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“Christ In An Orphan-Making Culture” – Wednesday, Jan. 27

Nationally known author and speaker Dr. Russell Moore is coming to Sojourn East to discuss adoption on Wednesday, January 27 from 6:30pm to 8pm. During his presentation “Christ In An Orphan-Making Culture,” he will talk about our adoption as children of God, as well as God’s call upon the Christian community to adopt children in need of parents.Everyone from both Sojourn campuses may attend for free. Invite your friends as well.  We are providing childcare. RSVP at this link by Monday, January 25. Dr. Moore is the author of Adopted For Life: The Priority Of Adoption For Christian Families And Churches. He is also the Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice-President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and author of the popular Moore To The Point blog and podcast. For directions to Sojourn East, visit the East campus page here at http://sojournchurch.com.

Kids Music Liturgy for January 2010

Hey Sojourn Parents,

As most of you probably know, twice a month your children get together with kids from other classes and take part in a mini-service modeled after the Big Church, with songs and liturgy and prayer and all. The idea is to introduce the kids to a typical Sojourn worship service so they’re ready when they leave the Sojourn Kids program, and also to get them thinking about how good and glorious and beautiful and true God and His gospel are.

This month, the liturgy is centered on God’s grace towards us in Jesus. We’re singing five songs:  “For By Grace” (A setting of Ephesians 2:8-9 in NASB by Mark Altrogge), “Amazing Grace” (the traditional hymn), “You Show Me Kindness” (from Sovereign Grace’s To Be Like Jesus cd), “Mighty Mighty Savior” (also from Sovereign Grace, Awesome God – Both of these cds are excellent resources if you don’t have them), and “God’s Love Goes On Forever” by our own Chandi Plummer.

I hope you’re able to connect with your kids as a family around these songs and truths. We want you to know what the kids are doing so they can keep hearing about Jesus and God’s grace in between Sojourn Kids services. I’m sure you’ll be encouraged and moved too as you consider what God has done for us and talk about it with your kids.

Here’s the actual liturgy we’ll be using with the kids this month: Continue Reading…

“Daddy, why is it called Hate-E?”

My friend Doug Wolter posted the following after the tragedy last week.  Doug is an example dad, and this post is full of wisdom:

Last night as I tucked my kids into bed, we prayed together for God to have mercy on the people in Haiti. One of my little girls gently asked, “Daddy, why is it called Haiti (HATE-E)?” It was an honest question. So I just spelled out the word for her and said it had nothing to do with the word “hate” that she knows is a word reserved for sin and evil. But I wish I would’ve said something similar to what Al Mohler said here … only summarized in kid’s language like I did below.

Girls, some people think that God sent the earthquake to Haiti because he hates Haiti. But God doesn’t hate Haiti. He loves Haiti. He loves the people in Haiti. He loves the mommies and the daddies and the little boys and little girls. Do you remember John 3:16? It says,”For God so loved the world (all the people in the world) that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”

God is a loving King. But He is also a holy king. He rules over all. And one day he will judge all the peoples of the world. He will punish all the people (from Haiti to Kentucky) who have sinned against him and not believed in his Son Jesus Christ. God doesn’t hate Haiti. But God hates sin. And one day He is coming to judge us for our sin. So the earthquake reminds us that we must turn from our sin and trust in Jesus. Jesus is our only hope as he died on a cross to take our punishment and give us eternal life.

Girls, God loves us and he loves the people in Haiti. So we need to pray. We need to pray for the people who got hurt and are sad and alone. We need to pray for the little kids that don’t have a mommy or daddy. And we need to pray most of all for the people in Haiti to hear about Jesus and the amazing love he showed them by dying for them on the cross. Remember John 3:16? Let’s say that verse together and pray for God to have mercy on the people in Haiti.

Also, read these two pieces at Sojourn’s Travelblog

Below are a few places where you can give:

  1. G.O. Ministries
  2. EDGE Outreach
  3. Haiti Response Fund (through the IMB)
  4. Haiti Earthquake Relief (through the NAMB)

Helping Children Love Those Who Are Different

John Piper’s latest sermon suggests “eight ways to help your children love those who are different from them.” Piper is primarily thinking here of racial harmony and disability differences, but this would apply to an even wider range of differences.

Go read or listen to or watch the sermon for the unpacking of each point, but here’s the outline:

1. Help the children believe in God’s sovereign wisdom and goodness in creating them with the body that they have.

2. Help the children believe in God’s sovereign wisdom and goodness in making other people with the body that they have.

3. Help the children believe that they and all other children and adults are made in God’s image.

4. Teach the children that God tells us to do to others as we would like others to do to us.

5. Teach the children and model for them that their own sin is uglier than anybody they think is physically unattractive.

6. Teach the children that God loves them in spite of the ugliness of their sin and that he proved this by sending his Son to die for our sins and give forgiveness to all who would trust him.

7. Teach the children that because Jesus died for them and rose again, he becomes for them an all-satisfying Friend and Treasure.

8. Teach the children to love others who are different from them, not in order to be accepted by God, but because they already are accepted by God because of Jesus.

via Justin Taylor.

Thursday Book Club: A Proverbs Driven Life: The “why” of discipline

A Proverbs Driven Life: Timeless Wisdom for Your Words, Work, Wealth, and Relationships
Two chapters in Anthony Selvaggio’s masterful work on the book of Proverbs are dedicated to parenting.  In my next two additions of the Thursday Book Club, I’ll summarize and interact briefly with these two chapters. The first gives biblical evidence for the “why” of discipline–helping parents discover a biblical motivation for disciplining their children:

Anthony Selvaggio.  A Proverbs Driven Life: Timeless Wisdom for Your Words, Work, Wealth, and Relationships, “Chapter 11, Born Foolish, A Child’s Need for Discipline.” (Shepherd Press, 2008)

In the book of Proverbs, “discipline” has in view a range of activities which includes instruction, teaching, training, and correction.  “Stated very briefly, instruction and teaching involve imparting knowledge; training involves all sorts of coaching and preparation; and correction involves identifying errors and urging their removal” (170).  In this sense, the whole book of Proverbs is about education and the discipline of children.  And the book provides more than just biblical methods  It gives a biblical motivation for this discipline.  So, why discipline?
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