Grace, Gratitude, Guard Navigating Connections in Difficult Times

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Drawing from the FCCI Friday Webinar Series, the following material is meant to serve up conversation points for small groups, business groups and virtual cohorts/teams.

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To become like the Men of Issachar

1 Chronicles 12:23-32 The Men of Issachar

These are the numbers of the men armed for battle who came to David at Hebron to turn Saul’s kingdom over to him, as the Lord had said: from Judah, carrying shield and spear—6,800 armed for battle; from Simeon, warriors ready for battle—7,100; from Levi—4,600, 27 including Jehoiada, leader of the family of Aaron, with 3,700 men, 28 and Zadok, a brave young warrior, with 22 officers from his family; from Benjamin, Saul’s tribe—3,000, most of whom had remained loyal to Saul’s house until then; from Ephraim, brave warriors, famous in their own clans—20,800; from half the tribe of Manasseh, designated by name to come and make David king—18,000; from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do—200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command

Framing the V-Sprint

Subjects Covered

Session 1: Grace, Gratitude, Guard

Session 2&3: Pivot

Session 4: Caring for People

Session 5: Coaching 101


  • Attend 5 sessions
  • Participate at least once
  • Be open to the Lord's discernment
  • Give us feedback at the end (short survey)



Being full of grace can be difficult in the best of times and even more challenging in times of turmoil.

2 Corinthians 13:14

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Colossians 4:6

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Matthew 7:12

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Discussion Questions Around Grace

  1. Any comment or insights from these passages in your understanding of grace?
  2. Do you have an example of where Grace was extended in your workplace or in your home?
  3. How has the Golden Rule shown itself in your workplace?



Gratitude involves thankfulness and appreciation. It is often a challenge in chaotic situations.

Philippians 4:4-7

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Discussion Questions Around Gratitude

  1. Any comment or insights from Philippians 4 in your understanding of gratitude?
  2. What do you think about the advice to start and end everyday with gratitude?


Be On Guard

We think of being on guard as a set of operating safeguards. For Christians (Christ followers) it must include protectiveness and watchfulness.

Ephesians 6:10-17

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

1 Peter 3:8-12

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.

Discussion Questions Around Under Guard

  1. Any comment or insights from these passage in your understanding of being on-guard?
  2. During this time of crisis, how have you experienced the enemy attempting to destroy a relationship?
  3. Are you spending some alone time everyday to settle your heart and yielding to the spirit?
  4. Cassie suggests we not be more in touch emotionally to your people at work than you are with your family home. How have you done this?


Casey Merrifield

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I eagerly race along the way of your commands, for you enable me to do so.

Psa 119:32 ISV


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