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Key Thought:

It is never too late to fight for your family.


Key Quote

“Unprocessed anger will leave you bitter and alone.” Pastor Bil Cornelius



Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • What’s your favorite TV or movie family?
  • What does the name “Walt Disney” mean to you?
  • Is your family big or small? What do you like about that?
  • What is your most encouraging bible verse or inspirational quote?



Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • Why is it so important to process through hurt? How does unprocessed pain often lead to resentment?
  • If the impossible can be scheduled by a heart surgeon on any given day, what stops God from doing a work in our hearts in any given moment?
  • Pastor Bil said, “Anger doesn’t go away with time…” What does this statement say to you about the importance of forgiveness and patience?
  • Where do you see God in your current dilemma? How does remembering a “God story” help?



Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • What is your God story?
  • How do you want your family to look in one year? What steps can you take now to move towards that vision?
  • Take a moment to imagine God’s plans to prosper your family. Describe it.
  • Have you known someone who won’t forgive an offense in their family? What has that done to the family?



Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, thank you blessing us with families. Please continue to lead us as we fight for our family. In your name we pray, Amen.



Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • As a group, take some time to pray for all the families
  • Pastor Bil, led by the Holy Spirit, is going to spend time in the next few weeks to pray for 100 hours. Be in prayer for Pastor Bil as he hears God’s desires for our church’s next steps.
  • Commit to praying yourself for 100 hours over your family. Pray for each family member by name. Pray for God’s healing over relationships that have been hurt. Pray for humility. Pray for reconciliation. Pray for God’s protection over your family to keep you close.
  • Write down a list of 10 things you can do this week to invest in your family, share the list with someone else in the group, then do them all, asking the other group member to hold you accountable.


Scriptures

Three days later, when David and his men arrived home…they found that the Amalekites had made a raid… they had crushed Ziklag and burned it to the ground. They had carried off the women and children and everyone else but without killing anyone. 1 Samuel 30:1-2 NLT

When David and his men saw the ruins and realized what had happened to their families, they wept until they could weep no more. David’s two wives… were among those captured. 1 Samuel 30:3-5 NLT

there is a time and a way for everything, even when a person is in trouble. Ecclesiastes 8:6 NLT

David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the LORD his God. 1 Samuel 30:6 NLT

Then David asked the LORD, “Should I chase after this band of raiders? Will I catch them?” And the LORD told him, “Yes, go after them. You will surely recover everything that was taken from you!” 1 Samuel 30:8 NLT

But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised…I will bring you home again. For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:10b-11 NLT


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