Raise Your Voices

Acts 4:1-31

After the lame man is healed (Acts 3:5-8) Peter and John face persecution from the local officials and leaders. Despite the circumstances, they display boldness and confidence. They are told “...not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.” (v.18 NIV) “But Peter and John replied, ‘Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.’” (v. 19-20 NIV)

After all of this “...they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people, for all were praising God for what had happened.” (v. 21 ESV) What is beautiful about this chapter is the response of the other believers. Peter and John go back to their friends to tell them what happened. Their friends response? “...they lifted their voices together to God.” (v. 24 ESV) It doesn’t say anything about them being afraid, angry, or discouraged. Instead, the were moved to pray.

This is their natural response to opposition because of the Holy Spirit.

How do you respond to difficult circumstances? How do you respond when things don’t go your way? I often tend to grow anxious or angry. I know that this is not the Holy Spirit at work. This is my sinful nature at work. I must invite the Holy Spirit in, in all circumstances. My hope is that we can all come to a place of knowing our father God in such a way that our natural response to trials and troubles is to lift our voices to him!


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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. 


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. 


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