Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.
After my husband underwent emergency heart surgery, I spent an anxious night by his hospital bed. Mid-morning, I remembered a scheduled haircut. “I’ll have to cancel,” I said, raking my fingers distractedly through my straggly hair.
“Mom, just wash your face and go to your appointment,” my daughter said.
Sometimes self-care means allowing others to help carry our burdens.
“No, no,” I insisted. “It doesn’t matter. I need to be here.”
“I’ll stay,” Rosie said. “Self-care, Mom. . . . Self-care. You’re of more use to Dad if you take care of yourself.”
Moses was wearing himself out serving alone as judge over the Israelites. Jethro cautioned his son-in-law Moses: “You will only wear [yourself] out. The work is too heavy . . . you cannot handle it alone” (Ex. 18:18). He then explained ways that Moses could delegate his work and share his heavy load with others.
Though it may seem paradoxical for the Christian, self-care is essential for a healthy life (Matt. 22:37-39; Eph. 5:29-30). Yes, we must love God first and love others as well, but we also need to get adequate rest to renew our body and spirit. Sometimes self-care means stepping away and graciously allowing others to help us with our burdens.
Jesus often slipped away to rest and pray (Mark 6:30-32). When we follow His example, we will be more effective in our relationships and better able to give care to others.
Dear Lord, refresh my spirit today. Help me to bring balance to my life as I juggle my responsibilities. Thank You for Your love and care.
Don’t try to do everything—take time to refresh your body and spirit.
(taken from a devotional from Our Daily Bread)
It’s Just A Phase (Stuart Hall from Orange Tour 2017)
If teachers, doctors, and manufacturers spend so much time and money to prepare for working with kids and in that field… what am I doing to get to know the next generation?
“Seek first to understand, then to be understood”
PHASE: A timeframe in a child’s life when you can leverage distinctive opportunities to influence their future.
#1 We don’t remember what we don’t remember
Every Kid is made in the image of God!
“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name… welcomes me.”
Don’t expect kids to follow Jesus until you treat them like they’re made in his image
#2 We don’t see what we don’t see
Kids are asking important questions at each phase. Be an expert in their phase and knowledgeable about the phase before and after theirs.
• 8th Who do I want to be?
What to do: Affirm their Personal Journey
• 9th Where do I belong?
• 10th Why should I believe? Why can’t I?
• 11th How can I matter?
• 12th Graduation – what will I do?
What to do: Mobilize their Potential
We don’t want to miss something important about kids because we don’t want them to miss something important about God
11/4 – Men’s Breakfast
11/5 – Daylight Savings Time (Fall Back 1 Hour)
11/6 – Davey Jones’ Birthday!
11/10 – Veteran’s Day Observed (NP Office Closed)
11/19 – Grant Porter’s Birthday!
11/22 – No HSM Service or Small Groups (Thanksgiving Week)
11/22 – Thanksgiving Eve Service
11/23 – Thanksgiving
11/26 – Baptisms/Connection Sunday
Remember to take attendance through the email you receive weekly and before the end of the night. Thank you!
Please make it a priority to be at the wherehouse by 6:30pm to go over the details of the evening and to pray together. Send a message through GroupMe or text Kevin at 217-4784 if you’ll be late or won’t be there.
Here are some words we may talk about…I am still working on the final list…but this will give you an idea. If I don’t talk about something that you thought I should, feel free to use it during your group time
PROVERBS 1:7 Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
Our idea of fear is to be scared. When I see a spider I am in fear. You will sometimes see this through the Bible, but there is also another definition of FEAR=AWE. If I was to take this verse and substitute it for the word SCARE, it would make no sense. It would make God into a scary god. However, he is not like that, He is a loving God. It’s a fear of AWE, of reverence.
1 Peter 5:8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
The devil is not just a school mascot, it’s not just some funny character. In a way he was the “highest” ranked Angel, before he fell, because he wanted to be God.
When you come across this in the bible I hope you’re not thinking of a mascot. This is a person who is out to totally destroy your life with the Father.
1 Thessalonians 2:8-10 Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, but the Lord Jesus will kill him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by the splendor of his coming. This man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them.
Hallelujah is often translated as “Praise the Lord” but it actually means so much more. Hallelujah is a combination of two Hebrew words.
The first word is Hallelu and means praise, but not simply praise, it actually means joyous praise in the sense of being proud (of God.)
The second word is Jah, which is short for Yahweh. In biblical times people had such a respect and fear of the Lord that they wouldn’t pronounce his name. So instead of saying, “praise God” they just would say, “praise G.”
Hallelujah means “Praise the Lord” but with lots of enthusiasm.
When I say Hallelujah I basically brag about how awesome and great my God is.
I still remember when I was a kid and asked my Dad what Amen means. When he told me it means, “so let it be” I started to use the word for random phrases. For example:
The Hebrew translation of Amen means something in the sense of “confirm”, “support” or “may it become”.
When we pray alone and say Amen it is because we really mean what we are saying and confirm our own words.
When other people are praying we say Amen because we agree and affirm with what they are saying.
When Jesus used the word Amen it was more than a confirmation at the end of the prayer but he used it in the sense of “I tell you the truth”.
1 Thessalonians 4:3 God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin.
Let me say something really quick- there is GOOD SEX and there is BAD SEX.
Anything that has to do outside of God’s perfect plan of Marriage is Sexual fornication, is sexual immortality.
Romans 2:23 For all have sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.
10 Commandments – God is not just saying don’t do these because he wants you to miss out on life, but when you obey them you won’t hurt your heart, yourself, or even other people around you.
Ephesians 5:3-4 Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.
“Ask Jesus into your heart”
A while back my daughter told me that Jesus lives at the church. I then tried to explain to her that Jesus lives in heaven but also can live in her heart if she invites him. Well, I think that freaked her out a little bit…. The Kids Bible is full of pictures of Jesus and to think that this Jesus of the Bible is going to live in her heart is a little freaky. How is he even going to fit into the heart?
The reason why the church talks about asking Jesus into our heart is because the heart is the center of our being, our life source.
To “ask Jesus into your heart” is a Church term and not a Bible term. The term is based on Bible verses such as Romans 10:9-10:
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved:”.
So to ask Jesus into our heart means to simply make Jesus the center of our life. To become a ‘so called’ follower of Jesus.
This is one is a tricky one… Everybody who is here has already been born, so how can we be born again? Climb back into your mother’s womb? Good luck with that!
In John 3:3 Jesus said: “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” What Jesus meant by that is that to become followers of him/ believers we need to be born again.
But how does that work? To be born again we need to believe in Jesus, we need to confess our sins, ask for forgiveness and change our lifestyle.
Baptism gives us a good picture and symbolizes what it means to be born again. When you go under water you bury your old self and when you come back up you are a new person in Jesus Christ.
2 Chronicles 29:24 The priests then killed the goats as a sin offering and sprinkled their blood on the altar to make atonement for the sins of all Israel. The king had specifically commanded that this burnt offering and sin offering should be made for all Israel.
In the Old Testament were sacrifices of animals. It was the Day of Atonement. The reason they sacrificed animals in the OT was to see their sins…God wanted them to see their sins being forgiven. And they would be sacrificed by blood. The goat had no soul but would be a visual example to the people. In the NT of the Bible, Jesus was the Ultimate sacrifice, not just a visual but would bring us into a right relationship with the Father. If you just break down the word, that’s what it is… AT – ONE – MENT. To bring to together. Once separated.
Jesus, through His sacrifice, brought back in the right relationship with the Father.
Luke 1:68-69 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and redeemed his people. He has sent us a mighty Savior from the royal line of his servant David.
More than a coupon, more than just a gift card you have been purchased.
You have been bought with a price through the sacrifice of Jesus.
We have been bought for a price. There was a price to be paid and it was Paid through JESUS. It was a payment beyond belief, the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus. It was deliverance by a costly measure. Ransom – there was a Price.
Some of you might ask, ‘well why did Jesus do what he did if he is God?’ Mark 10:45
Today we are going to talk about three kinds of blessings. When God blesses us, when we bless God and to be a blessing to others.
1. God blesses us: When God blesses us, he gives us his divine and supernatural favor. There are many examples of God blessing people in the Bible. Example: Joseph. The Bible says that God blessed Joseph and everything that Joseph touched was flourishing. (Genesis 39:5). This basically means that everything Joseph did went well.
2. We bless God: How can we even bless God?? For us, an imperfect human to bless God means recognizing how great, awesome and almighty God is and responding by adoring Him, worshiping and praising Him. (So simple….. So why don’t we do it more often?)
3. To be a blessing: As Christians we can bless other people with uplifting words and deeds. For example, you can text a friend encouraging words, or help them study for a test. To be a blessing to other people means to give without expecting anything back.
The basic meaning is “set apart,” “separateness, withdrawal”. The word Holy is first applied to God and is associated with ideas of purity and righteousness. To be Holy does not only mean to be perfect in every way possible but to be separated from anything that is not Holy. Everything that God represents is pure and perfect. (Holy) and everything that he does is perfect.
Can we be Holy? To be Holy is to be sanctified which also means to be set apart. To become Holy we must be born-again (John 3).
As believers we are to live lives that are set apart from the world (1 Peter 2:9). This is not a one-time decision but because we are all imperfect humans (sinners) we daily have to decide to live Holy lives, lives that are set apart from the world, but honor God.
Ephesians 2:8-10 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
God’s Richest At Christ Expense (Weird Acronym)
But it is a free gift like no other. His Son, Christ’s blood, His life. So we could have life forever.
Hebrews 4:15-16 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
We deserve a punishment for our sins, but because God is a merciful God and a loving God He is merciful. He has provided a way through His blood so we could have life with Him.
John 3:16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
Eternal life is not time that’s obsolete or immortality. You will read it a lot through the NT of the bible, but Eternal Life is not just living forever, but living with God in your life now. Eternal life is not when you die, but it is now. How you live your life now. The bible talks about you are with God or against God. And that means now!!!
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me
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