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SCRIPTURE FOCUS
Genesis 12:1-5,7;15:1-7

ICEBREAKER QUESTIONS
How did you feel when you left home for the first time for an extended period of time?

Why is it sometimes hard to trust God?

How would you explain righteousness to a person unfamiliar with Scripture?

Bonus Question:
What is the benefit and challenge of obedience to God?

KEY VERSE
Genesis 12:7

LESSON NUGGET
Faith leads to Obedience – The New Testament states, “By faith Abraham obeyed”. (Hebrews 11:8). “I will show you; I will make you; I will bless you!” were God’s promises, and Abram believed. It has well been said that faith is not believing in spite of evidence: it is obeying in spite of consequences. The proof of faith is obedience, for true faith always leads to works (James 2:14). Hearing leads to heeding.

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SCRIPTURE FOCUS
Genesis 25:19b-34

ICEBREAKER QUESTIONS
Why might God choose to make us wait before He grants our requests?

How can we avoid making rash, impulsive decisions in life?

What prayers are appropriate for a parent to say for their quarreling children?

Bonus Question
Why is prayer so necessary when facing times of barrenness?

KEY VERSE
Genesis 25:23

LESSON NUGGET
Isaac and Rebekkah knew that God had promised descendants (Genesis 15:5), so Isaac laid hold of the promise and prayed. True prayer lays hold of God’s word (John 15:7) and seeks to accomplish God’s purpose. God gave them twin boys who were opposite each other in every way. He also gave them a revelation that the younger one, Jacob, would carry on the messianic line. For that reason, you would think that Isaac would have favored Jacob, but the physical won over the spiritual. Esau pictures the man of the world who despises the eternal and lives for the temporal.
   
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SCRIPTURE FOCUS
Genesis 32:22-32

ICEBREAKER QUESTIONS
Why is it difficult to reconcile broken relationships?

How should believers respond when they feel left alone by God or others?

Bonus Question
What must we remember when we are going through our struggles?

KEY VERSES
Genesis 32:28

LESSON NUGGET
Jacob was broken to be healed and weakened to be strengthened. When he surrendered, he won and became a “prince with God.” His limp would be a constant reminder that God would be in control of his life. “God fights against us with His left hand and for us with His right hand.”, wrote John Calvin. When we let God have His way, it is the dawning of a new day (v.31).

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SCRIPTURE FOCUS
Genesis 35:22b-26; 38:24-26; 49:10-12

ICEBREAKER QUESTIONS
How should a person respond when confronted with their unrighteous or sinful decisions?

Why is it important to dwell on the promises of God when experiencing moments of doubt?

KEY VERSE
Genesis 49:10

LESSON NUGGET
So, why did Jacob grant Judah this blessing? God had chosen Judah to be the ancestor of Israel’s line of kings (that is the meaning of “the scepter will not depart from Judah”). This may have been due to Judah’s dramatic change of character (Genesis 44:33-34). Judah’s line would produce the promised Messiah, Jesus.
  
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1/8/22: Injustice and Hope - Genesis 21:8-20
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1/15/22: Justice and Fairness - Exodus 23:1-12
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1/22/22: Justice, Judges, and Priests - Deuteronomy 16:18-21; 17:8-13
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1/29/22: Justice and the Marginalized - Deuteronomy 24:10-21
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2/5/22: Nathan Condemns David - 2 Samuel 12:1-9,13-15
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2/12/22: Ezra and the Law - Ezra 7:1-10, 23-26
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2/19/22: Bildad Misspeaks God's Justice - Job 8:1-10, 20-22
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2/26/22: Job and the Just God - Job 42:1-6; 10-17
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3/5/22: Freed from Captivity - Ezra 1:1-8, 11; 2:64-70
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3/12/22: Free to Worship - Ezra 6:1-12
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3/19/22: Free to Celebrate - Ezra 6:13-22
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3/26/22: Free Because of the Lord - Deuteronomy 8:1-11
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4/2/22: Triumphal Entry of the King - Matthew 21:1-11
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4/9/22: Passover with the King - Matthew 26:17-30
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4/16/22: Resurrection of the King - Matthew 28:1-10
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4/23/22: Freedom in the King - John 8:31-38
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4/30/22: Freedom from Sin - Romans 6:1-14
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5/7/22: Freedom for the Future - Romans 8:18-30
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5/14/22: Freedom and the Law - Galatians 3:18-29
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5/21/22: Freedom, Love, and Faith - Galatians 5:1-15
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5/28/22: The Fruit of Freedom - Galatians 5:16-26
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6/4/22: God Foretells Destruction - Isaiah 47:10-15
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6/11/22: God Foretells Redemption - Isaiah 49:1-13
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6/18/22: God's People Shall Prosper - Isaiah 49:18-23
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6/25/22: God Offers Deliverance - Isaiah 51:1-8
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8/6/22: A New Home - Revelation 21:1-9
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8/13/22: A New City - Revelation 21:10-27
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8/20/22: The River of Life - Revelation 22:1-9
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8/27/22: A Welcoming Invitation - Revelation 22:10-21
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9/3/22: The Call of Abram - Genesis 12:1-5,7;15:1-7
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9/10/22: God Chooses the Younger Twin - Genesis 25:19b-34
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9/17/22: Jacob Called Israel - Genesis 32:22-32
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9/24/22: The Scepter Given to Judah - Genesis 35:22b-26; 38:24-26; 49:10-12
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1/2/21: Called to Proclaim - Luke 4:14-22a
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1/9/21: Called to Follow - Luke 5:1-11
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1/16/21: Called in Authority - Mark 2:1-12
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1/23/21: Called for the World's Belief - John 17:14-24
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1/30/21: Called to Prophesy - Luke 2:36-38; Acts 2:16-21; Acts 21:8-9
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2/6/21: Called to Testify - John 4:25-42
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2/13/21: Called to Support - Luke 8:1-3; Mark 15:40; John 20:10-18
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2/20/21: Called to Explain - Acts 18:1-3, 18-21, 24-26; Romans 16:3-4
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2/27/21: Called to Serve - Acts 16:11-15, 40; 1 Corinthians 1:26-30
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3/6/21: Prophet of Deliverance - Deuteronomy 18:15-22
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3/13/21: Prophet of Conquest - Joshua 5:13-15; 6:1-5, 15-16, 20
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3/20/21: Prophet of Wisdom - 2 Kings 22:14-20
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3/27/21: Prophet of Courage - 1 Kings 18:5-18
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4/3/21: The Suffering Servant - Isaiah 53:4-11a
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4/10/21: The Faith-In-Action Preacher - Ezra 10:1-12
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4/17/21: The Restoring Builder - Nehemiah 2:11-20
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4/24/21: The Nation's Plea - Lamentations 5:1-22
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5/1/21: Speaking Truth to Power - 1 Kings 22:14-23; 26-28
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5/8/21: Offering Hope for the Future - Isaiah 29:13-24
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5/15/21: Preaching Doom - Jeremiah 38:14-23
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5/22/21: Preaching to the Exiles - Ezekiel 18:1-9, 30-32
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5/29/21: Preaching to Enemies - Jonah 3:1-10
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6/5/21: Freed from Worry - Matthew 6:25-34
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6/12/21: Delivered from Fear - Matthew 8:23-27
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6/19/21: Healed by Faith - Matthew 9:18-26
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6/26/21: Rescued from Doubt - Matthew 14:22-33
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7/3/21: Attitude of Gratitude - Leviticus 13:45-46; Luke 17:11-19
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7/10/21: Power of the Gospel - Romans 1:8-17
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7/17/21: Faith of Abraham - Romans 4:1-12
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7/24/21: Peace with God - Romans 5:1-11
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7/31/21: Salvation Available for All - Romans 10:5-17
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8/7/21: A Necessary Faith - Hebrews 11:1-8, 13-16
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8/14/21: A Patient, Persevering Faith - Hebrews 10:23-36
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8/21/21: A Conquering Faith - 1 John 4:2-3, 13-17; 5:4-5
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8/28/21: An Eternal Hope - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; 5:1-10
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9/4/21: Praise with Music - Exodus 15:11-21
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9/11/21: Praise in Dance - 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 14-19
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9/18/21: Praise by Expecting and Following - Mark 10:46-52
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9/25/21: Praise for Salvation - Acts 2:32-33, 37-47
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10/2/21: Praise God with Joy - Psalm 100:1-5
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10/9/21: Praise for God's Ultimate Justice - Psalm 9:1-12
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10/16/21: Praise God for Past Deliverance - Psalm 107:1-9, 39-43
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10/23/21: Praise God for His Presence - Psalm 84:1-12
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10/30/21: Praise God for His Greatness - Psalm 149:1-5; Psalm 150:1-6
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11/6/21: United in Praise - Revelation 7:9-17
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11/13/21: God of Power - Revelation 11:15-19
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11/20/21: Marriage of the Lamb - Revelation 19:1-8
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11/27/21: Good News for All - Acts 10:34-47
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12/4/21: Justice and Obedience - Deuteronomy 5:1b-3; 10:12-13; 27:1-10
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12/11/21: Justice and Kindness - 2 Samuel 9:1-7, 9-12
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12/18/21: Justice and Righteousness - Isaiah 9:2-7
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12/25/21: Merry Christmas

4/4/20: A Word of Faith - Matthew 11:12-26 KJV
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4/11/20: Do You Hear Me? - Romans 10:5-17 KJV
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4/18/20: The Prayer of Faith - 1 Samuel 1:9-20 KJV
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4/25/20: Speak the Word Only - Matthew 8:5-13 KJV
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5/2/20: Prophesying Restoration - Zephaniah 3:14-20 KJV
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5/9/20: Promising Peace - Zechariah 8:1-8; 11-17 KJV
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5/16/20: Practice Justice - Jeremiah 21:8-14
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5/23/20: Repent of Injustice - Jeremiah 22:1-10
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5/30/20: Pursue Love & Justice - Hosea 11:1-2, 7-10; 12:1-2, 6-14
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6/6/20: Listen to God's Wisdom - Proverbs 1:1-4, 7, 8, 10, 20-22, 32, 33
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6/13/20: Value Wisdom - Proverbs 2:1-11
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6/20/20: Receive Wisdom's Gifts - Proverbs 8:8-14, 17-21
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6/27/20: Feast with Wisdom - Proverbs 9:1-6, 8-10, 13-18
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7/3/20: Vindicating Wisdom - Matthew 11:7-19
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7/11/20: The Boy Jesus - Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7b; Luke 2:39-52
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7/18/20: The Wisdom of Jesus - Mark 6:1-6
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7/25/20: Wisdom to Follow - John 14:1-14
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8/1/20: Faith and Wisdom - James 1:1-11
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8/8/20: Hearing and Doing - James 1:19-27
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8/15/20: Living Faith - James 2:14-26
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8/22/20: Taming the Tongue - James 3:1-12
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8/29/20: Two Kinds of Wisdom - James 3:13-18
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9/5/20: Biased Love - Genesis 37:2-11. 23-24a, 28
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9/12/20: Obedient Love - Genesis 41:25-33, 37-40, 50-52
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9/19/20: Victorious Love - Genesis 42:6-25
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9/26/20: Revealed Love - Genesis 45:1-8, 10-15
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10/3/20: Love that Intercedes - 1 Samuel 19:1-7
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10/10/20: Love Your Enemies - Luke 6:27-36
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10/17/20: Love for Neighbors - Luke 10:25-37
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10/24/20: Love Never Fails - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
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10/31/20: Serving Love - John 13:1-15, 34-35
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11/7/20: Abiding Love - John 15:4-17
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11/14/20: Confident Love - 1 John 3:11-24
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11/21/20: Responsive Love - Acts 4:32-37; Acts 5:1-11
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11/28/20: Impartial Love - James 2:1-13
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12/5/20: Called to Be Heir - Matthew 1:1-6, 16-17; Hebrews 1:1-5
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12/12/20: Called to Be Emmanuel - Matthew 1:18-25
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12/19/20: Called to Worship - Matthew 2:1-2, 7-15
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12/26/20: Called to Prepare - Matthew 3:1-12
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