Back to the Mountain: Distracted From God

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Dear Friends,

It’s so easy to get distracted from God. It happens so gradually we often don’t realize how far of we are until we are in crises. Like driving distracted you are often in great danger when you don’t realize it. Sometimes the more comfortable we are the more likely we are to take our eyes off the road or God. There is nothing that can distract us faster than money and stuff.  Jesus warned us against this repeatedly.

Mar 4:19 but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
The blessings of wealth can contribute not just to distraction but also to worry and pride.

Learning how to think, invest and honor God with our wealth is essential to living for Jesus. This Sunday, bring someone. Please pray for me and the services. Also, make sure you plan to go to a worship service and a small group so you can get as much input as possible.

I can wait to see you on Sunday.

Blessings,
Joe

PS: Please plan to attend my class during VBS 9-12 AM Monday thru Friday. It will be a wonderful time to ask questions and learn.

PREPARING FOR SUNDAY: SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS

PLEASE PRAYERFULLY READ THE FOLLOWING SCRIPTURES AND CONSIDER THE QUESTIONS

Luke 15:11-32  And He said, “A man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.’ So he divided his wealth between them. And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living. Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him. But when he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.”‘ So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate. Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. And he summoned one of the servants and began inquiring what these things could be. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him back safe and sound.’ But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him. But he answered and said to his father, ‘Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends; but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.’ And he said to him, ‘Son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours. ‘But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.'”

Matthew 7:7-11  “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”

  • Why do we tend to talk about our upbringing when we explain problems in our lives?

2 Ch 34:2 He did right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of his father David and did not turn aside to the right or to the left.

2 Ki 21:20-22 He did evil in the sight of the LORD, as Manasseh his father had done. For he walked in all the way that his father had walked, and served the idols that his father had served and worshiped them. So he forsook the LORD, the God of his fathers, and did not walk in the way of the LORD.

Mat 7:11 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!

Rom 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

  • Did your father ever admit he was wrong and apologize?
  • Why is this important for us as adults?

Jas 4:6 But He gives a greater grace. Therefore, it says, “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.”

  • Why is grace and generosity such a huge part of fathering Gods way?

Mat 7:7-11  “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”

  • Why are parents afraid to be too generous and gracious to our kids?
  • What are we to generously give our children more importantly than stuff?

Eph 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

  • How well do you really know your family members?
  • Could you fill one page in describing each one of them? [likes, dislikes, hopes dreams, personality, fears, opinions, skills and abilities, history…]

Mat 7:11 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!

  • How can knowing them help you know how to give to them wisely?
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