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Key Thought:

Even with life is hard, choose to live with honor, integrity, and love.

Key Quote

“Life’s interruptions are God’s introductions.” -Pastor Bil Cornelius

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • What is your dream job?
  • Where do you hope to visit someday?
  • Are you an early riser or a night owl?
  • What is your favorite part of Christmas?

Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • How can you know if you are in God’s will?
  • How does high character and God’s blessing correlate?
  • How can shame often hold us back?
  • How can you respond in a godly way when our lives are interrupted?

Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • How do you see yourself in God’s bigger picture?
  • Tell about a time when your life was interrupted, but God used that moment to introduce you into something bigger
  • What do you hold sacred in your home and family?
  • How has God used perceived setbacks in your life for good?

Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, thank you for the example of Joseph who responded to adversity with honor, love, and compassion. Help us to respond the same way. In your name we pray, Amen.

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • This week, if you desire to respond quickly in frustration or anger, choose instead to respond in kindness, honor, and love. Let this be an opportunity to share God’s love.
  • You may have recently responded to a life interruption in an unloving way. Go back to that person, apologize for the way you initially responded, then make things right with them.
  • Establish boundaries to guard what is sacred to you and your family.
  • God has a big picture and plan for your life. Commit time this week to pray to God to reveal this to you.


This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18 NLT

Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. Matthew 1:19 NLT

“Suppose a man meets a young woman, a virgin who is engaged to be married, and he has sexual intercourse with her. If this happens within a town, you must take both of them to the gates of that town and stone them to death…In this way, you will purge this evil from among you. Deuteronomy 22:23–24 NLT

A hot-tempered person starts fights; a cool-tempered person stops them. Proverbs 15:18 NLT

As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’ ” Matthew 1:20-23 NLT

All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’). Isaiah 7:14 NLT

When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus. Matthew 1:24-25 NLT

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