Mighty Men Provide Lifeline of Support

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Gathering  Choose one of these to share. It’s okay to brag or embellish when you recount the story. Some fantastic exploit or achievement told over and over in your family lore A time when you “risked it all” to defend … Continued

Friendships and Forgiveness as Healing Lifeline

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Gathering In a crisis, where are you on a scale of 1 to 10? And why did you pick that number?    1 = “Go ahead—You do it, not me!”    4 = “I got this—or do I?”   7 = “Make way—there’s … Continued

Lifeline of Accountability Heals and Afflicts

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Gathering  A wound or affliction doesn’t have to be a disease. What kind of wound or affliction do you think you might have? I have no idea what my wound or affliction might be. I feel wounded but have no … Continued

Lifeline of Mentoring is Welcome

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Gathering Who did you grow up wanting to be like?   A favorite coach or teacher  Someone running the family business A television, magazine, or movie hero.  Just an ordinary person, in the community  Other ___________.   How close did … Continued

Lifeline of Correction is Heeded

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Gathering Have you ever had a friend strong enough to call you out on the error of your ways?  What did that feel like?  If you have not, what would you imagine it feels like?   Backstory The backstory to … Continued

Lifeline of Counsel Goes Unheeded

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Gathering When did taking bad advice really burn you? That road trip where I ended up “lost” That meeting when the boss would not hear me out The how-to book which did not deliver as promised The peer group or … Continued

The Cross as the Ultimate Lifeline

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Gathering Imagine a time when “the jig is up”—that is, when your hopes or goals had no chance. What was that like for you, coming to terms with giving up hope? Backstory A betrayal of justice and loyalty—first by Judas … Continued

Grace and Grief Call for Lifelines

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Gathering Who first modeled grieving for you? How were you able to overcome the “Big boys don’t cry” myth? Or have you?    Backstory The miraculous signs and “I am” sayings—a trademark of John’s Gospel—all point to the special unity … Continued

Lifeline Clears House for True Worship

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Gathering Feelings are neither right or wrong, it’s how we express them that can make for a win or lose situation. Righteous anger is our moral response to the mistreatment of others; unrighteous anger is our defensive and self-serving response … Continued

Baptism and Temptation as Ministry Lifelines

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Gathering Share a time you have had the experience of initiation. Boot camp in the military Joining a college fraternity Hunting or fishing with Dad for the first time Pledging a gang or a prestigious club Joining a professional society … Continued

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