06: Women in the Ministry of Jesus – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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[Thought questions for Women in the Ministry of Jesus May 5, 1015] 1. Neither male nor female. In your personal meditations, do you ever reflect on the awesome power of God? How does Christ’s treatment of women reflect that power? Can you imagine hearing a Christian in his evening prayer say, with deep feeling, “Oh, … [Click to read more …]

04: The Call to Discipleship – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

[Thought questions for The Call to Discipleship April 21, 2015] Calling. How is being a disciple like being a fisherman? Did Jesus choose the disciples and then call them? Has Jesus chosen you? How do you know? What do you think is the main requirement in becoming a disciple of Jesus today? Maybe you came into … [Click to read more …]

02: Baptism and the Temptations – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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1. The luminaries. What important personalities seemed to create a circle of history around the death and resurrection of Jesus? Why was it important for Luke to include the names or these people such as Tiberius Caesar, Annas and Caiaphas in his introduction (first verses of Luke 3) at the start of his account of … [Click to read more …]

01: The Coming of Jesus – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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1. Introduction. Wouldn’t it be great to have the apostle Luke as a member–and leader–of your local church? What is special today about having one or more doctors in a congregation? In what ways did Luke’s occupation resemble the work of physicians today? How did Luke’s background qualify him for his ministry to the Gentiles? [Thought … [Click to read more …]

13: Women and Wine – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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Introduction. Stay away from trouble by leaving strong drink alone. Drunkenness is a state of being that simply doesn’t fit with a Christ-centered lifestyle. Ironic, but I’m starting to write my 15th book. Its title, The Alcohol Trap. Another irony is that in some parts of the US and elsewhere, the consumption of alcoholic beverages by … [Click to read more …]

12: The Humility of the Wise – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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Introduction. How can a Christian possibly to be blessed with wisdom and receive the gift of humility at the same time? Moses was recognized for his humility. Do you think he had humility in such abundance that nobody else can come close? What is wonderful about humility? [Thought questions for The Humility of the Wise March … [Click to read more …]

11: Living by Faith – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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Introduction. “The fear of man brings a snare…” What is meant by “fear” in this sentence? How can this sort of admiration cause trouble for us Christians? Have you ever noticed a desire by some fellow Christians to please others or to be respected fully? Is that beneficial? or not? Why? [Thought questions for Living … [Click to read more …]

10: Behind the Mask – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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[Thought questions for Behind the Mask March 3, 1015] 1. Introduction. Can people exalt themselves? Isn’t the approval of the other people needed for exaltation to happen? But what about Satan? Did he win a heavenly election? And don’t all of us, at times anyway, wish we could have more honor than life deals us? Stay tuned to see what … [Click to read more …]