10: Laws and Promises – Thought Starters
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Madeline and Melvin were in love. No question about it. At every opportunity they would steal glances at each other and talk with nudges and grins. Everybody knew.1

They would soon be married.

Then Melvin dropped a bombshell. Both Madeline and Melvin had been married before, and Melvin wasn’t ready to risk a repeat performance of what he’d gone through.

“I love you, Madeline,” he said. “I love you from the bottom of my heart.” [...]

09: The Disappointed Pastor – Thought Starters
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Carol knew the nausea would go away, but it was too much to endure sitting in the pews. At home she slept a while and then turned on the computer and within a couple of hours she was listening to Pastor Randy Roberts preaching at the Loma Linda University church.1

What was that he was saying? What?

Pastor Roberts was speaking with urgency. He was saying that no doctrine, no teaching, no lifestyle issue, no Scriptural interpretation—nothing—was as important [...]

08: Be an Heir Rather Than a Servant – Thought Starters
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“I wish we would win the lottery,” Marcia announced at the dinner table.

“That’s impossible,” her father said. “We don’t play the lottery.” 1

“Why not?”

“Because it’s a foolish gamble. You have one in eighteen million chances of winning. And that’s in a lottery for a single state. Some lotteries are for several states, and your odds could be as low one in one hundred and twenty million.”

“It’s still one chance.”

07: The Road to Faith in Galatians 3 – Discussion Questions
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Darcy and Danielle laid out the pictures on the table next to the box of crayons. Darcy’s picture was of a giraffe surrounded by trees with a monkey peering around the giraffe’s neck. Danielle’s was of a picnic table in a forest, loaded with pineapples, bananas, and other tropical fruit with a big bird posed on one end of the table.

Before Dad left them to their coloring, he said, “Keep within the lines, do you understand?”

The girls [...]

08: The Priority of the Promises – Discussion Questions
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Darrel: This week the seven billionth life began breathing on this earth. What do you think about that?”

Matt: Terrible, terrible news. Population growth is all messed up because most of the new lives are starting out in poverty with no education. You know where that leads.

Darrel: Where?

Matt: The smart end up ruling the ignorant and we end up with a massive fiefdom.

Darrel: But Jesus will come before that happens.

Matt: Only if we get busy and fulfill our duty to spread [...]

05: The Gospel in the Old Testament – Discussion Questions
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It was time for evening worship. Jim opened his Bible to read a key verse and almost choked laughing.

“What’s so funny?” Gracie asked.

“Paul is calling the Galatians nincompoops!”

“No, he’s not. He just says they’re foolish.”

“But the meaning is the same—stupid, ignorant, idiotic—and it’s in the Bible!”

“Exactly where it should be.”

“What?”

“Because the Bible is loaded with descriptions of people who went bad.”

“They were good at first?”

“Maybe, but not that good. But they turned bad.”

“How bad?”

“So bad that they missed the point [...]

04: Holding On in the Flood – Discussion Questions
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The river had been well past flood stage for days, and as darkness settled on the streets and rooftops of the city that night, the wind picked up and howled its fearful message that destruction had arrived. A board worked its way loose outside Sam’s apartment on second floor and crashed against the street light. A short display of fireworks and then darkness. Sam could feel the floor sinking and then rising again, his knees giving way [...]

03: United We Stand, Divided We… Discussion Questions
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I have about as many bones as the average adult female does, and that’s enough for me. Some of those 206 bones are long and narrow, some are short and stubby.

They attach to other bones by various means. Some of them are “fused” together. Others fit together by means of a hinge. And I just read that the bone that keeps our tongue in place doesn’t work with any other bones but is controlled entirely by muscles and ligaments.

Still, a [...]

02: Galatians, sit up and take notice! – Discussion Questions
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“Hey, look at this,” Fred said. “The Mormons are getting energized to preach their message around the world.”

It was the first day of the General Conference session of the Church of
Latter-day Saints, also known as Mormons, in October of 2011.

“They’re building six new temples,” Fred continued. “Look at this.” He held up a sheet of paper. “Kinshasha in the Congo, Durban in South Africa, Paris in France, Baranquilla in Colombia and, here’s the best of them all, in “Star Valley, [...]

Paul learns to love the Gentiles – Discussion Points
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Imagine it. Lights and a voice, and you’ve been knocked to the ground blinded by the flash. And then you hear this voice, powerful and deep: “Why have you been persecuting Me?”

Bewildered, frightened and not a little bit worried, you look up. You can’t see.

You muster the courage to speak. “Who are you?” you call into the depth of darkness.

“I am Jesus…”

“Jesus,” you’re thinking. “You’re Jesus!” Your knees are trembling.

The voice continues, “I am Jesus whom you [...]