THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY
JANUARY 21 - MARCH 18
WORRY LESS, LIVE MORE
God's Prescription for a Better Life
by Robert J Morgan
How do you bury worry before it buries you?
Worry, which is essentially a strain of fear, is a rational response to real pressures and problems. Life is harder than we expect, and even the Lord Jesus, the Prince of Peace Himself, admitted, “Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34). He said, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). On one occasion, He even said, “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say?” (John 12:27). Our souls are easily troubled. The world and its trials seem to only increase.
In nearly forty years of pastoral counseling, Rob Morgan has seen a lot of changes in our culture. People are anxious, and everyone seems increasingly tense and taunt. We’re overextended, running on empty, and often running late. We’re worried and we’re weary. One moment we’re alarmed about global politics and the next we’re frustrated with a clogged commode or a cranky boss. Stress can have a way of keeping us on pins and needles from dawn to darkness.
In this book Pastor Morgan leads the way through the investigation of the Bible’s premier passage on the subject of anxiety. Philippians 4:4–9 is God’s most definitive word about overcoming anxiety and experiencing His overwhelming peace. Dissecting the following eight practices this vital passage promotes will help you to wage war on worry:
The Practice of Rejoicing
The Practice of Gentleness
The Practice of Nearness
The Practice of Prayer
The Practice of Thanksgiving
The Practice of Thinking
The Practice of Discipleship
The Practice of Peace
When we study and employ these practices effectively, we have the power to erase anxious thoughts and compose our minds with peace in any situation.
10:00-12:00 Thursday Mornings
In person at First E, online with Zoom, or individual study
Cost: $15 for a new book, $10 for used (excellent condition)
Sign up by emailing LBS@firste.org
So how's it going to work?
IN PERSON: If you feel comfortable attending in person, we will meet in the sanctuary and be socially distanced. Masks will be required.
ONLINE WITH ZOOM: If you cannot attend in person, we are offering an online version of the study at the same time. You can stay at home and participate on your computer. Each week we will send an email with a link to the zoom room and you just click the link in the email to go to zoom. We'll watch the same videos as they are watching live and Laura and Salli will be facilitating both live and in zoom at the same time. Mike will facilitate the men's group from zoom. It will ALMOST be like being there.
If you haven't used zoom, you need a computer with a camera, a tablet or a smart phone. If you would like to test it in advance so you aren't stressed out the first day of study, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and she will happily do a practice session with you.
INDIVIDUAL STUDY: If you can't meet in person, if you don't have the technology to use zoom online, or if the time just doesn't work for you, you can do the study individually. Let us know this is your plan and we will try to match you up with a prayer partner or two to discuss what your are reading and pray for each other.
Questions? Email LBS@firste.org