JULY 26: God’s Timing
1. Recall a time when you or someone you know experienced a
serious conflict with a family member. How long did the conflict
last? What was the outcome of the situation?
2. Have you ever been asked to help two people settle an argument? If so, what was that experience like? What was most
challenging for you? What ultimately helped the arguing parties
3. If you have not been the mediator of an argument, how might
you try to help two people or groups resolve a conflict? What
strategies would you use? What stories would you tell? What
scriptures might help as you seek a resolution?
4. How does your church deal with disagreements or conflict?
Who are the mediators in your community? What do you
5. How does your church participate in making a difference locally
and globally? Name some other ways your church community
could serve the world.
1. When you read the words, “Do not fear” in the Bible, how do
you respond? Are these words comforting? Frustrating? Challenging? Hopeful?
2. In today’s meditation, Phyllis says she writes her worries in
the margins of her Bible. How do you deal with your fears and
worries? Do you document them? Do you pray about them?
What helps you turn your worries over to God?
3. Describe a time when you felt overwhelmed by fear or worry.
What did you pray about during that time? Do you feel that God
answered your prayers? Why or why not?
4. When you are waiting for an answer to prayer or to see how a
particular situation will unfold, what helps you to be patient?
What prayers, Bible passages, rituals, or activities help you to
wait for God’s timing?
5. What is the role of the church in praying and answering prayer?
How does your church community pray for its members? How
does your church acknowledge answers to prayer?
AUGUST 2: Christ Is the Center