Pursuing The God Who Pursues Me

“O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up.You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord.” – Psalms 139:1-4.

Think about this for a second. God is the only one who can make a donkey talk, walk on water, make water come out of a rock, heal the sick, raise the dead, give sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf, make a cripple man walk, cast out demons, feed 5,000 with just two fishes and five loaves of bread, and the list goes on and on. The simple truth is God is omniscient. He knows everything, including the past, present, and future and He pursues us to bring us to Him.

If you have just started a relationship with God, it might feel like God is a new addition to your life. In reality, however, the Bible makes it clear that God has been at work in your life before you were born. Psalm 139:15-16 says, “You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”

So how do we pursue God as He pursues us? This is where we typically list the usual suspects such as small groups, studying the Bible, and quiet time. But I would like to answer the question from a different perspective. It would be hard to find somebody who didn’t want more in their life. More money, more time, more love, more gifts, etc. There is one area of life, however, where wanting more is a very good thing—wanting more of God.

The question we have to ask ourselves is this: Are we content with how much of God we have right now? Because if the level of God’s involvement in our life is sufficient, we don’t need to pursue Him any further. “It is wonderful that He loves us and that He died for our sins as a means of getting to Heaven, but, I feel pretty good about where the relationship is today.  On Sunday, I put money in the offering, I sing the worship songs and I attend a small group each week.”  All that is good, but does it stimulate or feed our hunger for more of God? Does that motivate us to know more, to be closer to our Savior?  Are we proactively seeking God rather than waiting until a crisis hits to seek His face?

I know these are hard questions. But here is what I know. The constant presence of God is promised to every one of His children. However, it is not a one way relationship. While God pursues us out of love, we should be pursuing Him.

Discussion Questions:

  1. How much of God do you want?
  2. How do you pursue a deeper knowledge of and relationship with God? Are you as consistent as you would like to be?
  3. Who do you know who seems to pursue God earnestly and consistently? How does that investment of time seem to impact their lives?
  4. If you could do one thing to better pursue God this week, what would it be?

Take A Bow

When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.” – Ephesians 3:14-15.

Whenever the subject of kneeling or bowing before God comes up, Philippians 2:9-11 is sure to come up pretty quick, and for good reason: “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord.” 

Paul echoes this in Romans 14:11: ”As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.”  This is the proper response when encountering the name of Jesus. This verse calls on every being in the universe to recognize His position. Because of His position, we should love Him, serve Him, worship Him, praise Him and obey Him.

The reason why we should bow down, and worship God only, is because it is God who woke you up this morning. It is God who blessed you with food to eat. It is God who gave you clothes to wear. It is God who gave you shelter over your head. It is God who healed you when you were sick. It was God who delivered you when you were in trouble. It is God who blesses you to work a job and earn money to pay your bills and provide for your family. It is God who enables you to do well in school. It is God who answers your prayers.  We ought to bow down and worship God because He is our Creator, our Heavenly Father, our Deliverer, our Healer, our Provider from whom all of our blessings flow.

We should bow down because as C.S. Lewis said, “The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God. Jesus laid aside His heavenly glory to live among us.”

God is worthy to be bowed down to and for us to give Him worship and praises. Daniel did. “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.” (Daniel 6:10)  Peter did as well. “When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful man.”

Aren’t we all.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Do you believe bowing or kneeling before God is optional or mandatory? Why?
  2. What activities in your life help you most in surrendering, worshiping, and expressing gratitude to God?
  3. Do you believe the more we know God the deeper and easier our worship flows? Why or why not?
  4. What can we do this week to know God just a little bit better?

More Power To You

“And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 2:4-5.

There are many definitions and many ways of looking at power. Most often, we look at power as control over resources, influence, strength, political control, energy/electricity, etc. We all desire some level of power in our lives. The trick is how to get it. One group who figured it out was the early church. The Bible tells us that 3,000 souls were saved on one day; “…and each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:47) The early church was marked by powerful miracles and larger than life personalities. They experienced amazing growth and were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Most followers of Jesus want that same kind of power today. We want what they had. We want to impact our world as they impacted theirs. In most other ways, we have a whole lot more than the early believers did. We have homes, enough money to do most of things we want to do, amazing technology, and the freedom to worship God as we please. But do we have the power of God? The early church was plugged into the power of God, and since God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, that same power is available to us today.

God gave each of us a brain that is fantastically intricate. But in spite of all our progress since the early church, we will never get our heads around the power, majesty, love and grace of God until we go to Heaven. The Bible reveals a God so great that we cannot compare anything to Him. No wonder God says, “The nations of the world are worth nothing to him. In his eyes they count for less than nothing—mere emptiness and froth. To whom can you compare God? What image can you find to resemble him?” (Isaiah 40:17-18). While we may never fully grasp the power of God, the question we have in the midst of trials and difficulties is, “can we rely on His power for our future?” 

The answer is yes. God is faithful and trustworthy.  Ephesians 1:19-20 tells us: ”I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.” According to Paul, we rely on God’s power to work in us by faith. Our hope is greater than we know because Christ resides in us. We can and do experience the wonder of His power. So no matter what your circumstances or how dark the clouds overhead are at the moment, God “is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” (Ephesians 3:20)

So if we want the type of power the early church had, we need to stop doubting what we think God can’t or won’t do, and started believing in what He can do. “God is looking for people through whom He can do the impossible. What a pity that we plan only the things we can do by ourselves.”— A. W. Tozer

Discussion Questions

  1. Does it detract from God’s power that He often relies on a response of faith from people? What does that show us about God’s respect for His creation and the importance of our faith response?
  2. If God is truly able to do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine, how does that impact your thoughts, prayers, and actions?
  3. What is the one lesson or truth you took away from what you heard in the message this week that you can apply in your life?   

Taking Something On Faith

“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” – Lamentations 3:22-23.

“A friend in need is a friend indeed” is a popular saying, implying that when you are in need, then you find out who your real friends are. But how do you find true friendship? It is not easy because true friendship involves action: doing something for someone else while expecting nothing in return, sharing thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment or negative criticism. True friends stick by your side no matter how rocky the road becomes.

Do you need a friend? God wants to be your true friend. Are you longing for companionship? God is always with you. Hebrews 13:5 says, “…For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”  And it comes in handy to have a friend that is faithful and has the last word on all things.

Isaiah 55:10-11 reminds us that God has the last word on everything: “The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.”

Basically that passage is telling us that whatever God speaks, happens. What He says goes. Hebrews 1:10-11 says, “…“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with your hands. They will perish, but you remain forever. They will wear out like old clothing.” Jesus Himself made it clear: “Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.” (Matthew 24:35)

That means God will keep all His promises. It means that God will fulfill every prophecy He has made. God never forgets, never fails, and never falters. Every promise the Lord has made He will make good, “God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?”  (Numbers 23:19)  We can count on His promises because He is faithful.

And regardless of your circumstances, God will keep you. Remember Lamentations 3:22-23: “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”  Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 1:12  “I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.” God will keep you because God has committed Himself to completing your salvation. Because He is faithful, He keeps up His side of the relationship even when we don’t. “if we are faithless, he remains faithful.” (2 Timothy 2:13)

Because He is faithful, we can depend on Him, count on Him, and look for Him to come through for us in every circumstance. We simply need to trust Him.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What do you think of when you hear the word “faithfulness?”
  2. Can you think of someone in your life who proved faithful? How did that make you feel?
  3. Because God is faithful, we can trust Him to always keep His promises. How do we live that truth?
  4. What difficulties in your life do you need to surrender to God’s faithfulness? 

The Complaint Department

“I cry out to the Lord; I plead for the Lord’s mercy. I pour out my complaints before him and tell him all my troubles.” – Psalm 142:1-2. 

Everyone seems to have something to complain about. They don’t like politics or politicians. They don’t like movies, they don’t like certain celebrities, they don’t like their neighbors and they don’t like the weather. They don’t like the slowdown in the economy, they don’t like security at airports and they don’t like people who are too opinionated. And these are the people calling the corporate complaint department. The only calls the complaint department gets are from frustrated, unhappy, even angry people. But the corporation needs a place for their unhappy customers to go. So, the complaint department is open. Go ahead and complain. Someone will listen. 

If you want someone who will listen, talk to God. God is the ultimate complaint department. The idea that we cannot cry out to God in anger or when we disagree with Him is simply wrong. When things are too much for you, instead of turning to things that will harm you, cry out to God. God knows what you are going through. God loves you and He wants what is best for you even when you are going through difficult times. Tell Him what’s wrong. Tell Him your complaints. Go to Him. Pour out your heart to Him.

God expects us to frequently experience pain and therefore frequently express our pain to him. God wants us to pour out our complaints to him and tell him our troubles (Psalm 142:2). He wants us talk to Him like David did when he wrote Psalm 142 in the cave of Adullam (1 Samuel 22). He wants us to tell him exactly what it feels like: “I look for someone to come and help me, but no one gives me a passing thought! No one will help me; no one cares a bit what happens to me.  (Psalm 142:4). And he wants us to remember that, despite how things look and feel right now, because of his very great promises.  2 Peter 1:4 tells us, “And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.” 

Whatever you are currently facing in this life, you can find refuge in God. When you feel like there is no complaint department that can fix what is going on in your life, remember God’s faithfulness and find refuge in Him. I know that at times it seems like God is nowhere to be found and that the harder you look the worse it seems to get; but don’t give up because He is right there with you. You can go to God and find refuge and rest. 

“Hear my cry, for I am very low. Rescue me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me. Bring me out of prison so I can thank you. The godly will crowd around me, for you are good to me.” (Psalm 142:6-7)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Have you ever felt God was distant? If so, how would you describe this time in your life?
  2. Have you ever poured out your heart to God? What was your motivation?
  3. What can you do this week to better pour your heart out to God?

Pour Your Heart Out

“O my son, give me your heart. May your eyes take delight in following my ways.” – Proverbs 23:26. 

Have you ever sat down with someone and listened to them pour their heart out about something in their lives. If you have, you know that it is a special moment. A bond forms. A closeness grows. But in order to open your heart to another person you must trust that person. It requires a trust that the other person will be a good listener, will care and be empathetic. And will work and be with you to help you overcome whatever you are facing.

God wants our trust. God offers to be our refuge–the place where we can find understanding, compassion and wisdom. He wants us to tell Him what is on our minds. He invites us to talk to Him about anything and everything; especially the times when it requires us to be completely open and honest before Him. He wants us to pour our heart out to Him.

The Old Testament book of Samuel introduces us to Hannah: a godly woman who had some problems. Her problems weren’t brief and they weren’t simple and they made her feel empty and frustrated. Hannah experienced infertility and she also had a complicated relationship with a rival-wife.  Hannah’s husband had two wives. While having two wives was a cultural norm at the time, as you might guess it was complicated. (Read 1 Samuel 1-2 for the full story of Hannah.)

Hannah didn’t pretend to be okay.  She openly admitted, “…I am very discouraged, and I was pouring out my heart to the Lord.” (1 Samuel 1:15). 1 Samuel 1:10 says,”Hannah was in deep anguish, crying bitterly as she prayed to the Lord.”  She took her burdens directly to God. Hannah didn’t just briefly bend a knee, she poured out her soul. She poured out her sorrow, her disappointments, her frustrations, her depression, her confusion, her anger, her embarrassments, her anguish and her grief. She poured out her emptiness. She wanted a son and God remembered her plea. God gave her a son. 

Before she spent time with the Lord, Hannah had lost her appetite and was filled with despair. After she poured out her soul to God, the Bible shows us that her appetite returned and her countenance had changed. “Then she went back and began to eat again, and she was no longer sad.” (1 Samuel 1:18)

God is faithful. He longs to fill our souls with peace regardless of the circumstances we face.  Hannah was changed, but realize this:  Hannah didn’t just do a “drive thru” prayer time with God.  She parked there for a while and did some serious business with Him. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. Can you relate to Hannah? In what way?
  2. How does one go about pouring out their heart to God?
  3. Do you look at pouring your heart out to God as an act of worship? Why or why not?
  4. What can we do this week to move closer to God?

Getting To The Heart Of Worship

“O my son, give me your heart. May your eyes take delight in following my ways.” – Proverbs 23:26.

God said “you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:5) God said “if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him.” (Deuteronomy 4:29). God said we have to “serve him with all your heart and all your soul.” (Joshua 22:5). God says “…obey with all your heart and all your soul…”  (Deuteronomy 30:2). And God says, “I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.” (Psalms 9:1)  The Bible is filled with verses on the heart, 830 times to be exact in the King James Version. But also notice that God likes the word “all” as well. 

If God tells me to love him with some of my heart, I’m on it. Seek him with some of my heart? I can do that. Serve him with some of my heart? No problem. But God doesn’t want some. It’s what most of us give Him, but he’s not interested. God wants all of you, not just a part of you. He wants you to be fully committed to Him, not just 90 percent committed. He wants 100 percent, with no reservation. 

So true worship is about our relationship with God, it’s about who sits on the throne of our heart, because whatever we worship, whatever we put first, whatever trumps prayer, Bible reading, church attendance, and serving others, communicates what we love the most. Worship is expressing love. And yet time after time we find ourselves being enticed to worship other things. You see, any time our hearts are filled with anything but God, we find our lives are full, we’re busy, we’re distracted, but we’re just empty on the inside, because all the things of this world can’t satisfy the heart created to be satisfied by God.

Desire for other things that can grow up around us and reduce the “all” to “not all.” It can be pressure from money, relationships, illness or a variety of other circumstances and situations. There is no better time to give all of your heart to God than in the midst of trials and tribulations. And there is no better time to pour out your heart to God than during the Christmas season. The best decision you can ever make is to fully commit your heart to God and His plan for your life, whatever your circumstances.

A.W. Tozer said, “God is trying to call us back to that for which He created us, to worship Him and enjoy Him forever.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. How do you define worship?
  2. Worship involves communication with God through such means as prayer and quiet time. What can you do to remind yourself to think about God and talk to Him more often throughout the day?
  3. Which is more pleasing to God right now—your public worship or your private worship? Why?
  4. Worship is expressing your affection to God, focusing your attention on God, and using your abilities for God. What is one thing you will do this week to become a better worshipper? 

Born In A Barn

“At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. …All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child. And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.” – Luke 2:1-7.

It is a rite of passage for most kids these days. You are in such a rush to go outside that you run out the door and leave it wide open. Your father or mother will inevitably see this and call out to you, “shut the door! You weren’t born in a barn!” There is no biblical evidence to suggest this, but I wonder if Mary ever told Jesus the same thing. And then you have to wonder what Jesus’ answer would have been.

While we are not sure if Jesus was born in a barn, stable, or some type of shelter, we do know that the Savior was  born in the most humble circumstances imaginable. Who would think that an event so important to human history would take place in a stable, with God himself spending his first night in the world in a trough meant for feeding animals? In this manner, the Kings of Kings and Lord of Lords was born into the world.

Jesus lived His life like most of the people around Him – only poorer. No matter how many times I think or talk about Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, I am filled with awe. For all eternity His home had been heaven, surrounded by all the glory and power that were rightfully His as God’s only Son. But He willingly left all that behind and came down to share our messy lives on this earth.

My awe increases when I read what Paul spoke of the great mystery of our faith in 1 Timothy 3:16: “Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith Christ was revealed in a human body and vindicated by the Spirit. He was seen by angels and announced to the nations. He was believed in throughout the world and taken to heaven in glory.” Don’t you find that extraordinary? God “was revealed in a human body.”

The mystery of Christmas is how God could become man while remaining fully God. It defies human explanation, but in the perfect wisdom of God, it was the plan of the ages. Jesus was completely human and completely divine. Jesus is God, but He left the majesty of Heaven to be born among animals and live as one of us. He is a King who was raised in poverty. The birth of Jesus Christ was the most humble birth, yet it can bring you salvation and eternity in Heaven.

Discussion Questions

  1. How would you feel about putting your firstborn child in a feed trough because that was the only place there was room? 
  2. Does the birth of Jesus bring you joy? Awe? Amazement?
  3. What can we do this week to stop concentrating on ourselves and concentrate on Jesus?   

God’s Gift To Man

“The greatest and most momentous fact which the history of the world records is the fact of Christ’s birth.” ~Charles H. Spurgeon

Over the years there have always been hard to find toys. And because they were hard to find, the kids wanted them. You had Chatty Cathy, G.I. Joe, Star Wars figures, Cabbage Patch dolls, Transformers, Teddy Ruxpin, Tickle Me Elmo, Beanie Babies, Furby’s and Nintendo Wii to name a few. The lucky ones who got the hot toy for that year were ecstatic because these gifts were their ticket out of Normalville and into Coolville. You would be the kid that everybody wanted to play with.

The question is when did Christmas become about gifts. When did it transform from the birth of the Savior to big marketing and commercialization? We all ponder that question during the Christmas season. We all wonder how best to celebrate Jesus this year in a manner worthy of a humble Savior who was born to two poor teenagers in a stable and yet still managed to save the world. The best way to do that is to give Christmas back to Jesus. Not just a corner of it, but all of it. There is nothing wrong with gifts; but let’s give Jesus the gifts of our time, energy and resources. They will last long after the new juicer is broken or outdated.

Christ’s life begins and ends surrounded by two of the most vivid exhibits of faith in the Bible. At His birth that exhibit of faith is in the wisemen—at His death it is the thief who repents. Both were presented with the impossible—an infant who sure didn’t look like God, and a crucified man that also failed to look the part of the Eternal King of Glory.

The wisemen believed in Christ when they had never seen him. They believed in Him when the scribes and Pharisees were unbelieving. They saw no signs of divinity and greatness to overawe them. They saw nothing but a newborn infant, helpless and weak, and needing a mother’s care like any of us. And yet when they saw that infant, they believed that they saw the Savior of the world. They “bowed down and worshiped him.” (Matthew 2:11). 

That worship is a presentation of our gifts to God. We read that these wisemen “gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”  The gifts had both significance and meaning. Gold is for a king. Frankincense is for a priest. And myrrh is for the One who was to die. These gifts of the wisemen, even in the infancy of Jesus, at the cradle of Christ, foretold that He was to be the true King (john 12:15), the perfect High Priest (Hebrews 2:17) and the Savior of mankind (Luke 2:11).

The wisemen recognized Christ as a king. One did not enter the presence of a king or other royalty without bearing gifts of great value. And they did not simply drop off the gifts on their way to visit their grandparents. By most accounts, they spent more than a year searching for the Messiah. 

What gifts will we give to Jesus this Christmas season?

Discussion Questions:

  1. What can we learn about gift-giving from the wisemen?
  2. Are there  “gifts” in our life that God gets blamed for? Is He responsible?  
  3. What are some gifts God has given you, and how do you show Him your appreciation?
  4. What obstacles keep you from giving the gift of worship this Christmas season?   

A Long Journey

“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel, whose origins are in the distant past, will come from you on my behalf.” – Micah 5:2. 

Have you ever thought about how easy travel is today?  The family piles into the SUV to take a ride to the grandparent’s house for Christmas. Even though it is December, it is hot in Florida. But no problem. You are riding in air conditioned comfort. You are rocking to your favorite tunes. You are sitting in a soft leather seat. You soon grow tired of listening to the music so you get out your laptop and start a Christmas movie you haven’t finished yet. You hit a bump in the road, but the shocks level it off to nothing.  You didn’t even spill your Diet Coke sitting in the cup holder. Your grandparent’s live about 200 miles from your house and you will get there in about 3 hours. Even then it seems to take too long.  But it will be so worth it to sit down to Grandma’s turkey, all the trimmings and some of that to-die-for apple pie.   

Now, compare your normal traveling experience to that of the wisemen in Biblical times. Back then you walked almost everywhere you went—to work, to worship, and even sometimes to your relatives (who might live thirty miles away). When Jesus was on earth, it seems that He walked nearly everywhere He went. Although animals such as mules, donkeys, horses, and camels often were used when traveling really long distances, walking was still the most common method of travel.

We know that the wisemen were from “the East,” most likely Persia, or modern-day Iran. This means the wisemen traveled 800 to 900 miles to see the Christ child. Traveling in ancient times was much different than it is today. To avoid the extreme heat of the sun, travelers would often journey by night, and get their direction from the stars. People also traveled at nighttime in order to help escape detection from thieves, who (like in the parable of the Good Samaritan—Luke 10:29-37) would hide beside the road waiting for someone to rob. And if that was not enough, a  traveler had to beware of wild animals along the way. Lions, leopards, and bears were just a few of the animals that used to lurk about the land of Palestine.

In view of the many dangers that travelers encountered along their journeys, the wisemen traveled a long distance to see the Christ child. They stepped out in faith. Many times our journeys, the most difficult ones the Lord asks us to take will be like the wisemen, and we feel like we begin it all alone. However, God is always with us–willing to lead and guide us as we look to Him and follow Him step by step.

Many times, the Lord will also provide others to journey with us—who kind of meet us half way yet they become just a big part of our journeys. Together we encourage one another and cheer one another on—pick one another up when one falls and rejoice as we get closer to the finish line that the Lord has called us to.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Have you ever taken some steps in life without knowing where and if God was leading you? What happened? 
  2. Do you think you would have the faith to take on a 900 miles trip in Biblical times?
  3. Trusting God often means dropping conditions that we have.  Agree or disagree?
  4. What conditions do we need to drop this week?