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| Ordination |
| Christmas Dinner 2018 || Proverbs || Holy Spirit in Acts || Previous Studies || Possible Future Studies |

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  • Please read Isaiah 9.8-10.34 for our next lesson.
  • If you have any comments on meeting in the Library, please let Ed know. 


Date Leader Topic Location
09/22CynthiaIsaiah 9.8-10.34Library
09/29—–5th Sunday. No meeting.—–
10/06 Isaiah 11.1-12.6Library, Potluck meal
10/13 Isaiah 13.1-14.32/20.1-23.18 
10/20 Isaiah 24.1-27.13 
10/27 Isaiah 28.1-30.33 
11/03 DST ends Isaiah 30.1-35.10Potluck meal
11/10Bill QIsaiah 36.1-39.8 


Sick, their caregivers, and family

  • Annette, pain in her leg, needs a stint but the procedure is delayed because of the doctor’s full schedule.
  • Cynthia had biopsies done and is waiting on results.
  • Carolyn is having a corrective out-patient surgical procedure Friday (Sept. 20).
  • Cynthia D, former Westover and Care Group member, breast cancer.


  • Murna had a big celebration with her family for her upcoming birthday (Oct 4).


  • Deanna working in Houston, returning this week.
  • Guidance for South Church during this transition period.
  • Westover elders and ministers.
  • Upcoming Floodgate contribution.
  • Karen A and Nancy M are in Tomsk, Siberia, Russia, as part of the support group for the Westover missionaries there and will soon be going to Chiang Mai, Thailand, for a Come Before Winter retreat there (Sept. 23-27).


Bill Q asked that we start our prayer with thanksgiving.

  • Mary R, Vicki’s mother, was able to come to church Sunday morning and her retirement home transported her.
  • Murna is thankful for people who provide rides for her to come to church and Care Group.
  • Betsy I’s grandson’s tumor was benign.
  • Miles is doing much better after the doctors took him off his medications.
  • Connecting with old friends at social events and even at funerals.
  • Relationship with St. Matthews Episcopal Church.
  • South Church is growing enough that it needs a new meeting place.
  • Bob’s cataract surgeries were successful.
  • There are some new people interested in working with Freedom Church.
  • Freedoms we have in the USA.
  • Thankful for the privilege of prayer.

Sick, their caregivers, and family

  • Cynthia is having biopsies done Tuesday (Sept 10).
  • Annette needs a stint in her leg.
  • Kate, Debra & Jeff’s granddaughter, doing some better but still waiting for appointment on Sept. 30 and hoping for a successful diagnosis.
  • Charla H needs a pacemaker.

Isaiah handouts

08/04/19 Introduction Lesson_1_Handout      Lesson_1_Summary
08/11/19 Isaiah 1.1-31 Lesson_2_Handout
08/18/19 Isaiah 2.1-4:6 Lesson_3_Handout

  • This section is not related to our Care Group but is here for anyone who’s interested.
  • Sometimes there’s a message that there’s a problem loading the image or video from the links below. So far, just clicking/tapping on the screen with the message has overcome the problem. If not, please let Ed know.


Some observations:

  • The ordination was for the new bishop of the Austin diocese, who is a female. Females were very significant in the ceremony.
  • The proceedings were very well organized. The schedule was for two hours, and the proceeding took 2.0 hours!
  • There was a very long (several minute) processional. I got a photograph of only the last part of the line-up in the lobby for the processional. Click here.
  • I was surprised by how good the congregational singing was (1.1 minute video here) — but there may have been several choirs in the audience — and that the volume of the organ was low enough that the congregation could be heard.
  • Almost all of the spoken parts were in both English and then Spanish. The singing during the Eucharist was in Spanish (1.2 minute video here).
  • The prayer for the new bishop was like a chant, with shorts parts in English and then Spanish (1.1 minute video here).
  • When the rector from St. Matthews across the street thanked Westover for hosting the ordination, there was sincere, energetic, and sustained applause from the audience.
  • The auditorium was nearly full.
  • As the videos show, the main projection display in the auditorium became a stained glass window.
  • The little I saw of Bishop Curry (the top-level bishop for all of the USA and the one who did Meghan and Harry’s wedding), he seemed like a normal, down-to-earth man. He took time for some teenagers to have pictures taken with him, and he just talked normally and joked with people as he was leaving.

P.S. I had planned to post these things about the ordination last week on our web site, but there were — and still are — problems. Videos can’t be posted directly on the site, for some reason.

Click/tap here to open a pdf file with the photographs. The file is 19 MB, so it may be slow to load. If you want the full-size original of any of the photographs, click on the image following the video to show the photograph in a new tab. It can be copied from there. Thanks to Lisa for the photographs.


Links to Full-Size Pictures


04/22/18 – Introduction: Peggy’s slides

04/29/18 – Rich and Poor: Charlie’s handout

05/06/18 – Work and Idleness: Albert’s handout

05/20/18 – Good and Bad Speech: Bill M’s handouts

05/27/18 – Wisdom and Folly: Jeff’s handouts

06/03/18 – Pride and Humility: Bill Q’s handout

06/17/18 – Righteous and Wicked: Mary Lou’s handout

Lessons from Proverbs
Peggy H prepared the following information for topical studies from Proverbs. 

THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED (Unrighteous, Good, Evil)
Proverbs 3:33; 10:3,6-7,11,16,20,24,25,28,29,30.32; 11:5,8,10,18,21,23; 12:3,5,7,10,21; 13:5, 21-25; 14:19,32; 15:6,9,28-29; 28:1; 29:7;16,29-30
I Peter 3:12; Hebrews 10:38

Proverbs 1:10, 15-19; 2:17. 4:14; 5:8; 12:26; 13:20; 14:7; 16:29; 17:2; 18:22-23; 20:19, 18:24; 22:5,24; 23:6; 24:1; 28:7;
II Corinthians 6:14; I Corinthians 5:11; II Thessalonians 3:14; Matthew 11:19


Proverbs 8:13; 21:4; 16:5; 15:25; 29:23; 18:12 11:2; 16:18-19; 22:4; 15:33; 16:19; 13:10; 18:12; 21:24; 26:12; 29:23, 12:9, 16, 23; 15:25; 16:5; 17:7; 25:6-7, 26:12,16; 27:1-2, etc.

Galatians 6:4, James 4:6, 10, Philippians 2:3, Romans 12:3,16, I Corinthians 13:4, Galatians 6:1-3, I Corinthians 1:28-29, etc.

WISDOM AND FOLLY (Wise, Fools, Foolishness, etc)
Proverbs 9:1-18 [Lady Wisdom and Lady Folly] 1:5-7,20; 3:35; 8:1-4, 10:1,8,23; 11:29-30; 12:15; 13:16; 14:1,3,8,16,24,33; 15:2,7,20; 17:16.24.28; 21:20; 22-31; 23:9; 24:7; 26:5,12: 28:26; 29:9,11.

I Corinthians 1:24-28; Matthew 7:24, 26; James 3:13-18, Matthew 23:16-18.

WORK AND IDLENESS (Laziness, Sloth, Labor, Toil)
Proverbs 6:6-11; 10:5; 12:11,14, 24; 13:4,11; 14:23; 16:6; 18:9; 21:25-26; 22:29; 24:27,30; 28:19; 31:13, 17, 31.

Colossians 3:23; I Timothy 5:8; II Thessalonians 3:11;

RICH AND POOR (Wealth, Money, Poverty, Riches)
Proverbs 10:4,15; 11:24; 13:7-8; 14:20-21, 18:23; 21:17; 22:2,7,16; 28:6,11,22,27; 30:7-9.
I John 3:17; James 2:2-6; James 5:1-6; II Corinthians 8:9; I Timothy 6:9-10; 1 Timothy 6:17-19;

GOOD AND BAD SPEECH (Words, Tongue, Mouth)
Proverbs 4:24; 6:17; 8:8,13; 10:11,19,21,30-31; 11:9,13-14; 12:18-19,22; 13:2-3; 15:1,14; 17:5,7,9,20,27-28; 18:4,6-8,20-21,23; 19:5,9,28-29; 20,19; 21:23; 25:11; 28:23; 31:26.
I Peter 3:10; Col 4:6; Matthew 15:11; Titus 3:1-2; Ephesians 4:29; James 1:19,26; Matthew 12:24,36; James 3:5-8; Romans 12:14

All of the references to the Holy Spirit in Acts (in the NIV) are given below and can be downloaded using the link to a pdf file. The references are in five groups:
–Jesus’ receiving the Spirit
–Disciples’ being given and receiving the Spirit
–Disciples’ possessing the Spirit
–Actions of the Spirit
Notice especially the wording used for the disciples being given and receiving the Spirit and possessing the Spirit. Do you think that there is any significance or different meanings associated with the different wording?

Click/tap here to open the Holy Spirit in Acts pdf file in your browser or here to download it directly if your browser supports that capability. If not, you can open the pdf file using the previous link and then download it.

Jesus’ receiving the Spirit

2:32-33 [Peter on Pentecost:] “God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear [each person hearing in his native language on Pentecost].”
10:37-38 [Peter to the people at Cornelius’ house:] “You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached—how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.”

Disciples’ being given and receiving the Spirit

1:8 [Jesus:] “But you [the apostles] will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
2:1-4 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
2:17-18 [Peter on Pentecost:] ” ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.’ “
2:32-33 [Peter on Pentecost:] “God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear [each person hearing in his native language on Pentecost].”
2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
4:31 After they [the people where Peter and John went after being released by the Sanhedrin] prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
5:32 “We [the apostles] are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”
8:14-19 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them; they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
9:17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
10:44-47 While Peter was still speaking these words [at Cornelius’ house], the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said, “Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.”
11:15-17 [Peter, explaining what happened at Cornelius’ house:] “As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ So if God gave them the same gift as he gave us, who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could oppose God?”
13:52 And the disciples [in Pisidian Antioch] were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
15:7-8 After much discussion, Peter got up [at the Jerusalem Council] and addressed them: “Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe. God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us.”
19:1b-6 [Paul in Ephesus] There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?” “John’s baptism,” they replied. Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.

Disciples’ possessing the Spirit

4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them [the Sanhedrin]: “Rulers and elders of the people!”
6:3-5 [The apostles:] “Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism.
7:54-55 When they [the Sanhedrin] heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
11:24 He [Barnabas] was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.
13:9-10 Then Saul [on Cyprus], who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, “You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! …”

Actions of the Spirit

1:1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.
1:3 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you [the apostles] will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’
1:15-16 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) and said, “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus.”
4:24-25 When they [the people where Peter and John went after being released by the Sanhedrin] heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David.”
4:31 After they [the people where Peter and John went after being released by the Sanhedrin] prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
6:9b-10 These men began to argue with Stephen, but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke.
8:29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot [carrying the Ethiopian eunuch] and stay near it.”
8:39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.
9:31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.
10:19-20 While Peter was still thinking about the vision [with the sheet and the animals], the Spirit said to him, “Simon, three men are looking for you. So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.”
10:44-47 While Peter was still speaking these words [at Cornelius’ house], the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said, “Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.”
11:11-12 [Peter explaining why he went to Cornelius’ house:] “Right then three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea stopped at the house where I was staying. The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them.”
11:27-28 During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world.
13:1-2, 4 In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” … The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus.
15:28 [Letter from the Jerusalem Council:] It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements:
16:6-7 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.
20:22-23 “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I [Paul] am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.”
20:28 [Paul to the Ephesian elders:] “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.”
21:4 Finding the disciples there [in Tyre], we [Paul and his companions] stayed with them seven days. Through the Spirit they urged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem.
21:10-11 After we had been there [in Caesarea] a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jews of Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’ “
28:25b [Paul in Rome:] “The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your forefathers when he said through Isaiah the prophet:…”


5:3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit  and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?”
5:9 Peter said to her [Sapphira], “How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.”
7:51 [Stephen:] “You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit!”

The first list is chronological with books of the Bible highlighted. A list of books of the Bible indicating the ones we’ve studied since mid-2006 follows the chronological list. The summary of our previous studies can also be viewed in a pdf file: Previous Care Group Studies.

Click for the Old Testament list or the New Testament list.
Dates Topic
Jun 2006-Oct 2006 The Parables
Nov 2006-Mar 2007 The Psalms
Apr 2007-Jun 2007 Paul’s Prayers
Jul 2007-Sep 2007 Minor Prophets
Oct 2007-Nov 2007 Promised Land videos
Dec 2007-Feb 2008 Ministry of Christ videos
Feb 2008-Jul 2008 Hebrews
Jul 2008-Sep 2008 Ecclesiastes
Sep 2008 Song of Songs
Oct 2008-Jan 2009 Joshua
Feb 2009-Aug 2009 Alternating: Judges & Fruit of the Spirit
Aug 2009-Nov 2009 Pastoral Epistles: 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus
Nov 2009-Feb 2011 John
Feb 2011-Aug 2011 Discussion leader’s choice: (The Lord’s Prayer, Samson, Jesus’ teaching method, Don’t Mock God, Ps. 23, Demons, Cultural groups in Palestine, Nehemiah, Moses, The Soul, Hell & Hades
Sep 2011-Dec 2011 Clearing the High Hurdles (Swindoll)
Jan 2012-May 2012 Topics in books of the Bible
Jun 2012-Aug 2012 His Story, My Story (Max Lucado)
Sep 2012-Oct 2012 The Lord’s Supper
Nov 2012-Jan 2013 Who is this man (videos)
Jan 2013-Feb 2013 Bring a scripture/song: General, then forgiveness
Feb 24, 2013 Christian Zionism
Mar 2013-May 2013 1 & 2 Thessalonians
May 2013-Jul 2013 Things that Matter (Austin Grad)
Aug 2013-Nov 2013 James
Nov 24, 2013 Job
Dec 08, 2013 Shema
Jan 2014-Feb 2014 Jonah
Feb 2014-Mar 2014 Amazing Diversity of Unbelief
Apr 2014-Jun 2014 1, 2, & 3 John, Jude
Jun 22, 2014 Communion
Aug 2014 Nine Word Stories
Aug 2014-Sep 2014 Survey of Major World Religions
Sep 14, 2014 Psalmists’ views on meditation
Sep 21&28, 2014 History of the Middle East
Oct 2014 Colossians
Nov 2014-Mar 2015 Mark
Apr 12&19, 2015 Biblical Teaching, Culture, & Tradition
Apr 2015-Jun 2015 Questions Jesus Asked
Aug 2015-Oct 2015 1 & 2 Peter, Jude
Nov 2015 Love Where You Live
Nov 22 & Dec 6, 2015 Bring a scripture/song/devotional thought or a memory of someone who had a significant influence on you
Jan 2016-Mar 2016 Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7)
Mar 20, 2016 Ministry updates
Apr 03, 2016 Angels
Apr 10, 2016 Ministry updates
Apr 2016-May 2016 Ezra
May 2016-Jun 2016 Nehemiah
Jun 26, 2016 Esther
Aug 2016-Nov 2016 Acts
Dec 04, 2016 Ps. 119
Dec 18, 2016 The Democratization of American Christianity
Jan 2017-Feb 2017 The Holy Spirit
Feb 19, 2017 The Trinity
Feb 2017-Jun 2017 1 Corinthians
Jun 2017-Dec 2017 Video series on John (Harris)
Jan 2018-Apr 2018 2 Corinthians
Apr 2018-Jun 2018 Proverbs
Aug 2018-Nov 2018 James (Frances Chan videos)
Nov 18, 2018 Things hard to understand
Dec 2, 2018 Jesus Heals
Dec 16, 2018 Finishing Badly
Jan 2019-Apr 2019 Genesis
May 2019-Jun 2019 Prayer
Aug 2019- Isaiah
Click for the Chronological list or New Testament list

Genesis (2019)
Joshua (2008-2009)
Judges (2009)
1 Samuel
2 Samuel
1 Kings
2 Kings
1 Chronicles
2 Chronicles
Ezra (2016)
Nehemiah (2016)
Esther (2016)
Psalms (2006-2007)
Proverbs (2018)
Ecclesiastes (2008)
Song of Solomon (2008)
Isaiah (2019)
Minor Prophets, 2007

   Jonah (also 2013)

Click for the Chronological list or Old Testament list

Mark (2014-2015)
John (2009-2011, 2017)
Acts (2016)
1 Corinthians (2017)
2 Corinthians (2018)
Colossians (2014)
1 Thessalonians (2013)
2 Thessalonians (2013)
1 Timothy (2009)
2 Timothy (2009)
Titus (2009)
Hebrews (2008)
James (2013, 2018)
1 Peter (2015)
2 Peter (2015)
1 John (2014)
2 John (2014)
3 John (2014)
Jude (2014, 2015)




Prophecies fulfilled in Matthew (Would need study guide.)