June 14, 2020

Grove Kids
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Message to Parents

Please join us in prayer as we continue look up to God for direction and look out to others in love.

-Pastor Clark and the Grove Kid Leaders.

Grove Kids | Sunday Notes

Suddenly I See

Paul Becomes a Believer Acts 9:1-9

Faith is being sure of what we hope for. It is being sure of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1, NIrV

Knowing Jesus changes the way you see everything.

Faith—Trusting in what you can’t see because of what you can see

I can trust God no matter what.

In week two, we head to Acts 9:1-9 and meet a man named Saul, also known as Paul. Paul was on his way to arrest and persecute followers of Jesus. But Jesus had other plans for Him. Jesus stopped Paul on his journey and told him about his new mission. In a moment Paul went from believing that Jesus was a false-teacher to believing that Jesus was the Son of God and Savior of the world.

Bottom Line: Knowing Jesus changes the way you see everything. When we put our faith in Jesus, it changes everything. We’ll see people as God sees them. We’ll discover a personal mission to join God in His rescue plan for the world. Jesus really lived and died and rose again. Believing in that, impacts our entire life.

For Our Parents

“The problem isn’t what you want.  It’s the fact that your joy and contentment in life are directly tied to the want being fulfilled.”

How much of our joy is stripped away by things we want?…a better car, a better house, a better job, a better relationship that looks just like the one I saw on Facebook the other day!  One of the best ways to get out of that mindset and teach our kids the same is to look at what we HAVE!  Here’s three quick things from Family First for you and your family to get right with your wants…

1. Instead of saying, “I want…,” try saying, “I have…”

It may seem simplistic, and truly, it is. The next time you think of something you want—something you think you need in order to be happy—stop and take an inventory of all the things you have. This mindset has helped me on many occasions. You may even want to make a list to help you see just how much you’ve been given.

2. Have an attitude of gratitude.

Take all those things you just listed and start giving thanks for them. It’s hard to feel unhappy or needy when you are thankful. Having an attitude of gratitude has helped me to find joy in the daily grind.

3. Consider others’ wants.

Look around you. Everywhere you turn, there are people who have less, who struggle more, who truly need, but they are content. Is there something on your list that would bless or provide some measure of relief for someone else?
We are only imprisoned by want when we allow our joy to rest on the stuff we can get—earthly treasures. Those things break and fade away. They will never last and will never ultimately satisfy you. So, take the keys above and set yourself free from the prison of want and live a life of true joy. Are you breaking free?

Now with your Kids

Sit down together and read Ephesians 4:22-24

Tell them that knowing Jesus changes the way you see everything, and when you see things differently, you’ll live differently. You’ll get rid of the old way you used to do things, and you’ll follow after God and His ways.

Ask them to grab a garbage bag and find a few things in their room that you don’t see as useful anymore. Maybe it’s some clothes they’ve outgrown or toys you they don’t play with anymore. Throw the items in the bag. Then decide together whether the items should be donated, recycled, or thrown away. As they get rid of the old things, talk about whether there are some old ways of doing things that you should also get rid of—bad habits, things you do that hurt others or yourself. 

At the end, pray with them.  Ask Jesus to help you embrace all things new!  Thank Him for giving all of us a new life and a fresh start every day!

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