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" . . . be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain" 1 CO 15:58.
From the time we begin to walk and talk, we are tempted to choose our way of living and making our own choices, and not God's way of living or choosing his ways. Our parents didn't have to teach us to do wrong, because we are sinful from birth. When we are young, we might be tempted to steal a cookie or disobey our parents. However, these sins, though seemingly insignificant, still separate us from Holy God. As we get older, our sins can destroy our health and relationships with others. The Bible says that Satan is like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. Satan wants to defeat God's children and will do whatever it takes to accomplish his goal. God has given us his Word so we can defend ourselves against Satan's fiery attacks.
Nothing in life is more important than knowing God and
trusting in him. As Christian educators and parents, we must help children to
obey the imperative, “I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not
sin against you” Psalm 119:11 (NLT). This important verse is from the longest
chapter in the Bible. Psalm 119 contains 176 verses, which are divided into 22
sections, and each section begins with one of the 22 letters in the Hebrew
alphabet. It is an acrostic—starting with the Hebrew letter “Aleph” and
ending with the letter “Taw" or "Tav.” It is an A-Z instruction,
so to speak, of God’s life-giving, law-keeping devotions for his people.
Psalm 119 is the perfect corrective for today’s society where truth is relative, God’s laws are often mocked, and where lawlessness is celebrated and being splashed across our televisions and computer screens daily. Keep reading.
Make the Beatitudes your daily attitudes and live life approved by God! Kids
cut and fold the colored pattern, and then play a traditional cootie catcher
game to learn the Beatitudes of Jesus.
“I just can’t get over it!”
Most of us, if not all of us, at one time or another have to deal with experiences in our past or current life that make us stumble in our faith or that cripple us emotionally. It could be something as severe as being physically or sexually abused as a child, or a feeling that our parents didn’t give us the proper attention we needed growing up. Maybe it’s a broken friendship or business plan gone sour, or a disappointment so deep that you can’t get past it. Whatever “it” is, many times these painful experiences can affect us the rest of our lives, preventing us from reaching our greatest potential or eventually destroying us. Trying to “get over it” doesn’t work. We try and fail, and “it” goes round and round in our minds, blocking us from receiving what God intends for us. Thankfully, there is an alternative. God can heal our pain, so we can live productive, God-approved lives.
If you feel powerless to overcome your pain, there is hope. You are about to discover that the Beatitudes are the key to unlocking your spiritual and emotional well-being, so you can “get over” the painful experiences in your life—past and present—and have hope for the future!
The Beatitudes are the eight declarations made by Jesus at the beginning of his Sermon on the Mount, recorded in Matthew 5:3-12. Each one begins with the words, “Blessed are,” and continues with a statement concerning those who live in obedient and joyful unity with God. They are for those who partake in his salvation, and who have entered into his kingdom, not in its fullest sense, but as a foretaste of what’s to come.
The word “blessed” is from the Greek word, “makarios,” which means, happy, well off, or fortunate. Some Bible translations use the term happy, yet happiness most often depends on one’s emotional state—it is temporary. On the other hand, blessed also means favored, which more accurately describes the spiritual harmony of a person who is in relationship with the King of the universe—it is eternal . . . Keep reading.
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