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Growing Together

December 2014

Spiritual growth happens in communities—home, congregation, school, and anywhere people share their experiences of God.

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In Good Company: Stories of Biblical Women

 
 
   
 

September 2013

 
 Promises, Promises

We make promises. God makes promises. We can be confident in the promises of God for God's promises are sure.

Hanna hand gesture

Session 1: Hannah, a promise keeper

Theme verses: "For this child child I prayed; and the Lord has granted me the petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives, he is given to the Lord.’ She left him there for the Lord.”  1 Samuel 1:27-28

 

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 October 2013

 
The Gift of Power

We tend to be hesitant about power, knowing its potential for abuse. But it can also be a gift given to us by God.

Deborah

Session 2: Deborah, a determined leader

Theme verses: “At that time Deborah, a prophetess, wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel. She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the Israelites came up to her for judgment.” Judges 4:4-5

 

 

November 2013

 
Where We Put Our Trust

It's easy to trust God when everything is going smoothly. Can we still trust God when the road gets bumpy and the stakes are high?

Widow of Zarephath

Session 3: The widow of Zarephath, a trusting follower

Theme verse: "But she said, ‘As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of meal in a jar, and a little oil in a jug; I am now gathering a couple of sticks, so that I may go home and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.’” I Kings 17:12

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December 2013

 
 Protection and peace

As people of faith, we need to look out for those who are the least able to care for themselves. We can show God's love in the way we treat those who are vulnerable.

Miriam

Session 4: Miriam, a loving protector

Theme verses: “When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river. His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him.” Exodus 2:3-4

 


January/February 2014

 
Offering Hospitality

We want our churches to be inviting and welcoming places. Sometimes we fall short. How do we live out God's hospitality in our communities?

Abigail

Session 5: Abigail, a calm strategist

Theme verses: “Then Abigail hurried and took two hundred loaves, two skins of wine,

five sheep ready dressed, five measures of parched grain, one hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs. She loaded them on donkeys and said to her young men, ‘Go on ahead of me; I am coming after you.’ But she did not tell her husband Nabal.” 1 Samuel 25:18-19


 

 Woman of EndorSession 6: Woman of Endor, a seer and communicator

Theme verse: “Then Saul said to his servants, ‘Seek out for me a woman who is a medium, so that I may go to her and inquire of her.’ His serv-ants said to him, ‘There is a medium at Endor.’” 1 Samuel 28:7

 

 


March 2014

 
 A Hard Journey

There are times in the life of faith when we find ourselves on a difficult path and we are tempted to turn back. But God's grace will carry us when the way is hard.

Daughter

Session 7: Daughter, an honest virgin

Theme verses: “Jephthah made a vow to the LORD, and said, ‘If you will give the Ammonites into my hand, then whoever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return victorious from the Ammonites, shall be the LORD’s, to be offered up by me as a burnt-offering.’” Judges 11:30-31

    


April 2014

 
A Living Hope

In Christ, all things are made new. We can count on renewal and resurrection.

Rizpah

Session 8: Rizpah, a vigilant mourner

Theme verse: “Then Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it on a rock for herself, from the beginning of harvest until rain fell on them from the heavens; she did not allow the birds of the air to come on the bodies by day, or the wild animals by night.” 2 Samuel 21:10

 


May 2014

 
With Our Hands

Our hands can heal or harm, reach out or push away. May God make the work of our hands a blessing.

Rahab

Session 9: Rahab, a faithful businesswoman

Theme verses: “’Now then, since I have dealt kindly with you, swear to me by the LORD that you in turn will deal kindly with my family. Give me a sign of good faith that you will spare my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them, and deliver our lives from death.’”  Joshua 2:12-13

    

 

Summer 2014

 

Of Many Generations
Diane Jacobson

 

A three-session Bible study that looks at biblical women from several generations, including Hannah, Mary, and Elizabeth. This study will be presented at Women of the ELCA Ninth Triennial Gathering in Chartlotte, N.C., July 24-27, by the author.