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Easter Sunday

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The only news that will ever change the world is the good news that Jesus is King Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:1-10 Discussion: What is some news you could hear today that would be so good you would have to share it with others? What makes something news? What makes news good? Why does the...

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Cultivating Quiet Trust

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Psalm 46 people can be characterized by the healthy soil of quiet trust in God Scripture: Psalm 46 Discussion: Read Psalm 46.  Why do you imagine this song inspired Martin Luther, during a plague, to write the hymn A Mighty Fortress is Our God? Have you noticed the extremes of...

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Group Discussion: Cultivating Boldness

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Cultivate boldness to seek and share Jesus like never before   Scripture:  Acts 4:23-34 Discussion: What is the biggest challenge of 'quarantine' for you? What is the biggest opportunity you see? Read Acts 4:13.  What evidence did the public see that Peter and John had...

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Group Discussion: Cultivating Peace in Anxious Times

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We cultivate healthy soil as we rejoice, give thanks, and pray. Scripture: Philippians 4:2-9 Discussion: How is anxiety like a virus? What are ways anxiety spreads from one person to another? How have you struggled with anxiety this week? Anxiety has a purpose - to let us know something...

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Praying in the Spirit

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We cultivate healthy soil as the Holy Spirit helps us pray. Scripture: Ephesians 6:18-20 Discussion: How is being led by the Spirit of God like flowing in a river?  Where does the river of the Spirit lead? Where does the river of our fleshly desires lead? In Ephesians 6:10-20, why...

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Group Discussion: How To Pray for Others, 2

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We cultivate healthy soil as our lives are marked by a growing awareness of God's presence, love, and power. Scripture: Ephesians 3:14-21 Discussion: Read Paul's prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21.  Power and Love are big themes in this prayer and are major themes in human life.  What is...

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Ash Wednesday Discussion Guide

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Scripture: Mark 1:1-8; Ephesians 1:15-23 Discussion: Read Mark 1:1-8.  What stands out to you about John the Baptist?  John the Baptist - this wild and unique man - brought a message of repentance.  His message of repentance was not just about feeling sorry for the sins of...

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Praying the Psalms

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The Psalms have guided God's people into prayer and worship for thousands of years. Scripture: Psalm 19 Discussion: What is a way you can 'read' creation and offer praise to God - Psalm 19:1?   What does Psalm 19 tell you about the purpose of creation? What have you recently...

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Group Discussion - Lead Us

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We cultivate healthy soil as we daily acknowledge our need for guidance and rescue. Scripture: Matthew 6:13, Mark 14:32-42, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Discussion: Describe a time you walked through a season of temptation or testing.  How do those situations reveal the condition of our...

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Group Discussion - Forgive Us

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We cultivate healthy soil by daily receiving and extending the gift of forgiveness. Scripture: Matthew 6:12, Ephesians 4:31-32 Discussion: The request for forgiveness is placed right next to the request for daily bread. How is forgiveness a daily need? How are you struggling to receive or...

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