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(Monday) Judges 7: Military Upset
Why did God send two-thirds of Gideon’s army home (7:3)? What statement was he making?

How were Gideon and the Israelite army like a barley loaf (7:13-15)?

How was Gideon changed by these events (7:15-25)?

How has God proven his strength through human weakness in your life?

Prayer Focus: Faith in God’s sovereignty when things seem impossible

Family Devotional:  Read Judges 7:13-15.  Why are Gideon and the Israelite army considered like a barley loaf?

(Tuesday) Judges 16: Superman’s Flaws
What clues suggest Samson’s spiritual condition at the beginning of the chapter (16:1-4)?

Why do you think Samson revealed the secret of his strength to Delilah (16:15-17)?

How did Samson change after his capture (16:25-30)?

In what ways do you, like Samson, take God’s gifts for granted?

Prayer Focus: Diligence and discipline to use God’s gifts wisely

Family Devotional:  Read Judges 16:15-17.  God gave Samson super strength thru his long hair.  How does God give you strength?

(Wednesday) Ruth 1: Tough Love
How does Ruth’s relationship with Naomi differ from Orpah’s (1:10,14,16-18)?

What are the practical implications of the choice Ruth makes in contrast to the choice Orpah makes?

Naomi and Ruth arrive in Bethlehem at the time of the barley harvest (1:22). What does Ruth’s willingness to be a gleaner tell you about her (2:2)?

What motivates your own loyalty? What loyalties are important to you as a Christian?

Prayer Focus: Being a person of loyalty

Family Devotional:  Ruth 1:15-18.  Ruth was loyal to her mother-in-law Naomi.  What does that mean?  Who are you loyal towards?

(Thursday) 1 Samuel 3: Transition Team
Why do you think Samuel has difficulty discerning God’s voice from Eli’s (3:4-8)?

Why is the attitude “Speak, for your servant is listening” (3:10) so important in order to hear from God?

How does Samuel’s obedience affect his relationship to God and his future ministry (3:19-21)?

What is the greatest obstacle that prevents you from hearing God’s voice?

Prayer Focus: Openness and attentiveness to God’s voice

Family Devotional:  1 Samuel 3:9-10.  What kind of attitude do we need to have to be able to hear God speaking to us?

(Friday) 1 Samuel 16: Tale of Two Kings
Why did Samuel assume that Eliab was the Lord’s anointed (16:6-7; see 17:13)?

Why are outward qualities an unreliable way to judge a person (16:7)?

Why was David an unlikely choice? Why was he also a good choice (16:14-23)?

What sorts of “outward” things do you tend to focus on most in people?

Prayer Focus: An ability, like God, to focus on the heart instead of the outer appearance

Family Devotional:   1 Samuel 16:14-23. Why would God choose someone like David to be king? What is he looking for in our own hearts?