December 16, 2018 Isaiah: A Light to the Nations

Discussion Questions

What does justice mean to you?

What does it mean to be a light to the nations?

How are justice and light related?

Who receives justice in this passage?

 

Acting on the Word

Find a way to offer light and/or justice to someone this week.

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:           Isaiah 42:1-9, A Light to the Nations

Monday:          Isaiah 42:10-20, A Hymn of Praise

Tuesday:         Isaiah 42:21-25, Israel’s Disobedience

Wednesday:    Isaiah 43:1-7, Restoration and Protection Promised

Thursday:        Isaiah 43:8-21, Restoration and Protection Promised

Friday              Isaiah 43:22-28, Restoration and Protection Promised

Saturday          Isaiah 44:1-8, God’s Blessing on Israel

What are God’s people waiting for?  How is God at work?

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December 9, 2018 Esther: Time for Action

Discussion Questions

Have you ever participated in a public protest or demonstration?  Why or why not?

What goes through your minds when you see news stories about protests or demonstrations?

Have you ever been asked to risk yourself to help others?  How did you respond?

 

Acting on the Word

Pray for those involved in protest and justice movements; if you feel called to do so, take a stance yourself.

Daily Readings

Sunday:           Esther 4:1-17, Mordecai challenges Esther to Act

Monday:         Esther 1:1-22, King Ahasuerus Deposes Queen Vashti

Tuesday:         Esther 2:1-23, Esther Becomes Queen

Wednesday:    Esther 3:1-15, Haman Undertakes to Destroy the Jews

Thursday:        Esther 5:1-14, Esther’s Banquet, Haman’s Plans

Friday:            Esther 6:1-14, The King Honors Mordecai

Saturday:         Esther 7:1—8:17, Esther Saves the Jews

 How is God at work?  Who is working against God?  Who chooses to act for justice?

 

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December 2, 2018 Habakkuk: Time for Vision

Discussion Questions

What is your physical vision like?  Do you need glasses or contacts?  Do you experience vision loss that can’t be corrected?

How does the quality of your vision affect your interaction with the world around you?

What does Habakkuk see?  How does what he sees affect him?

 

Acting on the Word

Watch the news on TV or watch current news videos on the internet.  What do you see?  How do you feel about what you see?  Does God seem to be absent or present in what you see? Pray about what you see.;

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:           Habakkuk 1:1-4; (2:1-4; 3:[3b-6], 17-19) Introducing Habakkuk

Monday:          Habakkuk 1:5-11, The Prophet’s Complaint

Tuesday:         Habakkuk 1:12—2:1, The Prophet’s Complaint, part 2

Wednesday:    Habakkuk 2:5-14, The Woes of the Wicked, part 1

Thursday:        Habakkuk 2:15-20, The Woes of the Wicked, part 2

Friday:            Habakkuk 3:1-7, The Woes of the Wicked, part 3

Saturday:         Habakkuk 3:8-19, The Woes of the Wicked, part 4 + a Word of Hope

 

What is Habakkuk’s concern?  What is God’s response?

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November 25, 2018: Jeremiah Calls for Change

Discussion Questions

Where do you feel safest?  Why do you think that is?

What are some ways our society takes advantage of the immigrant, the widow, and the orphan?

What are some ways God is calling you to change how you relate to the immigrant, the widow and/or the orphan?

Where do you see perjury or false witness occurring?

How might God be calling you to change how you speak/what you say to be more truthful?

 

Acting on the Word

Find a way to do something concrete to help an immigrant, a widow, or an orphan.

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:           Jeremiah 7:1-11   Jeremiah’s Temple Sermon

Monday:          Jeremiah 7:16-34, The People’s Disobedience

Tuesday:         Jeremiah 8:18-9:11, The Prophet Mourns for the People

Wednesday:    Jeremiah 10:1-10, Idolatry Has Brought Ruin on Israel

Thursday:        Jeremiah 10:11-16, Idolatry Has Brought Ruin on Israel

Friday:            Jeremiah 10:17-25, The Coming Exile

Saturday:         Jeremiah 11:1-17, Israel and Judah Have Broken the Covenant

 

What have the people of Judah/Israel done wrong? How can their mistakes inform your choices?

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November 18: Isaiah-Do Not Fear

Discussion Questions

When have you felt afraid?

What helps you have hope when you are afraid?

How do you know who to listen to when things seem hopeless?

 

Acting on the Word

Pay attention this week for moments when you feel afraid; when they occur, ask God to help you be less afraid.

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:       Isaiah 36:1-3, 13-20; 37:1-7, Do Not Fear

Monday:      Isaiah 36:4-12, Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem

Tuesday:      Isaiah 37:8-13, Hezekiah Consults Isaiah

Wednesday: Isaiah 37:14-29, Hezekiah’s Prayer

Thursday:    Isaiah 37:30-38, Sennacherib’s Defeat

Friday:         Isaiah 38:1-22, Hezekiah’s Illness

Saturday:     Isaiah 39:1-8, Envoys from Babylon Welcomed

 

What are the potential sources of fear?  How is God at work in the midst of frightening events?

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November 11: Micah

 Discussion Questions

When have you received mercy from someone?  Justice?

What does it mean to walk humbly with God?

What does it mean to do justice?

Acting on the Word

Show mercy to someone this week.

Daily Readings

Sunday:       Micah 5:2-4; 6:6-8  A Promised Ruler, What God Asks

Monday:      Micah 1, Judgment and Doom

Tuesday:      Micah 2, Social Evils Denounced

Wednesday: Micah 3, Wicked Rulers

Thursday:    Micah 4, Peace and Promise

Friday:         Micah 5:1, 5-15; 6:1-5, 9-16, God’s Challenge

Saturday:     Micah 7, Prophecy of Restoration

 

In what ways have God’s people broken the covenant?  How will God renew it?

 

 

 

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November 4: Healing an Enemy/All Saints

Discussion Questions

What nationalities or groups were portrayed as our enemies in your youth?

What about now?

What makes someone a “saint”?

How were (or were) each of the people in this story saints?

 

Acting on the Word

Do something helpful for someone you are at odds with.

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:       2 Kings 5:1-19a  Elisha Heals Naaman

Monday:      2 Kings 2:13-18  Elisha Succeeds Elijah

Tuesday:      2 Kings 2:19-25  Elisha Performs Miracles

Wednesday: 2 Kings 4:1-7     Elisha and Widow’s Oil

Thursday:    2 Kings 4:8-37   Elisha and the Shunammite woman

Friday:         2 Kings 4:38-41  Elisha Purifies the Pot of Stew

Saturday:     2 Kings 4:42-44  Elisha Feeds 100 Men

How is Elisha a saint in these readings?  Who else are saints?  Where is God?

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