February 9th, 2018
Sunday Bible Class
Our curriculum is Bible Studies for Life. The lessons scheduled for this week are:
Spanish Preschool: Ester
English Preschool: Jesus Made People Well
School Age: Jesus Healed People
Please take the time to look at the Activity Pages that your children bring home. You will find the Bible story, suggested Scripture reading for the week, and instructions for how to download the Bible Studies for Life app.
We love seeing your children in Bible class. The more frequently they come, the more likely they are to build stronger relationships with the other children and with the teachers. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
-Caleb Bergman prayed for his leaders.
-Lincoln Bonds has a birthday on February 15.
-Steven Camargo has a birthday on February 12.
-Natalie Harris completed a puzzle and was kind to others who wanted to help her.
-Jose Ordonez has a birthday on February 15.
-Ricardo Rodriguez has a birthday on February 15.
-Albert Paul Valdes prayed for his class.
-The preschool class had great participation from Ayla Acero, Luca Acero, Daniel Gomez, Brayleigh Harris, Aubrey Lopez, Wesley Lopez, Alexis Kiddoe, Jayce Kiddoe, Levi Parsard, Maya Pino, Sammy Pino, and Olivia Rodriguez. Luca Aero, Oliver Lowrance, Levi Parsard, and Sammy Pino answered questions.
Mark Your Calendar
Noche de Alabanza
Family Night for Black History Month
3rd - 5th Grade Picnic
It’s the season of love and yet, there is conflict all around you. You might be wondering how you and your family can make a difference. Scripture gives us several clear ways we can love others. Let’s start there!
Join me in looking for ways to be an ambassador for Jesus by sharing love with our words. Start by adopting these habits:
Be an encourager. Some people are natural born encouragers. Others work hard to remember to pay compliments. Whatever your tendency, make it a point to spread words of affirmation to your loved ones, coworkers, even strangers. I had a waitress the other day go on and on about how much she loved my haircut. She didn’t know I’d been second-guessing my choice for a style. Hearing her encouraging words made my day! And I was reminded that compliments are a powerful way to share love. Try to make it a habit to say one encouraging thing every day to someone: your spouse, child, coworker or the girl checking you out at the grocery store.
Practice the lost art of written notes. I love modern technology and the way it allows us to stay connected so easily. But it will never be as personal and beautiful as a hand-written note. February 7th was National Send a Card to a Friend Day (who knew?!). So, this month is the perfect opportunity to practice this lost art. This weekend, grab a card while you are out and about. Think about a friend or
loved one you’d like to surprise with snail mail. Make it a goal to send just one hand-written, personal note to someone you love every week or every month.
“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” — Proverbs 16:24
Focus on the bright side. There are a lot of ugly words flying around on social media and it’s easy to get caught up in the battles. But what if we made a commitment to be more careful and intentional with our words? How would that change the verbal climate in our culture? How might that strengthen the world’s view of believers if we led the way in looking for and sharing the good, no matter what? We serve a redemptive God who cares more about these issues than we ever could. He calls us to be a light in the darkness. To spread His love with our words and deeds. When we put our trust in Him and focus on the bright side in tough times, we pierce the darkness with the light of his love. Try seeking out one good thing every day to share with others via social media or in a conversation over a meal.
Speak the truth. All those passionate posts we’re reading are written by people who believe they are sharing the truth. And maybe they are. But often everyone thinks they are the one standing on the truth. The Bible tells us to “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). It also tells us that Jesus is “the Way, the Truth and the Life”
(John 14:6) and that “God is love” (1 John 4:8). The truth has become very relative in our culture. And on many issues, there are gray areas. When in doubt, I know the truth lies hidden in God. Instead of sharing our own version of it, we can point people to Jesus, and he’ll show us the way forward.
The next time you feel passion about an issue, share a Scripture that has influenced your thoughts. When we share God’s truth in place of our own, our words are guided by love.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” — Psalm 19:14
Keep a quiet life. One of the most powerful ways to share love is to keep our words to ourselves. “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” I need that reminder most days. The influencers I respect most are the ones that remain quiet. Their actions speak louder than their words. 1 Thessalonians 4:11 says to “make it your ambition to lead a quiet life.” What if we shared love through the absence of our words? What if saying nothing at all was the best representation of Jesus we could be? If you are one to get vocal when passionate about an issue, try staying silent for a bit. Let your peace speak volumes of gentle love.
Condensed from "5 Ways to Share Love with our Words" by Jessica Wolstenholm from faithgateway.com