Upper Room Newsletter

May 21st, 2017

Have you ever taken a nature walk? I bet you saw some interesting animals and insects during your journey. Did you take time to observe them in their environment? What were they doing? I would guess that some were gathering food, others were hiding in their home, maybe some were building a trap. I wonder if animals ever just take a vacation? Well, the answer is no! Each day animals have to find food, escape predators, and care for their young; otherwise they would die! 

God has given us a great illustration in nature to take wisdom. He uses it to teach us some of the most practical forms of wisdom. We can gain wisdom from an ant by its preparation and planning for the future and even working together. As Christians, it is important that we prepare for the future, 2 Timothy 2:15 teaches us to study. What is studying? It is a form of preparation and planning. We also should work together, one ant cannot build an ant colony, it takes all the ants working together. One Christian can be the church, it takes all Christians working together to build the church. 

The words of Agur are powerful to study, he used illustrations with a coney, locust, and a spider. Each holding much wisdom for us as well. So when you don't know exactly how you should handle something, look to God's example in nature and let it be a light for you. Until next time, God Bless! 


 

April 17th, 2017

I often wonder what it must have been like for those women and disciples on the day of the resurrection of Christ. It is encouraging to us because we have heard the story. But for those early believers it must have been an emotional event. In our lesson on Easter Sunday, I asked the kids in the Upper Room, how would they have felt if they went to the tomb only to find it empty. I received responses such as: Scared, Confused, Upset, Worried, and Happy. I believe many of us adults can relate to these answers. Easter is a special day for us as Christians; however, with the world focused on making money and selling products. The real meaning of Easter is in jeopardy. I held up a real egg (the egg had been hollowed out, and the inside of it stuffed with paper phrases), I asked the kids what they thought of when they saw this egg at Easter. They all responded with the Easter Bunny. I told the kids, if they could tell me what Easter really meant, then I would crack the egg on top of my head. In quick fashion, they responded the RESURRECTION!! What a tremendous testimony! So, as promised, I cracked the egg on top of my head to reveal the paper phrases. The phrases were: Jesus is alive! He is Risen! Jesus loves you! The Tomb is Empty. The kids enjoyed it as well. I also showed a simple video to the kids about Easter. 

 


 

March 27th, 2017

Many times, we may come across the Proverbs, and think there is just no way I can teach kids this, but that is so wrong! Kids today, need to know the importance of wisdom, especially from God's word. Proverbs 24, is a great example of this. When I looked at it, I began to wonder is there anything kids can glean from this? And then it hit me, YES! Proverbs 24:3 "Through wisdom is an house builded: and by understanding it is established:" What a great verse to remind kids and adults that the only way they can build their lives and it be successful, is to be wise and build their house on the rock. I shared a Lego video with the kids to help reinforce this point (Click here to watch the video). 

I asked the kids to design a house for me, after we drew the house, I asked them what should go in my house. Many of our kids replied back with numerous things, but a few to mention would be LOVE, LAUGHTER, HAPPINESS, and JESUS. My what better homes we would have if these could be found in our homes everyday. Think about this lesson, and ask yourself; is my house built with wisdom and understanding? 


 

February 26th, 2017

When I was working at my first job, I was responsible for bagging potatoes to sell to the public. The potatoes would come in very large bags, and we would put them into smaller bags. Overtime I would find a variety of things among the potatoes. One day, I found what I thought to be a potato. I mean, it was shaped like a potato, it was the same color as a potato, and it was the same size as a potato, but there was one difference. It was hard as a rock! In fact, it was a rock that looked like a potato. How awful it would have been, if someone tried to have eaten it?! 

The Bible teaches us that deceit is like the rock story I just shared. It looks pleasant on the surface, and it seems like everyone else, but inside it is hard as a rock. People can be like that, they can appear very nice and friendly on the surface, they may even say that they are a Christian, but their hearts are hard just like a rock. They may seem nice but in the end they are deceiving others but not God. In Proverbs 20:17, the Bible teaches the consequence of being deceitful. That's right, God pays them back, by eating a rock sandwich! It sounds silly on the surface, but what it means; a person cannot get away with sin. God always sees it and will judge it, but if we repent and turn from that sin and put our faith in Jesus, we can be assured there will be no rocks on our plate! 


 

February 5th, 2017

Try an experiment, place a piece of gum in your mouth and try not to chew it. After awhile, you may forget and begin to chew the gum. It's difficult not too! This is the same when it comes to control our tongue. It seems easy at first, but with a little time we may become lazy and let something slip that we shouldn't have said. It is said that we say about 10,000-25,000 words per day, so with so many words being said it is important to listen to what God has to say about how we use those words. 

Proverbs 18:1-7, teaches us that we should be careful in talking foolish. It gives examples of how foolish people will criticize common sense. It seems they just want to be heard and have attention on themselves. My, I have seen a lot of people like that in the world; haven't you? 

In verse 8, it teaches us not to spread rumors or be a talebearer. How damaging our tongue can be when it shares things to other people that may not be true! 

Verse 17, taught us that just because we talk first doesn't necessarily make us right. We must always listen to both sides of the story. The tongue can paint a picture of bias, but when we listen to both sides we can get the real picture. 

Finally, we should honor people with a tongue of friendliness. Our words should be encouraging and uplifting. If we want to have friends we need a tongue that is honoring to Christ. So, the next time you speak be reminded about what your tongue is about to say! 


 

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