Living in the Lion's Den: Part 10 - Delays

November 19, 2023
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Christmas Parades are Coming!

This year, OneLife will be in the Powell and Downtown Knoxville Christmas parades December 1st & 2nd. It’s a great way to represent our church out in the community, plus, it’s a lot of fun! Here’s how to get involved: #1 - Parade float construction and decorating. Whether you’re a handyman, crafty decorator, or just want to hang out and get to know people, you’ll love helping out! #2 - Walk in the parades. Come represent our church, help pass out candy, and hand out invite cards to our Christmas services. Sign-ups are available at or write “Christmas Parades” on your Connection Card.

Jingle Jam - November 26 & December 3
Jingle Jam is a Christmas Party big enough for the whole family! It’s an interactive Christmas presentation for kids and parents that’s full of exciting music, fun characters, and a unique perspective of Christmas like you’ve never experienced! Jingle Jam will be held Sunday night November 26th at our North Campus and Sunday Night December 3rd at our East campus. Save the date and we can’t wait to see you there!

Volunteer Christmas Banquet - December 10
If you serve on a OneLife volunteer team, then we can’t wait to see you Sunday night, December 10 at 6pm for our annual Volunteer Christmas Banquet. Our campuses are joining together at the Jubilee Banquet Facility on Callahan Road for one GIANT party. And this year’s theme: A OneLife Kara-ho-ho-ho-ke Christmas! It’s gonna be a blast! Visit to RSVP or talk to your team leader for more details. If you’re not a part of a volunteer team, this is a great time to get involved. Mark the volunteering box on your Connection Card!


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BOTTOM LINE: What seems like a delay is really an urgent call to pray.

Daniel 10:12 NLT

12 Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer.

1. Humble prayers are heard immediately even if I don’t hear back immediately.

Daniel 10:13 NLT

13 But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia.

2. The battle I don’t see is bigger than the battle I do see.

Daniel 10:18-19 NLT

18 Then the one who looked like a man touched me again, and I felt my strength returning. 19 “Don’t be afraid,” he said, “for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!”As he spoke these words to me, I suddenly felt stronger and said to him, “Please speak to me, my lord, for you have strengthened me.”

Daniel 10:20-21 NLT

20 He replied, “Do you know why I have come? Soon I must return to fight against the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia, and after that the spirit prince of the kingdom of Greece will come. 21 Meanwhile, I will tell you what is written in the Book of Truth. (No one helps me against these spirit princes except Michael, your spirit prince.

3. There are more unseen battles ahead.







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Share spiritual/missional conversations you've had where you live, work, and play:
  - Who did you have a conversation with that took a spiritual/missional turn this week?
  - What questions did you ask to discover where God is at work in their life, even if they are not aware?
  - How were you able to share your story of life change or how you have experienced Jesus?
  - How can you be intentional this week with people where you live, work, and play to have spiritual/missional conversations if the opportunity arises?
  - Who in your life do you think could be disciple-able or open to spiritual/missional conversations?

  - Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?/giveback/giveback
  - Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?


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