Ready, Session 1 (Ready When Injustice Prevails): We Can’t Handle the Truth

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We Can’t Handle the Truth  Orphans and Human Trafficking  Excerpt from Orphan Justice: How To Care For Orphans Beyond Adopting, by Johnny Carr. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishing Group, pp. 21-25. Order Here Johnny, what would have happened to your little girl if she hadn’t been adopted?” My friend Matt’s words cut through the cool […]

Ready, Session 1 (Ready When Injustice Prevails): Additional Questions

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The Point: God calls us to defend those who can’t defend themselves   Opening Question   When you defended someone who was weaker than you? What is your initial reaction when you see people being treated unjustly? Where do you see examples of people suffering injustice in our community? In our world? If you were […]

Ready, Session 1 (Ready When Injustice Prevails): Freedom Fighter

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Award-winning vocalist Natalie Grant is a wife, mother, touring artist, actress, and activist who speaks on behalf of those with no voice — the millions of young girls worldwide sold into slavery. by Lindsay Williams This past spring, Natalie Grant found herself at the White House. In what she describes as a “once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Grant […]

Ready, Session 1 (Ready When Injustice Prevails): Live It Out Option for Women’s groups

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One of the big news stories of 2014 was the kidnapping of 300 Nigerian girls from their school on April 15, 2014 by Boko Haram, an Islamic militant group violently opposed to Western culture, including education for girls. An online slideshow of images can be found by clicking here: http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/08/world/gallery/bring-back-our-girls-movement/ You can read more by clicking here: […]

Ready, Session 1 (Ready When Injustice Prevails): Intro Option and Discussion for Boomers

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Show “Exodus: Gods and Kings” movie trailer. Click here to watch on YouTube if you don’t see the video. (Note: the movie has had mixed reactions among Christians. James Dobson’s Pluggedin.com gives a balanced and fair summary/review here.) God’s freeing the children of Israel from Egyptian slavery demonstrates He hates injustice. He is on the side […]

Storm Shelter, Session 1(The Shelter of God’s Presence): Introduction Option for Men’s Groups.

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  To help introduce The Point of today’s session, “God is with me no matter what I am facing,” share the following segment from the movie Apollo 13: [http://www.wingclips.com/search?q=getting+home&x=9&y=14] (1:41 in length). Note: Apollo 13 received a PG rating for profanity. You can download a viewing guide from James Dobson’s Focus on the Family by clicking here. […]

Storm Shelter, Session 1 (The Shelter of God’s Presence): Additional Questions

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Opening Question  Suppose you could know what tomorrow holds, would you want to know? Why or why not? What have you used for shelter when you’ve been caught in a storm? What do you do when you get caught outside in a storm? How effective are umbrellas in sheltering you from a storm? What was […]

Storm Shelter, Session 1 (The Shelter of God’s Presence): Extra Activity for Collegiates

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The reality is that all of us will face some significant storms in our lives. Some of these storms come so quickly and often out of nowhere. Knowing God is present in the midst of a storm is of vital importance. To start off this series with your college students, find someone in your church that has […]

Storm Shelter, Session 1 (The Shelter of God’s Presence): Live It Out Option for Parent’s Groups

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Begin the session by playing a short clip from a family blog post. In the clip, a recently adopted child from Haiti is Face-Timing with his father. http://sueaallen.com/2014/10/29/abba-father/ At the close of the clip, challenge your class with the following questions: In what ways do we enter into the presence of God? Do you consider your relationship […]

Storm Shelter Session 1(The Shelter of God’s Presence): Well Placed Confidence

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In the face of life’s uncertainties, place your trust in God.  “I tell you, Peter,” He said, “the rooster will not crow today until you deny three times that you know Me!” (Luke 22:34). The words must have hung in the air, pointed and powerful. The disciples had just been arguing about who was to […]