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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Fusion: week of 10/22

FAMILY THEME: INTEGRITY UNDER FIRE


Job 1:13-22 ;  2:1-10 ;  27:1-6 ;  31:5-8 ;  38:1-7 ;  42:1-6


Job maintained his integrity through great pain and adversity.

1.  A Response of Worship in the Face of Suffering and Trials
     Validates Integrity

     (Job 1:1 - 2:13)

     Job trusted and worshiped God, even as his world 
     crashed down around him.
 
2.  Experiencing Discouragement in Difficult Times Need Not
     Invalidate Integrity

     (Job 12:4 ;  8:20 with 9:21-22 ;  4:6 ;  22:3 with 27:5)

     Despite the discouragement of those around him, Job
     knew he had lived with integrity.
 
3.  A Lifestyle of Living Out Godly Principles Validates Integrity

     (Job 31:1-40)

     Job had lived with integrity because he had committed to
     godly principles in his heart.

4.  A Relationship with God Saturated with Trust Validates
     Integrity

     (Job 38:1-7 ;  42:1-6)

     Job may not have been told why he experienced 
     suffering, but he trusted God through it anyway.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Fusion: week of 10/15

FAMILY THEME: INTEGRITY UNDER PRESSURE


Daniel 1:1-21 ;  6:1-27 ;  9:1-23


Daniel followed up his commitment to the Lord with bold action
and living with integrity.

1.  God Honors a Heart Committed to Him

     (Daniel 1:1-21 ;  6:1-27)

     Daniel committed himself to God's laws and ways,
     and God blessed him.
 
2.  God Uses a Mind Devoted to His Truth

     (Daniel 1:17 ;  2:19-28, 45 ;  9:1-2, 22 ;  4:8-9, 18 ;  

      5:11-12, 14 ;  6:3 ;  10:1-2)

     God blessed Daniel and used him because of his
     faithfulness to God's Word and prayer.
 
3.  God Answers the Prayers of Those Who Know Him

     (Daniel 6:10 ;  9:1-23 ;  10:12 ;  11:32)

     Daniel knew the importance of prayer and believed
     in its power, and God answered him.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Fusion: week of 10-8

FAMILY THEME: INTEGRITY IN A CORRUPT WORLD


Genesis 5:32 - 6:22;  8:1 - 9:29;  Isaiah 54:9-10;  

Ezekiel 14:14, 20;  2 Peter 2:5


Noah is a remarkable example of one who stood faithful in the
midst of a wicked culture.

1.  Integrity Models Faithfulness to God Despite Opposition

     (Genesis 6:1-8;  11-12;  Matthew 24:37-38;  

     Hebrews 11:7)

     Noah's integrity and faithfulness stood in stark contrast 
     to the culture around him.
 
2.  Integrity is Woven into a Relationship with God

     (Genesis 6:9;  14-22;  7:5,9;  8:20)

     Noah "walked with God", describing a personal,
     intimate relationship.
 
3.  Integrity Can Exist Even Where Sinlessness Does Not

     (Genesis 6:8;  9:1, 20-28;  Isaiah 54:9-10,

      Ezekiel 14:14, 20;  2 Peter 2:5)

     Noah enjoyed the blessings of God even though he,
     like all of humankind, was not without sin.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Fusion: week of 10/1

FAMILY THEME: INTEGRITY IN FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD


Genesis 5:1-24;  Psalm 26:1-12;  Proverbs 20:7;  

Luke 3:37;  Hebrews 11:5-6;  Jude 14-15


Enoch's commitment and faithfulness to his Creator was
rewarded and his example is still to be followed.

1.  Integrity Means Living a Whole Life of Godly Character

     (Psalm 26:1-12;  Proverbs 20:7)

     Integrity demands we be honest with ourselves
     and with God.
 
2.  Integrity Confronts a Culture Fighting Against God

     (Genesis 1:26-28;  2:17;  4:8-11;  23-24;  

     5:1-5;  6:5)

     Living with integrity will cause us to stand out to
     those around us.
 
3.  Integrity Involves Walking with God in a 
     Loving Relationship

     (Genesis 5:21-24;  Luke 3:37;  Hebrews 11:5-6;

      Jude 14-15)

     Faith is essential in a relationship with God.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Fusion: week of 9/24

FAMILY THEME: DEDICATED TO SERVE

1 Samuel 1:1-28


God answered Hannah's prayer, and she kept her
promise to return Samuel to the Lord's service.

1.  It Can Be Very Difficult to Wait on God's Timing

     (1 Samuel 1:1-8)

     Hannah had been waiting and hoping for a
     child for years.
 
2.  We Cast All Our Cares Upon the Lord and
     Stand on His Promises

     (1 Samuel 1:9-18)

     Hannah took her burden to the Lord and
     promised to dedicate the child to Him.
 
3.  We Give Our All to God in Appreciation for
     All His Blessings

     (1 Samuel 1:19-28)

     After years of waiting, God blessed Hannah
     with a son. She gave her greatest blessing
     back to God in worship and thanksgiving.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Fusion: week of 9/17

FAMILY THEME: A PICTURE OF REDEMPTION

Ruth 4:1-17


God had a plan for Naomi and Ruth's redemption, and He
has one for us as well.

1.  We Follow God's Plan for Redemption

     (Ruth 4:1-8)

     Boaz fulfilled the role of kinsman redeemer for Ruth
     and Naomi and their inheritance.
 
2.  God Uses Us as Instruments of Redemption

     (Ruth 4:9-12)

     Boaz became the instrument of redemption for
     Naomi and Ruth.
 
3.  God's Redemption Leads to Joy and Worship

     (Ruth 4:13-17)

     Ruth and Boaz were married and blessed with a
     son leading them to rejoice and recognize God's
     hand at work.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Fusion: week of 9/10

FAMILY THEME: FAITHFULNESS IS REWARDED

Ruth 2:1-23


Ruth demonstrated hard work, integrity, and compassion,
and Boaz protected and provided for her.

1.  Hard Work and Integrity Yield God's Blessing

     (Ruth 2:1-7)

     Ruth worked diligently using the means available to
     her to provide for herself and Naomi.
 
2.  Integrity and Faithfulness Lead to a Good Reputation

     (Ruth 2:8-14)

     Ruth's good reputation was earned through integrity,
     faithfulness, and hard work.
 
3.  God Desires Compassion for the Poor and Immigrant

     (Ruth 2:15-23)

     The Levitical law included provisions for the poor and
     immigrant, proving God's care and love for all people.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Fusion: week of 9/3

FAMILY THEME: A CHOICE OF FAITH

Ruth 1:1-22


Ruth chose to leave her people and to embrace her mother-
in-law Naomi, the Israelites, and God Almighty.

1.  Death and Loss are an Inevitable Part of Life

     (Ruth 1:1-5)

     Because of the fall, death and loss will come;
     but we can trust God to be with us.
 
2.  God Leads Us to Commit to Him, and to Those
     Who are Hurting

     (Ruth 1:6-18)

     In spite of the difficult road ahead, Ruth committed
     to remain with Naomi.
 
3.  We Honor Relational Commitments Even When
     It is Tough

     (Ruth 1:19-22)

     Despite Naomi's bitterness over her loss, Ruth
     stayed faithful to her commitment.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Fusion: week of 8/27

FAMILY THEME: HONORING GOD WITH OUR DEVOTION

James 4:1-4 ; Luke 14:26 ; Acts 12:20-23 ; 

1 Peter 2:17 ; Matt. 22:34-40


God alone deserves complete and unconditional devotion.

1.  Be Devoted to God More Than to Any Desire, Pleasure, 
     Person, or Thing

     (James 4:1-4 ; Acts 12:20-23)

     Pursuit of the things of the world promises much but
     delivers little.
 
2.  Practice Total Devotion - First to God, Then to Others

     (Matthew 22:34-40)

     Devotion is first and foremost an act of love.
 
3.  Our Devotion to Christ is to Be Far Greater Than Even
     Our Devotion to Our Family

     (Luke 14:26)

     The best thing we can do for our family is to be wholly
     devoted to Jesus.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Fusion: week of 8/20

FAMILY THEME: HONORING GOD WITH OUR TIME

1 Peter 4:8-11 ; Ephesians 5:15-17 ; 6:5-8 


We all have been given time and talents as gifts from God.
We are to use them to bring Him glory.

1.  Use Time to Serve God and Others, Bringing Glory to God

     (1 Peter 4:8-11)

     God has equipped every believer to serve Him by serving
     others.
 
2.  Make the Best Use of Our Time in Accordance with God's Will

     (Ephesians 5:15-17)

     Paul instructed the Ephesians to live wisely and intentionally. 
 
3.  Use Time to Do the Will of God Wholeheartedly

     (Ephesians 6:5-8)

     Paul instructed Christian slaves to serve with respect and
     sincerity, as unto the Lord.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Fusion: week of 8/13

FAMILY THEME: HONORING GOD WITH OUR TREASURE

Colossians 3:5 ; 1 John 2:15 ; 1 Timothy 6:10 ;                                     Matthew 6:24-33 ; Deuteronomy 5:7-9


Money and possessions call to us and offer to make us
feel good and take pride in them. Money and possessions
can quickly become idols.

1.  Worshiping the Good Things of Life is Idolatry

     (Colossians 3:5 ; 1 John 2:15-16)

     God blesses us with good things, but we must guard
     against worshiping the gifts rather than the Giver.
 
2.  Love of Money is the First Step Toward All Kinds of Sin

     (1 Timothy 6:10)

     Honestly evaluating our use of money in light of the
     demands of Christ is an important step toward
     living a Christ-centered life. 
 
3.  Seek God's Kingdom and His Righteousness First for
     Yourself and Others

     (Matthew 6:24-33)

     God knows what we need and promises to provide it.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Fusion: week of 8/6

FAMILY THEME: THE PROBLEM WITH IDOLATRY

Deuteronomy 5:7-9;  1 John 5:21;  1 Corinthians 10:14


Humans are wired to worship. However, not all objects of 
worship are equally valid.

1.  Worship God, and God Alone

     (Deuteronomy 5:7-9)

     To worship is to demonstrate worthiness. Only God is
     worthy of the devotion that is shown though worship.
 
2.  The True and Living God is the Only One Worthy of Worship

     (1 John 5:21)

     Idolatry isn't merely bowing down before a carved image.
     Idolatry can also be taking a good thing and making it a
     god thing.
 
3.  Do Whatever is Necessary to Avoid Idolatry

     (1 Corinthians 10:14)

     Rather than seeing how close we can get to idolatry
     without crossing the line, we are instructed to see how
     far away from it we can get.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Fusion: week of 7/30

FAMILY THEME: LIVING WITH INTEGRITY

2 Thessalonians 3:1-18


Paul encouraged faithfulness to the things he had taught
in regard to spiritual life, work ethic, and ongoing ministry.

1.  Pray

     (2 Thessalonians 3:1-5)

     Paul's request for prayer from the Thessalonians
     reflects his prayers for them.
 
2.  Don't Just Be a Consumer

     (2 Thessalonians 3:6-12)

     Paul reiterated his teachings and example about
     work ethic to those who were idle and causing
     problems in the church.
 
3.  Persist

     (2 Thessalonians 3:13-18)

     We should seek to lovingly correct and restore
     those who are not faithful.