Blinded, but Not Blind

I’ve been blinded, both in the dark and in the light, recently. First, I decided to take the back road home after enjoying a day at my daughter’s house. I’d lingered longer than normal, and left later than I usually do. I contemplated driving the hour-and-a-half trip on the freeway since I wouldn’t be able to see the scenery anyway,  but I decided to stick with the country route. It […]

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Into Another Year

I used to scorn printed Christmas letters — until I had six children. Then I realized that writing one letter and making copies of it was the only way I would ever get a letter written to everyone we wanted to send our love to each year. The first letters were filled with stories of the bizarre and endearing things our kids did and said. Then, as my children became better photographers […]

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More than One Day of Christmas

I love Christmas. My daughter-in-law says that, no matter what time of year it is when God finally takes me home to be with Him, the family ought to decorate for the funeral with Christmas decorations. That’s fine with me! When I was young (and even into my college days) I used to cry the night before we had to take down the Christmas tree. Christmas comes and goes so fast, […]

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Giveaway Winner and Faith-Nurturing Gifts

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Yesterday we drew a random winner for our end-of-study giveaway. Our gift certificate goes to Valerie, who said: “We wrap all our our favorite Christmas books and DVD’s – one for each day of December and number them #1, #2, etc. through #24. Then each day the children open up the correct package and we read the loved book or watch the movie together. We cherish our time and reminiscence through the […]

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A Giveaway!

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It’s always fun to wrap up our 30 Day studies with a giveaway. This time we’re giving away a $100 gift certificate — just in time for Christmas giving! Use your prize to buy a beautiful new Inductive Study Bible for someone special, some music for the family, a copy of For Instruction in Righteousness for some busy parents, or anything else your heart desires! Answer one of the questions below for one entry, […]

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Now What?

As we’ve studied 1 Samuel 25, many of you may have learned some new Bible study skills. Now you have a chance to put those to work on your own! Below are some suggestions for continued study. Some of these ideas continue to look at themes and topics from 1 Samuel 25. Others relate to the Christmas season, and some move on to new chapters to study. We’ll never run […]

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Share in the Blessing!

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We’ve finished our study of 1 Samuel 25! This was the thirteenth free, thirty-day Bible study we’ve offered over the past four years. All those studies continue to be available free in the archives of this blog. What a privilege and delight it is to study along with you! Preparing and leading each study pretty much consumes my life for the whole month — from dawn until I can’t see straight at […]

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30 Days in 1 Samuel 25, Day 30: Reflect

We’ve reached the last day of our study! It’s time to review and reflect, but first we’ll take a quick look at the last few verses of the chapter. Assignment: Pray for the Holy Spirit to move in your heart, bringing about change in your thoughts, attitudes, and actions as a result of spending this past few weeks in 1 Samuel 25. Then read 1 Samuel 25:39-45. As you read, watch […]

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30 Days in 1 Samuel 25, Day 29: The Hero of the Story

The story of David, Nabal, and Abigail is quickly coming to a close. First we met the main characters of the story. Then we watched things quickly turn into a crisis when Nabal refuses to help David and David uncharacteristically reacts with plans for murderous revenge. We watched while one lone man turns to Abigail for a solution, and then we observed this remarkable woman move into action and ride […]

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30 Days in 1 Samuel 25, Day 28: Back to Nabal

So what has Nabal been up to all this time — while his wife hurries to save his life? Has he even noticed her absence? While she is gathering food for an army, riding a donkey toward who-knows-what, and appealing to her future king to put aside his murderous plans, what is Nabal doing? He’s getting drunk. The inspired author of this account doesn’t waste much time on Nabal at […]

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