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10 WAYS TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR GROWTH GROUP EXPERIENCE

1   Commit to go! A million excuses will come up, but don’t talk yourself out of going to your small group.

2   Leverage the power of prayer. God’s word says if we ask in accordance with His will, we can have assurance that He will give us what we’ve asked. Ask God to grow you in your faith and to help you connect with others who are also growing in their faith.

3   Don’t judge a book by its cover. Branching out to build new relationships can be intimidating, but you never know when you might meet your next new best friend.

4   Be authentic. When we are real about the ups and downs in our life, it gives others permission to let their guard down as well, and then, everyone benefits.

5   Support your leader. Leading is a big responsibility no matter how you approach it, and your leader has good days and bad days – just like you. Pray for your leader, encourage your leader and support your leader through participation. 

6   Invest in your small group. If you aren’t getting what you want out of your group, examine what you’re putting into your group. Do you participate? Do you add to the discussion? Do you pray for your group? 

7   Apply what you know. Real change happens not just by sitting in a weekly group, but by applying what you’ve learned to your everyday life. 

8   Give yourself some grace. Just because you didn’t do the homework this week, forgot to pray for your group members every day or a genuine conflict arises that prevents you from attending your small group doesn’t mean you’ve failed or that you should throw in the towel. Give yourself some grace and keep going!

9   Have fun. From a cook-out to a group movie night, the possibilities are endless for just hanging out, having fun and getting to know the other individuals in your group.

Be aware of God working around you. God is at work around us in ways we may be too busy to notice, but His timing is always intentional and perfect. Often, God weaves into our life examples of the very things we study about Him and His Word.

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·      Sat/Sun – Celebration services as we begin our new sermon series TABOO

·      Sunday eve – Several Super-Bowl Parties —

·      Feb 8 – 13 – All “7” D-Groups will be meeting

·      Feb 14 – Sunday Evening Prayer Gathering – 5PM – 7PM at Discovery Center

·      Feb 16 – Monthly Core Team Meeting

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            This weekend, our new Sermon Series begins – TABOO…..the 1st topic will be Alcoholism.  Without a doubt every family has – is – or will be affected by the issue of alcohol.  What does the Bible say about this issue? 

             The Biblical passage this weekend will be the Wedding at Cana in Galilee – where Jesus turned the water into win. 

·      Was the wine Grape juice

·      Did Jews ever use Grape juice at a wedding

·      Is Jesus fostering sin by making alcoholic beverage available to problem drinkers

·      If it was alcoholic – why would Jesus do this?

·      Is there any application we can draw between grapes – and marriage?

·      Is it permissible for a Christian to social drink?

·      Where is the line between social drinking and problem drinking?

·      What about our witness to the lost – and/or weaker brother if we drink?

·      Is the application of John 2 based on our bias regarding alcohol?

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  As these words are typed – Bro Jerry Nobel is in Alabama witnessing his grandson’s graduation from a military flight school.  Jerry and Ryan will be driving back to Columbia tomorrow — we congratulate Ryan – and we pray for their safety on the return drive…………… There were 21 at the showing of It’s A Matter Of Faith movie at the church last Friday night.  WOW – was it a mover – it stirred your thought — it stirred your emotions – many clapped – several cried – what a MOVIE.  If you were unable to be with us – I would highly recommend you rent it – purchase it – or somehow make a commitment to yourself to watch this moving – biblical drama played out on a secular university campus……………The leadership team voted to increase the mission giving to Matthew Dolan.  He is working in Panama – and the little yellow duck in the hall is where we would give our gifts if we want to support him.  Matthew recently spoke to a couple D-Groups and they were impressed and encouraged by his ministry.  Please consider the work in Panama as you pass by the duck going into the auditorium and leaving the auditorium………………Do you plan to attend a Super-Bowl party?  Who do you think will win the game?  The welcome question in Group this week was this – what do you think will be the beverage of choice at most Super-Bowl parties — thus our theme for Sunday – Alcoholism……………..

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            The Jr. Hi/Sr.Hi youth groups from Discovery and Blue Ridge join together each Wednesday evening at the Blue Ridge Campus for a combined Youth Program.  Bro Doug reports that several from Discovery are participating.  If you would like more info – please contact Doug or Jackie. 

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·      Baby Justice (Eileen and Tom’s grandchild)- in the ICU at Women & Children’s

·      Sabrina Baker – infant – diagnosed with pneumonia

·      Noah Philippe – Sunday night bad wreck – 18 stiches – 6 staples in his head – mild concussion

·      Courtney Baker sent a private request – (God knows) – please lift it up

·      Maryann Williamson – struggling a month with a health issue

·      Jackie’s sister – in a facility in Shelbina, Mo

·      Karen’s brother in rehab in Paris, Mo

·      Joy’s full recovery from a broken hip – and her nephew in a serious wreck – paralyzed below the neck

·      Eph 6:12 – as we pray for families – individuals in our area to have a hunger and thirst for Jesus

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Matt 19:1-6  When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went down to the region of Judea east of the Jordan River. Large crowds followed him there, and he healed their sick. Some Pharisees came and tried to trap him with this question: “Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife for just any reason?” “Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” Jesus replied. “They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female.’[a]” And he said, “‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’[b] Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.”

             Deut 24;1-4  “Suppose a man marries a woman but she does not please him. Having discovered something wrong with her, he writes a document of divorce, hands it to her, and sends her away from his house. When she leaves his house, she is free to marry another man. But if the second husband also turns against her, writes a document of divorce, hands it to her, and sends her away, or if he dies, the first husband may not marry her again, for she has been defiled. That would be detestable to the Lord. You must not bring guilt upon the land the Lord your God is giving you as a special possession.

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Building Fuund              $  100.00

Panama Mission           $    13.00

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