Peace: can you hear it?

The past couple weeks I have seen Peace on Earth written all over the place and heard that saying in church and on the radio. But what is PEACE on Earth?  Does it mean no war? Does it mean everyone is getting along? According to the dictionary the definition of Peace is the Freedom from war, freedom from disturbance, calm, content, tranquil. According to the Bible it says that Jesus is our Peace.

Isaiah 9:6-7:  A child will be born to us. God will give a son to us. He will be responsible for leading the people. His name will be Wonderful Counselor, Powerful God, Father Who Lives Forever, Prince of Peace. Power and peace will be in his kingdom. It will continue to grow. He will rule as king on David’s throne and over David’s kingdom. He will make it strong, by ruling with goodness and fair judgment.  He will rule it forever and ever. The Lord of heaven’s armies will do this because of his strong love for his people.

If Jesus is our Peace than how come we don’t just turn to Him, our freedom from disturbance, calmness, contentment, tranquility?  I believe it is because we choose not to listen. If we listened to Him we know the answers. It’s just  like having the answer key to a test. One of my favorite verses from the Bible comes from John 16:33.

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If we listen to Him through the Bible and Listen to Him though prayer we would have more Peace, The kind of peace that we hear a lot about during this holiday season. Starting this January  we are going to be teaching our kids at our church how to LISTEN, in a series we are calling:

LISTEN UP

This series is based on James 1. Starting January 5th in Adventure World let’s discover how to listen like God has intended for us and maybe then we can discover this PEACE on earth that we have been singing about.

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Verse Memory Fun

This month in our Children’s Ministry we have been learning Philippians 3:14. I wanted to share how we make memorizing scripture FUN.

VERSE CARD: Each month we send home baseball card size verse cards printed on card stock paper so that the kids have the Bible verse accessible at all times. We have even given the younger children verse cards with magnetic strips so that they can be put on the refrigerator. Below is a sample of the series DRIVE that we just finished last week.

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VERSE VIDEO: Each series we come up with a creative ways to teach motions so that the kids can have fun learning the Bible verse. We make it accessible to teachers, parents and even put it on YouTube so that kids can watch it outside of a Sunday Morning.

VERSE GAME:  This week we used red SOLO cups with a word on each cup. We mixed them all up and divided the kids into teams. The object was to form a complete set in order. This was a super exciting way to practice what they learned. below are some pictures of the fun.