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WebClass Bible Study Resources for February 14, 2016

The teacher for this session is Kathy Thompson.

We are going to be in Psalms for a couple of weeks. 
Thanks for all of your work. I love having class with you every week.

The holiday of love known as Valentine’s Day is upon us. 

  • What are some crazy things you have done in the name of love? 

View Glee video clip.

  • What is your favorite silly love song? 
  • Why do we enjoy silly loves songs (well most of us)? 
  • So what is wrong with filling the world with silly love songs? 
  • How do we explain love? 
  • Why is that so hard sometimes?
View Helicopter Parent video.
  • Have you ever heard of a “helicopter parent?" 
  • What dangers can come from being a helicopter parent?
  • Have you ever heard the term “lawnmower parent?"
  • Do you know what makes someone a lawnmower parent? 

View Lawnmower Parent video.

  • Do you know anybody like this? 
  • What do you think are truly the long-term problems with being this type of parent? 
  • Can we understand how this might feel like love but it is really not true love for a child?

View Ray video.

  • Why did Ray’s mother not try to protect and do things for her son? 
  • Do you think it was cruel to not help him or allow him to burn himself? 
  • Why or why not? 
  • How did this experience help Ray to be equipped to deal with some of the struggles he would face?
  • What do we need protection from? 

Read Psalm 91

  • What does it mean for God to be our refuge? 
  • What does the image of being covered by God’s wings and feathers conjure up in your mind? 
  • How do you, with a 21st century perspective, embrace/understand the images of God protecting the psalmist from harm? 
  • Does that reassure you, make you uneasy, or both at the same time? 
  • How does God’s love truly rescue us? 
  • Is God a helicopter or lawnmower parent? 
  • Would you like God to be more of a helicopter or lawnmower parent?
  • How do you look to God for protection? 
  • Where is God when you are going through a painful situation? 
  • How has God walked you through that painful situation? 
  • How did God's presence help you make it through?

Leslie Weatherhead said, "God is not an insurance company... Men and women, it just is not true... No one can blame the psalmist. His thought had not proceeded further, but the modern person who has listened to Jesus ought to know better... He supersedes all psalmists and prophets and poets, and He did not say to Peter, 'Peter, follow me! Your fishing business will prosper. You and your family will be immune from disease.' ... He said to His men, 'All the evil things that hurt other people will hurt you, and on top of that, men will persecute you... But if you endure to the end, you will be saved.'"

  • What do you think?
  • What do you say to, "Because you have made the Lord your refuge... no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent?"

Marvin Tate says that there really shouldn't be any confusion here. "Psalm 91 is an enduring encouragement of faith, which asks us to respond to its affirmations...we are challenged to ground our endeavors in trust in Yahweh, a trust which will not fail and which leads us along a way where we will see more and more of the saving work of God until finally our knowledge will be complete."

Maybe another way of looking at this Psalm is that God's purpose embraces all of the ups and downs of our life and that in everything God works for good with those who love him. Romans 8:28

  • How can we live with assurance and praise for God in our struggles and chaos of life? 
  • How can we praise when we feel powerless? 

View All the Poor and Powerless music video.

 

Facilitator

 
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A native of Virginia, Kathy Thompson is the daughter of a Baptist minister. She also married a Baptist minister! She and her husband, Robert, live in Ashland, Virginia where he recently retired as Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Ashland, where they served for 20 years. Kathy was active in the music department at First Baptist and taught Sunday School for many years. She is a graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and teaches music at Liberty Christian School. She and Robert are the parents of two sons: Matthew and his wife Jennifer, and Christopher and grandparents to Peyton Elizabeth. They also have a precious dog named Eli.

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