10 Alive Recap

Friends,

Sunday we discussed chapter one of ‘Enough — Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity,’  ‘When Dreams Become Nightmares.’

Author, Adam Hamilton, describes two conditions that permeate American culture — affluence and credit-itis. Individually and collectively we are living beyond our means. We can’t experience the life God wants for us if we are anxious about our finances.

1) Why is it so difficult to be generous? (more…)

 

Wednesday Night Recap

Friends,

Wednesday we continued our discussion of David and Bathsheba with a discussion of 2 Samuel 11:12-27.

1) What role did Joab play Uriah’s death?

Joyce said Joab carried out the kings command. Robyn added that the real sin was Davids. He was the one who ordered Uriah killed.

Tom wondered  how David could have gotten so far off track that he would ask Uriah to deliver his own death warrant. Why couldn’t David see that what he was doing was wrong?

2) How could David believe he would get away with what he had done? (more…)

 

Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Remember to pray for Rick.

Tuesday we concluded our series on John the Baptist. Next week we begin a series on the difficult saying’s of Jesus. I think this will be a series that will generate some good discussion.

We ended our John the Baptist series at the beginning of John’s life.

“Now the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered, and she gave birth to a son … And fear came on all their neighbors.  And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea; and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, ‘What then will this child be?’ For the hand of the Lord was with him. ”

1) What does this passage add to your understanding of John?

Todd said that John was chosen by God for a special purpose.

Jed added that that John was set apart for special service. (more…)

 

10 Alive Recap

 

Friends,

Sunday we began a study of the book ‘Enough – Discovering Joy Through Simplicity & Generosity’ If you haven’t gotten a book they are available at the church.

Sunday we discussed the introduction.

1) How would you describe the current economic conditions?

To varying degrees we agreed that these are trying times. We are all trying to do more with less. Robyn, whose job involves tracking restaurant and beverage sales, advised that there has been a significant decrease in the number of people in the 18 to 49 age group who are eating out.

Anne and Bill said that they find themselves being more intentional with how they spend on entertainment.

Class members who vacationed recently advised that they saved for their trips and looked for value. (more…)

 

Wednesday Night Recap

 

Friends,

Wednesday we continued our series on David and Bathsheba with a discussion of Uriah.

“When Uriah came to him, David asked how Joab was doing, and how the people fared, and how the war prospered. Then David said to Uriah. ‘Go down to your house, and wash your feet.'”

1) What was David’s plan?

Anne said David wanted Uriah to go home and sleep with his wife. When Uriah discovered Bathsheba was pregnant he would assume the child was his. David was trying to cover up his sin.

One commentator suggested that David’s attempt to deceive Uriah was David’s most despicable act. (and that is saying something) Uriah was a righteous man who was loyal to David and God. Uriah did nothing to deserve the fate he was about to receive — indeed Uriah was blameless. David’s refusal to see this illustrates how far David had strayed.

2) Why didn’t David’s plan work?

“David said to Uriah, ‘Have you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house? Uriah said to David, ‘The ark and Israel and Judah dwell in booths; and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field; shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink, and lie with my wife?”

Joyce wondered if Uriah simply didn’t like his wife. (more…)

 

Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Yesterday we continued our series on John the Baptist with a discussion of Luke 7:24-28.

“What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written, ‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.'”

1) What was John’s mission? (more…)

 

10 Alive Recap

 

Friends,

Next week we take a break from our Moses series to study the book ‘Enough — Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity’ Books are available at the church. Grady will be preaching from the book and we will discussing the chapters Grady preaches on in class.

Sunday we will be watching a short video and then discussing the introduction. It should be a great study.

Sunday we discussed Exodus chapter twenty-five. (more…)

 

Wednesday Night Recap.

Friends,

Wednesday we began a new series on David and Bathsheba.

Our text was 2 Samuel 11:1-5.

1) What was David’s first mistake?

David was outside the geographic will of God. When he should have been with his army he was back at his palace.

We discussed how often sin enters our life when we are bored. David had time to kill and it got him into trouble. David didn’t get up that morning and say “I think I’ll commit adultery today.” He was bored so he decided to take a walk. (more…)

 

Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Tuesday we said ’till we meet again’ to our brother Carl.

At his funeral service Ashton sang a familiar refrain which spoke volumes:

“My chains are gone I’ve been set free. My God my Savior has ransomed me…”

Carl’s son, Grant, said of his father “The weaker he became phsyically the stronger he became spiritually.”

We will miss our brother for a time but look forward to that reunion in the air. Please continue to pray for Jan and Grant.

Tuesday we continued our series on John the Baptist with a discussion of Mark 6:14-29. (more…)

 

10 Alive Recap

Friends,

We are saddened by the loss of our brother Karl. He was dearly loved and will be sorely missed.

C. S. Lewis reminds us that Christians should never say ‘goodbye,’ rather we should say ‘until we meet again.’

We look forward to our reunion with Karl.

Sunday we continued our Moses series with a discussion of Exodus chapter twenty-four.

1) Why did God write the ten commandments in stone?

Jack said that stone has significance in the bible.  Rock is a symbol for Jesus as is the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark contains the stone tablets. Jesus kept the law perfectly — he led the perfect life in your place.

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