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Preparing for the Gathering - Genesis: In the Beginning (Part 5)

Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - Genesis: In the Beginning (Part 5)

Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for the Gathering - Genesis: Book of Beginnings (Part 1)

Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - Genesis: Book of Beginnings (Part 1)

Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for the Gathering - 1 Cor. 6:12-20

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Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - 1 Cor. 6:12-20

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Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Cor 5:1-5

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read 1 Corinthians 5:...

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Preparing for Sunday - Mark 10:17-27

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Briefly skim through ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Colossians 1:15-20

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read Colossians 1:15-...

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Preparing for Sunday - Philippians 1:3-11

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read Philippians 1:1-...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Cor. 2:6-16

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read 1 Corinthians 2:...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read 1 Corinthians 1...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Corinthians 1:4-9

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read 1 Corinthians 1...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 & 2 Chronicles Part 4

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Click here to listen...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Chr. - Part 1

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Briefly skim the boo...

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Preparing for Sunday - Ezra: Part 2

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read Ezra 6:19 throu...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Peter 5:1-5

        Carefully Think Read 1 Peter 5:1-5 What commonality does Peter claim with the people to whom he is writing? Who specifically is he addressing in this passage? What commands does he give them? What implications does that have for the church of those whom he is addressing? What does Peter say about the attitudes and intentions of those i...

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Sunday Review - Matthew 26:31-35

Looking Back This past Sunday pastor Bret preached from the Matthew account of Jesus’ announcement to the disciples that they were about to walk away from Him. Their response exposed the reality that they did not realize the turn Jesus’ earthly ministry was about to take. The title of the sermon, When God’s Unwanted Ways Expose Our Unseen Weakness, strik...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 26:31-35

Carefully Think Read Matthew 26:31-35 What was the reason the disciples would “fall away” from Jesus that night? How significant is the metaphor of shepherd and sheep? How closely was this group tied to Jesus at this point? Skim 10:1-25. How had Jesus prepared them for opposition in his name? How much opposition do you think the disciples might have expec...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 23:37-24:3

Carefully Think Quickly review Matthew 23. Carefully read Matthew 23:37-24:3 What was the scene prior to Jesus’ statement in 23:37? How does that add to the intensity of his statement? What does Jesus mean by his statement in vs. 38? What did Jesus teach regarding the temple in previous passages? What do you think the disciples have in mind as they ask their q...

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Preparing for Sunday - Proverbs, Part 2

Carefully Think Read Proverbs 25 and skim chapters 26-31. What words or phrases stood out as repeated or emphasized? What kinds or categories of people are mentioned? Which metaphors or illustrations stood out as particularly helpful in explaining a truth? What areas of life are addressed? What passages were particularly applicable to aspects of modern culture? Which...

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Preparing for Sunday - Proverbs, Part 1

Carefully Think Read Proverbs 1-3:12. Who was this portion of Proverbs written to? What words or phrases are repeated or emphasized? What topics or life issues are addressed? What warnings are given? What is said about wisdom or attaining wisdom? What are wisdom and knowledge linked with according to 1:7, 1:29, and 2:5? How are the actions of the wise distinctly diffe...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 22:41-46

Carefully Think Read Matthew 22:41-46. How is this encounter between Jesus and the religious leaders different than the previous scenes recorded in this chapter? Who or what might the Pharisees have thought of when Jesus referred to "the Christ"? Read Psalm 110, from which Jesus quotes.  Based on this Psalm, what were some things the Jews were expecting the Lord...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 22:1-14

Carefully Think Read Matthew 22:1-14 What strikes you as the most surprising aspects of this parable? Reread the previous passage; The Parable of the Tenants (21:33-41). What similarities or differences are there between the responses of the master (ch 21) versus that of the king (ch 22)? How would you catagorize the different responses or attitudes of the people in ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 20:17-34

Carefully Think Read Matthew 20:17-34 What do you recall about the previous references Jesus made regarding his upcoming death? See 16:21 and 17:22-23. What details does he add in the current passage that were not in the previous references? Do you think the mother of the two disciples was aware of Jesus’ previous announcement when she made her request? What is...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 19:16-22

Carefully Think Read Matt 19:16-22. What would be a common response, from today’s culture, to the man’s initial question? Read Exodus 20:3-17. What commandments were missing from the list Jesus gave? What is most common among those that Jesus did not include? Why do you think the man responded the way he did in verse 20? Why does Jesus mention “per...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 16:17-20 (Part 2)

Carefully Think Read Matthew chapter 16, focus on verses 17-20 Why was Peter called “blessed”? How was Jesus’ response to Peter different than his response to the group of the disciples in 16:8? Why? From these verses, what are the connections between heaven and earth? What was Peter’s role to be in the church? Why? What were the disciples t...

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Preparing for Sunday - Zechariah

Carefully Think Skim through the book of Zechariah. Read chapters 1-2 From 1:1-6: Who is being addressed? What warnings were given to Zechariah to pass on? What had been happening in Israel up to the time of this writing? (hints in 1:12 and 7:12-14) What was God’s perspective on Jerusalem and the surrounding nations? What ultimate hope is given to Jerusalem? ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Nahum

Think carefully Read the book of Nahum in one sitting. Observe the attributes of the Lord revealed throughout the book, specifically in 1:1-8. How will God go about destroying the city of Nineveh (Read 2:3-12)? What are the charges against Nineveh; why is God against them (3:1-4)? How are the Ninevites described throughout the book? What does Nahum prophesy about Go...

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