Table Talk Questions – June 19th, 2020 Sermon – “What Are You Doing Here, Elijah?”

Questions for Family Discussion: **If you are able, reading the entire story of Elijah is fascinating. You may want to take a couple of days to do so with your family. 1 Kings 17-19; 2 Kings 1-2 1.What are some things that cause you to be down in the dumps? 2.Have there been times during COVID-19 that have caused you to be depressed (sad, bored, lonely, angry, frustrated)? Why do you think that is? 3.Does God ever make fun of Elijah, or make him feel dumb for being down in the dumps? Why is that so important? 4.What are some...

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Remember: A Letter to West Franklin

West Franklin Family, For years after my paternal grandfather died, suddenly – without warning – in a boating accident while fishing, my grandmother kept a picture of her husband of over 50 years beside her bed. I never asked her why, but I imagine because she was scared to death of forgetting. I imagine a terror in her soul that she might go a day or a week or a short season when she didn’t think about him. To be sure, I have never lost a spouse. I haven’t even been married half as many years as the two of...

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Table Talk Questions – July 12th, 2020 Sermon – “Do You Have Any Right to be Angry?” (Jonah 4:4, 9)

Questions to Ask With Your Family: What is your favorite part about the story of Jonah? Why was Jonah so angry? What are some things that make you angry? Why do you think they make you angry? Do you believe Jesus knows what He’s doing? Do you believe God’s love is big enough for the whole world? How should we pray today?   More In-Depth Questions to Ask with a Group: Name a time you found yourself getting really angry recently. What would you say was the cause of your anger? Did you ever stop to think about it? Twice...

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Moving Forward While Going Backward: A Letter to West Franklin

West Franklin Family, Ever feel like you’re going backwards? About the time I feel like we are on the “other side” of COVID-19, I feel we take a step backward. Mandatory masks. Hot spots. School openings delayed. The Big Ten and Pac 12 announced they are only playing football within their conference. I was looking forward to offering childcare on our campus later this month. But not now. That has been delayed indefinitely. Sometimes I feel like we are going backwards. But (and this is a BIG but), that’s not how God works. And it’s not how many of you...

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Taking Your Kids’ Kids: Answering Your “Buts”

I know, I know. Many of you are sick of reading how wonderful Cousin’s Camp is. You’re thinking, “Good for you, Pearson’s. Way to go. Yippee.” I get it. I hear it. There are tons of “buts” out there, and a whole bunch of “what abouts.” “But my grandchildren live too far away.” “What about not having a house big enough?” “What about my failing health?” “But my kids’ spouses don’t want their kids spending all that time with us.” “What about me, pastor, I lost my spouse and it’s just me?” “But an entire week? Are you kidding me!?...

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Taking Your Kids’ Kids – Part Four

The annual Cousin’s Camp put on by my parents is a win for all involved. It helps renew marriages. It deepens layers of love. It models biblical marriage. But in case you still aren’t convinced that taking your kids’ kids is a big deal, let me suggest a fourth reason. . . Taking Your Kids’ Kids Keeps You Young. There is very little I like more than a good belly laugh. Know what I mean? When something hits you the right way and before you know it you are laughing so hard your cheeks hurt (the ones on your face)...

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Taking Your Kids’ Kids – Part Three

Cousin’s Camp. A dream for all involved. Grandparents, grandchildren, and the children’s parents – Win. Win. Win. Reason one? Marriage renewal. Reason two? Deep layers of love. Let me give you a third reason taking your kids’ kids is a big deal. Third, Taking Your Kids’ Kids Allows Them to See Another Biblical Marriage Not only does this help your grandchildren’s parents renew their marriage, and not only does it communicate the deep layers of love they have, but they get to see another couple demonstrate what God said marriage should be. Let me ask you: Do you think your...

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Taking Your Kids’ Kids – Part Two

Yesterday, I began a series of posts challenging grandparents, who are able, to take their kids’ kids for a while. Reason number one? It allows for marriage renewal for your grand-kid’s parents. Second, taking your kids’ kids allows for deep layers of love. Let me explain. I have a daughter we adopted when she was four. [Side note: one year – during “Cousin’s Camp” – Katie and I went to Ethiopia to bring her home.] We don’t know much at all about the first four years of her life. We imagine they weren’t fun. At the very least, we know...

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Taking Your Kids’ Kids – Part One

Last Sunday morning, a very bizarre thing happened. Like, weird. Super weird. When things like this happen, it reminds me why I don’t gamble: I am awful at predicting the future. I would never have predicted this. Before 6 am, two teenage boys were out of bed and beyond excited to go spend a week with younger children and grandparents. I need you to go back and read that sentence one more time. And I don’t mean that they were up and excited because we were leaving then to go to their grandparent’s house. We weren’t leaving until after church,...

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Who’s Your Paul? A Letter to West Franklin

West Franklin Family, Today I want to introduce you to a gentleman named Onesiphorus. Yeah, I don’t know how to pronounce it either. But that’s his name. His entire family received mercy from God because (arguably) the greatest Christian of all time prayed for them to receive mercy. He risked his life, not to preach the Gospel, but to help one who was. He prayed a lot obviously, but didn’t just pray. He traveled a lot. Not for business or pleasure. . . but to care for someone he loved. Once he went to a large city to search for...

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