2019-8-8 – e-News

I recently purchased some supplemental curriculum for the upcoming school year – coloring pages, mazes, object lessons, etc. As I was combing through the material, I found myself delighted as I perused Bible stories familiar to me, but perhaps unfamiliar to our kids …
Rahab hiding Joshua and Caleb in heaps of hay as they spied on enemy territory;
 
Deborah, the powerful female judge leading swarms of soldiers into battle;
Samson defeating a lion;
Solomon asking God for wisdom instead of money or power or great romance;
The prophet Elijah riding on the fiery chariot;
Job’s endurance through great loss and sorrow transforming into a great reward;
Jesus’ lesser talked about miracles, healing a man’s withered man or a woman’s crooked back or stopping the funeral of a widow’s son by bringing him back to life;
John on the island of Patmos, receiving visions of heaven …
 
The list goes on and on and on.
 
I thought about the excitement of our kids discovering these stories – these true stories for the first time. This summer, we’ve been exploring Jesus’ miracles during second service and it has been so fun watching children totally engrossed in scripture.
 
So often we turn to scripture for a comforting word – a Philippians 4:6 or Psalm 23 or Romans 8:28. All of these words are powerful and true – but sometimes we overlook the stories. We write them off because they’re familiar to us or because it seems like kid stuff or because there’s all that “boring lineage stuff” in between.
 
Friends, I’d remind you of the words from 2 Timothy 3:16-17: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
 
Revisit the stories of scripture. Treat yourself to a bedtime story from the King of Kings. Better yet, grab a child and read the story with them. Ask God to open your eyes to his truths found in the examples of these great men and women of the faith.
 
Digging in with you! Pastor Chelsea
 
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