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February 2018

Voices of Hope Podcast

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What is a podcast?

A podcast is a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically. 

That definition comes from the dictionary.....so it's legit.

What do we use a podcast for at New Hope?

Well, each week we post our sermons from Sunday on the podcast so if you want to re-listen or if you missed out on Sunday you could listen to it in your car on your way to work, or while at work, or when you are trying to tune out the crying and arguing of your children. Whatever works for you!

Is there anything else on the podcast besides sermons?

I'm so glad you asked! Yes, we have started a series called Voices of Hope, where we interview people from New Hope and beyond about how their faith has influenced their journey. The conversations range from what it is like to be an FBI swat agent with a christian faith to how someone created an online ethical clothing store! Everyone has a unique journey and when we share those stories people get to know more about New Hope!

Where can I listen to it?

iPhone users can search Voices of Hope on the Podcast app which looks like this:  Ios9-podcasts-app-tile

Android users can download the Podomatic app in the google play store and search for Voices of Hope.

If you don't want to listen on your phone you can just click here.

 

Can I share this podcast with friends?

Yes! You can share this on your facebook page, via email, just copy the link to the podcast site and send it to friends so they can get to know New Hope also!

 

Why a podcast?

Podcasts are becoming more popular, with the ease of access many people listen to podcasts in their car on their way to work. This is a way to "reach out" into our community and have people experience New Hope even before stepping through our doors! And it's just plain fun!

Could we use it for Life Groups?

Yes! Use these conversations to start your own at your life group!

 

 


Jesus said what?

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The last two weeks at New Hope we have heard sermons that connect with Jesus. Which makes sense since we are in the season of Lent. We heard a sermon about the 3rd way that Jesus often takes and last week we heard Russ talk about how Jesus shows us a path that let's our children flourish in this world.

Jesus turned things upside down. The religion that was born out of God and the Israelites became stagnate and Jesus came to usher humanity to the next level of faith. And two thousand years later we are still trying to get it right.

During this Lent season let's try to be more Christ-like, to be align with God, and to have the heart that God has for people. Because if we begin to love our neighbor as ourselves, the world could become a better place.

3rd Way Sermon Questions (You can listen to the sermon by clicking here)

Where do you need the 3rd way in your life?

What about what is going on in our country? Whether it is politics, media, social media, etc. we tend to jump into two different camps and yell at each other. What are some creative ways that we could find a 3rd way together?

When have you experienced people being used as "things" in an argument? How did that feel? 

The Big Change Sermon Questions (You can listen to the sermon here)

 There are lots of topics and issues for reflection this week. Pick the ones that have the most energy for you! Some are great for individual reflection (journaling, prayer, etc.) and others are ideal for discussions. Timing notes refer to the sermon recording (above)

"We have created a world that is not very safe for children" (2:18). 

In what ways is the world safer for children than before? What has made it that way?

In what ways is the world unsafe for children? In what ways are they most vulnerable?

"Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven" (5:25). The Lord's Prayer is not a formula for getting what we want from God, but a tool for aligning us with the desires of God. 

What parts of the Lord's Prayer are most compelling for you this week?

"The Kingdom of God" (8:15)

Some words were used to expand the meaning of the word "kingdom." Which ones resonated best with you? 

What other words and phrases would you add to this list?

Another list was created  (8:45) to illustrate what it looks like when the will of God is accomplished "on earth as it is in heaven."  What are some concrete examples where you have seen those things in your own life? What other examples would you add?

Where is the will of God being worked in your life?  How is it being worked through your life?

"How does this contribute to a world where children can thrive?" (15:30) The will of God on earth is more than this, but it is no less.

How would a question like this correspond to the Kingdom of God? Where would it not?

What are the things you are part of that focus on the needs of individual children?

What are the things you participate in that benefits the 'ecosystem' for children?

What are the things that you will do/not do, or say/not say that can contribute to a world where children thrive? What changes will need to be made for that to happen?

What other ways do you sense God is wanting to work in you and through you so that the will of God is being done on earth? 

What are the ways you are experiencing the Holy Discontent (3:20) of God as an impetus for a needed change in you? In your world?

How does the idea that God's discontent is experienced through our own emotions (frustration, anger, sadness, yearning, etc.) affect the way you will pray this week?


Fear Factor

 

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Remember that show, Fear Factor? When contestants went on this game show to win money by facing fears of heights, fast driving cars, and eating gross foods? The whole show surrounded itself around facing your fears and the one to conquer all of the fears one the money! What a rush. I remember seeing an episode when they had to roll a dice, on each side of this dice were different food items that were to be blended together for them to drink. This was not just regular food items but a menu of: pig intestine, animal fat, cow eyes, veal brain, spleen, cod liver oil, bile and fish sauce.

 

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Gross. These fears only seem to touch the surface of what we really fear. Our fears run much deeper and deeply affect how we view and treat others. This past Sunday we talked about fear in our wilderness (which you can listen to here). The Bible and Jesus have alot to say about fear, so why is it still so powerful in our lives and our culture? 

Life Group Questions:

  1. Why is the #1 command in the Bible, "Fear Not?" Where would it apply to you today?
  2. How does fear distort reality for us?
  3. What was a great fear as a kid? What did it feel like? How did you overcome it? How did it feel to overcome it?
  4. What are some fears that hold you back?
  5. Who inspires you to overcome fear? How did they do it?
  6. What is the cost of your fear? What is the cost of overcoming it?
  7. Who or What discourages you or makes you more fearful?

This Sunday we talk about fear and it's place in our lives. Watch this music video and discuss with your groups the questions below.
What are some of the fears that hold you back? What would happen if you faced those fears? What would happen if you don't?
· Who inspires you to overcome fear? How did they do it?
· What/Who discourages you?
· What/Who encourages you?
· Who will be encouraged/emboldened by how you face your fears this week?