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Daily Devotional Meditations and a Biblical Perspective on Current Events

A Study Through 1 Samuel

The Battle and the Victory is the LORD’S (1 Samuel 30)

The Battle and the Victory is the LORD’S (1 Samuel 30)

Scripture reading - 1 Samuel 30 The Destruction of Ziklag (1 Samuel 30:1-6) David and his men lived at Ziklag for sixteen months and prospered amid territory held by the Philistines (1 Samuel 27:8-11). However, tragedy struck that town when David and his men...

Sin Will Rob You of All You Hold Dear (1 Samuel 31)

Sin Will Rob You of All You Hold Dear (1 Samuel 31)

Scripture reading - 1 Samuel 31 Israel’s Defeat and the Deaths of King Saul and His Sons (1 Samuel 31:1-7) 1 Samuel 31 brings us to King Saul's inevitable, inglorious end.  The battle with the Philistines went against Israel, and Saul received word that his sons were...

Integrity is a Rare Virtue (1 Samuel 26)

Integrity is a Rare Virtue (1 Samuel 26)

Scripture reading - 1 Samuel 26 1 Samuel 26 presented David with a second opportunity to kill his enemy, the king of Israel. The first opportunity had risen when Saul unwittingly entered a cave where David and his men had retreated (1 Samuel 24:3-7). On that occasion,...

Faltering Faith (1 Samuel 27)

Faltering Faith (1 Samuel 27)

Scripture reading - 1 Samuel 27 Saul had spoken words of affirmation to David, saying, “Blessed be thou, my son David: thou shalt both do great things, and also shalt still prevail” (1 Samuel 26:25). Yet, David understood the unrelenting, evil character of the king,...

“A Fool, A Beauty, and Matchless Grace” (1 Samuel 25)

“A Fool, A Beauty, and Matchless Grace” (1 Samuel 25)

Scripture reading - 1 Samuel 25 “And Samuel died” (25:1), and with that brief epitaph, one of the great prophets of the Old Testament and a transitional figure in Israel from the era of the Judges to that of the Kings was gone. Samuel was the last of the judges in...

Caution: Revenge straight ahead! (1 Samuel 23; 1 Samuel 24)

Caution: Revenge straight ahead! (1 Samuel 23; 1 Samuel 24)

Scripture reading - 1 Samuel 23-24 Today’s Scripture reading affords us a contrast between the spirits of two men. Saul, the king of Israel, was consumed by envy that festered into a murderous rage. In contrast, David practiced what the apostle Paul exhorted believers...

Popular Devotional Studies

Marriage

Does Character Matter? (2 Chronicles 32; 2 Chronicles 33)

Does Character Matter? (2 Chronicles 32; 2 Chronicles 33)

Scripture reading - 2 Chronicles 32; 2 Chronicles 33 Click on this link to translate this Bible study into Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.  An Introduction to Today’s Study  The question of a leader’s character made headlines...

Prayer

Bible Prophecy: Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream of Four World Empires (Daniel 2)

Bible Prophecy: Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream of Four World Empires (Daniel 2)

Scripture reading - Daniel 2 Click on this link to translate this Bible study into Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German, Spanish, French, or Portuguese. Our study of the Scriptures returns to the Book of Daniel, with a fascinating chapter presenting a future...

Hard Topics

The Party is Over, and No Nation is Insulated from God’s Judgment (Daniel 5; Daniel 6)

The Party is Over, and No Nation is Insulated from God’s Judgment (Daniel 5; Daniel 6)

Scripture reading - Daniel 5; Daniel 6   Click on this link for translations of this Bible study. “HIS Story” Our Scripture reading is Daniel 5 and 6, but today’s devotional will focus solely on Daniel 5. In earlier Bible studies, I observed that the History of the...