Do Over, Session 6: Fear No Evil

By Mary E. DeMuth 5 ways to overcome a spiritual attack Mommy, I’m hearing voices,” my youngest daughter told us when we lived overseas. “They’re telling me to do bad things like kick my brother and disobey you. They’re waking me up at night and scaring me.” We’d recognized her belligerence, but we chalked it […]

Pressure Points Session 6: Article and Questions

Use the following article to get some insight into the Psychological Scientific viewpoint on revenge. CLICK HERE for the article. Keep in mind that this is the science communities take on the subject, not the Bible. It can be helpful to know the perspective that science brings to the table as that is what many […]

Pressure Points, Session 6: Negative Space

by Gary Chapman Are disappointment, resentment, anger, and frustration putting distance between you and your spouse? BRAD IS LYING IN BED, but he’s not sleeping. His back is turned toward Paige. He’s disappointed. Plus he’s angry and frustrated. Earlier that evening, he’d been laughing, smiling, and making comments to Paige about how beautiful she looked. […]

Pressure Points Session 6: Discussion Option for Men

Question #4 in the “Pressure of Retaliation” session asks, “What does patience offer that retaliation or revenge never will?” This video tells the story behind Matthew West’s song “Forgiveness.” Matthew explains that the song was written based on the story of a family’s forgiveness of a young man who killed their daughter in a drunk […]

Pressure Points, Session 3: Nurture Not Neglect

by River Jordan All relationships struggle at some point, but whether they survive or divide depends largely on our ability to forgive.   I’ve burned some relationship bridges in my lifetime. Bridges — plural. Some relationships may indeed be so toxic they must be severed. But, sometimes, those burned bridges are symbols of unforgiveness. Most […]

Pressure Points Session 6: Discussion Option for Boomers

Ask group members to read the story about Carl Ericcson on PSG p.60 (first paragraph).  Brainstorm other ways that adults are known to retaliate against other adults when they feel wronged.  Expand the discussion by asking group members to describe a situation in which one of their own children were involved in an act of […]

Pressure Points Session 6: Current Events Connection/Live It Out Option for Parents

To supplement the “Live It Out” activities, ask parents how much time they spent last spring watching updates about the Boston Marathon bombing and the chase to capture the suspects. Affirm that much of the nation was captivated by the search, which culminated in the death of one suspect and the capture of another. Remind […]

Pressure Points Session 6: Live It Out Option for Women

We come to church on Sunday with our emotions tucked neatly away, dressed in our best (for me that means my best jeans!), and we put on our saintly church lady smile. Underneath we squash the anger, the need for revenge, and the ugly desire to get even. We are all mad about something: the […]

Pressure Points, Session 6: A Formula For Grace

By Bill Beausay  We hate that we can’t earn grace and we hate that others worse than us don’t have to earn it. We want to work for it, and we want others to work for it too. But that’s not God’s math. OK, here’s my promise: By the time you finish reading this, you’ll […]

Pressure Points Session 6, Optional Discussion Questions for Young Adults/Collegiates

Want more options? Below are some additional questions you can use in place of or in addition to the discussion questions already in the teaching plan for Session 6, The Pressure of Retaliation Icebreaker: When you’ve been wronged, which motto do you most relate to? Why? Forgive and Forget Forgive, But Never Forget Never Forgive, […]