Word Studies for the Week of January 20, 2019

January 20 ● Epiphany 2 - The More Excellent Way: Giftedness ● 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 How much do you feel you know about spiritual gifts? What kinds of things would you consider to be spiritual gifts? What kinds of things would be excluded? What types of idols might lead people astray these days? What kinds of things keep people from having a full relationship with God and others? According to Paul, who originates our confession of faith? Who starts the relationship? See 1 Corinthians 12:3? Paul makes the case that God activates a variety of spiritual ...

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Word Studies for the Week of January 13, 2019

January 13 ● Baptism of Our Lord - Welcoming God: Living ● Luke 3:7-22 How do you know if you are living a meaningful life? What are the signs which help you discern the quality of your life? John the Baptist asks people to bear fruits worthy of repentance, what might that look like in daily life? He also asks people not to fall back to their identity as Abraham’s ancestor to save them but to change their lives now. Does this message have a particular resonance for our times today? What do the recommendations that John tells people to do have in common? Is it ...

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January Good News from Holy Cross

  Good News for January 2019 Just click on the picture or text above!

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Word Studies for the Week of January 6, 2019

January 6 ● Epiphany 1 - Welcoming God: Seeing ● Isaiah 60:1-6 Isaiah calls the people to rise because the light has arrived. What things might keep us in a state of sleep where we don’t see work of God in our lives? Are there times in our life where we think we would be better off staying in the dark? What would make us feel this way? What are some of the dark things that are troubling our world today? Where do these things come from? Isaiah says that when light comes the nations will come to those upon whom the light shines. What does this say about ...

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Word Studies for the Week of December 30, 2018

December 30 ● Christmas 1 - Welcoming God: Finding ● Luke 2:41-52 What can adults learn about God from children? Describe a time when you were astounded by a child’s question or answer to a question. What does the story of Jesus teaching in the temple say about the potential that God has given Children to lead in the faith? What concerns you about Joseph and Mary’s behavior in Luke 2:43-45? What does the response of Mary and Joseph in Luke 2:48 say about them? Have you ever responded to your children as Mary and Joseph responded to Jesus in ...

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Word Studies for the Week of December 23, 2018

December 23 ● Advent 4 - Anticipating God: Magnifying ● Luke 1:39-55 To magnify means to enlarge, so Mary tells God’s story to see him bigger. Does this work what might help you see God bigger in your eyes? If you had some good news who would be the first person you share it with? Why would you choose this person? If you had some bad news would you first share it with the same person or would choose another? How come? What might be some of the reasons Mary traveled a long way to see Elizabeth? How does Elizabeth come to the knowledge about Mary’s ...

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Living Nativity and Children’s Christmas Program December 23

Living Nativity and Christmas Program December 23 Christmas Program 1o AM Living Nativity 11 AM We invite you to our children's Christmas Program Living Nativity Sunday December 23.    We will have live animals on the lawn with cookies and cocoa to share immediately after our 10 Worship Service with our Sunday School presenting the Christmas Gospel story.  We would love to see you!!

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Word Studies for the Week of December 16, 2018

December 16 ● Advent 3 - Anticipating God: Rejoicing ● Zephaniah 3:14-20 What is the difference between rejoicing and just being happy? Is there a qualitative difference? Do they come from the same place? What makes you rejoice? What kinds of things make you more likely to rejoice? Can you think of a time when you really rejoiced in something? Zephaniah encourages Israel to rejoice for two reasons in verse 3:15, what are they? How are they in common? What are the emotions that really can dampen our capacity to rejoice in life? What strategies can help ...

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Word Studies for the Week of December 9, 2018

December 9 ● Advent 2 - Anticipating God: Hoping ● Malachi 3:1-4 What is the first thing you would change in the world if you could? According to Malachi 3:1 when the messenger comes, where will God be found? What might that say about what the people of Israel are hoping for? Malachi says that the people of Israel delight in the covenant, what might that mean? Have you ever thought about your own faith life in such terms? What aspects might you delight in? The messenger is described by Malachi and as powerful and maybe even scary. Why might this be ...

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Word Studies for the Week of December 2, 2018

December 2 ● Advent 1 - Anticipating God: Cherishing ● 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Who is someone you cherish? Why do you cherish this person, what have they done for you? Read 1 Thessalonians 3:7-8; why does Paul value the Thessalonian Christians so much? Are there people in your life who do this for you? Is faith in Christ contagious? Why or why not? If you answered yes, can you think of some examples? What does love look like in your life? How do you know when you have it? How do you know when you give it? Who is someone you might pray regularly for? ...

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