Awake, Session 5 (Return to Unity): Common Ground

BY SCOTT ATTEBERY Bound together by the need for grace. I don’t belong here. That was my first thought when I walked into the room labeled, “Singles.” I had recently relocated and was interested in building rela- tionships in my new church home. On that particular Sunday morning, I was greeted at the church entrance […]

Awake, Session 5 (Return to Unity): Is Jesus Really All You Need?

Is Jesus Really All You Need? “All you need is Jesus.” Ever heard that phrase? In the evangelical world that I consider myself a part of, this phrase is constantly proclaimed as the very essence of the Christian faith. All I need is my personal relationship with Jesus. Everything else may be helpful, but not necessary to live […]

Awake, Session 5 (Return to Unity): The People of God (Excerpt)

A New People Our oldest son, Zeke, was born on August 8, 2008. I know: 8.8.08 makes it pretty easy on us to remember! He was born literally 30 minutes before the start of the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. So my wife and I sat there in the hospital room […]

Be Strong And Courageous, Session 5 (Work Through Conflict): Dealing with Conflict

Dealing with Conflict The effect of conflict on you and your relationship is impacted by 1) how much that person means to you, 2) the source of the conflict, and 3) how both of you respond. When we face conflict with a coworker, it can be an annoying and persistent burden until we deal with […]

Be Strong And Courageous, Session 5 (Work Through Conflict): Becoming a Grace-Full Grand

Becoming a Grace-ful Grand by DEB DEARMOND “IT’S IN THE WEE HOURS when my defenses are down that my heart breaks all over again,” Sandy says, explaining how the absence of her grandson, Charlie, affects her. “Being without him is tough.” When Sandy’s son and his wife ended their marriage, she and her husband, Mark, were concerned […]

Be Strong And Courageous, Session 5 (Work Through Conflict): Moving Beyond Life’s Messes

God loves His children, whether or not their beds are made. Lately I’ve been observing a side of me I don’t like. It’s a sarcastic, critical, nagging side concerning my early-digit teen daughter, Ashley. I find myself annoyed at small things: her leaving her clothes on the bathroom floor, not hanging up her towel, not putting away her books or colored pens, leaving […]

Like Glue, Session 5 (Stick With Humility): Additional Questions

The Point: Humbly place the needs of others before your own. Opening Question When have you felt awkward as another family’s dinner guest? What images come to mind when you hear the word “submission”? How has the world’s attitude toward submission changed in your lifetime? Why do many consider submission a dirty word? What is […]

Like No Other, Session 5 (Death Like No Other): Discussion Option for Men

Everyone alive at the time remembers where they were when they heard President John Kennedy was assassinated. Elvis Presley died August 16, 1977 and thousands still throng to his estate on the anniversary of his death, and on his birthday each January 8. We remember how we felt as we heard of the thousands who […]

Like No Other, Session 5 (Death Like No Other): Additional Questions

  The Point: Jesus’ death is the heart of the gospel. Icebreaker When have you been given less respect than you deserved? Been unfairly mistreated? Suffered abuse? What did you do (or want to do) about it? What is the greatest sacrifice you’ve ever given for someone else? How did it impact them? Who sacrificed […]

Like No Other, Session 5 (Death Like No Other): When the Gospel Sinks In

Counting gain as loss in light of the incomparable message of Jesus Christ. by Piper Sloane The third-century Christian apologist, Tertullian, famously said during a time of Roman persecution, “The blood of martyrs is the seed of the church.” The early Church grew tremendously during times of intense persecution because of the witness of those who […]