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Resurrecting Grace: The House of God Lives (Kids in Community for September 21st)

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Applying God’s Word with your Kids in your Community Group

Read Ezekiel 37:1-14

  • What happened when Ezekiel preached to the bones? They came to life, grew muscles and skin, and they became a large army for God.
  • Did you know that when God makes dead sinners alive, he makes us into a large army? Who is a part of God’s army? The church. Everyone who believes.
  • What is their mission? To tell others about Jesus.

After having the kids march around for a bit, invite a child to pray. Thank God for calling the church, making it alive, and sending it  on mission.

Family Devotions at Home

Read Ephesians 2:19-22

  • What is a cornerstone? A stone in a building’s foundations that holds two walls together and keeps it from falling.
  • What would happen if a large building is missing its cornerstone?
  • How is Jesus our cornerstone? He joins all of God’s people together. He is our reason for being together and staying together.

Thank Jesus for holding all of us together.

Seeing the Face of God

In the heart of the Penn Quarter section of Washington, D.C near Chinatown sits one of the gems of the Smithsonian—the National Portrait Gallery.

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It doesn’t gather crowds quite like the Verizon Center across the street where the NBA’s Wizards play, and it doesn’t get top billing like the Air and Space or Natural History museums on the Mall. But the National Portrait Gallery is fascinating.

If you enter the F street entrance, hang a right, and head toward the end of the hall, you’ll find the American Origins collection—portraits of American leaders that include inventors, explorers, politicians, and even pastors. You’ll find the likenesses of William Clark and Meriwether Lewis, Henry Clay, Daniel Boone, Sojourner Truth, Abraham Lincoln and his socially awkward wife, Mary Todd. And so far, I’ve only named portraits with some connection to Kentucky. Once you’ve had your history bug satisfied, you can head upstairs to the third floor Mezzanine where you’ll find the Champions and Bravo! exhibitions depicting American athletes and the stars of film and television. The portrait gallery is for anyone who loves people watching, because it allows you to watch people through time.

Writing about the gallery makes me want to go back. Being in a room full of faces gives me a sense of what I have in common with all humanity. You see our family resemblance in every portrait—two eyes, a nose, the varying yet familiar expressions of a human face. We are one. Yet we’re so different. The gallery contains pictures of human failure. And it holds the portraits of men and women of strength. Why are we so fascinated with faces?

Maybe it’s because God created faces so that we can see beyond them. In Genesis 1:26, God declared, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness…” Those two words… likeness and image… teach us something really important.

Every face we see is a window through which we can see the face of God.

That seems like something corny you’d put on your bathroom wall, but it’s true. God is our Father. He has placed his divine image in all of us. In the view of the psalmist, there has never been a time in any human life when God’s hand hasn’t been present. “For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made… Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed” (Psalm 139:13-14, 16).

Megan often reminds me that I have a tendency to define a person’s value in terms of their productivity and ability. I struggle to be drawn to people when they aren’t performing well. But God, by grace, doesn’t value us by our performance. He loves humanity simply because we are his. And he has created each person specifically to represent him in some way. It’s a dangerous trap that I can fall into as a minister–valuing ministry efficiency over the image-bearers God puts in my path. But God is glorified by each life He creates. So, when we’re with people, let’s watch for God’s face in them.

When you look at the people around you, do you look to see evidence of God’s work in their lives?

Do you believe that he has a purpose for your kids, your friends, your enemies?

Are you fascinated with finding his face in the faces you see every day?

 

Join us for Redeem Parenting on October 3rd!

redeem-parenting-bannerRedeem Parenting is a chance for parents to enjoy a great meal and learn biblical principals for parenting. Redeem Parenting training will be taught by Marty Machowski, Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glenn Mills, PA. Event is Friday night, October 3rd (6:30-9pm) at the 930 Art Center (930 Mary Street, Louisville, KY, 40204). Cost is $40 per couple and $20 for an individual. We are limiting the number of registrants to 100 people. We do not plan to provide childcare. Please register by following the link below:

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From Death to Life (At Home for September 14th)

sojournkids at homeThis week’s SojournKids Bible lesson was “From Death to Life ” (Ephesians 2:1-14).  Use the questions below to review it with your kids. You can also review the weekly North Star Catechism (below).

READ Ephesians 2:1-14 or Story 142 in The Gospel Story Bible

ASK: What does it mean to be dead? Death is when there is no life, no death, no ability to move.

ASK: What does it mean to be dead in your sin? This means that God’s spirit is not living inside a person so they cannot move toward God.

ASK: What does it mean to be made alive in Christ? Jesus can touch our hearts and make them alive again. He took our death and can give us life.

Check out the daily devotionals that correspond with this week’s lesson in the book, Old Story New by Marty Machowski, pages 338-42.

This week’s North Star catechism question is…

72. What are we asking when we pray, “Your kingdom come”? That we might see everyone have life with God under the rule of God.

Download this week’s SojournKids at Home here.

Resurrecting Grace: Brought Near By the Blood (Kids in Community for September 14th)

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Download the free Revival series devotional here!

Applying God’s Word with your Kids in your Community Group

Read Ephesians 2:15-18

  • What is peace? Peace is when there is no fighting or war.
  • Why does Jesus need to bring peace? Because of our sin, we fight against God and one another.
  • What did Jesus do in order to bring peace?

Invite a child to pray and thank Jesus for bringing us peace.

Family Devotions at Home

Read Ephesians 2:15-18

  • Think about it: Who in your life is hardest to get along with?
  • Parents: Tell your children about a time you had conflict with someone and Jesus brought peace to your relationship.
  • Do you believe that Jesus can bring peace between you and the person you fight with the most?

Ask Jesus to help us make peace with our brothers, sisters, and friends.

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