MONTHLY ARCHIVES: November 2014

Conversation Starters: Defending the Faith

Posted on November 19, 2014 by Karah

IMG_0120THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: Everybody faces difficulties, and we all experience suffering. There are no exceptions. The difference comes in how we handle suffering. When we keep Christ at the center of our lives—regardless of the circumstances—people notice the difference. One of the best ways to offer a defense of the Christian faith is letting others see Christ sustain us through difficult times.

Concept: Defending the Faith 

Preschool

Acts 21:27- 22:29

LIFE POINT: Paul had returned to Jerusalem. He went to the temple to worship. People who did not like Paul saw him. They became angry and grabbed Paul. Soldiers came to keep the people from hurting Paul. They wondered why the people wanted to hurt Paul. They took Paul away. Paul asked to speak to the people first. He stood on the steps of the temple and said, “I am a Jewish man like you. I once hated people who believed in Jesus and tried to hurt them. Jesus appeared to me, and now I understand that He is the Son of God.” The people got angry again, and the soldiers protected Paul and took him to safety.

LIVE IT OUT: Help your child remember that God is with her all the time. Remind her when you put her to bed, when you drive in the car, when you sit down to a meal.

Kids

Acts 21:27- 22:29

LIFE POINT: Paul had returned to Jerusalem. He went to the temple to worship. People who did not like Paul saw him. They became angry and grabbed Paul. Soldiers came to keep the people from hurting Paul. They wondered why the people wanted to hurt Paul. They took Paul away. Paul asked to speak to the people first. He stood on the steps of the temple and said, “I am a Jewish man like you. I once hated people who believed in Jesus and tried to hurt them. Jesus appeared to me, and now I understand that He is the Son of God.” The people got angry again, and the soldiers protected Paul and took him to safety.

LIVE IT OUT: Help your child think of a situation when he might need to speak up for God. Role-play some statements he could use in that situation. Pray together for his courage in that situation.

Students

1 Peter 3:13-16; 4:1-2

THE POINT: Suffering brings opportunities to point to Jesus. How has God used suffering in your life to help others see Him? Have a conversation around this quote:

“Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that the believer would stake his life on it a thousand times.”1 —Martin Luther

LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to do one or both Live It Out activities.

If your student chooses to do Be Challenged:
•Encourage your student to find the person that can help challenge him or her to grow spiritually.

If your student chooses to do What I Believe:
•Ask your student if he or she wants help in formulating his or her reasons to believe.
•Pray for your student as he or she thinks through his or her faith.

1. Martin Luther, Martin Luther’s Basic Theological Writings, ed. Timothy F. Lull and William R. Russell, (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2012).


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Conversation Starters: Creation

Posted on November 12, 2014 by Karah

DSC_7791THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: The debate about the origin of the universe has been around for a long time. Did all this happen by chance, or was a Master Designer responsible? More and more scientists are embracing the theory that an Intelligent Designer was behind the universe, even if they don’t understand completely what that means. The Bible gives us a clear picture of the One behind the creation of the universe and how to have a relationship with Him.

Concept: Creation 

Preschool

Psalm 104:1-5, 24-31

LIFE POINT: The Bible has many songs about God. These are called psalms. One song talks about God and some of the things He did. These are some of the words from this song to God. ”I praise You, God. You are very great, majestic, and beautiful. Your presence lights up heaven and earth. You created everything. You made the land and sea. You placed the sun, moon, and stars in the sky. You told the mountains where to rise and the trees where to grow. You placed birds in the sky and fish in the sea. You provide food for all of the animals. You care for every living creature. God, I praise You. May Your glory last forever!”

LIVE IT OUT: Ask your child to name a favorite animal. Emphasize that God created that animal. Sing a simple praise song thanking God for His creation.

Kids

Psalm 104:1-5, 24-31

LIFE POINT: The Bible has many songs about God. These are called psalms. One song talks about God and some of the things He did. These are some of the words from this song to God. ”I praise You, God. You are very great, majestic, and beautiful. Your presence lights up heaven and earth. You created everything. You made the land and sea. You placed the sun, moon, and stars in the sky. You told the mountains where to rise and the trees where to grow. You placed birds in the sky and fish in the sea. You provide food for all of the animals. You care for every living creature. God, I praise You. May Your glory last forever!”

LIVE IT OUT: Discuss with your child something she enjoys doing outdoors in God’s creation. Ask her to explain what she enjoys most about being outdoors. Encourage her to thank God in different ways—praying, singing, writing a poem.

Students

Psalm 104:1-5, 24-30

THE POINT: Everything in creation is the work of the God who loves us. In what ways does creation show God’s love for us? Have a conversation around this quote:

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”1 —Ralph Waldo Emerson

LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to do one or both Live It Out activities.

If your student chooses to do Thankful for Creation:
•Have a discussion with your student about the things you are thankful for in God’s creation.
•Encourage your student as he or she determines the things he or she is thankful for.

If your student chooses to do God’s Love Shared:
•Pray for your student to be ready to share his or her faith at all times.
•Encourage your student to share God’s love with others.

1. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, (London: George Routledge and Sons, 1883), 502.


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Conversation Starters: Hope in Jesus

Posted on November 5, 2014 by Karah

IMG_0195-001THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: We refer to hope in a lot of different ways, but such hope is often little more than a desire or a wish. We hope for a winning season. We hope our vacation is relaxing this summer. The Bible offers a different perspective on hope, one that is far greater and far more certain. Biblical hope is grounded in the same thing as biblical faith: Jesus Christ.

Concept: Hope in Jesus 

Preschool

Acts 9:10-16, 20-22

LIFE POINT: Ananias was a follower of Jesus. One day God called to him, “Ananias!” “Here I am, Lord,” Ananias replied. “Go to a street called Straight and find a man named Saul, who is praying there,” God said. “He has seen you in a vision coming to help him.” Ananias replied, “I know about Saul. He wants to hurt people who love Jesus.” God said, “Go. Help him. I will use this man to tell people about My Son, Jesus.” So Ananias went to find Saul. Saul had been blinded by a bright light. Ananias put his hands on Saul, and Saul could see again. Saul stayed in the city and told everyone he met about Jesus, the Son of God.

LIVE IT OUT: Talk to your child about ways to show he loves Jesus. Decide on one way your family can show love and do it together.

Kids

Acts 9:19-31

LIFE POINT: Saul’s life changed when Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus. Saul spent his days telling others about Jesus. The followers of Jesus, and others, remembered how Saul had been. Many Jews did not believe that Jesus was the Messiah. Some of them wanted to kill Saul. They tried to catch Saul as he left. But during the night, Saul’s friends lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall. He hurried to Jerusalem. Barnabas helped Saul by explaining that Jesus had spoken to Saul and how Jesus changed Saul’s life forever. Saul traveled from place to place telling others about Jesus even though more people plotted to kill him. The church was growing.

LIVE IT OUT: If your child has accepted Jesus, talk about how she has changed since she became a Christian. Tell her to make a list of the ways her life has changed. Remind her that she needs to continue to grow and change as a Christian, just as she grows as a child.

Students

1 Peter 1:3-9, 13

THE POINT: Our faith is focused in hope in Christ. How are faith and hope related? How does focusing on the hope we have in Jesus help our faith? Have a conversation around this quote:

“In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.”1 —Blaise Pascal

LIVE IT OUT: Pray for your student to focus on the hope we have in Jesus Christ.

1. Alister E. McGrath, Doubting: Growing Through the Uncertainties of Faith, (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2006), 55.

 


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Betsie’s First Experience at Crestridge

Posted on November 3, 2014 by Sharon

We recently saw a blog post that one of our parents posted about their daughter’s first experience at Crestridge this past summer. Betsie attended Starter Camp at the end of the summer and could not stop talking about her time at camp! Her best friend was able to attend as well and it’s safe to say their friendship was strengthened.

We love hearing how God uses Crestridge and Ridgecrest to grow these campers! Read more about Betsie’s experience from a parent’s perspective…
http://www.our-everyday.com/2014/09/chippewa.html


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