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Friday, March 17, 2017

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (3/19/17)

There will be a meet and greet with Dr. Udderback on Sunday, March 19th, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM at our church sponsored by the Kimble Hospital Foundation.

Scripture for Sunday
Luke 15:1-10 (ESV)  
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. [2] And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them." [3] So he told them this parable: [4] "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? [5] And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. [6] And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.' [7] Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. 
[8] "Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? [9] And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.' [10] Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents." 

Questions for Reflection
1. What comes to mind when you hear the word “sinner”?
2. What does a conscientious shepherd do when one of the flock is lost? (15:4)
3. What happens when a shepherd returns to his home and flock after finding a lost sheep? (15:6)
4. How does heaven react when a sinner repents? (15:7)
5. How might the one sheep have gotten lost?
6. In what ways do we go astray?

Friday, March 10, 2017

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (3/12/17)

Daylight Savings time begins.  Don't forget to set your clocks forward one hour Saturday night. 

Scripture
Luke 13:1-9 (ESV)  
There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. [2] And he answered them, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? [3] No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. [4] Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? [5] No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish." 
[6] And he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. [7] And he said to the vinedresser, 'Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?' [8] And he answered him, 'Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. [9] Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.' " 

Questions for Reflection
1. When was a time you felt that God was letting you suffer because you had sinned?
2. What did Jesus hear about a group of Galileans? (13:1)
3. What explanation for the tragedy did Jesus propose? (13:2)
4. What were Jesus’ listeners to learn from the two stories? (13:3-5)
5. What does it mean to “bear fruit”?
6. Why do we often assume that people suffer because they are uniquely bad?
7. What people or groups of people do we sometimes blame for their suffering?
8. What can we do to keep from judging people by their circumstances?
9. What second chances have you been given?
10. What can we learn from this parable?
11. What does God want us to do?

Friday, March 3, 2017

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (3/5/17)

Men's Breakfast Saturday morning 8 AM. Coffee will be on at 6:30 so come early to visit and bring a friend.

On Sunday, we will be taking up a special offering to help with the medical bills of Sarah Rotge

Sunday, we will be celebrating the Baptism of Poppi Mae Stapp and Danielle Carrli Johnson. After worship we will have a covered dish luncheon. Please bring a dish to share. 

Scripture for Sunday
Luke 10:25-42 (ESV)  
    And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" [26] He said to him, "What is written in the Law? How do you read it?" [27] And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." [28] And he said to him, "You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live."
    [29] But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" [30] Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. [31] Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. [32] So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. [33] But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. [34] He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. [35] And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.' [36] Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" [37] He said, "The one who showed him mercy." And Jesus said to him, "You go, and do likewise."
    [38] Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. [39] And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. [40] But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me." [41] But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, [42] but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her."

Questions for Reflection
1. When has someone gone out of his or her way to help you?
2. How did Jesus reply to the question, “Who is my neighbor?” (10:30-35)
3. What did the priest and the Levite do to help the man who was robbed and beaten? (10:31-32)
4. What was the Samaritan’s response to what he saw? (10:33-35)
5. Why did the Samaritan help the beaten man? (10:33)
6. What relationship did Jesus use to characterize the Samaritan’s behavior? (10:36)
7. How did the legal expert define the neighbor in the parable? (10:37)
8. What did Jesus command the expert to do in response to the parable? (10:37)
9. What natural inclinations make it easier for you to act like the priest and the Levite than like the Samaritan?
10. How practical was the Samaritan’s approach to the man in need?
11. How does it feel when someone has mercy on you?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (2/26/17)

Sunday after church we will have a pancake lunch.  Please bring a breakfast dish to share. 

Scripture
Luke 9:28-45 (ESV)  
Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. [29] And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. [30] And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, [31] who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. [32] Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. [33] And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah"— not knowing what he said. [34] As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. [35] And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!" [36] And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen. 
[37] On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. [38] And behold, a man from the crowd cried out, "Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. [39] And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out. It convulses him so that he foams at the mouth; and shatters him, and will hardly leave him. [40] And I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not." [41] Jesus answered, "O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here." [42] While he was coming, the demon threw him to the ground and convulsed him. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. [43] And all were astonished at the majesty of God.
But while they were all marveling at everything he was doing, Jesus said to his disciples, [44] "Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men." [45] But they did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from them, so that they might not perceive it. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying. 

Questions for Reflection
1. What special events in your life do wish could have lasted forever?
2. What happened to Jesus while He was praying? (9:29)
3. How did Peter react to the amazing scene? (9:33)
4. How did the disciples handle their experience? (9:36)
5. In describing Peter’s suggestion about the shelters, why did Luke say, “He did not know what he was saying”?
6. Why do you think the disciples told no one what they had seen that day?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (2/19/17)

Scripture for Sunday
Luke 7:36-50 (ESV)  
One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house and took his place at the table. [37] And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, [38] and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. [39] Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner." [40] And Jesus answering said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." And he answered, "Say it, Teacher." 

[41] "A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. [42] When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?" [43] Simon answered, "The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt." And he said to him, "You have judged rightly." [44] Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. [45] You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. [46] You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. [47] Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little." [48] And he said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." [49] Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, "Who is this, who even forgives sins?" [50] And he said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

Questions for Reflection
1. What limits do most people place on hospitality?
2. What did the Pharisee say about what the woman did? (7:39)
3. What did Jesus think of Simon’s hospitality? (7:44-46)
4. How did the other guests react to Jesus’ forgiveness of the woman? (7:49)
5. When have you ever felt like Simon or the other guests when confronted with a person of questionable morals?
6. What are the limits of Jesus’ compassion toward us?
7. What people do you want to view more with Jesus’ eyes?

Monday, February 13, 2017

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (2/12/17)

Scripture
Luke 7:18-35 (ESV)  
The disciples of John reported all these things to him. And John, [19] calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord, saying, "Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?" [20] And when the men had come to him, they said, "John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, 'Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?' " [21] In that hour he healed many people of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and on many who were blind he bestowed sight. [22] And he answered them, "Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, b the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them. [23] And blessed is the one who is not offended by me." 
[24] When John's messengers had gone, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? f A reed shaken by the wind? [25] What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who are dressed in splendid clothing and live in luxury are in kings' courts. [26] What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. [27] This is he of whom it is written,
    " 'Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
        who will prepare your way before you.'
[28] I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he." [29] ( When all the people heard this, and the tax collectors too, they declared God just, having been baptized with the baptism of John, [30] but the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the purpose of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.) [31] "To what then shall I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? [32] They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another,
    " 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
        we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.'
[33] For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, 'He has a demon.' [34] The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, 'Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' [35] Yet wisdom is justified by all her children." 

Questions for Reflection
1. In your opinion, what causes most people to doubt?
2. For what two questions did John want answers? (7:19)
3. How did Jesus answer the visitors’ questions? (7:21-22)
4. In what ways can you relate to John the Baptist in this passage?
5. Why didn’t Jesus condemn John’s doubts?
6. How can a person cultivate the wisdom and expectant response described by Jesus?
7. What opportunities might you have in the next few days to express your beliefs, as well as your doubts?

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (2/5/17)

Announcements

  • Men's Breakfast Saturday morning 8 AM. Coffee will be on at 6:30 so come early to visit and bring a friend.
  • From Rene Weitz:  They released Doyle to come home.  Now starts the process of therapy for many months to come. Please continue to keep him in your prayers during this challenging time. We can't thank everyone enough for all your love, support and prayers.
  • On Saturday February 11th we will be moving the food bank to the Northside Church of Christ building. We will meet at the First United Methodist Church at 10:00 AM. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

Scripture for Sunday
Luke 7:1-17 (ESV)  
After he had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. [2] Now a centurion had a servant who was sick and at the point of death, who was highly valued by him. [3] When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant. [4] And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, "He is worthy to have you do this for him, [5] for he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us our synagogue." [6] And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, "Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. [7] Therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed. [8] For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." [9] When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, "I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith." [10] And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the servant well. 
[11] Soon afterward he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. [12] As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. [13] And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep." [14] Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, "Young man, I say to you, arise." [15] And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. [16] Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and "God has visited his people!" [17] And this report about him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country. 

Questions for Reflection
1. When you hear the word “authority,” who first comes to mind?
2. When have you been amazed by someone else’s faith?
3. From whom have you learned the greatest part of your understanding of faith?
4. What different character qualities were demonstrated by the centurion? (7:3-8)
5. What message did the centurion send when he discovered Jesus was actually coming to his house? (7:6-8)
6. What characteristics of the centurion’s attitude and request would be helpful to remember when we ask God for help?
7. Why is it difficult for us to be as dependent on God as the centurion was?
8. How could you affirm the faith of someone who has been an example to you?