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“Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word...It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.” -Psalm 119:67&71

In the trials, turn to Him - not to your own strength. In uncertainty, turn to Him - not anxiety. King David grew to understand the importance of trials in his walk with God. He realized that it was through his afflictions He drew near to the heart of God. When he was afraid, he would rely on the promises of God. When he grieved his sin, he looked to the God of grace and mercy. It is in times of uncertainty and fear that we must turn our gaze to the One who knows all things.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” -James 1:2-4

Joy. Testing. Growth. Strength. At the end of me...I find Him. It is here, in Him, that I find life, hope and freedom.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.”  -Proverbs 3:5-8

Trust Him in the midst of chaos.

Hope in Him when all seems lost.

Have faith in His ways when the ways of this world bring fear and panic.

Rest in Him when all you want to do is worry.

Take captive your thoughts as they wander and stray from the truth.

Be thankful. Think about these things. List them. Keep them in the forefront of your mind.

Get in the word. Let His truth sink in. Combat the lies and allow His wisdom to guide you.

Crank up the worship music.

Get some fresh air or exercise.

Enjoy who you’re stuck with the next few weeks.


and … PRAY! (the president ordered us to - wink -) And if you don’t know what to pray, He’s got you covered!


“...the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” -Romans 8:26


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