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Summer Study Ramblings…

I am working through the Standard Lesson Quarterly this summer…The theme is Christian commitment in today’s world…a word i needed… i am teaching my children at home with the David C. Cook Echoes curriculum. I love it! I think I might change to Echoes in the fall…or if good willing, do both! I like to order through a single vendor, so this is one of the reasons why I might change to Echoes. I like Standard, and I like ordering through Christianbook.com. However, Echoes is not available through Christianbook.com — I could order directly from DCC. However, I do like Heartshaper by Standard …should I switch the kids over?? Who knows…(GOD knows! :P) I like using curriculums at home because all the information is at my fingertips! However, in Sunday school, I like to prepare my own materials…what do you do??

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Posted by on June 16, 2010 in bible study, christian education

 

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A Li’l Inspiration…

Christian education leaders are witnesses to the world and help to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth. We have the Holy Spirit to guide us in our work and make our ministry effective. Christian educators equip people for the work of the ministry.

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Works for me: Life Mission Statement

The development of a Life Mission Statement has been a very revealing process for me. I hoped to articulate a statement that was both timeless and timely. I wanted the words to be relevant, alive, and full of meaning. I began this process by beginning with trying to understand what I felt my purpose was in life.

I know that God can use me to help effect transformation in the lives of His people by encouraging them to seek God, especially through His word. This is the very method by which my own life was transformed. The more I read about God and who I was in Christ, the more my life began to change for the better. God calls us to a standard of holiness. As we renew our mind, we are transformed, and it is through our own transformation that we are able to effect positive transformation in the lives of others. I know that I cannot transform anyone’s life in my own power, but it is God that does all the transforming.
God does not require us to love Him, we get to love Him. It is humbling to think that I could be loved so much. For me, it is when someone serves out of love that makes me marvel in awe of God. We are gifts to each other and not burdens. It is a shame that people do not love as Christ loved us.

As a result of this exploration process, my Life Mission Statement is:

Committed to the truth, I will be a lifelong learner continually growing in the knowledge of God. By following the example of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I will live a life of service without regard to race, color, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic, language or geographical boundaries. Submitted to the Lord’s authority, I will strive to have God to use me to transform the whole lives of others by using His word to shine a light when there is darkness. By working alongside God’s people in love, it is my desire that each person shall discern for themselves what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Children

Children need to be taught that the Bible is where they can go to find out how to organize their life. Even if the children cannot read, I think it would be helpful just to expose them to the fact that the Bible does exist, it is truth, and they can trust Scripture.

Right doctrine is also important because these first lessons and interaction will become the foundation upon which children will come to understand faith, God, and salvation. If they do not have right beliefs, this will bring confusion, and leave them open to falling away from the church. Everything must be consistent.

Finally, evangelism is important, even at this early age. I have found that children are very influential and they teach each other. Some recent examples in my own life is with my daughter in her kindergarten class. My daughter did not know how to tie her shoes. I had tried to teach her, but we both would end up frustrated. When she went to school, one of her classmates taught her how to tie her shoes. In the same way, when we teach children that they should tell their friends about the Gospel, they can influence each other in a positive way.

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2010 in christian education

 

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Bible Study – Exodus 19:4-6

In Exodus 19:4-6, God begins by identifying His work in bringing His people to Himself. While His people may have witnessed His work and experienced His care, I believe that He wants to be sure that they know it was His strength and work which provided security and safety. Once His people recognize His sovereignty, then they can trust Him and His promise to make them His treasured possessions. In order to become treasured possessions, we must obey God and keep His covenant.

God provides our redemption through Christ. John 3:17 (NIV) states, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” Jesus also proclaimed God’s redemption in John 14:6-7 which states, “…I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well.”

Christian education is our attempt to seek to know the Father by way of knowing Jesus. No one can be reconciled to God except through Jesus. Christian educators communicate, convey and transmit the gospel of Jesus, God’s plan for the redemption of all people, so that all will be part of God’s treasured possession, and priests of God’s kingdom and holy nation.

 
 

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Do not Conform — TRANSFORM

As we go through life, it is easy to conform to the world. Every day, there are a myriad of pressing issues and concerns vying for our attention. I know I have asked myself if I should take the expedient route or the road less traveled. But there is such perfect wisdom and hope in Romans 12:2, that we as believers do not have to conform to the way the world conducts itself; we are free from the “rat race” and called to follow a higher standard. God has given us transformation through the renewal of our minds with the cleansing water of the Word of God. As we renew our mind, we are transformed, and it is through our own transformation that we are able to effect positive transformation in the lives of others.

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Wisdom in Jeremiah

  7 O LORD, you deceived me, and I was deceived; 

       you overpowered me and prevailed.  

       I am ridiculed all day long;  

       everyone mocks me.  

 8 Whenever I speak, I cry out  

       proclaiming violence and destruction.  

       So the word of the LORD has brought me  

       insult and reproach all day long.  

 9 But if I say, “I will not mention him  

       or speak any more in his name,”  

       his word is in my heart like a fire,  

       a fire shut up in my bones.  

       I am weary of holding it in;  

       indeed, I cannot.  

 10 I hear many whispering,  

       “Terror on every side!  

       Report him! Let’s report him!”  

       All my friends  

       are waiting for me to slip, saying,  

       “Perhaps he will be deceived;  

       then we will prevail over him  

       and take our revenge on him.”  

 11 But the LORD is with me like a mighty warrior;  

       so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail.  

       They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced;  

       their dishonor will never be forgotten.  

 12 O LORD Almighty, you who examine the righteous  

       and probe the heart and mind,  

       let me see your vengeance upon them,  

       for to you I have committed my cause.  

I also came across an exegesis of these verses in the blog Mundo Passageiro…  I especially wanted to share the contemporary application given in section 6  

 http://mundopassageiro.blogspot.com/2007/11/exegetical-paper-jeremiah-207-18-1.html 

be encouraged and have faith

Today I just hope that you will be encouraged.  I know that  for me, there are times when I must remember the wisdom of John 16:33,  

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (NIV)
 
 

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