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“Sometimes things happen to people and they are not equipped to deal with them”.

-Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them and He said, “Peace be with you!”

-John 20:19

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

-John 14:27

After Jesus said this, He showed them the nail prints in His hands and the wounds in His side. When the disciples saw Him, they were filled with great joy. Again, Jesus said to them, “Peace be with you”.

-John 20:20-21

Today’s Big Thought:

Peace isn’t found in the of .

Peace is found in the of .

I have taught you all these things so that in me you might have peace.  In this world you will have trials and sorrow but take heart for I have won the victory over the world.

-John 16:33

Everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.

-Romans 3:23-24

And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit.”

-John 20:22

Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

-Acts 2:38

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

-Philippians 4:6-7

To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group

1. Do you like to read? What’s your favorite book of all-time?  What’re your thoughts on Suzanne Collins quote from the
Hunger Games?
2. Where have you tried to find peace over this past year?
3. In what ways does Jesus provide you peace from your past?  In your current circumstances? For your future?
4. What is your next step as a result of this message?