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1  "Redeeming Our Time" / From The Administrator / The Forum Is In Transition on: June 06, 2009, 09:41:25 am
I need fresh ideas for this forum and how to continue with it...I also need help with it.  Stay tuned.  Smiley
2  "Redeeming Our Time" / Chit Chat / Re: What are you reading? on: May 19, 2009, 12:27:03 pm
You know, great question!  I have not been reading directly from mine...been doing devotionals, other books...NEED to just open up the word and drink it in...

3  "Redeeming Our Time" / Current Study: Habakkuk / 4/30 - Okay gals, let's talk... on: April 30, 2009, 07:12:07 am
How is everyone's quiet times going?  How about getting up early?  How about just finding time to spend time with God each day?

Are you liking studying Habakkuk? 

I am tired.  I love the book of Habakkuk, but I think next go-round we should all pick a book together (to buy) that comes with discussion questions - what do you think?
4  "Redeeming Our Time" / Prayer Requests / my mom on: April 23, 2009, 09:19:13 pm
Hello girls!  My mom is coming in town to visit for almost a week and I would ask that you pray that things would go well. 

My mom recently stopped drinking after 20 + years of being an alcoholic and this is the first time she is going to meet her grandchildren (except my three year old who she met when she was 7 months old). 

My mom is also ill - she has a liver disease because of the alcohol.  Pray for energy, strength, and joy for her.

Please also pray that my children would be fond of her.

Thank you!  Smiley
5  "Redeeming Our Time" / Current Study: Habakkuk / Re: 4/23 Discuss Habakkuk 1:5-11 here! on: April 23, 2009, 11:33:58 am
I'm back...am I "talking" to myself here?  Come on girls!  Persevere with this study! I promise there is much to be gained!

Okay, here is my list describing the Babylonians:

They are...
Very powerful
Impetuous (characterized by sudden or rash action, emotion, etc.; impulsive: an impetuous decision;moving with great force; violent)
Feared and dreaded
Bent on violence
Relying on their strength, which is their god

God is going to use the Babylonians to punish His people. 
"I am raising up the Babylonians..."

Do you think God still uses wicked people/nations to carry out His plans?
Do you think 9/11 was God's punishment towards America?  Why or why not?

6  "Redeeming Our Time" / Current Study: Habakkuk / 4/23 Discuss Habakkuk 1:5-11 here! on: April 23, 2009, 06:47:50 am
Hey girls...I got sick again last night (go figure) and am late getting things going here this morning.  Please read what I wrote in the administrator area when you get a chance - basically, I need help!

I will have some more questions later, but for now, list as many things as you can about the Babylonians (Chaldeans).  How does God describe them?  How is He going to use them?
7  "Redeeming Our Time" / Prayer Requests / Re: My Prayer Request on: April 22, 2009, 03:07:44 pm
Wow, that is tough - I will pray! 

God bless you as follow Him!
8  "Redeeming Our Time" / From The Administrator / Okay, I admit I need HELP! on: April 22, 2009, 03:05:54 pm
Does anyone want to take different weeks for coming up with/finding discussion questions and posting them?  I didn't realize how hard it would be for me to stay on top of this!

Let me know!  I really appreciate it!  Smiley
9  "Redeeming Our Time" / Current Study: Habakkuk / Re: Week 1 - Discuss Habakkuk Overview Here! on: April 22, 2009, 03:04:52 pm
Yep, it is!  Join us tomorrow!
10  "Redeeming Our Time" / Prayer Requests / Re: Prayer Request on: April 17, 2009, 03:55:43 pm
praying with you friend!
11  "Redeeming Our Time" / Prayer Requests / Re: Please Pray!!!! on: April 17, 2009, 03:54:48 pm
Girl, I'm praying!  Email me if you want to talk.
12  "Redeeming Our Time" / Current Study: Habakkuk / Re: Week Two (4/9-4/16) Discussion Questions - Habakkuk 1:1-4 on: April 16, 2009, 07:01:30 am
Don't give up girl!  And don't feel like you have to answer the discussion questions.  Maybe with your schedule, reading a couple verses a day and just taking them in is what works for you.  Remember, we are here to support and encourage you!   Smiley
13  "Redeeming Our Time" / Current Study: Habakkuk / Re: Week Two (4/9-4/16) Discussion Questions - Habakkuk 1:1-4 on: April 15, 2009, 07:37:49 pm
Before we begin the discussion, please don't feel like you have to systematically answer every question on here.  Just write your thoughts, what stood out to you, or answer the question or questions that spoke to you

Habakkuk's message from God, the oracle, was a burden - a thing to be lifted up (amplified version).  I thought that was interesting...

I love how Habakkuk is just downright honest with God - with how he's feeling and seeing.  "Why do you tolerate wrong?"  I have asked this question myself many times, and here is a prophet asking it of God.  I am assured somehow by this...by the fact that God ordained an entire book of the bible pretty much dedicated to Habakkuk's pleas of injustice.  God knows what He's doing, so much so that He allows Habakkuk the freedom to ask such bold questions.

Here is also what I wrote in my notebook this week: we can be honest and authentic with our feelings, hurts, fears, even anger before God.  Whatever we bring to Him though should have a wrapping of praise and faith...or perhaps the praise and faith should be the gift, and the wrapping the emotions...

Loved the parable of the persistent widow!
-widow keeps asking unjust judge to help her
-he finally relents so she'll stop "bothering" her
-God is just and will bring about justice for His chosen ones

"And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night?  Will he keep putting them off?  I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly.  However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"

Are we crying out to Him day and night or are we complacent and flippant in our prayers?

*God will eventually bring about justice and when it comes it will be swift.

For further study:
Mark Driscoll's sermon series on Habakkuk:  http://www.marshillchurch.org/media/habakkuk
Alistair Begg sermon: http://www.parksidechurch.com/site/c.iqLRIUOCKtF/b.1467791/k.96A1/Services_Online.htm  (Scroll down to Sunday Evening Service)
14  "Redeeming Our Time" / Chit Chat / Has anyone had the "sex talk" with their kiddos? on: April 13, 2009, 10:19:08 pm
How did it go?  How old were they?  I am starting my series tomorrow on how to talk to your kids about sex and I'm curious as to your experiences...
15  "Redeeming Our Time" / Current Study: Habakkuk / Week Two (4/9-4/16) Discussion Questions - Habakkuk 1:1-4 on: April 12, 2009, 07:09:51 pm
What stands out to you or speaks to when you read these verses?

How does this prophecy begin in verse one?  Compare a couple of translations.
What was the main question Habakkuk had?
Read Psalm 74:10 and 79:5.  How does the Psalmist appeal to God in 74:22-23 and 79:14?  What does this teach us about the right way to handle our questions and struggles?
What did Jesus teach his disciples about this in Luke 18:1-8?  What should we do in times when it seems like God will not hear and act?
What is one of the reasons for this situation according to verse 4?
What can give us the confidence we need when we face such difficulties?

Pray for someone today who is struggling to trust God in a very difficult situation. 
*Don't forget to add your prayer requests/praises to the prayer section of the forum!

This week's discussion questions come from: http://www.sermonplayer.com/c/cabotbible/pdf/19989549.pdf  (You can also find some great "history" questions here as well.)
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