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Weekend Bible Study
Theme of the Week: Taking Care of Busyness
Saturday, August 30, 2014

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The story of Mary and Martha is a familiar one. But it's a story that should never grow old with retelling. We all need to hear it—and heed its lessons—time and time again. Why? Because our schedules easily fill up with many things to do—and most of it would be considered good and important. But in all our busyness, let's never forget the most important thing we can do each day is slow down and sit for a while at our Savior's feet and bask in his teaching and in his love and grace.

  1. Is busyness always bad? Why or why not?
  2. Think of a time when you were too busy to pay attention to a family member or another important relationship. What was the negative fallout?
  3. How has your relationship with God been affected by busyness at work or even at church?
  4. Retell today's story in a modern setting with a distinctively "guy" spin, replacing Martha and Mary with Martin and Marvin.
  5. What steps can you take to keep from becoming overwhelmed—"worried and upset" (v. 41)—by some project or activity that tends to consume a lot of your time and energy?

Key Study Passage:

Luke 10:38-42

Spend Time in Prayer: Sit in silence reflecting on the story of Mary and Martha. Ask God to reveal what he'd like you to learn and apply from this story.

Luke 10:38-42

Jesus Visits Martha and Mary

38 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord's feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, "Lord, doesn't it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me."

41 But the Lord said to her, "My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her."

Prayer for the Week
Lord, forgive me for those times I've crammed too much into my life and schedule. Forgive me when I've made work more important than family and friends. Most of all, help me to slow down and rest daily in your presence.

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Curt Schleicher

August 30, 2014  9:24am

More often than not, i find myself in Martha's shoes not Mary's. As i begin each day, assist me in making it Your Day and not my "to do" list. Your purpose is so much greater than mine could ever be. In Your name, Jesus, i pray, amen.

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August 24, 2014  10:31am

As an aircraft mechanic I have gotten so used to and required to use check lists I find myself beginning each day with a check list of things to do. After reading today's devotional, prayer and meditation are at the top of my Check list.

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