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Newsletter Issue #16  --  July 11, 2017 

 

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Astonished . . . 

I just finished reading an excellent book, Astonished: Recapturing the Wonder, Awe, and Mystery of Life with God. In this book, Pastor Mike Erre sets out to explain why God's children suffer, and does so without shallow explanations or attempting to fit God into a nicely packaged box.

What do we do when we follow him [God] and it doesnít work out the way we planned? Where else are we going to go? What happens when our biggest fears come true, and we find out the presence of God isnít found in the absence of suffering and disappointment but in the midst of them?

As many of you know, my husband, Bob, suffered a traumatic brain injury 3.5 years ago. It has been a long and difficult journey. Bob continues to improve, yet he is still severely disabled, particularly in his speech, comprehension, and reasoning skills. In the beginning of this journey, during the darkest days, the idea of walking away from my faith was unimaginable; where would I go, to whom would I turn? But the doubts were all encompassing. Why would God, who loves us, allow such a disaster to befall our family? We were serving God faithfully, as best we knew how, yet there we were, devastated, knocked down, and despairing, seemingly without hope! Where were those angels to keep Bob's feet from slipping? Wasn't that a promise from God? Why did this happen?! The answers didn't come quickly, yet, over the past 3.5 years, God has proven himself faithful in a multitude of ways---in the midst of our suffering---and he has shown me some of the "whys" this happened to us.

I am so thankful for those of you who have prayed for us! The prayers of God's saints have sustained us. "Astonished . . . " fleshes out some of what I've discovered about suffering. It is a really good read and worth your time! Check it out, below!

I hope you are having a great summer. Take time to read and study, so as to be better equipped to serve the children in your ministry! 

 

 

Help children grow in their faith!

Tell Me The Story of Jesus is a two-semester Bible lesson plan that covers the life of Jesus from childhood to Pentecost, see Table of Contents, below. These lessons will help children understand who Jesus was and why he came to earth, and will help to prepare their hearts to serve the Lord all the days of their lives. Available as an e-book only. For K-5th grade. 

Learn more about the Story of Jesus Bible lessons.

Table of Contents

Semester One
1. Jesusí Childhood
2. Jesusí Baptism and Temptation
3. Calling of the Twelve
4. Sermon On The Mount: Salt & Light
5. Sermon On The Mount: Treasures In Heaven
6. Sermon On The Mount: Judging Others

Semester Two
7. Miracles of Jesus
8. Jesusí Love
9. Who Is Jesus?
10. Crucifixion & Resurrection
11. Jesus Appears To His Followers
12. Ascension, Commission and Pentecost

 
 

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