Elders

Reading: 1 Timothy 3:1-13

These verses are a list that helps Christians appoint elders and deacons in their local church.  Who are the elders and deacons at your congregation?  What are the important qualities that men should have in order to be elders or deacons?

These verses show us how important our families are in helping us be good servants.  If a man wanted to be an elder or deacon, what qualities should his wife and children have?

Sometimes we think of an elder or deacon as acting a certain way when we see him at church.  We forget that he has a role to play at home, and that his home life is what makes him such a good elder and deacon for us.

Small Means and Great Ends is a collection of stories edited by Mrs. M.H. Adams published in 1851.  The book may be read free online.

MY GRANDMOTHER’S COTTAGE

Of all places in the wide world, my own early home excepted, none seem to me more pleasing in memory than my grandmother’s cottage. Very often did I visit it in my boyhood, and well acquainted with its appearance within, and with almost every object around it, did I become. It stood in a quiet nook in the midst of the woods, about five miles from the pleasant seaport where I was born. The cottage was not a spacious one. It had but few rooms in it; but it was amply large for my aged grandparents, I remember. They lived happily there. My grandfather was somewhat infirm; my grandmother was a very vigorous person for one of seventy-five; this was her age at the time of my first recollection of her. She used to walk from her cottage to our home; and once I walked with her, but was exceedingly mortified that I could not endure the walk so well as she did.

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Learning and Growing

Reading: Lamentations 3:22-29

Jeremiah is writing about the Israelites. They have been carried away into captivity and slavery. Jeremiah hopes that during this hard time, they will turn back to God and increase their faith. It is a time of sorrow, but it can also be a time of great learning. Read the rest of this entry »

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God Charges Jeremiah

Reading: Jeremiah 1:4-10

When I was a little girl my mother had to take a job in the evenings at a pharmacy. My father cared for me and my two little sisters while she was working. I was nine years old, my next sister was six, and my youngest sister was a baby. You can imagine what hard work that was for my father in the evenings. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Royal Priesthood

Reading: Leviticus 10:1-11

Parents: “Candle Children” was written by Bruce S. Wright and published in his book, The Children’s Six Minutes. The book was published in 1922 and is now out of print, but it is available free online.

Introduction: Today’s reading teaches us several things about what God expected from His priests. Why were Nadab and Abihu punished? What were the special things that God commanded of Moses?

There is something about a candle we all love. We have our clear gas lights and our still more brilliant electric bulbs, but when the birthday comes we want a cake with candles on it….

First of all [a] candle speaks of Symmetry. How perfectly formed is this candle! It is smooth, there are no rough places that stand out…. Your life should have symmetry. God asks you to give heed to your physical, your mental and your spiritual duties that your life may be well rounded, a life of beautiful symmetry.

Second, [a] candle stands for Fragrance…. There are some children we do not like to have around, they are surly, sulky and mean. There are others we dearly love to have with us at all times. They have what I call fragrance. They have the fragrance of thoughtfulness, the sweetness of unselfishness…

[Finally], the candle stands for Light. It is useless until the wick is lighted. It burns for others. Your life is a light. Jesus wants all Christians to think of themselves as lights in the world. “Let your light shine.” Be a lighted candle for the Lord.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession,
that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him
who has called you out of darkness
into His marvelous light….
2 Peter 2:9

For Further Study:

  • Aaron’s sons were priests in the Old Testament. Christians are priests in the New Testament. Many things in the Old Testament was really just a “shadow” or pattern for what He was really going to do in the New Testament. Therefore let no one act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day – things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ. Colossians 2:16-17. We can read about more shadows and what they were meant to teach us:
    Temple ~ 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19
    Sabbath rest ~ Hebrews 4:9-11
    Incense ~ 2 Corinthians 2:14-16; Revelation 5:8
    Sacrifice ~ Ephesians 5:1-2; Romans 12:1
    Flood & ark ~ 1 Peter 3:20-21
  • List the names of other religions/denominations that you have learned about. What do they practice that would seem “strange” to God? Do you know the Scripture that tells you why these things are strange, or is it just because it’s not what you are used to practicing? It’s OK if you don’t know; you’re still learning and growing. But, pray to God to help you keep learning His Word so that you can learn what would be acceptable to Him.
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God is with His People

Reading: 2 Chronicles 7:11-18

“I am very glad that today is the Lord’s day,” said Lily, “for I will see Julie today at church.”

Lily’s mother considered this while smoothing the little girl’s hair with a brush. Then after the last ringlet was subdued, Mother asked, “Well Lily, what if Julie were not at church today? Would you be glad to be going to church?”

“Well, of course I would be glad to be there with you, Mama,” said Lily with a smile, “but you know Julie is my cousin and my special friend besides.”

Mother hugged her, and then asked, “When you are at worship, singing songs and praying, do you think anyone notices you, Lily?”

Lily thought about this a moment. “I believe God must hear me. But I don’t know…. there are so many people at the worship, Mama. My voice is not very strong.”

Her mother smiled. “Well, Lily, God said that His eyes, ears, and heart are with His people. He comes to His people when they worship, and He notices each and every one of them. When Solomon built the great big temple for God, God said He would live there. But today, God calls the church His temple. He lives with His church just as surely and happily as you live in this house of ours.”

Lily looked around at her bedroom, at her drawings on the walls, her dolls lined up on the bed, and the sunshine slanting in through her window and making a pattern on the floor. “Mama, I do love this house. I love my bedroom.”

“Yes, child, you love it because it belongs to you and it contains all things you love. That’s how God feels about His people, the church.”

For we are the temple of the living God;
Just as God said,
“I will dwell in them and walk in among them;
And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”
2 Corinthians 6:16

For Further Study:

  • Read 1 Corinthians 6:12-20. God calls each of us His temple. Our bodies belong to Him. It is wrong for us to say “It’s my life” or “it’s my body, I can do whatever I want.” Although God gave us lots of freedom, He also gives us commandments, wisdom, and plain common sense to know what is good for ourselves. Remember that we belong to Him ~ we should be showing Him to others, and we should bring glory to Him. After all, that is what will save the precious souls of this world. What we want, what’s “in style,” and what others do are constantly changing. But God’s commandments about good behavior, modest appearance, and serving others have never changed. We will spend time in other lessons looking at those specific commandments; for now, just keep in mind these thoughts from Corinthians:
    1 Corinthians 6:12-13 ~ Not everything that “looks good” or “tastes good” is helpful for us. Thinking about what makes me feel good or look good is not spiritual thinking; it is fleshly thinking. We do not want our flesh to be our master.
    Verses 13-17 ~ We have to think about the choices we make because we do not belong to this world. We want to belong to God. The person who has been baptized into Christ has joined Christ and should try to have the same mind as Christ’s
    Verse 18 ~ We have to protect our body, because decisions about our body can affect our soul.
    Verses 19-20 ~ We are precious to God
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A Wise Master Builder

Reading: Psalm 127

Do you sometimes go driving in town and see construction people and machines putting up new buildings? Do you sometimes make castles and other things in the sand? Do you sometimes build things with blocks or clay?

This psalm talks about a great Builder. Did you know that the Lord can build houses and cities? He does this by working in His people. When Christians ask the Lord to help them have good, loving families, then they are asking people to help them build their homes. When we pray for our country and our neighbors, we’re asking God to help us build up our cities and communities. God can work through Christians to make this a wonderful world.

How else does God build homes and cities? He makes children! This psalm says that children are a gift from God. If children weren’t born, this world wouldn’t go on, would it? Children are a wonderful blessing from God. YOU are a blessing to me!

For Further Study:

  • What other verses do you know that talk about how precious children are to God? Read Psalm 128:3, Proverbs 17:6; and Matthew 19:4.

 

  • We can be builders for God too! Read 1 Corinthians 3:9-10. God built His church by sending the Word, and we help build it up when we spread the Word.

 

  • Think about the things that different people in your family are doing. Also, take a look at your town’s newspaper this week. Ask God to help you build your home and city. What can you pray about for your family and community today?
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A Winner for God

Reading: Psalm 118:5-10

Have you ever played a game where you had to be on a team, like baseball or football or kickball? Have you ever had to be chosen for a team?

Sometimes when people choose teams, they try to choose the biggest and strongest people for their team. If you had to make up your own football team or kickball team, whom would you choose to be on it?

Today’s psalm tells us that GOD is on our side in this world. Isn’t that a wonderful thought? Even if it was just us and God, we would still be the strongest team! Even if every single person in the world was on the other team, and we stood alone for God, we would still be winners!

 

For Further Study:

  • Psalm 118:6 is quoted in Hebrews 13:6. Read Hebrews 13:5-6. What do these verses teach us about being content and not worrying about money?

 

  • Even though we would be winners standing alone with God, He did bless us with a whole “team” to go through this life with: His church. Who else in your life is on God’s
    team? According to the world’s standards, are these always the biggest, fastest, and strongest people? Read 1 Corinthians 1:26-31. God’s team is made up of the humble, the lowly, and those who want to serve others.

 

  • When you hear the word “victory,” what do you think about? Using a concordance and/or the internet, do a search in the Bible for the words “win” and “victory.” What kind of “win” does the child of God want to have in life?
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