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UP (to God)
Grab some coffee and something to eat
My Daily Muse Trailer
Call to Worship
Songs (see lyrics below)
IN (with each other)
Kids Lesson & Dismiss to Kids Program
Prayer for Illumination
Discussion/Message (Brick & Rock)
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TODAY'S HELPFUL BUTTONS
Life is Hard. We Need Help.
Macy in the sand story. We work hard to protect what is important to us.
American Dream: Happiness, Avoid Trouble
We Find Trouble/Trouble Finds Us:
- Relational (all problems are relationship problems)
... when we find trouble, we go looking for help
Self help from the lazy blogosphere
Who do we follow (look to for help)? Where does their authority come from? Where are the limitations? Compare to God, His authority, His wisdom.
- Read again vs. 5-6. "The absence of God's judgement causes [the wicked] to believe they can continue to oppress the poor and needy without fear of consequence" – FaithLife Study Bible (False wisdom. Is often based on perceived punishment and reward. God's patience in delivering punishment is seen as approval. Good feelings (from sin) is seen as reward.)
- At best, we are observers. He is the author/design.
- We follow more than ever, yet we are more lonely and have less direction.
The disciples knew loneliness | Life without Jesus is extra hard.
Imagine what the disciples felt: He was arrested, beaten, crucified – buried – and although He arose from the grave – His time on earth after the resurrection – was all too short – and now He was gone. No longer could they see Him face to face and talk to Him as a friend and teacher.
Loneliness is hard: I hate loneliness
Loneliness – we try to distract ourselves out of our loneliness.
The disciples sought God in their loneliness
Jesus physically left the disciples – in order to be closer and never leave. They were not left alone.
Life is easier with an advocate
Have you ever had an advocate? What does an advocate do?
Let your advocate encourage you
Read the following passage at your table as a story (true story) – don't get hung up on any one part, see how it all works together. Talking about God's plan from creation until now and the suffering that came into the world through our selfish apart-ness from God. God designed us to become our best "us," in the image of Jesus (not an easy life, but our best life). Following Jesus as Lord via the Holy Spirit in us makes this possible.
After reading, each person please answer this question: what verse encourages you the most from this passage? Why?
How does this helper and advocate become our helper and advocate?
Full circle: the sand and the chip. We need to see ourselves honestly. Clinging to the chip, being swallowed up in the sand. Ask for help.
Think about your life. See it clearly, honestly.
"You are my Lord"
"I will follow You"
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