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A Kingdom of Righteousness and Justice (Day 1)

Isaiah 32

1 See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice. 
2 Each man will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land. 
3 Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen. 
4 The mind of the rash will know and understand, and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear. 
5 No longer will the fool be called noble nor the scoundrel be highly respected. 
6 For the fool speaks folly, his mind is busy with evil: He practices ungodliness and spreads error concerning the LORD; the hungry he leaves empty and from the thirsty he withholds water. 
7 The scoundrel’s methods are wicked, he makes up evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just.
8 But the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.

Lion Pride! (Day 2)

  • Annotate and discuss Valor Honor Code.  What characteristics of a lion allows it to be friends with a lamb?

Isaiah 11: 6-9

6 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. 
7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. 
8 The infantwill play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest. 
9 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.  
Song: Regina Spektor “Machine”
  • Planting Seeds: Isaiah 32
15 till the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the desert becomes a fertile field, and the fertile field seems like a forest. 
16 Justice will dwell in the desert and righteousness live in the fertile field. 
17 The fruit of righteousnesswill be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. 
18 My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest. 
19 Though hail flattens the forest and the city is leveled completely, 
20 how blessed you will be, sowing your seed by every stream, and letting your cattle and donkeys range free.

Planting Seeds: Galatians 5

“Freedom in Christ”

1It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. 
2Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. 
3Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. 
4 You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. 
5 But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope. 
6For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. 
7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?
8That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 
9 “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” 
10 I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion will pay the penalty, whoever he may be. 
11Brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. 
12As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves! (haha)
13You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. 
14The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
15If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

“Life by the Spirit”

16So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 
17For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. 
18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. 
19The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality,impurity and debauchery; 
20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions
21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Identify these problems with easier vocabulary).
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 
23 gentleness and self-control.Against such things there is no law. 
24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. (double passion! -New Teacher PD)
25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
26Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. (Thank you, Jesus :))

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