T.L.C.C. Legacy Lookout

Timber Lake Church built this Lookout in Rothwell Park in September of 2016. It has been created in respect for and memory of the following community members by their family and friends.

 

 

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2/7 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

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SMALL PIECES / BIG PICTURE

Sunday’s play list via YouTube

This Week’s Bible Readings Feb. 1 – 7,  Matt. 15-18

  • Where’s your space to read?
  • What’s your time to study?
  • What are the key words?
  • What was God saying to them?  What’s God saying to you?
  • What’s the Holy Spirit going to show throughout the day?
  • For what are you grateful?
  • For what are you concerned?
  • Who needs you today?

Next Week’s Bible Readings Feb. 8-14,  Matt. 19-21

February  7, 2016  |  Those Whose Faith is Great

Texts:   Matthew 15:1-28

IN A NUTSHELL  ” Jesus met a gentile woman whose “faith was great.”  Those who are willing to change worldviews look for truth without a desire to be affirmed for anything other than the truth.  Fragile egos like those of the Pharisees aren’t able to see the world through another view. This will be a review of some people who have left their old worldview to look to God.”

ICE BREAKER   Have you ever met a person that came to faith late in life? What caught their attention and drew them to their new faith?

HIS WORD

  1. What are the key differences between the Pharisees (vss. 1-14) and the “Canaanite” woman (vss. 21-28)?
  2. Boil it down. What “defiles a person” according to Jesus? Mt. 15:18-20
  3. What did Jesus say was the problem with the Pharisees? Mt. 15:6-9
  4. What did Jesus say was to the Canaanite woman’s credit? Mt. 15:28
  5. How might knowing that Jews hated dogs and Greeks enjoyed them influence this story? Mt. 15:26,27 [Worldview!!!]

 

YOUR  WORLD

  1. How has personal tragedy affected faith in your family?
  2. What is the difference between a faith that is desperate and a faith that is enjoyable? Which type of faith do you seek?
  3. How does “ego” seem to play into the difference of these faiths?

 

SMALL PIECES

  1. How many times have tragedies brought you closer to Jesus?

 

BIG PICTURE

  1. How many of those hard times have made God’s wisdom and grace more visible?

 

Online Resources:

  1. CARE Sheet –2116MosaicCAREsheet
  2. Former “Skeptics” that have embraced God. awakeandamazed.com
  3. Why are so many Christians turning into Atheists?  Charisma
  4.  Those who have come to believe in God, sometimes later in life…
  5. Worldview comparison chart
  6. 2016 MOSAIC series and Bible Readings
  7. http://davemiers.com/whats-your-worldview/
  8. 12 Francis Schaeffer Quotes That Will Challenge the Way You Engage Culture (Relevant Magazine)
  9. Inspired Evidence – a good devotion book for 2016
  10. Timber Lake Christian Church Website
  11. Timber Lake Live! (simulcast)
  12. Timber Lake’s past videos (Vimeo)
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1/31 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

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SMALL PIECES / BIG PICTURE

Sunday’s play list via YouTube

This Week’s Bible Readings  Jan. 25 – Jan. 31  , Matt. 13-14

  • Where’s your space to read?
  • What’s your time to study?
  • What are the key words?
  • What was God saying to them?  What’s God saying to you?
  • What’s the Holy Spirit going to show throughout the day?
  • For what are you grateful?
  • For what are you concerned?
  • Who needs you today?

Next Week’s Bible Readings Feb. 1 – 7,  Matt. 15-18

Title: “MOSAIC: Blessed Are Your Eyes – looking at the world through the eyes of a story teller.”

Text:  Matthew 13

IN A NUTSHELL  Jesus used stories to explain to those that would listen to some of the key truths about a Kingdom view of this world.  There is evil, there are opinions about the value of these stories, but we all have free-will to establish personal opinions about those stories.

ICE BREAKER   What is a favorite story you remember one of your parents or grandparents telling you? Was there a moral to the story?

HIS WORD

  1. If you were forced to narrow each parable to ONE most dominant point, what would it be?
  • Parable of the Sower
  • Parable of the weeds
  • Mustard Seed and the Leaven
  • Hidden Treasure
  • Pearl of Great Value
  • The Net

YOUR  WORLD

  1. Judging by the time, money, and effort you have spent over the past year what would say you “value” most with your life?
  2. If you valued “the Kingdom” more what might that look like?

SMALL PIECES

  1. List the worldview topics found in these parables.

BIG PICTURE

  1. Looking at all the parables—how is the biblical worldview different from other world views.

 Online Resources:

  1. CARE Sheet –1516MosaicCAREsheet
  2. Got Questions? – Matt. 13 Parables about the Kingdom of Heaven
  3. Bad News, Good News & Bible Truths BAD NEWS, GOOD NEWS – BIBLE TRUTHS
  4. Worldview comparison chart
  5. Parables of Jesus book
  6. Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe
  7. Pilgrim’s Progress
  8. 2016 MOSAIC series and Bible Readings
  9. http://davemiers.com/whats-your-worldview/
  10. 12 Francis Schaeffer Quotes That Will Challenge the Way You Engage Culture (Relevant Magazine)
  11. Inspired Evidence – a good devotion book for 2016
  12. Timber Lake Christian Church Website
  13. Timber Lake Live! (simulcast)
  14. Timber Lake’s past videos (Vimeo)
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1/24 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

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SMALL PIECES / BIG PICTURE

Sunday’s play list via YouTube

This Week’s Bible Readings  Jan. 18 – Jan. 24   Matthew 11-12

  • Where’s your space to read?
  • What’s your time to study?
  • What are the key words?
  • What was God saying to them?  What’s God saying to you?
  • What’s the Holy Spirit going to show throughout the day?
  • For what are you grateful?
  • For what are you concerned?
  • Who needs you today?

Next Week’s Bible Readings  Jan. 25 – Jan. 31  , Matt. 13-14

Title: “MOSAIC – Sanctity of Human Life”

Text:Mt. 22:37-39; Lev. 17:11; Gen. 9:6;  Ps. 139;

IN A NUTSHELL 

The sanctity of life means that humanity is more sacred than the rest of creation. Human life is not holy in the same sense that God is holy. Only God is holy in and of Himself. Human life is only holy in the sense of being “set apart” from all other life created by God. The sanctity of life should motivate us to combat all forms of evil and injustice that are perpetuated against human life. Violence, abuse, oppression, human trafficking, as well as abortion and euthanasia and many other evils are also violations of the sanctity of life.

ICE BREAKER

Describe something in your home that is “set apart” for a very unique—rare use.  What is it? Can you see how that could be called “sanctified?”

HIS WORD

  1. How is the blood unique according to Lev. 17:11?  Is the uniqueness of blood just an Old Testament issue?  (Acts 15:20)
  2. What does the “Golden Rule” teach us about defining how we should treat other humans? Mt. 22:37-39
  3. What does Ps. 139 say about us humans? God’s view of human life?

YOUR WORLD

  1. How does government decide who/what should be regarded as “special” or protectedhttps://www.fws.gov/endangered/esa-library/pdf/listing.pdf
  2. Worldview graphics – worldview changes graphic

SMALL PIECES

  1. How has the devaluing of human life effected your everyday life? Does the younger generation see it getting better or worse?

BIG PICTURE

  1. How does God view the weak, voiceless and underprivileged in this world? https://dougdelp.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/scriptures-concerning-poor-2.pdf

 Online Resources:

  1. CARE Sheet – 1416MosaicCAREsheet
  2. Who was Jane Roe? Norma McCorvey
  3. Scriptures regarding the sanctity of human life.
  4. My Generation Will End Abortion
  5. 180 young adults change their minds about abortion.
  6. Worldview comparison chart
  7. Life Network of Central Missouri
  8. Missouri Right to Life
  9. Focus on the Family “Sanctity of Human Life Guide
  10. Defining what is an Endangered Species
  11. 2016 MOSAIC series and Bible Readings
  12. http://davemiers.com/whats-your-worldview/
  13. Inspired Evidence – a good devotion book for 2016
  14. Timber Lake Christian Church Website
  15. Timber Lake Live! (simulcast)
  16. Timber Lake’s past videos (Vimeo)
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10/17 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

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SMALL PIECES / BIG PICTURE

Sunday’s play list via YouTube

Next Week’s Bible Readings  Jan. 18 – Jan. 24   Matthew 11-12

  • Where’s your space to read?
  • What’s your time to study?
  • What are the key words?
  • What was God saying to them?  What’s God saying to you?
  • What’s the Holy Spirit going to show throughout the day?
  • For what are you grateful?
  • For what are you concerned?
  • Who needs you today?

Title: “Mosaic – Will Your Foundation Hold Up?”

Texts:   Mt. 7:24-29; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; 1 Pe. 3:8-17; He. 5:11-6:2

IN A NUTSHELL  From first thoughts organized and prioritized to a person’s “final words” we can identify what some people see as being MOST important. Jesus told us to be careful about the principles we build our lives on.  Basically listen carefully to Him and act upon what we hear.  Paul challenges skeptical shallow thinking Christians to the most critical historical event known to man.  Can’t argue there!  Peter challenges us to evaluate our faith on the basis of how we respond to suffering and skeptical people.  When foundations are solid everything else above it retains or builds it’s value!

ICE BREAKER   Have you made any New Year’s resolutions?

HIS WORD

  1. What are the consequences of living life without listing your priorities and defining most important principles to live by?
  2. Have you ever studied any other worldviews that do not rest on something historical such as the death and resurrection of Jesus?
  3. If you were to rewrite 1 Pet. 3:8-17 tailored to your life, how would it read?

YOUR WORLD

Based upon the reverse side of the CARE Sheet “2016 Personal Evaluation” how’s your foundation?1316MosaicCAREsheet

SMALL PIECES

Confidence in a world view…

  • give us structures to help us determine questions and answers
  • gives us emotional security
  • validates our cultural norms
  • helps us integrate our culture.
  • helps us monitor cultural change
  • provide psychological reassurance leading  us (hopefully) to “world peace”

BIG PICTURE

  1. Look into Jesus’ eyes… what do you see when He looks at you?

 Online Resources:

  1. What is a Worldview by Focus on the Family
  2. What makes Christianity unique from every other religious faith?
  3. CARE Sheet 1316MosaicCAREsheet
  4. Intentional Parenting  by Tad Thompson
  5. Family Discipleship and Worldview  resources Family Discipleship assessment and resources
  6. 2016 MOSAIC series and Bible Readings
  7. Inspired Evidence – a good devotion book for 2016
  8. Timber Lake Christian Church Website
  9. Timber Lake Live! (simulcast)
  10. Timber Lake’s past videos (Vimeo)
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1/10 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

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 SMALL PIECES / BIG PICTURE

Sunday’s play list via YouTube

This Week’s Bible Readings  Jan. 11 – Jan. 17

Jan. 11 -17,  Matt. 8-10 ;

  • Where’s your space?
  • What’s your time?
  • What are the key words?
  • What was God saying to them?  What’s God saying to you?
  • What’s the Holy Spirit going to show throughout the day?
  • For what are you grateful?
  • For what are you concerned?
  • Who needs you today?

Title: “Mosaic – The Sermon on the Mount”

Texts:  Matthew 5-7; Exodus 25:9,40; Hebrews 8:5; 1 Chr. 28:11-12,19; Matt. 15:6,7

IN A NUTSHELL: Those listening to Jesus preach these sermons had heard the laws and principles of the Mosaic law taught since birth.  Now Jesus goes deeper and teaches the heart of God’s nature. Those interested in being a part of the Kingdom must learn to focus on God’s nature, not just rules that might make them look like Him. It is interesting how man can take elements of one worldview and make them appear contradictory! (Mt. 5:17) It’s not people who obey the law that are happy, it’s the people that think the thoughts of God and delight in those things He delights in that will find themselves blessed.  Big difference!.

HIS WORD

  1. What was Jesus trying to communicate when He said, “You have heard it said…”?  (Matt. 5:21-6:4)  Was he negating the Old Testament Law?  Was He instating a New Law?
  2. Are the Beatitudes – are they virtues to pursue, heavenly characteristics to anticipate or indicators of a present Kingdom of Heaven citizen? What’s the difference? (Matt. 5:1-16)
  3. What do Ex. 25:9,40, 1 Chr. 28:11-12,19 and Heb. 8:5 tell us about the patterns for the tabernacle and temple?

YOUR WORLD

  1. Do you tend to view Bible verses such as the Beatitudes as prescriptions for how to “become godly”, or descriptions of what “those who are godly” look like? What’s the difference?
  2. What are some passages of Scripture that may have the appearance of contradicting other passages?  Have you ever lost any arguments or just avoided talking about passages out of fear of losing the argument?
  3. Do you ever find your self promoting an opinion, conviction  or tradition (worldview) at the expense of God’s word?

SMALL PIECES

  1. How might your family, or a CARE Group, Bible Fellowship Class or Ministry team at T.L.C.C. help you become a “citizen” of the Kingdom rather than just someone trying on a Kingdom uniform?

BIG PICTURE

  1. How might this week look different from last week if you decided today that “being a Christian” is quite different from “looking like one” or trying to “act like one?”

 Online Resources:

  1. A study of 143 alleged contradictions in the Bible
  2. The Beatitudes (gotquestions.org)
  3. 2016 MOSAIC series and Bible Readings
  4. Inspired Evidence – a good devotion book for 2016
  5. Timber Lake Christian Church Website
  6. Timber Lake Live! (simulcast)
  7. Timber Lake’s past videos (Vimeo)
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1/3 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

image1 (1)Sunday’s play list via YouTube

This Week’s Bible Readings  Jan. 4 – Jan. 10

  •  Jan. 4 – Jan. 10, Matt. 5-7  Begin by setting a specific and consistent time to read through and pray the Scriptures. Ask the Lord to bring to mind key words especially relevant to your life, needs and interests. Circle or underline those words. Ask questions regarding the context as to the meaning of those words. Pray about those words asking God to help you understand and apply yourself to His will and the Holy Spirit’s leading. Watch for things to happen that will affirm the relevance of those verses. Share the insights gained with someone else. Thank God for helping you understand them by not only learning them, but loving them and living them out each day.

Title: “Advent – The Wise Men”

Texts: Matthew 2:1-12; Micah 5:4-6;  Dan. 2:46-49;  Numbers 24:17; Isaiah 60:2-6

IN A NUTSHELL: What has the story of “The Wise Men” meant to you? Has it just been another part of the Christmas Story or maybe something bigger, like a story about very smart people willing to cash in one worldview for a better one?  The Wise Men were foreign diplomats on a quest inspired by an ancient book to find a new King!  Wise Men and women ask questions about/from the Bible and are willing to risk life changing commitments to follow it’s truths.

CONNECTING WITH THE TEXT

  1. What do we know about the Wise Men?   What is just conjecture?
  2. How could Wise Men from the East have known about a King and linked it to a star?
  3. What had Isaiah said about “the Light” in Israel?
  4. What were the uses and value of the gifts the Magi brought?

REFLECTING ON OUR LIVES

  1. How would you respond to a national leader acting the way Herod did when you had set out to find the new King with so much hope for the future?
  2. What does a closed mind look like?  What causes such a closed mind?
  3. Are there any major assumptions that you have recently turned you back on because you have sought the truth from a different perspective?

CONNECTING TO OUR CHURCH

  1. Do you see “the Church” at large as better at teaching the truth or brainwashing the next generation with urban legends?
  2. How can our church improve “truth telling” over

 Online Resources:

  1. Snopes.com on The Wise Men (facts & fiction)
  2. The Wise Men’s gifts – contemporary estimates
  3. 2016 MOSAIC series and Bible Readings
  4. Inspired Evidence – Devotional for 2016
  5. Timber Lake Christian Church Website
  6. Timber Lake’s past videos (Vimeo)
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12/27 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

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Sunday’s play list via YouTube

This Week’s Bible Readings  Dec. 28- Jan. 3

  •  Dec. 28 – Jan. 3, Matt. 1-4  Begin by setting a specific and consistent time to read through and pray the Scriptures. Ask the Lord to bring to mind key words especially relevant to your life, needs and interests. Circle or underline those words. Ask questions regarding the context as to the meaning of those words. Pray about those words asking God to help you understand and apply yourself to the Scripture you are reading. Watch for things to happen that will affirm the relevance of those verses. Share the insights gained with someone else. Thank God for helping you understand them by not only learning them, but loving them and living them out each day.

Title: “Advent – The Shepherds”

Texts: Luke 2:8-20;  Gen. 46:34 Col. 3:23-24

IN A NUTSHELL: How do you view your work in light of God’s purpose in your life? How do you think the shepherds viewed their work?   How did those around the shepherds view their work? Many people tie their self worth to the way the world views their work.  Not God!  Obstacle? or Opportunity?

CONNECTING WITH THE TEXT

  1. How did the Egyptians view the Israelites since they herded livestock? Gen. 46:34
  2. How did the shepherds react to the Angel’s announcement?
  3. What passages of Scripture can help guide me to know if God is
    “pleased with me”? John 8:24; 11:253:16-18, 36;  Acts 2:38
  4. What are some key biblical principles that should guide us as we view our work in light of God’s purpose?Proverbs 11:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; Psalms 127:1; 1Timothy 5:8; Ephesians 4:28; Proverbs 22:29; Proverbs 14:23; Matthew 5:16; 1 Corinthians 16:14; Proverbs 24:27; James 4:13-15; 1 Peter 3:15; 2 Corinthians 5:20; Colossians 3:23-24; 1 Peter 2:18; Proverbs 28:19; Ephesians 4:29

REFLECTING ON OUR LIVES

  1. What are some key issues of your work that appear to be obstacles?
  2. How might God use those obstacles to “grow you in your faith, love and hope”?

CONNECTING TO OUR CHURCH

  1. How might the church… your CARE group, help you change your perspective of obstacles into opportunities?

 Online Resources:

  1. Shepherd’s Status w/ Randy Alcorn
  2. 2016 MOSAIC series and Bible Readings
  3. Inspired Evidence – Devotional for 2016
  4. Timber Lake Christian Church Website
  5. Timber Lake’s past videos (Vimeo)
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12/20 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

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This Week’s Bible Readings  Dec. 20-26

Title: Advent – Jesus

Texts: Micah 5:2; Luke 1:47-48; Matthew 19:28-30;  16:24 Matthew 20:15-16; Hebrews 2:9-10

IN A NUTSHELL: King of kings and Lord of lords, Holy One of God,  Light of the World, Firstborn over all creation, Prince of Peace, Son of God, Alpha and Omega… given birth in a stable to be cared for by young blue collar workers. Jesus as a new born was laid in a feeding trough, greeted by itinerant shepherds and funded by the benevolence of foreign diplomats.  No room in the inn, no tolerance from His people, and no patience from his brothers and sisters.  Irony of ironies… what can make sense of these extreme realities?  Oh yes, born…to die…to rise again…to prepare for us home. Merry Christmas to all!

CONNECTING WITH THE TEXT

  1. How  was the city of Bethlehem viewed around the time of Jesus? Micah 5:2
  2. What was the irony that Mary saw in God’s call on her life?   Luke 1:47-48
  3. What are two extreme contrasting things that Jesus  says about  those who follow Him? Matthew 19:28-30;  16:24
  4. What has resulted in your life because of Jesus’, birth… life…death… resurrection?  Hebrews 2:9-10

REFLECTING ON OUR LIVES

  1. Is there anything special, “redeeming” about your town?  Your family?  Your home?  Name it! Thank God for it! Ask God to help you grow it!
  2. What obstacles do you see in your life right now?   How might they become backdrops to God’s grace!
  3. How might you need to “reverse” your thinking about your life?

CONNECTING TO OUR CHURCH

  1. How has the ministry of T.L.C.C. helped God take obstacles and turn them into backdrops of God’s grace, making them opportunities?

 Online Resources:

  1. Names for Jesus  Christ – “Got Questions website
  2. TLCC’s 2015 Advent Calendar
  3. Legacy Video – Ray, Jim, Becky & Karen
  4. The True Story of Pain and Hope Behind the “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
  5. Inspired Evidence – Devotional for 2016
  6. 50 People Every Christian Should Know
  7. Timber Lake Christian Church Website
  8. Timber Lake’s past videos (Vimeo)
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12/13 “Joseph”

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This Week’s Bible Readings  Dec. 13-19

Texts: Matt. 1:18-25; Lk. 1:38-40;  Lk. 2; Eph. 5:25-33; Lev. 20:10; Jn. 8:1-11

IN A NUTSHELL:  First century Jewish husbands were large and in charge. The women of their lives could easily have been (and often were) viewed as little more than “arrow fillers of a man’s quiver.” Joseph’s obstacles humanly speaking were huge, but in spite  of those obstacles he chose to look at the opportunities.  Marriages that put God’s purpose before their own preferences often change the course of history for their families, our churches and even our world!

CONNECTING WITH THE TEXT

  1. How might we manage ourselves in order to turn times of obstacles into times of opportunities with our spouses? Rom. 12:16-21; Pr. 15:1; Ph. 2:4; Col. 3:13; Eph. 4:26; Jas. 1:2-4
  2. What is to be the priority for husbands toward their wives and who provided the ultimate example?
  3. What was the common reaction toward women that had been unfaithful? John 8:1-11
  4. Do we see any words describing Mary’s reaction to the news of her being pregnant? (Lk. 1:39)
  5. What specifically did Joseph decide to do to settle the issue of Mary’s alleged unfaithfulness?
  6. What all can we understand about Joseph from Matthew’s and Luke’s Gospels?

REFLECTING ON OUR LIVES

  1. Did you ever wonder if Jesus thought about how Joseph handled Mary as he looked upon the woman caught in adultery?
  2. Just because your spouses’ actions gives you a just reason to react negatively toward them does Christ’s example give us the right to do so?
  3. Which is better to focus on manage our own reactions or controlling our spouses?
  4. What are your “fear buttons”?  (See “Fear Cycle” below)
  5. What are your typical reactions when your “buttons are pushed”?
  6. What do you really want in your relationship?
  7. Do your typical reactions tend to promote or detract from your “wants”?

CONNECTING TO OUR CHURCH

  1. How might the church better help families in conflict?

 Online Resources:

  1. This week’s CARE Sheet
  2. Fear Cycle – fear buttons, reactions, wants assessment – Fear Cycle
  3. TLCC’s 2015 Advent Calendar
  4. Christianity: the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Women (an article)
  5. A Test of Love tract
  6. Inspired Evidence – Devotional for 2016
  7. Conflict Resolution in the Bible
  8. Timber Lake Christian Church Website
  9. Timber Lake’s past videos (Vimeo)
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