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Parents' Corner | August 18, 2019

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Dear Parents, Samson was the last of the major judges of Israel. He was born to parents who dedicated him to the Lord as a Nazirite after the Angel of the Lord announced that Samson would be born to save the Israelites from the power of the Philistines. Samson grew up, and God blessed him with great strength. But when Samson requested to marry a Philistine woman, ...

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Parents' Corner | August 11, 2019

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Dear Parents, Judges 6 starts out in a familiar way: "The Israelites did what was evil in the sight of the Lord." The period of Judges was not a good time for the Israelites. Their cycle of sin, bondage, deliverance, and peace clearly showed they had not learned from their past mistakes. The Israelites were oppressed by the Midianites, and they cried out to God f...

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Parents' Corner | August 4, 2019

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Dear Parents, The time of the judges continued after the death of Ehud. The Israelites fell into a continuous cycle of sin, bondage, deliverance, and peace. The people of Israel were oppressed by the king of Canaan. At this time, Deborah was the judge of Israel. Deborah sent for Barak and encouraged him to take up an army and fight the army of Canaan and its leade...

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Parents' Corner | July 28, 2019

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Dear Parents, Following Joshua's death, the Israelites were without a leader. They fell into a cycle of sin that can be seen during each reign of the judges. The cycle is marked by an A-B-C-D-E pattern. Let's look at the first judge, Othniel, to see this pattern. First, the people fell into Apostasy. They turned away from God and served other gods. (Judg. 3:7) Ne...

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Parents' Corner | July 21, 2019

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Dear Parents, Joshua was "getting on in years" (Joshua 23:1), so he gathered together the people of Israel to give an exhortation. First, Joshua reminded them that God had fought for His people, and He had kept every one of His promises. (Joshua 23:14) Joshua wanted the people to remember and to live their lives based on what they knew to be true about God: God c...

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Parents' Corner | July 14, 2019

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Dear Parents, When the Israelites conquered Jericho, God told them not to take anything. Everything in the city was to be destroyed and set apart for God. Achan must have assumed no one would notice if he kept a few things for himself. The cloak was beautiful, and he sure could use some pieces of silver and a bar of gold. No harm, no foul. Right? Wrong. God had ...

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Parents' Corner | July 7, 2019

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Dear Parents, Only one geographical barrier separated the Israelites from the promised land of Canaan: the Jordan River. When Joshua and the Israelites arrived, the Jordan River was flooded due to spring rains and snowmelt. Any other time, the river would have been manageable, but crossing the swollen river would have been daunting like crossing the Red Sea. Lik...

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Parents' Corner | June 30, 2019

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Dear Parents, The Israelites had been wandering in the wilderness when they started to complain to Moses and to God. God had done some pretty amazing things for the IsraelitesHe rescued them from the hand of Pharaoh, He parted the Red Sea so they could safely cross, and He provided manna for them to eat. But to the Israelites, it wasn't enough. God punished the...

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Parents' Corner | June 23, 2019

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Dear Parents, Before God rescued His people from slavery in Egypt, He promised to bring the Israelites back to the land He had given to Abraham so many years ago. (Ex. 3:8) God was leading the Israelites to the promised land. When they were close, God instructed Moses to send spies into the land to scout it out. The spies traveled around the land for 40 days, a...

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Parents' Corner | June 16, 2019

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Dear Parents, After God, through Moses, brought the Israelites out of Egypt, He met with them in the wilderness and established a covenant, or agreement, with the people of Israel: "Now if you will listen to Me and carefully keep My covenant, you will be My own possession out of all the peoples ... and you will be My kingdom of priests and My holy nation" (Ex. 19:5-...

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Parents' Corner | June 9, 2019

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Dear Parents, The Lord was faithful to keep the promises He made to Abraham and his descendants. He made the Israelites innumerable (Deut. 1:10) and gave them the land of Canaan (Deut. 1:8). All the Israelites needed to do was take possession of the land. But the Israelites refused. They sent 12 men to scout out the land, and when the men reported about Canaan'...

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Parents' Corner | June 2, 2019

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Dear Parents, The tabernacle was complete. God now had a place where His glory could dwell without causing the Israelites to fear death. God had given His people laws from the mountain, and He gave them more rules for living and worshiping Him when He dwelled in the tabernacle. These rules are recorded in the Book of Leviticus. The reasoning behind Leviticus can...

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Parents' Corner | May 26, 2019

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Dear Parents, Thirteen of the last sixteen chapters of the Book of Exodus consists of instructions for building the tabernacle. The word tabernacle means "dwelling place." The tabernacle was a portable tent where God met with His people. God had a great purpose for the tabernacle. (See Ex. 29:45-46.) Moses had been on the mountain talking with God for 40 days. Go...

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Parents' Corner | May 12, 2019

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Dear Parents, As the rescued people of Israel traveled toward the promised land, God gave them laws to guide them in how to live and to help them understand God's perfect holiness. God's laws covered every part of their lives and were summed up in the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments can be grouped into two categories: The first four laws deal with a person...

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Parents' Corner | May 5, 2019

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As the rescued people of Israel traveled toward the promised land, God gave them laws to guide them in how to live and to help them understand God's perfect holiness. God's laws covered every part of their lives and were summed up in the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments can be grouped into two categories: The first four laws deal with a person's relationship w...

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Parents' Corner | April 28, 2019

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Dear Parents, God led His people into the wilderness, but He did not leave them there alone. The Lord was with His people. He provided meat, bread, and water. He guided them to Mount Sinai, where He met with their leader, Moses. The Lord came down on the mountain in fire, and He spoke through thunder. The Israelites could not have ignored His presence. But when Mos...

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Parents' Corner | April 21, 2019

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Dear Parents, God's law for the people was plain. Read Deuteronomy 6:5. But God's people, and all people, have broken the law. We have loved other things more than we love God. That is sin. Jesus' purpose for coming to earth was to save us from our sin. (Matt. 1:21) Why did Jesus have to die? Why couldn't He just say, "You are forgiven"? God is just and requires ...

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Parents' Corner | April 14, 2019

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Dear Parents, The Sunday before Easter is Palm Sundaythe day Jesus entered Jerusalem as the King of kings the week of Passover. Many of God's people traveled to Jerusalem for Passover. Jesus and His disciples traveled to Jerusalem as well. Near Bethphage (BETH fayj) and Bethany near the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples ahead into a village. Jesus told t...

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Parents' Corner | April 7, 2019

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Dear Parents, The Israelites' future looked bright. The Lord, through Moses, had rescued them from slavery in Egypt. He fought for them, displaying His power by parting the Red Sea and subsequently destroying Egypt's army. God was working out His plan to bring the Israelites to the promised land, the land God promised to Abraham's family. But the journey from ...

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Parents' Corner | March 31, 2019

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Dear Parents, Last week, kids learned about Moses' birth and his calling. God had a plan to rescue the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt. He chose and called Moses for the task and allowed Moses' brother, Aaron, to help him. Moses and Aaron faced a huge obstacle in leading the Israelites out of Egypt, and his name was Pharaoh. Pharaoh did not recognize the...

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Parents' Corner | March 24, 2019

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Dear Parents, descendants of Israel (Jacob)had set up their home in Egypt when a famine forced them to seek out food. They became so numerous that Pharaoh felt threatened and forced them into slavery. But their families still grew, and Pharaoh instituted an unimaginable method of population control: kill all of the baby boys. Moses' story is a clear picture of G...

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Parents' Corner | March 17, 2019

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Dear Parents, Last week, kids learned that God had a plan for Joseph's suffering. The land of Egypt enjoyed seven years of plenty before a famine struck, just as Pharaoh had dreamed. During that time, Joseph gathered all the excess food and stored it in the cities. The famine was severe in every land, so Joseph opened the storehouses and sold grain to everyone who ...

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Parents' Corner | March 10, 2019

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Dear Parents, Jacob grew up in strife with his twin brother, Esau. He spent many years away from his family to avoid Esau's anger. God spoke to Jacob in a dream and reaffirmed to Jacob the promise He gave to Abraham and Isaac. Finally, God called Jacob home to the land of Canaan. God blessed Jacob and changed his name to Israel. Jacob had 12 sons. They would beco...

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Parents' Corner | March 4, 2019

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Dear Parents, Jacob found himself stuck between a rock and a hard place. After stealing his older brother's blessing, he fled his home to escape Esau's anger. He spent time with his uncle Laban, got married, and fathered many children. Overall, Jacob prospered. God blessed him, but Jacob's time with his uncle Laban did not end well. Laban's sons accused Jacob of tak...

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Parents' Corner | February 27, 2019

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Dear Parents, Jacob and Esau were rivals before birth. They struggled in the womb, and Jacob was born grabbing onto Esau's heel. Even though he was younger, Jacob convinced Esau to sell him his birthright for some stew. When Isaac was old and blind, the time came for Isaac to bless Esau. With the blessing came the privilege afforded to the firstbornleadership over ...

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Parents' Corner | February 20, 2019

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Dear Parents, After God tested Abraham, Abraham named the place "The LORD Will Provide" (Gen. 22:14) God repeated His promise to Abraham: "I will indeed bless you and make your offspring as numerous as the stars of the sky And all the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring" (Gen. 22:17-18). God blessed Abraham's life, and he was about 140 years ol...

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Parents' Corner | February 13, 2019

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Dear Parents, This week, kids learn that God kept His promise to give Abraham and Sarah a son, and they named him Isaac. Isaac was the child chosen by God to carry the family lineto follow God, to lead the family, and to teach the next generation to follow God too. When Abraham was well over 100 years old, God tested Abraham. God instructed him to sacrifice Isaac on ...

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Parents' Corner | February 6, 2019

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Dear Parents, Over the next few weeks of the Gospel Project for Kids, kids will learn that God was still working out His plan to send Jesus into the world to rescue us from sin. Since the beginning, God wanted to bless and provide for His people. Genesis 11 records the generations between Noah and Abram. Noah's son Shem had a family. Through Shem's line, God would ...

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Parents' Corner | January 30, 2019

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Dear Parents, Following the flood, God wanted to have a fresh start. God commanded Noah in Genesis 9:1 to "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth." This command echoes the one given to Adam and Eve in Genesis 1:28. God intended the paradise of the garden to spread into the whole world, but sinful people had other desires. Genesis 10 accounts for the nations that ...

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Parents' Corner | January 23, 2019

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Dear Parents, Adam's son Seth lived 912 years. Despite their sin, the Lord sustained generation after generation. Seth's sixth-great- grandson, Noah, was born less than 20 years after his death. With each generation, the earth's population grew. By the time Noah lived10 generations after Adam people had stopped following God. In fact, Scripture describes a deplorable...

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Parents' Corner | January 9, 2018

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Dear Parents, Imagine Adam and Eve's joy as their family grew. With each birth, maybe Eve hoped that this son would be the one to end the curse of sin, to crush the head of the snake. (Gen. 3:15) But as her sons Cain and Abel grew up, she and Adam probably witnessed with grief how sin affected their own children. Cain was not the Promised One, and neither was Abel. W...

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Parents' Corner | December 19, 2018

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Dear Parents, Do you think it was just by chance that Caesar Augustus called for a census? Did it just so happen that Mary and Joseph were traveling to Bethlehemthe very place the Messiah was prophesied to be born? (Micah 5:2) God is in control of all things, which He showed by using a pagan emperor to bring about His plan. After Jesus was born, Mary laid Him in a m...

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Parents' Corner | December 5, 2018

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Dear Parents, Last week, kids learned that God created people to live with Him in a perfect relationship forever. This week, kids learn that Adam and Eve enjoyed all that was good in the garden of Eden. The Lord gave them only one restriction: "You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil," and the punishment for disobeying was severe: "You will ...

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Parents' Corner | November 11, 2018

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Dear Parents, Peter's story of faith began when Jesus said, "Follow Me." (Matt. 4:18) Peter and his brother Andrewtwo fishermen from Galileeleft their nets and followed Jesus. As one of Jesus' twelve disciples, Peter witnessed firsthand Jesus' miracles and teachings. He saw Jesus heal his mother-in-law (Matt. 8:14) and raise a little girl from the dead (Luke 8:49-55). He s...

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Parents' Corner | November 25, 2018

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Dear Parents, This week, kids learn that on the sixth day of creation, God created man in His own image. God formed the man out of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. (Gen. 2:7) Man was set apart as different from the rest of God's creation. God skillfully formed man out of dust as a potter forms a...

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Parents' Corner | November 4, 2018

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Dear Parents, John was on the island of Patmos when he had a vision. Jesus appeared to John and showed him what will happen before the end of time. John wrote about what he saw in the Book of Revelation. John saw a vision of the future. John saw a throne in heaven and the Lord was on the throne. John saw a scroll in the Lord's right hand. A mighty angel asked, "Who is w...

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Parents' Corner | October 24, 2018

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Dear Parents, During this unit, we will be looking at God's message about what will happen when Jesus returns in the Book of Revelation. The apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation from the island of Patmos. Patmos was a small Greek island where the Roman emperor often exiled prisoners. John was likely sent to Patmos as a prisoner, arrested for preaching the gospel. W...

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Parents' Corner | September 23, 2018

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Dear Parents, Consider how your life would change if you could know the futureif you could accurately predict the weather or outcomes of a baseball game. If you could know how your life is going to turn out, would you live today differently? In the bigger picture of God's plan for the world, we do know the future. God reveals the outcome of His plan for humanity in His Wo...

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Parents' Corner | September 16, 2018

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Dear Parents, During this unit, we will be looking at how God gave hope to Christians while they waited for Jesus' return. Paul was a prisoner under house arrest in Rome when a man named Onesimus (oh NESS ih muhs) came to visit him. Onesimus was a slave who had run away from a wealthy man named Philemon. As it turned out, Paul was a friend of Philemon. So when Paul told O...

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Parents' Corner | September 2, 2019

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Dear Parents, Paul wrote his letter to the church at Colossae not long after he arrived in Rome as a prisoner. The letter served to correct false teaching in the church and to encourage right living among believers. Focus on verses 15-20, in which Paul described who Jesus is. Paul's teaching to the Colossians was important because the believers were trying to figure out ...

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Parents' Corner | August 26, 2018

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Dear Parents, Paul was in Roman custody because the Jews said things about Paul that were untrue. Paul had stood before rulers in Caesarea and invoked his right as a Roman citizen to appeal to Caesar. So Festus the governor arranged for Paul to go to Rome. Paul got onto a ship going toward Rome. As if Paul's journey to Rome had not already been delayed and complicated eno...

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Parents' Corner | August 19, 2018

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Dear Parents, Paul was in custody in Caesarea, the capital of the Roman province of Judea. The Jewish leaders had brought serious charges against him, so Paul now stood before Felix, the governor. Felix listened to Paul's defense but delayed a ruling. He met with Paul off and on for two years. When his time as governor ended, Felix left Paul in prison because he did not w...

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Parents' Corner | August 12, 2018

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Dear Parents, This unit we will be talking about God's plan for Paul, who had devoted his life to preaching the gospel and planting churches, in a frightening and dangerous position. As Paul's third missionary journey came to an end, a prophet named Agabus warned him that the Jews would seize him in Jerusalem and hand him over to the Gentiles. (See Acts 21:10-11.) 

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Parents' Corner | August, 5 2018

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Dear Parents, It is common to think of faith as something that is just within ustrust and confidence in God. While that is surely part of it, faith doesn't stop there. Faith starts inside of us and always leads to action. The writer of the Book of Hebrews wanted to explain the fullness of faith to the early Jewish Christians. One of the best ways he could do this was to w...

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Parents' Corner | July 22, 2018

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Dear Parents, Paul knew that following Jesus is difficult. After Paul met Jesus on the road to Damascus, his life was turned upside down and he was never the same. Paul spent the rest of his life struggling and suffering to advance the very gospel that he had denied and fought against before his conversion. Paul was in prison when he wrote his letter to the believers at...

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Parents' Corner | July 22, 2018

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Dear Parents, Paul knew that following Jesus is difficult. After Paul met Jesus on the road to Damascus, his life was turned upside down and he was never the same. Paul spent the rest of his life struggling and suffering to advance the very gospel that he had denied and fought against before his conversion. Paul was in prison when he wrote his letter to the believers at...

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Parents' Corner | July 8, 2018

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Dear Parents, All of the letters Paul wrote follow the same basic outline. The first part of each letter focuses on important doctrines: the gospel. The second part of each letter then explains how those doctrines can and should shape how we live every day: gospel transformation. When it comes to Romans, the first eleven chapters are Paul's explanation of the gospel, w...

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Parents' Corner | July 1, 2018

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Dear Parents, All of the letters Paul wrote follow the same basic outline. The first part of each letter focuses on important doctrines: the gospel. The second part of each letter then explains how those doctrines can and should shape how we live every day: gospel transformation. When it comes to Romans, the first eleven chapters are Paul's explanation of the gospel, whi...

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Parents' Corner | June 17, 2018

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Dear Parents, As the early church expanded outside Jerusalem, new churches were planted in various cities. Each church needed godly leaders to help it grow and stay true to the gospel. Paul understood this need, which is why he wrote letters to some of the leaders in the church. Two of these leaders were Timothy and Titus. Timothy was Paul's friend. He had traveled with P...

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Parent Corner | June 10, 2018

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Dear Parents, During Jesus' earthly ministry, many Jews struggled to believe that Jesus was indeed the Messiah, the Son of God. This included James, Jesus' half-brother. But that Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus appeared to James, and at last James believed. James later became the leader of the church in Jerusalem-a vital role in the early, growing church. The...

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Parents' Corner | 5.27.18

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Dear Parents, Peterone of Jesus' original discipleshad grown up in a culture where the Jews believed that God only cared about them, not the Gentiles or non-Jews. Most of the Jews looked down on the Gentiles and refused to even associate with them because Jews believed Gentiles were unclean; Gentiles didn't live the right way to please God. Any Jew who did associate wit...

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Parents' Corner | May 20, 2018

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Dear Parents, Paul's third missionary journey was unlike his first two because he didn't set out to plant churches. Instead, his mission was to encourage and strengthen existing churches. Paul wrote letters to the churches, but he knew some guidance was best given in person Paul's journey began when he traveled to the city of Corinth. To make a living, Paul was a tentmak...

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Parent Corner | May 13, 2018

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Dear Parents,Paul and Silas had been released from prison in Philippi (FIH-lih-pigh). Before leaving the city, they met with believers at Lydia's house and encouraged them. Then they traveled to Thessalonica and stopped at the synagogue to explain to the Jews that Jesus is the Messiah. A large number of Greeks and influential women believed in Jesus. Before long, Jews in ...

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Parent Corner | May 6, 2018

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Dear Parents,Paul was back at the church of Antioch in Syria. The church had sent out Paul and Barnabas to preach the gospel to Jews and Gentiles in places like Lystra and Derbe. Then they returned to the church of Antioch. Some time passed, and Paul wanted to return to some of the cities he visited on his first journey to see how the new believers were doing. Silas accom...

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Parent Corner | April 29, 2018

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Dear Parents,The church in Antioch praised God for His grace to Paul on his first missionary journey. Though Paul and Barnabas were strongly opposed in some places, many people heard the gospel and believed. Paul and Barnabas took the gospel to both Jews and Gentiles. But a problem arose when some Christians began saying that the new followers of Jesusthe Gentile believers...

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Parent Corner | April 22, 2018

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Dear Parents,Jesus' followers preached the gospel in Jerusalem, and the good news spread to places like Judea and Samaria. More and more people believed, and new churches began as both Jews and Gentiles began to follow Jesus. Barnabas went to Antiocha city about 300 miles north of Jerusalemwhere he brought Paul to help teach the believers. The church in Antioch grew. It wa...

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Parent Corner | 4-15-18

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Dear Parents,Saul was no stranger to religion. He grew up in a religious household. He was a devout Jew who was born in Tarsus (Phil. 3:5) and inherited his Roman citizenship from his father. So when people began talking about this man named Jesus and claiming that He was the promised Messiah, Saul was defensive. Saul believed strongly in the Jewish faith of his ancesto...

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Parent Corner | March 25, 2018

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Family Starting PointsMarch 25th, 2018 Scripture Memory: Revelation 7:10,12"Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen." Big Picture Question: What does the Holy Spirit do? The Holy Spirit helps Christians follow Jesus. Bible...

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Parent Corner | March 21, 2017

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Parent Corner | March 11, 2018

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Dear Parents,When Jesus ascended to heaven, He instructed the disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come upon them. So the disciples went back to Jerusalem, where they waited and prayed. The time came for the Jewish festival called Pentecost, or the Feast of Weeks. As with the Passover festival, Jews from all over the Roman Empir...

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Parent Corner | March 4th, 2018

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Dear Parents,Picture the reality of your salvation: Imagine standing as a defendant in a courtroom. You've been justly found guilty of a crime and the penalty is death. But rather than ordering law enforcement to lead you away to be executed, the judge gets up and takes your place. He takes your punishment upon himself, declaring your innocence and allowing you to walk fre...

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Parent Corner | February 25th, 2018

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Dear Parents,After Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus showed His followers that He is alive. He taught them about Himself and about God's kingdom. (Luke 24:25-27,44-48) Jesus told them that He would soon return to the Father. (John 20:17). Jesus directed the Eleven to go a mountain. When they arrived, Jesus appeared. Some of them wondered if Jesus was finally goin...

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Parent Corner | February 11, 2018

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Dear Parents,After Jesus' resurrection and His appearance to the disciples, seven of the disciples returned to Galilee, near the Sea of Galilee where Jesus had called four of His disciples to be fishers of men. (See Luke 5:1-11.) The disciples went fishing. Perhaps they felt it reasonable to return to the fishing business since their stint as disciples was apparently overo...

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Parent Corner | February 7, 2017

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Dear Parents,After Jesus' resurrection and His appearance to the disciples, seven of the disciples returned to Galilee, near the Sea of Galilee where Jesus had called four of His disciples to be fishers of men. (See Luke 5:1-11.) The disciples went fishing. Perhaps they felt it reasonable to return to the fishing business since their stint as disciples was apparently overo...

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Parent Corner | January 21, 2018

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Dear Parents,Jesus' death and resurrection should not have surprised the disciples. Sometimes Jesus spoke metaphorically about His death and resurrection (See Matt. 12:39; Mark 14:58; John 2:19; 3:14-15). Other times, Jesus plainly told the disciples that He would be betrayed, crucified, buried, and resurrected on the third day (Matt. 17:12; Mark 8:31; Luke 9:22). In fact,...

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Parent Corner | January 17, 2018

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This week our kids studied Matthew 28:1-15 and John 20:1-18. The time between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning must have been dark hours for Jesus' disciples. Fear, doubt, and confusion certainly overwhelmed their thoughts. Jesus, their Lord, was dead. He had been unjustly arrested, falsely accused, and severely beaten. Even worse, He had been killed in a horrible manne...

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Family Guide - January 10

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This last Sunday in our PreK and Elementary classes we studied Matthew 27:11-66. We learned that Jesus’ crucifixion, burial, and resurrection are the center of the gospel. Jesus accomplished the plan God had been working out throughout the Old Testament to bring salvation to sinners, and it happened in such an unlikely wa...

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