Overcome, Session 5 (Overcome Bitterness): Optional Activity for Collegiates


“Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.” – Corrie ten Boom Divide your members into groups of 3-4 people each. Point out the Corrie ten Boom quote on page 118 in the Personal Study Guide. Or, display the image on PowerPoint.* Within each small group, […]

Overcome, Session 5 (Overcome Bitterness): Live It Out Option for Boomers


If time permits play this 7minute audio clip of Corrie Ten Boom’s message on forgiveness. If you don’t see the video frame below, click here to watch on YouTube: If you don’t have time, use the information below to summarize her life. Corrie Ten Boom and her family were arrested in Holland for hiding Jews during WWII. […]

Overcome, Session 5 (Overcome Bitterness): Doing Good For All


by Gene A . Getz  This title comes from the apostle Paul’s letter to the Galatians:  “So we must not get tired of doing good. … Therefore, as we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith” (Gal. 6:9-10).  As I opened my […]

Overcome, Session 5 (Overcome Bitterness): Additional Questions


The Point: Relationships can only move forward with forgiveness.  Icebreaker Why is it so hard for us to forgive someone who has greatly harmed us? What kind of situations are the hardest for you to forgive? Why does forgiving feel like losing? How does it feel to be forgiven a great debt? Why is unforgiveness unsatisfying? […]

Overcome, Session 5 (Overcome Bitterness): Are You Destined for the Hall of Faith?

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This article originally appeared on February 20, 2013 on threadsmedia.com  Ever had one of those days? You know, one of those days when you super glue your rings together, dent the tailgate of your car, and broke your parents’ garage door — none of it on purpose and all in the same hour? Yesterday, I […]

Overcome, Session 5 (Overcome Bitterness): Live It Out Option for Men or Women


This option will work great for men’s groups or women’s groups.  Joseph is not the only person to demonstrate the power of forgiveness. You may want to read Luke 22:54-62 and John 32:15-23 and review the narrative before watching the video.     How accurately does this portray how Peter may have seemed to Christ […]

Overcome, Session 5: I’d Love you All Over Again


God can redeem a marriage … even one that’s ended in divorce. by Traylor Lovvorn I was completely caught off guard. Thinking that we were going to have lunch with friends, I didn’t question my wife, Melody, when she jumped into the driver’s seat. It was our fifth anniversary, and I probably should’ve been aware that […]

Connected, Session 5 (Connected in Service): All Additional Resources


  Here are two songs from LifeWay worship that have been selected to go along with the Connected study. They can both be found on BSFL Songs Volume 1: “This is Our Prayer” ties to the 2nd session on Ephesians 4:1-6 “Speak Through Me” ties to the 4th session on  Ephesians 4:25-32. Here are the magazine articles that […]

Connected, Session 5 (Connected in Service): Additional Questions


  The Point: Serving in the Church is not about what I want. Icebreaker What is something you have always wanted? What is something you always wanted and never got? What’s the toughest part of not getting what you want? What’s the toughest part of seeing others get their way? Ephesians 5:15-17 Why do our desires […]

Connected, Session 5 (Connected in Service): Can I Take Your Coats?


by Scott Penner These were the first words that greeted me as I, along with my family, entered Truro Alliance Church as a candidate for pastoral ministry.  Delbert, a quiet, unassuming senior, had his own way of making a person feel welcome. He was what you would call the head usher. However, when asked if […]