There are a few things I need to find out from you as soon as possible. You can email me, text me, or just leave a comment below.
1. Is there anyone in your lifeline that you think, maybe now or maybe later, would make a good Lifeline facilitator? I will speak to those you give me about the possibility of leading their own Lifeline at some point. It might not happen now, but we will at least begin the conversation. Please don't think that your Lifeline will be hurt if one of your own begins a new Lifeline. Some others may go with them and most will stay with you. There might be a temptation to see this negatively, but it is important that we give people a chance to serve as they grow spiritually. It will also give us as a church one more time and location to offer people for Lifelines. And as you give, the Lord will give back.
2. Please consider having Christmas parties with your Lifeline. If you would like, we can even put these into the bulletins and invite others. Some new people might come to check it out and it may help your Lifeline to grow during the next session. If you would like the party to stay just for your Lifeline, that is perfectly fine also.
3. If your Lifeline would like to meet for New Year's or Thanksgiving, please feel free. I would encourage it.
4. If for some reason, you don't think you are going to be able to continue during the next session, please let me know as soon as possible.
CHILL OUT SUNDAY-This Sunday: Please, please, please encourage your Lifeline to all wear sunglasses. You guys are the heart of the church so the more you guys join in, the more it will catch on. And don't forget we will be having our Pastoral Dance Mix. You will not want to miss this.
CHRISTMAS DINNER - December 12th: This is a fundraiser for the teens and a great time of fellowship. You can purchase tickets at the Youth Ministry table on Sundays.
FAMILY SKATING - January 17th: More information will be coming soon
TRUE LOVE MARRIAGE RETREAT - February 12-13. There will be a table in the foyer each Sunday where people can make payments. The deadline for the deposit has been extended until December 6th. And people can make payments as often as they like. The total cost is $230 per couple.
1. Read Proverbs 12:16. What was your response to this on Sunday when it was first introduced?
2. The word 'foolish' comes from a root word meaning 'perverted.' This is not in a sexual connotation, but it simply means that something is used for the wrong purpose meaning that 'annoyance' does not accomplish the purpose for which we feel justified in being annoyed. What affect have you noticed in other people when you have become annoyed? Do they have a positive or negative reaction to your annoyance?
3. On Sunday, Pastor Lee explained how annoyance comes from a selfish place. We are not upset about what someone is doing because it is not good for them to be doing what they are doing, but instead we are upset about what they are doing because of how it is effecting our life. Do you feel that your anger comes out in concern for the other person or out of annoyance? Is it different with different people or different situations?
4. Selfishness began in the Garden of Eden when Satan persuaded Adam and Eve to sin. They suddenly realized they were naked and needed covering. This is symbolical for them realizing that they were destitute. They had nothing without God. So, they began to make a covering for themselves the same way that we try to create with our own power and wisdom the things that only God can produce in our life such as love, joy, and peace. Satan works the same way today whispering into our spirit trying to get us to approach life from a selfish point of view. And this causes selfish, sinful anger. We should direct our anger toward Satan who is the one working night and day to create conflict, fighting, yelling, screaming, etc between people. If he can get us offended or annoyed, he succeeds. But if we can resist the temptation and turn our anger towards him, everything will be different. How do you think your relationships would change if you could direct your anger towards the Devil while expressing your frustration in love to the other person?
The Devil wants to destroy your marriage. Don't let him.
He wants to destroy your relationship with your children and parents. Don't let him.
He wants to kill your friendships. Don't let him.
He wants to trap you in offense. Don't let him.