Today's reading: 1 Samuel 18:1-16

David's life changes significantly after his slaying of Goliath. He is now in full-time service to Saul, and his success as a warrior is continuing. In fact, David's military accomplishments are so impressive that the people embrace David and publically praise him above Saul. "And the women sang to one another as they celebrated, 'Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands'" (vs. 7). As you might imagine, Saul is extremely unhappy about being in David's shadow, and the next thing we see is a jealous king who wants to get rid of his competition.

What did you notice and learn about jealousy from Saul? David? The women? Tami

His

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Today's reading: Psalm 100:3-5

Verse 3 of Psalm 100 is one of my favorite verses in the psalms because of the message it conveys and the visual it provides of God being our shepherd and us being His sheep.

"Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture."

What does Psalm 100 convey about God's character? What does verse 3 reveal about God's love and care for us? Tami

You Serve

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Today's reading: Psalm 100:1-2

At the beginning of Psalm 100, we're issued the call to "serve the LORD with gladness," with examples of making a joyful noise and singing. But serving with gladness can be demonstrated in many other ways as well--having a grateful heart, a loving attitude, helping others or speaking encouraging words. The list goes on and on.

On a typical day, what does you serving the Lord with gladness look like? What's one thing you can do this week to step up your glad serving? Tami

Representing God

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Today's reading: 1 Samuel 17:38-58

From the moment he arrives on the battle ground, David is an outstanding representative of God. As I started reading our passage, it hit me that David's decision to stand up to and face Goliath truly provides us with a wonderful example as we represent and stand up for Christ in the world today. So I started jotting down the things I noticed from David's example that I could put into practice. Here are a few of the things I came up with:

  • He was confident in God
  • He didn't hesitate
  • He didn't concern himself with comparisons
  • He didn't question the situation
  • He used the tools he was fimilar with
  • He "ran toward the battle"
  • He remained humble
  • He finished strong

What encouraged you the most from David's example? What's one thing you learned from David's example about representing God that you can put into practice? Tami

Change Agent

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The account of David and Goliath is arguably one of the most well-known stories in the Bible. I remember hearing it as a little girl in Sunday school and singing songs about David and his sling and stones. But before we turn to the incredible confrontation between David and Goliath, we're going to spend today looking at the first part of 1 Samuel 17. As I took in the details of the passage, my attention was drawn to how God used David, a young man who wasn't even part of Saul's troops, to be the change agent that a distraught and intimidated Saul and army needed.

Try to picture the scene in your mind. Two opposing large armies with a valley between them had been set up for at least 40 days. BUT... the Philistines have a giant, super warrior named Goliath, who had struck fear in the Israelites through his daily routine of morning and evening taunts and challenges. Then David enters the picture. Arriving on the battle field with food for his brothers, he hears one of Goliath's rants and is immediately moved to action. Unlike those around him, David takes a bold stand for God, reminding and encouraging Saul and his troops that they are the army of the living God (1 Samuel 17:26-36). David then volunteers to take on Goliath, confidently assuring Saul that God will deliver him (1 Samuel 17:37).

What does this passage show about how God often uses the most unlikely people to accomplish His work? Do you see yourself as being God's agent for change? How can you be a change agent for someone who's discouraged, searching for direction, or needing support or a nudge to take action? Tami

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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