A Grieving Heart

Pastor Jay continues his “Guard Your Heart” series this week, with a sermon titled “A Grieving Heart”, based on Ecclesiastes 7:1-4.

Ecclesiastes 7:1-4 (ESV)

A good name is better than precious ointment,
and the day of death than the day of birth.
It is better to go to the house of mourning
than to go to the house of feasting,
for this is the end of all mankind,
and the living will lay it to heart.
Sorrow is better than laughter,
for by sadness of face the heart is made glad.
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning,
but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

Believe that there is hope for your grieving heart.

Six ways to deal with it:

  1. Count on God’s Presence.
  2. Resist the devil.
  3. Accept loss as loss.
  4. Accept that some loss is loving discipline and determine to learn from the experience.
  5. Set your heart on God’s future goodness to you.
  6. Delight yourself in the Lord.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What’s one thing that makes you sad?
  • How do you work through being sad?
  • How can God help you when you’re feeling sad?
  • How can you help others when they’re feeling sad?

Lambsgate Preschool News

School is off to a great start this year. We currently have 31 children enrolled. There is still space available in our 3-year-old class that meets Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 to 11:00am and our pre-K AFTERNOON class that meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:30 to 3:00pm.  If you or anyone you know is interested, please call the pre-school at 792-3343.

We have spent the first weeks of school learning names, faces and discovering many personalities. New to the staff this year is Heather Streck. Heather is married and has two sons who both attended Lamb’s Gate.

During the month of September we concentrated on how God created our world and His expectations for each of us. This led to how we all sin and fall short of His glory. By the end of the month, we learned how Noah listened to God and built the ark. Our finale was building and waterproofing an ark and learning about God’s visible promise to us…the rainbow. Each time we see a rainbow it reminds us that God will never flood the entire world again and that God is always there and always cares!

Please feel free to stop by anytime and see what we are doing.

Many blessings to all our families and friends,
Mrs. Schenk, Mrs. Smolik and Mrs. Streck

Pursuing the Elusive Whole Heart

Pastor Jay continues his “Guard Your Heart” series this week, with a sermon titled “Pursuing the Elusive Whole Heart”, based on Deuteronomy 6:4-5.

Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (ESV)

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

Pursue a whole-hearted love of God.

Three steps in that pursuit:

  1. Consider its centrality.
  2. Understand its meaning.
  3. Heed its implications.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What does it mean that we are to love God with our whole heart?
  • Are there things that we love more than Him? What are those things?
  • How are we to think about all the good things that God gives us? Can we love the giver and His gifts?

A Hardened Heart

Pastor Jay continues his “Guard Your Heart” series this week, with a sermon titled “A Hardened Heart”, based on Hebrews 3:14-15.

Hebrews 3:14-15 (ESV)

For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. As it is said,
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

The hardened heart is dangerous.

  • The hardened heart resists the obvious hand of God.
  • The hardened heart is insensitive to God’s law.
  • The hardened heart leads to calamity.
  • The hardened heart is missing out on salvation.
  • The hardened heart will experience God’s wrath.
  • The hardened heart will still yield God’s glory.
  • The hardened heart can also affect those who believe.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What exactly is a hard heart?
  • How could you tell if you had a hard heart?
  • What’s one thing you could do to soften a hard heart?

To Guard the Heart

Pastor Jay begins a new sermon series this week, “Guard Your Heart”.

Proverbs 4:20-23 (ESV)

My son, be attentive to my words;
incline your ear to my sayings.

Let them not escape from your sight;
keep them within your heart.

For they are life to those who find them,
and healing to all their flesh.

Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life. (Proverbs 4:20-23, ESV)

We need to be diligent to watch our heart.

  • Because the heart is the intersection between our life and the Word of God.
  • Because the connection between the heart and the Word yields life and health.
  • Because the heart is the source of life.
  • Because the heart is where our lives can be most readily polluted.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What comes to mind when you think of “guarding your heart”?
  • Name three things you should guard your heart against.
  • Can you think of a way to guard your heart this week at school? At home?
  • What’s the hardest thing to guard your heart against? In other words, when do you most often struggle to do the right thing?