Monday, December 19, 2011

Shoo Fly Don't Bother Me - Lesson 13 of Nursery Rhyme and Silly Songs

Shoo, fly, don't bother me,
Shoo, fly, don't bother me,
Shoo, fly, don't bother me,
For I belong to somebody.

I feel, I feel, I feel like a morning star,
I feel, I feel, I feel like a morning star.

Oh, shoo, fly, don't bother me,
Shoo, fly, don't bother me,
Shoo, fly, don't bother me,
For I belong to somebody.

James 4:7

New International Version (NIV)
 7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Mark 5

Legion and the Suicidal Pigs

In the story of Legion we learn that even under the influence of evil spirits a man is still able to focus and go to Jesus.  As well we learn that Jesus has power to remove those thoughts that are bad and ever when there may be 2000 Jesus can handle it.  Shoo devil and do not bother me, In the name of Christ!

The Storyteller presenting Shoo Fly Don't Bother Me!!

Doe Doe and The Good Thoughts!!

Doe Doe shows us what can happens to the bad things inside of us when we focus on Christ!

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Monday, November 28, 2011

There Was An Old Woman - Lesson 12 of Nursery Rhyme and Silly Songs

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe,
She had so many children she didn't know what to do!
So she gave them some broth without any bread,
And she whipped them all soundly and sent them to bed!

Proverbs 3:11,12

 My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline,
   and do not resent his rebuke,
 because the LORD disciplines those he loves,
   as a father the son he delights in.

Luke 17

David and Bathsheba

When David made the HUGE mistake of getting Bathsheba pregnant and setting it up to be sure that her husband would die in the war, he was disciplined in a very interesting way.  Not only did David already show himself that what he did was wrong but he suffered though the consequences in a fairly well fashion.  He accepted them and moved on with his life, but albeit thinking hard to not make that mistake again.  We should all understand that God teaches us with correction because He loves us and wants us to know how to do things right!  

The Storyteller presenting There was an old woman!!

Doe Doe and The Disciplined Vase!!

Doe Doe shows us what it means to be disciplined... It is something that we may not enjoy, but in the end it keeps us from failing and hurting ourselves over and over!!

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Bibbity Bobbity Boo - Lesson 11 of Nursery Rhyme and Silly Songs

Salagagoola mechicka boola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo 
Put 'em together and what have you got bibbidi-bobbidi-boo
Salagagoola mechicka boola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo 
It'll do magic believe it or not bibbidi-bobbidi-boo
Salagagoola means mechicka boolaroo 
But the thingmabob that does the job is bibbidi-bobbidi-boo
Salagagoola mechicka boola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo 
Put 'em together and what have you got bibbidi-bobbidi bibbidi-bobbidi bibbidi-bobbidi-boo

Psalm 136

 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.
            His love endures forever.

Luke 17

The Ten Lepers

The ten lepers were very smart to seek out Jesus and ask for mercy (Please).  Each of them were healed because of it, but only one of them was thoughtful and thankful enough to return and offer thanks. "Please" and "Thank You" are magical because of what they do inside of us - as well as those around us when we or they use them!  You can use them too! 

The Storyteller presenting  Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo!!

The Magic Words Object Lesson with Dee Dee!!

Dee Dee, Doe Doe's Sister, doing her VERY FIRST Object Lesson!  Are there magic words ... Dee Dee thinks so :)

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

On Top of Spaghetti - Lesson 10 of Nursery Rhyme and Silly Songs

On top of spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
I lost my poor meatball,
When somebody sneezed.
It rolled off the table,
And on to the floor,
And then my poor meatball,
Rolled out of the door.
It rolled in the garden,
And under a bush,
And then my poor meatball,
Was nothing but mush.
The mush was as tasty
As tasty could be,
And then the next summer,
It grew into a tree.
The tree was all covered,
All covered with moss,
And on it grew meatballs,
And tomato sauce.
So if you eat spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
Hold on to your meatball,
Whenever you sneeze.

Proverbs 25:28

New International Version (NIV)
 Like a city whose walls are broken through
   is a person who lacks self-control.

Genesis 25

Jacob and Esau 

In the silly song we meet someone who has an odd obsession with food... The meatball of the spaghetti and our bible story also deals with a good obsession. Esau wanted the stew that his brother Jacob made so bad that he ignored his future in his decision making. It does not matter what we are deciding upon, we always need to be sure that what we do will not destiny our futures. Esau lost the blessings as a firstborn son for a bowl of soup, try not to do the same with God's blessings to you - do not make rash decisions! 

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The Crumbling Towers Object Lesson!!

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Superheros - You are one! (Wednesday, Craft)

Check out all of our awesome superheros!

Ever wonder how to change someone's life?

Be a superhero.  

Love like crazy.  Show compassion.

Give forgiveness. Display mercy.

You never know what your acts of kindness and love will do for someone else's life.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Five Little Monkeys - Lesson 9 of Nursery Rhyme and Silly Songs

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
So Momma called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Four little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
So Momma called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Three little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
So Momma called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Two little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
So Momma called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

One little monkey jumping on the bed
He fell off and bumped his head
So Momma called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

No little monkeys jumping on the bed
None fell off and bumped his head
So Momma called the doctor and the doctor said
Put those monkeys back in bed!

Psalm 119:5

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
I pray that my ways may become firmly established
   so that I can obey your laws.

Genesis 22

Isaac's "Sacrifice" by Abraham

Just like the five little monkey's Abraham was given instructions, but instead of doing what was wrong and disobeying he listened and followed the instructions.  God gave Abraham a promise that He (God) would bless the WORLD though his (Abraham) children, but Abraham did not have any children - so Abraham did what God asked anyway!  Soon after Abraham and Sarah had Issac God asked Abraham to sacrifice him (Issac) on the mountain.  Abraham did his part, but in the process of striking with the knife an Angel appeared and stopped him, telling him that his faith was strong! Issac and Abraham sacrificed a ram that was struggling in the bushes behind them! 

  Is your faith strong?

 Can you trust in God as much as Abraham did?

The Storyteller presenting Five Little Monkeys!!

The Dirty Pennies Object Lesson and Tutorial!!

Following directions .. being obedient are things we all need to understand and know how to do to be able to properly live in the world around us.  Some things as simple as cleaning pennies needs directions, and without all the ingredients we cannot complete the job!

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Little Miss Muffet - Lesson 8 of Nursery Rhyme and Silly Songs

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet
Eating her curds and whey,
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away

2 Timothy 1:7

New King James Version (NKJV)
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Daniel 6

Daniel In The Lions Den

In the story of Little Miss Muffet .. something was lowered and created fear, as well in the story of Daniel - He was lowered into the den of lions and fear could have overcome him, but instead he had what God gives us all - Power, Love, and a Sound Mind.  God took care of what Daniel could have feared - God will also take care of what you may fear! 

The Storyteller presenting Little Miss Muffet!!

Doe Doe The Magnificent and The Fear Inside Us!!

Doe Doe has us meet another one of his friends - who is like us and has fears, but what does it say in 2nd Timothy (Doe Doe gets the verse wrong) about Fear?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Power of ONE! (Wednesday)

Have you ever felt like you are insignificant in this big, overwhelming world?
Did you know that God can use you, no matter how small and insignificant you may feel?

So many times in our lives we want to have a great big pity party and sulk over how we aren't needed, we aren't loved, we aren't USED.

Just like in the picture above, if ONE of those cups from the tower are knocked out, what happens? The whole thing collapses.  Or in the photo below, coloring only one square may not seem like a lot but one square in the big picture changes the whole look.

Are you allowing God to use you for His bigger picture?

It is my prayer for you today that you ask God to show you how significant you are in the body of Christ. That you understand that you are not unwanted and unused, and you are NOT unloved and unworthy, but you are a part of a BIG picture.

God has a huge plan for all of our lives, and if we walk in His calling for us, we can be the piece He wants us to be in His picture.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Itsy Bitsy Spider - Lesson 7 of Nursery Rhymes and Silly Songs


Itsy Bitsy spider went up the spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
and Itsy Bitsy spider went up the spout again!

Galatians 6:9

New International Version (NIV)
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Genesis 6

Noah Building The Ark

Just like the itsy bitsy spider, Noah had some hard times dealing with working hard - and even with water.  Noah had to do what God asked of him to SAVE man on earth - as well as all the animals! What would have happened if Noah had given up?  We would not even be here!  Your job for God is important too! So never give up!!

The Storyteller presenting The Itsy Bitsy Spider!!

Doe Doe The Magnificent and The Pink Giraffe!!

Doe Doe taking something that does not look like what he says it is - and it making it go through some hard time .. and then becoming what Doe Doe saw in it from the beginning - God sees greatness in you! but trials may arise - You CAN make it through them!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Would you like my leftovers?

How many of you would like to eat these leftovers?

Sure they look good still, but they are not my best. If you asked me for a candy bar, and I delivered this, would you be pleased?

Psalm 111:1 says I will praise the Lord with my  WHOLE heart.  (emphasis mine)  NKJV

How many times do we give God what he asks of us half halfheartedly?  God asks us to worship Him, to put Him first. Do we make this a priority?

Last week we began the process of starting a worship service with our children instead of having them in big church during worship.  One of the first things we want to teach them is to worship God with their WHOLE heart. He is worthy of that, and we don't need to hold back from giving Him what He deserves.

Do we get distracted by the person dancing in the aisle next to us?   How about by the snickering going on amongst others who are only there to be there and not to worship?   Do we let our minds wander from things other than Christ. Are we giving Him our leftovers?

I challenge you today, to give God your VERY best. Give Him your whole heart.

A wise man once taught me that worship is simply you loving on Jesus, and letting Jesus love on you. This can take on many forms, from working with all of your ability as unto God, to singing Him praises, to simply being a good steward of your time, money, and talents.

Are you giving Him your all today? .

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt - Lesson 6 of Nursery Rhymes and Silly Songs

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt,
His name is my name, too.
Whenever we go out,
The people always shout,
"There goes John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt!"
A na na na na na na.


2 Timothy 2:19

New Living Translation (NLT)
  But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and “All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.”

Genesis 32:22-32
Jacob wrestling with God and having his name changed to Israel 

It would be very odd if everyone had the same name, like in the Silly song "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt"!  It is a good thing that we have the names we do - and God knows your name!  He knows who you are and what you will - or could do in our life!  He believes in you - that no matter where you feel like you are right now, you can be something GREAT!! Jacob was a liar and a cheater, but God changed his name into the Nation of Israel and God can do the same for you!! 

Doe Doe talks about how God knows our name - and that if God can change Jacob's into an entire nation, He can change yours too!!

Jack Be Nimble - Lesson 5 of Nursery Rhyme and Silly Songs

Jack be Nimble
Jack be quick
Jack jump over 
the candlestick

Isaiah 43:2

New International Version (NIV)

2 When you pass through the waters,
   I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
   they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
   you will not be burned;
   the flames will not set you ablaze.
Daniel 3
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and the fiery furnace

These three guys have an amazing story - much like Jack - they were nimble, but not because of their own power!  They were able to stand up to a king and do what is right in the eyes of God!   God's power was with them as they stepped into their fiery furnace, and God will be with you when you have a 'fiery funace' problem!  

Doe Doe showing us how, even with Jesus in heaven - He is watching out for us!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Do Your Ears Hang Low - Lesson 4 of Nursery Rhyme and Silly Songs

Do your ears hang low?
Do they wobble to and fro?
Can you tie them in a knot?
Can you tie them in a bow?
Can you throw them o'er your shoulder
Like a Continental Soldier?
Do your ears hang low?
Do your ears hang high?
Do they reach up to the sky?
Do they wrinkle when they're wet?
Do they straighten when they're dry?
Can you wave them at your neighbor
With an element of flavor?
Do your ears hang high?
Do your ears hang wide?
Do they flap from side to side?
Do they wave in the breeze
From the slightest little sneeze?
Can you soar above the nation
With a feeling of elevation?
Do your ears hang wide?
Do your ears fall off
When you give a great big cough?
Do they lie there on the ground
Or bounce up at every sound?
Can you stick them in your pocket
Just like Davy Crocket?
Do your ears fall off?
Does your tongue hang down?
Does it flop all around?
Can you tie it in a knot?
Can you tie it in a bow?
Can you throw it o'er your shoulder
Like a Continental Soldier?
Does your tongue hang down?
Does your nose hang low?
Does it wiggle to and fro?
Can you tie it in a knot?
Can you tie it in a bow?
Can you throw it o'er your shoulder
Like a Continental Soldier?
Does your nose hang low?
Do your eyes pop out?
Do they bounce all about?
Can you tie them in a knot?
Can you tie them in a bow?
Can you throw them o'er your shoulder
Like a Continental Soldier?
Do your eyes pop out?


John 13:34 AMP

I give you a new commandment: that you should love one
another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another.
2 Kings 2:23-24

Elijah and the bears

In this passage of the bible we learn about some young men that thought it was funny to make fun of a man of God!  They noticed that he was bald - and make rude statements to him about it.  We may look at others and see the differences they have from us and think that this is ok because our friends our doing it too.  The truth is that all these boys were hurt because they could not show love to a stranger that was different from themselves.  We should encourage our friends and not make fun of them - no matter the size of their ears, their height, or anything else... instead we should come together in the unity of Christ and BE that BODY!! 

It is Doe Doe The Magnificent with another Object Lesson! He does some amazing things with three ropes, a nut, and large ring!!

Quickly teaching the lesson to Do your ears hang low - Making fun of others. Lesson 4 in the Nursery Rhyme and Silly Songs Curr. by Lakewood Kids

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Do you have a prayer request? (Wednesday, Prayer)

Today the Lakewood Kids all made prayer bags! This is a great exercise because you can put the requests in your bag and take them out when they have been answered, as well you can remember your requests when it is time to pray!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Are you a child of God? (Wednesdays, Arts & Crafts)

If your a child of God, it also means you are a prince or princess. That is a really awesome thing!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Little Teapot - Lesson 3 of Nursey Rhyme and Silly Songs

I'm a little teapot
Short and stout
Here is my handle
Here is my spout

When I get all steamed up
Hear me shout:
Tip me over
and pour me out!

Psalm 139:14 KJV

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

In Luke 22:54-62 Peter denies his affiliation with Christ.  He does it three times, even after Jesus asked him specifcally that number of times if he (Peter) loved Him (Jesus).  This is a perfect example of someone beating themselves up.  It may not be because of his looks or anything like that, it was just who he was and who he was with.  Peter was afraid to be killed with Jesus - we all may have done the same in this situation. The teapot was happy about themselves - and the job that he has - Peter needs to be restored to be happy again.  This happens in Acts 2:14 when Peter has the boldness and stand up for God there. 

Doe Doe shows us what happens when we are not happy with who we are.. how we beat ourselves up.. and who can put us back together! Object Lesson for Lesson 3 of the Nursery Rhyme and Silly Songs Curriculum : The Little Teapot.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Little Bo Peep - Lesson 3 of Nursery Rhyme and Silly Songs

Little Bo peep has lost her sheep
And doesn't know where to find them.
Leave them alone and they'll come home,
Bringing their tails behind them.
Little Bo peep fell fast asleep
And dreamt she heard them bleating,
But when she awoke, she found it a joke,
For they were all still fleeting.
Then up she took her little crook
Determined for to find them.
She found them indeed, but it made her heart bleed,
For they left their tails behind them.
It happened one day, as Bo peep did stray
Into a meadow hard by,
There she espied their tails side by side
All hung on a tree to dry.
She heaved a sigh, and wiped her eye,
And over the hillocks went rambling,
And tried what she could,
As a shepherdess should,
To tack again each to its lambkin.

Matthew 18:12
Amplified Bible (AMP)
What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray and gets lost, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountain and go in search of the one that is lost?

1 Samuel 17
David The Sheppard

Before David fought Goliath there was a compelling argument by David to Saul to let him try to fight the giant. Like Little Bo-Peep David lost a lamb, but it was not as simple for him because he had to actually fight a lion and a bear to get it back. When David tells Saul in verse 37, " ... The Lord delivered me..." giving credit for the accomplishment to God.

Jesus cares this much for YOU!! He will NOT fall asleep like Bo-Peep or need to chase you around to fix your tails.  He will be like David, ready to fight anything that comes your way! Ready to go the long haul for that ONE lost soul!

Doe Doe and The Emergency Envelope (Video, Object Lesson)

Doe Doe brings another object lesson for us all. Sometimes things do not go as planned... sometimes things get lost.. who finds the lost? For Lesson 2 : Little Bo-Peep in the Nursery Rhyme and Silly Songs Curr.

The Storyteller Presents : Little Bo-Peep (Video)

The Storyteller telling the story of Little Bo-Peep : Lesson 2 of the Nursery Rhyme and Silly Song Curriculum.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Lakewood Kids Bible Stories Paper Mural (Wednesday, Crafts)

My first Time using this app on my phone, but it caught the mural fairly well... These are the favorite Bible stories, and other stories of the Lakewood Kids!!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Humpty Dumpty - Lesson 1 of Nursery Rhyme and Silly Songs

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King's horses, And all the King's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again!

Proverbs 16:18
Amplified Bible (AMP)
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Uzziah's Rise and Fall

Like Humpty Dumpty Uzziah climbed to a great height, not high on a wall but in accomplishments in life. They also both fell from that height.  Humpty Dumpty fell from the wall to break into countless pieces and Uzziah fell from Kingship to become an outcast of Israel because of his Leprosy.

It does not matter how great and wonderful you are, YOU CAN FALL!! It may take 52 years until it happens - so do not think that it cannot happen.  Pride can really mess you up!  Be Humble and know that your greatness comes from God.

2 Chronicles 26

Uzziah King of Judah
 1 Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah,[a] who was sixteen years old, and made him king in place of his father Amaziah. 2 He was the one who rebuilt Elath and restored it to Judah after Amaziah rested with his ancestors.
 3 Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-two years. His mother’s name was Jekoliah; she was from Jerusalem. 4 He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father Amaziah had done. 5 He sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear[b] of God. As long as he sought the LORD, God gave him success.
 6 He went to war against the Philistines and broke down the walls of Gath, Jabneh and Ashdod. He then rebuilt towns near Ashdod and elsewhere among the Philistines. 7 God helped him against the Philistines and against the Arabs who lived in Gur Baal and against the Meunites. 8 The Ammonites brought tribute to Uzziah, and his fame spread as far as the border of Egypt, because he had become very powerful.
 9 Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate, at the Valley Gate and at the angle of the wall, and he fortified them. 10 He also built towers in the wilderness and dug many cisterns, because he had much livestock in the foothills and in the plain. He had people working his fields and vineyards in the hills and in the fertile lands, for he loved the soil.
 11 Uzziah had a well-trained army, ready to go out by divisions according to their numbers as mustered by Jeiel the secretary and Maaseiah the officer under the direction of Hananiah, one of the royal officials. 12 The total number of family leaders over the fighting men was 2,600. 13 Under their command was an army of 307,500 men trained for war, a powerful force to support the king against his enemies. 14 Uzziah provided shields, spears, helmets, coats of armor, bows and slingstones for the entire army. 15 In Jerusalem he made devices invented for use on the towers and on the corner defenses so that soldiers could shoot arrows and hurl large stones from the walls. His fame spread far and wide, for he was greatly helped until he became powerful.
 16 But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the LORD his God, and entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense. 17 Azariah the priest with eighty other courageous priests of the LORD followed him in. 18 They confronted King Uzziah and said, “It is not right for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD. That is for the priests, the descendants of Aaron, who have been consecrated to burn incense. Leave the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful; and you will not be honored by the LORD God.”
 19 Uzziah, who had a censer in his hand ready to burn incense, became angry. While he was raging at the priests in their presence before the incense altar in the LORD’s temple, leprosy[c] broke out on his forehead. 20 When Azariah the chief priest and all the other priests looked at him, they saw that he had leprosy on his forehead, so they hurried him out. Indeed, he himself was eager to leave, because the LORD had afflicted him.
 21 King Uzziah had leprosy until the day he died. He lived in a separate house[d]—leprous, and banned from the temple of the LORD. Jotham his son had charge of the palace and governed the people of the land.
 22 The other events of Uzziah’s reign, from beginning to end, are recorded by the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz. 23 Uzziah rested with his ancestors and was buried near them in a cemetery that belonged to the kings, for people said, “He had leprosy.” And Jotham his son succeeded him as king.

Doe Doe and The Prideful Balloon (Object Lesson Video)

Doe Doe uses a Balloon filled with helium attached to a chair to talk about Pride and Humbleness (part of the Nursery Rhyme and Silly Song Curriculum Lakewood Kids is creating! -Lesson 1 : Humpty Dumpty)

The Storyteller Presents : Humpty Dumpty (Lesson 1 of the Nursery Rhyme and Silly Songs Curriculum) (Video)

The FIRST of the Nursery Rhyme and Silly Song Curriculum we, Lakewood Kids, are writing! This is just the Storyteller presenting the first story... Humpty Dumpty!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Jesus Calms The Storm (Wednesday, Video, Craft)

The Lakewood Kids all took a part in this video

Jamia Polnitz - The boat with Jesus and His disciples (drawings and movements)

Cameron Bell - The storm

Kyley Jordan - The calm waters

The craft parts were created by those above and:

Austin Washburn
Brianna Washburn
Jada Harrington
Elijah Jordan
Laila Stephens

Thank You all for your hard work!!!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

A rich young ruler, and a pillow to rest your feet on. ( Revival Sunday August 28,2011)

God has been so incredibly good to us and our ministry. We are so grateful for the people who helped us make revival a great success!

Tonight we learned, that we must love the Lord and that through that we have VICTORY.

Matthew 22:37 says that "You must love the Lord Your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind."

The story of the rich young ruler tells us just that.  We learned that we can't earn our way into heaven, and that God requires 100% total obedience from us! Jesus told the rich young ruler (who our kids somehow named Richard?) that he must sell ALL of his possessions and follow Him.  That was asking a little too much of him apparently, because he just walked away!
God wants ALL of our lives. He wants us to be obedient to His word, and to His plan for our lives so that we can follow Him and do HIS works. All we have to do is love Him and we will want to do those things.

Matthew 19
16 Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good[e] Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”
17 So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good?[f] No one is good but One, that is, God.[g] But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
18 He said to Him, “Which ones?”
Jesus said, “ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ 19 ‘Honor your father and your mother,’[h] and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[i]
20 The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth.[j] What do I still lack?”
21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

Then, Pastor Derek taught us that by following Jesus we can have victory! 
We learned that Satan was de-armed when Jesus was born as a baby, and defeated when He died on the cross. We also learned that Satan is a big fat liar (and then Pastor Derek ripped his tongue out!)  The best part of all, is that through Jesus' resurrection, we have the power and authority to crush Satan's head (or knock it off in our case).   And you know what? All that is left is a soft pillow to rest our feet on!

Make sure you check out the following post and see the video of Pastor Derek teaching us about how God won the victory! 

Pastor Derek talks about Satan's Transformation (Revival, Video)

Jesus did some AMAZING things while He was alive, but there was some Transformations going on that we just could not see - Satan was Transformed by Jesus too!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Lazarus! Jesus? Lazarus! Jesus? (Revival, Saturday August 27,2011)

We have had such a great time this weekend at Revival with our kids!

1. Loss is often Painful.
In our lesson tonight, we learned about the death of Lazarus. Mary and Martha were grieving the loss of their precious brother. Loss is painful. Often times we mourn the loss of things in our lives, like money, friends, time, etc. There aren't many occasions that we can say that loss is NOT painful.

2. Our time may be the WRONG time.

Jesus waited until the timing would bring the Father glory before going to Lazarus. Often times we get discouraged or upset when God doesn't answer our prayers the minute we ask, or when we think we need them. But our timing isn't always the right timing.
 1 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. 3 Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.”
4 When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was. 7 Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.”
8 The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?”
9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” 11 These things He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.”
12 Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.” 13 However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep.
14 Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. 15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.”
16 Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”

3. God's time is ALWAYS the right time.
Jesus understood, that for God to receive the glory, going to Lazarus right away was not the answer.  We even see that Jesus was overcome with sadness over Lazarus' death and he wept. But God's timing is ALWAYS right.  Sometimes in our lives we want God to answer our prayers right then and there, but God knows what is perfect and good for us! Let us have faith and trust in His perfect time!

17 So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles[a] away. 19 And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.
20 Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. 21 Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”
23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24 Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”  
28 And when she had said these things, she went her way and secretly called Mary her sister, saying, “The Teacher has come and is calling for you.” 29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came to Him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the town, but was[b] in the place where Martha met Him. 31 Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and comforting her, when they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, “She is going to the tomb to weep there.”[c]
32 Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”
33 Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. 34 And He said, “Where have you laid him?”
They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.”
35 Jesus wept. 36 Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!”
37 And some of them said, “Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?”  
38 Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”
Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”
40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” 41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying.[d] And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” 43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”

Memory Verse :
Ecclesiastes 3:1  "To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven."