Issue #22 - Volume 13


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June 26, 2012

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1) The 1%, the Lost, and the Strays
2) July 4th Ideas?

3) Pharisee at Heart Devotional?
4) Father's Day
5) July 4th--Is This Really Independence Day?

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1) The 1%, the Lost, and the Strays

There has been a lot of talk, lately, about the 1% versus the 99%, having to do with economic inequality, but you might be surprised to learn that Jesus had something to say about the 1% versus the 99% too! 

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2) July 4th Ideas?

I know that many churches have Wednesday night programming, and since July 4th falls on a Wednesday, how does your church (in the USA) plan to observe this holiday?

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3) Pharisee at Heart

Can you resend the Pharisee at Heart email devotional? I cannot believe it is gone from my list. . . it really spoke to me, the night before receiving it I made my own rules and woke up and read the email while I was breaking them, ha!
Thanks, Sue

--from SSTN: Hi Sue, You can find it listed in our Older Teen & Adult Bible Devotionals section at: 

Also, you can find it by keyword search from our home page: or by using the search box at the bottom of this newsletter. ;o) 



4) Father's Day

For Fathers Day, we noticed that the same men were receiving the prizes for the oldest, youngest, and most children year after year. Now, when the men arrive, they are given a new name for the day. Names such as Mr. Spectacular, Mr. Handsome, Mr. Lots of Hair... you get the idea. We do the same thing for Mothers Day (of course, the ladies are named “Beautiful”, “Precious”, “Dazzling” etc). This way, each man in attendance has a chance to win a prize, whether he is a father or not (many men are fantastic father figures). 

--from SSTN: sorry this posting didn't make in in time for this year's Father's Day. But it will be available for next year and can be found using our search engine on the home page of, or in our newsletter archives, which is a goldmine of ideas!



5) July 4th--Is this Really Independence Day?

Children's Sermon:

Hello kids! Why do we celebrate July 4th? (Listen for answers.)  

Yes, Independence Day! 

Does Mexico have a July 4th? (This is a joke. Of course they have July 4th. They just don't celebrate their independence on that day.)

What does it mean to have independence? (Listen to answers.)  

When the USA gained independence from England, we received freedom from their control.*  They no longer could tell Americans how to live. We were free to establish our own rules and government.

Today, I want to talk to you about true freedom. The Bible tells us that we are born prisoners to sin. (Galatians 3:22-23) We need to be set free!  The Bible says we are either slaves to sin or slaves to righteousness. This means we either follow Jesus or we don't! The Bible tells us that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life. (Romans 6: 23) In other words, when we sin, our paycheck is death. We need a personal Independence Day! To get the rest of this children's sermon, visit our Holiday Related Bible Talks page at: 


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