8/13/18

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"He who was seated on the throne said, Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5

lesson

Jesus On The Throne | Revelation 4:2-5:14

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What will happen when Jesus returns?

Jesus will destroy all evil and make all things new.

CHRIST CONNECTION: John cried when he saw that no one was worthy to open the scroll. Then John saw the resurrected Lamb-God’s son, Jesus.  Jesus was killed on the cross so that we could have forgiveness and eternal life. Jesus is worthy. He deserves all praise, honor, and blessing.

Read Revelation 4:2-5:14

Questions for family discussion

1. Why was Jesus worthy to open the scroll?

2. Why do you think some people do not worship Jesus?

3. What would you say to a person who doesn’t worship Jesus?

upcoming events

August 19-Discover Milestone

September 9-Family Fun Night

September 16-Kids Rock U begins

October 28-Trunk or Treat

Patty's Pointer

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Well, school has started and routine is back for the kiddos! So what’s next?

Extra curricular activities and new friends! What do you do when little Suzie comes home from school and wants to go to gymnastics, play volleyball, take dance lessons, piano lessons, and try out for the spell bowl team? “But Mom! All the other kids are doing those things!” So how do you respond? Or when little Joey comes home and says that Johnny wants him to come and play at his house. You know who Johnny is but don’t know his parents. What do you do? Ask yourself these questions and think about the options:

  • Are extracurricular activities a good thing? Absolutely  - but within reason. Ask yourself some questions even before the sign up sheets start coming home.
  • Is this a worthwhile activity for my child at this age?
  • How much time is involved away from home?
  • Does the time frame fit our family routines (supper, bedtime, etc.)?
  • What is the expense involved?
  • What adults are leading the activity? Is parental help allowed?
  • How will this activity benefit my child long-term? Does it have any eternal impact?

Is it good for your kids to have friends from school that are new to you and your family? Absolutely – but proceed with care.

Instead of allowing your child to visit someone else’s home try this –

  • Ask the child and his parents to meet you and your child after school at the playground or to meet for ice cream.
  • Invite the child and his family to meet you at church on Sunday.
  • Invite the child and his parent over for a play date at your home.

Pray first and foremost! Pray daily for wisdom as you go along this path with your kids. Run to the one who has control over all of this – our Lord and Savior. He’s got this. Pray for direction and His guidance. Then use the faculties he has given you.

Enjoy these new adventures as your child grows up! Pray for wisdom and be encouraged by the never-changing Word of God!

Patty Emmert- I am a former Kindergarten teacher, current preschool teacher and children’s ministry director. I am the mother of 4 grown sons and grandmother to 10! I realize the importance of getting kids started off on a positive track in school. I'd like to offer some fun, simple ways to help you do that for your child!

8/6/18

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key passage 

He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new."  Revelation 21:5

lesson 

God's Warning to 7 Churches | Revelation 2-3

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What will happen when Jesus returns? 

Jesus will destroy all evil and make all things new. 

CHRIST CONNECTION: Jesus loves the church.  His message to seven local churches called them to turn away from their sin and remain faithful to Him.  We can learn from those churches. Through the church, Jesus helps believers work together to do God’s plan.

Read: Revelation 2-3 

Questions for family discussion

1. Who wrote the Book of Revelation?

2. Who was John writing to?

3. What did John say Jesus will do for believers who are faithful?

4. Did the church in Ephesus love Jesus more or less than when they first loved Him?

5. What dangers did the church in Smyrna face?

6. What did Jesus tell the church in Pergamum to do?

7. Was the church in Laodicea hot or cold?

upcoming events 

August 19-Discover Milestone

September 9-Family Fun Night

September 16-Kids Rock U begins

October 28-Trunk or Treat

7/30/18

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key passage 

"He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5

lesson

John's Vision of Jesus | Revelation 1:9-20

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What will happen when Jesus returns?

Jesus will destroy all evil and make all things new.

CHRIST CONNECTION: Jesus showed Himself to John and explained that He is the First and the Last, the Living One. While Jesus was on earth, He defeated sin and death by dying on the cross and coming back to life. Now Jesus is lifted up in glory and honor forever and ever.

Read: Revelation 1:9-20

Questions for family discussion

1. Why do you think Jesus showed John the future?

2. How do you feel when you think about Jesus returning?

3. Is it important for Christians to know how God’s story ends?

upcoming events 

August 5-Popsicles at the Playground

August 19-Discover Milestone

September 9-Family Fun Night

September 16-Kids Rock U begins

October 28-Trunk or Treat

 

Kids Rock: Intern Edition

Your Mission Field is Right Where God has You.

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Four years spent tilling the hard rocky soil of  hearts sitting in my Oral English class in Nanchang China, taught me a myriad of lessons about life. One primary lesson rung from the reverberating words of Paul as he wrote to the church in Corinth: “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him Crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2) Often in China I felt inadequate in my teaching, in sharing the Gospel, and in ministering to Chinese believers. Moving back home, attending graduate school, and trying to acclimate back to U.S. culture also magnified my limitations.  Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians, affirm my felt inadequacies as he shares his own, yet reaffirmed the power of the Holy Spirit as Paul’s preaching is still used to magnify God’s power. Maybe you find yourself feeling slightly inadequate in certain areas of life; I would venture to assume maybe in parenting?

Although I am not yet a parent, I imagine the enemy of our souls whispers many lies of inadequacy as you try to shepherd and lead your child[ren] physically, developmentally, emotionally, and most importantly spiritually. Teaching three-year-olds to fifth graders this past year, taught me more about feeling less than capable to shepherd adolescents.  Kids tend to bring out the best and less glamorous sides of me. Working with college students and adolescents has taught me to laugh more, to not take myself so seriously, and to be patient and gracious. I have also learned a depth of dependence upon our Good Shepherd, Jesus. To lean upon His omnipotently Holy guidance through His Word and the Holy Spirit. To seek Him as I tread the murky ambiguity of investing in and teaching  younger generations (Deuteronomy 6:4-9). To look to His example of mentorship and loving all people.

May you find encouragement, where ever you find yourself (capable or feeling inadequate),  in the truth that your impact first results from Christ’s mighty work of salvation in your life,  then upon trusting Him, and being obedient to His shepherding. Christ’s power is always magnified and made perfect in our weaknesses, when we rely upon Him. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

I will end my Intern’s Edition of this Kids Rock newsletter with this quote from Paul Tripp in regards to approaches to parenting:

“If you desire not only to cope but to thrive with vision and joy as a parent, you need more than seven steps to solving whatever. You need God’s helicopter view of what He’s called you to do. You need the Gospel of Jesus Christ to reveal the foundational principles that will not only help you make sense of your task, but will change the way you approach it.”

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My name is Alicia Justice. I graduated from IUPUI with a B.A. Psychology and then felt the Lord’s calling to teach English in China for four year. Last year I felt the same stirring from the Holy Spirit to leave China and return to get my M.S. in School Counselor. Currently, I am interning with Page and Patty while studying school counseling at Butler University. This past year I worked with three year olds to fifth graders at the International School of Indiana. When I am able to snag some free time I love to bake, cook, hike, be outdoors, share a good cup of coffee with friends and family, and watch The Great British Baking Show on Netflix (Bake!) haha It has been a joy to spend the summer with your children and to watch the ways each family walks with Jesus. Thanks for letting me be a part of your stories.

7/23/18

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key passage 

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17

lesson 

While We Wait | 2 Peter 3: 1-13

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: How do we live while waiting for Jesus to return? 

We remember God’s truth, grow in godliness, and spread the gospel.

CHRIST CONNECTION: Some people thought the believers were foolish for thinking Jesus is coming again.  Peter explained that God is patient, and He wants everyone to trust in Jesus. At just the right time, Jesus will come again, and we look forward to the day when He creates the new heavens and a new earth.

Read 2 Peter 3: 1-13

Questions for family discussion

1. Why does it seem God is slow in sending Jesus back to earth?

2. What is the real reason Jesus has not returned yet?

3. Why is Jesus’ return important to believers?

upcoming events

August 5-Popsicles at the Playground

August 19-Discover Milestone

September 9-Family Fun Night

September 16-Kids Rock U begins

October 28-Trunk or Treat

Hiding God's Word

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If you’re like me you desire to memorize scripture but don’t know where to start, or just don’t think you can do it.  David Mathis, from desiringGod.org, has written an article on how to start the process. I really liked his take on keeping a verse “warm” and hidden in your heart.  That hidden verse becomes a sword of Spirit that you have ready to deploy when the enemy strikes.

He suggests starting with one-sentence verses that can be memorized easily and hidden in your heart.  He was even gracious enough to list 10 verses to begin memorization of the Word.

Attached is the article, with the hope that it gives you the confidence to choose a verse that pertains to your situation, or one that you can hide for a time in the future. Hiding God’s Word in your heart is one sure way of throwing off the evil in this world when it strikes.  I’m going to be with you on this journey of memorization, stop by and let me know how you are doing.

https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/ten-gospel-verses-to-keep-warm

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Page McGaughey - I'm a former elementary/special education teacher, mother of all boys, grandmother to 7. I love books and Folgers Medium Roast coffee. I live in Darlington, IN with my husband of 34 years, Jerry.

7/16/18

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key passage 

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17

lesson 

Remember God's Truth | Jude 3-4, 17-25

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: How do we live while waiting for Jesus to return? 

We remember God’s truth, grow in godliness, and spread the gospel.

CHRIST CONNECTION: Jude warned the early Christians that some people would try to divide them by sinning and by teaching things that weren’t true.  Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life-the One who protects His people from sin. Because of Jesus, we will be able to stand before God with joy.

Read Jude 

Questions for family discussion

1. What does this story teach me about God or the gospel?

2. What does this story teach me about myself?

3 Are there any commands in this story to obey?  How are they for God’s glory and my good?

4. Are there any promises in this story to remember?  How do they help me trust and love God?

5. How does this story help me to live on mission better?

upcoming events 

August 5-Popsicles at the Playground

August 19-Discover Milestone

September 9-Family Fun Night

September 16-Kids Rock U begins

October 28-Trunk or Treat

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Summer please slow down!!! Do you feel summer slipping away quickly? It seems that after the Fourth of July time flies by! Well, ready or not, school will be starting in a month.

Yes you read that right! School starts in a month!

If you have preschoolers, they have a bit more time – like maybe a week or two longer of summer.  (:

Ok – so you’re thinking what’s the big deal? - When school starts, there’s no more sleeping in late, staying in jammies all day, getting a snack whenever.  To have a smoother transition into school routines the time to start is now! Here’s a few suggestions:

-      If summer bedtime has been later than during the school year, gradually work back into the earlier time.  

-      Begin to set earlier wake up times if sleeping in has been the summer norm.

-      Set limits on snacking throughout the day. Offer a snack mid-morning and mid-afternoon and leave it at that.

-      Encourage your child to eat a healthy breakfast. Talk about lunch at school and set a plan in place for packing lunches or purchasing school lunch.

-      Get out those pencils, crayons, and scissors. Practice writing names, letters, numbers, etc.

-      Enjoy books together by reading aloud and talking about the stories.

-      Review skills – math facts, letter sounds, sight words, shapes, colors, letters, numbers –Have fun with it!

-      Invite your children’s friends and families over and have an end of the summer bash. Celebrate the beginning of the school year with anticipation of a great time!

-      Be sure to start the school year off on a positive note! Talk with your child about what school will be like if especially if they are entering a new phase (Kindergarten, middle school, etc.)

-      Lastly, but most importantly, pray for your child, their teachers, and school administration every day before your child leaves for school.

 

Hopefully by implementing these ideas, your kiddos (and you) will have a smooth transition to school!

        

 

 

 

Patty Emmert- I am a former Kindergarten teacher, current preschool teacher and children’s ministry director. I am the mother of 4 grown sons and grandmother to 10! I realize the importance of getting kids started off on a positive track in school. I'd like to offer some fun, simple ways to help you do that for your child!

7/9/18

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key passage 

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17

lesson 

Paul Gave Hope | 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: How do we live while waiting for Jesus to return? 

We remember God’s truth, grow in godliness, and spread the gospel.

CHRIST CONNECTION:   For centuries, God’s people had heard about the Day of the Lord. It was often a warning to point people back to God instead of worshiping idols. The prophets in the Old Testament told about the Day of the Lord, a day when God would come to judge the world and save His people. Paul said that in the future, on the Day of the Lord, Jesus will return for His people and judge the wicked. Believers live with hope, knowing that Jesus will come again.

Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11

Questions for family discussion

1. What does this story teach me about God or the gospel?

2. What does this story teach me about myself?

3 Are there any commands in this story to obey?  How are they for God’s glory and my good?

4. Are there any promises in this story to remember?  How do they help me trust and love God?

5. How does this story help me to live on mission better?

upcoming events 

August 5-Popsicles at the Playground

August 19-Discover Milestone

September 9-Family Fun Night

September 16-Kids Rock U begins

October 28-Trunk or Treat

 

 

7/1/18

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key passage 

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."  2 Timothy 3:16-17

lesson 

Paul's Letters to Philemon | Philemon 8-22

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: How do we live while waiting for Jesus to return? 

We remember God’s truth, grow in godliness, and spread the gospel.

CHRIST CONNECTION:  Paul offered to pay Onesimus’ debt to make peace between him and Philemon. In this way, Paul acted like Jesus, who makes peace between God and man.  Jesus took the punishment we deserve for our sin. He paid our debt so that we can be forgiven and welcomed by God.

Read Philemon 8-22 

Questions for family discussion

 

1. How did Onesimus change after he met Paul?

2. Why is it sometimes hard to forgive people who have wronged us?

3. How have you been forgiven?  How do you feel when someone forgives you?

upcoming events 

August 5-Popsicles at the Playground

August 19-Discover Milestone

 

6/24/18

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key passage 

"It is my eager expectation and hope that...Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain." Phil 11:20-21

lesson

Paul Made Much of Jesus | Colossians 1:15-23

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: When should we tell others about Jesus? 

We should always tell others about Jesus, even when it is difficult. 

CHRIST CONNECTION:  Paul encouraged believers by reminding them that Jesus is great.  Jesus is God’s Son, and He died on the cross to rescue people from sin.  The gospel is true, and Jesus is all we need.

Read: Colossians 1:15-2:3

Questions for family discussion

1. Name three things that are true about Jesus.

2. What are some things people might do to try to make themselves right with God?  Why can’t people save themselves?

3. In a few sentences, how would you tell someone the good news about Jesus (See Colossians 1:19-22)

upcoming events 

June 25,26,27 - KIDS ROCK LOVE Week

July 1-Popsicles at the Playground

August 5-Popsicles at the Playground

August 19-Discover Milestone

Kids and Bible Reading

A W Tozer is quoted as saying “Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.”

In the Kids Rock department, this summer the book Nothing Less, Engaging Kids in a Lifetime of Faith by Jana Magruder is being studied.  Many thought provoking and interesting statistics are given to show the complexity of holding onto child-like faith as one develops into a young adult.  

As we read this week, one statistic stood out from all the rest and gave immeasurable hope for the development of God loving young adults.  That statistic was the regular reading of God’s word. Statistics show that children regularly reading their bible was the biggest spiritual influencers and predictor for stronger and spiritually health young adults.  “The Bible points us to Jesus, the only true Way, so this first influencer makes perfect sense. Regular Bible reading makes the greatest difference in a child’s long term spiritual health. (Lifeway Research, Nothing Less Study, 2016).

The first link below shows just what a child, at various ages, can comprehend about 10 key categories (God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Bible, Salvation, Creation, Church, People, Family, Community and World).  Check it out, it is so informative and offers such great insight.

The second provides milestone Bible skills for students at all ages.  Some examples are “Using Scripture Memory with Kids, The Most Important Verses, Church/Parent Connection, and Foundational Stories. Again, this link offers many great thoughts and ideas that are also age appropriate.

My hope is that through the tools that you and your family are given through Kids Rock and the helps below, Bible reading can become a regular event, if it hasn’t been thus far.  It is so important, for both parent and child.

Blessings to you and your family as you search out your routine for studying God’s word and equipping the Saints as they progress through childhood and on into the adult world.

Levels of Biblical Learning: www.lifeway.com/levelsofbiblicallearning

Bible Skills for Kids: www.lifeway.com/bibleskillsforkids

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Page McGaughey - I'm a former elementary/special education teacher, mother of all boys, grandmother to 7. I love books and Folgers Medium Roast coffee. I live in Darlington, IN with my husband of 34 years, Jerry.

6/17/18

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key passage

"It is my eager expectation and hope that...Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.  For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain." Phil 11:20-21

lesson

Paul's Joy In Prison | Philippians 1:12-30

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: When should we tell others about Jesus? 

We should always tell others about Jesus, even when it is difficult.

God used Paul’s difficult circumstances to spread the gospel and build the church. Paul knew that because Jesus suffered to bring salvation to the world, believers doing God’s work would suffer too.

Read Philippians 1:12-30

Questions for family discussion

1. Who wrote the book of Philippians?

2. Was Paul afraid or embarrassed to share the gospel?

3. What make Paul rejoice?

4. What kind of life should a believer live?

upcoming events

June 25,26,27 - KIDS ROCK LOVE Week

July 1 - Popsicles at the Playground

August 5 - Popsicles at the Playground

August 19 - Discover Milestone

LOVE WEEK IS COMING!

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We have just finished up our EQUIP/ CAMP OUT where the kids learned about loving Jesus and following Him as the Light of the World. Love Jesus and love people!

A great way to teach your kids the concept of loving others is by serving others. How about doing this through the LOVE WEEK KIDS ROCK events? You can register your kids for these events by going to myrpchurch.org.  Go to the events tab, LOVE WEEK, and projects.

On Monday, June 25, 10am-12pm, KIDS ROCK will be partnering with the Senior Adults as they pack boxes for Operation Christmas Child. This event is for 3rd-5th graders.  If your child is not in this age group, another way to support this event is to donate items for the boxes. Have your younger kids pick out items they want to donate. Visit the LOVE WEEK sign up site to choose from a list of items. Bring the donated items to the table outside of KIDS ROCK the week prior to June 25.

On Tuesday, June 26, 12:30-2:30pm ages 2 years through 2nd graders will be making items for the Animal Welfare League. We will be making dog treats, and various dog and cat toys.  We will have a special guest at the end of the event (:

Wednesday evening, June 27, 6-8pm kids in Kindergarten – 5th grade will be serving with KIDS AGAINST HUNGER as they mix and package protein meal packets. The packets are shipped to places in Indiana and even around the world.

So sign up and bring the kids out for these events and help them share the love of Jesus with others right here at home and around the world!! “Jesus is the Light! Follow Him!”

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Patty Emmert- I am a former Kindergarten teacher, current preschool teacher and children’s ministry director. I am the mother of 4 grown sons and grandmother to 10! I realize the importance of getting kids started off on a positive track in school. I'd like to offer some fun, simple ways to help you do that for your child!

6/10/18

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key passage

"It is my eager expectation and hope that...Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.  For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain." Phil 11:20-21

lesson 

The Shipwreck | Acts 27:13-44; 28:11-16

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: When should we tell others about Jesus? 

We should always tell others about Jesus, even when it is difficult.

Paul trusted God to keep His promise to rescue them from the storm.  He encouraged the sailors to trust and obey God, too. God called Paul to trust Him in a tough situation.  God also wants us to trust His Son, Jesus, who died to rescue us from sin and death, and to tell others this good news. (Gospel Project)

Read: ACTS 27:13-44; 28:11-16

Questions for family discussion

What does this story teach me about God or the gospel?

What does this story teach me about myself?

Who can I tell this story? 

upcoming events

June 10 - 11 Equip Conference / Kids’ Rock Camp

June 17 - Dedicate Milestone (during worship)

June 25,26,27 - KIDS ROCK LOVE Week

July 1-Popsicles at the Playground

August 5-Popsicles at the Playground

August 19-Discover Milestone

Summer Tunes - Kids Rock Style

You’ve experienced it. I know you have. Christian kids music. I was introduced to it three summers ago in the form of “Wee Sing Bible Songs.” We were taking a quick trip to Lafayette and the CD changer in our CRV changed discs. And through the speakers, I heard a cacophony of high-pitched voices, sounding faintly human, and singing about how Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam. It was the perfect mix of creepy and terrible. So, with unpleasant memories of “It’s a Small World” flooding my mind, I dreamed of opening the vehicle door, jumping, and landing in a perfect roll into the ditch. But luckily, my body’s fight instinct took over, and, hitting every button on the dash, begging for it to cease, I ended it. It ceased. A calm stillness with joy in its midst came over the car. I looked over at my lovely wife, and mouthed, never again. Whatever that was...no. Please, no.

I made it my goal, at that moment, to find kids music that did not make me envious of elevators, department stores, and the dentist. Now, you may love Wee Sing and their musical compadres, and that’s fine. You do you, but if you’re looking for music that the whole family can dig, music that won’t make you wonder if rolling down your windows is a disservice to the rest of humanity, and that might actually encourage and teach your kiddos more about God, then keep reading and start listening:

  • The Rizers –– Created by some punk rockers turned fathers, all with similar aversions to kids music, The Rizers is a fun animated band that your kids will seriously dig. Each song employs catchy pop music to different passages of Scripture. Your family learns the Bible, your head stays bobbing, and no one hits the eject button (of the vehicle or CD player). (Also, be sure to check out the music videos on RightNow Media through your Rock Point subscription!)
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  • Sovereign Grace Kids –– My new favorite kids group to hit the market, this band has produced two excellent albums that you and your kids will love. Making use of a wide variety of genres, their first album –– “The Ology” –– has each song musing on a different doctrine or topic of the Christian faith. Their second album, which just happens to align perfectly with our Summer sermons series, tackles a different parable in every song. Lyrically brilliant, and musically engaging, you’ll definitely want to pick up both of these albums.
  • Slugs and Bugs –– As you might have guessed from the title, this series of albums are by far the wackiest and most fun of the bunch. Don’t believe me, go listen to “Mexican Rhapsody” right now and get back with me. Did you do it? I’m not kidding. Go. Done? Good. Kinda amazing isn’t it. Don’t tell me you didn’t like that a little bit. And you’re kids, they’re going to LOVE it. These dudes love Jesus, even though every song may not be directly about Jesus. But let’s be honest, sometimes you just need a good belly laugh.

 

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There you have it and you’re welcome. Get the family in the wagon, roll down those minivan windows, turn up that bass, and enjoy the summer.  

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Jeff Strickland-I am the Discipleship Pastor at Rock Point and a current PhD student at Southern Seminary. I am the father of an energetic, slightly crazy, talkative, and hilarious little man, Carson Nolan. Thankfully, he has an incredible mom, my patient and truly kind wife, Stephanie. Expect my posts to reflect our parenting endeavor and to often be a little on the nerdy side.

 

6/3/18

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key passage 

"It is my eager expectation and hope that...Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.  For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain." Phil 11:20-21

lesson 

Paul Before Rulers | Acts 24:22-27; 25:1-14; 26:24-32

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: When should we tell others about Jesus? 

We should always tell others about Jesus, even when it is difficult.

Paul knew that Jesus is the true ruler of all. God had chosen Paul to take the gospel to Gentiles, kings, and the Israelites. Paul met with people again and again to tell the good news about Jesus. He wanted everyone to believe that Jesus is Lord. Because Jesus has the power to save people from sin, Paul was willing to do whatever it took to share the gospel. (Gospel Project)

Read:  Acts 24:22-27; 25:1-14; 26:24-32

Questions for family discussion

What does this story teach me about God or the gospel?

What does this story teach me about myself?

Who can I tell this story?

upcoming events 

June 10 - 11 Equip Conference / Kids’ Rock Camp

June 17 - Dedicate Milestone (during worship)

June 25,26,27 - KIDS ROCK LOVE Week

Home Helps with Holly

I came across this blog post on Risen Motherhood, a blog that encourages and challenges moms to apply the gospel in their everyday parenting. I have found so much encouragement from this blog! Being home part-time, it is easy to get lost in mundane housework and routine at home. There is purpose mamas! Here are some highlights from a recent post on Risen Motherhood! For the full post, see the link below.

“Mom friends—you’re doing it. You’re fulfilling the work of ministry God has planned for you! He’s given you a wonderful gift in your children, and though the days feel long and nights, even longer, this is precisely where he wants you. Right here with your kids.

You’re exactly where you should be.

We can’t foresee all that will happen, but we can anticipate our hearts—our struggles, anxieties, and fears—and proactively preach God’s Word to ourselves.

When you struggle with feeling depleted from lack of sleep, remember that God’s grace is sufficient for each moment, that he will give you what you need with every breath you take.

When you struggle with choosing motherhood over other things, remember that for everything there is a season, perfectly planned by God for the advance of his purposes in the world.

When you struggle with a sense of purpose in the routine, remember that motherhood is a calling from God, an important work of faith and labor of love that images Jesus Christ.

When you struggle with guilt over time in God’s word, know that the basis of your salvation isn’t dependent on this, but on Christ.

You and I can embrace our need for an all-sufficient, perfectly wise Lord and Savior in this unique season of motherhood.

We can praise God for a new grasp of what it means to cling to him—because we know that when we are weak, he is strong.”

https://www.risenmotherhood.com/blog/moms-embrace-your-need

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Holly Line - I am currently the Children’s Assistant and Rock Paper Scissors Preschool Assistant at Rock Point Church. I am mama to a very active toddler, Warren. If we are not at home, you can find us at the pool with my swim coach husband, Ian.  I love coffee, all things crafty, and being outside. As first-time parents, my husband and I are learning the ropes of parenting and I hope to share our experiences along the way!  

 

 

 

 

 

5/27/18

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key passage 

"It is my eager expectation and hope that...Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.  For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain." Phil 11:20-21

lesson 

The Plan to Stop Paul | Acts 23 

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: When should we tell others about Jesus? 

We should always tell others about Jesus, even when it is difficult.

Even when others threatened his life, Paul continued to obey Jesus.  He believed that God, who showed His love for the world by sending His Son to die on the cross and rise again, would help him through hard times.  We too can risk everything to share the gospel with courage because we know that God loves us and will care for us.

Questions for family discussion

Why do you think some people oppose the gospel?

What are you willing to risk to tell people about Jesus? Why?

Can anything stop God’s plan? (Job 42:2)

How does the above encourage you to trust and obey Him?

upcoming events 

June 3 - Promotion Sunday

June 3 - Popsicles at the Playground

June 3 - Dedicate Milestone Class

June 10 - 11 Equip Conference / Kids’ Rock Camp

June 17 - Dedicate Milestone (during worship)

June 25,26,27 - KIDS ROCK LOVE Week