Sunday, February 18, 2018

Lesson: The Hurt Heart




Prayer:
Song: ABC Jesus Loves Me
Scripture Verse:

 Matthew 18:32-33
Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him,
 O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because
thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion
 on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?

The Hurt Heart

    Let us start our class today by saying the pledge to the bible.  When we say the pledge we are making a promise to make (God's Word) what guides us in life through not only the best times of our lives but also the  darkest times in our lives.
    In life we have many hurts.  It could be a hurt that is temporary or a hurt that lasts a lifetime.  The hurts that last a lifetime are the ones that get to the heart.  In the pledge we promise to hide God's Word in our heart.  We do this by memorizing and understanding scripture.  The reason we hide God's Word in our heart is because it is through the heart our choices are made.  Our choices are made by either how we feel, our circumstances or what we want.   If we are right with God,  they will be made by prayer and what we  are taught in scripture first.  God knows that the devil wants our heart. 
     The devil will tempt us at the times we our most vulnerable, the times our heart has been hurt, at one of the very darkest points of grief or discouragement.  In these times we must follow what we know is true.  in a time of confusion, we can decipher  the truth from the fiction of what we are feeling and also from other people around us.
    
A couple weeks ago I surprised our church family by entering the room with a sheriffs badge.  They all called me Sheriff Susan.   They were all curious about it, but nobody asked.  Then we dismissed to Sunday School.  I told them  a story I heard a long time ago.  I heard about a police officer that was shot at while he was on duty.  Something kept him from being killed, something unusual.  The bullet hit his badge.  The badge kept the bullet from hitting his heart.  So I told the kids the true story of how the officer was saved by his badge.  The bible tells us to wear a shield, it is not a police badge, but is the shield of faith. 
     We are saved by faith, by taking God at His word.  Being saved by faith is our protection from belonging to the devil. While living by faith and hiding God's Word in our hearts is our shield against the fiery darts of the devil.

Now Today:
     I mentioned to them about the police officers that were killed checking out a 911 hang-up call.  They were shot and killed suddenly.  My husband knew one of them.  They grew up together, played football together and he attended our very small wedding 31 years ago.
   
     I held my bible up over my heart and said..."Kids, the devil wants your heart wounded."  He wants you to be bitter, He wants you to stay angry.  The only defense a Christian has is a really big shield.  I held the bible up over my heart and I pounded my hand on the Bible that covered my heart.  The Word Of God in our hearts mingled in faith blocks the fiery darts of the devil.  It won't allow Him to get to our heart.

Make Jesus the Biggest Valentine in your heart.

   He wants us miserable , unhappy and defeated, but Jesus tells us we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.  Jesus is in every heart that has accepted Him by faith.

One of the biggest temptations in time of hurt is to become vengeful, unforgiving and bitter.  It is through these troubled dark times we must not allow these things to destroy  our faith.  It is through these things we must apply the scripture to our heartbreak and let it heal us by faith.
God teaches us that we have no choice but to forgive because we ourselves have never once deserved forgiveness.  Now there are some things that just cannot go without circumstance, but God does not want your heart remaining angry, or bitter.  His desire is that you overcome, by faith, trusting Him through what could be your hardest moments of life.

Jesus gives us a parable in scripture to teach us why we must forgive:

Read The Memory Verse Again  - Underline the Parts They Need To Memorize
Matthew 18: 21-35

Talk about it as you read it.  

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?  Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. 
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.  And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.  But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.  The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.  Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. 
But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. {pence: the Roman penny is the eighth part of an ounce, which after five shillings the ounce is seven pence halfpenny; about fourteen cents}  
 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.  And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.  So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.   
Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me;  Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?  And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 

 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from the heart forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

Father God,  I ask in the name of your Son, Christ Jesus that you heal  our broken hearts this morning, that we may renew our strength  and continue in faith, which we need to protect our hearts from the fiery darts of Satan.  If there are any here rebellious, unbelieving, wounded or doubting-  work the work of faith in their hearts today  and renew a right spirit within us.  That we may continue to obey you in faith ... heal the hurting.  Praise your name for what you will do in our hearts as we trust you.


Quiz:  Question And Answer Time About The Parable, About Forgiveness


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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Psalms 139:23-24 - Psalms 119:9 Memory Verse Chart Verse






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Friday, January 19, 2018

Thankful Popcorn All The Time

Thankful Popcorn All The Time

Poppity pop pop, hoppity hop hop - I'm standing in popcorn up to my ears.
Still  giving thanks to the Lord up above, Praising his name because of His love.
Not just  in November for Thanksgiving day, but each time that we sing, each time that we pray.

Poppity pop pop, hoppity hop hop - I'm standing in popcorn up to the sky.
Praise in January, February and March, For God's goodness is more than just large.
Not just in the mornin' not just at noon  but April, May and June - keeping our hearts and our minds in tune.

Poppity pop pop, hoppity hop hop -  I'm standing in popcorn  still giving thanks.
Praise Him in July, August , September -  let our joy be lit like Autumn's embers.
Not just for a moment, but thank Him always,  October, November, December  days ,  at Christmas time,
And as the bells of Christmas chime.
Thank the Lord all the time.

Susan Nikitenko

January 19th, 2018
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Ephesians 5:19-20
 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;


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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Being Wise In Our Goings




Being Wise In Our Goings

Proverbs 4:20 - 27
 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.  Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.  Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.  Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

Hooty the Owl was warned as a tiny owl to avoid the dark alley of doom.  The dark alley of doom is known for it's large population of fat cats.  The fat cats feast on the leftovers from  the "Fish and Fritters Restaurant".  located just between "Beer and Bites" and "Ludy Books".   The dumpsters are full of nasty snails which owls love to eat.  Every now and then Hooty dreams of the giant sized snails, which owls find tasty.  They are a temptation for every bird from near and far.  He was told as a very young owl "you must not join in with the other birds.  His parents told Him of the deaths of many a bird.. that did not listen to wise advice.  They died a terrifying death in the paws of ravenous cats who's fondest dreams came true.
Hooty has found himself in somewhat of a dilemma, his long time friend has invited him to a tempting night of adventure to the dark alley of doom.  He knows if he tells them no, he's going to look like a chicken and no owl likes looking like a chicken.  He also knows that if he accepts the invitation, he will disobey everything he's been taught by his dear departed parents, who loved him more than anyone else.  What do you think Hooty should do  - fall for a nice juicy snail and the adventure of it all?  or  use wisdom to guide his decision even if it means loosing his friend and looking like a chicken?  - leave time for answers....

Now in real life we know....

God has given us great wisdom to draw from His Word. Wisdom helps us know how to please God and also teaches how to stay strong in the Lord.  God has instructed us in His Word to hide His Word in our hearts that we would not sin against Him.   God's desire for us is for us to also surround ourselves with people who love God and also want to please God with their choices.  When we do this we protect ourselves from falling.  We are living in a slippery world that is down right cold and dangerously icy.

Usually when you go somewhere you either go with friends or family.  If you are not going with them - then where you are going is where people are.  God tells us to be wise in our goings.  Why does He tell us to be wise where our feet take us? 

When we are not careful where we step we sometimes will trip or slip.  Then is when we come tumbling down and could become injured physically.  Not too long ago, while on vacation, my eldest daughter was going down some steps.  It was dark outside and she could barely see.  Something caught her toe as she was  going down some dangerous uneven  steps.  She had a terrible fall and severely broke her leg.  She could have been killed in the fall. That's how serious a fall it was.
In life we take steps into the right direction or into the wrong direction.  Just know that whatever direction we take as a Christians should be thought about before taking the first step.

God wants us to be careful about what friends we choose in life.  As Christians we should choose friends that will help us obey God and grow in the Lord.  People who are wise fear the Lord.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  When we choose people as friends we need to know they have a healthy fear of God.  How do we know they have a fear of God?  If what God wants is more important than what we want, we know we have a healthy fear of God.  God should be our first priority in life.

It used to be, years ago, if a boy or girl liked each other they would start (what they called)going together.  When someone asked you " Who are you going with?" they were asking you who your boyfriend was., or girlfriend was.  
- Though I'm not talking about this kind of going with - this kind of going with is included in this lesson for today.

God has plans for us as His children and our first priority is to make what God wants first.  
We do that by loving His Word and obeying it.  

When we go somewhere we most likely will be riding in a car to get us there.  All along the way we see signs.  The stop sign, the yield sign, the go sign and numerous other signs that keep us safe as we travel from one place to another
  
Solomon taught his children with all of these same principles but 
in different words.

You can plan and discuss these things as you teach them.

 1. Do not go with gangs - don't gang up to do harm to others. Stop Sign
2. Do not go with someone leading you wrong. Stop Sign
3.  Do not go to places that will harm your life and heart. Stop Sign
4.  Do not go anywhere that will lead your life in the wrong direction. Stop Sign
5.  Do not go to places promising wrong fun ..Do Not Enter Sign
6.  Choose wise people to befriend.   Go Sign
7. Take time to ask God direction -  Yield Sign - Go Sign

U Turns Are Aloud In This Game!
And Speeding When Necessary.
A Turn For The Good - Hurry Up And Get Saved.
Stopping And Asking Directions
Are Always Aloud...We Should Never Be Too Proud.

Here are a couple songs that may help you remember what to do when you are faced with temptation to do something wrong.

Stop And Pray.
Yield And Kneel.
Know When To Go.
Know When To Stay.
Ask God's Direction.
At Night And At Day.
God Will Lead You.
Along Life's Way.

Make A List Of Possible Good and Bad Situations For Youth.
Read Them To The Class
And Ask Them To Choose The Sign That Should Be Posted In That Situation.





Turn Your Heart And Life Back To Christ




 Follow Here   Song: You Don't Wanna Go There
My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, 
let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:
  Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and 
whole, as those that go down into the pit:
We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:
 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
My son, walk not thou in the way with them; 
refrain thy foot from their path:
 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
 Surely in vain the net (trap) is spread in the sight of any bird.

Proverbs 1:33
 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.




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