July 13, 2018

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Sunday Bible Class

Our curriculum is Bible Studies for Life.  The lessons scheduled for this week are:

Spanish Preschool: Pablo y Barnabé

English Preschool: Jesus and the Woman at the Well

School Age: Jesus and the Woman at the Well

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!

Recognition

-Caleb Bergman participated in class.
-Cashton Best was a great helper in class.
-Valentino Collado participated in class.
-Alfonso Corro participated in class.
-Giandavid De La Hoz participated in class.
-Brenda Emokah was a great helper in class.
-Sophia Gonzalez participated in class.
-Dustin Padilla Paz participated in class.
-Maya Pino was a great helper and very attentive in class.
-Sammy Pino was a great helper and very attentive in class.
-Edison Ramirez has a birthday on July 18.
-Angela Solorzano was attentive in class.

Mark Your Calendar

Sundays
Bible Class

Wednesdays
Summer Bible Club

August 12
Preschool Picnic

August 26
Back to School Sunday

September 2
Bible Class Promotions


For Parents

Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong; they are weak, but He is strong.

I sang that song every week in Sunday school at the church I grew up in. Every Sunday we sang about Jesus’ love for us, and then we learned how to earn God’s love. At least, that’s how I remember it. I remember a feeling of guilt and being taught that for God to love me, I had to be a “good boy.” While I have many positive memories about this church because it’s where I began my relationship with Jesus, I eventually left because I worried that I couldn’t meet God’s standards.

I somehow missed the sermons about grace. I already had a heavy conscience and felt guilty about many things. I felt guilty for feeling good, and I felt guilty for feeling bad. It was an uncomfortable place to be. I always understood justice, I always understood the God of the Old Testament. Do something wrong? Punishment. Do something right? Reward. The problem with this was that I did way more wrong than I did right. I knew I would be punished.

I still struggle against this mindset. I sometimes act as though at the end of the day, I will present a scorecard to God. Column 1 will say, “Fail” and Column 2 will say, “Win!” As long as there are more checks in Column 2, more things I did right than wrong, I’ll get a gold star and a pat on the back from God.

. If Column 1 has more checks, watch out. Here comes a smiting! I now understand how foolish that mindset is. Because of the grace of Jesus Christ, I don’t have to worry about earning God’s love.

Not only do I not have to worry about it, I can never earn it. No matter how good I am, I can’t earn God’s love. The converse is true as well. No matter how bad I am, I can never make God stop loving me.

Every night my kids and I go through our bedtime ritual. I get into bed next to them and spend a little time with them. Right before they go to sleep, after we’ve sung and prayed and talked about their days, I ask them four questions. It goes like this:

“How big do I love you?”

“Huge!”

“And how long will I love you?”

“Forever.”

“And what could make me stop?”

“Nothing!”

“Why not?”

“Because you’re my daddy and nothing could make you stop.”

I’ve done this with them every night for as long as I can remember. When they were younger the responses were a little more enthusiastic, but we still do it every night. I was worried my oldest might be a little too cool for it, so one night I thought I’d skip it in case she didn’t have the heart to tell me she didn’t want to keep doing it.

I kissed her goodnight and started to leave the room. She said, “Hey! You didn’t ask me the questions!” I haven’t skipped it since.

I started this because I never wanted my kids to wonder if their daddy loved them. When they are being disciplined or when they are far away and they start to wonder if I love them, I want the questions to come to mind. I never wanted them to doubt that I love them. I also wanted them to draw a connection between my imperfect love for them and God’s perfect love for them. God could have chosen any way to describe His relationship to us. Creator. King. Lord. Ruler. All of these fit, but it isn’t the way we are told to approach Him. Jesus tells us to call God, “Our Father” (Matthew 6:9).

God’s preferred title in relation to us is Father. When we have a relationship with Jesus, we are made His children. The Bible tells us, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” – 1 John 3:1

God makes us His children, and He is our Father! When I started asking my kids our nightly questions, I wanted them to know that if their broken, imperfect, earthly father would always love them, no matter what, then their perfect, heavenly Father would love them even more! I didn’t want them to miss God’s grace like I did as a teen.

Condensed from "Jesus Cares Deeply About Your Pain" by Johnny Baker from faithgateway.com .  

EnglishVanessa Pardo