Our actions reveal the true motivation of our hearts
Right after the Fall we already begin to see humanity heading downhill real quick. This past Sunday our kids read the tragic story of Cain and Abel. We learned true worship puts God first, unrepentant sin will be destruction, and God's grace extends even to the disobedient.
Where is Jesus?
Abel was the first man ever to be killed. Jesus was the most important man ever to be killed. They were killed for the same basic reason - because they were favored by God, and others not favored by God hated them for it. So in some ways the deaths of Abel and Jesus are very similar. BUT Abel's blood could not bring forgiveness of sin. Only the shed blood of Jesus, both God and man, could do that. This is why "the sprinkled blood [of Jesus] speaks a better word than the blood of Abel" (Heb. 12:24). The sacrifice of Jesus was perfect.
In the home
We are on week 4 in the Long Story Short family devotional for this week (starting on page 27). DAY ONE goes along great with the sermon we just heard on Sunday about being good stewards of what God has given us. We serve a generous God who in turn calls us to be generous. Both Cain and Abel were provided for yet one sacrifice pleased the Lord. What's the difference between the two gifts? One came from a heart of gratitude and the other for himself. Cain's anger, rather than sorrow, reveals he was more concerned with his own glory than God's. How we give is most important, God cares more about the heart.
For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. (Psalm 51:16-17)
Memory Verse is THIS SUNDAY! (June 4th)
This month's memory verse (Hebrews 11:1-3) to be quoted THIS SUNDAY is below. You can find the full size by clicking the image below.
ONLY 10 SPOTS LEFT!
We're partnering with Waters Edge Church down the road to offer a vacation bible school for our kids and the community. Registration is already open and there are only 10 spots left! If you would like to register your child click on the picture above ASAP. Space is limited and it is first come first serve! If you would like to help lead during the week click HERE to let us know your availability. If you have any questions contact Fanny at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Promotion Sunday is THIS SUNDAY!
This Sunday (June 4th) all of our kids and students move up a grade! We're excited that our kids are growing up and want them in the best environment to hear the gospel in language they can understand. In order for us to best prepare for Sunday, please look below to check out where your kiddo is going to be:
-Kids from 6 months to those turning 3 after August 31st will remain in the Nursery (The left hallway behind the check in table)
-Kids from 3 years old (on or before August 31st) to pre-K will be in Pre-School (the right hallway behind the check in table).
-Those entering into Kindergarten in Fall 2017 will be in Lower Elementary in the cafeteria (K-2nd grade) .
-Those entering into 3rd grade in Fall 2017 will be Upper Elementary in the cafeteria (3rd-5th grade).
-Those entering into 6th grade in Fall 2017 will be in Grove Students (6th-12th grade) (*students do no meet every Sunday but on assigned Sundays throughout the month. You can find the student summer calendar by clicking HERE.)
-Seniors graduating high school are allowed and encouraged to finish the summer out in Grove Students. By August 31st they will officially graduate.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to give me a shout (email@example.com). Summer is right around the corner and we can't wait to be a part of what God is doing in and among our little ones!