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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Trail Post 2: God's Word and Trail Post 3: Prayer (from the Trailhead Series)


This past Sunday, our pastor was out of town so an associate pastor delivered the sermon.  Trail Post 1 was on the topic of baptism.  Today, we covered the next two posts on the trail.  Trail Post 2 is God's Word and Trail Post 3 is Prayer.

The following are my Bible study notes based on my pastor's sermon.  You are invited to worship with us here.

Trailhead - The Word & Prayer - March 17, 2019 (Message) from Christ Place Church on Vimeo.


Trail Post 2:  God's Word


Getting into God's Word is a requirement.

God wants you to get into His Word
This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:8-9
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The presence of God in their lives is the key to God's leaders.

God wants His Word to get into you.

God wants you to immerse yourself in His Word so you can internalize it.

There is a reason God requires you to get into His World.

God wants you to get into His Word so that you will live in obedience which is to live out God's truth.

Getting into God's Word yields a result.

The result of getting into God's Word is success.  Remember that God's idea of success might be different from your idea of success.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. - Isaiah 55:8
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 We evaluate success differently than God does.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. - Matthew 6:33

Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. - Psalm 37:4
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.   In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. - Proverbs 3:5-6

 Trail Post 3:  Prayer


What if your prayers seem unanswered?  When you think your prayers have gone unanswered, here are some things you can do.

1.  Look to yourself. 

Is it your manner of living?  Are you living in unconfessed sin?
Behold, the Lord’s hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear.  But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear. - Isaiah 59:1-2

2.  Look at your motives when you pray.
What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members?  You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask.  You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. - James 4:1-3
You might be praying for an increase in your salary, but you are not receiving it because you are not honoring God with the salary you already have.

3.  Look to your prayers. 

Are your prayers "according to God's will?" 
This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him. - 1 John 5:14-15
Our prayers must be in line with the Word of God.

4.  Look at your God.

Sometimes God answers our prayers differently.  Remember that His ways are not our ways.  Sometimes God answers our prayers delayed.  Sometimes God answers prayers later so that He can answer them better.

The last few minutes of the video, our pastor talks about salvation.  Do you know Jesus?  If you want to know more about how to be saved, click here.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Trailhead Post 1: Baptism (A Guided Journey for All Christ-Followers)

This week, our pastor is guiding us on a new trail.  His new series is titled "Trailhead:  A Guided Journey for All Christ-Followers."  You are invited to worship along with us as we start a new series.

This post includes my Bible study notes based on my pastor's sermon.  You are invited to watch and worship along with us here.

Trailhead - Be Baptized - March 10, 2019 (Message) from Christ Place Church on Vimeo.

As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man called Matthew, sitting in the tax collector’s booth; and He said to him, “Follow Me!” And he got up and followed Him. - Matthew 9:9
The word follow means "to get on a path with."  If you are a Christ-follower, then you are on a journey with Jesus.  We will come to several trail post stops along this journey.


Trail Post 1:  Baptism



John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. - Mark 1:4
Baptism is an act of obedience in response to faith in Jesus Christ.

Where did baptism originate?  Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.
John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea was going out to him, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist, and his diet was locusts and wild honey. And he was preaching, and saying, “After me One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to stoop down and untie the thong of His sandals. I baptized you with water; but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”  In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. - Mark 1:4-9
Why was Jesus baptized since He wasn't a sinner?  


Jesus was baptized to fulfill all righteousness, to fulfill the law, and to provide an example for us.
13 Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him. 14 But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?” 15 But Jesus answering said to him, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he permitted Him. 16 After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him. - Matthew 3:13-16
The last thing Jesus told us to do (in what is known as The Great Commission) before his ascension was to baptize.
16 But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. 18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” - Matthew 28:16-20
16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. - Mark 16:16
In the first century, they baptized immediately upon salvation.  It was a big deal to first century Christ-followers.
38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” 40 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “  Be saved from this perverse generation!” 41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. - Acts 2:38-41
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The people heard the gospel and then immediately followed the example of Jesus in baptism.
12 But when they believed Philip preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being baptized, men and women alike. - Acts 8:12
35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him. 36 As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?” 37 And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” 38 And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, but went on his way rejoicing. - Acts 8:35-39

47 “Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?” 48 And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay on for a few days. - Acts 10:47-48

16 Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.’
 Baptism is part of God's pattern for His followers.

God expects us to:

1.  hear the gospel.
2.  respond to the gospel (be saved).
3.  be baptized.
4.  tell others.
 
 Baptism: 

1.  is an expression of our faith in Christ.
2.  is a sign of a covenant.
3.  is a picture of new life.
Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. - Romans 6:3-4

4.  bands us together.
There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism. - Ephesians 4:4-5

Common Questions Concerning Baptism


Is baptism essential for salvation?  No

Does baptism require immersion?  Yes

I was baptized as an infant.  Do I need to be baptized again?   Yes, because babies don't know what it means to be saved and baptized.  Babies don't understand repentance.

I'm not sure about my sincerity the first time.  I am saved now.  Should I be baptized again?  Yes, because order is important.  Baptism comes after belief.

What is the right age for baptism?  People are ready for baptism when they personally understand that they are sinners against God.  They need to understand the blood sacrifice.  They need to understand their commitment to follow Jesus.  Then they are old enough to be baptized.
 




 


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Monday, March 18, 2019

Jesus Feeds the 5,000 (from the Christ in Every Place Series)

The following are my Bible study notes bases on my pastor's sermon.

Jesus Feeds the 5,000 

After these things Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (or Tiberias). A large crowd followed Him, because they saw the signs which He was performing on those who were sick. Then Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat down with His disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was near. Therefore Jesus, lifting up His eyes and seeing that a large crowd was coming to Him, said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these may eat?” This He was saying to test him, for He Himself knew what He was intending to do. Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, for everyone to receive a little.” One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these for so many people?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, and having given thanks, He distributed to those who were seated; likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted. 12 When they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments so that nothing will be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. 14 Therefore when the people saw the sign which He had performed, they said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.” - John 6:1-14

I always thought the 5,000 people who were there to listen to Jesus that day were there because they were familiar with His teachings and wanted to learn more about Him.  I always thought these people were "Jesus-followers" who wanted to gain wisdom from Jesus.  However, we learn in verse two of in the 6th chapter of John that they were there because of the things Jesus had done for them.  

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A large crowd followed Him because they saw the signs which He was performing on those who were sick. - John 6:2
The 5,000 people who were there that day were not there to bring themselves under the lordship of Jesus Christ.  Later in this chapter, Jesus tells them that no one can come to Him unless it has been granted him by the Father.  When Jesus told them this, many stopped walking with Him.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him. 65 And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.” 66 As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore. - John 6:63-66
 Jesus knew which people believed Him and which ones did not, and yet He loved them.
34 When Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things. - Mark 6:34

Philip was being tested in this situation.  (verse 6)

Why are people tested?  People are tested  to see what is in their hearts.  
You shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. - Deuteronomy 8:2
God already knows what is in our hearts, but I know that when I am tested, I can see what is in my heart.  Sometimes I'm unpleasantly surprised.  Philip was looking at this situation with human eyes.  He wasn't trusting Jesus.

God stands with us.  He knows our situation.  He knows about our financial circumstances, our broken relationships, etc.  He knows it all.
17 But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was rescued out of the lion’s mouth. - 2 Timothy 4:17
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The little boy in this story had two small fish and five barley loaves.  Yet, with 2 small fish and 5 small loaves of bread, Jesus fed 5000 people.

What is small and insignificant in our lives is big and significant in God's hands.

If it concerns you, it concerns Him.
You have taken account of my wanderings;
Put my tears in Your bottle.
Are they not in Your book? - Psalm 56:8
 May we never lose dependency on Jesus to give us fresh bread.

Rarely is God early.  He is never late.

Philip tells Jesus in verse 7 of John 6 that even if they buy 200 denarii  of bread, the people would get a little bread but there still wouldn't be enough for everyone.  Money could not buy enough bread, but Jesus fed everyone and had food left over.
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed. - 2 Corinthians 9:8
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What do we need to personally experience from this miracle?

1.  The love and compassion of Christ is needed in every place.

2.  Our inadequacy is an opportunity  to experience God's adequacy.
And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. - 2 Corinthians 12:9
3.  What do you need to put in the hands of Jesus today?

You'll find all my posts in this series here.


 

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer (Final Short Summary)

We can't pick and choose when, where, and how God uses His power.  In this first lesson in the 6th week of Jonah:  Navigating a Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer, we are reminded that Jonah did not initially disobey God because He did not know God, but because he DID know God.  Jonah had considered the people of Nineveh as his enemies.  He knew that God would respond graciously to to the Ninevites if they turned back to God.  Jonah didn't want the Ninevites to experience God's grace.  Jonah wanted them to experience calamity.  While this might seem harsh, I doubt many, if any, of us have escaped the shackles of jealousy when it comes to our "enemies."  Think about it.  Is there someone in your life who experienced God's grace when you thought they didn't deserve it?

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God's too big for us to control.  You can't pick and choose which of God's attributes you want to see displayed and when and where you want to experience them.  You can't play games with God and expect to win. - Priscilla Shirer
I often pray for the opportunity to experience God's sovereign power.  I want to experience His power when I pray for a loved one to be healed, when I pray for a friend to get the job she has worked hard to get, when I pray for safety for my children, and so forth.  I shouldn't be disappointed when my sovereign God uses His power the way He wants to use it, even if that means He uses it in a way that I don't like.

However . . . we are human so anger, jealousy, and resentment are something we deal with from time to time, maybe even on a regular basis.  In day of this week, Priscilla gave us a list of attributes of God, then she asked us to circle the two that others see least in us.  Whoa!  That was a real eye-opener.  After looking at that list and then focusing on the two attributes I least display in my life, I felt like a heartless meany.  Priscilla goes on to remind us that for the attributes of God to find a home in our hearts, we must rely on the Holy Spirit. 
The fruit of God's Spirit can only be realized in the life of someone who is consistently yielding to the Spirit's work in his or her life.  In other words, the inclination of our flesh will always pull in the opposite direction of what the Spirit seeks to help us do.  We must totally rely on the Holy Spirit to see the effects of His work in our lives. - Priscilla Shirer
In day three, we are asked the question, "How do Jonah's feelings about the plant clearly show a misplacement of priorities?"  The answer to this question should have been clear to me immediately but I had to think about it for a minute before I realized that Jonah was not just happy, but extremely happy, about the favor God was showing to him, but he was angered about the favor God was showing to others.



Does the attitude in hour hearts ever reflect the same attitude displayed in Jonah's?  If we are being honest, then we would need to admit that we sometimes feel the same way that Jonah felt.  This attitude means that there is a gap between our hearts and God's heart that needs mending.
Are we willing to extend grace to others as God has extended it to us?  Do a quick self-inventory and consider this:  When God graciously takes care of our needs, shows up in our discomfort, or calms our anxieties, our first inclination should be to offer an extension of those same healing properties to someone else.  His grace to us should make us more gracious to others. - Priscilla Shirer

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. - 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
 We are asked to personalize 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.  Let's try that.

Blessed be the God and Father of MY Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts ME in all MY affliction so that "I" will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which "I MYSELF" am comforted by God.

Wow, that sheds a little more light on our mission wherever we are right now, doesn't it?  Have you been afflicted?  Has God comforted you in your affliction?  Then you must comfort others as God has comforted you.  There is no other way to translate that.

God really wanted to get Jonah's attention.  He sent a storm, a big fish, a withering plant, a hot sun, and ab uncomfortable wind to teach Jonah life lessons.  Priscilla points out that we don't know how this story ends.  However she emphasizes that the ending of Jonah's story is not important.  What is important is how we will allow Jonah's story to impact our own lives.  I love the way she ended the last page.
The rest of your story is yet to be written.
The pen of Heaven is waiting.
The perspective of God is offered.
Onward, modern-day Jonah.
The best is yet to come. - Priscilla Shirer
 You can find all posts about this Bible study series here.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Usborne Books Easter Book List

Easter is about 7 weeks away.  You have just enough time to stock your library shelf with great reading materials for your child.  The following book list is sure to keep your child reading for hours.  These books will make great additions to your child's Easter basket.

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Usborne Books Easter Book List

 The Easter Story

https://g4796.myubam.com/p/7512/easter-story-the

The dramatic events of the Easter story sensitively retold for young children. When Jesus rides into Jerusalem he is welcomed by cheering crowds. But soon the temple priests are plotting against him... A lovely book to read together or for new readers to enjoy alone.

Series: Picture Books
These beautifully illustrated picture books give you a new look at classic stories, new and old. Stories are told from a childlike perspective. 

Age3 years and up
Size10 1/8 x 10 1/8
Pages24
SeriesPicture Books
AuthorRussell Punter

 Illustrated Children's Bible Stories

https://g4796.myubam.com/p/3793/illustrated-childrens-bible-stories

A beautiful and luxurious cloth-bound collection of Bible stories make a gift to treasure forever. Carefully written text is suitable for reading aloud to young children or for older children to read independently. Stunning, full-page illustrations bring stories from the Old and New Testament vividly to life, and a comprehensive ‘Who’s who in the Bible’ helps children remember the characters and stories. 
Age4 years and up
Size8 1/2 x 10 1/2
Pages192
SeriesClothbound Gift Books

Bible Stories with CD

https://g4796.myubam.com/p/568/bible-stories-with-cd-cv

This engaging collection of Bible stories has been written, with the help of a language expert, for young children who are just starting to read. Each story is told word for word, with delightful sound effects, on the CD included with this book. By following the words across the page as they hear them, beginner readers will gain confidence and soon be able to achieve the pleasure and satisfaction of reading a whole story by themselves.

Illustrated Bible Stories

https://g4796.myubam.com/p/4479/illustrated-bible-stories
A fully illustrated collection of stories from the Bible, retold for young readers. Including Joseph and the Dreams, The Story of Baby Jesus, The Easter Story, Jonah and the Whale, Noah's Ark and more. A beautiful gift book that children will love to receive on any special occasion.

Also available in Spanish
Tambien disponible en español


Series: Illustrated Stories
Beautifully illustrated collections of classics and original tales.
Age8 years and up
Size6 1/4 x 7 7/8
Pages368
SeriesIllustrated Stories
AuthorVarious

Baby Animals

https://g4796.myubam.com/p/5533/baby-animals
Baby Animals is part of an exciting reading series for young children, with lots of pictures and very simple, easy text.

Series: Young Beginners
Young Beginners nonfiction is an exciting reading series for young children, with lots of pictures and very simple, easy text. 
Age3+
Size6 1/8 x 8 3/8
Pages32
SeriesYoung Beginners
AuthorEmily Bone

 Are You There Little Bunny

https://g4796.myubam.com/p/6912/are-you-there-little-bunny

In this beautifully illustrated hide-and-seek series, children can “spot” the bunny through a hole on each page... but when they turn the page, it isn’t the bunny at all! Very young children will love searching for the elusive bunny, and all the charming details and other animals they discover along the way.

Also available in Spanish
Tambien disponible en español


Series: Are You There?
A little animal is hiding in the book; can you find him? Die-cut shapes give glimpses of things that turn out to be something altogether different when you turn the page: for example an elephant's trunk turns out to be a snake. Children will love the surprise element of turning the pages until, finally at the last page, the hiding animal is revealed!  

Age6m+
Size5 1/2 x 6 1/2
Pages12
SeriesAre You There?
AuthorSam Taplin

Poppy and Sam's Easter Egg Hunt

https://g4796.myubam.com/p/7612/poppy-and-sams-easter-egg-hunt

Poppy and Sam are searching for Easter eggs on Apple Tree Farm. Children will love looking through the holes in this charming book to discover the colorful eggs, following fingertrails to trace the flight of a butterfly or bee, and spotting Daisy the cow, Clucky the hen, and Rusty the pig along the way.

Age6 months +
Size5 3/4 x 6 1/2
Pages12pp
SeriesLittle Peek-Through Books
AuthorSam Taplin

 That's Not My Lamb

https://g4796.myubam.com/p/3157/thats-not-my-lamb

This delightful series of board books is aimed at very young children. The bright pictures, with their patches of different textures, are designed to develop sensory and language awareness. Babies and toddlers will love turning the pages and touching the feely patches.

Series: That's Not My… Board Books
Babies and toddlers will love touching the textured patches on every page. The bright pictures and textures to stroke are designed to help develop sensory and language awareness. 

Age9 months and up
Size6 1/2 x 6 1/2
Pages10
SeriesThat's Not My… Board Books
AuthorFiona Watt

That's Not My Chick

https://g4796.myubam.com/p/6844/thats-not-my-chick

This touchy-feely book features a fuzzy chick to spot and talk about on every page. Babies and toddlers will love turning the pages and touching the patches as they try to find their chick. A fun addition to the bestselling That’s Not My... Series.

Series: That's Not My… Board Books
Babies and toddlers will love touching the textured patches on every page. The bright pictures and textures to stroke are designed to help develop sensory and language awareness. 
Age9m+
Size6 1/2 x 6 1/2
Pages10
SeriesThat's Not My… Board Books
AuthorFiona Watt
https://g4796.myubam.com/p/880/babys-very-first-little-book-of-bunnies

A gorgeous book full of pictures of cute little bunnies cuddling, nibbling, sniffing, hopping and washing.

Perfect for sharing with babies and very young children who will love looking at the delightful illustrations and charming photos.

With simple text descriptions of what is happening on each page. 
 
Ageinfant +
Size5 x 5 1/2
Pages10
SeriesBaby's Very First Board Books
AuthorMiller Antonia

Easter Bunny Flap Book

https://g4796.myubam.com/p/1378/easter-bunny-flap-book


In this delightful book there are pages of cute little bunnies and flaps to raise. Lots of surprises waiting for little ones, under the flaps.


Age3 years and up
Size6 5/8 x 7
Pages10
SeriesFlap Books


How Do Flowers Grow

Lift-the-Flap First Questions and Answers

https://g4796.myubam.com/p/5010/lift-the-flap-first-questions-and-answers-how-do-flowers-grow

This stylish, highly illustrated, interactive book is perfect for sharing with young children, and introduces science using a friendly lift-the-flap format. A great introduction to one of the fundamental themes of biology, perfect for curious young minds.

Series: Lift-the-Flap First Questions and Answers
These stylish, highly illustrated, interactive books are perfect for sharing with young children, and they introduce science concepts using a friendly lift-the-flap format. 


Age3+
Size7 3/4 x 8 3/4
Pages12
SeriesLift-the-Flap First Questions and Answers
AuthorKatie Daynes

 Eggs and Chicks

https://g4796.myubam.com/p/462/eggs-and-chicks-ir


Which bird lays the biggest egg in the world and how do tiny chicks learn to fly? In this book you’ll find the answers and lots more about eggs and chicks.

Series: Beginners
How many eyes do spiders have? What do fire fighters wear? What kind of truck can transport the space shuttle? Find the answers to these questions and lots more in these exciting books for children who are learning to read on their own. 


Age6 years and up
Size6 1/8 x 8 3/8
Pages32
SeriesBeginners
AuthorPatchett, Fiona

Farm Animals

https://g4796.myubam.com/p/366/farm-animals-ir


How do pigs keep cool? Why do farmers shear their sheep? Which farm animals live underwater? In this book you’ll find the answers and lots more facts about farm animals around the world.

Series: Beginners
How many eyes do spiders have? What do fire fighters wear? What kind of truck can transport the space shuttle? Find the answers to these questions and lots more in these exciting books for children who are learning to read on their own.


Age5-7 years
Size6 1/8 x 8 3/8
Pages32
SeriesBeginners
AuthorKatie Daynes

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30 St. Patrick's Day Activities for Kids

St. Patrick's Day is a fun day when everyone wears something green and pretends to be Irish.  If you don't wear something green, even if it's a green clover made from construction paper pinned to your shirt, you get pinched by everyone who notices that you didn't wear green.  Well, at least that was the case when I was growing up.  Today, we have Pinterest to show us all sorts of creative ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

Why do we celebrate St. Patrick's Day anyway?  Wasn't he some Irish guy?  Who was St. Patrick?

You know what?  St. Patrick wasn't even Irish.  According to Christianity Today, he was from Dumbarton, Scotland, a place just northwest of Glasgow.  (By the way, I have had the privilege of visiting Glasgow.  I'll have to tell you about it sometime.  It is absolutely beautiful!)  Anyway, St. Patrick was Scottish, not Irish . . . or was he?  According to the Irish Geneology Toolkit, he could have been born in England or Wales.  They say no one really knows.   One thing historians agree on is that he is credited for bringing Christianity to the Irish.

When St. Patrick was 16 years old, he was captured and enslaved in Ireland.  Eventually, he returned to Scotland, but when St. Patrick was in his 40s, he returned to Ireland as a missionary in response to a vision.  He was successful in bringing Christianity to Ireland. 

Read more about St. Patrick at DLTK's Growing Together and Franciscan Media.

We can learn more about the character of St. Patrick by reading quotes credited to him.
“Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.”
Saint Patrick
“I pray to God to give me perseverance and to deign that I be a faithful witness to Him to the end of my life for my God.”― Saint Patrick (This Quote is taken from The Confession of St. Patrick (Confessions of St. Patrick):  With the Tripartite Life, and Epistle to the Soldiers of Coroticus
If you'd like to read St. Patrick's book, you can!   You can get it here.

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“Each and all shall render account for even our smallest sins before the judgement seat of Christ the Lord.” ― St. Patrick, The Confession of Saint Patrick
Even if St. Patrick was Scottish or English rather than American, he was obviously a man of wisdom who returned to the land of his slavery to lead the Irish to Christ.  I think that's plenty reason enough to celebrate a day in his honor.

Here's the fun part.

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 30 Fun Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Kids.


1.  Color Mixing Shamrock by Crafts on Sea

2.  Enjoy St. Patrick's Day Science Activities by Growing a Jeweled Rose

3.  Beaded Shamrocks by A Little Craft in Your Day

4.  Ice Play by Fun at Home with Kids

5.  Biblical St. Patrick's Day Crafts, Printables, and Activities from Faith and Food for Busy Moms

6.  Printable Word Search from The Typical Mom

7.  Bible Verse Coloring from The Crafty Classroom

8.  Bible Lessons from Growing Kids Ministry

9.  S.T.E.M. Activities from Schooling Active Monkeys

10.  Make a St. Patrick's Day Mini Book by Made by Teachers

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11.  Coding and Graphics for Preschoolers by Sixth Bloom

12.  Bible Printables from Christian Preschool Printables

13.  St. Patrick's Day song by KBound Blog

14.  Centers and Activities from Pocket of Preschool

15.  St. Patrick's Day Bingo from Drag Drop Learning Games (only $4.00 in this Teachers Pay Teachers store!)

16.  Counting Activity from 123Homeschool4Me

17.  Pre-K Pack from Over the Big Moon

18.  Gross Motor Clover Hop from Pink Oatmeal

19.  7 Verses for a Christ Centered St. Patrick's Day from Awefilled Homemaker

20.   21 St. Patrick's Day Books for Little Learners from Pocket of Preschool

S.T.E.M Activities All Year Long with Green Kid Crafts

21.  Shaving Cream Sensory Play Coin Hunt from Little Bins for Little Hands

22.  Songs for Kids from PreKinders 

23.  Dot Activity Printables from The Resourceful Mama 

24.  Play-Doh Counting Cards from The Best Ideas for Kids 

25.  Green Glitter Playdough from A Mom's Impression

26.  Craft Stick Leprechan Hats from The Resourceful Mama

27.  Shamrock Suncatcher by There's Just One Mommy

28.  Handprint Rainbow Art by CraftRiver

29.  Marble Painted Shamrocks by Plain Vanilla Mom

30.  Mosaic Paper Shamrocks by Happiness is Homemade

 
S.T.E.M Activities all year long with Groovy Lab in a Box!

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Follow my St. Patrick's Day Pinterest Board for many more St. Patrick's Day celebration ideas including more activities for kids, fun foods, and decor!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Go Into All the World (from the Jonah Series by Priscilla Shirer)

We are now in our 5th Week of our ladies' Bible study series called Jonah:  Navigating a Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer.  This week, we have been introduced to Jonah.  We've discussed the fact that sometimes life interruptions don't always make sense. We've talked about the consequences of running away from God's calling.  We've learned to admit our mistakes and turning back to God.  We've been encouraged by the truth that God is a God of second chances.  Now, that we have all that behind us, we are free to boldly go into all the world as the Lord tells us to do in what is known as the Great Commission.  We find the Great Commission in the book of Matthew.

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Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” - Matthew 28:16-20

This week I was reminded of something I already knew but needed a refresher.  The Great Commission is not something we do once and then we're done.  It's not something we can check off of a list after going on a mission trip or even several mission trips.  The Great Commission is something we live.  
We must remember that sharing Jesus is supposed to be a way we live, not just something we do. - Priscilla Shirer
When we are placed in situations we feel are beyond our control, we are forced to rely on God and God alone to sustain us.  When we have no choice, we have no choice.  
God purposefully put Paul in a situation beyond his control.  He gave the apostle a constant reminder of his need to rely on and connect with Him.  Without this thorn, Paul might have slipped into arrogance, but this pressing need continually reminded him of his frailty. - Priscilla Shirer
God doesn't send us into strange and dangerous territories alone and He doesn't send us without first preparing hearts for our arrival.   God goes before us.
God has been at work in the situation long before we are scheduled to arrive and He is preparing a way for our obedience to make a difference.  - Priscilla Shirer

Simple obedience can have a powerful effect.  Responding in obedience can have an eternal effect on one person which will result in a "triple effect" scenario.  Your one act of simple obedience can have an effect on someone down the road that you don't even know.  Consider the following acts of simple obedience.
Esther's act of bravely going to the king to save her people resulted in the salvation of her entire race.  Consider Ruth choosing to leave Moab behind to follow her mother-in-law to Bethlehem.  She met Boaz and became part of the lineage of the Messiah.  Joshua just walked around Jericho's walls and they came crashing down.  Peter just kept his eyes on Jesus and was able to walk on water.  Each of these scenarios provides a gripping reminder of the impact choices we make can have, even when they seem inconsequential. - Priscilla Shirer
Once again, I learned something new inside the pages of the Jonah story.  The message God told Jonah to proclaim is this:  Yet forty days and Nineveh will be overthrown.  (Jonah 3:4)

The part I never stopped to ponder before were those first three words - Yet forty days.

Why did God give Nineveh 40 days after Jonah's proclamation?  Why didn't he respond immediately after Jonah had arrived?

Much faster than Jonah probably imagined, Nineveh responded favorably to his message which resulted in a great revival in the land.  Then, God did something amazing.  He changed His mind about the calamity He had planned to pour out over the land of Nineveh.

I'll ask again, "Why did God give them 40 days?"  It was because God didn't want to punish the people of Nineveh.  He wanted them to respond favorably and worship Him - and they did.

If God had planned to punish Nineveh no matter how they responded, then there would be no need to give them 40 days.  Jonah could have preached one day and God could have brought calamity on them the next.

God is just, but He is also merciful and eager to extend grace to us.

God doesn't always change His mind.  Sometimes a child still dies as in the case of King David (and also in my own personal case a long time ago).  Sometimes God responds in a way that is not in line with the way we had hoped He would, but His ways and His purpose for our lives are always best even if we can't see the full picture.  We simply have to trust Him.

How do we respond to God when He works in a way that is not in line with what we ask or perhaps the outcome is directly the opposite of what we ask?

We can follow the example of King David.
16 David therefore inquired of God for the child; and David fasted and went and lay all night on the ground. 17 The elders of his household stood beside him in order to raise him up from the ground, but he was unwilling and would not eat food with them. 18 Then it happened on the seventh day that the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they said, “Behold, while the child was still alive, we spoke to him and he did not listen to our voice. How then can we tell him that the child is dead, since he might do himself harm!” 19 But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David perceived that the child was dead; so David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” And they said, “He is dead.” 20 So David arose from the ground, washed, anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he came into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he came to his own house, and when he requested, they set food before him and he ate. - 2 Samuel 12:16-20
 You'll find all my posts about this Bible study here.

This has been only a short summary of what Priscilla Shirer's Bible study has to offer.  I recommend that you complete the entire study either at home or at your church with a group.  You'll find the complete leader kit here.

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