Church and Religion
Exodus 23:1-9 Justice for All Summary: Sometimes we get into an argument with a friend, brother or sister, or our parents. We live in a world full of sin and conflict, and God wants to guide us into godliness, even through the messes of life. Let's think about how we should treat others in conflict: Outline: How do we speak about our enemy in a conflict? How do we love our enemy in a conflict? How do we seek to be godly in a conflict? Verse: Matthew 5:44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you... Questions for devotions and family worship: 1. What does God mean in Ex. 23:1 when he commands us not to spread a
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God our Guardian Exodus 22:16-31 God guards family life God guards true worship God guards the vulnerable Verse: Psalm 121:1–2 I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? 2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Questions for devotions and family worship: 1. These laws in Exodus 22 might seem like they are unrelated at first. What might be a common thread that ties them together? What do they show us about God's character, and his desires for his people? 2. Although we do not live in the Old Testament nation of Israel, how might the principles in these laws help us reflect God's care and compassion toward others? 3. How might these laws be reflected in the heart and ministry of Jesus? 4. How might God be calling you to change and reflect his character in one of the areas?
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Psalm 60; Rejection: Rejection (vv 1-5) Reminder (vv 6-8) Confidence (vv 9-12) Memory verse Psalm 60:11 Oh, grant us help against the foe, for vain is the salvation of man!
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Exodus 22:1-15 Restitution Summary: While we might all agree that stealing is wrong, the question is, how do we make things right when someone steals? Let's look at Exodus today to hear about the laws of
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2 Samuel 11:1-5, 26-27, 12:1-9 NRSV
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Joshua 24:1-26
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Exodus 21:12-36 Framing a Just Society Intro: Sometimes when someone commits a crime, we wonder what will happen to them. Will they be punished? Will there be justice? God helps us understand how we should seek justice in a world that is often unjust. Let's listen to God speak to us in Exodus 21: 1. Crimes that deserve death 2. Outbursts that lead to harm 3. Negligence that brings loss 4. How to live justly in an unjust world Verse: Romans 7:12 So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good. Questions for devotions and family worship: 1. How does this passage help us understand what a just society could look like? What parts of these laws make you uncomfortable? Why? 2. How does this help us see that
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Exodus 21:1-11 Free at Last Summary: Sometimes we read things in the Bible that are hard to understand. Today's passage talks about slavery, but not in the way we might think. Let's think about God's heart for justice among his people, and what it means to be servants of Jesus. Outline: 1. God's heart to protect the weak 2. God's path to true freedom Verse: John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. Questions for devotions and family worship: 1. What aspects of this passage sound odd to our ears? How does slavery in this passage differ from the view of chattel slavery, for example in America's history? 2. How do these verses give specific application of any of God's Ten Commandments? 3. How does this passage reveal God's heart to protect the vulnerable? How should it apply to us today? 4. How might this passage help us understand what it means to be lifelong servants of Jesus?
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Exodus 19:3-7 NRSV
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God Sees You (and that’s good news) Genesis 16:1-14
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Exodus 14:5-7, 10-14, 21-29 NRSV
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Exodus 20:22-26 Come to the Altar Summary: We're back in Exodus! So far we've heard in Exodus about God's amazing acts of power and mercy, rescuing his people from slavery. Now that they are delivered, what should they do? It is a great question. Since we have been saved by Jesus, what should we do? Let's think about that question today as God gives directions for his rescued people to live a life of worship. Outline: 1. God's rescued people put away idolatry 2. God's rescued people worship Him 3. God's rescued people never stop needing forgiveness Verse: Ephesians 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood... Questions for devotions and family worship: 1. Why might these words have been given to Israel immediately after the Ten Commandments? 2. God again warned his people against idolatry. Author Philip Ryken tells us that idolatry happens when
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Genesis 39
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Do Not Fear, Only Believe Mark 5:21-43 Summary: Have you ever wondered how much faith we need to be saved? Do I need a big faith, a strong faith? Today Jesus performs two amazing miracles: he heals a woman who had been sick for twelve years, and then he raises a twelve year old girl from the dead. When our mighty Savior did these things, he helped us see that even weak faith in a strong Jesus is what we need to have eternal life. Outline: 1. God will often stretch our faith 2. Weak faith in Jesus is still true faith 3. True faith trusts in Jesus alone to save Verse: Mark 5:36b Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.
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Genesis 12:1-7 NRSV
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Mark 5:1-20 The Darkness Scatters Summary: Sometimes there are things in the Bible that are hard to understand – one of those is found in our Bible passage today about a man under the control of Satan. This man lives a hopeless life until Jesus comes and rescues him from Satan’s power. That is what Jesus does for us too when we trust him! Let’s listen today as God explains in His Word how Jesus defeats Satan and rescues us so we can be His children. Outline: 1. What is life like under the power of Satan? Spiritual death 2. The unstoppable power of King Jesus brings Spiritual life 3. How will you respond to Jesus? a. Will you send Him away? b. Will you desire to be near Him? c. Will you be sent by Him? Verse: Mark 5:19b “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you...
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Mark 2:1-12 Authority to Forgive Summary: Today we get to look at another of Jesus' amazing miracles. We'll hear about a man who can't walk, carried by four friends who work hard to get their friend to Jesus. Jesus not only heals this man, but also tells him
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Mark 4:35-41 Lord of the Storm Summary: Have you ever been in a huge storm? How about a huge storm on the water? I never have, but I have been huge storms on land, and they are scary! Today, as we look at one more miracle, we'll see the disciples filled with fear on a boat in a storm. But there is good news! Jesus is with them. Let's see what happens: Outline: 1. A great storm 2. A great calm 3. A great fear Verse: Mark 4:41 (ESV)41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Questions for devotions and family worship: 1. Remembering that the miracles of Jesus show us much about Jesus, his kingdom and his Gospel, what are some of the things in this miracle that reveal more of Jesus and his greatness to us? 2. What are the
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Here is my sermon info for this week. Thanks!! Luke 7:11-17 Do Not Weep Summary: Outline: 1. The bitterness of death 2. Do not weep 3. I say to you arise Verse: Luke 7:16b “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!” Questions for devotions and family worship: 1. How was the situation of this mother especially bitter and dark? How has the shadow of death and the curse come over your life? Take some time to stop and lament those losses before the Lord this week. 2. How do you see evidence of Jesus' compassion? When Jesus tells her
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Ruth 1:1-22
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