Storm Shelter, Session 4 (The Shelter of God’s Encouragement): Live It Out option for Parent’s groups

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Discuss the following article about the restrictions placed on feeding the homeless in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and two pastors that were recently charged with violating the ordinances: Florida city restricts feeding the homeless in public places   How were the volunteers and pastors encouraging those who were homeless? How do we discuss a story like […]

Storm Shelter, Session 3 (The Shelter of God’s Forgiveness): Intro Option for Parent’s groups

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Play the following clip as class members arrive. If you don’t see the clip, click here to watch on YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEFcDHL6mfg. Ask: Do you know for certain, you are right in your relationship with God? How does that knowledge affect your daily life? How does it affect your parenting and relationship with your children? Substitute […]

Making Plans for Christmas, Live It Out option for Parent’s groups

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Jesus came to draw all people to the Father through Himself. In what ways do your Christmas plans celebrate the purpose of Jesus’ birth? This year, consider a family project that may change someone’s eternity for Christmas this year. Gather family and friends together to bake cookies, decorate ornaments or put together small gifts. Then, […]

Storm Shelter, Session 4 (The Shelter of God’s Encouragement): Additional Questions

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The Point: God encourages me when I feel overwhelmed. Opening Question 1. In what kinds of situations do senior adults battle feelings of being overwhelmed? 2. What happens to a body when it gets dehydrated? How does a soul get dehydrated?” 3. In what season of your life were you most desperate for encouragement? 4. […]

Storm Shelter, Session 3 (The Shelter of God’s Forgiveness): Additional Questions

The Point: God’s forgiveness brings restoration and joy. Opening Question In what ways are our unforgiven sins like a heavy weight we must carry? What is the heaviest weight you carry on a regular basis? When do you most feel the sensation of absolute relief? (this could also go with Psalm 32:1-2) What recharges you? What […]

Making Plans for Christmas Optional Plan for Live It Out for Singles Groups

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Trash the Tradition Christmas is all about Tradition. We come together year after year and light the same candle, sing the same song, open the same gifts and read the night before Christmas.  Let’s take a take a break from at least one tradition in order to do something different. If God’s plan for Christmas […]

Storm Shelter, Session 3 (The Shelter of God’s Forgiveness): Intro Option for Women’s Groups

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Show before and after pictures of old homes that have been restored. The link below will take you to a slideshow on the Better Homes and Gardens website. You could also communicate the same idea by showing clips from Extreme Home Makeover or a similar show. Better Homes and Gardens slideshow Ask: What would you […]

Storm Shelter, Session 3 (The Shelter of God’s Forgiveness): Introduction Option for Men’s Groups

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To help introduce The Point of today’s session, “God’s Forgiveness Brings Restoration and Joy,” comment that we know there is a spiritual aspect to forgiveness, but there are secular studies that also prove the benefits of forgiveness as well. One study from the Journal of Behavioral Medicine found forgiveness to be associated with lower heart […]

Storm Shelter, Session 4 (The Shelter of God’s Encouragement): What to Do When Emotionally Under Siege

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by Rich Mussler “I call to You from the ends of the earth WHEN MY HEART IS WITHOUT STRENGTH. Lead me to a rock that is high above me” (Ps. 61:2).  In recent years, Americans have experienced quite a bit of tragedy as a nation, and such events can leave us feeling emotionally drained. This […]

Making Plans for Christmas: Repeat the Sounding Joy

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Why Christians, of all people, shouldn’t be cranky during Christmas by Daniel Darling Have you noticed lately that it’s the Christians who are often the most cranky during the Christmas season? Complaining has almost become required. We hear sermons on how to deal with the stress of Christmas. We read ominous-sounding emails and Facebook posts […]