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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 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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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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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 - Our Father

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Knowing God as Father is the first step and the finish line of prayer.   Scripture: Matthew 6:9, Mark 14:32-42 Discussion: What are some 'weeds' in your life that keep cropping up again? How does prayer cultivate healthy soil in our hearts? How is knowing God as Father both the...

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Group Discussion - Conflict

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Conflict is an opportunity to glorify God, grow in maturity, and give grace to others. Proverbs 27:17, Matthew 1:18-25 Discussion Questions: What does Proverbs 27:17 have to do with conflict? When has conflict led to your spiritual growth? What conflicts do you see in Matthew...

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Group Discussion - Waiting

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Waiting becomes worship as we remember God is working while we wait. Scripture: Psalm 130 Discussion:  Why is waiting so hard for us? When do you have the hardest time waiting? What does 'waiting' look like for you right now? What does the genealogy of Jesus (Matthew 1) remind us...

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Group Discussion - Servant

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True servanthood is rooted in Christ's character and revealed in praying, giving, and going. Scripture: Romans 15 Discussion:  Who is an example in your life of a humble servant?  What are some characteristics of this person? How can my attitude shift from 'who can serve me' to...

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