13: Doing good–to everybody? – Thought Starters
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Timothy loved the trumpet. By the time he turned fourteen he could play scales in all the keys and challenging exercises. He even presented “special music” for church. During secondary school Timothy listened carefully to all the trumpet music he could get his hands on and taught himself to slur notes, to manage extreme vibrato, … [Click to read more …]

12: Even a four-year-old can learn about Christian love – Thought Starters
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“Christmas! Christmas! I can hardly wait for Christmas!” Four-year-old Randy Williams clapped his hands and did a tumble to the Christmas tree in the corner of the family room.1 “What’s so special about Christmas?” his dad teased. “Presents. Lots of presents. And cake and cookies and ice cream and—“ “Christmas is for you?” “Yes! Yes! … [Click to read more …]

11: Freedom in Jesus – Thought Starters
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Let Freedom Ring1 The Israelites in bondage. Do you think they dreamed of freedom from slavery? The woman from church dying of cancer. Do you think she dreams of freedom from pain? The family on their way home from church. Do you think they dream of freedom from each other? The alcoholic in lockup. Do you … [Click to read more …]

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 … [Click to read more …]

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 … [Click to read more …]

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, … [Click to read more …]

07: The Road to Faith in Galatians 3 – Discussion Questions
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Keeping within the lines 1 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 … [Click to read more …]

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 … [Click to read more …]

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.” … [Click to read more …]

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. … [Click to read more …]