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Renew Kids: Sunday, August 20th, 2017 (Learning Together)

The twentieth (and final) chapter of the Story Catechism is about the consummation of all things and the return of Jesus:

Through Jesus, God is re-establishing peace.
Through Jesus, God is bringing freedom.
Through Jesus, God is renewing His Creation.
Through Jesus, God is putting everything back in its right and proper place.
And through Jesus, once again it is very good.

Remembering the Gospel 
with Our Hearts (Psalm 78)

8/13/17. Week 9 in Summer Psalms. Remembering the Gospel with Our Hearts (Psalm 78).

The Good News satisfies much more than our guilty consciences, and touches much more than our minds. God is into whole-life transformation.

Let us receive God’s invitation to remember well, to remember fully.

(Quotes shared also appear on blog page.)

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Psalm 78 #SummerPsalms

Renew Kids: Sunday, August 13th, 2017 (Learning Together)

The nineteenth chapter of the Story Catechism is about the Church embracing and embodying “Everyday Love”:

Now the church lives all around the world sharing the Gospel with their neighbors.
The Church has been invited to join God.
The Church shares the Gospel by loving neighbors and serving them.
Jesus tells us to love one another like He loves us.
When we love each other, the world sees how Jesus loves.

God is Not finished With Y’all

8/6/17. We welcomed a new friend visiting from Uganda, along with Paul Hunter sharing. Pastor Robert Sityo of Jinja was visiting the States in part to be at the Next Generation Ministries annual BBQ gathering, for stories, sharing, and fundraising for NGM. We’re grateful for his partnership with Paul and Pam Hunter for much more than the last decade plus.

// Paul Hunter sharing then Robert Sityo preaching on Acts 9 #NGMUganda

Renew Kids: Sunday, August 6th, 2017 (Learning Together)

This week we continue our Summer adventure in the Story Catechism. Take it with you!

The seventeenth chapter of the Story Catechism is about the ones who Jesus sent:

Jesus sent the disciples to tell their neighbors and the world about Him.
Jesus Promised He would always be with them.
Remember God’s love story is called the gospel.
When people heard about the gospel some people believed and trusted in Jesus.
These people started following Jesus and obeying his words.

Always Swimming Upstream (Psalm 71)

7/30/17. Week 8 in Summer Psalms. Always Swimming Upstream (Psalm 71).

“Ten words have set the course for my life: God permits what he hates to accomplish what he loves.”
—Joni Eareckson Tada

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Psalm 71 #SummerPsalms

Where there is Darkness, He is the Light (Psalm 67)

7/23/17. Week 7 in Summer Psalms. Where there is Darkness, He is the Light (Psalm 67).

During Renew Family Camp we paused on Sunday morning to read, sing, pray, and rejoice in the Gospel of Christ.

Psalm 67 reminds us that God is the Light of the world, even in the darkness that surrounds.

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Psalm 67 #SummerPsalms

Wide, Wider, Widest Joy (Psalm 65)

7/16/17. Week 6 in Summer Psalms. Wide, Wider, Widest Joy (Psalm 65)

In talking with our kids we discovered a simple truth: if our enjoyment of something can only have right now and in our preferred way, we will not only miss out on life, we will also injure others.

This is a symptom of self-centeredness, and the Father is actively training the opposite direction: that we as His kids of Grace, can learn contentment in every circumstance, cultivating wide, wider … even the widest … joy.

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Psalm 65; Romans 8:1-6 #SummerPsalms

Renew Kids: Sunday, July 16th, 2017 (Learning Together)

This week we continue our Summer adventure in the Story Catechism. Take it with you!

The eleventh chapter of the Story Catechism is about the Great Rescue:

God’s love is bigger and better than sin.
God would never stop pursuing His creation (us).
God’s love story is about Jesus.
God’s love story about Jesus is called the gospel.
The gospel means that Jesus came to rescue us.
#RenewKids #RenewFamilies #LearningTogether

Wait-Wait, Do Tell Everyone (Psalms 40-41)

7/9/17. Week 5 in Summer Psalms. Wait-Wait, Do Tell Everyone (Psalms 40-41).
Learning to wait upon God is the chief discipline of faith. It is learning to live by faith, which has benefits in this life and reward in the life to come.

David’s value of worshiping God, and waiting upon the Father’s face, grace, and timing, became an earnest conviction and shaped how he faced life, and faced God.

// Renew Elders update then Jeff Patterson preaching on Psalms 40-41 #SummerPsalms