Friday, September 30, 2011

Ruth - Week 2, Friday

Friday, September 30

Read Ruth 1

Naomi and her family were displaced to Moab because of a famine in Judah for ten years before God provided food to the land of His people. Though He seemed distant, He had been aware of their situation and did provide when the time was right.  Have you experienced times when God seemed far away?  Was it hard to trust His timing?  What was the outcome of the situation?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ruth - Week 2, Thursday

Thursday, September 29

Read Ruth 1

Verses 13 & 20 show Naomi in the depth of her grief and loss.  How did her grief affect her perception of the world and people around her? Reflect on a time when you were grieving.  How did your perspective on the world and the people around you change?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ruth - Week 2, Wednesday

Wednesday, September 28

Read Ruth 1

Orpah and Ruth decided to take different paths.  One returned to her homeland and the other accompanied her mother-in-law to a new land. What risks did each woman take in choosing to stay or go? Have you ever been faced with similar decision? What happened in the end?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ruth - Week 2, Tuesday

Tuesday, September 27

Read Ruth 1

Is there any correlation between the older (Naomi) blessing the younger (Ruth and Orpah) (v. 8-9) and Ruth's decision to stay by the side of the older (v. 9-10)? How have you seen the relationship between the blessings of the older and attachment of the younger surface in your life?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Ruth - Week 2, Monday

Monday, September 26

Read Ruth 1
In v.8 Naomi blessed her foreigner daughters-in-law.  What would that have meant to Ruth and Orpah? Take some time to write out a blessing for someone (your son/daughter, in-laws, neighbourhood child). Then pray that blessing over them privately.  If you think it's appropriate, send them a copy of the blessing.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ruth - Week 2, Kid's Corner

Ruth - Week 2, Sunday

Sunday, September 25

Read Ruth 1

In last week's sermon (September 18), Pastor Jason talked about how Naomi wasn't the only one to be displaced by a famine.  Other Biblical heroes had been displaced.  Read the other famine stories - Abram (Gen. 12:10-20), Isaac (Gen. 26), Joseph (Gen. 42-48 - focus on 47:13-31) and compare them to the famine experience of Naomi in Ruth 1.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Ruth - Week 1, Saturday

Saturday, September 24

Read: Judges 19 - 21

Today's readings paint a stark and brutal picture of Israel.  How are these horrible stories (violence, immorality, anarchy, war...) similar to the stories of today, perhaps even of people you know?  How are they different?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Ruth - Week 1, Friday

Friday, September 23

Read: Judges 16 - 18

The phrase, "In those days Israel had no king." (Jug. 17:6, 18:1) is repeated throughout the book of Judges.  What did it mean for ancient Israel?  What does it mean for us today?  In what areas of your life are you "doing as you see fit" rather than submitting to the kingship of God?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Ruth - Week 1, Thursday

Thursday, September 22

Read: Judges 13 - 15

Decipher the following riddle and plan to do as it says with your entire family:

Following Friday, before twenty-five
Nine a.m. sharp and looking alive
Be in the park of Heritage Square
To honor our town with works and care

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Ruth - Week 1, Wednesday

Wednesday, September 21

Read: Judges 10 - 12

Jephthah was an Israelite outcast who became a judge during a time when Israel was at war with itself.  Have you ever been ostracized from a group?  Alternatively, have you been part of a group of friends/family/co-workers that was fighting with each other?  What happened?  What advice would you give?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ruth - Week 1, Tuesday

Tuesday, September 20

Read: Judges 7 - 9

Now compare Gideon (Jerub-Baal) to his son, Abimelech.  How are they similar to each other?  How are they different?  Today or tomorrow, call someone who is at least 20 years older or younger than you and decide to meet for a coffee or a walk.  Ask them to share their faith story then tell them yours.

Use the comment link below to tell us how this experience was for you.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Ruth - Week 1, Monday

Monday, September 19

Read: Judges 4-6

Compare Deborah and Gideon as judges.  How are they similar to each other?  How are they different?  To whom do you relate more?  Why?  What daunting task are you currently facing?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Ruth - Week 1, Sunday

Judging A Book By It's Characters: Exploring Ruth

The book of Judges offers context to the book of Ruth.  Commit to reading Judges this week.  That's 3 chapters per day.

Sunday, September 18

Read: Judges 1-3

In the first three chapters of Judges, look for the phrase, "then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD..."  What is happening in the preceding verse(s) that leads Israel astray?  What about your own life?  What specifically leads you into doing evil?


Welcome to the journey!

As a congregation we will be taking a journey through the book of Ruth.  Each week, questions will be sent home in your bulletin - or, in case that gets misplaced, you can check in here every day to see the required readings and questions.  Feel free to use the comments link if you'd like to share your answers and thoughts with our community. 

We're excited about this adventure and we hope you are too!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Proposed Facility Changes

Here is another look at the proposed changes that Pastor Jason presented on September 4, 2011

There will be a suggestion box in the church foyer for the next few weeks.  We welcome all your questions and concerns.