered unto God by offering up a prayer of praise and thanksgiving to God.

1 Samuel 2:1-10  NKJV     “And Hannah prayed and said: ‘My heart rejoices in the Lord;

My horn is exalted in the Lord. I

smile at my enemies,

Because I rejoice in Your salvation. No one is holy like the Lord,

For there is none besides You,

Nor is there any rock like our God. Talk no more so very proudly; Let no arrogance

come from your mouth,

For the Lord is the God of knowledge; And by Him actions are weighed.

The bows of the mighty men are broken,

And those who stumbled are girded with strength. Those who were full have hired

themselves out for bread,

And the hungry have ceased to hunger. Even the barren has born seven,

And she who has many children has become feeble. The Lord kills and makes alive;

He brings down to the grave and brings

up. The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up. He raises the poor from the dust

And lifts the beggar from the ash heap,

To set them among princes

And make them inherit the throne of glory. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s

And He has set the world upon them. He will guars the feet of the saints,

But the wicked shall be silent in darkness. For by strength no man shall prevail.

The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken in pieces; From heaven He will thunder against them,

The Lord will judge the ends of the earth. He will give strength to the king,

And exalt the horn of His anointed.’ ”

     Hannah’s desperation and worship had birthed ministry to the Lord. Ministry to the Lord will in turn, birth ministry to people.

1 Samuel 2:11  NKJV      “Then Elkanah went to his house at Ramah. But the child ministered to the Lord before Eli the priest.” 

1 Samuel 2:18  NKJV     “But Samuel ministered before the Lord, even as a child, wearing  linen ephod.”

     God again ministered unto Hannah by giving her more children.

1 Samuel 2:21  NKJV     “And the Lord visited Hannah, so that she conceived and bore three more sons and two daughters. Meanwhile the child Samuel grew before the Lord.”

     Even when you feel like you don’t have a word from the Lord (or revelation), you should still be worshipping Him and ministering to Him.

1 Samuel 3:1  NKJV     “Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation.”

     Samuel ministered unto the Lord, and the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel through revelations. Ministry to the Lord then revelation.

1 Samuel  3:21  NKJV     “Then the Lord appeared again in Shiloh. For the Lord

revealed Himself to Samuel in

Shiloh by the word of the Lord.”

     God will reveal Himself to those who minister unto Him in a deeper way. There are things that are inaccessible with human knowledge and wisdom. We need revelation knowledge of God.

Daniel 2:22  NKJV     “He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness,

And light dwells with Him.”

Daniel 5:11-14  NKJV     “There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the Spirit of the Holy God. And in the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, were found in him; and King Nebuchadnezzar your father- your father the king- made him chief of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers. Inasmuch as an excellent spirit, knowledge, understanding, interpreting dreams, solving riddles, and explaining enigmas were found in Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, now let Daniel be called and he will give the interpretation. Then Daniel was brought in before the king. The king spoke, and said to Daniel, ‘Are you that Daniel who is one of the captives from Judah?I have heard of you, that the Spirit of God is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you.’ ”

     The Lord speaks (and shares secret things) to those who fear Him.

Psalm 25:14  NKJV     “The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him.” 

Psalm 111:10  NKJV     “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.”

 Proverbs 1:7  NKJV     “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,

But fools despise wisdom and instructions.”

Proverbs 9:10  NKJV     “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,

And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

     The fear of the Lord is to greatly respect (high regard, honor, esteem, consideration) and reverence the Lord. When you reverence someone you will have a feeling of deep respect mixed with wonder, awe and love.  From the account of Hannah we can see that God can take something bad and bring about something good. Hannah was constantly being teased by Peninnah which made Hannah cry out to God for help. God heard Hannah and answered her prayer by giving her a son. She named the son Samuel and he became a great prophet for God.

Review

1. Read 1 Samuel 1:1-2.  Who were Elkanah’s wives?

2. What did Peninnah have that Hannah didn’t?

3. Read 1 Samuel 1:3-4. Where did the family go each year and what did they do?

4. According to 1 Samuel 1:5, Elkanah ______________ Hannah, although she was unable to have children.

5. Hannah was desperate to have a baby, but her  desperation before the Lord was ________________________ by Eli.

6. When Eli confronted Hannah concerning what he thought was drunkenness how did she respond or react?

7. The Lord ministered unto Hannah by giving her what?

8. When Hannah went with her husband to take Samuel to the temple, she again ministered unto God by offering up a prayer of ______________  and  _________________________  to God.

9. Ministry to the Lord will in turn, birth ministry to ________________.

10. God gave Hannah more ___________________.

11. Even when you feel like you don’t have a word from the Lord (or revelation), you should still be ______________________  Him and ministering to Him.

12. The Lord revealed Himself to Samuel through _____________________.

13. There are things that are inaccessible with human knowledge and wisdom. We need ______________________   ___________________________  of God.

14. The Lord speaks, and shares secret things, to those who what?

15. The fear of the Lord is to greatly _______________ and reverence the Lord.

16. When you reverence someone you will have a feeling of deep respect mixed with wonder, awe and _____________.

17. What is the definition of anguish?

18. Read 1 Samuel 1:6-7. Why was Hannah in anguish?

19. What are some examples of emotional torment or turmoil?

20. What should you do when you are in anguish?

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