Wednesday Night Recap

Friends,

Wednesday we concluded our series on C. S. Lewis’ ‘Surprised by Joy’

It was a challenging book but worthy of discussion. Those who stuck with the study gained new appreciation of Lewis and insight into what it means to be a Christian.

The final chapter was titled ‘The Beginning’

What is the connection between God and Joy?

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Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Please continue praying for Daryl Kirby. Pray for Daryl’s quick recovery and that the doctors can figure out what is wrong with him.

Tuesday we discussed Romans 8:35 “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”

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10 Alive Recap

Friends,

We had a wonderful time Friday night! Thanks to Chris and Robyn for hosting us at the Valley Farm clubhouse. Photos from the party will be posted tomorrow.

Sunday we discussed Exodus chapter nine.

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Wednesday Night Recap

 

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Friends,

Wednesday we discussed chapter fourteen of  ‘Surprised by Joy’ — ‘Checkmate’

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Wednesday Night Recap

Friends,

Tonight we discuss chapter fourteen of  ‘Surprised by joy’ — ‘Checkmate’

I appreciate dad filling in for me last Wednesday night. I know you had a great discussion.

Tonight we will focus on what is the most significant chapter of  ‘Surprised by Joy.’ Lewis walks us through his conversion experience. The following questions will form the basis of our discussion:

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Tuesday Morning Recap

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Gentlemen,

It was great having Mark with us Tuesday morning and talking to us about the “Extreme Makeover – Home Addition” building project that will occur in the near future.  I know we all look forward to helping with such a worthwhile cause.

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10 Alive Recap

Friends,

I missed being with you Sunday. I know Eric did a great job leading a discussion of Exodus chapter eight.

Why does Pharaoh agree to let the Hebrews go and then change his mind? Have there been times you have broken your promises to God? Pharaoh, like most of us will promise anything when the bullets are flying – There are no athirst in foxholes. However, when the crisis passes we forget our promises and want things to “return to normal.”

We will never experience the life God has in store for us unless we are obedient at all times. Obeying isn’t easy but it is worth it.

The Hebrews are spared the effects of some plagues but not others.
Why? Some preachers say that following Christ means a life of ease. If you suffer or don’t have what you want it’s because you lack faith. These preachers are knuckle heads. Rain falls on the just and the unjust. Jesus doesn’t promise a life of ease if you follow Him. He does promise to never leave or forsake you and that everything that happens to you is used by God to conform you to the image of Christ.

Next week Exodus chapter nine. Consider the following question.

1) In chapter nine God gives the reason for the multiple plagues. What is it? Why is this lesson so important?

See you Friday at our class party!

John

 

Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Tuesday we discussed Romans 8:32.

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”

How can we know God is there for us?

Alleyne writes that the story of Abraham and Isaac helps us understand how we can know God is there for us. “Abraham, a natural father and a spiritual father, loved God enough to take the dearest thing to his heart, the hope of his people and the gift of God up to the mount of sacrifice. If we can emotionally and spiritually get into Abraham’s heart we will begin to understand God’s heart.” Terry added that we can trust God because God paid such an enormous price to have relationship with us.

God promises to give you all things. What does that mean to you?

Jack said we often confuse “want” with “need.”  God will, if we allow, conform us to the image of His Son. This process requires that we surrender our will and agenda to God’s good and perfect plan for our lives. When we manage our affairs we often find ourselves full of anxiety and worry. God wants us to live lives of peace and joy, however, we only get there if we surrender to Him.

If you took this verse seriously what would change about your life?

We all agreed that we want to live stress free lives that glorify God, however, we weren’t sure how to get there. Dick said that many things in life are not black and white but gray. How can we know what God would have us do?  Joe R. added that even if you know the right thing to do it can be difficult to act.

There is no question that the process of becoming men of God is sometimes difficult and often confusing. We wont get there overnight. However, we can always begin the process. The key is obedience. We must moment by moment chose the thing that pleases God.

We must walk before we can run. The process may begin by changing the way we think. If you want to be more obedient with you finances you don’t begin with the tithe you begin by reminding yourself that all the money you have is from God. It may take months for this truth to take root in your heart. Once it does you take the second step. What would God want me to do with His money.

Next week Romans 8:33,34. Consider the following questions:

1) What does it mean to you to be one of God’s elect?

2) Satan is real. Are you listening to his accusations? What would be different about your life if you ignored Satan?

3) What does Paul mean when he writes that Christ intercedes for us?

See you Tuesday.

John

 

10 Alive Recap

Friends,

Friday, June, 17 is our class party. We will gather at 6 pm at the Valley Farm farmhouse. Invite someone who could benefit from being a member of our class.

Sunday we discussed Exodus chapter seven. Pharaoh refuses to let the Hebrews go, so the Lord turned the waters of the Nile to blood.

Why did the Lord harden Pharaoh’s heart?

Annie said she could understand why it was necessary for Pharaoh’s heart be hardened but she wondered why God didn’t let Pharaoh have a choice. Tom pointed out that Pharaoh hardened his own heart. Pharaoh had rejected God so many times Pharaoh had lost the ability to hear God’s voice. Sometimes the biblical text reflects that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart. Other times the text says Pharaoh hardened his own heart. We’ve often debated the sovereignty of God and the free will of people. That is a mystery that won’t be understood this side of heaven. However, as Bill pointed out we must guard our hearts against hardening. We must develope the habit of listening to God.

Why so many plagues?

Nancy said that God wanted the people to understand that God was the most powerful force in the universe. Laurie added that important lessons in life are often easy to understand but hard to accept. God used the plagues to reinforce the lesson – there is one God and we must allow Him to be Lord of our lives. It boils down to this. Will we say thy will be done or will we say my will be done?

I didn’t manage my time well and we didn’t get to discuss question three – Why was the Nile turned to blood. We will discuss that in the weeks to come.

Next week Exodus chapter eight. Consider the following questions:

1) Pharaoh initially says he will let the Hebrews go then he changes his mind, why? Have there been times you have gone back on promises you made to God? Why?

2) God protects the Hebrews from the flies. Why are the Hebrews protected from some plagues and not others? Why do God’s people sometimes suffer with unbelievers?

See you Sunday.

John

 

Wednesday Night Recap

Friends,

Wednesday, June 22 we will conclude our study of  ‘Surprised by Joy.’ We will not meet the 29th on Wednesday, July 6 we will begin a series on Peter.

Last class, we discussed chapter twelve of  ‘Surprised by Joy,’ ‘Guns and Good Company’

When Lewis entered military service he considered himself an atheist, however, he enjoyed reading essays by G. K. Chesterton. Lewis didn’t agree with Chesterton’s ideas but Lewis enjoyed Chesterton’s humor and goodness. Lewis wrote “…strange as it may seem, I liked him for his goodness. I can attribute this taste to myself freely (even at that age) because it was a liking for goodness which had nothing to do with any attempt to be good myself.”

Lewis also wrote of his admiration for a soldier named Wallie. Wallie was “a farmer, a Roman Catholic, a passionate soldier and gullible to any degree by the rawest subaltern.”  He was the butt of jokes. Yet looking back on Wallie Lewis writes  “I would have been better employed cleaning his boots than laughing at him.”

Why was Lewis drawn to these to very different Christian men?

Fran wondered if it wasn’t the fact that Chesterton and Wallie were kind men. Carroll added that the Holy Spirit was at work in these two men. Lewis, even if he wasn’t aware of it , was responding to the love of Christ.  Ann recalled that Lewis later concluded that  “A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere – ‘Bibles laid open, millions of surprises,’ as Herbert says,’ fine nets and straragems.’ God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous.”

We also discussed whether a soldier who killed could be a Christian. Joyce and Robyn Understood that sometimes it may be necessary for a soldier to kill an enemy but felt that a soldier should never feel good about killing.  Jack said he had no problem with a soldier who felt good about playing a part in defeating an evil like Nazism.

It is important to remember that Jesus never condemned an honorable  solder who did his duty and followed orders. We all agreed that a great deal of suffering in the world has been alleviated by our brave men and women in uniform.

Next week chapter thirteen, ‘The New Look’

Consider the following questions:

1) Lewis rejects romanticism in favor of an intellectual ‘new look’. Describe the ‘new look.’

2) What factors lead to Lewis’ new outlook?

3) Lewis later concludes that this period lead him closer to becoming a Christian. How so?

See you Wednesday night.

John