Paul's Story - Giving Hope to All!

May 26, 2020

This coming Sunday (May 31st), in Kids Church, we're going to start learning about Paul.  I LOVE Paul’s story because it gives hope to everyone.  Isn’t it incredible that there’s nothing we could ever do to make God stop loving us?!!


Here’s a fun video, for your kids to watch, to learn about some of Saul/Paul’s story.


Appreciating Today & Making Life Count

May 25, 2020

Hi Everyone, wishing you all a blessed Monday.  


I hope you're enjoying the sermon series on Ecclesiastes.  I have to admit, when it first started I wasn’t quite sure as it seemed very depressing.  But as the weeks went on, I have come to appreciate this series very much and have learned a lot.  Every single day is an amazing gift from God.  It’s so easy to take that for granted and I never want to do that again.  Every day, the Lord has incredible blessings for us and I want to become aware of all those blessings, no matter how big or small.  I also want to make my life count.  I want to be remembered for loving Jesus, with ALL my heart, soul and mind and I want to share His love with those who haven’t discovered it yet.  How blessed we are to be used by the Lord.  There really is no greater privilege.  I hope you are encouraged by the devotion below and choose to live every day as the great gift that it is.



What if Tomorrow Never Comes?

By Tracie Miles


“How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog —
it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” James 4:14 (NLT)

Before we even departed, we heard a disturbing warning: “It’s been a rough day in the air, folks. Prepare yourself for tremendous turbulence.” 


As the words tremendous turbulenceseeped into my mind, I wondered if it was too late to make a run for the door. I tightened my seat belt, took a deep breath and said a prayer for safety.

All was well the first 30 minutes, but then the captain’s warning became a reality. It was the worst turbulence I’d ever experienced. We rocked back and forth, up and down. Heads were bobbing, necks were jerking, and I could hear luggage sliding around in the overhead bins. When the attendant began distributing sickness bags, I wondered if I would soon need one. 


To make matters worse, we couldn’t land because of the high winds and heavy rain. After flying in circles around the airport for over an hour, the plane was running out of fuel. The pilot couldn’t wait any longer for the storm to end, so air traffic control rerouted our plane to another state, and we were finally able to land. 


It was a scary experience, and although I didn’t really believe we would crash, I couldn’t help but think … what if? 

What if the worst happened? 


Was I ready to die? Had I lived life to the fullest? Did I have any regrets? Should I have done things differently? Should I have laughed more, loved stronger, hugged harder, and lived more abundantly? Should I have done more for others? Had I stepped out in faith to do all God had called me to … or let my list of excuses stand in the way? Had I allowed my problems and busyness to steal my peace and joy? Had I been taking life for granted?


Had I lived as if I truly loved and appreciated life?


As I stared out my little oval window at the rain pelting the side of the plane, I pondered the life I had been given and how I had been living it. In that moment, I promised God and myself that if I ever got off that plane, I would intentionally and purposefully love my life every single day and make every effort to live it to the fullest.


In the book of James, the author encourages believers to live this way and live out each day based on godly wisdom, not worldly wisdom. In James 4:14 he said, “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog — it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.”


In this chapter, James was reprimanding the wealthy for making plans without acknowledging God’s control over their lives and for their tendency to prioritize their pursuits over what was important from God’s perspective. But also, James recognized they were so caught up in carrying out their plans and pursuits they’d forgotten how priceless the gift of life truly was. He encouraged believers to realize life was short, and time is precious. 


We all need to stay grounded in our faith and live the abundant life God intended, and it’s a shame we allow problems and disappointments to blind us from the beautiful parts of the life we have. Since we’re never guaranteed tomorrow, we should always make the most of today.


This little time of reflection in the bumpy skies reminded me that whether it’s the quest for material items, busyness or the difficulty of adversities that steal our love for living, the result may be a life of regrets — and no one wants that. 


We don’t have to search for a different life, a carefree life or a life with perfect circumstances in order to love our life and make the most of it. It’s never too late to start anew and begin intentionally living each day with purpose and joy. 


Lord, forgive me for letting things stand in the way of appreciating, loving and enjoying the life You’ve given me. Help me make the most of every moment beginning today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


TRUTH FOR TODAY

Ecclesiastes 3:12-13, “So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.” (NLT)


Colossians 4:5b, “Make the most of every opportunity.” (NLT)

50 Coping Skills for Kids

Here are 50 things your kids can do if they’re feeling anxious, stressed or bored


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Bible Story (Acts 10) for May 24

Pastor Lisa shares the Bible story from Acts 10 for the lesson this Sunday, May 24.

We have Kids Church Online for your kids!  Music videos, lessons and activity sheets are available on our Kids Church@Home page.

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PRAYER - God Loves You and Wants to have a Relationship with You!

May 20, 2020

Can you believe the God of the universe wants us to talk to Him?!!!  

That’s what prayer is.  Watch this video and learn about how important prayer is and how it reminds us that God is in control, He loves us and wants to be close to us.

More Fun Experiments

May 19, 2020

Kate the Chemist wows Today show host's family with at-home experiment

Click here to find out more and to try it for yourself!

Fun Science Experiment!

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Battling Burnout: Relieving Stress for Parents and Kids

May 13, 2020

Psychologist and “UnSelfie” book author Michele Borba gives the Today hosts her tips for those battling burnout and stress during quarantine with their families.


Click here to watch video to learn how to relieve stress, for you and your kids.


5 Minute Family Devotions

May 12, 2020

Check out these short devotions, on many different topics, which can be used anytime, anywhere. They have a short fun game, which helps teach the Bible lesson, which is also included, and a short prayer. These are a great way to have fun and connect with your kids while teaching them the most important lessons they can ever learn!


Click here to download the 5 Minute Family Devotions booklet.

Sunday, May 17 Bible Story: Acts 8:26-40

Here's a sneak peak of the Bible story for this Sunday on when the Holy Spirit told Philip to tell the Ethiopian man about Jesus. The Ethiopian believed and was baptized! We can tell people about Jesus, too!


Two Important Questions to Ask Ourselves During this Quarantine

May 11, 2020

Now that we’ve been in quarantine for six and a half weeks, here are a couple of questions that we should all ask ourselves. Good can come out of this situation if we allow it to. 


1. How do you define yourself?


One thing the hurried life did for you was give you lots of ways to fake out people (and yourself) as to who you really are. Your identity might be in being a great provider, the best PTO mom, the busy sport parent, or the we-never-miss-our-weekly-date-night couple. Suddenly, these artificial identities were taken away.

With the quarantine, what started out like a nice, extended weekend has mutated into a family siege. You realize you love having these people in your life—just not in your house! Patience has left the building … along with joy, peace, kindness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).


And in the process, you also realize you aren’t the easiest husband or wife, father or mother to live with. (And you thought you had these roles nailed.)


So how is realizing my gaping shortcomings a good thing? Well, if you look at this from the right perspective, the realization that you fall short of who you thought you were is pure gold—at least, it is if you’ve put your faith in Jesus.


It frees you to finally accept, enjoy, and leverage the true identity you have through your relationship with Him. His love for you and joy in you was never based on status, personal skill set, or good behavior. It wasn’t because of who you are but in spite of it.


Once you realize how deeply loved you are by God—and that it’s not based on your performance—you’re in a much better position to bring that kind of love center stage in how you love your family.


Accepting God’s forgiveness frees you to be an ambassador of it to your family. And in the process, you welcome one of the most wonderful guests to your shelter-in-place dynamic—God’s grace!


2. How are you connecting with your family?


By default, this quarantine has forced us to seriously reflect on the lives we’ve been living. More so, the level of heart connection we actually had—or more realistically, didn’t have—with the people in our family picture.

This hurried lifestyle has too often been the pace of choice for families. It’s been promoted by our culture, encouraged by the marketplace, sometimes expected by our church, and consistently demanded by our egos.

The false importance that comes with having “tons to do” makes it easy to feel like we have something—when we don’t.


Most would think that to steal the joy and intimacy from a family you have to introduce something toxic or evil. Nope. All you have to do is make life too busy. To do legitimate—even good—things but do them out of proportion.


Being stuck together in the confines of quarantine has been a wake-up call.


When the distractions are gone


Among other things, parents have seen how

  • overscheduled their kids were.
  • dependent they had become on man-made distractions.
  • little time they actually had (before the quarantine) for their kids on a personal and individual basis.
  • cluttered their marital life had become with external activities.
  • routine and shallow their interaction and communication as a couple had become.

When it comes to the values and priorities of your family, forget what culture dictates. It’s never been a friend of families or ally to married couples. Although there are many legitimate things within it that may have their place. Just make sure once you’re back out there, you enjoy these things on your terms.


You may wonder if you’ll ever be able to escape home-school hell, Zoom meetings, and watching church in your underwear. You will. Things are already moving in that direction. You could well come out of quarantine better off than you went in. Less hurried. Better paced. Maintaining healthier heart connection with the people you love most.


And enjoying the presence and power of Jesus in your life like never before.

A Prayer for Moms

May 10, 2020

Mothers bear a primary responsibility of instilling truth to future generations who will love and serve the Lord. It’s a sacred and high calling entrusted to women.


A mother is a gospel-gardener who mirrors the selfless sacrifice of Jesus in each small, yet significant act of love in tending for her family. Her nurturing instinct is cultivated at home then spreads beyond the borders of her family like a perennial vine to reach nieces, nephews, grandchildren, even great-grandchildren. When a woman fulfills her God-ordained calling (Titus 2:3–5), her fruit-bearing from seeds sown will reach limitless spiritual sons and daughters.


Let’s join our hearts to take time to pray for moms of biological, adopted, and spiritual children everywhere . . .


Father, we praise You first of all for perfectly parenting us. You never fail. Your mercy overflows for the far-too-numerous times we’ve neglected to extend Your welcoming love and kindness to our precious children of every age.


Thank You, Jesus, for achieving perfection through Your blameless life so we can revel in freedom from incessant striving to accomplish what we were never intended to grasp. Lord, break the crippling chains of performance, perfect kids, and perfect homes.


Teach us to set aside our crazy schedules to splash in the springs of Your living waters. We may foolishly try to navigate motherhood on our own, but Your love always pursues—never letting go.


You didn’t promise mothering would be easy. Our souls have been pierced like Mary’s (Luke 2:35) and You bend down to capture every tear. Oh, how we need Your grace to . . . love more, trust more, pray more, and to make merry in the gospel most of all.


For the overwhelmed momwoo her to Yourself to provide relief from the weight of her heavy burdens. Help her slow down to hear and follow Your voice (Matt. 11:28–30John 10:27Rev. 3:20).

For the new mom, lavish her with spiritual rest in sleep-deprived days. Let her grasp with both hands a confident faith that gospel grace will enable her to parent through Your power and love (Isa. 40:29–31Eph. 3:14–21).

For the yet-to-be mom, lift her head to You as the ultimate satisfaction in the journey of waiting. Meet the longings of her heart through Jesus. Give her insight into her vital role in Kingdom building (Ps. 9:10Ps. 113:9).

For the single mom, sustain this sister with daily stamina, wisdom, and abiding peace for the present and the future. Show her You can be trusted to carry her anxieties because of Your constant care (Phil. 4:6–712–131 Peter 5:7).

For the empty-nest mominvigorate her with vision for a new season of life-giving. Divinely assign spiritual daughters for her to cherish and encourage (Gen. 3:20Titus 2:3–5).

For the broken mom who’s lost a child or quietly suffers in a fractured relationship, heal the unspeakable hurt and open her tear-filled eyes of faith to trust You with what she cannot understand (Ps. 33:20–22Ps. 147:3).

We lift up mothers, asking for Your selfless love to flow through us to wrap around our loved ones. As You provide, dear God, keep our familial love from eclipsing the burning affection we have for Your Son, Jesus, in whose glory we adorn and in whose matchless name we pray. Amen.


Mother's Day Encouragement!

Mom's you are doing a great job! We are so proud of you and want to encourage you and walk beside you through life. Please take a moment to watch this early Happy Mother's Day video from Pastor Lisa and if you need anything at all, please let her know at lisa@whiterockbaptist.ca

Sunday, May 10 Bible Story

The stoning of Stephen

We hope you watch and enjoy this video as you prepare for the lesson on Sunday on WRBC Kids Church@Home.


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I-SPY OUTSIDE

A SCAVENGER HUNT FOR KIDS

Help your kids get fresh air, stay active and think critically with a fun, outdoor scavenger hunt.


Print out one (or both) of the scavenger hunt lists below and challenge your child to locate each item within an appropriate time-frame. Cross each item off as your child locates it. For older kids, you might give them access to a camera and have them document what they find.

Scavenger Hunt List 1

Scavenger Hunt List 2


Peter & John Heal Lame Man Reenactment

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Helping Couples Reconnect while in Quarantine

How are you doing? How's your marriage? 


Pastor Michael Todd of Transformation Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, shares how he and his wife are implementing his own advice, especially during quarantine.


Click here to watch video.


Bible Story for Lesson on Sunday, May 3

Acts 3:1-10 Peter heals a lame beggar


Listen as Lisa reads the story about Peter healing a lame beggar.



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