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  • This Week’s Scripture
  • The Theme for the Week
  • Discussion and Reflection Questions
  • Movie, Video and Book Suggestions
  • Individual or Community Practices (ideas for prayer, service, or activism)
  • Programming and Events
  • Testimonials
  • And MORE!


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This week’s scripture:

Saturday, Nov. 14 & Sunday, Nov. 15: Rushing Kimball preaching

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

24 Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. 25 Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one. 26 So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air; 27 but I punish my body and enslave it, so that after proclaiming to others I myself should not be disqualified.

(for all ages!)

  • Runners/athletes typically have cheat days, but in this case, can we?
  • If Paul is talking about money, why do you think it is important to be self-controlled?
  • What does it look like to be all things to all people? Are we defying self-control by being someone we’re not?
  • We’re running the race, but why do we need to win?
  • What does it mean to win the race?
  • What race is worth running?
  • What is this race that we are running?
  • What is self-control?
  • Are we running the race or is the race running us?
  • Did you actually sign up for the race you’re running?
  • What would you like to practice more?
  • What does failure have to do with self-control? Trying again? Continuing the race?

(for all ages)




  • When you’re angry and you know it
  • Bombaloo



  • Tom Hanks’ Mr. Rogers movie
  • Billy Elliot



 (i.e. prayer/service/activism) (for all ages)

  • Remove the temptation
  • Pause to reflect on your priorities and values. How do you feel about it? Are they aligned? 
  • Measure progress
  • Set clear goals
  • Build trust. Trust is the foundation of self-control