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Friday, December 2, 2016

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (12/4/16)

  • Men's Breakfast Saturday morning 8 AM. Coffee will be on at 6:30 so come early to visit and bring a friend.
  • Kimble County Youth Show is Saturday, Dec 3.
  • Sunday Morning there will be a dress rehearsal for the Christmas play. Please have your children there by 9:30 AM. 

Isaiah 11:1-10 (ESV)  
    There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
        and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
    [2] And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
        the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
        the Spirit of counsel and might,
        the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
    [3] And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
    He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
        or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
    [4] but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
        and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
    and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
        and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
    [5] Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
        and faithfulness the belt of his loins.
    [6] The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
        and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
    and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
        and a little child shall lead them.
    [7] The cow and the bear shall graze;
        their young shall lie down together;
        and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
    [8] The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra,
        and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den.
    [9] They shall not hurt or destroy
        in all my holy mountain;
    for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
        as the waters cover the sea.
     [10] In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.

Questions for Reflection
1. What visual image do you associate with the concept of peace?
2. Using the image of a tree cut down to a stump, what did Isaiah predict for Judah? (11:1)
3. What qualities did Isaiah ascribe to the Branch of Jesse? (11:2-5)
4. What things would characterize the unique One? (11:3-4)
5. What unlikely scenarios from nature were used by Isaiah to illustrate God’s peace? (11:6-8)
6. What image is used to describe the earth? When? (11:9)
7. What honors did Isaiah bestow upon the Root of Jesse? (11:10)
8. In what ways do you think Isaiah’s description of Messiah impressed the people to whom he was speaking?
9. What do you think it would be like to live in a world where even the animal kingdom was free of conflict?

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (11/20/16)

Psalm 100:1-5 (ESV)
    A Psalm for giving thanks.
    Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
        [2]  Serve the Lord with gladness!
         Come into his presence with singing!
    [3] 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.
    [4] Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
        and his courts with praise!
        Give thanks to him; bless his name!
    [5] For the Lord is good;
        his steadfast love endures forever,
        and his faithfulness to all generations.

Questions for Reflection

  1. When do you feel like shouting for joy or singing?
  2. When (in what situations or for what acts) do you expect a thank you or acknowledgment of a favor you’ve done?
  3. How does the psalm writer describe the relationship God has with His followers? (100:3)
  4. How should a person enter God’s house? (100:4)
  5. How does God demonstrate His goodness to the world? (100:5)
  6. What message comes through most clearly to you in this psalm?

Friday, November 11, 2016

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (11/13/16)

Movie Night! Tomorrow at 6:30 PM.  Come to the fellowship hall to watch God's Not Dead 2.

Session Meeting on Tuesday at 5:30 PM.

Hanging of the Greens and Chili lunch Sunday, November 20th following Morning Worship.

Scripture for Sunday
Isaiah 6:1-8 (ESV)  
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.  [2] Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.  [3] And one called to another and said:
    "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
    the whole earth is full of his glory!"
[4] And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.  [5] And I said: "Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!" [6] Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar.  [7] And he touched my mouth and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.  [8] And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me."  

Questions for Reflection
1. When have you tried hard to communicate something important to an unresponsive audience?
2. How did Isaiah see himself once he had been exposed to God’s glory? (6:5)
3. What provision was made for Isaiah’s guilt in the presence of a holy God? (6:6-7)
4. How did Isaiah respond to God’s call? (6:8)
5. Why is it almost impossible, or intolerable, for a human being to stand before a holy God?
6. What could have motivated Isaiah to volunteer to be God’s messenger?
7. How can we follow Isaiah’s example of availability to God?

Friday, November 4, 2016

November 2016 Newsletter

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November 2016 Newsletter

Have a great day!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Upcoming Events

This Sunday, Laurie will be preaching from the book of Jonah.  The book is not long, you might consider reading it before Sunday.

Saturday is Men's Breakfast 8:00 AM.

Sunday during Sunday School the children and youth will begin practicing for our annual Christmas Play. The play is scheduled for Sunday December 18th.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (10/30/16)

We will have a congregational meeting Sunday November 6th to elect a nominating committee who will nominate elders for the class of 2019.

1 Kings 17:8-24 (ESV)  
Then the word of the Lord came to him,  [9] "Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you."  [10] So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, "Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink."  [11] And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, "Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand."  [12] And she said, "As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die."  [13] And Elijah said to her, "Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son.  [14] For thus says the Lord the God of Israel, 'The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain upon the earth.' "  [15] And she went and did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days.  [16] The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah. 
[17] After this the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became ill. And his illness was so severe that there was no breath left in him.  [18] And she said to Elijah, "What have you against me, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance and to cause the death of my son!"  [19] And he said to her, "Give me your son." And he took him from her arms and carried him up into the upper chamber where he lodged, and laid him on his own bed.  [20] And he cried to the Lord, "O Lord my God, have you brought calamity even upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by killing her son?"  [21] Then he stretched himself upon the child three times and cried to the Lord, "O Lord my God, let this child's life come into him again."  [22] And the Lord listened to the voice of Elijah. And the life of the child came into him again, and he revived.  [23] And Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper chamber into the house and delivered him to his mother. And Elijah said, "See, your son lives."  [24] And the woman said to Elijah, "Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth." 

Questions for Reflection
1. What two requests did Elijah make of the widow at Zarephath? (17:10-11)
2. What did the widow consider inevitable for herself and her son during the drought in Israel? (17:12)
3. What step did Elijah ask the widow to take in faith? (17:13)
4. What was unusual about the ways God chose to provide for Elijah during the drought?
5. What kind of faith is required for living with just enough for each day and no more?
6. How would the miracle of the flour and oil have appeared to the widow in retrospect if her son had died?
7. In what way do you find it easy or difficult to obey God when you don’t know what the outcome will be?
8. In what peculiar but sufficient ways is God meeting your needs today?

Monday, October 24, 2016

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (10/16/16)

Scripture for Sunday
2 Samuel 7:1-17 (ESV)  
Now when the king lived in his house and the Lord had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies, [2] the king said to Nathan the prophet, "See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent." [3] And Nathan said to the king, "Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you." [4] But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, [5] "Go and tell my servant David, 'Thus says the Lord: Would you build me a house to dwell in? [6] I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling. [7] In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, "Why have you not built me a house of cedar?" ' [8] Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, 'Thus says the Lord of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel. [9] And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. [10] And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, [11] from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel. And I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. [12] When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. [13] He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. [14] I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, [15] but my steadfast love will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. [16] And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.' " [17] In accordance with all these words, and in accordance with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David. 

Questions for Reflection
1. In what way do you think church buildings should reflect our humility? our esteem for God?
2. What contrast bothered David after he was well established in Jerusalem? (7:1-2)
3. What was Nathan’s initial reaction to David’s instinct to build a house for the ark of God? (7:3)
4. According to the word Nathan received from the Lord, how did God feel about the fact that no permanent house of worship had been built? (7:5-7)
5. Initially, did David’s concern for the house of God sound pious or presumptuous?
6. Why is it significant that Nathan heard from God immediately after he had spoken with David?
7. What is the most reassuring aspect of God’s covenant with the house of David?
8. What is the most important “temple” you can offer to God, and what is one thing you can do to offer it?