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For the week starting April 26, 2015
At the Movies: The Hunger Games
Often society’s fears and personal fears drive our life stories. But throughout history and cinema, moments are made when displays of courage cause crises of beliefs. This week we seek to activate faith to deflect fear. Daily devotionals that accompany each day's reading are also available on Facebook. They are created by a great Ginghamsburg unpaid servant team. You do not have to be a Facebook user to access them. View here.
Day 1: Read Genesis 20
Human nature fears. Define fear. What did Abraham fear in Genesis 20? How did his fear reflect on the maturity level of his faith in God? What do you fear? How might this be a faith issue?
Day 2: Read 2 Timothy 1:6-14
God gave us a gift, a good deposit, to combat fear. What is the good deposit given to us that should be fanned and guarded by the help of the Holy Spirit? How does having a seed of faith empower us to deal with our emotions?
Day 3: Read Matthew 14
Peter was an emotional disciple who expressed both fear and faith. Jesus said to the disciples, “Take courage!” Define courage. How did Peter’s courage to act affect all the disciples’ fears and faiths?
Day 4: Read Psalm 23
Different life events require different kinds of courage. In what ways does King David acknowledge God’s provision? God’s comfort? God’s promises? How do these acknowledgments help you find courage, not just in death, but in life?
Day 5: Read Psalm 118
Psalm 118 is meant for community interaction in worship and is used at Passover. How do the first four verses demonstrate community? How does sharing this passage strengthen community to motivate courageous action over crippling fear?
Day 6: Read Deuteronomy 31:6-8
Before Moses died, he commissioned Israel and Joshua with God’s words. Compare the commands to the people in verse 6 to the commands to Joshua in verses 7 and 8? Whom do you lead? At home? At work? What fears relate to your leadership? Ask God for encouragement.
Day 7: Read 1 John 4:13-18
Jesus took courage on the cross in his father’s love. How does love relate to fear? Why is there no fear in love? Are you confident in the seed of faith God gifted to you? Pray and ask Jesus to help you “take courage” in the confidence of your faith.
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