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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
 

Superhero Training Academy Week 1

1 Corinthians 10:31 “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
 
Today was week 1 of “Superhero Training Academy!”  We learned that if we want to be heroes, we need to do the right thing all the time.  Whether people are looking, or not, we need to recognize the right choice, and make that choice. 
 
We looked in 1 Samuel 24 for a great example of this.  In the story, David and his people are hiding from King Saul in a cave.  Saul and his army are out looking for David, and Saul goes into a cave to go to the bathroom.  However, the cave he went in was the same cave David was in!  All of the people with David told him that God delivered Saul to him so he could kill him and become King of Israel.  So David approached Saul, and cut a piece of his robe and then went back to hide.  When Saul left, David went out and showed Saul that he could’ve killed him, but chose not to.  He said that God told him not to harm Saul, so he spared Saul’s life. 
 
David knew what the right choice was, and he made that choice.  David was anointed to be King of Israel, and he would’ve had everything he was promised if he killed Saul in the cave.  But David knew that even though the easy choice was killing Saul, it wasn’t the right choice because God told him not to harm Saul.  Being a hero doesn’t mean making the easy choice all the time, it means making the right choice all the time. 
 
The last thing we talked about with this story is what the verse at the top says.  As heroes, we don’t set out to make ourselves famous, we set out to make God famous.  Had David killed Saul in the cave, he would’ve been glorifying himself.  By not trusting God’s timing, David would’ve acted to make himself famous.  But by trusting God, and letting things happen in God’s time, David gave all glory and fame to God. 
 
You are loved!
 
Pastor Ty
 
 
 

Grow Up Together!

John 15:12 “This is my command: Love each other as I have loved you.”
 
Today we finished up our Growing Up with God series!  Our final lesson was about the importance of healthy friendships.  Our main point for the morning was “Grow Up Together!”  God has placed friends in our lives for a reason, so that we can encourage each other and help each other grow into the things God has for us.  Without friends, the journey God has us on would be lonely, and a lot more difficult. 
 
We looked at the story of Jonathan helping David in 1 Samuel 20 to see a good example of friendship.  Saul, the King of Israel, was trying to kill David, the guy who was anointed to become the King of Israel.  Jonathan, Saul’s son, and David were best friends, however, so he tried to help David.  Jonathan tried to talk to Saul about David, and relayed everything he heard to David.  At one point, Saul even tried to kill Jonathan for protecting David.  The whole story shows a great picture of Jonathan and David’s friendship, but what Jonathan gave up to befriend David makes it even better.  Being the son of the King, Jonathan was next in line to be King of Israel.  With David being chosen by God to be the next King, he was in competition with Jonathan for the throne.  If Jonathan wanted to be King, he could have joined in on the plot to kill David.  But he chose to help David, showing that his love for his friend was more important than being King. 
 
In our lives, we need to choose friends that are like Jonathan.  If our friends aren’t helping us grow closer to God, they aren’t helping us live out the plans God has for us.  It says in Proverbs 13:20 that, “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”  If the people we choose to call friends aren’t making good choices and loving God, we will struggle to become people that make good choices and love God.  It’s also important that we are like Jonathan to our friends.  We can help our friends discover God, and grow closer to Him, by being an example of Jesus to our friends. 
 
We need to choose friends that will be like Jonathan to us, and we need to be like Jonathan to our friends as well.  When we do this, we begin to grow into the things God has for us, and we do it together!
 
You are loved!
 
Pastor Ty 
 

Grow Deep, then Grow Up!

Galatians 5:25 “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
 
Today was part 1 of our final lesson in Growing Up with God!  Today we learned that we need to grow deep, then grow up.  God has big things planned for all us, but our relationship with Him is more important than anything.  We started the morning off by playing a game where the kids used straws, tape, and paperclips to make the tallest structure possible.  The structure needed to be able to stand on its own as well.  Most groups made tall towers, but no base, so those fell over right away.  Our winning group made a base for their tower first, and then built up.  This demonstrated the entire lesson for us; our relationship with God is the base for everything He has planned for us.
 
When we read the story of Jesus, we constantly read about times when He would go be alone to talk to God.  He had a deep relationship with the Father, and that propelled Him to do the big things He did.  Like the picture above shows, an iceberg is way bigger beneath the surface than it is above.  This is what God wants us to look like.  He wants us to do big things for Him, but He wants us to have a deep relationship with Him first.  We do that by reading our Bible, talking to God, listening to God, going to Church, worshipping Him, and more. 
 
For as big as God’s plans for us are, He wants us to have a deep connection to Him more than anything.
 
You are loved!
 
Pastor Ty 
 

Show Others the Prize!

Matthew 28:19 “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
 
Today was part 2 of the lesson we started last week.  Last week we learned that God is our prize, and that we should always keep our eyes on Him.  Today we learned that we need to show other the prize.  We are so luck to know God, and to be close to Him, but there are people we encounter every day that are searching for the prize, but don’t know that God is that prize.  If we don’t stop and show them the prize, we aren’t doing what God has called us to do.
 
We saw an example of this in Acts 8, with the story of Phillip and the Ethiopian man.  In the story, Phillip encountered an Ethiopian man who was reading the Bible.  Phillip asked the man if he understood what he was reading, and the Ethiopian man told him he couldn’t understand unless someone gave him instructions.  The man was reading prophecies about Jesus, so Phillip told him the story of Jesus.  By the end, Phillip baptized the man, and the Ethiopian man knew that God was his ultimate prize.
 
If Phillip didn’t stop and talk to the man, the man would’ve continued searching for the prize, but may never have found it.  But because Phillip did stop, the man left knowing that his prize is Jesus.  We face the same choice as Phillip every day, we can keep walking or we can show others the prize.
 
Don’t forget to do the take home paper with your kids!  That will help them remember the lesson throughout the week, and it will help you have a great impact on their walk with God!
 
You are loved!
 
Pastor Ty 
 

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize!

Proverbs 3:6 “Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track.”
 
We are back!!  In case you didn’t know, I was on vacation in Indiana for the last 2 weeks.  It was so great to be back at home this morning!  Today in Kids Church, we learned that we need to keep our eyes on the prize!  It’s so easy to get distracted in life, and it’s the same in our spiritual journey.  The enemy will throw everything he can at us in order to take us off of the path God has us on.  The game we played to demonstrate this involved squirt guns, moustaches, wigs, an eagle mask, and other stuff, but I will let your kids explain that one to you. 
 
We read about the temptation of Jesus in Luke 4.  In the story, satan tries to tempt Jesus into doing different stuff.  Jesus resisted the temptation every time, and used God’s word to do so.  We can learn from the story that when God is on our side, we can stay on track (which the verse at the top says).  We also talked about what the prize is from our Main Point.  God has all of us on different paths, but we all have the same prize.  Our ultimate prize is being close to God!  He loves being close to us, and we get the opportunity to be close to Him! 
 
Some of our kids are going to grow up to be teachers, doctors, pastors, missionaries, moms, dads, sports stars, etc.  But even though we all have different paths, we all get the same prize of intimacy with God.  And when we keep our eyes on Him, He keeps us on track, and helps us stay focused. 
 
Don’t forget to do the take home paper with your kids!  That will help them remember the lesson throughout the week, and it will help you have a great impact on their walk with God!
 
You are loved!
 
Pastor Ty
 
 

Happy Father's Day!

John 16:13 “But when the Spirit of Truth comes, He will take you by the hand and guide you into all truth.”
 
Happy Father’s Day!!!  Thank you to all of the Father’s at Bethel that make the kids in Kids Church such amazing kids!  Today we learned the importance of Father’s in our lives, starting with our Father in Heaven.  Our Main Point for the morning was “God is My Guide”.  We learned that while we are on our journey, God will always be there to guide us.  In the same way, our Father’s here on Earth guide us through life, and help us on our path.  God has given us our Father’s, or put people in our lives that are Father figures to give us direction throughout our lives. 
 
We read the story of the Israelites in the wilderness.  While the Israelites were on their journey, God guided them with a pillar of cloud during the day, and a pillar of fire at night.  God had big plans for the Israelites, and he wasn’t going to leave them to figure everything out on their own.  Because He’s a good Father, he was their to guide them throughout their journey.  He does the same for us, and so do our Father’s on Earth.
 
Happy Father’s Day!
 
Pastor Ty 
 

Pentecost Sunday

Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.”
Today was Pentecost Sunday!  I love Pentecost because without it, the Church wouldn’t exist.  Because of what happened at Pentecost, the Apostles received power and courage to start the Church that we are part of today.  In Kids Church today, we talked about how we get the same Holy Spirit today.  The same Spirit that the Apostles received in the upper room is the same Spirit we receive today.  And kids receive the same Spirit and power that adults receive, there is no Jr. Holy Spirit. 
 
We spent a long time in ministry, where all of our kids that hadn’t been baptized in the Holy Spirit were filled and speaking in tongues.  So by the end of ministry time, we had a room full of kids praying in tongues, which is pretty incredible.  I left your kids with a challenge of praying in tongues for 5 minutes every day this week.  So keep your kids encouraged to complete the challenge this week.
 
You are loved!
 
Pastor Ty 
 

Grow By Steps!

Matthew 14:29-30 “So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.  But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink.”
Today we moved into Chapter 5 of Growing Up with God.  We learned that if we want to grow into the big things God has for us, we have to start by taking small steps.  God has big plans for all of us, but He also knows that we need to take small steps to grow and be ready for the big plans.  We read, and acted out, the story when Jesus walks on water.  In the story, He calls out to Peter and tells him to walk out on the water as well.  When Peter steps out of the boat, he begins to walk on the water as well.  But when Peter takes his eyes off of Jesus and looks at the water below him, he gets scared and begins to sink.  Jesus then pulls him out of the water and they get back on the boat. 
 
It’s hard to imagine Peter jumping out of the boat and immediately running towards Jesus.  I would think Peter did the dipping one toe in the water move that we do to see if the water is warm enough before we jump in a pool.  And once Peter realized his toe wasn’t sinking, I’m guessing he was taking small steps towards Jesus.  We get to do the same thing in our lives; we get to take small steps.  God doesn’t expect us to do the big things He has planned for us right away; He takes us on a process that is filled with small steps.  And those steps are what help us grow to be prepared for the big things.  We see this process throughout the Bible.  David was anointed King of Israel when he was 13, but didn’t become King for another 15 years or so, and Jesus didn’t begin His ministry until He was 30 years old.  Two of the biggest figures in the Bible took a long time to grow, and that time was filled with many small steps. 
 
The last thing we learned was that we need to keep our eyes on Jesus with every step we take.  Like the verse up top says, Peter sank when he took his eyes off of Jesus.  When we take our eyes off of Jesus, we risk getting knocked off of our path.
 
Talk to your kids, and come up with a plan on how you guys can take small steps and small chances this week to grow into the big things God has planned for your family.
 
You are loved!
 
Pastor Ty 
 
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