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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Serving Others

Reading: Matthew 25:31-40

“The Best Fun” is from the book Tiger & Tom and Other Stories for Boys.  Published in 1910, the book can be read freely online.

THE BEST FUN

“Now, boys, I’ll tell you how we can have some fun,” said Fred Blake to his companions, who had assembled on a beautiful, moonlight evening for sliding, snowballing, and fun generally.

“How?” “Where?” “What is it?” asked several eager voices together.

“I heard Widow More tell a man a little while ago,” replied Fred, “that she would go to sit up with a sick child to-night. She said she would be there about eight o’clock. Now, as soon as she is gone, let’s make a big snow man on her doorstep so that when she comes home, she cannot get in without first knocking him down.” Read the rest of this entry »

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On Eagles’ Wings

Reading: Isaiah 40:27-31

Do you know any children who are smaller than you? When I was growing up, I was always the smallest one in my class. And now that I am an adult, I am still the smallest in my class. In fact, if you ever met me in person, you would see that I am actually smaller than some children, even though I am quite older than a child. I have always been a very small person. Perhaps that is why I sympathize with little children, who are often told to hurry up, catch up, and grow up. Has anyone ever said this to you? It’s hard to do that when you’re small.

These verses from Isaiah tell us not to worry about being small and weak. You see, we have a strong and mighty God who wants to help us. He is Everlasting, and has known us from our smallest beginnings. He is the Creator, so He knows everything that might hurt us or harm us. Bigger, stronger people may stumble at the problems and trials of life, but we have One who wants to lift us up on eagles’ wings.

Unlike me, YOU will probably grow quite a bit more in your lifetime. And then do you know what? Perhaps you will shrink when you are older. My grandmother became smaller when she grew older. Her bones became frailer, and she stooped lower. I wonder if that will happen to me as well? But it doesn’t matter. I will still have the same Heavenly Father to lift my faith and help me feel strong enough to face the difficulties of life. I hope that, big or small, you will too!

For Further Study:

  • Have you ever seen an eagle? I’ve seen them at the zoo, but not in the wild. The eagle is used to describe swiftness and power in the Bible. Read Exodus 19:3-6; 2 Samuel 1:23; Job 9:25-26; and Proverbs 123:5. What things are likened to eagles in these verses? What can we learn about God’s power and goodness from them?

  • What are the things in your life that make you feel weary? Perhaps there are some responsibilities, activities, and even relationships that are tiring you. What can you pray to God about these things?
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Songs about parents & grandparents

Here are some songs that our congregation has used in its baby Bible class for many years.  They were passed down from one mother to the next, so I’m afraid I no longer know who gets credit for them 🙂  But they are tried-and-true and well-loved.  While singing the songs, we show the children pictures of their parents & grandparents, and/or magazine clippings of families, and sometimes little dolls.

God Made Mommy/Daddy

(Tune: Are You Sleeping?)

God made Mommy, God made Mommy,

Yes He did, yes He did,

And we love her, and we love her,

Yes we do, yes we do.

(You can substitute “Daddy/him” in place of “Mommy/her”.  You can also substitute the names of members of the congregation)


Parents Bring Babies to Class

(Tune: The Bear Went Over the Mountain)

Parents bring babies to class,

Parents bring babies to class,

Parents bring babies to class,

Parents know what is best.

(In place of “Parents” you can substitute Mommies, Daddies, Grandmas, Grandpas, etc.)


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A Foolish Young Man

Reading: 1 Kings 12:6-15


Once upon a time a young man decided to leave home and make his fortune in the world. So he bid his mother and father farewell and set off across the land. He came to a foreign country and decided that he would settle there and find work. During this time he rented a room above a little store. In the daytime, he worked at the docks, unloading goods from the ships for a few pennies a day. He made friends with the other workers, young men with dreams like himself. He was a strong young man, and he worked hard, so that by and by he was able to save up some money.


The young man thought to himself, “I have enough money now to buy some land and build a house. Once I have those things, I can perhaps find a wife and start a family.”


Eventually he found just the right piece of land. There was room for a house and barn, plus fields for planting and meadows for grazing the sheep that he imagined he would raise. By now the young man had made himself known at the docks for his diligence, and being put in charge of the other laborers, he was able to earn even more money.


The young man decided that the time had come to build his own house. He had never done this before. But it didn’t seem difficult. He consulted with others at the docks and was told that a certain gentleman in the area was known for having built many houses. The man was hiring laborers; perhaps he would like to be hired on and learn the trade? But two of his good friends told him that they would help him build a house. It was easy, they said – a door, some rooms, some windows, a roof – what could be hard about that?


The young man continued to rent his little room above the store, but after work every day he and his friends would go to his piece of land and work on the house. It was a fun project. Sometimes they had a contest to see who could build the fastest. During this time the young man met a lovely girl, the daughter of the merchant who owned the store above which he resided. They spent time together and quickly fell in love. The merchant gave them their blessing, and they held a pretty little ceremony on the beach, not far from the docks, where the young man now oversaw and managed the unloading of goods from every ship that landed at their seaside town.


After their wedding and a honeymoon at sea, the young man brought his bride to their home on the farm. As tradition dictated, he was to carry her in his arms over the threshold. Alighting from their carriage, the young man picked up his bride and proceeded to carry her to the house. He had not seen the house for a month. Walking up to it, he noticed with alarm that the roof was sagging and the windowpanes had fallen out of their frames. Several bricks were loose, and – horrors – the very door under which he was to carry his beloved looked very much in danger of caving in over their heads! Embarrassed and afraid, he realized the folly of trusting those without experience or wisdom with the blessings he cherished most.


For Further Study:

  • Read Proverbs 11:14, 12:15, 15:22, and 20:18. Is it a sign of weakness to ask others to help you with a problem? When it comes to listening to others, what’s the difference between a wise person and a fool?

  • Read 1 Timothy 3:2, Titus 1:9, and Titus 2:1-2. These list qualities that older people should have. How do these virtues help older people be wise counselors for the younger people? For example, if someone is hospitable, it means they like spending time with others and having them at their home. How does this make it easier for them to give advice? How does this make others want to get advice from them?

  • How can you grow up to be a wise old man or old woman? In 50 or 60 years, your older friends at church will be gone; will you be ready to take their place? Pray to God about it. Pray for the older people in your congregation. See if you can invite an older couple over, or send them a friendly note.

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