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New Year’s Resolutions?

Man's hand pointing on street mapThis morning, I was chatting over coffee with some guys that I meet with every Wednesday morning. As we were catching up on the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, one guy asked if anyone had any New Year’s resolutions? It was a good question that led us into some meaningful conversation about what is important to us this coming year.

So, I thought I’d ask my online community a similar set of questions:

  • Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?
  • Are there certain things that you want to give greater attention to in this coming year?
  • Is there something you are taking on as a theme for this new year?
 
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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Questions

 

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What About a Fresh Start? (Study Questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church entitled “What About a Fresh Start?

Discussion Questions

1. When was a time when you needed a fresh start in your life? What happened?

2. Matthew 9:1-8 tells a powerful story of Jesus’ authority. Read through Matthew 8:1-9:34 to see and make note of the themes of Jesus’ authority in the surrounding context. What does Jesus have authority over?

3. Why do you think that Jesus began talking with the paralyzed man about sin and forgiveness?

4. What is the significance of Jesus healing the man second only after forgiving his sins?

5. The great conflict in this story arises between Jesus and the teachers of the law. What is the conflict they have and why is it a big deal?

6. Where is one place in your life today where you need a fresh start?  Identify one practical way you will respond this week. Write it down, reflect on it, and put it into practice this week. If you are in a small group, discuss this with one another.

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2012 in Scripture reflections

 

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What About a Fresh Start?

This weekend at Eastbrook Church, I concluded our “Resolved” series with a message entitled “What About a Fresh Start?”

While I had a bit of a sore throat, I rasped out the message, which was rooted in Matthew 9:1-8.

You can listen to my message online at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also subscribe to the Eastbrook podcast here or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter. I’ve included my outline for the message below: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2012 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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What About Our Finances? (Study Questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church entitled “What About Our Finances?

Discussion Questions

1. Which of the following words describes the primary way that you view money:

  • Status
  • Security
  • Enjoyment
  • Control

2. Read Psalm 24:1 and 50:10-12. What are these verses saying about God? What do you think the implications are for how we view God and money?

3. Everything we have is a gift from God. Read James 1:17 and then reflect on what it means that everything we have is a gift from God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2012 in Scripture reflections

 

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What About Our Finances?

This weekend at Eastbrook Church, I continued our series entitled “Resolved” with the message: “What About Our Finances?”

Because I offered some other updates related to my recent international trip, the message is a bit shorter than normal. Still, you can listen to it online at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also subscribe to the Eastbrook podcast here or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter. I’ve included my outline for the message below:

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Posted by on January 23, 2012 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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What About Our Image? (Study Questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church entitled “What About Our Image?

Discussion Questions

1. On a scale of 1-10, how comfortable are you in our own skin – how comfortable are you with yourself – right now. Why?

2. Genesis 1 tells the story of the creation of the world. Read that chapter out loud and reflect on the differences between humanity’s creation and the creation of the rest of the world. What is distinct or unique about human beings?

3. The phrase ‘image of God’ or ‘likeness of God’ only appears three times in Genesis:  1:26-28; 5:1-2; and 9:6. However, Psalm 8 is often seen as a commentary on Genesis 1:26-28. Take some time to read through Psalm 8 and reflect on what it says about humanity.

4. Given the Scripture you read through previously, how would you define humanity in the following categories: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2012 in Scripture reflections

 

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What About Our Image?

This weekend at Eastbrook Church, I continued our series entitled “Resolved” with a message entitled “What About Our Image?”

The sermon was really an extended reflection on Genesis 1:26-28 and the truth that we are created in the image of God.

You can listen to my message online at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also subscribe to the Eastbrook podcast here or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter. I’ve included my outline for the message below: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2012 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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