05.01.17

Hi! I am praying for you right now! 

Daily Prayer Email: Please send ALL prayer requests for your class to: studentcbsprayer@gmail.com
 
Quotes:
Our love grows soft if it is not strengthened by truth, and our truth grows hard if it is not softened by love. #stott
 
Words matter, but sometimes our presence matters more.
 
The most pivotal decision you’ll make today is whether to view your faith through the prism of your world or your world through the prism of your faith. #denson
 
God has a Promised Land for us to take! It’s not real estate, but a real state of the heart and mind! A Promised Land…a promised land life! #lucado 
 
FYI:
1. When your children grieve… http://www.christianparenting.org/articles/when-your-children-grieve/?utm_source=Christian+Parenting&utm_campaign=f6f6d027d4-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_04_26&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_64355cce23-f6f6d027d4-273558069&mc_cid=f6f6d027d4&mc_eid=a5401c43e5
2. Science experiments to teach Bible lessons… http://childrensministry.com/articles/the-discovery-zone/?utm_source=internal_children’s_ministry_resource&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=
3. The Youth Rule the Web infographic… (below)
 
Here is what I just posted on the blogwww.studentcbsblog.org 
 
Children and Spiritual Growth: Faith That Figures by Misty Anne Winzenried
Bridging the Generation Gap with Stories by Caleb Roose (For churches but I think this is good for all leaders to know and try!)
Three Surprising Issues About Today’s Youth Culture by Tim Elmore
Will Your Teenagers Graduate from Their Faith after High School? by Jonathan Morrow  (The one thing you should do and should not do are important for us to know!)
 

Here are 2 video links and a worship intro I think you might like to see:

Worship intro… http://www.worshiphousemedia.com/mini-movies/64257/worship-him?utm_source=whmfp&utm_medium=email&utm_content=worship_him&utm_campaign=fp-04/28/2017-2089175
 
http://www.videosforyouth.com/mini-movies/40362/identity?utm_source=vfyfp&utm_medium=email&utm_content=identity&utm_campaign=fp-04/25/2017-2082148
 
http://www.videosforyouth.com/mini-movies/36252/uniquely-made?utm_source=vfyfp&utm_medium=email&utm_content=uniquely-made&utm_campaign=fp-04/25/2017-2082148
 
Here are 2 just for you:
 
Teachable Heart 
 
“Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying God is one and there is no other but him.”   When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God…” Mark 12:32, 34a
 
Jesus affirms a teachable heart for He knows it has potential to learn and understand the things of God. Thus, a teachable heart is positioned to receive truth and has an attitude with more questions than answers.
 
However, a teachable heart does recognize truth when it comes knocking. It invites truth in to be examined, understood, and applied. Truth invigorates the teachable heart, and there is a rush of spiritual adrenaline when it intersects with an open mind and heart. Pride plateaus in its learning, but a teachable heart continues to scale the mountain of truth. Thus, when God discovers someone who is teachable, He calls him wise.
Wisdom comes from God; therefore, a teachable heart learns the ways of God.  God is not offended by teachability, though there is a tension that arises when truth begins to facilitate changes in behavior and attitude. This change of heart seems somewhat innocuous from the outside looking in, but most of us do not like to be told what to do.
Change doesn’t come easily, even as you understand that God has your best interest in mind. But 
the transformation is telling. Your character and behavior fall more in line with Jesus’; your spouse and children notice something different; your patience, rather than your intimidation, becomes dominant; your bad beliefs will be replaced with good ones; so let your teachable heart start first with God.
God is one. He is not many gods, but one God. He is not a mini-god, but the great and glorious God of the galaxies. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are all one God. His oneness is to be worshiped and celebrated. Thus, your love relationship with the one true God is not to be rivaled by any other gods. Any acceptance of other gods is unacceptable to God. He is jealous for you. Your love for anyone or anything will pale in relation to your love for Christ.
To love God is to make room for God in all aspects of your life. You love Him when you love others, when you give sacrificially, when you strive for excellence in your work, and when you pray for and forgive others. Love is action; therefore, love Him and allow Him to love you. Let His expectations mold yours because what God thinks trumps any other thinking. The Holy Spirit within you has the answers to the questions that consume your thinking. Follow His internal promptings, not the external clamor.
What you believed yesterday will be dwarfed by what you learn tomorrow. Know God, love God, learn of Him and from Him. He affirms a teachable heart as one who fears the Lord. 
The Bible teaches, “Assemble the people—men, women, and children, and the aliens living in your towns—so they can listen and learn to fear the LORD your God and follow carefully all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 31:12). Stay teachable in your understanding of God.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, my prayer is to be a lifetime learner of You and Your ways, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Do You Really Want To Change?

Have you ever said, “I’ll never do that again!” only to make the same mistake a few days later?

If you’re a Christian, at some point in your walk with God, you’ll feel stuck in the same cycle of sinful decisions and foolish mistakes.

So how do we get from where we are to where God wants us to be?

Well, we need to start here: sometimes, we don’t actually want to change.

It sounds harsh, but I’ll lead the way.

Maybe that selfish pleasure is just too pleasurable for me. I know the Bible says I shouldn’t pursue it, or at least not allow it to dominate my calendar or wallet, but there are times when my heart simply loves the creation more than the Creator.

Then there are other times when I really do want to change, and I just feel stuck.

There are 4 “C” words that help me in my struggles.

Ultimately, these four action words won’t produce change in me. Only the power of Holy Spirit and the grace of God will produce lasting heart change.

But these 4 C’s remind me of how I can position my heart closer to the Spirit and Grace of God.

Here they are:

1. CONSIDER: The psalmist prayed, “Search me, O God, and know my heart … see if there is any offensive way in me” (139:23–24). The first step to change requires us to look intently into the mirror of God’s Word (James 1:23-24) and consider – or examine – what the Bible says about us.

2. CONFESS: If we accurately consider what the Bible says about us, it will be very tempting to run away from the verdict, or lessen the blow by making excuses and shifting the blame. Change only happens when we confess that we’re the primary problem (like David, in Psalm 51:10).

3. COMMIT: Once we’ve considered and confessed, we ought to be grieved by the reality of sin. That grief should spur us into action. Commitment can take a variety of forms, but there needs to be some plan to move from where we are to where God wants us to be.

4. CONTINUE: This will sound obvious – change has not taken place until change has taken place. At some level, we all stop short. We talk about change, we create an action plan, but then we never follow through, or we give up with discouragement.The process of heart and life change is a process, not an event!

So brothers and sisters, continue to consider. Continue to confess. Continue to commit. And continue to continue. The gospel of Jesus Christ provides us with the hope and help we need to keep pressing on!

Surround yourself with believers who will walk with you. Seat yourself under good preaching. Dive into the Word and pray, even when you don’t feel like it.

There is a day when sin will be eradicted. Until then, our Lord has given us everything we need. Stay encouraged, and watch the Lord bless you with a harvest of good fruit!

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