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  • john 14:27

    The Prayer of Serenity

    by Steve Elzinga

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    The Prayer of Serenity has been used in Alcoholics Anonymous for years. In addition to this community, how can it benefit others? Learn more with Professor Steve Elzinga about each phrase of the prayer and how they can benefit your faith walk. 

    1. An understanding of the history and author of the Prayer of Serenity
    2. A deeper knowledge of the meaning of each phrase of the prayer 
    3. Insight into how the Prayer of Serenity is useful in a Christian walk
    4. Knowledge of other topics such as hope vs. acceptance, fear of failure, living in the present, blame, denial, avoidance, and joy.  


    Post in 3 Forums. You will get a completion check indicating you have posted reflections and read and engaged with the comments of others. 


    After you complete viewing the materials and posting your reflections, there is a feedback quiz. The quiz will help us evaluate the effectiveness of the mini-course.

  • Topic 1

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      Reflection Questions: 

      1. What are some important questions you have come to in your life for which you don't know the answers?

      2. What are some things you thought you could change in your life and it turned out that you couldn't? How did you deal with those things?

      3. Are you fearful of failure? How do you find the courage to deal with the things that you can control in your life?

  • Topic 2

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      Reflection Questions: 

      1. When was a time in your life that you struggled between hope and acceptance? Did you depend on God for wisdom? If so, how? If not, how could you have?

      2. What is one change you can make in your life to let go of control/planning and allow God to bless you in the present?

      3. Think of a time you were experiencing hardship. What was your natural reaction - blame, denial, or avoidance? In the future, how can you combat that reaction with the ideas that Professor Steve shared?

  • Topic 3

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      Reflection Questions: 

      1. How can acceptance of a sinful world, a sinful self, and other sinful humans benefit your life? Are you truly willing to accept that?

      2. Do you find it difficult to surrender? Has there been a time when you surrendered and then things still didn't work out? Were you able to hold on to hope? Did something Professor Steve say encourage you to hold onto hope in the future? 

      3. First, share one source of happiness in your life as a form of encouragement to others. Secondly, share how this course has impacted your outlook on your life and your faith. 

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