March: Honesty

On the one hand, honesty is simple.  It always involves a choice.
We choose to tell the truth or to lie. Honesty is ordinary, too.
Because every one of us, from Adam and Eve to you and I, chooses to be honest or dishonest on a daily basis.

On the other hand, honesty (and therefore dishonesty) is complex and intriguing.  You can be honest (or dishonest) in your words, actions, and attitudes.  You can be honest (or dishonest) in what you don’t say or do, as well. You can set out to lie, and you can go along with someone else’s lie.
And then there are the multitudes of motives for two-faced, duplicitous, and deceptive dealings.

So simple, honesty, but not always easy! Else no one would weave him- or herself into a tangled web in the first place.

Which is why, come March, we’ll be talking about honesty and some of the very practical reasons God teaches and guides us to be honest:

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When you’re not truthful, you hurt the people you should care about most.Joseph’s brothers practiced so many forms of deceit in that whole sell-your-brother-as-a-slave episode you’ll weave quite a web recounting them all. (Genesis 37; 45)

March 14

Lying to hurt someone else really hurts YOU. Haman’s perfidious plot backfired on him. (Esther 3-5; 7)

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Truthfulness builds friendships; dishonesty tears them down. Jesus gave even wee, little, fraudulent Zacchaeus a do-over. (Luke 19)

March 28

You can lie so much you forget what matters. Treacherous Judas forgot, or deceived himself, about what matters most. (Matthew 26; 27)

We hope that you come out and join us in March as we take a look at Honesty at Sunday Night Live. Remember, you can come to dinner (downstairs) and then come upstairs for SNL. The doors open downstairs at 5:30 with the meal beginning at 5:45. Our doors open a little before 6:00 for fellowship and we kick off at 6:15.

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December Virtue: Compassion

In December, we are going to be looking at Compassion. I think that this is a great virtue to take a look at, as we enter into December and focus on God and what He did for us and continues to do for us.

Please come on out and share this time with us. We will be meeting three weeks this month: December 6th, 13th, and 20th. We will take the 27th off for the Christmas Weekend.

Cooperation

Yesterday, we finished up our November’s virtue. The virtue for the month was Cooperation. I really enjoyed this month. I thought that the videos were excellent and the bible stories were great and ones that we do not hear all the time.

The progression from last month to this month and the future month is great as well. If you remember, in October, we talked about Individuality. This month, it was cooperation and next month, we are looking at Compassion.

It is very important for us to remember that each one of you have a gift that you can use. When we pull our gifts together, we can do so much more. Then, when we do this with passion, wow —– what a combination.

We are going to have a great time looking at the virtue of compassion and we hope to see you there.

November 1st: Mission Impossible

On Sunday, November 1st, we took a look at Mission Impossible. Here are some of the highlight points:

Virtue

Cooperation: Working together to do more than you can do alone.

Memory Verse

Two people are better than one. they can help each other in everything they do. Ecclesiastes 4:9

Bible Story

Mission Impossible: Nehemiah and the Wall

Bottom Line

Doing the undoable takes more than me

November: Virtue & Scripture

We are in November !!!

I cannot believe that we are already there, it is amazing how fast time flies.  Our virtue for the month is going to be cooperation and our scripture is from the Old Testament – Ecclesiastics. Below are the posters. We look forward to seeing you. Below the posters, we have the outlie for the month:

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November 1: Doing the undoable takes more than me.

November 8: Look for waysto help somebody succeed.

November 15:  Friends who trust God work together to change lives.

November 22: God saw our greatest needs. Whose needs do you see?

Children: Wisdom

Treasure Hunt

What’s more precious than jewels but available to all who seek it? Screams to get your attention but eludes you if you ignore it? Has a definite starting point but knows no end? Here’s a hint:

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YES! It’s wisdom, which is finding out what you should do and doing it. God says if you accept His words and store up His commands inside you, tune your ear to wisdom and apply your heart to understanding, call out for insight and search for it as you would for hidden treasure, then you will find out how to know Him. He is the one who gives wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, the one who stores up success for His followers, the one who shields them from harm, guards their paths, and leads them in the right direction. (See Proverbs 2:1-11. In fact, see all of Proverbs for a whole trove of the treasures of wisdom.) Put that way, who in his right mind wouldn’t dig wisdom? Dig for wisdom? Dig and dig for wisdom?

So in September, we’ll be on the hunt for gems of wisdom, helping kids understand that God wants to give you wisdom. Wisdom is worth searching for. If you want to be wise, hang out with wise people. And wisdom is knowing AND doing.

So get your shovel out and let’s go dig for wisdom. It’s worth it.

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September is a short month for us. We only have two weeks but during those two weeks, we are going to take a look at wisdom.

Wisdom: finding out what you should do and doing it.