Young Careers Hope Group

Week 7 - Daniel


Today is one of those days where I'm reminded that death is all around us, that the physical wages of sin are real and constant in our lives. This morning, a student seemed out of it--he was staring ahead, not doing any work, was not his usual self. When prompted, he didn't respond, but rushed out to the hallway and started sobbing--wailing--like nothing I've seen before outside the movies. My co-teacher went outside to comfort him and to see what was causing this turmoil, this brokenness. He told her that one of his best friends was shot and killed this weekend, and that he had no one to talk to about it.

We're all closer to death than we'd like to admit, even though it's not necessarily something that's on our mind all of the time in this stage of our lives. It's easy to think we're invincible, that our friends are invincible, that we've got a lot of time to tell people about the Good News of Jesus Christ, because they're not going anywhere and neither are we (any time soon). Statistically, we're probably right about that. But do we want to take that chance, given that eternity, that God's healing from the brokenness, that an everlasting exemption from those wages of sin is there for the taking? With this kind of news, it's a wonder we're not shouting from the rooftops about this hope that we have!

So why don't we share this news with those around us? Are we afraid of losing friendships? Do we use time as an excuse to put off having these real, authentic, life-changing conversations? Do we hate rejection? For me, it's all of these things and more. I'll be the first to admit that I'm terrible at sharing the Gospel with unbelievers. But in a world where physical death is inevitable, I know that I need to work on living the Great Commission lifestyle both in my actions and in my conversations and relationships with people, because this hope, this promise, this amazing gift from God is the most important gift anyone could ever receive, and who am I to have it and not share it?

Lord, give me the courage and the strength to proclaim Your truth to those who are lost!

Love you guys,


This Week

This week, we'll be discussing Pastor Tom's sermon on the power of regular and fervent prayer, both in good times and in times of need. I'm excited to hear your thoughts and reflections on the sermon this Thursday.

Once again, due to Parent/Teacher Conferences (Lauren this time), we'll be meeting at 6:30PM. Feel free to come earlier to hang out, but I'll shoot to have dinner ready at 6:30 or a little after.

I'll be grilling up some burgers this week. Feel free to bring a veggie, side, or dessert. Let us know in the Facebook message thread if you're interested.

Here are some of the questions we'll be looking at this week:

  1. What do the first 9 verses reveal to us about the culture in which Daniel lived? What do they reveal about his role in this government? What do they reveal about Daniel’s character?
  2. What do you learn about Daniel’s life of prayer from verses 10 – 11? What are some practices you can glean from his life into yours?
  3. What are some ways you struggle with prayer?
  4. What does Daniel’s decision to continue praying in the face of death say about his walk with God?

Thanksgiving Party

With next week being Thanksgiving, we won't have a regular Hope Group! But plans are in motion for a Thanksgiving party at the Gonzales house on Wednesday, November 25 after the Thanksgiving Eve service at church. Please RSVP by letting Weston (440-390-1471) or Jess (216-870-4094) know or by using the form below.

Thanksgiving Party

Wednesday, Nov. 25th, 8:30pm

261 Guilford Boulevard

Medina, OH

RSVPs are enabled for this event.