May 19 Curriculum

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Jesus Sightings: Meeting and going with a purpose! May 19, 2019 (click here for PDF version)   Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of following Jesus. Core Point: At times, God surprises us with a unique touch of grace. What do we do with that touch? Tell someone! Start point: Gospel overview: The Gospel of Matthew was most likely written sometime in the decade of 50 A.D. The Gospel narratives were probably written to help people remember the story from actual witnesses. Most likely, decades after the death and resurrection of Jesus, the stories about Jesus had morphed into half-truths. Each Gospel had many similar stories but with a unique perspective from the eye witness. The author, Matthew, was most likely one of the disciples and worked as a tax-collector.  Matthew, because of his vocation, would not have been held in high esteem.  Much like … Read More

May 12 Curriculum

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Jesus Sightings: Surprised by God’s touch! May 12, 2019 (click here for PDF version)   Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of following Jesus.   Core Point: At times, God surprises us with a unique touch of grace. What do we do with that touch? Tell someone!   Start point: Gospel overview: The Gospel of Luke was written sometime after 60 A.D. and before 70 A.D. The Gospel narratives were probably written to help people remember the story from actual witnesses. Most likely, decades after the death and resurrection of Jesus, the stories about Jesus had morphed into half-truths. Each Gospel had many similar stories but with a unique perspective from the eye witness. The author, Luke, was most likely a physician and worked with Paul on a missionary journey.  Luke wrote a companion letter, which is called Acts, after the Gospel of Luke was … Read More

May 5 Curriculum

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Jesus Sightings: Called by name to move forward! May 5, 2019 (click here for PDF version) Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of following Jesus. Core Point: A name is important for the deepening of a relationship.  The hearing and saying of a name helps a person know she or he is real and somebody. Start point: Gospel overview: The Gospel of John was the last narrative written out of the four Gospels, sometime after 70 A.D. and before 90 A.D.  The Gospel narratives were probably written to help people remember the story from actual witnesses. Most likely, decades after the death and resurrection of Jesus, the stories about Jesus had morphed into half-truths. Each Gospel had many similar stories but with a unique perspective from the eye witness. The Gospel of John emphasized Jesus as the Christ and Son of God. The people that … Read More

April 28 Curriculum

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Jesus Sightings – Fruit of the Spirit: It is a lifestyle! April 28, 2019 (click here for PDF version)   Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of following Jesus.   Core Point: As Christians, we are filled with the Holy Spirit from God.  The Spirit gives us wisdom, instructions in the ways of God, and convicts of sin.  When we live into the Spirit, the evidence should reveal fruit.  The fruit is not either/or, but both/and.  So the fruit of the Spirit includes love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control.  It is not one or two that you are to live into and show, it is all of them.  The evidence that the Spirit is working in an individual is the fruit with all the characteristics working.   Start point: Galatians Context Galatians was written by Paul with an estimated date … Read More

April 14 Curriculum

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Works in Progress – The Disciplines Week 6:  Scripture Reading (click here for PDF version) Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of Lent. Core Point: Lent is a good way to form a new habit, or Godly discipline, which helps an individual to live and love as more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. Start point: Lent 2019, the period of 40 days before Easter (excluding Sundays), begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6, and ends at sundown on the Saturday, April 20, before Easter. The penitential season of Lent is a season of the Church year which commemorates the forty days Jesus fasted and prayed in the wilderness before he began his public ministry. During Lent, we enter into a season of preparation, which includes self-reflection and repentance. Ideally, we seek to literally “turn around” and realign our lives and focus towards God. Most people think … Read More

April 7 Curriculum

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Works in Progress – The Disciplines Week 5:  Service (click here for PDF version) Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of Lent. Core Point: Lent is a good way to form a new habit, or Godly discipline, which helps an individual to live and love as more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. Start point: Lent 2019, the period of 40 days before Easter (excluding Sundays), begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6, and ends at sundown on the Saturday, April 20, before Easter. The penitential season of Lent is a season of the Church year which commemorates the forty days Jesus fasted and prayed in the wilderness before he began his public ministry. During Lent, we enter into a season of preparation, which includes self-reflection and repentance. Ideally, we seek to literally “turn around” and realign our lives and focus towards God. Most people think of … Read More

March 31 Curriculum

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Works in Progress – The Disciplines Week 4:  Prayer (click here for PDF version) Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of Lent. Core Point: Lent is a good way to form a new habit, or Godly discipline, which helps an individual to live and love as more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. Start point: Lent 2019, the period of 40 days before Easter (excluding Sundays), begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6, and ends at sundown on the Saturday, April 20, before Easter. The penitential season of Lent is a season of the Church year which commemorates the forty days Jesus fasted and prayed in the wilderness before he began his public ministry. During Lent, we enter into a season of preparation, which includes self-reflection and repentance. Ideally, we seek to literally “turn around” and realign our lives and focus towards God. Most people think of … Read More

March 24 Curriculum

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Works in Progress – The Disciplines Week 3: Confession (click here for PDF version) Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of Lent. Core Point: Lent is a good way to form a new habit, or Godly discipline, which helps an individual to live and love as more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. Start point: Lent 2019, the period of 40 days before Easter (excluding Sundays), begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6, and ends at sundown on the Saturday, April 20, before Easter. The penitential season of Lent is a season of the Church year which commemorates the forty days Jesus fasted and prayed in the wilderness before he began his public ministry. During Lent, we enter into a season of preparation, which includes self-reflection and repentance. Ideally, we seek to literally “turn around” and realign our lives and focus towards God. Most people think of … Read More

March 17 Curriculum

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Works in Progress – The Disciplines Week 2: Celebration (click here for PDF version) Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of Lent. Core Point: Lent is a good way to form a new habit, or Godly discipline, which helps an individual to live and love as more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. Start point: Lent 2019, the period of 40 days before Easter (excluding Sundays), begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6, and ends at sundown on the Saturday, April 20, before Easter. The penitential season of Lent is a season of the Church year which commemorates the forty days Jesus fasted and prayed in the wilderness before he began his public ministry. During Lent, we enter into a season of preparation, which includes self-reflection and repentance. Ideally, we seek to literally “turn around” and realign our lives and focus towards God. Most people think of … Read More

March 10 Curriculum

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Lent: Works in Progress – The Disciplines Week 1:  Faith (click here for PDF version) Overarching theme:  Living a year in God’s presence through the practice of Lent. Core Point: Lent is a good way to form a new habit, or Godly discipline, which helps an individual to live and love as more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. Start point: Lent 2019, the period of 40 days before Easter (excluding Sundays), begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6, and ends at sundown on the Saturday, April 20, before Easter. The penitential season of Lent is a season of the Church year which commemorates the forty days Jesus fasted and prayed in the wilderness before he began his public ministry. During Lent, we enter into a season of preparation, which includes self-reflection and repentance. Ideally, we seek to literally “turn around” and realign our lives and focus towards God. Most people think … Read More