God planned to save His children through the sacrifice of His son.

Yesterday morning our kids dove into 1 Peter 1:1-12 to see the blessings of belonging to Jesus. Though Peter's audience was scattered throughout Asia Minor, he reminded them that they were chosen by God to be instruments of the redemptive work in a broken world. This mission wouldn't be easy. As fire refines gold so God allows discomfort and suffering to shave off the unnecessary to make us look more like Jesus. It is in the midst of the storm we remind ourselves that we have been born again through the work of Christ and cling onto Him as our sole hope. No suffering is wasted because we believe that "light and momentary afflictions are preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison" (2 Corinthians 4:17).

This week everyone should be on Week 73 in the Old Story New devotional book which goes with story 151 in the Gospel Story Bible. A good question to ask your child(ren) this week is, "What does it mean to be born again?" (Answer on page 511 at the bottom). Also, if there is any day to focus on it would be Day 3 (1 Peter 1:6-9) where it talks about trials and how God uses difficulty for us to deepen our trust in Him.

This month's memory verse to be quoted on March 5th is Matthew 6:9-13. You can find a digital copy of the bookmark by clicking HERE or if you would like a physical copy it will be waiting for you at the kids check in table on Sunday.

Being refined with you,

Aaron