[Weekly - Su/M] What did you learn/teach at church?

PeekABoo

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Speaking of Prayer... in our Mini Kids program this Sunday, we were talking about Prayer with our 3-5 year olds. We discussed that the word prayer means talking to God. We can talk to God Any Time... Any Place. And the Great thing about talking to God... He's never too busy to hear what we have to say and to speak back with us. Sometimes we want to say something to our Moms and Dads but we have to wait because they're busy in the middle of something else. Or sometimes we want to show our parents something and we need to wait till they're finished doing another project or something more important. The cool thing about God is that He will never tell you something is more important than taking the time to talk with you. He'll never say... "hey kid talk to me tomorrow about this becuase I'm too busy right now."

I'm reminded of the Story in the Bible where Elijah was being challenged by the prophets of Baal.


1 Kings 18:26-27, 29
26 So the prophets of Baal took the bull given them and prepared it. Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. "Baal, answer us!" they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. 27 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. "Shout louder!" he said. "Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened." 29 Midday passed, and they kept on raving until the time of the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.

For those of you that know the rest of the story, you know that when Elijah called on the one true God... he answered not only right away but with power! God sent fire to burn up the sacrifice that had even been doused with water!

In Review:

  • Prayer is talking to God
  • You can talk to God Any Where, Any Time
  • God is Never too busy to talk with you
 

Tek7

CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President
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Our new pastor taught on 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 this past Sunday and used the passage to help establish goals for our church, such as being centered on the Gospel and serving faithfully out of love.
 

Tek7

CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President
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Our new pastor (still new!) continued his series on Joshua and his leading the Israelites in to the Promised Land. He taught from Joshua 4 and the importance of spiritual markers (like the memorial of 12 stones brought up from the Jordan River) as well as the importance of also pressing onward, rather than focusing too intently on the past. God has done great things, He is doing great things, and He will do great things!
 

Bro.T

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Our pastor said something during the morning service on Sunday that really stuck with me. He said, "I want to be near Him, so I can hear Him." The more I have thought about it this week, the more I like it. Our lives are so busy, with so many distractions, it's really easy to get pulled away to other things. Maybe I'm missing something that God has for me simply because I'm not walking close enough to Him to hear it? I don't want to miss anything that God has for me! It's nothing new, but something familiar, stated in a different way, can be very eye opening sometimes.
 

Tek7

CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President
Staff member
Our new pastor started a new series on the life of Joseph and how his story teaches us how to handle life's unexpected turns.

One great example: Joseph's story teaches us that difficulties in life don't mean that we can't end well. We, like Joseph, can choose to continue trusting in God even when circumstances look awful. (I mean, how many of us have been thrown in to a pit then sold in to slavery by our brothers?)

And while this was only briefly touched on in the sermon, I feel compelled to point out one my favorite lessons from Joseph's story: IF YOU PLAY FAVORITES WITH YOUR KIDS, YOU'RE GONNA HAVE A BAD TIME. (Finally, I had an excuse to post that and be on-topic.)
 

Tek7

CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President
Staff member
Our guest speaker taught on Mark 2:1-12 and the story of the four friends bringing the paralyzed man to Jesus. The speaker challenged the congregation to find ourselves in one of the 5 groups represented in the story (the 4 friends who led a friend to Jesus at great sacrifice, the paralyzed man who needed healing and salvation, the Pharisees, the observers, and those truly seeking Jesus).
 

Kendrik

Moderator
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We're in the middle of a sermon series that's chiefly about the Holy Spirit since we tend to have misunderstandings, or don't even try to understand the Spirit in the first place. This week continued in that series, but a big takeaway for me (at least in answering the "what did you learn?" question) was a challenge to pray boldly. The pastor effectively asked, "Are your prayers 'thank You for this food,' or are they 'we believe You can and will do great things!'?" I mean, this was part of a bigger issue of our faith and whether we believe God can and does actively involve Himself, sometimes dramatically, in our lives, but that challenge has stuck.
 

Kendrik

Moderator
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Not from church proper but from small group afterward, felt challenged in our talk about the David and Goliath story that Saul was off, chillin', looking for someone to go fight Goliath. Meanwhile, he was not just the leader of the people, but the most fitting candidate to take on Goliath.

Made me go, "How often am I the guy in the right place at the right time, prepped to do something, and I go hoping for a David to show up and do it instead?"
 
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