The Story Host Training – September 2

On August 23, 2012, in Small Groups, by Connections

In just a few weeks, we will launch some new community groups for The Story! If you would like to host a group, please email Jillian. We would love for you to join us at our next training so that you can become equipped to host one of these terrific groups.

Lunch will be provided. Again, please let Jillian know if you would like to come so that we can plan to have enough food and materials.

We hope that you will decide to host one of these exciting new groups!

In just a few weeks, we will launch some new community groups for The Story! If you would like to host a group, please email Jillian. We would love for you to join us at our next training so that you can become equipped to host one of these terrific groups.

Lunch will be provided. Again, please let Jillian know if you would like to come so that we can plan to have enough food and materials.

We hope that you will decide to host one of these exciting new groups!

This week’s parenting tip

On August 20, 2012, in Children's Ministry (Anchor Bay), by Children's Ministry

August 19, 2012

Help Children Change Their Hearts

Too often parents focus only on behavior, getting the right actions down, but they don’t address the heart. Jesus criticized the Pharisees, saying that they looked good on the outside but their hearts were still not changed. He said, “First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.”

Focusing on behavior change is not enough. Many parents work hard to help their children look good on the outside. Inadvertently, these parents teach their children “image management” the ability to appear good, clean, and nice. A change of heart is what children really need though.

Unfortunately, you can’t force children to change their hearts. But we can do a lot to motivate them to make the necessary changes. We’ve identified several tools that, when used properly, address the heart. First, use sorrow instead of anger in the discipline process. Parents who misuse this technique often lay a guilt trip on their children. The key is to be genuine. If you, as a parent, look past your anger for a moment you will see that you truly are sad about what your child has done because you know the long-term consequences of such behavior. Reflect it in a gentle way. It’s amazing to see how children will respond.

Another way to influence a child’s heart is to use the scriptures. The Bible has an amazing quality, the ability to pierce through to the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Don’t use the Bible in a harsh way. Instead reveal what the Bible has to say about being kind or respectful or obedient. There’s a lot of wisdom and conviction that comes through the scriptures.

Be sure to talk about the heart during times of correction. “I can see you’re angry because I said no, you need to take a break for a bit and settle your heart down and when you’re ready, come back and we’ll talk about it.” It’ll take work and a child may need some long times to settle down at first, but a change of heart is worth it in the end. Resolve the tension by having a Positive Conclusion together. Talk about what went wrong and why it was wrong. Address heart issues, not just behavior and help children see things from a deeper perspective.

You may think of some other ideas but whatever you do, don’t rely on simple behavior modification techniques. They don’t go deep enough and often don’t address the real issues.

To learn more about how to help children change their hearts, consider the book Home Improvement by Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN.

August 19, 2012

Help Children Change Their Hearts

Too often parents focus only on behavior, getting the right actions down, but they don’t address the heart. Jesus criticized the Pharisees, saying that they looked good on the outside but their hearts were still not changed. He said, “First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.”

Focusing on behavior change is not enough. Many parents work hard to help their children look good on the outside. Inadvertently, these parents teach their children “image management” the ability to appear good, clean, and nice. A change of heart is what children really need though.

Unfortunately, you can’t force children to change their hearts. But we can do a lot to motivate them to make the necessary changes. We’ve identified several tools that, when used properly, address the heart. First, use sorrow instead of anger in the discipline process. Parents who misuse this technique often lay a guilt trip on their children. The key is to be genuine. If you, as a parent, look past your anger for a moment you will see that you truly are sad about what your child has done because you know the long-term consequences of such behavior. Reflect it in a gentle way. It’s amazing to see how children will respond.

Another way to influence a child’s heart is to use the scriptures. The Bible has an amazing quality, the ability to pierce through to the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Don’t use the Bible in a harsh way. Instead reveal what the Bible has to say about being kind or respectful or obedient. There’s a lot of wisdom and conviction that comes through the scriptures.

Be sure to talk about the heart during times of correction. “I can see you’re angry because I said no, you need to take a break for a bit and settle your heart down and when you’re ready, come back and we’ll talk about it.” It’ll take work and a child may need some long times to settle down at first, but a change of heart is worth it in the end. Resolve the tension by having a Positive Conclusion together. Talk about what went wrong and why it was wrong. Address heart issues, not just behavior and help children see things from a deeper perspective.

You may think of some other ideas but whatever you do, don’t rely on simple behavior modification techniques. They don’t go deep enough and often don’t address the real issues.

To learn more about how to help children change their hearts, consider the book Home Improvement by Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN.

Weekly Reading Plans :: 08.19.12

On August 18, 2012, in Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

Summer Reading

Sunday- Proverbs 11
Monday- Matthew 20
Tuesday- 2 Corinthians 8
Wednesday- 2 Corinthians 9
Thursday- 1 Kings 17
Friday- Matthew 6
Saturday- 1 Timothy 6

Bible in a Year (Chronological Reading)

Sunday- 2 Kings 24-25; 2 Chron. 36
Monday- Habakkuk 1-3
Tuesday- Jeremiah 41-45
Wednesday- Jeremiah 46-48
Thursday- Jeremiah 49-50
Friday- Jeremiah 51-52
Saturday- Lamentations 1:1-3:36

Memorize/Reflect: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

Personal Reflection: How has God shown Himself trustworthy in your childhood, teenage years, and adult years? How does God’s trustworthiness in the past help you move forward with confidence and faith?

Discussion: What are ways we are tempted to lean on our own understanding rather than trust in God? What are some of the dangerous consequences if we do this? What has God done in the past (from what you read in the Bible) that causes you to trust Him for your present and future? What is an example of a time God proved himself trustworthy on the journey of your life? What are signs in your life that you are living with trust in God? What are signs that your trust is waning? What are things you can do to grow and increase your trust in God, even in hard times?

Prayer Direction: Take time in the coming week to pray for friends and family members who are facing a tough or challenging time in their life. Pray that they will see God’s faithfulness in the past and trust Him for their future.

“Live It!” Challenge: Identify one specific area of your life where you have a hard time trusting God. Ask a few friends to pray for you to take a step of trust in this area. Also, reflect on how God has guided you (or others) through similar circumstances in the past and invite the Holy Spirit to increase your trust.

Summer Prayer Focus: Attitude shifting prayers: “Lord, teach me to trust you even when my eyes can’t see where you are taking me, or even where you are. Help me remember your faithfulness in the past as I trust you for today and forever.”

Extra Resources for this week: You might want to read: The Life You’ve Always Wanted, by John Ortberg, as we walk through our summer series.

Small Group Resources for this week: Most Small Groups are taking a break for the Summer. Please use materials above if you’d like content to continue discussing together.

Summer Reading

Sunday- Proverbs 11
Monday- Matthew 20
Tuesday- 2 Corinthians 8
Wednesday- 2 Corinthians 9
Thursday- 1 Kings 17
Friday- Matthew 6
Saturday- 1 Timothy 6

Bible in a Year (Chronological Reading)

Sunday- 2 Kings 24-25; 2 Chron. 36
Monday- Habakkuk 1-3
Tuesday- Jeremiah 41-45
Wednesday- Jeremiah 46-48
Thursday- Jeremiah 49-50
Friday- Jeremiah 51-52
Saturday- Lamentations 1:1-3:36

Memorize/Reflect: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

Personal Reflection: How has God shown Himself trustworthy in your childhood, teenage years, and adult years? How does God’s trustworthiness in the past help you move forward with confidence and faith?

Discussion: What are ways we are tempted to lean on our own understanding rather than trust in God? What are some of the dangerous consequences if we do this? What has God done in the past (from what you read in the Bible) that causes you to trust Him for your present and future? What is an example of a time God proved himself trustworthy on the journey of your life? What are signs in your life that you are living with trust in God? What are signs that your trust is waning? What are things you can do to grow and increase your trust in God, even in hard times?

Prayer Direction: Take time in the coming week to pray for friends and family members who are facing a tough or challenging time in their life. Pray that they will see God’s faithfulness in the past and trust Him for their future.

“Live It!” Challenge: Identify one specific area of your life where you have a hard time trusting God. Ask a few friends to pray for you to take a step of trust in this area. Also, reflect on how God has guided you (or others) through similar circumstances in the past and invite the Holy Spirit to increase your trust.

Summer Prayer Focus: Attitude shifting prayers: “Lord, teach me to trust you even when my eyes can’t see where you are taking me, or even where you are. Help me remember your faithfulness in the past as I trust you for today and forever.”

Extra Resources for this week: You might want to read: The Life You’ve Always Wanted, by John Ortberg, as we walk through our summer series.

Small Group Resources for this week: Most Small Groups are taking a break for the Summer. Please use materials above if you’d like content to continue discussing together.

Big Picture of the Bible | September 22nd

On August 13, 2012, in Classes, High School Ministry, by Shoreline

The Big Picture of the Bible Class | Sept. 22nd
Have you ever opened a Google Map and zoomed out until you could see the whole route…this is incredibly helpful. What if you could do this with the Bible, get a bird’s eye view of the whole story? Join pastors Kevin and Dennis on September 22nd from 9a – 3p in the Worship Center as they lead a half-day journey to help you get the big picture the Bible. See you there!

Click Here to Register!

The Big Picture of the Bible Class | Sept. 22nd
Have you ever opened a Google Map and zoomed out until you could see the whole route…this is incredibly helpful. What if you could do this with the Bible, get a bird’s eye view of the whole story? Join pastors Kevin and Dennis on September 22nd from 9a – 3p in the Worship Center as they lead a half-day journey to help you get the big picture the Bible. See you there!

Click Here to Register!

Weekly Reading Plans :: 08.12.12

On August 11, 2012, in Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

Summer Reading

Sunday- Proverbs 3
Monday- 2 Kings 18
Tuesday- Psalms 19-21
Wednesday- Psalms 115; 116; 118
Thursday- Joshua 3
Friday- Joshua 4
Saturday- Proverbs 3

Bible in a Year (Chronological Reading)

Sunday- Jeremiah 18-22
Monday- Jeremiah 23-25
Tuesday- Jeremiah 26- 29
Wednesday- Jeremiah 30-31
Thursday- Jeremiah 32-34
Friday- Jeremiah 35-37
Saturday- Jeremiah 38-40; Psalm 74; 79

Memorize/Reflect: “…Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)

Personal Reflection: What are some of the ways I grow and strengthen my mental capacities in the course of a normal week? How am I increasing my understanding of God and His Word through regular study?

Discussion: How does reading the Bible on a regular basis strengthen your mind and deepen your understanding of God, the world, and yourself? What is the difference between reading the Bible and studying it? What are ways we can study the Bible and go deeper into God’s Word? What is a great Christian book you have read (aside from the Bible) and has has this book helped strengthen and deepen your faith? What are some of the activities and practices that can distract us from developing a mind for God (and sometimes even turn our brains to mush if we are not careful)? What is one practice you can begin that will sharpen your mind and help you think more about things that honor God?

Prayer Direction: Invite the Holy Spirit to guide and fill your thoughts. Pray for discipline to open the Bible and study it daily. Thank God for giving you the capacity to think, dream, ponder, and grow a mind that honors Him.

“Live It!” Challenge: Consider making a thirty-day commitment to study the Bible for thirty minutes each day. If you don’t know where to start, use the reading guide for The Story on the Shoreline website and read the footnotes in a good study Bible. You might want to get a copy of the NIV Study Bible.

Summer Prayer Focus: Attitude shifting prayers: “Lord, teach me to think Your thoughts, to guard my mind from the garbage all around me, and to meditate on what is good and beautiful in Your eyes.”

Extra Resources for this week: You might want to read: The Life You’ve Always Wanted, by John Ortberg, as we walk through our summer series.

Small Group Resources for this week: Most Small Groups are taking a break for the Summer. Please use materials above if you’d like content to continue discussing together.

Summer Reading

Sunday- Proverbs 3
Monday- 2 Kings 18
Tuesday- Psalms 19-21
Wednesday- Psalms 115; 116; 118
Thursday- Joshua 3
Friday- Joshua 4
Saturday- Proverbs 3

Bible in a Year (Chronological Reading)

Sunday- Jeremiah 18-22
Monday- Jeremiah 23-25
Tuesday- Jeremiah 26- 29
Wednesday- Jeremiah 30-31
Thursday- Jeremiah 32-34
Friday- Jeremiah 35-37
Saturday- Jeremiah 38-40; Psalm 74; 79

Memorize/Reflect: “…Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)

Personal Reflection: What are some of the ways I grow and strengthen my mental capacities in the course of a normal week? How am I increasing my understanding of God and His Word through regular study?

Discussion: How does reading the Bible on a regular basis strengthen your mind and deepen your understanding of God, the world, and yourself? What is the difference between reading the Bible and studying it? What are ways we can study the Bible and go deeper into God’s Word? What is a great Christian book you have read (aside from the Bible) and has has this book helped strengthen and deepen your faith? What are some of the activities and practices that can distract us from developing a mind for God (and sometimes even turn our brains to mush if we are not careful)? What is one practice you can begin that will sharpen your mind and help you think more about things that honor God?

Prayer Direction: Invite the Holy Spirit to guide and fill your thoughts. Pray for discipline to open the Bible and study it daily. Thank God for giving you the capacity to think, dream, ponder, and grow a mind that honors Him.

“Live It!” Challenge: Consider making a thirty-day commitment to study the Bible for thirty minutes each day. If you don’t know where to start, use the reading guide for The Story on the Shoreline website and read the footnotes in a good study Bible. You might want to get a copy of the NIV Study Bible.

Summer Prayer Focus: Attitude shifting prayers: “Lord, teach me to think Your thoughts, to guard my mind from the garbage all around me, and to meditate on what is good and beautiful in Your eyes.”

Extra Resources for this week: You might want to read: The Life You’ve Always Wanted, by John Ortberg, as we walk through our summer series.

Small Group Resources for this week: Most Small Groups are taking a break for the Summer. Please use materials above if you’d like content to continue discussing together.

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