Thursday, March 22, 2018
Saul was no stranger to religion. He grew up in a religious household. He was a devout Jew who was born in Tarsus (Phil. 3:5) and inherited his Roman citizenship from his father. So when people began talking about this man named Jesus and claiming that He was the promised Messiah, Saul was defensive.
Saul believed strongly in the Jewish faith of his ancestors. He violently persecuted God’s church and tried to destroy it. (Gal. 1:13-14) He dragged believers from their houses and put them in prison. He approved of the stoning of Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Saul thought he was doing the right thing by defending Judaism, but God’s purposes could not be stopped. As Saul was on his way to arrest believers in Damascus, the Lord stopped him in his tracks.
Jesus revealed Himself to Saul, and Saul was never the same. He was struck blind and led into Damascus, where a believer named Ananias placed his hands on Saul. Suddenly, Saul could see again. Saul was convinced that Jesus is Lord. Saul later described the experience as being like dying and receiving a new life. (Gal. 2:20; 2 Cor. 5:17)
God had a purpose and a plan for Saul. He had set Saul apart before Saul was even born. (Gal. 1:15) God said, “This man is My chosen instrument to take My name to the Gentiles” (Acts 9:15).
Jesus changed Saul’s life. As you talk with your kids, clarify that conversion happens when a person recognizes his sin, repents, believes in Jesus, and confesses Jesus as Savior and Lord. Jesus changes a person’s heart, and as a result, his life is changed too.
Jesus appeared to Saul and changed him inside and out. Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. (1 Timothy 1:15) Jesus called Saul, also known as Paul, who was once an enemy to Christians, to spend the rest of his life telling people the gospel and leading them to trust Jesus as Lord and Savior.
What a glorious evening to be outside! We took full advantage of the time change and built relationships by playing games, chalk, jump rope, etc. It's hard to believe, but we only have 9 more times of meeting, then it will be summer break. Crazy! Here are few important dates for the summer:
**Student life 4 kids Camp- June 4-7 (Waxahachie Retreat Center) Completed 3rd-6th grade
**Grace Bible Mega Sports Camp-June 25-28 (5-8pm) Grades PK4-6th
Friday, March 2, 2018
February's Night of Worship!!!
First of all, wanted to say how proud I am of these boys below for their decision to have Christ the Lord of their life and to follow Him in the area of Baptism. This past Sunday was a day of celebration as we witnessed them act on their faith. Congratulations Ayden, Brody, and Dakota...Welcome to the Family of God my brothers in Christ!
Our night back started with a lot of pizza eating and game playing. Our challenges are all "Minute to Win It" style games and so much fun. We had a great Night of Worship which included singing Cabin in Manolo, Church Clap, Lions by Skillet, and Slave to Fear. Our worship through music is my absolute FAVE part of every Wednesday night.
Important Dates Coming Up:
*March 14th-NO Impact...Spring Break!
*March 25th (Sunday)...Deposits due (60$) for summer camp and to hold your spot. It's filling up fast...grab a form at the children's check in desk at church. Have Questions...contact Alicia Gage @ 469-222-7993 or firstname.lastname@example.org Go to the CAMP tab on this blog for more info.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Unit 28, Session 1: The Holy Spirit Came
When Jesus ascended to heaven, He instructed the disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come upon them. So the disciples went back to Jerusalem, where they waited and prayed.
The time came for the Jewish festival called Pentecost, or the Feast of Weeks. As with the Passover festival, Jews from all over the Roman Empire would be at the temple in Jerusalem.
During this festival, the Holy Spirit came to believers in Jerusalem. They heard a sound like a violent, rushing wind. When the Holy Spirit filled the disciples, they were able to speak in foreign languages. They went out into the city and began to preach, and the Jews from all over the world were amazed. These disciples were from Galilee, but they were speaking in languages the visitors could understand.
The disciples told people about God’s plan. The Holy Spirit helped Peter teach: Jesus is the Messiah; Jesus was killed, but He is alive! (Acts 2:22-36) The Holy Spirit convicted the crowd and they asked, “Brothers, what must we do?” Peter told them to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus. (Acts 2:37-38) That day, three thousand people received salvation!
God kept His promise to send the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirit’s help, Jesus’ disciples could begin their work to share the gospel with the entire world. God gives the Holy Spirit to those who trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit gives us power to do God’s work, and He changes us to be more like Jesus.
Next Wednesday: 21st...Pizza Night!!!
|Water ball relay!!! Boys vs. Girls|
|Elephant Stomp: How fast can you knock over the water bottles with a ball inside panty hose that's on your head? :)|
|Praise and Worship!|
|How many ziti noodles can you pick up with a spaghetti noodle in 1 minute?|
|3/4 grade: Cupids Arrow-How many q-tips can you blow out of a straw into a bowel!|
|Heart Stack: Kinder kids had to stack up candy hearts...largest tower after 1 minute won!|
|5/6 grade challenge: Heart drop: How many candy hearts can they drop in a long neck bottle!|
|The winners challenge: Unwrapping Hershey Kisses with gloves on!|
|A BIG THANK YOU to all who donated kids gummy vitamins! We have a large suitcase FULL of vitamins to take to the kids of Honduras.|