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All Wednesday Evening Activities Cancelled

All activities for Wednesday, February 27, 2013 will be cancelled due to the snow storm. We look forward to seeing you at our Morning Gathering, Sunday, March 3!...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 7:13-14

Carefully Think Read Matthew 7:13-29. List the different analogies Jesus uses in these verses? What is he teaching through each of them? How do they relate to each other? Read Matthew 7:13-14 Why should we seek to enter through the narrow gate? What is this narrow gate leading to? How do you know from this context (cf. 5:20; 7:21)? What are the characteristics of th...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 7:7-12

Carefully Think Read Matthew 7:7-12. How does this section on prayer fit in this context? How do you know? Compare this with the similar account in Luke 11:9-13. Read John 1:12 and Matthew 7:11. What do these verses say about how God views those who are His children? What do these encouragements to pray say about our relationship with the Heavenly Father? What affect...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 7:1-6

Carefully Think Read Matthew 7:1-6. Sum up the main idea in one sentence. What does "judge" mean in this context? How do you know? What does it not mean in this context? Why? Compare this with 1 Corinthians 5:4. How do verses 3-5 help define what "judge" means in verse 1? What are the consequences of inappropriately judging someone else? Who is being judged in this ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 6:25-34

Carefully Think Read Matthew 6:25-34. What is the connection between this passage and Matthew 6:19-24? What is the "therefore" referring to in 6:25? What issues of life does Jesus bring up over which we should not be anxious? What is the point behind the illustrations of the birds of the air and the flowers of the field in 6:26-30? According to 6:30, what is misplac...

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Preparing for Sunday - Critical Questions Concerning the Lord's Supper

Preparing Your Heart for the Table Read 1 Corinthians 10:16-17. What does the cup at the Lord's table suggest? What does 1 Corinthians 10:17 suggest about us when we take the bread together? Read 1 Corinthians 11:17-34. What does it mean to "remember" the Lord when you take of the elements? How are you examining yourself and your relationship to the rest of the churc...

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Preparing for Sunday-The Gospel and Abortion

Carefully Think Read through Psalm 139. What details do you see in this psalm that speak to the issues involved in the subject of abortion? Read Psalm 139:13-16 again. How much is God involved in life even before conception? Read Jeremiah 1:5. What does it mean that God "knew" Jeremiah before he was formed in the womb? What else had God determined for Jereimaih befor...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Carefully Think Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5 How does Paul describe God's wisdom and what role does preaching play in it? What do Jews and Greeks seek in distinction from what believers seek (1:22-23)? What is Christ to those who believe (1:24). What characterized Paul's preaching when he came to the city of Corinth (2:1, 4)? What did Paul avoid in his preaching (2:...

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Preparing for Sunday - Paul Meinsen

This Sunday, Paul Meinsen, Missouri State Director forCapitol Commission, will be preaching as a part of our Morning Gathering. Paul is a native Missourian; born in Joplin and raised in Springfield. He is the oldest of four boys who grew up in a Christian home that taught the importance of honoring God and loving His people. After graduating from Central High School in S...

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Christmas Eve Gathering - O Holy Night

O Holy Night has become a staple for many churches at Christmas time. The familiar melody and soaring chorus are at once recognizable. A few years ago I stumbled upon alternate words for this great song (unattributed), and we have used them in our Christmas Eve service ever since. They capture well the birth narrative, a humble response of praise, and a right anticipation ...

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