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Group Discussion - From Pride to Praise

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The opposite of a life of pride is a life of praise to the Sovereign God. Scripture: Daniel 4, 1 Peter 5:5-11 Discussion: Describe a time in your life that you were humbled. How did it feel? How did it benefit you? 'God is relentlessly committed to destroying pride in you before that pride...

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Group Discussion - But if Not

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Because God is faithful, your faith can impact your Babylon. Scripture: Daniel 3 Discussion: Many of us treat faith like an insurance policy we don't ever intend to use.  When have you viewed faith this way? What's the danger in that? How are you currently struggling with conforming?...

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Group Discussion - The Impossible Meets the Eternal

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An encounter with the impossible exposes the impotence of idolatry. Scripture: Daniel 2 Discussion: Avengers Endgame grossed over $2 billion at the box office its first couple weeks.  Why do we love stories of heroes overcoming impossible odds? How do you feel when YOU face impossible...

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Jesus is Better than Daniel

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Our Sovereign God can turn your misery into ministry. Scripture: Daniel 1 Discussion: Read Romans 12:1-2.  How have you struggled this week with 'conforming?'  What is 1 way you can cooperate with God's work of transformation in your life? Read Daniel 1:1-3.  Daniel's people...

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Jesus is Better than David

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Because of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, we can share in the greatest victory ever won. Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:7, 1 Samuel 17:41-52, Romans 8:11 Discussion: Matt shared about some historic Olympic victories. Do you have a favorite 'Olympic moment?' Olympic athletes represent us even...

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Jesus is Better than Ruth

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God is a loyal friend who provides us loyal friends and who sent Jesus as our ultimate loyal friend. Scripture: Ruth 1:1-18 Discussion: When has there been a time in your life God provided you a loyal friend? Who is someone in your life that might need a loyal friend today? How can this...

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Jesus is Better than Samson

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Are you pushing people away or drawing people toward Christ? Scripture: Judges 16:23-31, Luke 23:33-46 What do you remember most about the stories you heard of Samson growing up?  How is Samson's life both a witness and a warning? Is Samson characterized more as one who feeds his flesh...

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Jesus is Better than Gideon

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God sees where He's taking you and knows what He's making you. Scripture: Judges 6 Discussion: Matt compared Walker Tx Ranger and George Costanza.  We expect Walker to be courageous but would be truly amazed to see courage from Costanza.  Do you feel more like a spiritual Walker...

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Jesus is Better than Rahab

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Let the Gospel destroy your shame or shame will destroy you. Scripture: Joshua 2 Discussion Questions: Shame can be described as a painful feeling of exposure or humiliation.  Why is shame such a powerful force? Read Psalm 34:5.  What does this reveal about shame and its...

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Jesus is Better than Joseph

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Nothing can ultimately derail your life when your life is defined by God with you. Scripture: Genesis 39, Genesis 50:19-21 Discussion:  Name a time in your life when you know God was with you. Did you realize it at the time?   4 Times in Genesis 39 we read, 'God was with...

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