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This video interview has some great suggestions and reminders about what is truly important and what we don’t want to forget as we work our way into our new normal.
Kids, there is no such thing as magic, just optical illusions. Here are a couple of fun tricks that you can learn to amaze your family and friends. Remember that God is the only one who can do miraculous things.
"You are the God who performs miracles; You display Your power among the peoples." Psalm 77:14
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Pastor Lisa is so excited for this Sunday and is reading one of her favourite Bible Stories about Saul's conversion in Acts 9:1-9. It shows that there is nothing we can do that will keep us from God! God loves us so much and has a plan for us, no matter what we've done in the past. When we meet the Lord and have our hearts changed we can all be used to serve and do incredible things for God!
It would be great for your kids to watch this video to prepare for Kids Church@Home on Sunday.
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We're so excited for SKC this year!
We want to do an online SKC this summer, July 20-24, but need YOU to invite a friend, who doesn’t know Jesus, to join you (if the government says it’s safe and allowed). We'll provide all you need to help your kids have an amazing time!
If you haven't already, please fill out our survey to let us know if you're interested, in having SKC at your home, by clicking here. It is just 2 questions and takes less than a minute.
Check out the sneak peak of just some of what we’ll learn (Click through pictures of the Bible content to the left, and click on just one of the great songs below).
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.
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?
“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)
Pastor Lisa shares the Bible story from Acts 10 for the lesson this Sunday, May 24.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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. 40:29–31; Eph. 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. 9:10; Ps. 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. 4:6–7, 12–13; 1 Peter 5:7).
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. 33:20–22, Ps. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The stoning of Stephen
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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.
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.
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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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Choose to focus on God’s unconditional love for you and everyone else during this crisis. Focus on His power and ability to control all circumstances. Focus on His always-listening ear that hears you and His always-watching eye that sees you day and night. Remember this: The larger your thoughts about God, the smaller your thoughts about your problems will be. Refuse to have a pity party. Choose instead to see God’s loving arms wrapped around you, lifting you up to safety, provision and peace.
During this time, more than ever, people are searching...for answers, for truth, for peace, for hope, for God!
God commands us to "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation".
Here is a story of one person doing that and the amazing results!
Picture yourself living in a foreign country with no job and a depleting savings account during this global pandemic. Think of the feelings of fear and hopelessness that could gnaw at you day in and day out. That is no imaginary scenario — it is the reality Kristy Aguilar has been facing since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kristy moved to Southern California from Ecuador just eight months ago and began attending services at Saddleback Rancho Capistrano. She had been working at a hotel, until the pandemic prompted layoffs at her job. Without a source of income, Kristy would not be able to pay her rent, so she made the decision to move back to her home country.
Shortly after she came to that decision, Kristy learned that the airports in Ecuador were being shut down due to the growing crisis, and she would not be able to return home. She began praying for God's guidance and provision, and then reached out to one of our members to see if they knew of anyone who had a cheap room for rent. The next day, the woman replied to Kristy and said that she had spoken with her family and they agreed to host her in their home rent-free until she could return to Ecuador.
Kristy and the woman began exploring various serving opportunities at Saddleback. Her new host thought she could make an impact distributing groceries with our Rancho Capistrano team because many of the people who had recently shown up in need of supplies were Spanish speakers — she thought Kristy's Spanish-speaking skills could be put to good use. Kristy agreed and began serving right away.
"As soon as I approached a car, I felt all the love of God for these people," Kristy said. "I let them know that although the world has stopped and seems to be out of control and hopeless, God is working through all of this."
The Holy Spirit was leading every conversation Kristy had that day. As she got to know each person who came for groceries, she offered them eternal hope in Jesus Christ and invited them to accept him as Lord and Savior of their lives.
Over and over again, people said "yes" to the invitation. By the end of the day, Kristy had led 30 people to Jesus — including people from Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia, and Mexico. There were tears of joy throughout the day as our new volunteer led these men and women in prayer.
One of Saddleback's values is that we are an all-nation congregation. Kristy's story shows that everybody is welcome and wanted at our church, and that God brings people to Saddleback from all over the world to further his kingdom.
So excited to share these great pictures with you. Teacher Andrea (one of the Grade 1/2 small group leaders) sent out this colouring page, to her class, and asked them to send her a picture back of their coloured page. Great job kids!!!
Now, more than ever before our children need to learn that their lives are shaped by their thoughts.
In today's atmosphere of unsettledness, uncertainty and fear, we need to teach our children how to capture negative thoughts and make them obey Christ.
That's why this VIDEO and this WORKSHEET were created to compare negative thoughts to mice, and God's Word to a mousetrap.
Here's a response from one family:
Thanks for the video devotion last week. Everyone in our family shared their “mouse”, even our 4 yr old! Our 6 year old’s was especially heart-breaking: he said he sometimes believes God doesn’t love him and broke in tears at the thought of it. I’m so glad we are aware these mice now - thanks to your lesson and to God for directing our conversation.
You have permission to download this printable (and video), and use them in any way that will bless the families in your care.
Physical distancing has presented parents with challenges that most of us have never faced before. Even if you already considered your family to be your primary ministry, adjusting to working at home can blur the line between family life and work life.
Many of us are parents, so just like you, we’ve been looking for strategies that will work for our families. Below are just a few approaches we’ve found so far. While we realize every family has unique circumstances, we hope you’ll find something here that’s helpful.
Communicate, collaborate, and coordinate.
If both parents are trying to work from home, remember that you’re on the same team together. Try to set up a schedule that suits everyone. Some of us are taking shifts, where one parent works from 8:30am to 12:00pm, while the other cares for the kids, then switching from 12:30pm to 5:00pm. Make a plan, but leave room to be flexible.
Include your kids.
Ask your children to “help” in ways that make sense for their ages. You might help them make a “Time to Work” sign for you, then explain that when you hang it on the door, that means you need to concentrate. Help them make special artwork for your workspace—especially if you’ll be in video meetings. Your kids are more likely to respect boundaries between work time and family time if they feel invested in both.
Imprint these words of mine on your hearts and minds… Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Set realistic expectations.
“Productivity” looks different right now than it did three months ago. And, most of the people you work with are likely dealing with issues very similar to yours. Be a living example of the things you hope to receive from others. Give grace to your coworkers, to your children, and to yourself.
As much as you can, enjoy this time you have together. It may be hard to remember right now, but just a few months ago, many of us were trying to find ways to spend more time with our kids. It’s true that our current circumstances come with real challenges. But, it’s also true that we have the power to choose how we respond. We can see them as setbacks that are causing us pain, or as opportunities to draw our families closer than ever.
Just wanted to share this devotion with you. I hope and pray it encourages you today.
Worry is taking its toll on the world today. It’s understandable, we’ve never experienced anything like this before.
Jesus told us this in Matthew 6:27, “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (NIV).
Of course, the answer to Jesus’ question is no. You can’t keep yourself from catching COVID-19 through worry. It won’t keep your family from getting sick.
Worry just makes your problems worse because you can’t move a step closer to solving them. Worry can’t change your past. It can’t change your future. All it can do is mess up your present.
Proverbs 12:25 says, “Worry weighs a person down” (NLT). You weren’t made to endure it. In fact, it wears you out more than just about anything else.
So how can you overcome worry during this stressful season?
Let Jesus be your Shepherd.
A shepherd takes the responsibility to feed, lead, and meet the needs of his sheep. That’s why it’s good to start every day by saying, “The Lord is my shepherd. You’re a good God.” Then you can repeat that throughout the day. If you start saying that phrase on a regular basis, your worry will decrease. Reminding yourself that you have a good shepherd who cares for you cuts down on worry.
Give Jesus control over every area of your life.
Worry is a warning light that you have an area you haven’t fully given over to God. When God isn’t number one, you’ll worry in that area.
When you love something more than God, it becomes a source of stress and anxiety in your life. Even good things—like our marriages, our children—can become sources of worry if we give them first place in our lives. When anything becomes an idol in our lives, it creates insecurity and worry.
Relax and give God your worries in prayer.
It’s always a good idea to count our blessings. In times like these, you must continually remind yourself of all God has done in your life.
But I also think it’s important to count your worries. Often, we just have a general sense of anxiety, but we don’t know what’s causing it. Before you can give God your worries, you need to have a clear idea of what they are. Once you’ve written them down, you can hand them over to God in prayer.
Peter says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7 NLT). You weren’t designed to carry your worries. It’s unnatural. God is big enough and strong enough to handle all your worries.
Trust God for one day at a time.
Don’t steal your whole future by bringing its worries into today. Jesus said it this way, “Don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Matthew 6:34 NLT). You have enough on your plate today. Don’t add anything else.
It’s okay to plan for tomorrow. Right now, we’re going through one of the most unique experiences in history. We need and want to make plans for what we’ll do in the days, weeks, and months to come.
We can plan for tomorrow without living in tomorrow. We can only live in today.
God is constantly testing how much we trust Him. God wants us to decide whether he really holds first place in our lives.
This unique period of history is one of the biggest tests we’ll ever face when it comes to trusting God. God has promised to care for us.
Will you trust Him?
Thank you to everyone who made a care package for a resident at the Evergreen Carehome. Here’s a message from Michelle Krahn, who works there:
I want to thank all the members of White Rock Baptist Church for reaching out and supporting our residents at a time such as this.
It overwhelms me to know that there are people that want to love our local senior community.
The gift bags were perfect and some were welcomed with tears. It is very meaningful for them to receive beautiful treats and treasures from the outside world when they feel so disconnected.
God is good and He does take care of all our needs.
Lots of love and appreciation,
Michelle told us that the residents would love to see pictures coloured by our kids. So here are some colouring pictures you can print off, and have your child(ren) colour. Please have your child put their first name and age on the picture. You can drop off the coloured picture(s) to Evergreen Heights (1501 Everall Street), labeled ATTN: Michelle Krahn, OR drop the pictures off at the church office and Jennifer Friesen will deliver them at the end of the week.
Isn’t it great that such a simple thing can bring such joy to some of our senior citizens in the White Rock/South Surrey area.
Coloring page 1 - We're praying for you
Coloring page 2 - You are so very loved
Coloring page 3 - God is our refuge and strength
Coloring page 4 - You are so loved
Coloring page 5 - You got this
Coloring page 6 - Praying for you
Coloring page 7 - The Lord is with me, I will not be afraid
Coloring page 8 - Peace I leave with you, don't be afraid
Coloring page 9 - We walk by faith
Coloring page 10 - God of hope fill you with joy & peace
Coloring page 11- God is with you
Coloring page 12 - This is the day the Lord has made
Coloring page 13 - The Lord is good
Coloring page 14 - Draw near to God & He will draw near to you