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Parents' Corner | October 13, 2019

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Dear Parents, Things were not looking up for David. Saul had tried multiple times to kill him, and he had to flee for his life, leaving behind his good friend Jonathan. But God had appointed David to be king, and God was faithful. Leading up to 2 Samuel 7, Jonathan was killed in battle against the Philistines. Saul fell on his own sword, and David became king ...

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Parents' Corner | October 6, 2019

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Dear Parents, Following David's slaying of Goliath, the Philistine warrior, King Saul's son Jonathan dedicated himself to David. He loved David as much as he loved himself. Jonathan's gifts to Davidhis own robe, tunic, sword, bow, and belt indicated that Jonathan recognized David as God's choice for the next king, a position Jonathan could have rightly expecte...

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Parents' Corner | September 15, 2019

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Dear Parents, By all appearances, Saul was a good choice as king. He was tall, handsome, and blessed by God. But Saul forgot that his kingship was from God. Saul made some mistakes that cost him his throne. In 1 Samuel 13, Saul sinned by burning offerings in Samuel's absence. That moment was an important test for Saul. According to Samuel, the Lord would have...

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Parents' Corner | September 8, 2019

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Dear Parents, Samuel had judged Israel throughout his lifetime, but he was getting old. So Samuel appointed his sons, Joel and Abijah, as judges over Israel. But like many sons, Joel and Abijah did not follow the example of their father. They were unfair and dishonest. They disobeyed God and caused problems for Israel. Until this time, Israel had relied on Go...

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Parents' Corner | September 1, 2019

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Dear Parents, Hannahan ordinary Israelite during the time of the judgeswanted nothing more than to be a mother, but the Lord had closed her womb. (1 Sam. 1:5) Each year when her husband went to Shiloh to worship and to sacrifice to God, Hannah went up to the house of the Lord. One evening, Hannah returned to present herself to the Lord. She wept and prayed, asking...

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Parents' Corner | August 25, 2019

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Dear Parents, Only two books in the Old Testament bear the name of a woman: Ruth and Esther. Ruth's story occurs at the time when judges ruled over Israel. God's people were characterized by rebellion and immorality. At a time when the Israelites desperately needed a king to lead them back to God, Ruth's story of faithfulness points us to Jesus Christ, a coming Re...

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Parents' Corner | August 18, 2019

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Dear Parents, Samson was the last of the major judges of Israel. He was born to parents who dedicated him to the Lord as a Nazirite after the Angel of the Lord announced that Samson would be born to save the Israelites from the power of the Philistines. Samson grew up, and God blessed him with great strength. But when Samson requested to marry a Philistine woman, ...

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Parents' Corner | August 11, 2019

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Dear Parents, Judges 6 starts out in a familiar way: "The Israelites did what was evil in the sight of the Lord." The period of Judges was not a good time for the Israelites. Their cycle of sin, bondage, deliverance, and peace clearly showed they had not learned from their past mistakes. The Israelites were oppressed by the Midianites, and they cried out to God f...

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Parents' Corner | August 4, 2019

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Dear Parents, The time of the judges continued after the death of Ehud. The Israelites fell into a continuous cycle of sin, bondage, deliverance, and peace. The people of Israel were oppressed by the king of Canaan. At this time, Deborah was the judge of Israel. Deborah sent for Barak and encouraged him to take up an army and fight the army of Canaan and its leade...

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Parents' Corner | July 28, 2019

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Dear Parents, Following Joshua's death, the Israelites were without a leader. They fell into a cycle of sin that can be seen during each reign of the judges. The cycle is marked by an A-B-C-D-E pattern. Let's look at the first judge, Othniel, to see this pattern. First, the people fell into Apostasy. They turned away from God and served other gods. (Judg. 3:7) Ne...

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