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Scripture:             Matthew 21:1-11

By: Sue Olesen                            

 

Thoughts:            In Little Women, Laurie is heart-broken when Jo refuses his marriage proposal. 

 

Laurie and Jo are neighbors.  That evening, Laurie hears Jo’s mother calling, “Come in, Jo dear, I need you.”

 

Exactly what Laurie longed to say to Jo!  The words cut into his boyish heart.  Hiding behind his living room draperies, Laurie heard Jo reply, “Coming, Marmee!” and he watched her run toward her home in a flurry of long skirts.

 

The Lord has need of us, and we have need of the Lord.

 

Discussion:          Did Jesus know as he rode through Jerusalem’s streets and heard the crowd’s “Hosannas!” that five days later many of the same people would be howling, “Crucify him!”?

 

Activity:               Tell someone dear to you how much you need him or her.  If necessary, use words.

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Scripture:         Romans 8:6-11  

By: Sue Olesen                                                     

 

Thoughts:         Those of us who are older watch with envy when younger people sink down gracefully onto a rug.  Legs coil under them effortlessly.  Backs remain straight.  When these youngsters need to arise, they unwind and rise in one swift, liquid motion.

 

We remain slumped in our easy chair and murmur gratefully, “Yes, dear, I do need some more ice.”

 

In verse 11, Paul promises us that “… he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.”

 

Perhaps this doesn’t mean coiling and uncoiling physically.  Perhaps if our mortal bodies are quickened by his Spirit, our minds become more receptive to learning, and our hearts become more open to loving “even the least of these.”

 

Discussion:      How can we welcome the Spirit who lives within us?

 

Activity:            Examine your feelings toward someone who irritates you.  Find one quality in this person to admire.

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Scripture:         Ephesians 5:8-14

By: Sue Olesen                                                   

 

Thoughts:         In Genesis 1:3 – the third verse of the entire Bible – “God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.”

 

Light was God’s first creation, as he must have thought it was important.  After light itself, God created the sun, the moon, and the stars and “… set them into the firmament to give light upon the earth.”

 

The New Testament confirms that light is indeed a blessing.  “… ye are a chosen generation, an holy nation … that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”  I Peter 2:9

 

Discussion:      In what ways can church members bring light to people who visit their church?

 

Activity:            Write a thank-you note to someone who has brought light into your life.

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Scripture:         Romans 5:1-11  

BY: Sue Olesen                                       

 

Thoughts:         We haven’t completely forgiven the person who hurt our feelings, but the love of God is shed abroad in our heart.

 

We haven’t read the bible daily, but we are justified by faith.         

 

We missed church twice last month, but while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

 

Discussion:      What do we understand from the promise in verse 9, that we shall be saved from wrath?

 

Activity:            Share your joy in God with your church family.

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Scripture:         John 3:1-17    

By: Sue Olesen                                           

 

Thoughts:         “Who came to Jesus by might?” was a question in Bible Lotto.

 

“Nicodemus!” we children screamed.  For years we knew nothing about Nicodemus except that he came to Jesus by might, and we really didn’t care.  We just wanted to fill the Nicodemus space on our Lotto card.

 

Why did Nicodemus come to Jesus by might?  Was he embarrassed, as a member of the Sanhedrin, to be seen consulting with Jesus?  Was he too busy with his many responsibilities to take time during the day? Did he hope to find Jesus alone?

 

Whatever his reason, Nicodemus received the blessing of being the first person to hear one of the most beautiful promises of the Bible.

 

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”

 

Discussion:      What if the verse stopped after “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son”?

 

Activity:            Almost everyone can quote John 3:16.  Memorize John 3:17 as well

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