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"20" Days of Summer

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School is out, the lakefront is busy, and streets are full. Summer has officially begun! This is the time when we start to make plans, pull out our hiking shoes, and grab the beach towel. We have to make every moment count as we know that we have a short window to get all of our summer plans in!

         As I was reflecting on the “20 weekend days” I would have this summer with my kids, I stopped to consider what memories we would create, what new skills I would want to teach them, and what adventures lie ahead. I know growing up that these summer days were the ones that seemed to stand out the most. Then I began to wonder, how can I use the same time, these 20 days, to point them to Christ in a way that I have never had before. To take time to enjoy God’s Creation and talk about his magnificent handiwork. To grab a chair around the campfire and sing praises to our Lord. To call up a fellow Christian brother and sister and have an impromptu party in the backyard. 

We have 20 wonderful, God-given weekend days this summer. Let’s use them!

 “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

 Extra Extra!  Excerpt from Kids Ministry 101 (Summer 2019)

10 Ideas for Fun Family Devotions

1. Load up a kiddie pool with pillows and blankets. Then instruct the whole family to pile in for the day's Bible story.

2. Write a memory verse on paper and cut it into parts. Place each part in a different balloon.  Take turns popping balloons and put the pieces of paper int he right order as you work on memorizing the verse. 

3. Read a Bible story.  Then soak a large sponge in water.  Stand in a circle outside and take turns tossing the sponge to one another.  Whoever catches the sponge must tell a part of the Bible story before passing to the next person. 

4. Pretend you're camping.  Build a real or fake campfire and take turns reading or telling favorite Bible stories. 

5.  Download an audiobook or podcast that tells a Bible story.  Before pressing play assign each family member a Bible character. As you listen to the story, each character should act out their part. 

6.  Go to your local library or bookstore and let your kids select their own books about faith. 

7. After reading Scripture, assign each person a scene to paint or color.  When you put your scenes together, you'll have a full comic strip. 

8.  Sing worship music as a family.  Stream a popular Christian song or make up your own tune based on a verse you're memorizing together.  No musical ability necessary. 

9.  Find a LifeWay Kids Bible Story video on YouTube or Vimeo and watch the video together.  Then talk about the impact it has on your daily lives. 

10.  Let your kids plan the family devotion time.  Give them time to prepare and provide any supplies they need, but make sure you let them lead the whole time together. 

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One Another

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In Scripture, there are over 59 “one another” verses.  Such as, “Love one another” (John 13:34), “Honor one another above yourselves.” (Romans 12:10), or ““Carry each other’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2).  Okay, so the last is not technically “one another”, but in the Greek the same word ἀλλήλων is used.  The concept is, as a Church family, we have a mutual responsibility to support one another.  This is not to be done alone, but in community. 

And quite frankly, though there is a measure of unity which can take place in a corporate gathering, the interaction described in these verses have to take place on a more person level as we encourage and love each other in a more tangible way.

This is where our Group Ministry comes alive and a pivotal part of spiritual health! Within the context of relationships, we come prepared to share the truths from God’s Word, how we put these truths into practice, and what God is doing in our lives.  This means that we need to be consistent, open, and real.  And as we continue to practice these one another’s, we will be the Body of Christ that He has designed us to be! 

The 59 “One Anothers” of the New Testament*

1. “…Be at peace with each other.” (Mark 9:50)

2. “…Wash one another’s feet.” (John 13:14)

3. “…Love one another…” (John 13:34)

4. “…Love one another…” (John 13:34)

5. “…Love one another…” (John 13:35)

6. “…Love one another…” (John 15:12)

7. “…Love one another” (John 15:17)

8. “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love…” (Romans 12:10)

9. “…Honor one another above yourselves. (Romans 12:10)

10. “Live in harmony with one another…” (Romans 12:16)

11. “…Love one another…” (Romans 13:8)

12. “…Stop passing judgment on one another.” (Romans 14:13)

13. “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you…” (Romans 15:7)

14. “…Instruct one another.” (Romans 15:14)

15. “Greet one another with a holy kiss…” (Romans 16:16)

16. “…When you come together to eat, wait for each other.” (I Cor. 11:33)

17. “…Have equal concern for each other.” (I Corinthians 12:25)

18. “…Greet one another with a holy kiss.” (I Corinthians 16:20)

19. “Greet one another with a holy kiss.” (II Corinthians 13:12)

20. “…Serve one another in love.” (Galatians 5:13)

21. “If you keep on biting and devouring each other…you will be destroyed by each other.” 
(Galatians 5:15)

22. “Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” (Galatians 5:26)

23. “Carry each other’s burdens…” (Galatians 6:2)

24. “…Be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:2)

25. “Be kind and compassionate to one another…” (Ephesians 4:32)

26. “…Forgiving each other…” (Ephesians 4:32)

27. “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.” (Ephesians 5:19)

28. “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Ephesians 5:21)

29. “…In humility consider others better than yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3)

30. “Do not lie to each other…” (Colossians 3:9)

31. “Bear with each other…” (Colossians 3:13)

32. “…Forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.” (Colossians 3:13)

33. “Teach…[one another]” (Colossians 3:16)

34. “…Admonish one another (Colossians 3:16)

35. “…Make your love increase and overflow for each other.” (I Thessalonians 3:12)

36. “…Love each other.” (I Thessalonians 4:9)

37. “…Encourage each other…”(I Thessalonians 4:18)

38. “…Encourage each other…” I Thessalonians 5:11)

39. “…Build each other up…” (I Thessalonians 5:11)

40. “Encourage one another daily…” Hebrews 3:13)

41. “…Spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” (Hebrews 10:24)

42. “…Encourage one another.” (Hebrews 10:25)

43. “…Do not slander one another.” (James 4:11)

44. “Don’t grumble against each other…” (James 5:9)

45. “Confess your sins to each other…” (James 5:16)

46. “…Pray for each other.” (James 5:16)

47. “…Love one another deeply, from the heart.” (I Peter 3:8)

48. “…Live in harmony with one another…” (I Peter 3:8)

49. “…Love each other deeply…” (I Peter 4:8)

50. “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” (I Peter 4:9)

51. “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others…” (I Peter 4:10)

52. “…Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another…”(I Peter 5:5)

53. “Greet one another with a kiss of love.” (I Peter 5:14)

54. “…Love one another.” (I John 3:11)

55. “…Love one another.” (I John 3:23)

56. “…Love one another.” (I John 4:7)

57. “…Love one another.” (I John 4:11)

58. “…Love one another.” (I John 4:12)

59. “…Love one another.” (II John 5)

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