Wednesday, 03 May 2017 17:57

FIVE | Deuteronomy: Remember | 4.30.17

Dear parents,

We just concluded our “Pentateuch” series about the first five books of the Bible. In the final lesson, we explored the Ten Commandments—but instead of the commonly used passage in Exodus 20, we focused on Deuteronomy 5:1-21.

This gave us an opportunity to explore the powerful truths of the Ten Commandments and to remember God’s work, faithfulness, and presence in our lives. Like the Israelites, we may experience God’s incredible work but then “forget” about God and choose our own path.

This week, I encourage you to spend a few minutes talking with your teenager about our lesson. Here are some questions that can start the conversation:

  • What’s your favorite story or event from the Bible, and why?
  • How does praising and thanking God help you remember what he’s done in your life?
  • As you draw closer to Jesus, which of the Ten Commandments seems simplest and most natural to follow? Which seems most challenging?

Thanks for all your prayers for our students and our ministry. Have an incredible week!

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Wednesday, 01 May 2013 17:33

Weekly Reflections: 5.1.13

In the book of Judges, we find the Israelites trying to find their way in the land of Canaan. Despite God's commands, they failed to drive out the inhabitants of their newfound home. Because of their disobedience, God determined to leave the Canaanites in the land, that they would be "traps" and "snares" for God's people (2:3). And that's exactly what they were.

So from here on, we see Israel, God's chosen people, struggle with severe disobedience and idolatry. This generation had not seen the amazing signs of the exodus from Egypt, nor had they experienced the incredible miracles of Joshua's time. Because of that, they had trouble seeing past their current circumstances. These circumstances found the Israelites in a land dominated by the pagan customs of the Canaanites. And so, forgetting about the God who saved their people from Pharoah, they took the path of least resistance. They began to worship Baal and all the other Canaanite gods. God had called these Israelites, His chosen people, to change the world. But instead they let the world change them. The judges all came and went, providing a temporary cure for an eternal issue. The Israelites would inevitably forget God and sink back into their sinful, worldly culture.

If you've ever wondered how a book thousands of years old can still speak into the lives of people today, then listen up. Isn't this exactly what we experience in our walk with God? Today our judges aren't people, but rather events or experiences. Camps, retreats, mission trips, worship concerts. All of these things (and plenty more) serve to remind us of God's greatness. They light a fire under us. And that's great! The problem is that we disobey. When we are hit with this kind of passion for God, He is calling us to use it, to spread it, to change the world for His glory! But what happens more often than not? We leave that camp or retreat or whatever it was and we forget. We allow that fire to dwindle as we assimilate back into the culture of our schools, families, or workplaces. God has called us to change the world, but just like the Israelites, we're letting the world change us!

We cannot afford to go through life with these ups and downs in our relationship with God. It is possible to maintain an awesome passion for God, but we must learn to remember. Remember His calling. Remember His works. Remember His Son. Then we will find it much easier to obey.

So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthenyou in every good deed and word. - 2 Thessalonians 2:15

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