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Key Thought:

You can overcome the obstacles to win your family back


Key Quote

“God doesn’t equip us to not have problems. He equips us to get through our problems.” - Pastor Bil Cornelius



Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • What is one good thing that has come out of 2020?
  • What’s your favorite thing about Church Unlimited?
  • Who is the nicest person you know? How excited are you to see that person?
  • What is a quality you look for in a friend?



Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • Why is the phrase “I can put myself in your shoes” so powerful? Why can it be hard to actually do it?
  • Name some practical ways we can care for someone else’s needs.
  • Why is simply being nice so powerful?
  • Why does God care so much about family?



Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • Would you consider yourself an asset or a liability? Do you tend to give more to others or take more from others?
  • Tell the group about a relational asset someone brings to your life. Why are you thankful for it?
  • How are you personally striving to be an asset to your family? To Church Unlimited?
  • How have you seen God work in the hard times when it felt hopeless?



Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, thank you for teaching us what it looks like to live kindly, generously, and selflessly. Work in us so we can become more like you. In your name we pray, Amen.



Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • All human beings are tuned into the radio station WII-FM (What’s In It For Me). Knowing how to treat others better starts with having the mindset of simply wanting to be nice. Write out 10 ways that you can be nice to your spouse, your kids, or your co-workers this week and do them.
  • Rebuild a damaged relationship. Take a moment to reflect on your closest relationships where you may have been mean to the other person. Courageously, humbly and sincerely apologize to that person about your specific offense. Ask God to help you let being sorry replace your being mean to that person.
  • Consider what assets your family brings to your life. Write them down, then meet with them individually and share the list, explaining what it means to you.
  • Commit to praying every day for 5 minutes that God would protect your family relationally, restore any broken relationships and add his ‘super’ to your ‘human’ when it comes to ensuring your family is a loving, encouraging, wonderful thing to be part of from now on.


Scriptures

So David and his 600 men set out, and they came to the brook Besor. But 200 of the men were too exhausted to cross the brook, so David continued the pursuit with 400 men. 1 Samuel 30:9-10 NLT

Along the way they found an Egyptian man in a field and brought him to David.

1 Samuel 30:11-13 NLT

They gave him some bread to eat and water to drink. They also gave him [food] ..for he hadn’t had anything to eat or drink for three days…Before long his strength returned. “To whom do you belong, and where do you come from?” David asked him. “I am an Egyptian-the slave of an Amalekite… My master abandoned me three days ago because I was sick. We were on our way back from raiding… and we had just burned Ziklag.”

“Will you lead me to this band of raiders?” David asked. The young man replied, “If you… will not kill me or give me back to my master, then I will guide you to them.” 1 Sam. 30:11b-15 NLT

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12

So he led David to them, and they found the Amalekites spread out across the fields, eating and drinking and dancing with joy because of the vast amount of plunder they had taken from the Philistines and the land of Judah. David and his men rushed in among them and slaughtered them… David got back everything the Amalekites had taken, and he rescued his two wives. Nothing was missing… David brought everything back. He also recovered all the flocks and herds, and his men drove them ahead of the other livestock. “This plunder belongs to David!” they said. 1 Samuel 30:16-20 NLT


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