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1 Samuel Chapters 17 and 18

by Linda Claassen Mitchell 1 Samuel 17 & 18 Day 1 When faced with a giant... 1 Samuel 17:1-11 (IEB): "The Philistines gathered their armies for a battle (this happened about 27 years after their defeat at Michmash) (1 Samuel 13-14). They met at Socoh (about 15 miles west of Bethlehem) in the territory of Judah. Their camp was at Ephes-Dammim (about 4 miles northeast of Socoh) between Socoh and Azekah. Saul and the Israelites gathered in the Valley of Elah (between Socoh and Azekah, along the Es-Sunt Wadi) and they camped there. They drew up their battle-lines…

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1 Samuel Chapters 15 and 16

by Linda Claassen Mitchell When enough is enough: Day 1 I Samuel 15:2 (IEB) Samuel says to Saul: "This is what Yahweh of the armies of heaven says: When the Israelites came up out of Egypt, the Amalekites (b) tried to block their way to Canaan.(c) I will punish the Amalekites for what they did." Following the footnotes: (b) They were Bedouin nomads who had descended from Esau and lived mostly in the Negev. See Genesis 36:12,16. Genesis 36:12,16 (IEB): "12) Eliphaz (Esau's son) also had a concubine - Timna. She gave birth to Amalek for Eliphaz. These…

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Christ Fulfilled Prophesies Of Messiah

by Linda Claassen Mitchell Isaiah 49:1-6 - How Christ fulfilled the Prophesies of the Messiah - Day 1 Isaiah 49:1-6 (IEB): "1) The Messiah says: 'All of you people in distant places, listen to me. Listen carefully, all you ethnic groups from afar. (i) Before I was born, Yahweh called me to serve Him. Yahweh named me while I was still inside my mother's body. (j) 2) Yahweh made my tongue to be like a sharp sword. (k) He hid me in the shadow of His hand. (l) Yahweh made me to be like a sharp arrow. (m)…

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1 Samuel Chapters 1 and 2

by Linda Claassen Mitchell 1 Samuel: 1 & 2 Hannah prays to have a son - Day 1 For the past week I have been studying the scriptures about prayer. One thing that keeps coming up is the need to keep a right relationship with God, keeping His commands. Today I am reading in 1 Samuel using the IEB and following the footnotes as I go. The IEB introduction to 1 Samuel indicates that 1st and 2nd Samuel with 1st and 2nd Kings form one continuous story about total dedication toward God. "Samuel (which means 'heard by God')…

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How To Pray

by Linda Claassen Mitchell Seeking God's Approval in Prayer - Day 1 Today I am looking at the topic of prayer. I'm starting in Matthew Chapter 6, where Jesus is teaching his disciples about seeking God's approval, and how to pray. Matthew 6:1-4 (IEB): Jesus talks about doing good works. He says not to draw attention to what you are doing, because the attention you get will be your only reward. (1)... "If you do that, then you will not receive a reward from your Father who is in heaven." Instead do your good works in secret. (4)..."Your…

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Christian Education

by Dr. E. Claude Gardner Education coupled with Bible teaching has been vital to the success of all efforts to truly get back to the Bible. Col. 1:18 -- “Christ is the Head of the body, the people called out by God. Christ is the Beginning, the Source―the first one to rise from death so that he could be first in everything.” (quoted from the International English Bible) Luke 2:52 -- “Jesus grew taller and continued to learn more and more. People liked him, and he pleased God.” (from the IEB) It is reasonable and right to call…

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An Old Testament Restoration

by George E. Goldman The concept of restoration is not new. The theme is a familiar one, but it is proper to be constantly reminded of its Biblical basis. The theme of restoration is contained in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. It is a valid principle because it is taught throughout God's Word. The restoration of man is an all-important, Biblical subject. The Restoration Principle from the Days of Adam and Eve Before sin entered the world, Adam and Eve needed no restoration. They were living in harmony with God's will. They were in a…

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Faith In Jesus As Messiah

by Linda Claassen Mitchell Faith in Jesus as the Messiah is secure and reasonable - Day 1 Today I am looking at Hebrews 1:1-5 using the IEB Study Bible, following the footnotes as I go. The Introduction indicates this letter was written to the Jewish believers to reassure them that their faith in Jesus as Messiah was secure and reasonable. Hebrews 1:1-2 (IEB): "Long ago, God used the prophets to speak to our ancestors many times and in many ways. But during these last times, God used His Son to speak to us. God appointed him to inherit…

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