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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (7/27/14)

Don't forget the end of Vacation Bible School dinner Friday night at 6:00 pm. Come and enjoy hamburgers, hot-dogs and good fellowship. If you would like to bring something please bring a desert or salad to share.

Romans 8:26-39 (ESV)  
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. [27] And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. [28] And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. [29] For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. [30] And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. 
[31] What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? [32] He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? [33] Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. [34] Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised— who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. [35] Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  [36] As it is written,
    "For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
        we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered."
[37] No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. [38] For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, [39] nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Questions for Reflection

  1. What type of sacrifices do people commonly make for the sake of a future reward?
  2. How did Paul describe the difference between his present and his future? (8:18)
  3. What is the world waiting to see? (8:19)
  4. For what reason has the world been forced to wait? (8:20-21)
  5. To what human experience did Paul compare his waiting? (8:22-23)
  6. For what are the children of God waiting? (8:23)
  7. What is and is not genuine hope? (8:24-25)
  8. In what ways do Christians live in glorious freedom?
  9. What frustrations do Christians feel as they wait for Christ to return?
  10. What do we learn about God’s love for us when we realize that the Holy Spirit helps us even when we cannot pray?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (7/13/14)

Rev. Ronald (Ron) Guinn of Austin TX, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Our sympathies go out to his wife Ann, and family during this difficult time. Condolences may be sent to his wife at the address listed below. 

Celebration of Life Service ~ Saturday, July 26, 2014 ~ 2:00 PM
Longhorn Village
12501 Longhorn Village Drive
Austin, TX 78732

Ann Guinn
521 Vaughn Cove
Austin, TX 78732

Romans 8:1-11 (ESV)  
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. [2] For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. [3] For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, [4] in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. [5] For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. [6] To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. [7] For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. [8] Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 
[9] You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. [10] But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. [11] If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. 

Questions for Reflection

  1. What impact can a good father or a bad father have on a person’s life?
  2. What is the status of a person who trusts in Jesus Christ? (8:1)
  3. How is a person set free from the law of sin and death? (8:2)
  4. What did God do that the Law was powerless to do? (8:3-5)
  5. What is the difference between those who live according to their sinful nature and those who live according to the Spirit? (8:5-8)
  6. How can a person know if he or she is controlled by the sinful nature or by the Spirit? (8:9)
  7. What promise is given to people living in the Spirit? (8:11)
  8. What feelings of condemnation and rejection may Christians feel?
  9. In what ways does knowing Christ set us free?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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Scripture & Questions for Sunday (6/8/14)

Acts 2:1-13 (ESV)  
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. [2] And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. [3] And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. [4] And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. 
[5] Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. [6] And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. [7] And they were amazed and astonished, saying, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? [8] And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? [9] Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, [10] Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, [11] both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God." [12] And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?"  [13] But others mocking said, "They are filled with new wine."

Questions for Reflection

  1. Where did a violent wind come from? (2:2)
  2. What was the importance of the wind and fire? (2:2-4)
  3. When the Holy Spirit filled the believers, what did they do? (2:4)
  4. How did the God-fearing Jews visiting Jerusalem react when they heard Christians speaking their languages? (2:6-11)
  5. Why is the coming of the Spirit associated with wind, fire, and different languages?
  6. What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit?
  7. How does God use us to witness to others?
  8. When has God enabled you to do something that you didn’t think you could do?
  9. How could your church benefit from greater sensitivity to the Holy Spirit?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (6/1/14)

Acts 1:1-12 (ESV)
In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach,  [2] until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.
[3] To them he presented himself alive after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.
[4] And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, "you heard from me;  [5] for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." 
[6] So when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?"  [7] He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.  [8] But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witactnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."  [9] And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.  [10] And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes,  [11] and said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven." 
[12] Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away.  

Questions for Reflection

  1. What specific commands did Jesus give the apostles? (1:4)
  2. What gift did Jesus promise to the apostles? (1:4-5)
  3. What did the apostles misunderstand? (1:6)
  4. How did Jesus answer the apostles’ question? (1:7-8)
  5. What task did Jesus assign the apostles? (1:8)
  6. After His resurrection, Jesus spent some forty days with His disciples; how do you think they felt about this time with Him?
  7. How do we know when the Holy Spirit is at work in our lives?
  8. What specific means (abilities, opportunities, relationships) has God given you to carry out the task of being His witness?

Friday, May 23, 2014

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (5/25/14)

Adelaide Copeland passed away around noon Wednesday at Kimble Hospital. Since Adelaide’s family members all live in the country, the home of Larry and Sarah Harrison will be the “base” for visitation, food, etc. The address is 402 W. Pine, north corner of W. Pine and Bluebonnet......with a driveway that cuts across the corner. Anyone needing directions may call 830-459-7766  or 446-3448.  

Funeral arrangements:
Friday 6 to 8 PM family visitation at Kimble Funeral Home
Saturday 2 PM funeral service at Kimble Funeral Home

John 15:9-17 (ESV)  
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. [10] If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love.  [11] These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. 
[12] "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. [13] Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends.  [14] You are my friends if you do what I command you. [15] No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. [16] You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. [17] These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

Questions for Reflection

  1.  What are the marks of a true friendship?
  2. What do you do to maintain your friendships?
  3. What command did Jesus give His disciples? (15:12)
  4. Who did Jesus say were His friends? (15:14)
  5. Why did Jesus call His disciples friends? (15:15)
  6. Why did Jesus choose His disciples? (15:16)
  7. When do you struggle with loving others the way Jesus has loved you?
  8. What kind of friend are you to Jesus?