Praying for Our Schools: What Would Our Students Pray for?

I remember putting my hand over my heart every morning and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. I remember the smell of freshly sharpened pencils and the thrill of eating ice cream cups on special days. I remember the cliques and even worrying about who liked who all the way back in kindergarten. School. I remember the joys and the struggles.

This year, I want to remember to pray all year long for our country’s schools. No matter what grade they are in, teachers and students face struggles, dangers, and pressures. It grieves my heart to think that ... 

 

 

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Bible Outlines for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

Matthew Ch. 14  Be strong in faith: apply the truth to the situation at hand, and act on it.

v.1-12  Don’t stop short of faith: repent when you have sinned, and set things right.
v.13-21  Do the impossible: use the resources that Jesus makes available to you, to complete the assignment that He has given you. ...

 

 

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Lessons from Home

De-Stressing

We had another “stress test” recently. A plumbing problem upstairs caused water to pour through a downstairs light fixture onto a wood floor that isn’t supposed to get wet. That started six weeks of dust, claustrophobia, and waiting for things to be fixed.

I have fresh evidence that stress can be caused by impatience, uncertainty, and the “gloomies,” and I’m trying to apply the following “Lessons from Home.”

1. Displace impatience with a ...

 

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Worshipping God through Our Creations

Guest blogger and friend Tessa Emily Hall shares about writing and how to keep it God-centered. If you write fiction or non-fiction (or if you paint, draw, sing, or serve God in any way), I hope you find inspiration and motivation to write and serve for a special purpose! Now from Tessa…

I first discovered my love to create when I was a toddler. Every time I was bored I would ask my mom, who was an art teacher, to lead me into a new craft. The stirring to create grew each time I completed a new project that consisted of finger-painting, play-dough, or even making a doll out of paper and stuffing it with napkins (my mom didn’t help me with that one ;)).

However, when I was three, my desire to make crafts transformed into a new desire to create stories when my mom suggested that I write a book. I began filling pages and pages with illustrations, dictating my stories to her.

That drive to create never faded. ... 

 

 

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Bible Outlines for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

Acts: Be a God-directed witness.

OR  Be God-directed and God-empowered in your contributions to His family and for His kingdom.

Ch. 26  What will Jesus send you to say to someone who doesn’t know God?
v.1-3      “You are permitted to speak for yourself” (v.1).
v.4-11     Tell them your personal testimony/background (tell them about yourself). ...
 

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Waiting on God: Seeing the Hidden Blessings

I have felt recently like I’m in limbo. Waiting has become a habit of life, but not one I usually get excited about. That’s changing.

When we wait on God, we get His blessings down the road, but more importantly, we get Him now. We seek Him harder than we would have otherwise. We understand better who He is and what’s He capable of doing. Maybe at first, we cling to Him because we think that’s our only option. But then we want to cling to Him and follow Him more than pursuing our own whims and selfish desires. Our dependence on Him grows, and we want what He can make out of our lives, not what we can do with it. 

 

 

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Bible Outlines for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

Matthew Chapter 12

The book of Matthew has some of my favorite application. Chapter 12 helps us to understand Jesus’ ministry to us today.

Matthew Ch.12  Don’t be blind to, or bound from, the greatness of Jesus’ ministry.
                                             (blinded by legalism or Satan)
                                                                 (bound by Satan, evil, refusing the truth, or lack of repentance)

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v.1-13    Don’t be so legalistic, that you can’t be directed by Jesus to do good,
                    to be kind and helpful, to heal, to rescue, and to restore as whole.

v.14-21  Jesus’ ministry is greater than ...

 

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Limbo!

By Erin Elizabeth Austin

I have the privilege today of posting a guest blog by a good writer friend, Erin Elizabeth Austin. We met at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference two years ago, and since then, I have been greatly encouraged by her brave spirit and beautiful words. The topic for today’s post is timely for me, and I hope it encourages you too!

Did you ever play the game Limbo when you were a kid? You know the one I’m talking about the game where two people stand holding the opposite ends of a yardstick or broom while a line of people see if they can go underneath the stick without bending forward or touching the stick. The point of the game is to see how flexible people are, something that’s fun when you’re a child, but not so much when you’re an adult.

I’ve always been very flexible, which made Limbo one of the few games I won in gym class. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same thing for life.  ...

 

 

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Bible Studies

Application, Application!! – Part 2

Here are the other two chapters of Philippians in outline form for reading, discussion groups, or teaching. Are they understandable by themselves or do they need a teacher to explain them?

Philippians:  How to Rejoice While You Work

Chapter 3  Adjust your mindset upward.
v.1-6       Put no confidence in the flesh.
v.7-11    Count all things as loss compared to knowing Christ. . . .

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Bloom

 

I’m waiting for it to bloom. My dad surprised me by planting a hydrangea bush in the flower beds. What’s the color of the future buds? Blue, my favorite.

Right now it’s just a stubby little stick. But it’s taller than it was a month ago. If you didn’t know it was there, you would probably step on it if you were weeding the beds. Little but stout.

Some hopes of mine are little and stubby, but I trust God that they will bloom. ...

 

 

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