10 Alive Recap

Friends,

Sunday we continued our Moses series with a discussion of Exodus eighteen.

What was Moses problem?

The people were bringing all their problems to Moses and Moses was solving the problems. As a result Moses was overwhelmed. He was unable to tend to other responsibilities and was in danger of burning out. Tom could identify with Moses.  Tom wants to make sure he is being faithful to God’s call and finds it difficult to say “no.” As a consequence he finds himself involved in many areas of service but with the nagging feeling that he is not being as effective as he could be. (more…)

 

Wednesday Night Recap

Friends,

Wednesday we continued our series on Active Faith with a discussion of the danger posed by our tongues. Our texts were Matthew 15:10-20 and 1 Peter 1:22-25.

Why is our tongue a dangerous weapon and why isn’t legalism effective in controlling our tongues?

Jesus said “What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him unclean, but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him un-lean” Carroll told of a comment her grandmother made to Carroll’s mother when she was was a little girl. Years later the comment still devastated Carroll’s mother. Many recounted hurtful things that had been said to and about them that had hurt more than physical punishment. This is particularly true when the negative words are uttered by those who are suppose to love and encourage us. (more…)

 

Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Tuesday we continued our series on the 23rd Psalm with a discussion of verse five.

“Thou preparest  a table before me in the presence of my enemies; thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows.”

What does the image of the Lord preparing a table for us in the presence of our enemies mean?

Bob asked –” Who are our enemies?” While few could identify enemies by name we all could identify the things that cause worry: the economy, problems at home, health issues, etc… God wants us to be the honored guest at a party in the presence of the things that scare us the most. Sound like a party you want to attend? (more…)

 

10 Alive Recap

Friends,

Sunday we took a break from our Moses series so Bo could thank us for our support of the FCA football camp. We also heard from three of the campers: Nick, Will and Jake.

Nick said that he had always attended church but develped a deeper faith as a result of his camp experience. He was impressed by testemony’s of the coaches and players. Nick is more commited than ever to learning about Christ and is excited about the FCA bible study that will be starting soon. (more…)

 

Wednesday Night Recap

Friends,

Wednesday we continued our series on Active Faith. We discussed Peter walking on the water. Our texts were Matthew 14:22-33 and 2 Peter 1:16.

Why were the disciples frightened when they saw Jesus walking on the water?

They thought he was a ghost and ghosts come to haunt not to help. Men don’t walk on water. But the Son of Man who spoke the universe into existence can do as He pleases. And only a man with that type of power can save you. (more…)

 

Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Saturday, October 8 we will have a party at Andy’s lake house – details to follow.

Tuesday we continued our series on the 23rd Psalm with a discussion of verse four.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. ”

What is the valley of the shadow of death?

Grady advised that it actually exists in Israel. It is a narrow pass where predators and thieves could lie in wait to ambush shepherd and sheep. Life can be like that pass. Troubles lie in wait and strike without warning.  David walked through this type of valley. Goliath tried to kill David and Saul persecuted David. We discussed how many members of our group are experiencing this type of valley. (more…)

 

10 Alive Recap

Friends,

Sunday we continued our series on Moses with a discussion of Exodus chapter seventeen.

How was Moses to draw water from the rock?

There are two incidents where God instructs Moses how to draw water from a rock. The first is in Exodus chapter seventeen and the second in Numbers chapter twenty.  In the first Moses is to strike the rock and in the second he is to speak to the rock.  Moses follows God’s instructions the first time but not the second. The second time the people need water Moses is to speak to the rock, however, Moses strikes the rock in anger and then claims he has given water to the people. For this transgression Moses is forbidden from leading the people into the promise land. At first glance that seems like a harsh punishment for a momentary loss of composure. (more…)

 

Wednesday Night Recap

 

Friends,

Wednesday we continued our ‘Active Faith’ series with a discussion of the transfiguration. Our texts were Luke 9:28-36 and 1 Peter 1:13-16.

Why were Moses and Elijah talking with Jesus about His depature?

Anne advised that Moses represents the law and Elijah the prophets. The law of Moses served many purposes, however, one of the primary purposes of the law was to teach the people how to be reconciled with God. Similarly, the prophets spoke many truths to the people, however, much of the old testament prophecy dealt with the coming of the messiah and how the messiah would pay the sin debt of the people. Moses and Elijah are talking with Jesus about His departure because Jesus sacrificial death is the primary message  of scripture. (more…)

 

Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Tuesday we discussed Psalm 23:3

“…he restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”

What does it mean to have your soul restored?

Andrew said that his soul is restored as he takes his focus off himself and places it on God. Soul restoration requires more than physical rest, although rest is certainly important, it requires seeking what we most desperately need – fellowship with God.

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10 Alive Recap

Friends,

Sunday we continued our series on Moses with a discussion of Exodus 16.

Why did God provide manna to the people?
Robyn said that God provides what we need and we need food. Fran noted that God’s provision is amazing considering how much the people grumbled. God loves and provides for us even though we don’t deserve it. Bill added that God always provides but sometimes not what we expect. The people asked for bread but they got manna. God knows what we need and we must trust in what He provides.

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