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Easter 2014 Small Group Study

Fri, 2014-04-18 10:50
1. As you were growing up, how did you celebrate Easter? What did it mean to you? 2. As an adult, has the way you celebrate Easter changed? Why or why not? 3. How can we balance the fun traditions we grew up celebrating with truly celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ? Should we even […]

The Final Days of Jesus

Thu, 2014-04-17 09:38
Crossway Publishing has put together an excellent collection of videos that walks through the final days of Jesus. These videos are in conjunction with their new book “The Final Days of Jesus“.   Palm Sunday   Monday   Tuesday   Wednesday   Thursday    

“Thief” Sermon Recap in 10 Tweets

Tue, 2014-04-15 10:46
A recap of Pastor Mike’s sermon, “Thief,” in 140 characters or less (10 tweets). 1. When they came to the place called The Skull, they crucified him, and the criminals, 1 on his right and 1 on his left. -Lk23:33 #Broken 2. 1 thief accepted Jesus, 1 in anger rejected him. He was right there […]

Why Are We Here? A Teenager’s Perspective

Mon, 2014-04-14 06:00
It has often been said that, as adults, we are to lead our next generation. This is true. We should love, teach model and support our youth…especially today’s generation. But I have learned, through my own teenagers and others, that sometimes they have way more to offer than us smart, wise adults think. My son, […]

Family Easter ideas to remember Jesus: Easter Week Activities

Sat, 2014-04-12 08:48
As parents we have an amazing opportunity to teach our children about Easter. It’s easy to put together an Easter basket with bunnies, candy and eggs and have it ready for your kids when they get up on Easter morning. It’s a little more difficult to come up with fun ideas to teach your kids […]

Broken week 4 small group study

Fri, 2014-04-11 15:56
Easter is next week. Who have you been able to invite to come for Easter? Who are you still praying for? 1. Where in your life do you most often find yourself comparing your circumstances to others? When do you find yourself saying, “That’s not fair!” to God? 2. Do you think we really want […]

Family Easter ideas to remember Jesus: Easter Story Hunt

Tue, 2014-04-08 08:17
This is an awesome idea from They have such great printables on this site and resources for the whole year. Enjoy! Children love to hunt for Easter eggs.  In this egg-citing game your kids can hunt for eggs over and over again without ever being at risk for a cavity from too much candy.  […]

Message Recap – Rebel

Mon, 2014-04-07 16:56
A recap of the “Rebel” message from Lead/Teaching Pastor Mike Lee at Hope Community Church on April 6, 2014. It was a good day for Barabbas, the rebel; he missed his cross and the death meant for him. Though rebels through and through, because of Jesus, we miss our cross too.

Family Easter ideas to remember Jesus: 12 Days of Easter

Fri, 2014-04-04 18:11
There are so many spring and Easter ideas, but few remind us of Jesus or cause us to reflect on His sacrifice and the hope of His resurrection. 12 Days of Easter This is a fun way to keep the focus on Jesus this Easter while making it exciting for your kids. This is a […]

Broken week 3 small group study

Thu, 2014-04-03 16:56
1. How’s the All-Play going? What stuck out to you the most so far in this “Broken” series? Read John 18:1-11 2. What events stand out to you in the events leading to Jesus’ death sentence? 3. Fully knowing what was in store for Him, why did Jesus go out to meet those who came […]

Message Recap- Manipulator

Mon, 2014-03-31 21:06
We’re going to look at Judas. And, as much as we despise Judas, I’m going to tell you that there’s a little bit of Judas in all of us. I say that because there seems to be something in all of us from time to time when we want to strike some kind of deal, […]

Family Easter ideas to remember Jesus: Resurrection Rolls

Mon, 2014-03-31 09:53
Another tradition that characterizes Easter is food. Ham, potatoes, green beans, rolls, etc. Yum! But what is Easter without sweets? Want to have some fun in the kitchen while teaching your kids the precious story of Easter? Try this easy recipe for resurrection rolls along with some suggestions to tell the story. Ingredients: 1 large […]

The Story Behind Hope’s Military/Family Support Group

Mon, 2014-03-31 06:00
Pam Horton, Hope’s Military/Family Support Group Facilitator, shares about her journey from an Army Brat, to a Military Mom, to a Support Group Facilitator. I am an Army brat.  My dad made a career out of the military.  I moved 12 times by the time I was 17. Long term relationships were non-existent because everyone […]

Broken Week 2 Small Group Study

Fri, 2014-03-28 16:50
Last week’s recap: Last week, we asked you to talk to someone close to you about the idols that you struggle with. How did it feel to have this conversation? Was it helpful? Share your experience. Read John 12:1-8 1. Judas wanted to be a part of Christ’s new kingdom on earth. He was using […]

Family Easter ideas to remember Jesus: The Easter Garden

Wed, 2014-03-26 10:42
I love celebrating holidays with my family. The biggies are Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter in our house and as my kids were growing up I made sure they were celebrated. Now, I get to include my grandchildren in my obsessive need to shower everyone with gifts, baskets, clothes and food. Easter is an awesome celebration […]

Can’t beat the bunny? Use it!

Sun, 2014-03-23 08:45
I love this idea from Focus on the Family! We can teach our kids that Jesus is the reason we celebrate Easter, but that bunny is gonna grab their attention. Can’t beat the bunny? Use it! Teach them about Jesus by talking about what a real Easter Bunny is. Use a rabbit picture, a stuffed bunny or […]

Broken Message Based Study – Week 1

Fri, 2014-03-21 12:05
1. If there are new folks in your group this week, take a few minutes to introduce yourself and share: a. something about yourself that you think would be cool for people to know about you and/or… b. what you hope to get out of this group. 2. If you are interested in learning more […]

How to fight a sinful habit

Wed, 2014-03-19 15:27
This is a really great video by David Platt explaining how to apply the gospel to our lives. He is on the topic of pornography addiction, but the premise will hold for any enslaving sin. Another helpful article can be found here. (It’s a book review for a book on the topic)       […]

Small Group Diary (Part 3)

Tue, 2014-03-18 08:33
“Multiplied” Multiplying a small group is hard!  This is the final part of my small group’s struggle and (hopefully) triumph with multiplication.  For Part 1, go here: . For part 2, go here: The recap:  In the last episode, there was a definite feeling of frustration starting to creep in.  I felt like I […]

It Takes a Village Small Group Study

Fri, 2014-03-14 13:01
This week would be a great opportunity to spend some time hanging out and getting to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere. It’s important for every group to do this from time to time. So if you have a bunch of new folks in your group, we are giving you permission to forgo the […]