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Christian Educators

Debbie and I recently enjoyed our daughter and her family visiting with us for a week. My son-in-law recently took the position of principal of the middle school where they live, and my daughter is a secretary for the grade school. They spent much of their time preparing for the start of a new school year and it was a reminder to me of the tremendous challenge our public school educators and administrators face in this changing culture. Working with other people’s children has always been both challenging and rewarding, but today, I see it as an almost impossible task. Parents have differing levels of involvement and commitment to their children’s education as well as differing outcome desires. Some parents want the public school to be a stepping stone to a good job and a secure future while others want it to be a training ground for athletic excellence. Then, unfortunately, there are some parents who seemingly just want to enjoy themselves while the school does the hard work of raising their children for them. This is nothing new for sure, but these dynamics have certainly become greater challenges for our committed educators today. There is no place where the shifting sands of this culture are being felt to a greater degree than in our public schools. That’s why we should not only pray for our children as they return to school, but also for those who have committed themselves to the task of being educators. Those educators have to work with a far different public than public school teachers did in my day. They also have to contend with a far different cultural influence today, and for the Christian educator it is an increased challenge. I’m convinced that they deserve our encouragement and prayers as they embark upon this task. No time in the past have they needed it more, as no time in the past has the task been more demanding. So, as the children go off to school let’s remember those who will be going off to school with them.

Kim Beckwith

Sermon Outline, August 7, 2016, “Jesus is Greater than Hate”

Jesus is Greater than Hate

I John 4:7-21

God’s Love is Powerful!

Powerful Love gives Selflessly!

~ Philippians 2:3-4      “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”

 

Powerful Love gives Purposefully!

~ I Peter 2:24  “. . .  and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.”

~ Romans 8:13            “. . . for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”

 

God’s Love is Proactive!

God’s Love makes the First Move!

~ Romans 5:8  “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

 

God’s Love continues to Reach Out!

~ Luke 17:4     “And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”

~ II Timothy 2:13       “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.”

 

God’s Love is Protective!

God’s Love protects from Wrath!

~ John 3:16-18            “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

~ Romans 5:2              “through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.”

~ Romans 8:31-32       “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”

 

God’s Love protects from Fear!

~ Romans 8:33-34       “Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.”

Critterland Gearing Up

School is on the horizon again. New backpacks, new supplies, new clothes, new schedules. Critterland will be undergoing some changes too, hopefully (stay tuned). In the meantime, we will continue to look toward teaching our kids the basic stories of the Bible, including old and new testament characters that we love to learn about. I could use your help! I have spots open in my 3-5 year old room for teachers and helpers. I also will have some extra openings helping Miss Joan and Miss Sara in our nursery, because we’re still getting all kinds of new babies, and they are adorable and so huggable. Please come join our team, I promise it will be some of the most fun you will have in the new year!

Lesley Tipton

Liberia Mission Trip

The most difficult question to respond to after a mission trip is, “How was your trip?” It’s easy to give one word answers like good, great, or heartbreaking. To be honest, in our fast paced world of coming and going it almost seems like those are the answers we have time to give. I know that feeling all too well. We want to stop and listen, and I really want to stop and share, but how can I? I have to jump right back in to being an American on a hamster wheel racing through life.
After returning, for the 5th time, from visiting our orphanage in Liberia, I can’t bring myself to give this answer anymore. Instead, I have to put you into the story and try to allow you to see it for yourself. Imagine that you played with a little boy, named Shadrick, who is blind and his favorite thing to do is get scared? When you scared him he would laugh so hard his entire body shook. Imagine telling the story of your little buddy, John. Last time he would barely look at you and the seizures he was having were uncontrollable. When you last held him in your arms, 2 years ago, you prayed that his little skin and bones body would just survive the ebola storm. Now he is sitting up in a wheelchair and when you tickled him he actually smiled so big that he began to laugh. Now imagine describing to others about one of your older girls leading worship with 400 children. When she sang, she didn’t stand up in front of the kids afraid and timid, but instead used every muscle in her body to proclaim that GOD IS GOOD! Describe to those listening about the emotions you felt as a parent when you watched your oldest child connect with kids as a celebrity. Then, finally it is time to leave and you are surrounded by 23 sobbing kids, 14 broken team members, and friends that don’t want to see you go. Imagine the pain being so bad and so difficult that you walk quickly to the car to leave just to keep yourself from falling apart as the team leader.
So here’s my answer to the most difficult question… “Imagine going to live with your nieces and nephews for 10 days in the most desperate situation. Yet, instead of complaining about where they live, your relatives are grateful for everything they get and more. In fact, throughout the day you are often reminded that GOD IS GOOD… ALL THE TIME! Then at the end of the week you have to come back home and do life in America and for the most part act like you haven’t been changed by what you experienced.”
These are real lives that we touched and the lives that touched our hearts. Please follow our team on Facebook or visit psalm823.org to find out how you can be involved. Let their lives cross with your lives and have your life changed for the better!

Matt Lee

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