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God in Unexpected Outcomes (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “God in Unexpected Outcomes,” at Eastbrook Church this past weekend from Ruth 4:13-22.

Discussion Questions:

  1. This week we bring our series on Ruth, “Unexpected,” to a close. Whether you are on your own or in a small group, take time to read Ruth 4:13-22 aloud.
  2. These last verses in Ruth bring together many themes and loose ends from the book. The first theme relates to God’s provision for Ruth and Boaz (Ruth 4:13). Compare the end of Ruth and Boaz’s story to their beginnings (Ruth 1:3-58-916-182:1-28-1219-203:9-13). How do you see God at work in their story?
  3. A second theme relates to God’s restoration for Naomi, moving her from emptiness to fullness. How has God been at work in Naomi’s life? Look specifically at Ruth 1:1-519-212:20-223:1-516-18;4:14-16.
  4. Naomi’s restoration does not necessarily bring answers to all of her suffering. Part of her restoration Read the rest of this entry »

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God in Unexpected Outcomes (Ruth 4b)

This week at Eastbrook, I concluded our series on Ruth called “Unexpected” with a message from Ruth 4: 13-22 entitled “God in Unexpected Outcomes.” I built message around two core truths:

1) God is always at work in around us, and

2) As we live faithfully to God, God will bring unexpected outcomes from our lives.

You can listen to my message online at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter. I’ve included the outline for the message below:

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Posted by on July 8, 2012 in Communication, Eastbrook


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Good Kings and Bad Kings

When I read through 1 Kings and consider the different kings of Judah and Israel, one question comes back to my mind again and again. The question is this: what is the difference between a good king and a bad king?

Traveling through the history of God’s people, we receive a running commentary on their kings. You encounter name after name with lists of accolades and failures, offering us not just a chronology but a theological assessment of these leaders.

The writer of 1 Kings describes each leader in terms of Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 18, 2011 in Scripture reflections


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Responding to God’s Grace (David)

Last week, I wrote two posts tracing the slow decline of King Saul (The Pathway to Slow Decline part 1 | part 2). In one way, those posts seemed to convey inevitability in Saul’s life that could be depressing. Today, I wanted to offer a contrast to Saul’s decline by looking at David’s rise focusing on 2 Samuel 7.

By the time we meet David in 2 Samuel 7, he is installed as the king of Judah and Israel and “was settled in his place and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him” (2 Samuel 7:1). He is at peace after a tumultuous number of years through Saul’s reign and immediately after Saul’s death.

Realization of God’s Grace
The first thing we notice about David is that he Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 26, 2011 in Scripture reflections


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The Pathway to Slow Decline, part 2

This continues a post from yesterday looking at the slow decline of Saul the Benjamite, the first king of Israel. As I recently read through Saul’s story again, I was struck by the pattern of Saul’s slow decline. Here are a few reflections on that for us today.

Tormented and Angry Saul
It is shortly after Saul’s disobedience that David appears on the scene. Samuel secretly anoints David as the next king at God’s request (16:13). Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on May 20, 2011 in Scripture reflections


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