May 18th, 2018
Sunday Bible Class
Our curriculum is Bible Studies for Life. The lessons scheduled for this week are:
Spanish Preschool: La iglesia eligió a ayudantes
English Preschool: A Widow Gave
School Age: A Widow Gave
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!
-Audrey Harris made a connection from last week’s lesson to this one about God always being with us through good and bad times.
-Isabella Solorzano has a birthday on May 20.
-Sophia Gonzalez has a birthday on May 22.
-The Preschool Class had excellent participation from: Cashton Best, Brenda Emokah, Brayleigh Harris, Henry Lowrance, Oliver Lowrance, Maya Pino, Sammy Pino, Lyla Sensing, and Anglea Solorzano.
-These students in the 3rd-5th grade class remembered to bring a gift for their Compassion International sponsorship: Caleb Bergman, Jonathan Delisma, Dayleen Valdes, and Albert Paul Valdes.
-These students in the 3rd-5th grade class read Scripture last week: Caleb Bergman, Jonathan Delisma, Adonna Emokah, Audrey Harris, and Albert Paul Valdes.
Mark Your Calendar
May 19 and 20
Last Session of Awana
Summer Bible Club Begins On Wednesday Nights through August 15
Back to School Sunday
Bible Class Promotions
In her short thirteen years Rebecca Taylor has endured more than fifty-five surgeries and medical procedures and approximately one thousand days in the hospital.
Christyn, Rebecca’s mom, recently wrote: This past week’s new land mine was the phrase “possible hemorrhagic stroke,” a phrase I heard dozens of times used by numerous physicians. Over and over and over that phrase filled my mind and consumed my thoughts. It was emotionally crippling.
In a new sermon series, we reviewed the familiar Philippians 4:6 verse: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
I presented my requests to the Lord as I had so many times before, but this time, THIS time, I needed more. And so, using Philippians 4:8-9 as a guide, I found my answer:
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true…” What was true in my life at this particular moment? The blessing of all family members eating dinner together.
“Whatever is noble.” The blessing of enjoying each other’s presence outside of a hospital room.
“Whatever is right.” The blessing of experiencing my sons’ lives.
“Whatever is pure.” The blessing of all three children laughing and playing with each other.
“Whatever is lovely.” The blessing of watching Rebecca sleep peacefully in her bed at night.
“Whatever is admirable.” The blessing of an team working tirelessly on Rebecca’s care.
“If anything is excellent.” The blessing of watching a miracle unfold.
“Or praiseworthy.” The blessing of worshiping a Lord who is worthy to be praised.
“Think about such things.”
I did. As I meditated on these things, I stopped the dreaded phrase “hemorrhagic stroke” from sucking any joy out of my life. Its power to produce anxiety was now impotent. And when I dwelt on the bountiful blessings in my life happening AT THAT VERY MOMENT, “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,” DID guard my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus. A true miracle. Thank You, Lord.
Did you note what Christyn did? The words hemorrhagic stroke hovered over her life like a thundercloud. Yet she stopped the dreaded phrase from sucking joy out of her life.
She did so by practicing thought management. You probably know this, but in case you don’t, I am so thrilled to give you the good news: you can pick what you ponder.
There are many things in your life that you can’t choose.You CAN choose what you think about.
Do you want to be happy tomorrow? Then sow seeds of happiness today. (Count blessings. Memorize Bible verses. Pray. Sing hymns. Spend time with encouraging people.) Do you want to guarantee tomorrow’s misery? Then wallow in a mental mud pit of self-pity or guilt or anxiety today. (Assume the worst. Beat yourself up. Rehearse your regrets. Complain to complainers.) Thoughts have consequences.
Your challenge is not your challenge. Your challenge is the way you think about your challenge. Your problem is not your problem; it is the way you look at it.
Christyn Taylor discovered calmness. Recently she and her family went back to Rebecca’s doctors. Seven months earlier Rebecca was barely surviving. Now, Rebecca was vibrant and full of life. She had gained a remarkable thirty pounds. Her health was improving. She was named the hospital’s “walking miracle.”
Christyn wrote: “I watched these interactions with a silent sense of awe. It is easy to praise God during seasons of wellness. But it was during my greatest distress when I felt the Lord’s presencepoured upon me. And it was in thoseheartbreaking moments I learned to trust this God who provided unimaginable strength during unimaginable pain.”
He will help you as well, my friend. Guard your thoughts and trust your Father.
Condensed from "Think About What You Think About" by Max Lucado from faithgateway.com