Friday, March 24, 2017
Urgent: Camp date change!!!
Thankfully, it was brought to my attention yesterday that the camp dates have changed online. I called the director yesterday and he confirmed that it changed last summer, not too long after I confirmed our spot at camp, but unfortunately there was miscommunication and I never got the date change. The new date is July 9-12..Sunday -Wednesday. We will leave for camp right after church that Sunday @ noon. Thankfully, it's not weeks off, but I know this may effect some that can go to camp due to other trips and plans. Again, I'm so sorry for the inconvenience. I'm just so thankful we caught this early enough. I hope your child, and my leaders that are going, can still join us at camp. Because it was my mistake, if your child is unable to go now, you will be given your deposit back if needed.
Please text me or email me and confirm if your child can still go, or will not be able to go due to the date change.
Thanks for understanding!
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Joel, Prophet to Judah--March 22nd
MAIN POINT: GOD WARNED HIS PEOPLE TO REPENT BEFORE THE DAY OF THE LORD.
The people of Judah were in trouble! There was a drought in the land; no rain fell for a long time. The people had ignored God and did not obey His commands. The land of Judah had been attacked by a great swarm of locusts! The locusts ate the plants in Judah. God gave the prophet Joel a message to tell the people in Judah. Joel said, “Listen up! Has this ever happened to you before?” No, there had never been a swarm of locusts like this in Judah before. But God had sent locusts before somewhere else. When God led Moses to rescue His people, God sent locusts to punish the Egyptians for their sin. Now God was judging the people of Judah for their sin. Joel told the people to ask God to forgive them. “God’s day of greater judgment—the Day of the Lord—is coming!” Joel said that for those who do not trust in God, the Day of the Lord will be terrible! Next, Joel told the people what that day would be like. God was going to send a strong army to take over Judah. “Turn back to God before it is too late!” Joel said. “God is gracious and merciful. God would rather forgive you than punish you.” Now God’s message gave them hope for the future. “I will send rain,” God promised. “Then I will give My Spirit to everyone. Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
“You will know that I am your God. I will forgive those who turn from their sin, and I will be with My people forever.”
Christ Connection: Joel warned God’s people about the Day of the Lord—a day when God will judge His enemies, free His people, and make the world right again. Those who trust in Jesus will escape God’s punishment for sin. Jesus was punished in our place, and we share in His righteousness.
Last night we all enjoyed Daylight Savings and the arrival of SPRING!!! We were able to play outside and do all of our group games in the sunshine. As we all piled back inside our small room for worship, I was reminded very quickly of the potent smells of 70+ sweaty, red faced kids. PHEWWWW!!!
But, its totally worth it! Thank God for warmer weather and longer evenings. ;)
DON'T FORGET....This Sunday, 26th, is the last day to sign up for Summer Camp and turn in your 60$ deposit. It's going to be an awesome 4 days at Austin College...
Go to the CAMP tab on this blog and find the line that says Online Camp registration, Registration 2017. Checks made to Grace Bible Fellowship with SL4K in the memo line.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any further questions
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Just 3 more weeks (March 26th) to sign-up for Camp!!! Don't miss it!
***$60 non-refundable deposit due on 26th
--email email@example.com for more info. or click on the CAMP Tab for online registration
BIBLE PASSAGE: Malachi 1–4
MAIN POINT: God told His people to repent and get ready for Jesus.
KEY PASSAGE: Lamentations 3:22-23
BIG PICTURE QUESTION: Does God keep His promises? Yes, God is always
faithful even when we are not.
After many years living as prisoners in Babylon, God’s people had returned to Judah. They had worked hard and overcome opposition to rebuild the temple and the walls
around Jerusalem. Surely God would restore them … finally! But nothing happened. As they waited, they faced drought and economic uncertainty. God’s people probably didn’t feel like God had blessed them at all. “It is useless to serve God,” they said. “What have we gained
by keeping His requirements?” (Mal. 3:14). Did God still care? It wasn’t long until they fell back into the same patterns of sin that led to their exile in the first place: idolatry, covetousness, hypocrisy, arrogance, and abuse of the poor. But God did still love His people. He had been working out His divine plan of redemption, and He never gave up
on them. God sent a message to His people through the prophet Malachi.
Malachi was the last of the Old Testament prophets. He spoke to God’s people approximately 100 years after the end of the Babylonian captivity. Malachi’s message from God was a wake-up call. God communicated through Malachi that the people’s lack
of blessing didn’t mean that God didn’t care. God exposed His people’s sin and made clear that their actions merited a curse. God’s people needed to repent and turn back to God.
“But for you who fear My name,” God said, “the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings” (Mal. 4:2). Explain to kids that 400 years of silence followed Malachi’s
prophecy; God did not communicate to His people. This period brings us to the New Testament, when the silence would be broken by the last prophet before Jesus, John the
Baptist. His words about Jesus in John 1:29 offered hope to all who heard: “Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”