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Jan 15, 2018

Jason is a former ESPN Producer and author of Live to Forgive which is available now (www.jasonromano.com/book). Jason will talk about the difficulty and freedom in forgiving his alcoholic dad.

Discussion Questions

  1. Working at ESPN, Jason got to meet a lot of athletes and celebrities. Who would be your favorite athlete to meet and hangout with for a day?
  2. Jason shares about his broken relationship with his dad due to divorce and alcohol. What is your relationship with your dad like?
    1. Feeling the Pain - not masking pain and acting like it’s not there, but opening up about anger, sadness, frustration, disappointment
    2. Evaluating the Trauma - evaluate and see what has happened, take inventory, identify what has been affected, developing healthy boundaries
    3. Transforming the Wound - taking it from the feelings and effects you have, into a step towards forgiveness rather than lashing out or feeling entitled to the hurt
    4. Forgiving the Abuser - letting go of the bitterness, not condoning their behavior but freeing yourself and following the example we see in scripture of God forgiving us
  3. Discuss the four stages of forgiveness:
  4. Read Ephesians 4:31-32 and Colossians 3:13. How do these verses affect your forgiveness?
  5. Jon mentioned breaking a cycle when we forgive. Have you experienced that in a relationship yourself? Maybe with a family member, a friend, your wife, your kids, a co-worker, etc.?
  6. Jason shared about his career change when he finally surrendered his plans and said “yes” to what God wanted. Do you feel like you have done that in your own work career? Are you doing what God has called you to do?
  7. Do you agree with this statement: “Forgiveness is not a weakness, it is a strength”? Does our culture agree with that?
  8. Fun question to end on: Who is your favorite BIble character and why?