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The Church Shows Jesus to the World

Hello Friends,

Rusty here! This is the first week of our new series, Irresistible. We’re learning how to live irresistible lives as Christ followers. What better way to kick off this series, than to jump into the book of I Thessalonians. I Thessalonians is one of my favorite books because it is filled with incredible tips and tricks on how to be a church that reflects Jesus.

Sometimes, we can feel like we don't make a difference. We are too small, insignificant or furry. (I may have been projecting on that last one). However, God assures us in this week’s passage that we can make a difference. If we are willing to follow HIM and love others, our message and impact can reach the ends of the earth.

Make sure to remind your kids that they are important and that the way they live their lives is an example to others about who Christ is.

In fact, you should asking them to tell you the point for this week.

The Point is, “The Church shows Jesus to the world!"

Here are some things to know about the passage we went over today!

(Passage posted below)

This letter was written by Paul, Silas and Timothy. They had heard of the wonderful ways the church was sharing their faith and loving those around them. So much so, that their message was spreading.

Remind your kids of the ways they can impact their community with their words and actions.

For example; I like to share what I learned at Cedar Point with the other woodland animals. I also make sure to be nice to others and share with my friends, because that shows the kindness of Jesus in me.

Last but not least, work with your kids to remember the memory verse for this series:

“ And now the word of the lord is ringing out from you to the people everywhere.”

Thessalonians 1:8

1 Thessalonians 1:6-10 New Living Translation (NLT)

6 So you received the message with joy from the Holy Spirit in spite of the severe suffering it brought you. In this way, you imitated both us and the Lord. 7 As a result, you have become an example to all the believers in Greece—throughout both Macedonia and Achaia.

8 And now the word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere, even beyond Macedonia and Achaia, for wherever we go we find people telling us about your faith in God. We don’t need to tell them about it, 9 for they keep talking about the wonderful welcome you gave us and how you turned away from idols to serve the living and true God. 10 And they speak of how you are looking forward to the coming of God’s Son from heaven—Jesus, whom God raised from the dead. He is the one who has rescued us from the terrors of the coming judgment.

 

As always, I’ve enjoyed sharing with y’all.

See you next week to discover, know and follow.

Your friend,

Rusty


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The Choices I Make Today Affect My Choices Tomorrow.

Rusty Here!

This week was bittersweet as we ended our series, Living on the Edge. The past couple weeks we have been talking about setting limits to keep ourselves on a path that follows and glorifies Jesus. We even asked our kids to define what a limit is. Oh boy, did they do a great job answering! They used examples like, Not touching the stove when it’s hot, or doing your chores, even if you would rather play video games. We sure do have some smart kids at Cedar Point.

Our last lesson in this series comes from Daniel. A man who set good limits and was able to honor God with his entire life, even in a lions den!

If you open your Bible to the Book of Daniel, chapter 1. You will see that God put it on Daniels heart not to eat the food from King Nebekenezers’ table. Daniel could have been executed or imprisoned by refusing this food. However; he followed God’s commands and limits and was later blessed with favor from the King.

Fast Forward to Daniel, Chapter 6. Daniel is 80 years old and a law is passed, which doesn’t allow prayer to God. Daniel chooses to pray any way and is thrown into a lions den! God not only protects Daniel from the lions, he uses Daniels faithfulness to declare HIS glory and power.

Daniel is a great example of how hard it can be to make good choices and how important our choices are for our future. In Fact, that is our point for today: The choices I make today affect my choices tomorrow.

Now, Daniels situations is rather extreme, but this lesson can be applied to everyday situations, such as; You may want to play with your friends after school, but you know that it’s Important to get your homework done first. So you make the choice to do your homework first, so that you can be prepared for your lesson tomorrow.

Check out the family huddle below for more information.

See you here next week so that we can Discover, know and Grow.

Your friend,

Rusty


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