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Friday, October 14, 2016

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

Scripture for Sunday
1 Samuel 3:1-10 (ESV)  
Now the young man Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision. [2] At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place.  [3] The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was.  [4] Then the Lord called Samuel, and he said, "Here I am!"  [5] and ran to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." But he said, "I did not call; lie down again." So he went and lay down. [6] And the Lord called again, "Samuel!" and Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." But he said, "I did not call, my son; lie down again."  [7] Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. [8] And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the young man.  [9] Therefore Eli said to Samuel, "Go, lie down, and if he calls you, you shall say, 'Speak, Lord, for your servant hears.' " So Samuel went and lay down in his place. [10] And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" And Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant hears."  

Questions for Reflection
1. How have the relations of children to adults changed since you were a child?
2. What are some examples of a child’s refreshing naiveté about God?
3. How would you characterize Samuel’s relationship to Eli? (3:4-5)
4. What did Samuel assume about the voice he heard in the night? (3:5)
5. How did Eli instruct Samuel to react to the voice he heard? (3:9)
6. What was Israel’s relationship to God at the time of this story?
7. How would you characterize our day and age with regard to people hearing from God?
8. What characteristics of the boy Samuel made him a suitable person to hear from God?

Monday, October 10, 2016

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (10/9/16)

Exodus 32:1-14 (ESV) 
When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, "Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him." [2] So Aaron said to them, "Take off the rings of gold that are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me." [3] So all the people took off the rings of gold that were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. [4] And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden calf. And they said, "These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!" [5] When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made proclamation and said, "Tomorrow shall be a feast to the Lord." [6] And they rose up early the next day and offered burnt offerings and brought peace offerings. And the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.
[7] And the Lord said to Moses, "Go down, for your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves. [8] They have turned aside quickly out of the way that I commanded them. They have made for themselves a golden calf and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it and said, 'These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!' " [9] And the Lord said to Moses, "I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff-necked people. [10] Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them, in order that I may make a great nation of you."
[11] But Moses implored the Lord his God and said, "O Lord, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? [12] Why should the Egyptians say, 'With evil intent did he bring them out, to kill them in the mountains and to consume them from the face of the earth'? Turn from your burning anger and relent from this disaster against your people. [13] Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to whom you swore by your own self, and said to them, 'I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your offspring, and they shall inherit it forever.' " [14] And the Lord relented from the disaster that he had spoken of bringing on his people.

Questions for Reflection

  1. What are some modern-day idols you see people worshiping?
  2. What did Aaron do with all the people’s gold? (32:2-4)
  3. What happened after Aaron built an altar for the golden calf? (32:5-6)
  4. When the Lord saw what had happened, what did He say to Moses? (32:7-10)
  5. How did Moses respond to the Lord’s anger? (32:11-13)
  6. How did the Lord relent His anger? (32:14)
  7. What type of emotions do you think Moses felt when he saw the calf?
  8. Why is it easy to forget what the Lord has done for us?
  9. How was God justified for being angry at the Israelites?
  10.  What are ways that people worship people or things they’ve made instead of Jesus Christ?

Friday, September 30, 2016

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (10/2/16)

Scripture for Sunday
Exodus 12:1-13 (ESV)  
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, [2] "This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you. [3] Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers' houses, a lamb for a household. [4] And if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his nearest neighbor shall take according to the number of persons; according to what each can eat you shall make your count for the lamb. [5] Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, [6] and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight. 
[7] "Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. [8] They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it. [9] Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted, its head with its legs and its inner parts. [10] And you shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. [11] In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord's Passover. [12] For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. [13] The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt. 

Exodus 13:1-8 (ESV)  
The Lord said to Moses, [2] "Consecrate to me all the firstborn. Whatever is the first to open the womb among the people of Israel, both of man and of beast, is mine." [3] Then Moses said to the people, "Remember this day in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of slavery, for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out from this place. No leavened bread shall be eaten. [4] Today, in the month of Abib, you are going out. [5] And when the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he swore to your fathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, you shall keep this service in this month.  [6] Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a feast to the Lord. [7] Unleavened bread shall be eaten for seven days; no leavened bread shall be seen with you, and no leaven shall be seen with you in all your territory.  [8] You shall tell your son on that day, 'It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.'  

Questions for Reflection
1.    What is it like trying to assemble something without an instruction manual?
2.    What happens when people fail to follow instructions?
3.    What was a family to do if their lamb was too big for them to eat? (12:4)
4.    How did God describe what the condition of the lambs must be? (12:5)
5.    What were the Israelites supposed to do with the lambs they got? (12:6-7)
6.    What were God’s instructions about how the Passover meal was to be eaten? (12:8-11)
7.    What did God say He was going to do on the Passover night? (12:12)
8.    Why did Moses tell the people to commemorate the day they left Egypt? (13:3-5)
9.    What were the Israelites to pass along to their children? (13:8)
10. Why did God give the Israelites detailed instructions about celebrating Passover?
11. What has God done to ensure that we know what His instructions are?
12. Why did God want the Israelites to remember how He delivered them?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

October 2016 Newsletter

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October 2016 Newsletter

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Compassion Sunday, October 2nd

You're Invited
 First Presbyterian Church at 201 S 11th Street is hosting a Compassion Sunday on October 2nd at 12:30. This is a national event that helps people grow in their understanding of God’s very special love for the poor. It’s also an opportunity for each of us to intervene in the life of at least one child in poverty.  You are invited to come to our church at 12:30 for a free picnic lunch on the grounds and then learn about the ministry of Compassion International. 

Who is Compassion International?
For more than 60 years God has been working through sponsors and local churches around the world to change the lives of impoverished children throughout the world.  Through Compassion’s child sponsorship program, children are reached on spiritual, physical, economic and social levels—meeting the needs of the whole child. And preparing them to become responsible Christian adults. Our mission is to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name!

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (9/25/16)

Please continue to pray for Jerry Hoggett, he is still in the hospital.

Genesis 45:1-15 (ESV)  
Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him. He cried, "Make everyone go out from me." So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. [2] And he wept aloud, so that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. [3] And Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?" But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence. 
[4] So Joseph said to his brothers, "Come near to me, please." And they came near. And he said, "I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. [5] And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. [6] For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. [7] And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. [8] So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. [9] Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, 'Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; do not tarry. [10] You shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children's children, and your flocks, your herds, and all that you have. [11] There I will provide for you, for there are yet five years of famine to come, so that you and your household, and all that you have, do not come to poverty.' [12] And now your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that it is my mouth that speaks to you. [13] You must tell my father of all my honor in Egypt, and of all that you have seen. Hurry and bring my father down here." [14] Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, and Benjamin wept upon his neck. [15] And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them. After that his brothers talked with him. 

Questions for Reflection
1. Why do families have family reunions?
2. When and why did Joseph finally make himself known to his brothers? (45:1-2)
3. What did Joseph tell his brothers when he revealed who he was? (45:3-13)
4. What did Joseph do after he told his brothers who he was? (45:14-15)
5. When has God used the bad intentions or bad actions of others to bring about good in your life?
6. Why is it hard to forgive someone who has wronged you?
7. Why is it important to forgive others?

Friday, September 16, 2016

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (9/18/16)

Update on Marc Simon:  Marc went in for heart surgery yesterday morning and had a double by-pass.  The doctors say that he is doing fine. i am on my way to San Angelo to see him, he is in Community Hospital.

Genesis 15:1-12 (ESV)  
After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: "Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great." [2] But Abram said, "O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?" [3] And Abram said, "Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir." [4] And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: "This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir." [5] And he brought him outside and said, "Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be." [6] And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness. [7] And he said to him, "I am the Lord who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess." [8] But he said, "O Lord GOD, how am I to know that I shall possess it?" [9] He said to him, "Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon." [10] And he brought him all these, cut them in half, and laid each half over against the other. But he did not cut the birds in half. [11] And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away. [12] As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram. And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him.

Questions for Reflection
1. Why did the Lord tell Abram not to be afraid? (15:1)
2. What promises did God make, and to whom did He make them? (15:1-17:27)
3. What did the Lord promise Abram? (15:4-5)
4. What is the basis of both Abraham’s and our relationship with God?
5. Why is it sometimes hard to trust God?