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Special Attention:

  • Please try to join our meetings no later than 5:30 so we can start on time.
08/09CarolynPhilippians 3:7-11Zoom
08/16PeggyPhilippians 3:12-16Zoom
08/23Bill QPhilippians 3:17-4:1Zoom
08/30Deanna15 Essential Bible Texts, The Meaning of Redemption, Luke 24:13-35Zoom
09/07No meetingLabor Day weekend

These are questions supplied with the video on Philippians 3:7-11.

  1. Describe something in your life that is valuable to you. Why is it so valuable?
  2. What are your initial thoughts, ideas, and questions that come to mind after hearing what Prof. Wright taught?
  3. How does Paul draw on the Christ-hymn of 2:6-11 to shape his understanding of what it means to be the church?
  4. What does Paul say he has to give up in order to “know Christ Jesus my Lord?”
  5. How does Paul describe the relationship between faith and faithfulness?
  6. What does Paul say is the “badge” of the believer and why does it matter?
  7. What do you need to “count as loss” in order to grow in your friendship with Jesus?
  8. How does Paul’s idea of sharing in Christ’s sufferings challenge you?


Sick, their caregivers, and family

  • After Annette’s trip to the hospital because of an imbalance in her medication, she said, “I’m doing good after that nightmare last week. Got stitches out of my foot so can drive now. Itching finally gone! Thanks for all the prayers, cards, and calls. Love to you all!”
  • Carolyn had severe pain from a twisted small intestine and had to go to the ER Sunday morning. While she was being diagnosed and treated, the pain left as quickly as it came, apparently due to the problem self-correcting. She expected to go home late Monday.
  • Barbara is due to get some test reports tomorrow (Thursday), but Bob said all the signs are positive at this point.
  • About his situation, Bob said, “The doctor is weaning me off the immunotherapy, but the effects linger. In fact, he said they would get worse before they got better. However my numbers are good, and that’s what counts.”
  • Thankful that Wayne & Shirley H, Peggy’s first cousin and his wife in West Tennessee, have recovered from COVID-19.


  • Peggy A. An email was sent about memorial contributions. If you missed it and want the information, let Ed know. Max appreciates calls, but be aware that his short-term memory is bad.
  • Alison’s grandfather. Alison is Peggy & Ed’s great niece who visited our Care Group a few times.


  • Thankful that Murna’s grandson and his wife from Houston could visit her, but she had to go with them since they couldn’t get into Westminster. Pray that there are no ill effects of her getting out.
  • Healing of our country and guidance our leaders.


Sick, their caregivers, and family

  • Annette had to go to the hospital because of an imbalance in her medication causing severe itching and other problems. She was released on Sunday.
  • Janna, Cynthia and Bill’s daughter-in-law in Hawaii, had to go to the hospital for her seizures. Previously medication controlled the seizures, but the medications are not working now.
  • Wayne & Shirley H, Peggy’s first cousin and his wife in West Tennessee, have COVID-19. So far, they are doing reasonably well..


  • Safe travels for Deanna & Charlie. Deanna is in Houston this week for work. Charlie will be swapping with her this weekend.
  • Cynthia & Bill’s kids in Hawaii dealing with Hurricane Douglas there.
  • All those affected by Hurricane Hanna.

  • Dragica has emailed a few times. She sends her regards and best wishes and is sorry that she hasn’t been able to join our Zoom meetings. She had planned to return to Belgrade before now, but has not been able to.
  • Mike W said that the hour time difference between here and Montana has made it difficult for them to join our Zoom meetings. He said, “Carrie will have to work physically in Austin during August, but is planning to return up here in September (permanently). We will be loading up her apartment furnishings into a U-Haul and driving it up here over Labor Day weekend. For the immediate future, she will continue to work as long as she is permitted to work from Montana. If she is needed for short periods in Austin, she will just use an extended stay or Air BnB. If they want more from her, she will retire instead. Her mother will stay with us for the time being, and has not ruled out selling her Pflugerville home and making her move permanent as well. We’ve told her that we expect things to be bad for the next year and that the Spanish Flu epidemic that raged when she was born lasted for two years.”

Many thanks to Ann & Bill for hosting our Christmas dinner again, to Vicki & Albert for the program, and to Lisa for photographs. There were 37 at the dinner.

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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-Dec 2019 Isaiah
Jan 2020- C S Lewis, some of Ash’s videos “Walking with C. S. Lewis” and some of Lewis’ books.

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)

Previous suggestions:

  • Romans
  • Philippians
  • Prophecies fulfilled in Matthew (Would need study guide.)
Westover is helping to support Daniel and Karly Napier and family in Thessaloniki, Greece, to work with refugees. Peggy and Ed are on the Westover support team for the Napiers. The Georgetown Church of Christ is the supervising church for them. It has been decided to purchase space for use as a classroom and for mentoring, occasional small conferences, worship, and prayer meetings, and sometimes for a safe house for Christian refugees who are being persecuted at a refugee camp. It is desired to raise $55,000, mostly through individual contributions, to purchase a space that has been identified and is described in the brochure and video below. If you would like to contribute toward purchasing this space, checks may be mailed to

  Georgetown Church of Christ
  1525 W. University Ave.
  Georgetown, TX 78628

with “Cleft in the Rock” (or “Resource Center,” according to the brochure) in the memo space. Alternatively, contributions can be made online here. Select “Cleft in the Rock” in the Fund dropdown box near the bottom of the first donation web page.

Brochure (17 MB)

Video (3 min 38 sec)

15 Essential Biblical Texts
Essential Purposes

  1. Stewards of God’s Creation, 11min. (Genesis 1:26-28, 31)
  2. Bearers of God’s Promise, 11 min. (Exodus 32:7-14)
  3. Builders of God’s Temple, 13 min (2 Samuel 7:11-14)

Essential Prayers

  1. Celebrating God’s Creation & Law, 16 min. (Psalm 19. This is the video for this Sunday’s lesson.)
  2. Praying through Darkness and Despair, 14 min. (Psalm 42-43)

Essential Promises

  1. When God Comes Back in Power, 17 min. (Isaiah 52:7-12)
  2. When God Sends the Son of Man, 14 min. (Daniel 7:1-2, 9-18)

Essential Fulfillment

  1. God Comes to Dwell on Earth, 10 min. (John 1:14)
  2. God Becomes King, 15 min. (Mark 1:14-15)

Essential Meanings

  1. The Meaning of Redemption, 13 min. (Luke 24:13-35)
  2. The Meaning of Authority, 14 min. (Matthew 28:16-20)

Essential Good News

  1. Jesus the King, 16 min. (Romans 1:1-5)
  2. Crucified with the Messiah, 15 min. (Galatians 2:19-20)

Essential Transformation

  1. Thinking in a Whole New Way, 13 min. (Romans 12:1-2)
  2. Living in a Whole New World, 14 min. (Revelation 21:1-7)


Greetings and Paul’s Reflection on His Situation

  1. Overview, 19 min.
  2. 1:1-11, 18 min.
  3. 1:12-18, 14 min.
  4. 1:18-26, 18 min.
  5. 1:27-2:4, 17 min.

The Heart of the Matter

  1. 2:5-11, 20 min.
  2. 2:9-11, 14 min.
  3. 2:12-18, 18 min.
  4. 2:19-30, 17 min.

Paul’s Past Life and Present Purpose

  1. 3:1-6, 16 min.
  2. 3:7-11, 16 min.
  3. 3:12-16, 12 min.
  4. 3:17-4:1, 17 min.

Final Reflections and Directives to the Philippians

  1. 4:2-9, 19 min.
  2. 4:10-23, 19 min.