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A New Thinking


As God prepares our hearts for the message this week, I have a challenge for us. Allow God to search your heart: In what ways have you believed that you may deserve grace or think you have earned it? Remember, that is not grace. You cannot earn it and we all do not deserve it! Also, do you believe that you should be given grace when someone else shouldn’t? Or do you believe the other person’s sin is too far beyond God’s grace?


“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” -Ephesians 2:8


Peter was stretched and challenged in his thinking. He was raised knowing that the Jews were God’s chosen people. But when Jesus came, the veil was torn and all humankind was now called to the heart of God!


“And as he talked with him, he went in and found many persons gathered. And he said to them, ‘You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean. So when I was sent for, I came without objection. I ask then why you sent for me.’” -Acts 10:27-29


Allow God to break down the walls and barriers of prejudice in your heart. None of us deserve His grace and salvation. If we can really let this sink in, imagine how we may look at others differently - to see them as God sees them!


“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!” -1 John 3:1


No matter what we have done, or “they” have done, nothing can separate us from the love of God! No sin is too far beyond God’s grace and forgiveness.


“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 8:38-39


In Him,

Katie Karlson

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3228 Gatewood Ave, Indian River, MI 49749, USA

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Show a three-year-old a rainbow and his eyes pop open, he laughs and murmurs something that sounds semi close to English; that's wonder. Show a third grader how pleasing God connects to honoring her parents and she will most likely look at you funny and continue eating her pizza; that's discovery. As a teacher, church leader, or parent you want a curriculum that will help you connect the love and worship of God to good decision-making for your elementary school students. You want something that will help them see the value of respecting authority and treating their friends like they are human, not SpongeBob®. You need it to be simple. You would love it to be flexible. You want it to suit your individual needs. Time to go to the basics. What if by the time your child reaches 6th grade they will know these five core truths:

God is the Holy Creator.
I can trust God's Word (Bible).
I can trust Jesus with everything.
I should try to live like Jesus lived (make wise choices by His Word).
The world/culture does not usually agree with God's Word.

 

Most kids form their entire idea of who God is, and choose whether nor not they'll have a relationship with Him before leaving 5th grade!

Sunday at a Glance

The nursery and classrooms will open at 10:15 for check in. 

Worship

Each week the kids (ages 0-9) join us for worship in the sanctuary. After worship, the kids head to their respective classrooms to learn more about God and how to apply His word to our lives. 

Questions

We are happy to answer your questions in person at any of our locations or you can contact us by email