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I am Thankful for My Team!

1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
 
Today we combined our Bethel Strong series with thanksgiving.  Our main point for the morning was “I am Thankful for My Team!  Our teammates make us better, so it’s important that they know we love them and are thankful for them.  We looked in Ephesians 1:15-19, at Paul’s prayer for the people of Ephesus for an example of thankfulness.  In his letter, Paul shows us 3 ways to show others that we are thankful for them.
  1. He tells them he’s thankful for them.
This is probably the easiest way to show our thankfulness, and probably the one we do the least.  Spend time this week telling the people in your life how thankful you are for them.
  1. He prays for them all the time, not just when he sees them in person.
Paul says he prays for them whenever he thinks about them.  When we ask God to simply bless our friends, even if they never know we pray for them, we show God that we are genuinely thankful for our friends.
  1. He uses his letters to encourage them.
When we are encouraging to our friends, we are showing that we love them and that we are thankful for them.  Spend time this week using your words to encourage your teammates!
 
You are loved!
 
Pastor Ty 
 

We are Better Together!

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 “Two are better than one, because together they can work more effectively.  If one of them falls down, the other can help him up.”
 
Today we jumped into the Bethel Strong series that the whole church is doing this month.  Today we learned that “we are better together!”  We looked at Paul’s description of the church being like a body in 1 Corinthians 12 to see an example of how God wants us to be one team. 
 
Paul uses the example of our bodies being made up of many parts, and all of those parts working together to make up one body, to show that the church should be the same way.  There are a lot of different people in the church, with many different gifts from God.  Some of us are teachers, some are leaders, some are very prophetic, some are pastors, etc.  God has put all of us together, doing many different things, in order to be one church body.  Every part of the body is important, even if it doesn’t seem important, and our bodies wouldn’t be complete without all of those parts.  It’s the same in the church.  Every person in the church is important, and we aren’t complete without everyone working together. 
 
You are loved!
 
Pastor Ty 
 

Beyond Borders Review

Today we finished up our “Beyond Borders” series with some review, pictures and stories, and an ice cream party!  We reviewed all of our main points from this series:
  • Our mission starts at home!
  • Our mission is for the world!
  • Our mission starts with compassion!
  • Our mission is all about others!
Then we got to see some pictures and hear some stories from Nichole Christiansen’s trip to Turkey last month.  We got to see pictures of the family we are sending our offering to, and then the kids wrote them letters to send as well.  We ended service by celebrating how awesome Bethel Kids did in raising money last month.  We ended up with over $400 in offering for the month of October, all of it going to missionaries in Istanbul, Turkey!  It was a great way to celebrate the kids contributing to spreading God’s Kingdom around the world!
 
Don’t forget to register your kids for the Jungle, happening this Friday!!  All info and registration can be found at www.thejungleforkids.com.  Online registration closes tomorrow, so don’t miss out!  It’s going to be awesome!
 
You are loved!
 
Pastor Ty 
 

Our Mission is All About Love!

John 14:12 “ Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these...”
 
Today was our last week of our “Beyond Borders” series!  Today we learned that our mission is all about love!  We tied into our Healing Sunday, so we looked at the story of Jesus healing the leper in Matthew 8.  In the story, a leper comes to Jesus asking if Jesus would be willing to heal him.  Jesus said He was willing, and healed the man, then told him not to tell anyone.  This shows us that Jesus didn’t heal people in order to get famous, He did it to glorify the Father and because He loved people.  His genuine love for others led Him to feel compassion for them, and that compassion led Him to heal them.  When we have the same love for others, we will see healing power come, and we will be able to glorify the Father like Jesus did.
 
We also counted our last offering of the month, which is going to missionaries in Turkey, and we are over $350 for the month!  So we will have a Sunday Sundae Party next Sunday to celebrate the great job the kids did in raising money to advance God’s Kingdom!
 
You are loved!
 
Pastor Ty 

Our Mission is all About Others!

Matthew 20:28 “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
Today was week 4 of our “Beyond Border” series.  Today we learned that our mission is all about others!  Our culture teaches us from an early age to think about ourselves, and what we can get out of every situation.  But Jesus tells us the exact opposite.    
 
In our Bible Story in Matthew 20:20-28, the mom of James and John asks Jesus to give her sons seats of authority at the right and left hand of Jesus in Heaven.  Jesus tells them that the Father already has those spots picked out, but then He tells them something that we always need to remember.  Jesus tells all of the disciples that if any of them wanted to be a leader, they would have to become a servant.  And if any of them wanted to be first, they needed to become a slave.  Jesus finishes with the verse at the top, telling them that even He was there to serve others. 
 
We need to start being people that do what Jesus did, serve others.  In Kids Church, we used the example of our offering challenge for the month.  All of our offering this month is going to missionaries in Turkey, and we get an ice cream party if we raise over $300.  So I asked the kids today what would happen if we don’t get to $300.  The simple answer was that we don’t get ice cream.  Then I asked the kids if that was fair.  It was about 50/50 on it being fair, and it not being fair.  So we talked  about the real reason we have this challenge, and the real reward of what we do.  It’s totally ok to collect change to try and earn the ice cream party, but the real reason is so we can help spread God’s love around the world.  And while the ice cream party is a great reward, the real reward is the people that are going to know Jesus and go to Heaven because of our support.  That’s what we need to be most concerned about, if people have a relationship with God.  That’s what Jesus was most concerned with. 
 
You are loved!
 
Pastor Ty
 
 

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 
 
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