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Our Mission Starts with Compassion!

John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one can go to the Father except through me.”

Today we continued our October missions series, “Beyond Borders.”  We learned today that our mission starts with compassion.  Everything Jesus did started with love and compassion, and everything we should do needs to start with love and compassion for others as well.  We need  to look at the others the same way God looks at them, and we should care deeply about if they know God. 
 
In our Bible Story in Mark 9:18-38, Jesus had done plenty of miracles and a crowd had gathered to hear Him speak.  It says that Jesus looked at them with compassion because they were lost, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then Jesus teaches them and heals every disease and sickness.  Everything Jesus did was because of the compassion Jesus had for the people.  Being missions minded means having compassion for others, and caring about their eternity.  Jesus knew that if He didn’t show the crowds who God was, they wouldn’t spend eternity in Heaven, and this is something we need to care about as much as Jesus does. 
 
You are loved!
 
Pastor Ty
 
 

Our Mission is for the World!

Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.  And you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Today we continued our October missions series, “Beyond Borders.”  We learned today that our mission is for the world.  We read the Great Commission in the Bible, where Jesus tells us to go and make disciples around the world.  We also talked about why should want to tell others about God.  John 3:16 tells us that Jesus came to earth to die because He loves us that much.  We need to have that same love for others.  When we love people as much as God loved them, we can’t help but tell them about God. 
 
Even if we can’t get to people in other countries, we can still love them.  We can send money or supplies, and pray for people in other countries.  When we have immense love for others, it isn’t hard to put others before ourselves.  Challenge your kids this week to pray for people in other countries, and to collect money to send to other countries, because there is no amount of money that isn’t worth someone else feeling God’s love, and having their eternity changed.
 
 
You are loved!
 
Pastor Ty
 
 
 

Our Mission Starts at Home!

Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.  And you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Today we started our October series “Beyond Borders.”  This month we are learning about God’s mission, and who He uses to complete that mission.  Today we learned that our mission starts at home.  We know that our mission from God is to bring Heaven to earth, and that God wants to see that done around the world.  And we get the chance to complete our mission here at home, every day. 
 
We also spent time learning about how we get the power to complete the mission.  The verse at the top tells us we will receive that power from the Holy Spirit.  So, we spent an extended amount of time asking the Holy Spirit to fill us with power, and waiting in His presence. 
 
In case your kids didn’t tell you, our Kids Church offering this month is being sent to missionaries in Istanbul, Turkey.  I told the kids that if we can collect $300 this month, we will have a Sunday Sundae Party, ice cream sundaes on a Sunday morning.  They have their buddy barrels to collect spare change, so if your kids are asking you for money than usual this month, it’s probably for this.
 
 
You are loved!
 
Pastor Ty
 
 
 

God's Ohana Includes Everyone!

Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as God forgave you.”
Today we finished our “Ohana” series.  We learned that God’s ohana is for everyone!  God wants everyone to choose to be part of His ohana, and everyone is welcome to be part of that ohana.  Our Hawaiian word of the day was “Aloha.”  We all know that this means hello and goodbye, but it also means love.  God has called us to show His love to everyone.  We talked a lot about compassion this morning, and caring about people who are hurting.
 
We read the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10 to learn about compassion.  In the story, Jesus tells us about a Jewish man gets robbed, beaten up, and left to die on the side of the road.  A priest walks by and ignores the man, moving to the other side of the road.  Another religious guy does the same exact thing.  Then a Samaritan man walks by and helps the Jewish man, and takes him to a nearby inn and pays for a room for the Jewish man.  The Samaritan man did all of that, even though the Samaritan and Jewish people didn’t like each other.  Jesus ended the story by telling us to go and be like Samaritan man, filled with compassion for others. 
 
We live in a world filled with hurting people.  We are so lucky to know that we can turn to God for comfort during hard times.  But there are lots of people that don’t know that God cares about them, and wants to comfort them.  We need to people that look at others how God looks at them, with compassion.  When we view people with the same compassion God has for them, we get the chance to show them God’s love. 
 
You are loved!
 
Pastor Ty
 
 

My Ohana is All Around Me!

Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

Today was week 3 of our “Ohana” series!  Our Hawaiian word of the day was “hoaloha,” which means friends.  Today we learned that our ohana is all around us.  God has given us an ohana that extends beyond the people we are related to.  Our friends at school and church are part of our ohana as well.   
 
We read the story of Job’s three friends in Job 2 to see examples of good friends.  In the story, Job’s livestock, servants, and his 10 kids all died in the same day.  When Job’s friends heard about this, they came to mourn with Job.  While later in the story they didn’t do the greatest job comforting Job, they were great examples of friends in the beginning.  When they got to Job, they sat with him in silence for seven days.  How many times have we tried to comfort someone, and had no words to say?  But just being there for the person lets them know that they are loved.  God wants us to be the same way.  We are friends with people that are going to go through, or are currently going through, hard times.  God has called us to be there for our friends.  Like the verse at the top says, we are supposed to love all the time and be there through hard times.  Even if we don’t know what to say, we still can help our hoaloha feel loved at all times.  When we love and comfort our friends, we are being great examples of God.
 
You are loved!
 
Pastor Ty 
 

My Ohana Shows Me Wisdom!

James 1:5 “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you.”
Today was week 2 of our “Ohana” series!  Since it was grandparents day, it seemed appropriate to talk about how God fills our ohanas with wise people, like grandparents, to give us wisdom.  Our Hawaiian word of the day was “na’auao,” which means wisdom.  And best of luck pronouncing that one.  In order to fully appreciate the wise people in our lives, however, we needed to learn just how important wisdom is.
 
We read the story of Solomon asking God for wisdom in 1 Kings 3 to learn the importance of wisdom.  In the story, God was pleased with how much Solomon loved Him.  So God asked Solomon what he wanted to receive from God.   Instead of asking for gold, land, or any other material wealth, Solomon told God he needed wisdom so he could be a good ruler of God’s chosen people.  Solomon knew he was called to great things, and he realized that the most important thing he needed was wisdom.  And when he asked God for wisdom, this pleased God so much that God told Solomon that He would give him what he didn’t ask for as well.  God gave Solomon riches and long life. 
 
When we ask God for wisdom today, He is just as willing to give us wisdom as He was with Solomon.  He also has surrounded us with people that are wise to help us become wise.  So be thankful for those people, and always learn from their wisdom!
 
You are loved!
 
Pastor Ty 
 

I am Part of God's Ohana!

Luke 12:7 “The very hairs on your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.”
Today we started our new series, “Ohana!”  We are spending this month talking about what makes us all a family, and why family is so important.  Today we learned that we are all part of God’s ohana (which means family if you didn’t catch that).  We also learned that we get to choose if we want to be part of God’s ohana.  We have to decide if we want to call God our Makuakāne, which was our Hawaiian word of the day meaning “Father.” 
 
We also spent a lot of time talking about what it means to have God as our Makuakāne.  It’s important to know that even though God is our Father, that doesn’t mean life is going to be perfect all the time.  There are a lot of people even in our own church right now that are going through crazy times, which means there are kids going through stuff as well.  Even though the kids at Bethel have chosen to be part of God’s family, they still are going through hard stuff.  The best part about having God as our Father is that He wants to comfort us through the hard times.  Psalm 147:3 says, “He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.”  And Psalm 23:4 says, “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.  Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.”
 
We are going to go through hard times, but we have a Father that wants to comfort us through those hard times.
 
You are loved!
 
Pastor Ty
 
 
 

Superhero Training Academy Week 4

Joshua 1:5 “Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.”
Today was the final week of “Superhero Training Academy!”  We learned that heroes answer the call!  We looked at the story of Moses and the Burning Bush in Exodus 3 for an example of a hero answering God’s call.  When God told Moses to go and free His people, Moses had a choice.  He could’ve said no and continued his life as a shepherd in Midian, which was the easy choice.  But being a hero for God doesn’t mean we make the easy choice, it means making the right choice.  And most of the time, the right choice is not the easy choice.  Moses gave up an easier life to go free God’s people, and it took on a path filled with trials and hardship. 
 
God is calling all of us to spread His love and make Him known to the lost people in the world.  And when we choose to answer that call, we are making our lives more difficult.  When we stand for what’s right, we are inviting the enemy to come and test our strength.  But God promises us that He will always be with us, just like He was always with Moses.  Choosing to be a superhero for God isn’t the easy choice, but it’s the right choice.  We ended service with a time for the kids to respond and tell God that they want to be heroes for Him.  They told God that they didn’t care that this choice wouldn’t make life easier, because they knew that it was the right choice to make.  They told God that they would go be lights in the darkness of the world, showing God to others no matter the cost. 
 
Next week we start our new series “Ohana” on Sunday mornings.  It’s going to be awesome!!
 
You are loved!
 
Pastor Ty 
 

Superhero Training Academy Week 3

James 5:16 “The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.”
 
Today was week 3 of “Superhero Training Academy!”  We learned that our power is within, and comes from Him!  The greatest power we have is prayer, because all of our power comes from God.  When we talk to God, we are using our superpower to change the world around us.  We read the story of Elijah Vs. the Prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18 to see the power of prayer in action.  If this is starting to sound like Pastor Dean’s sermon last week, that may have been the point.  Don’t forget to come out for our Fresh Fire Service at Bethel West tonight! 
 
Also, don’t forget about Nerf Wars IV: Boys Vs. Girls this coming Saturday!  We’ll be at Del Lago Park from 11:30am-1:00pm.  Don’t miss out!
 
You are loved!
 
Pastor Ty
 
 
 

Superhero Training Academy Week 2

1 John 4:8 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out all fear.”
 
Today was week 2 of “Superhero Training Academy!”  We learned that heroes are fearless, and faith-FULL! 
 
We read the story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17 for an example of what our main point meant.  I’m guessing we all know the story, so I’ll save you some time and not summarize.  If you don’t know it, or even if you do, have your kids give you the summary tonight!  One of my favorite parts of this story is when the battle actually begins.  When Goliath starts moving towards David, it says that David ran quickly to meet him.  There was no hesitation from David to challenge Goliath when he heard Goliath mock God, and there was no hesitation from David to charge at Goliath when it came time to fight.  He had total confidence (he was full of faith, or faith-FULL) that God was with him, and that God would help him defeat Goliath. 
 
The Bible doesn’t say if David had any fear at all, but if we put ourselves in that situation we would probably have some fear.  We face smaller things than Goliath in our lives, and we are scared of those things.  But whether or not David had any fear or not is irrelevant, because even if he was afraid, he didn’t let fear stop him from doing what God called him to do; and that is what being a hero is all about.  Being fearless doesn’t necessarily mean we never feel fear, it means we never let fear stop us from doing what God has called us to do.
 
We ended Kids Church by having your kids take the things that they’re afraid of, and hand them to a loving Father that takes away all fear.  Don’t forget about our Wednesday night classes starting this Wednesday at 6:30pm at Living Christ Church!  You don’t want your kids to miss out!
 
You are loved!
 
Pastor Ty
 
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