Resilient Faith, Session 4 (Ready Faith): All Additional Resources

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  We are pleased to offer suggested music for each session. These are links to purchase the songs on iTunes, as well as links to LifeWayWorship.com, which provides lead sheets, accompaniment tracks, and other resources for certain songs. Click here for Suggested music for the Resilient Faith unit Here are the magazine articles that were selected […]

Resilient Faith, Session 5 (Joyful Faith): Intro Option for Parents groups

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Sometimes we parents, have trouble choosing faith in light of reality. We see situations as hopeless that, for all real indicators, are hopeless. But kids don’t always see them that way. Consider this video about Emma and Teddy. If you don’t see the video, click the link to watch on God Tube: http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=WG7YD7NX How has Emma […]

Resilient Faith, Session 5: Finding Contentment

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By Michael Kelley When we’re poor, hungry, and unimportant, we want relief from our circumstances. We’re too wound up to listen, appreciate, or learn the lessons of contentment. Paul wrote in Philippians 4:13: “I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Throughout my life, these words have taken on different meanings. In high school, I had that verse in my football […]

Resilient Faith, Session 5 (Joyful Faith): Extra Activity for Collegiates

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  Before the Session: Develop some scenarios for your group to discuss concerning some of the situations they may encounter on campus when there is a choice between joy or reacting in a way that does not reflect Christ.  Print the following scenarios on index cards to give to small groups during your session.  Feel […]

Resilient Faith, Session 5: A Second Chance at Love

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By Gina Kell Spehn In tragedy, grace is often hidden from view. But shared experiences helped a grieving widow and widower find love again. Occasionally, husbands and wives have conversations about what will happen if one of them dies. Discussing things like beneficiaries and who will take care of the children is prudent preparation for life’s […]

Resilient Faith, Session 5 (Joyful Faith): Live It Out Activity for Women’s Groups

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One Thousand Gifts is Ann Voskamp’s story of her search for joy and thanksgiving in the middle of everyday challenges and some darker parts of her past. She asks, “Would you, right where you are, take the journey towards fullness of joy with me?” Ann suggests you start a gratitude journal. Watch the preview video […]

Resilient Faith, Session 5: Cookies

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by Linda K. Anderson Sometimes you just know it’s going to be a good day. You wake up, stretch, and smile, feeling ready for anything.  One such morning, many years ago, was a springboard to a little miracle in my life, proving beyond a doubt God does indeed provide for our needs — and in […]

Small Group Monday: 10 Practical Summer Service Ideas

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It’s summertime. It’s time for baseball, longer days, water parks and vacations. It’s time for slowing down, throwing Frisbees, taking late night strolls, and having picnics. And it’s time for small groups, because all the best stuff in life involves connecting with others. Summertime doesn’t have to be the season when your small group throws […]

Resilient Faith, Session 5 (Joyful Faith): Live it Out option for Men

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  Challenge the men in your group to live out joyful faith. Point out that many believers go through life with a less than joyful disposition. The enemy, though he cannot steal our salvation, can steal our joy, making us counteract the faith we proclaim. Todd Agnew is a Christian musician who has contributed greatly […]

Resilient Faith, Session 5 (Joyful Faith): Additional Questions

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Note: In Bible Studies For Life: Senior Adult and Bible Studies For Life: KJV, this is numbered Session 11.  The Point: Choose joy even in life’s difficulties.  Icebreaker When have you been surprised by suffering? How do you typically respond to suffering? Can you be happy and not have joy? Can you be joyful and […]