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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?

Friday, January 27, 2017

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (1/29/17)

Doyle Weitz was in a car wreck this morning and was airlifted to San Antonio. Please keep him in your prayers.

Scripture for Sunday
Luke 6:1-11 (ESV)  
On a Sabbath, while he was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked and ate some heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands. [2] But some of the Pharisees said, "Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?" [3] And Jesus answered them, "Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: [4] how he entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those with him?" [5] And he said to them, "The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath." [6] On another Sabbath, he entered the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was withered. [7] And the scribes and the Pharisees watched him, to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath, so that they might find a reason to accuse him. [8] But he knew their thoughts, and he said to the man with the withered hand, "Come and stand here." And he rose and stood there. [9] And Jesus said to them, "I ask you, is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it?" [10] And after looking around at them all he said to him, "Stretch out your hand." And he did so, and his hand was restored. [11] But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus. 

Questions for Reflection
1. What is your idea of a truly restful day?
2. What does the word “Sabbath” mean to you?
3. What were the disciples accused of doing when they picked the grain? (6:2)
4. Why were the teachers of the law watching Jesus closely? (6:7)
5. Why were the Pharisees and teachers angry at Jesus? (6:7, 11)
6. Why did Jesus heal on the Sabbath?
7. In these incidents, whose actions were really “Sabbath-keeping”?
8. Why is it important for us to take time off from work to rest?

Monday, January 16, 2017

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (1/15/17)

Tuesday, Jan 17th - Session at 5:30 PM moderated by Laurie.

Saturday, Jan 28th - Session training and visioning 9:00 AM at the McMillan river place.

Scripture for Sunday
Luke 4:16-30 (ESV)
    And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read.  [17] And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
    [18] "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
        because he has anointed me
            to proclaim good news to the poor.
    He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
        and recovering of sight to the blind,
            to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
    [19] to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
    [20] And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.  [21] And he began to say to them, "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."  [22] And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, "Is not this Joseph's son?"  [23] And he said to them, "Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, 'Physician, heal yourself.' What we have heard you did at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well."  [24] And he said, "Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown.  [25] But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land,  [26] and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.  [27] And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian."  [28] When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath.  [29] And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff.  [30] But passing through their midst, he went away.

Questions for Reflection
What are some of the best things that happen when a person comes back home after being away at school or in the service?
What does the old saying mean, “You can never go home again”?
How did the audience respond to Jesus’ reading? (4:20)
What were the main points of Jesus’ words to the people in His hometown? (4:23-27)
Why were the people angry with what Jesus said? (4:23-29)
What did Jesus know firsthand about rejection?
To what extent will people go to avoid hearing the truth about themselves?
Why do we sometimes try to avoid facing the truth about ourselves?

Monday, January 9, 2017

Scripture & Question for Sunday (1/8/17)

Prayer Concerns:  Jean Blaylock is home recovering from her hip surgery but has developed shingles. Please keep her in your prayers.

Scripture for Sunday
Luke 3:1-22 (ESV)  
    In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, [2] during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness.  [3] And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  [4] As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,
    "The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
    Prepare the way of the Lord,
        make his paths straight.
    [5] Every valley shall be filled,
         and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
    and the crooked shall become straight,
        and the rough places shall become level ways,
    [6] and all flesh shall see the salvation of God."
    [7] He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? [8] Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham.  [9] Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire."
    [10] And the crowds asked him, "What then shall we do?" [11] And he answered them, "Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise." [12] Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, "Teacher, what shall we do?" [13] And he said to them, "Collect no more than you are authorized to do." [14] Soldiers also asked him, "And we, what shall we do?" And he said to them, "Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages."
    [15] As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, [16] John answered them all, saying, "I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.  [17] His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."
    [18] So with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people. [19] But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Herodias, his brother's wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done, [20] added this to them all, that he locked up John in prison.
    [21] Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, [22] and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased."

Questions for Reflection
1. What attitude did John warn the people not to have? Why? (3:8-9)
2. How did people react to John’s message? (3:10)
3. What advice did John give those in the crowd who wanted to respond to his message? (3:11)
4. What practical examples of repentance did John use to help people who asked for direction? (3:11-14)
5. What title were the people beginning to give John? (3:15)
6. What was John’s response to those who thought he might be the Messiah? (3:16)
7. How did John explain his phrase, “Produce fruit in keeping with righteousness”? (3:8, 11-14)
8. When we are confronted with a call to repent, why do we tend to accept or reject the invitation strongly?