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BIBLE PARENT NUGGET Matthew 22:36-38

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment."

What is this saying to us?

• Nothing should come before our love for God. Nothing. Period. The essence of your relationship with the Lord should be out of your love for Him. 

• How is that love reflected each day? First through our worship of Him followed by all our actions lining up with His word.

• If your children do not see your love for God, authentically worshipping Him, and living that out in your actions then we are kidding ourselves. As parents we are to set the right example of how to love God. 

Rejoicing and worshipping God is a way of life not a once a week exercise. 

Lord we love you. We put you first place in our hearts, in our homes, and above all of our relationships. Help us to be an example of this love as we worship you every day. In Jesus name. Amen.

BIBLE PARENT NUGGET Psalm 8:2

““Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies."

What is this saying to the parent?

  • It is saying that when your children praise the Lord their praise is working on your behalf against the enemy.

  • WOW! Now here is a key you don’t want to lose.

Lord give us a heart of praise that we may teach our children how to praise and worship you because we truly love and adore you for who you are.

VIP Experience
2020

We are inviting parents to come inside their child’s classroom and experience them learning about the Kingdom of God. 

For this VIP experience simply choose a service to join us according to the following schedule. When you check in your child, inform the Xpress desk and they will give you a VIP Pass and a special gift for you. 

We hope to get to know you just a little bit better through our time with you and your children. See you in the classroom!

VIP Schedule

February – BIBLE BABIES

March – WONDERFUL ONES

April – TRANSFORMED TWOS

May – TRIUMPHANT THREES

June – FRUITFUL FOURS

July – KINGDOM KIDS

August – UPTOWN

September – RAINBOWS

October – DAISIES/PRIMS

November – STARS

December – ROYAL RANGERS

God has a special place in His heart for children

Children are on the Heart of God, as we see in Matthew 18: 3

“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children,  you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”  Here Jesus was not saying that only children can enter into the Kingdom, but He was saying He loves the humility, persistence, curiosity, trust, and transparency of children, and they demonstrate faith qualities Jesus desires in all His followers.  Besides being exhorted to imitate children, Jesus also teaches His followers how we should treat children: to welcome, protect, and evangelize them.  

He teaches that those involved in mistreating children are to be dealt with in the strongest of terms.  He becomes indignant when His disciples, thinking the children will be a distraction, hinder the children from coming to Jesus to be blessed.  He is concerned for their souls, that not “any of these little ones should be lost.”  Clearly, Jesus’ message to His followers is that God loves all children and holds a  special place in His heart for them!

How does faith please God?

Hebrews 11:6

By faith the worlds were framed- God was pleased! This was Gods plan.

By faith Able offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice- Able brought honor to God, not himself. Again Gods plan.

By faith Enoc – He walked with God. Gods plan for man is to walk with Him!

By faith Noah – obeyed God rather than man. This is Gods plan for all of mankind.

By faith Abraham- obeyed his calling rather than his father’s inheritance. Again this is Gods plan for everyone.

By faith Sarah received strength- She overcame the natural tendencies of the flesh.

By faith Moses- accepted his calling. Are you getting it?

By faith the walls of Jericho fell- Gods plan for you and your children is greater than any fortified obstacle in your way when you stay in faith!

Be sure to teach your children that God moves in mighty ways when he sees them apply their faith in God. What is your testimony? What in your life has happened by faith? Share that to your children and let your testimony be a living example to your family of how faith pleases God.

Have some family fun learning about the Fruit of the Spirit

“All parents desire that their children have love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, kindness, and self-control..”  

As Christian parents, it is important that we train our children to develop the fruit of the spirit because it’s the evidence of what lives inside of us. 

Spend several evenings at the dinner table  discussing each fruit of the spirit.  

Take time as a family to memorize Galatians 5:22 then use some of the following ideas to help cultivate Christ-likeness (fruit of the spirit) in your home.

Great Grace is upon us all!

Need more Grace?  How about GREAT Grace? (Acts 4:33) 

Tired of Lack? (4:34)  Ready to see the church grow? (5:14)

All of these things are available to the church body as a result of being filled with the Holy Spirit (vs. 31) and working together with the rest of the body. (vs.32) Unity and working together provide an atmosphere where God will move. He always responds to the ministry of His word. In KidzTown the Word is consistently ministered to all children, but we also need the help of the parents. This is a great opportunity to serve together in unity, with parents coming alongside the regular KidzTown workers to support the ministry by working one service a month.

The Book of Acts shows us repeatedly that when the Body of Christ works together and the Gospel is taught, God will move mightily in His people. We can be sure that in working together, we are building the Kingdom. Join us today to help build His Kingdom by becoming a KidzTown parent worker. Complete a worker application today at Information Central (located in the Narthex) and we will contact you about when and how to get started.

And remember… together, we make KidzTown great!

Growing up, up, up, up!

God wants you to GROW UP! He wants you to be more like Jesus and demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit in your life everyday. Even the plants and flowers around the world know they must grow up. In the experiment below you’ll see that no matter which way you turn a bean it will always grow upward. God wants you to be like this bean and grow up no matter what is going on in your life.

What you’ll need: glass or plastic jar, potting soil, lima bean seeds, water, black paper, tape, plastic wrap, and a rubber band.

What to do: Fill your jar with potting soil, and push a seed right next to the side of the jar where it can easily be seen. Place more seeds around the jar where they can also be seen. Moisten the soil with water, and check daily to see if the seeds have begun to sprout. Once the seeds have sprouted, cover the outside of the jar with black paper. Make a lid for the jar with plastic wrap and a rubber band. For the next 12 days, check the moisture level of the soil each day or two and add a little water whenever needed to keep the soil moist.

To begin the position changing experiment, lay the jar on its side for 3 days. After 3 days, turn the jar upside down and keep it that way for the next 3 days. Then lay the jar on its side again for 3 days. Finally, set the jar right side up for the last 3 days. After the 12 days of position changing, remove the black paper. You will discover that the beans kept changing their growth pattern in order to keep growing upward even though there was no light to show them which way was up.

Focus on Prayer and Fasting

With January being our church wide focus on Prayer and Fasting, I want to be sure that you are communicating the importance of this to your children. The Uptown department has just completed a 12 week study on prayer. So your Uptown child should know how to pray and hear the Lord. Please encourage them by spending a few minutes each week praying with them. Allow them to pray with you and for you. Perhaps if there are family needs they can add their faith to yours for them to begin to see how God answers prayer to meet your needs as well. Be sure to tell them when the answer comes and together give thanks to God for the answered prayer. This year in Kids Town we are believing for growth. Please stand with us in prayer as we watch God do amazing works through His body here at FLM.

New Year’s Goals Aren’t Just for Dad and Mom.

January is the time when everyone senses the need for new goals. It’s important that our kids learn to set goals as well. Here are a few ideas to guide your children in the goal setting adventure.

Help your child set one short-term goal that can be completed in a week with a long-term reason. Example: exercise 20 minutes each day so that I can become healthier and reduce stress. Write down and post each step. Example: jog for 15 minutes, 20 push-ups, and stretches. Mark progress. Use a printed calendar to check off each day that the goal was completed. Evaluate. After one week look at progress and talk about how to improve for the following week. It’s okay to miss a day of exercise. We need to teach our kids that life happens sometimes. It’s important to set new goals each week even if we weren’t perfect the week prior. Add more. As your kids develop great goal setting habits, they can begin adding more weekly goals. 

Bonus! It’s always nice to get a reward for a completed goal. Most importantly, set goals for developing our relationship with God.  Some examples would be win someone to the Lord, pray 15 minutes a day, attend church faithfully, be a tither and a giver.

Christmas & Prophecy

Did you know that Christmas is a great time for you to teach your children about prophecy? Hopefully they are well aware of why we celebrate Christmas and why exactly it should be “the happiest time of the year”. But don’t forget to include a great lesson on the power of prophecy. Isaiah prophesied the following hundreds of years prior to the birth of Jesus.

Isaiah 7:14 says “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign; Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son and shall call His name Immanuel.”

Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father Prince of Peace.”

Begin to prophecy over your children what God has shown to you in your heart. Pray with the Spirit and with the understanding. When you speak forth these words of life over your child it releases His word to go out… and come back accomplished as a fulfilled prophesy.

Isaiah 55:11 “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall accomplish what I please and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

Matt 1:23, Luke 1:31, John 1:45, Rev 12:5, Luke 2:7, 11, John 3:16, 1 John 4:9

Have a very blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas!

The Prayer Jar

Kids in today’s world can get caught up in “worry.” The Bible makes it very clear that God does not want us worrying, but instead, trusting in Him. Here is a simple, but very meaningful activity that can help your children learn to cast their cares on Jesus.

Find a good-size jar and label it “The Prayer Jar.”

When you or one of your children have a worry, write it down and put it in the jar. That night, before you go to sleep, pray with your child about the concern. Ask God for peace and for help. After a few weeks, empty the jar together, and rejoice at how many prayers God has answered! Don’t forget to give Him thanks and praise, and share your testimony to encourage someone else’s faith! As your child grows older, they will really be able to trust in God and not worry, but be happy!  Hmm…. that sounds like a good song!

You’re righteous based on what Jesus has done for you!

As we jump into the season and all that it brings, life can get very hectic and we can sometimes feel overwhelmed when trying to keep up. Often times, that’s when your enemy—the devil—will come at you through voices of accusation. He attacks your position of righteousness.  It’s your righteousness stance that allows you to operate in God’s power. If he can get you to resign your position of righteousness, you’ll resign from your place of power. Remember, the Bible calls him “the accuser of the brethren” (Revelation 12:10).

Let’s say, for example, that you have a bad thought, or you lost your temper and acted out of character, or you missed reading your Bible for three straight days. He’ll come to accuse you of not being righteous, of being a hypocrite. So what do you do when the voices of accusation show up?

What you have to remember is that you’re not righteous based on what you did or didn’t do. You’re righteous based on what Jesus has done for you!

If you’re a Believer, God made you righteous the day you became born again (Romans 5:19). God made you righteous, so you have a right to His grace in a time of need (Hebrews 4:16). Open your mouth and say, “I’m the righteousness of God in Christ! ” “But if it is by grace (His unmerited favor and graciousness), it is no longer conditioned on works or anything men have done. Otherwise, grace would no longer be grace [it would be meaningless]” (Romans 11:6, AMP).

Family Check-Up

As parents, we are great at making sure our kids see their dentist every six months, get their immunizations, and have their eyes checked. We want to make sure we are doing our part to help with long-term health. It’s just as important to have family check-ups as it is to have clean teeth. Use the following questions to guide your family check-up.

Are there any areas that your family needs a “booster”?

Do your children see and hear you worship the Lord? Does your family read the bible and discuss what you read? Are extra- curricular activities drawing your family closer to God or away from Kingdom activities? Have you checked in with your child’s teacher lately?