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June 7, 2018

June 7, 2018

Dear Friends,
It makes sense that children should obey their parents.
But why?
Those of you where were raised going to Sunday School have probably already said “because the Bible says so.”  And it’s fair to say that if there was no other reason for children to obey, the fact that the Bible commands it would be sufficient. 
But even people who reject the Bible can think of plenty of good reasons for children to obey their parents.  For example:
Parents are wiser than children.  They have more life experience.  They have more information.  They are stronger and smarter. 
Parents can see the bigger picture.  They understand things that a child can’t possibly understand. 
Parents have a place of authority in a child’s life.  In one sense, they are the “authors” of those children in the first place!  Obedience to authority is a part of life for all of us.  Children need to learn early how to obey authority. 
Good parents love their children deeply.  They care about them.  They want what is best for them.  They want them to grow and flourish and thrive.  Whether a child knows it or not, it is in his or her best interest to obey. 
Parents would give their lives for their children.  Even on the child’s worst day, the love a parent has for a son or daughter is deeper than the child’s foolishness or disobedience.
All of which makes parenting a pretty good metaphor.
Why should we obey God?  If for no other reason, because the Bible tells us to. 
But there are plenty of other reasons why.  Right?
            “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
                        as in obeying the voice of the LORD?
            Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
                        and to listen than the fat of rams.”  (1 Samuel 15:22)

We had a great kick off for our Summer Kids Fest program this morning.  Miss Jen is helping the kids understand that they are to set an example for others through their lives, their love, their faith and their purity.  The next Summer Kids Fest event is two weeks from today.  Start thinking now about kids you could invite!
If you’d like to help out or if you have any questions, contact Jen Gurney at jengiles1@yahoo.com. 

And as part of Summer Kids Fest, we’re asking kids to find ways to earn money this summer to use to buy some simple school supplies for teachers at David O Dodd Elementary School.  The goal is to put together some school supply bundles that the teachers could have available for students.  According to our elementary school experts (Miss Carmen and Miss Beth), teachers would love to have a stash of crayons, notebooks and notebook paper, #2 pencils, scissors, colored pencils, pencil sharpeners – things kids need and use regularly in the classroom.
If you have children, get them involved and use this as a way to get them thinking about how we can help others in our (hopefully) soon to be new neighborhood (more on that in a few weeks).  Are there chores around the house that they could do to earn money for supplies? Could your child(ren) have a school supply lemonade stand?  Be creative and keep reminding the kids that this is their project!! A way to be an example even though they are young! (1 Timothy 4:12).
And if you don’t have children at home, you can pitch in too.  We’ll have a collection bin in the foyer at church all summer long.  Bring some supplies and donate them to the cause.

This Sunday is baptism Sunday.  We’ll meet a 4:00 at the Arnold’s house (directions below).
And again, here are the baptism details.


Guys – next Wednesday night is Burgers and Bros.  6:30 a David’s Burgers at Markham and Bowman. 
‘Nuff said.

What should you do when your freedom in Christ is at odds with your conscience?  What should we do with those things that may be lawful but aren’t profitable?  Romans 14 has guidance on those questions, and more.  And that’s where we’ll be this Sunday.
See you in church.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Pastor Bob
Directions to Tom and Nancy Arnold’s home from the Walmart on Highway 10 and Chenal Parkway.  Continue west on Highway 10 for 2.2 miles.  Turn left on Ferndale Cutoff.  Go 4 miles to the intersection of Ferndale Cutoff and Kanis Rd.  Turn right on Kanis Road.  Go 9.9 miles to Cave Creek Road.  Turn left on Cave Creek Road.  It dead ends and Tom and Nancy Arnold’s home.

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