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Spring Retreat Saturday PM Notes
TUESDAY, APRIL 08, 2014
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Session 2
Forgiveness

Like repentance, forgiveness is spiritual discipline and an act of will, a choosing to let go of a wrong and the judgment we hold against the wrong doer. From this early passage in Matthew, the requirements reconciliation or restitution do not precede the act of forgiveness.

Read: Matthew 6: 8-15
How does the requirement of forgiveness impact you? Where do you find that you push back against the passage? Accept the passage?

What do you experience from the reading? Hope? Freedom? Discouragement? Other?

Negative Active Past


Past events or offenses that undermine or overthrow present moment conversations. The unresolved negative past becomes active in the present moment and moves a simple disagreement into a monumental, historical one. Typically, the negative active past is most damaging to close relationships – between spouses, children, or siblings – because our protective strategies of withdrawal or attack only reinforce the power of the negative past. Ongoing unresolved negative active past can lead to bitterness and hatred. Forgiveness releases the active power of the negative past and can open the doors for relational healing and reconciliation.

Reading: Lectio Divina: A Reading with the Heart

Matthew 18: 21-35.

First Reading:

What are you observing as you hear this passage? What memories arose during the reading? Which word or phrase caused you to push back against it? To be open and accepting? At what point in the reading did you “check out”? Whose face came to mind as you listened?

Second Reading:

What did you feel during the reading? Mad? Glad? Sad?

Third Reading:

Where have you experienced the tormentors for your own hardness of heart?

How do you want to respond to God?

Respond to your experiences with this Matthew 18 passage in time alone with God. Take 30 minutes to be with God in silence and solitude. As you depart to find your place of silence and solitude, begin praying Psalm 139: 23-24:

"Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."

Take some time to write out in the space below or in your journal what you see, feel, or are now experiencing from your time alone with God. Are there any persons or situations that come to mind? What are you feeling or longing for? What do you sense that God is leading you to do with what you are now “seeing”?


Session 3
Starting with Freedom

A Prophecy
Luke 1:67-79 – Free to Worship

A New Nature, A New Inheritance
Romans 8:14-17 and 2 Timothy 1:7 – No Spirit of Fear

The Genesis of Fear
An Old Nature, An Old Inheritance
Genesis 2:25-3:19 – A Gift from The Fall
Psalm 19:9; Matthew 10:28, 2 Corinthians 5:11 – Fear, Reverence, Awe, Terror of the Lord

Anxiety or Fear

Characteristics of Anxiety

Respond with your partner about what you are seeing about fear and anxiety as well as learning how to be free from the effects of unresolved fears and anxieties.

Anxiety Becoming a Choice to Worship

What insight do you gain from May’s passage above?

Men and Women – Altered Anxiety
Genesis 3:16-19 – Relationship or Security
In what areas of your life do you find yourself most anxious?

Gaining Your Freedom

Banishing not Managing
John 4:16-19 – Perfect Love

Mark 5:21-43 – Don’t be afraid, only believe
What keeps you from letting God touch your fears and anxieties?

Pausing to Worship
Understanding the difference between the temptation to be fearful and anxious and taking ownership of unresolved fears and anxieties

Fear, Anxiety, or Worship

Moving into our Fruitfulness

Stepping Aside to Reflect
Invite the Lord to speak to you about the unresolved fears and anxieties that you regularly experience. As you reflect on these fears and anxieties, consider the core values or deep desires or sense of fruitfulness in you that are being threatened by loss.

What is the loss that you feel threatened with?

What are your core values and desires that are threatened?

If you can experience God’s fear banishing love in these areas, what possibility for good can you begin to see?

Letting Fear and Anxiety Go – A Group Prayer

A Prayer Practice
Ask the Holy Spirit to highlight fear or anxiety for you to offer to God

In prayer offer the fears or anxieties to the Lord

Invite God’s love to banish the fear

Invite the Holy Spirit to renew you to fruitfulness

Dr. Terry Mitchell Dr. Terry Mitchell

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Spring Retreat Saturday AM Notes
SATURDAY, APRIL 05, 2014
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Session 1A New Kingdom, a New Commandment I give you a new commandment: love (agapate) one another; as I have loved you, so you are to love one another. If there is this love among you, then all will know that you are my disciples. John 13:...
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Christ's Supremacy
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2014
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In light of the sermon yesterday: I gave you a wrong scripture reference regarding the O.T. quote that Matthew gives us in 13:35. This quote is not from Isaiah 6 but Psalm 78:2 - a psalm of Asaph. My apologies. I also came across a fitting quote...
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Revival Culture
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 07, 2014
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Many Christians across our land are bemoaning the state of our nation on many fronts including, of course, our moral and ethical decline, the rise of bigger and bigger government, socialism, class warfare, less than adequate education, and much...
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Practical Applications from the Parable of the Soils in Matthew 13
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 06, 2014
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On Sunday, February 2, I preached on the Parable of the Soils from Matthew 13. At the end I mentioned some practical applications that I did not have time to share but promised I would put on my blog site so - here it is and I trust you will find...
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Sanctity of Life Sunday ~ How Can I Get Involved?
MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2014
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In light of the service yesterday morning and evening regarding our involvement in issues pertaining to the sanctity of life, the following are a few suggestions as to how you might become more involved in the battle to help save the lives of...
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Rest Well
MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013
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Unless you’re retired and live in a cabin in the mountains, you no doubt experience the daily stress that accompanies life in an uncertain and often troubling world. Just watching the nightly news probably increases our blood pressure by ten...
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DOMA
MONDAY, JULY 08, 2013
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I think this is a good summary of what recently occurred in the Supreme Court decision regarding the Defense of Marriage Act passed by Congress and signed by then President Bill Clinton. The aftershocks for a biblical understanding of marriage is...
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Scripture Passages Sermon on God's Electing Love
TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013
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A few have asked me for the Scripture references from this past Sunday's sermon (April 28, 2013) from Matthew 11:25-30. I am happy to provide that for you and also to direct you to a long but helpful resource regarding the doctrines of grace. If...
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Be Encouraged in the Midst of the Mess
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2013
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I want to encourage you today even as the Holy Spirit has lifted my spirits as we consider the state of our nation particularly where it comes to morality. Of course, many would immediately ask, “Who’s morality will we use as a...
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