Peace

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PEACE

 proving you care more about each other than winning an argument.

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“So let us do all we can to live in peace. And let us work hard to build each other up.”

Romans 14:19

When sin entered God’s magnificent paradise, our relationship with Him was broken. God’s love

for us was so great that He was willing to sacrifice to restore the relationship. God proved He

cared about peace when He sent His Son to pay for our sins.

Peace is part of God’s character. He wants us to reflect peace in our relationships with others.

Peace is proving you care more about each other than winning an argument.

Peace is more than just “not fighting” and saying the right things to keep people happy. Peace is

living in a way that shows you care more about others than about being right. It’s about building

strong relationships through mutual trust.

A person who lacks peace may have an argumentative spirit or feel like they always need the

final word or may just seem like they’re angry all of the time. An attitude like that often leads to

broken relationships with others.

When our relationships are broken, we often find ourselves avoiding other people. We know

when we need to work at a relationship, but it’s easier to ignore what’s going on and sweep it

under the rug. Working at the relationship is hard work. It will cost us something. It will take time,

swallowing our pride, and often it will mean walking away from the chance to prove we’re “right.”

But peace is worth the effort.

This month, let’s think about how:

(1) God demonstrated peace by sending Jesus to pay the price for our sin, which allowed the chance

for our relationship with Him to be restored.

(2) The Bible challenges us to reflect this kind of peace by working towards reconciliation with others.

(3) As we show peace in our own lives, we build our relationships on trust, which in turn makes

Patience

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Patience: Waiting until later for what you want now.

“Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14, NIrV

As people who follow God and call ourselves Christians, this is something all of us say. And probably for the most part we live this out. We trust God to provide for our needs, for our safety, even for our health and well being. But there are certain times when trusting God seems just a bit more difficult—often those are times that try our patience. Times when we’re not where we were, but we’re not at our final destination. We’re somewhere in between on this journey. Put simply, we’re waiting. And it’s in the waiting that our faith is tested.

Patience is important. It’s a Fruit of the Spirit, and actually it’s a foundational way that we reflect God’s character. From the very beginning God has shown patience with people. When Adam and Eve broke God’s rule, He could have killed them on the spot. Rather, He showed them grace. Yes, there were consequences, but God had a plan for their rescue. All throughout the Bible we see God showing patience in order that more people could come to know and believe in Him.

For God, it seems as though patience is all about relationships with people. Even after we sinned, He still pursued us. He sent Jesus, His own Son to make a way for us to be with Him. He waited time after time for people to repent and make things right—something He still does today.

When we show patience, we are less likely to hurt our relationships with others. We are more likely to trust that God has something better for us in the future. And when we trust God with our future, even when we’re in-between on life’s journey and asking Him, “Are we there yet?” we can have patience knowing that His plan and His timing are always better than our own.

This month, let’s think about how:

(1) God has been patient with us since the very beginning.

(2) The Bible challenges us to reflect patience in our lives with how we respond to circumstances that are out of our control.

(3) As we demonstrate patience, we begin to look more like Jesus.

Kindness

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This month’s theme is Kindness—Showing others they are valuable by the way you treat them.

“Do to others as you want them to do to you.”
Luke 6:31, NIrV

If you look at the life of Jesus, He not only showed kindness to others, but He actually flipped the whole idea of kindness on its head and redefined it for His disciples. He showed kindness to all people. People who were marginalized. People with bad reputations. Children, beggars, the sick and outcast. All people.

That’s why we’re taking the whole month to look more closely at kindness: showing others they are valuable by how you treat them.

This month, let’s think about how:

(1) Kindness is a reflection of God’s character and it showed up in the life of Jesus as He interacted with the world around Him.

(2) Kindness is how we show others the way God has treated us.

(3) Kindness is a way we can show others God’s character and who Jesus is.

 

Commitment

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This month’s theme is Commitment—making a plan and putting it into practice.

“Training the body has some value. But being godly has value in every way.”
1 Timothy 4:8a, NIrV

If we want to know God better, we need to practice our faith. But this isn’t something that comes naturally to any of us. That’s why we need a plan to put into practice. And the best place to start is with faith skills. Every so often we like to come back around and focus on four faith skills that kids can practice to help them grow in their faith and know God better. We use four words to help us  remember these skills:

HEAR. PRAY. TALK. LIVE.

Each week this month, we’ll focus on one of the faith skills as we talk about making a plan and putting it into practice.

This month, let’s think about how:


(1) God created commitment and exemplifies it in being committed to us.

(2) Commitment is both a reflection of and a response to God’s character. We can demonstrate His commitment to us as we commit to knowing Him more.

(3) Commitment is how we follow through on the tasks set before us.

 

Generosity

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This month’s theme is Generosity

-making someone’s day by giving something away.

“Be rich in good deeds … be generous and willing to share.” 1 Timothy 6:18

Being generous is a mark of following God, but around this time of year, it’s easy to get more focused on all that we will receive rather than what we can give away. That’s why we’re taking this month to talk about generosity. We want kids to understand that when we choose to give generously to others, we become truly rich with everything that really matters in life.  This month, let’s think about how:


“Generosity is a reflection of God’s character. He is a generous God.”

 “Generosity is about what we do with all that we have been given.”

“Generosity not only applies to our stuff but also to our words, time, and talents.”

Time Out – Gratitude

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This month’s theme is Gratitude

- letting someone know you know how they’ve helped you .

“Give thanks no matter what happens.

God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18

If we never take the time to acknowledge what God has done in our lives or how others have helped us, we will develop an unhealthy ego or a growing frustration with the people around us. We might become bitter and complain about every little thing. That’s why this month our bottom lines are:  

“You always have something to be grateful for”

“Take time to say thank you”

“Take time to adjust your attitude”

“Take time to celebrate what God has done”

“Take time to remember how others have helped you”

 

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This month’s theme is CREATIVITY

(1) God created us in His image

(2) Each of us has something in us that expresses who we are

(3) No one else can impact the world the way you can.

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

- Using your imagination to do something unique.

In this weeks bible story, (Genesis 1) God created the world, and we see God’s creativity display as trees, flowers, stars, galaxies, animal, etc.  And then God created us in his image to be creative.

-The bottom line is:  “You were created, so you can be creative

 

Opportunity Knocks – Responsibility

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This month’s theme is RESPONSIBILITY

(1) God has proven he can be trusted.

(2) When we trust God and respond to Him with our abilities, we are responsible.

(3) When we are responsible, we are light to others. 

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.” Luke 16:10

-.Showing you can be trusted with what’s expected of you. -

In this weeks bible story, (Genesis 1&2) When we show responsibility with the little things, there’s a good chance we’ll have opportunity for greater responsibility in the future.

-The bottom line is:  “Show you can be trusted by taking care of what God has made.

 

Skate Park: Respect the Pavement

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Respect is showing others they are important by what you say and do.

The theme of this month is Respect: Sometimes is hard to respecto others but respect.

“Show proper respect to everyone.”.  -1 Peter 2:17 NIV

-Respect God because He’s in charge of everything. -

In this weeks bible story, (Matthew 8:5-13) We meet a centurion whose servant is terribly sick.  He goes straight to the one who can help, Jesus.  The centurion shows Jesus and unbelievable respect for God.

-The bottom line is:  ”Respect God because he is in charge of everything.”-

 

 

Harmony: Together is Better

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We are continuing with part 2 of the Harmony-Friendship series this month of July.

The theme of this month is Harmony: Together is Better. The kids will be learning the connection between friendship and God’s character.

“A friend loves at all times. He is there to help when trouble comes.”.  -Proverbs 17:17 NlrV

-Friendship: Treating others the way you want to be treated. -

In this weeks bible story, (Romans 12:16) Accepting others means being a friend to others even if they are different than you.  Friends should stick together when life gets hard, which is when friendship matters the most.

-The bottom line is:  ”Friends love each other.”-