HAPPILY EVER AFTER? Hope For the Future

Happily Ever After?

February 15, 2015

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While there's no such thing as a marriage made in heaven, crafting a divine marriage is nearly always possible - it just takes a lot of hard work. This weekend as we wrap up our series on marriage, Pastor Mike and Carolyn return to encourage us all to learn from the past - and press forward to discover our own place of relational promise. 


HAPPILY EVER AFTER? Hope For the Future

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Lamentations 3:19-27 / Mike & Carolyn Slaughter / Feb. 14 & 15, 2015     

 

HAPPILY EVER AFTER?:  Hope for the Future
 
1.    Learning from the Past (vs. 19-20)           
 
 
 
 
 
 
2.    Keeping a Future Focus (vs. 22)
 
  • Psalm 39:4-5
 
 
 
 
 
 
3.    Doing the Hard Work (vs. 27)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
              See this week’s journaling questions on reverse side for deeper reflection.

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Hope for the Future

 
While there’s no such thing as a marriage made in heaven, crafting a divine marriage is nearly always possible – it just takes a lot of hard work. This week we will take a look at what the scriptures say about how we can learn from the past – and press forward to discover our own place of relational promise.  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 Lamentations 3:19-27
What does this passage have to say about the importance of learning from our past and staying future focused? How can you apply that wisdom to your closest relationships?
 
Day 2: Read Psalm 51
David wrote this psalm after he was confronted by the prophet Nathan. What does this powerful lament have to teach us about the nature of confession and repentance? When David says, “Search me and know me,” he is getting honest with himself. How can owning up to our junk bring more and more health into our relationships?
 
Day 3: Read Proverbs 12
What does this passage have to say about getting wise counsel? How can counseling improve our closest relationships?
 
Day 4: Read Matthew 18:21-35
This parable has a lot to teach us about forgiveness. After reading it, what do you think is the root of unforgiveness? How can unforgiveness sabotage the health of our closest relationships? 
 
Day 5: Read Romans 15
What does verse 1 mean when it says, “we who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak”? Verse 5 is interesting. In your mind what links “endurance” and “encouragement” with “having the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had”? What wisdom is there for us in this passage concerning our closest relationships?
 
Day 6: Read Philippians 3:7-14
What does this passage have to say about living in God’s future? How does this apply to our closest relationships?
 
Day 7: Read Matthew 7:15-29
What does it mean to build your house on the rock? What does this passage have to say about doing the hard work required to have healthy relationships?

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Lamentations 3:19-27 / Mike & Carolyn Slaughter / Feb. 14 & 15, 2015 

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