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Study to show thyself approved unto God…”  2 Timothy 2:15

 1)    Get Enough Sleep.  (Rest in the Lord)

As parents we all know the benefits of getting our children to bed early on a school night. They need that added rest in order to get up early in the morning. A good night’s sleep will work wonders on your attitude the next day and it will help your whole disposition. “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him…”     Psalm 37:7

 2)    Get a Healthy Breakfast.  (Have Prayer and Bible Study)

The experts all agree that giving a child breakfast before school helps in knowledge retention, test scores, and overall learning. As Christians we need to get a healthy breakfast of Bible study and prayer.  O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.  Psalm 5:3

 3)    Develop Good Work and Study Habits.   (Develop Good Bible Study Habits)

Children that develop good study habits are the ones who sail through school without major problems. We as Christians need to develop good study habits when it comes to God’s Word. Knowing the Word is what is going to make or break us. We’ve got to know the Word of God in order to live it.

 

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, 2 Timothy 2:15

 4)    Try Your Best.   (Do Your Best for Christ)

Teaching our children to do their best will bring results and they can be proud of themselves. And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;  Colossians 3:23,24

 5)    Get Along With Your Classmates.  (Fellowship With Other Christians)

When children are taught to get along together at school it causes such a good atmosphere for learning. When we as Christians get along with each other and fellowship with one another, it causes more productive lives, which helps further the cause of Christ.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christhis Son cleanses us from all sin.  1 John 1:7

 Conclusion:

I hope I can remember to follow these tips. I want to be a prepared and productive student of the Lord.

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·      Tom and Eileen as they travel to Nebraska to be with Tom’s brother Dan. 

·      Just received word today that Bro Jim Renn had a small stroke – Jim and Leann helped us at Stoney Creek – he not ministers in Indiana

·      Kent asked our group this morning to pray for Cheryl Snow. She is Teresa’s sister – she had a bad stroke and is paralyzed on the left side

·      Kiki Marshall has not started the med she was prescribed in Ohio because of cost and the insurance is refusing to help —This is a BIG prayer request….

·      Patrick Fleenor – the family didn’t get the report they had hoped for at his surgery on Tuesday….still we pray for the best that he will have a lot of sight in his left eye – not just peripheral sight.

·      All our students as they head back to the classroom…..safety – education – evangelism – clubs – sports – that they will be both – the light of the world and the salt of the earth

·      Max will present Christ well at the weekend wedding at Les Bourgeois. 

·      Our D-Groups will flourish as we move into the Fall program. 

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As our study in Ephesians continues – this weekends Celebration Service is one of the most important we will encounter.  What is God’s plan for Marriage — what is the #1 responsibility of the Christian wife?  What is the #1 responsibility of the Christian husband?  Our text is Eph. 5:21-33….please read this passage in advance of our study.

             What we will study – is miles away from our modern culture’s view of marriage.  It seems like each week, there is a nugget of truth that I pick up in study that I’ve never seen before.  This week it is this….husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church, and gave Himself up for her……The truth I’d always seen was sacrifice….giving….dying if necessary….but this week the Holy Spirit help me zero in on one word CHURCH.  Christ died for the church….the local church….I trust everyone will view the Local Church in a different light having studied this passage.  Is the local church a priority – or a convenience.  Do I see the local church as an obligation or a building alongside the road?  How am I supporting the local church….using my gifts/talent….giving my finances….an institution high on my prayer list.  What kind of church did Jesus die for…..it wasn’t perfect – it had flaws – yet she was His bride – the apple of his eye….may each husband see that truth in his own bride – and deepen his commitment to her. 

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Discovery had one of the busiest Sunday’s last week on record…. Celebration service in the AM…..Discovery College met at 4:00 – then we had our August prayer gathering from 5-7……God was glorified – saints were encouraged – the body of Christ was edified — God is good – so good…………….Isn’t it encouraging to see CHURCH’S work together.  Blue Ridge and Discovery are partnering in a few things which blesses my heart.  Wednesday of this week they joined youth groups for a pool party — Discovery youth are invited each Wednesday evening to join their youth group — Doug and Ysabelle play in the praise team…Their leadership is wanting to work together during some our Christmas activities…..PTL……………Let’s continue to work and pray to get 12 children under 12 years of age into Jackie’s children’s ministry…..we did it 2 weeks ago— let’s become consistent……. Who of your acquaintances could benefit from being at Discovery…..invite – pray – invite – pray……

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            Last Sunday evening Discovery College had its first session with 11 in attendance plus the instructor.  This outreach is open to the entire church.  Everyone needs to increase their knowledge of God’s Word – and Bro Ross is giving Discovery an avenue to do just that.  I trust our attendance will double this week.

             Please go online at Discoverhim.org to see all that is available for you. 

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After Labor Day, Discovery will begin a new ministry.  The Bible makes it clear that the early Christians shared the Lord’s Supper every Sunday.  Participating in the Lord’s Supper each week is great if you are healthy and able to attend the Celebration Service. What is a Christian to do if they are in the Hospital – or laid up at home?

             This is what the new ministry is about — M/M Vern Johnson will take the lead in this new work.  If you could serve in this way – please contact Vern or Carla — you could also contact Max – or Jerry Noble.

             If you are a shut-in – or find yourself in the hospital over the weekend – you will need to let us know by Friday noon if you want to be put on the home communion list. 

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Ephesians 6:1-9 Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”

Fathers,[c] do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

 

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart. Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free.

Masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Don’t threaten them; remember, you both have the same Master in heaven, and he has no favorites.

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