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04-28-13-There are Always Options

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Choices abound, attitude is everything. 3:17

Sowing and reaping are always at work. Galatians 6:7

Responsible to, not for. Galatians 6:2-5

Vulnerability – and faith are essential. 2 Corinthians 5:7


Family Life in HD: There Are Always Options
Colossians 3:17

This is one of those messages that we scratch our heads over, that creates conflicting thoughts and feelings. Seems so risky. It is. Yet whenever we say or do, (Colossians 3:17) can come from a place of security and trust because “Christ is…our life.” (Colossians 3:4)

Thinking It Through

The problem in family life is not that there is conflict. Problems arise when it comes to how conflicts are handled.

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
~T.S. Eliot

You can’t have self-control until you give up other-control.
~Cloud and Townsend

Brain: An apparatus with which we think we think.
~Abrose Bierce

Living It Out

1. Do you believe the title, “There Are Always Options?” Why or why not?

2. In what areas of your family life do you need to find some new “options?”

3. What spiritual or emotional work do you need to engage in order to improve your own attitude in
whatever you say or do? (See this week’s bulletin for further applications.)


Family Life in HD: Grasping for Life
Genesis 31:1-35

From the moment we are born we begin a relentless quest for “life.” We all want to experience life for all that it was intended to be, and when we find something that we believe will give us life our instinct is to hold tightly to it. This week we look at an old Testament story of a woman grasping for life in an unusual family context. Her story can teach us much about where to look (and where not to look) to find life.

Looking It Up

1. Read Genesis 31:1-35. For additional context (and if time allows) you may want to begin in Genesis 29 to better understand the context of Jacob’s family.

2. There is obviously a lot of family drama going on in this story, but the narrative centers around Rachel’s theft of her father’s idols. Why do you think this act was significant in the story?

3. What might have motivated Rachel to take the idols? (To answer this question you have to try and put yourself in her situation and imagine possible motivations.)

4. Flip back and read Genesis 30:1-2. What do we learn here about Rachel’s heart? Can you think of any connections between this statement and her decision to take the idols in the next chapter?

5. In process of stealing the idols she deceived her father and her husband. How did those deceptions put her family at risk as the story unfolded?

6. It has been said, “Although we don’t keep literal idols on our mantels today, idolatry is still a struggle for us.” In what ways does this statement ring true for you? Is there anything in your life that you would say, like Rachel, “Give me __________ or I die?” Another way to think about it: To what or whom do you grasp on to in order to have “life”?

7. Finally, read Colossians 3:1-4. These verses speak about our identity as believers in Jesus. In what ways does this new identity point us toward the true source of life?

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