Jun 16 2010

On the Seventh Day...Lisa Camp sermon

Lisa had a great time speaking to 3rd & 4th graders at a church camp last night!  She was given the topic of sharing on days 4-7 on Creation and thanks to K-LOVE listener Stephanie (a lawyer from Indianapolis), she had these amazing thoughts and insight into the 7th day of Creation.  See her notes below (and thanks Stephanie!)


  • The Seventh Day

o   Well, we’re going to talk about the Sabbath today, and the Sabbath is the day that God rested after he created the heavens and the earth and everything in them. 

o   Would you be tired if you created the whole universe in seven days? Did you know that God never gets tired?  He never needs a rest!  But He rested anyway, because He wanted to show us that He knows what we need.  We need a rest sometimes because we’re just human beings.

o   Here’s what the bible says, in Genesis 2:1-3: 


So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation. (NLT)


o   What else did God do on the seventh day besides rest?  (He blessed it and declared it holy)  What does holy mean?

o   So the Sabbath is not just a regular rest, it’s a special rest that God made holy by blessing it. 


  • God’s Rest for Us

o   In the book of Hebrews, God tells us more about his special, holy rest, and I’m going to read some of that to you now, from Hebrews 4:1-3 and 6-7: 


God's promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it. For this good news—that God has prepared this rest—has been announced to us just as it was to them. But it did them no good because they didn't share the faith of those who listened to God. For only we who believe can enter his rest. So God's rest is there for people to enter, but those who first heard this good news failed to enter because they disobeyed God. So God set another time for entering his rest, and that time is today. (NLT) (emphasis added)


o   This is kind of a hard question, but what do you think God is telling us we need to do to have his special rest? (accept Jesus into our hearts, have the Holy Spirit)

o   When can we have his special rest when Jesus is in our hearts?  (right now!!!!  all the time!!!) 

  • Wrap up
    • We aren’t like God at all, we’re just human beings.  This means we need to rest and obey God so we can do the work he has for us while we’re here on the earth.  We need to have “regular” rest for our bodies and our minds, like when it’s summer and we just have fun swimming and playing outside, and we also need to have the special, holy rest that God tells us about in the bible.  So I’m going to say our closing prayer now, and while I’m doing that, I want you to think to yourself about what things you can do to have that special rest with God. 
Jun 15 2010

A Dad's Role in Raising Boys

With Father's Day around the corner, we dig into the topic of a father's role in raising boys.  David Thomas, who co-wrote the book "Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys" with Stephen James, joins us this morning to talk about this important role.

David Thomas is a therapist and director of counseling for men and boys at Daystar Counseling in Nashville, Tennessee. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Connie; daughter, Lily; and twins, Baker and Witt.



5 Stages of a boy's development

1) The Explorer (ages 2-4) - As soon as a boy can walk and talk, he begins exploring the edges of his world.

2) The Lover (ages 5-8) - A boy at this stage is more sensitive to the feelings and needs of others around him, and he begins to experience his first spiritual awakening.

3) The Individual (ages 9-12) - Boys at this stage are developing a stronger sense of self and have started to consider what it means to be a man.

4) The Wanderer (ages 13-17) - At this stage, a boy will careen back and forth between his desire for adult involvement and his desire to be left alone.

5) The Warrior (ages 18-22) - Boys at this stage are full of promise, purpose, and insight in the homestretch of a long journey.

Jun 14 2010

Summer Help for Parents

If your kids are already feeling restless this summer, take some tips from teachers on how to bring order to your home:

1) Set up Routines - Routines and standards help children know what's expected of them, so they have a better chance for success.

2) Aim High - Don't be afraid to set high goals and expectations for your kids to accomplish this summer.  When they hit them, they'll feel a sense of accomplishment and want to do more!

3) Streamline Your Discipline - Make sure your children know what you expect from them behavior wise.  Also make sure they know what the consequences are if they break the rules. 

4) Show Them You Care - The best teachers are firm, but loving.  Same goes for the best parents.  So, even though you have boundaries in place, love your children lavishly!

5) Take Advantage of Your Child's Desire to Please You - Children also love striving for goals, which gives you a wonderful opportunity to be their cheerleader. 

To dig deeper on these ideas and more, check out our friends at iMoms.

Jun 08 2010

Change A Life Today - Well Done Campaign

There are 328 million people in Africa that lack access to clean, safe water. That is more than the population of the entire United States! You can help change that! We're excited to team up with Jars of Clay today for the "Well Done Campaign" - to help provide clean water for those in need.

In 2005 Jars of Clay had a dream through their "Blood:Water Mission" ministry to build 1000 clean water projects (everything from wells to filtration systems) in Africa. It was a campaign they started with K-LOVE and in the years since, 890 water projects have been funded in built. Today, the goal is to finish the work started in 2005 - fund the remaining 110 projects (each project is approximately $9,000).

To get involved call 800-516-3481 or right here online

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