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If there is any source of real lasting life anywhere other than in Jesus the Bread of Life then you should take it. But is there?

Jonathan is one of the unsung heros of the Bible. The way he lived his life is a great example to us in living a visible Christian life and trusting God more than ourselves.

Often times where someone comes from or how they sound alters how we hear them. This was the case for those hearing Jesus. But if you really listen to his words they do deeper than you can image.

Saul was having a very bad day that he just couldn\'t get ahead of. But his very bad day started with a very lacking relationship with Yahweh and a belief in self above God. Thing is, many of us face the same challenges as this doomed king of Israel.

Just how much does Jesus know about you and what does he do with that information? A woman and some Pharisees find out but his response is very different between those who need forgiveness and those who want it.

David was a nothing that God made into the forerunner of Christ. Learn how anyone who is humble and available can be used if he has a relationship with God

How well do you know Jesus, really? Jesus probes some Jews who say they believe but don\'t. Jesus says the truth will set us free, but sometimes we are speaking a different language and so can\'t understand what he is saying at first.

The enemy taunts us to fight on his turf with his weapons. God motivates us to fight for his glory with his weapons. Learn how David\'s example of fighting Goliath can help us face the enemy in our lives.

A blind man who gets sight and insight, and religious leaders who think they understand but are blind! Learn how to cope with the Lord waiting to answer prayers.\r\n

Jealousy is a very potent emotion and we see Saul fall full force into its clutches. It can also affect us as well. We also learn of the loving servanthood that Jonathan shows.

Sheep hear the particular voice of their shepherd. They respond to it and follow him. Jesus is calling. Are you listening?

David faces a dangerous situation but does so by having faith in God, though he was being treated very unfairly. This speaks a lot to us as we face difficulties that are not our fault.

Jesus feels our trials a lot more than we give him credit for. We beg God to answer and when it doesn\'t happen we think we did something wrong or God doesn\'t care. Jesus here reveals a greater purpose for our difficulties.

Both Jonathan and David learn who you can trust and who you can\'t. This is important for David\'s training as Israel\'s next king and important for Christians to learn as well.

God takes David\'s training up a notch, removing all support so he can learn God is his support.

This chapter provides some real contrasts between real and trumped up worship, real belief and real betrayal. It is all a part of preparing Jesus for the cross and preparing us to receive him.

God trains David to be a godly leader through times of running for his life. He learns selfless love and qualities of a king after God\'s heart.

Are you ashamed to be served by Jesus? Be careful how you answer. As Jesus demonstrates what real love is, he also recoils at real betrayal.\r\n

David was presented with a problem: He was to become king and now had the opportunity to make it happen by killing Saul. What he learns gives us some valuable information about timing and agency of God\'s plan in our life.

Jesus\' disciples are more than a little anxious about his declaration that he was going and somewhere they couldn\'t follow yet. He reveals a wonderful promise of hope to all of us who feel this place is not our home either.