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Speaking of JESUS

Speaking of JESUS

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February 16, 2020: Speaking of Dysfunctional Families

The message that sparked the conversation ... Happy Families Are All Alike.

What’s the difference between a happy family and an unhappy one? Is dysfunction relative? Join us for a conversation about childhood memories, family trajectories, and the flood of forgiveness.

Discussion Questions


  1. Share a three-to-five-word description of the family in which you were raised. Now tell us more about that ...


  2. Would you share a childhood family memory in which you remember being especially happy?


  3. What about an unhappy memory?


  4. Leo Tolstoy, in his novel Anna Karenina, wrote the following line: "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." What do you think about that? How do you react? What other thoughts does it spark for you?


  5. Whatever Tolstoy meant, it may simply be that unhappy families make for compelling drama. Such is the case for the story of Jacob's family recorded in Genesis 37-50. Listening to the close of this episode (Gen 50:15-26), what gets your attention?


  6. What do you get to know more deeply about the God and Father of Jesus through hearing this?


  7. How is there good news in this for you?


  8. What do you want to say to people in your household, church, or community?



Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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