May our Sovereign Lord grant each one
Whose heart longs for fellowship and ministry
Be comforted and given clear insight into
The good works He has prepared for a
Time such as this. Evie Fortune Belvidere, SD
This week, Michaela shares with us about God's Grace. Grab your Bible and tune in to her devo from Ephesians 2 starting at verse 1.
Austin shares the Word with us. Grab your Bible and turn to Matthew 6:1-4.
Austin's not sure if he's going to get in trouble with Kristal, because he passed GO and collected $200.
(Snack time announcements)
Check in to see what Kristal thinks of him collecting $200 next week.
just for kicks
Q. Why aren’t Koalas actual bears?
A. They don’t meet the koalifications.
Q. What happens to a frog’s car when it breaks down?
A. It gets toad away.
Q. What do you call bears with no ears?
Q: Why can’t you trust an atom?
A: Because they make up everything.
Q: What did the duck say when he bought lipstick?
A: “Put it on my bill.”
Q: What starts with E, ends with E, and has only one letter in it?
A: An envelope
Q: Did you hear about the kidnapping at school?
A: It’s okay. He woke up.
Q. What is the resemblance between a green apple and a red apple?
A. They’re both red except for the green one.
Q: How do you make a tissue dance?
A: Put a little boogie in it.
Q: What did the french teacher say to her pupil?
A: I don’t know I couldn’t understand her
It’s to whom.
I couldn’t figure out why the baseball kept getting larger. Then it hit me.
Click the Scavenger Hunt button and print off the scavenger Hunt. Let Karen know when you are finished.
Listen to one of our own... Kristal Balster. Pretend she was asked to sing at a meal.
Our Help and Our Shield
Reading Time: 2 minutes
Bible Reading: Psalm 33:13-22
But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. He rescues them from death and keeps them alive in times of famine. We depend on the Lord alone to save us. Only he can help us, protecting us like a shield. Psalm 33:18-20
A YOUNG GIRL was baking cookies for her mom and suffered severe burns on her hands because she touched the cookie sheet with her bare hands. She forgot to use the oven mitt that lay on the counter by the stove.
A woman lost her sight in one eye after being hit by a rubber ball during an intense game of racquetball. The protective goggles that would have saved her eyesight had been left lying in the bottom of her gym bag.
A police officer was killed in a shoot-out with drug dealers. His chest wound probably would not have been fatal if he had been wearing a bulletproof vest. He had been issued a vest by the police department but had never taken it out of his locker at the police station.
All of these tragedies could have been avoided. All of these people had something—an oven mitt, protective goggles, a bulletproof vest—that could have protected them from harm. So why were they hurt, even killed? Because they didn’t use the protection they possessed.
God is our help and our shield. He has given us commands that are meant to protect us. Moses made it clear that “the Lord’s commands and laws” were given “for your own good” (Deuteronomy 10:13). He intends for his commands to be like protective goggles or an oven mitt; they’re supposed to protect us—but we have to use them.
God cannot be our help and our shield if we don’t obey him. His commands can’t protect us and enrich our life if we don’t follow them. If we ignore or disobey God’s loving commands, they’re just like a bulletproof vest that’s left hanging in a policeman’s locker or safety goggles that are left in the bottom of a gym bag. But if we obey God and do what he commands, he will protect us and save us from many troubles.
REFLECT: God’s Word says many times that his commands are meant to protect us from danger and harm. Take time to read Deuteronomy 6:24, Jeremiah 32:39, and James 1:25.
Do you keep God and his commandments “in a locker” or locked away somewhere? Do you treat his commands as if they’re not important? Or do you obey him and follow his commandments every day?
ACT: Next time you see an oven mitt on the kitchen counter or a pair of safety goggles in a science lab, remember that God’s commandments are meant to protect us from harm.
PRAY: “Thank you, Lord, for being my help and my shield.”
Eric Liddell (1902-1945) was an Olympic Gold Medalist runner, rugby player, and Christian missionary. He was born in China to Scottish missionary parents. He attended boarding school near London.
At the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, Liddell refused to run in the heats for his favoured 100 metres because they were held on a Sunday. Instead he competed in the 400 metres held on a weekday, a race that he won.
He returned to China in 1925 to serve as a missionary teacher. Aside from two furloughs in Scotland, he remained in China until his death in a Japanese civilian internment camp in 1945.
Liddell's Olympic training and racing, and the religious convictions that influenced him, are depicted in the Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire.
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