God Works by Appointment

Dear Quail,
In Habakkuk 2:3, we read “…Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” NIV

God is a God of order. Everything He does, He does by appointment. An appointment is simply an event that has been set up in advance. God has appointments set up for you, a scheduled time for bringing to pass two specific things in your life, His promises and His plans. You can count on the fact that the appointment is coming.

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Fruitful in the Land of Affliction

Dear Quail, About mid-way through the story of Joseph in Genesis after years of betrayal, abandonment and abuse, Joseph is promoted to assist the Pharaoh and prepare the nation for the coming famine. That is fantastic, but it is not the only blessing that came his way! He also marries and that marriage produces two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.

Genesis 41:52, “The name of the second child he called Ephraim, ‘for God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.’” ESV

The name Ephraim sounds like the Hebrew word for “fruitful.”

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Job Study Invite

Hi there,

Here we are right in the middle of the dog days of summer. The kids are back in school, which means that Bible study is just around the corner! 2020 is very different than what we are accustomed too by far. Many of us are still following the “Shelter in Place” order due to being in the vulnerable group. But we will not allow this pandemic to keep us from learning God’s Word.

This fall, we will study the book of Job by Lisa Harper. We can relate with Job can’t we? We are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic! It seems like everything we have known has been taken away from us, our ability to do what we want, when we want, and how we want. Our lives have been turned upside down and it’s just not fair! How are you handling your suffering? Have you succumb to your human nature or are you like your servant Job?

Thursday Morning Bible Study
September 24th ~ November 19th, 2020
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. ~ Virtually on Zoom
Cost: $16

In this 7-session study, we will discover the redemptive fact of Job’s suffering, to view pain as a way to strengthen our faith, point others to the gospel, and trust in the Lord. Because His providence will never take you to a place where His grace will not sustain you.

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Keep Calm and Carry On!

Dear Quail,

By now you are no doubt familiar with the British poster that says, “Keep Calm and Carry On.” Those words are presented over a graphic of the crown of King George VI. We even have all sorts of variations of that poster. I have seen, “Keep Calm and Go Shopping,” “Keep Calm and Look Busy,” “Keep Calm and Call Batman,” and on our Quail restrooms as a response to the Coronavirus, “Keep Calm and Wash your Hands.”

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Men's AXIS Bible Study Zoom Class: A Man And His Work

Fall Study: August 23 - November 15

A JOURNEY TO AUTHENTIC MANHOOD AS MODELED BY JESUS IN HIS 33 YEARS ON EARTH VOLUME IV A MAN AND HIS WORK

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God is Working While We Wait

Dear Quail, I am sure that you, like I, have spent time in the various “waiting rooms” of life. For instance, let’s imagine the doctor’s office waiting room. You give your name to the nurse and she checks your insurance. You take a seat and wait to be called.

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You Are Not Alone

Dear Quail,

You are not alone!

For many the “aloneness” of these days is getting more than troubling, it is downright painful. If that is you, now is the time to hear and believe that no matter how empty our house feels, you are not alone.

David said it this way…

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A Silver Lining

Dear Quail,

In a recent edition of the newsletter published by Church Extension Fund, Mark Etting wrote an article entitled “A Silver Lining.” Since I think it probable that many of you do not get that publication and I thought that his ideas were helpful, today I will share some of that article with you. He writes…

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Tenacious Prayer

Dear Quail,
To stay positive in the Pandemic, engage in “tenacious prayer.”

In his book The Table of Inwardness, Calvin Miller writes of the day when, as a boy, he found in his attic an old fashioned wooden box labeled “danger - dynamite!” His young mind was filled with the explosive possibilities of the treasure he had discovered, a box full of dynamite! However, when he opened it, it was filled with everyday junk.

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Let Your Heart Take Courage

Dear Quail,

“Don’t be afraid” in some form or another is one of the most often repeated commands in Scripture. It makes sense once you begin to imagine all the scary stuff that is around us.

But the Bible is full of the stories of people that show remarkable courage. Many of them are remembered in Hebrews, Chapter 11.

Abraham showed courage in his leaving of Haran and going to land that God would show him. (Heb. 11:8)

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2020 Business Meeting

This year's business meeting will be held on July 26, 2020. We realize that not everyone can attend services at this time, so this year we are giving you the ability to vote online. We have attached a proposed spending plan, and elder profiles for more information.

Online voting will be closed at noon on Monday, July 27.

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Trust Fully

Dear Quail,

Psychologist Eric Erikson was fond of saying, “The capacity to trust is the foundation of true emotional health.”

People who cannot trust are disturbed. And people who cannot trust disturb others. They are carriers of a disease of suspicion and cynicism that is a big part of the negative world we live in.

Trust interconnects us; it relates us to one another. Trust keeps us attached; it gives us a sense of dependence and, in return, a sense of value.

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Opening up the Campus: An Update from Pastor Marc

Dear Quail,

The time has come for us to open the campus up for limited numbers of people to attend live services starting Sunday, June 14, 2020.

Allow me to take a moment and extend a word of thanks to the staff of QLBC for their extra efforts over this time. I especially want to thank John Welsh, Brandon Smith and Genevieve Palafox for their “over and above” efforts as it relates to our media and the establishment of the new “live stream” capabilities.

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God Gives Second Chances

Dear Quail, I think it is true for all of us that this time of restriction is dragging on, and the new requirements and restrictions are becoming a bit confusing. For some, this is causing conflict and frustration.

Recently, I have seen an uptick of the number of people who are talking to me about family squabbles and times of anger and frustration that have boiled over, sometimes causing tension in an otherwise happy home.

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An Update from Pastor Marc

Dear Quail, 

Today I will share some thoughts about the ethnic tension that we are now witnessing in our land and then give you some programming updates.

I am not a community organizer nor an “activist” in the sense that I feel called to influence society in any way other than with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, I believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most relevant thing that we can talk about in this situation. Here is why…

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An Update from Pastor Marc

Dear Family of Quail,

The time has come for us to turn our attention towards coming together again for public service of worship. It has been a long and trying time as we have all had to change the way that we operate on many levels, during this unique era. I know that it has been difficult for us all, extra so for many. This letter will help us all understand the return process. It is lengthy, but important. Please read it in its entirety. 

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An Update from Pastor Marc

Dear Quail,

This week I will take some time in this email, that I have normally been using from some devotional and inspirational thoughts, to address the issue of the status of Quail coming back for live in-person services. You have probably heard on the news that there are some churches and pastors in the southern part of our state who are declaring that they will worship “in person” on Pentecost Sunday (May 31), no matter the status of the restrictions called for by the State of California.

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An Update from Pastor Marc

Dear Quail Family 

This week I ran across a quote by Eric Liddell, the British Olympian and missionary whose life was the subject of the movie, Chariots of Fire.  He writes,

Circumstances may appear to wreck our lives and God’s plans, but God is not helpless among the ruins. Our broken lives are not lost or useless. God’s love is still working. He comes in and takes the calamity and uses it victoriously, working out His wonderful plan of love.

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Soar #12: Eagles have Contrasting Color Patterns Noticeable from a Distance

This is our last installment of our SOAR series. The article by Michael Bradley, “Traits of the Eagle and How It Pertains to Our Christian Walk,” has helped inspire us to learn to SOAR throughout the year. Many of the creatures God has created have color patterns that blend in with their natural surroundings to protect them from other predators, but not eagles.

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An Update from Pastor Marc

What Gain will this pain bring?

Dear Quail,

Recently I read an article written by David Mathis in which he reminded me that the slogan “No pain, no gain” does indeed communicate a truth that can be observed both in everyday life and in the Bible itself.

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Family Connection Week 36

Memory Verse:
Philippians 2:4

Well, this week our allergies have just sent us to the moon! I don't know about you, but when the wind comes and my allergies are at their peak, my nerves get on edge! It feels like they are vibrating nonstop and nothing can get them under control. Usually when this happens, I tend to be a little on edge and get a little more angry at the people that are around me. Right now, I am around my family ALL the time, and we are playing a lot of games. When we play those games and I don't have my allergies under control, that is a bad mix! I tend to become a VERY SORE LOSER and not very easy to be around -- a little selfcentered, if you will.

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An Update from Pastor Marc

Dear Quail, 

So far, 2020 has been a year in which we have been reminded how uncertain and out of our control things can be. We have been reminded that the only predictable thing about life is that it is unpredictable and we have very little authority over the events of life.

As I considered this, I was reminded and strengthened by Jesus’ words in Matthew 28:18-20

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Family Connection Week 35

Memory Verse:
Philippians 1:18b

The weather is getting warmer and we are yearning to get outside, to go swimming in that frigid water or meander about shopping malls. These are the things we do when it gets warmer -- we go out and enjoy the warmth. Get outside, sit in the shade with your family, and talk about the first things you're going to do when this is all over. Speak on the positive things that the future will hold. In the meantime, try a new recipe, learn a new verse together, and keep your spirits lifted and focused on Jesus!

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An Update from Pastor Marc

Dear Quail Family,

A Prayer in Isolation.

This season of physical distancing and self-isolation is abnormal and disconcerting for most of us. However, for some of us the difficulty is great. Family members in hospitals cannot be visited, neither can those in retirement facilities and nursing homes.  Also, the center of our social lives, our church fellowship is occurring virtually with our interaction taking place and chat boxes and through emoji’s.

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Family Connection Week 34

Memory Verse:
Philippians 1:4

This week after Resurrection Sunday has been a fun one, reflecting on Jesus' gift of salvation and peace! I pray that you are doing well during this time and are getting some fresh air, as the weather is bright and sunny. I know many of you are missing your friends and that physical relationship with them. I just want to say that we are here for you. Send us a message so that we can pray for you. We are in this time together. Though some have different circumstances, we are all a part of this uncharted journey. I know some are having a hard time with missing students and friends. Remember, we are here for you!

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Soar #11: Eagles Nests Are Built in the Wilderness

When baby eagles are first born, the mother eagle will build the nest in which to raise up her newborns in the wilderness, away from mainstream society. This is done so she can raise them up without any type of harm coming to them. In the same way, the Lord will sometimes build up His eagles in a wilderness-type setting. Moses was in the backside of the desert for 40 years before God called him out to complete the greatest deliverance mission of all time. David was in the caves of the wilderness for a number of years, possibly 13-15, before he was called out by God to become the greatest king that Israel has ever had. (Taken from: Traits of the Eagle and How It Pertains To Our Christian Walk by: Michael Bradley)

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Bloom Where You Are Quarantined

Dear Quail,

"Bloom where you are quarantined," that was the title of an article I read recently.  I loved the title! The article author (Clarissa Moll) says the following,

As communities around the world close down because of COVID-19, I suspect I’m not alone in my loneliness.  Indeed, Jesus will come to our lonely places. He promises to meet us in our deserts, our quarantined spaces, to renew our souls, bring us joy, comfort our hearts, and give us peace.  In the midst of this companionship our loneliness still gnaws at us…This lingering loneliness reflects a deep longing for communion, one that will only ever be satisfied when we see Jesus face to face.

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Soar #10: Eagles Have Two Sets of Eyes

The eagle is the strongest animal in the kingdom, and has an eyesight estimated 4-8 times stronger than a human. Did you know that the eagle has two sets of eyes and three eyelids? Eagles’ eyes have very sharp focus and accurate perception, especially when they are about to attack their prey. Not even a storm can affect the sight of the eagle. As Christians we also have two sets of eyes. The first set is our normal, natural eye, which we use to see the world as it is. Our second set of eyes is the eyes of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God, the third person of the trinity. (Acts 5:3-4) He dwells inside of us, as we are the people of God. He is our helper, our comforter and our counselor. HE is our gift from God.

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Family Connection Week 33

Memory Verse:
John 14:6

It's Resurrection Sunday, and a DIFFERENT one at that. We can't meet with our families, our traditions might look a little different this year, and maybe we didn't have to dress up in that stifling shirt and tie that we don a couple times a year for those special occasions. And that can create a feeling of insecurity. When things change so drastically so fast, we begin to feel insecure about what we know. Pastor Marc discussed that doubt in today's message. He talked about how doubting is part of the true nature of being human. But WHEN we have doubts, we need to give them to Jesus, because without a doubt, HE IS RISEN!! In John 14:6 Jesus says HE is the only way to the Father, because HE IS RISEN and sacrificed himself for us, showing us that nothing -- NOT even death on a cross -- can overcome Him

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It is Finished

Dear Quail Family,

Today is Good Friday. As we think back to the cross of Christ, we remember what John has recorded in John 19:30,

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

The phrase “It is finished” is actually a single word in John’s Greek original. The word is “tetelestai”.  It was a common word in that day, and it had many meanings:

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An Update from Pastor Marc

Dear Quail Family,
As we continue to grapple with our response with the Coronavirus we should recall that this, and every other disease that we face, is the result of the fact that we exist in a world that has been damaged and twisted due to sin. Paul says in Romans 8,

For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

Romans 8:19-24 (NIV)

When sin entered the world, the result was that the created order, including our bodies, would experience corruption, futility and eventually death. Therefore, all disease is the result of the fact of sin in our world.

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Family Connection Week 32

Memory Verse:
Luke 18:33a

We have sheltered in our homes now for a couple of weeks, and I don't know about you, but I can feel my nerves on edge a little more often than normal. I can feel that cabin fever creeping in slowly from the background. I love being at home with my family, playing games with them, cooking for them, teaching them. But lurking in the background is this feverish edge and every now and again it seeps out. This seems to be happening with all of us -- we give lots of love, but there are some days that it seems we need a bit of extra space and a ton more grace.

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Family Connection Week 31

Memory Verse:
Psalm 90:1

We have sheltered in our homes as families for about week now and I can surely say it has felt like fooorrreeevvveerrr. I was chatting with somebody about the date and I was fully convinced that this past Wednesday was April 1st and that we had been in our homes now for 2, possibly 3, weeks. NOPE - I was completely wrong. It's only been 1 WEEK! Pastor Marc talked about how God is an eternal God, never changing or wavering, for our sake. He is the standard by which we live. Because He is unchanging and eternal, we have a connection to those before us, with us, and those that will come. He brings us a constant that we can lean on for stability. During these times where time seems to pass without notice, God is there with a full understanding and vivid view of what's happening.

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Worship Service Coronavirus Update

The state of California is currently under a mandatory shelter in place protocol which dramatically affects our day to day operations, so we want to keep you updated with exactly what this means for you at Quail. Below we will outline what this looks like for Sunday Services as well as Bible studies and other on-campus events. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Changes to Quail’s office hours

Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, the QLBC office is currently closed until further notice. If you need to reach the QLBC staff, you can reach one of our receptionists answering remotely from 8am-12pm Monday through Friday at 209 951-7380. You can also reach the various staff through their emails found on our website QLBC.org.

Sunday Worship Service

As we have continued to monitor the ongoing Covid-19 virus, the decision has been made to temporarily close the campus in an effort to do our part in stopping the continued spread of this disease. What this means for us is that we will benefit from the use of digital streaming online until we are able to open up the campus again. God has graced us with the ability to still share a time of worship and God's Word with you all from the comfort of your homes. The way this will work is... on Facebook at 10:00 am on Sunday, you will see our full service being streamed to you from our Quail Lakes Baptist Church page. If you are not already following that page, make sure to go there and like the page or you may miss the stream. If you have family or friends who would like to be included but are not on Facebook, you can direct them to www.qlbc.org/sermons where this Sunday's service will be uploaded by 10:30 am. Together we will continue to lift up all those affected by this global crisis, and we will enjoy a time of digital fellowship with you all this Sunday.

All QLBC programming is currently being canceled with the exception of…

  • Rooted Pilot group
  • Casa DeLuz Wednesday Night Study
  • Refresh Young Adult Service (will be streamed through Facebook)
  • Celebrate Recovery Step programs
  • **Please refer back to here instead of what you may see on our church calendar… this will be the most up to date information regarding this ever-changing schedule**
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Update from Tim Ankcorn about QLBC Response to Coronavirus

Hi everybody, I want to reach out to you in my role as Executive Director of Operations of Quail Lakes Baptist Church to let you know what the church is doing in response to Covid-19 or Coronavirus. By now you should have heard that we will not be holding public services tomorrow (March 22nd) and next Sunday (29th). Please join us instead as Pastor Marc will be leading our worship service “virtually” at 10 am on Facebook and 10:30 am on www.qlbc.org.

In response to Governor Newsom’s Stay at home order, we have started closing the church office during the week. But I want to reassure you that our church is still here to meet your needs. Our wonderful receptionists Carol Schmidt and Carol Biggs have agreed to take your calls at home. I have arranged with our phone provider to forward all calls during the week-days from 8:00 am to noon to their phones. They can answer your questions, pray with you and get your messages to our staff. Just call our main office number at (209) 951-7380 and they would love to talk to you. If you have to reach us after these hours you can still leave a message and we will call you back.

You can always reach our ministry staff directly by email. Our email addresses are available on QLBC.org under the Contact tab then press the View All Staff button. They will be checking their email regularly to respond to your needs. We will be meeting virtually on Tuesday morning to plan and pray as a group.

We are also initiating a “contact and care” process toward our isolated seniors. But let’s each one of us check in with one another over the next few weeks. Let’s let the love of Jesus shine through us to the Quail family and beyond. If you need help or want to help us in this project just call or email us.

Pastor Marc and myself will be meeting with the Elder Board on Friday morning to create a plan for our church moving forward. Please keep us in your prayers.

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Family Connection Week 30

Memory Verse:
Proverbs 17:17

We are in a bit of some uncharted waters and our children can feel the uneasiness, excitement or any other feelings we might have during this time. As Pastor Marc discussed today, these times bring out our need for relationships. Our children need us to simply explain these times and how it affects them. They are probably really excited about their parents being home and being away from school, but this will only last for a moment until they begin to miss their friends and get bored with the things they have at home. This is when “cabin fever” sets in and our relationships can become very fragile.

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Family Connection Week 29


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Challenge Verse
Psalm 119:18
Weekly Verse
John 11:40

This week’s lesson: Jesus raises Lazarus

Jesus was a couple days’ travel away from Lazarus when he heard that his friend was sick. When Jesus heard this, he didn’t stop his teaching — he finished and then travelled to his friend. He knew that it was going to take a long time to get to his friend and I’m sure he thought about it while he was headed there. It wasn’t a happy trip but a necessary one.

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Family Connection Week 28


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Challenge Verse
James 1:22
Weekly Verse
Matthew 14:19a

This week’s lesson: the feeding of the 5,000

Jesus was saddened and wanted to be alone for a moment. He had just heard some terrible news about John the Baptist. He travelled on a boat so that he could pray. Sometimes when we travel, we think about things. It helps clear our heads. Sometimes in the car when it’s silent, our mind is able to play, think, and we can begin to express our feelings. I know sometimes I day dream in the car because my mind is able to wander. Not while driving, of course.

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This is Love!

As Resurrection Sunday approaches this month, we will soon be answering the question, “What is Love?” The answer is that God demonstrates His life-changing love toward us in the events of the death, burial and resurrection of God the Son, Jesus Christ.

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Family Connection Week 27


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Challenge Verse
James 1:22
Weekly Verse
Luke 15:32

This week’s lesson: the parable of “The Lost Son”

When I drive around town, I end up passing a farm. The smell from the farm usually makes me wince or lose my breath. I sometimes think of the prodigal son and what it must have smelled like to be feeding those pigs. Stinky! That must’ve been the point that he realized that “I could work for my father,” the stinkiest point in his life.

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Avoiding Shipwreck

In this episode of A Moment with Pastor Marc, Pastor Marc uses an example from scripture to illustrate how we can intentionally avoid shipwrecks by avoiding some key mistakes that lead to them. Enjoy, and learn!

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Family Connection Week 26


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Challenge Verse
James 1:22
Weekly Verse
Luke 10:37b

This week’s lesson: the parable the good Samaritan

While talking to those who were the experts of religion, Jesus was asked a very important question: Who was their neighbor?

Talk about neighborhoods as you drive. Discuss that neighborhoods are made up of people who live near one another. Talk about pride that goes into keeping your neighborhood clean and safe.

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Success vs. Failure

In 1 Thess. 2:1 Paul says, “You know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure.” But let’s remember what happened when Paul was in Thessalonica. The Jewish leaders formed a mob, started a riot, dragged Paul’s host, Jason, down before city officials and, as result, Paul and Silas snuck out of town under the cover of night.

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Family Connection Week 25


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Challenge Verse
Matthew 13:23a
Weekly Verse
James 1:22

This week’s lesson: the parable of the sower

Jesus explained the kingdom of heaven in many ways so that we can understand. The parable of the sower talks about different ways people hear and accept the Gospel.

Talk about throwing a seed out the window while driving. Where would it land? Talk about doing this in different places, like near a farm with good soil, or on the sidewalk, etc.

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Soar #9: Eagles are Very Patient

Did you know that Eagles are called High Flyers? What does that mean exactly? Because Eagles fly 10,000-15,000 feet in the air they fly above the storms. Being patient and waiting are characteristics of High Flyers. Eagles see challenges and storms coming and make less noise waiting for the opportunities to glide with the current of the storm. I like The New Century version of James 1:2-3. It says, “My brothers and sisters, when you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience.” Let’s look closer at the word “Patience”.

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Family Connection - Week 24


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Challenge Verse
John 4:13-14
Weekly Verse
Luke 10:42b

Martha was always in a hurry. She was excited and wanted everything to go perfectly for Jesus’ visit to her house.

Have you ever been in a hurry? Rushed out the door to get to church on time? Sometimes we are like Martha — we get in such a hurry we forget to focus on the excitement of our destination. Being in a hurry and getting flustered can overtake the feeling of excitement we should have when setting out for our destination.

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Flaws and the Golden Rule

In Matthew 7:12 Jesus says…
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” (NIV)

A person’s sense of self-worth is often based on the reactions, positive or negative, of those around them. Your words and attitudes can literally either build up or tear down the people around you. That fact is the background of why Jesus feels so strongly about what we now call, “The Golden Rule.”

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Family Connection - Week 23


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Today’s lesson – Jesus and the woman at the well

Challenge Verse
John 4:13-14
Weekly Verse
John 4:14a

Jesus traveled a lot with his disciples. This one time when Jesus was traveling, he got thirsty like we ALL do, especially on road trips. While he stopped to get water, he preached to a young Samaritan woman.

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Family Connection - Week 22


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Today’s lesson – Jesus chooses his disciples

Challenge Verse
John 4:13-14
Weekly Verse
Matthew 4:19

Jesus traveled with his disciples. They traveled in a large group like a caravan. They would go to a town together and preach to that town.

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Family Connection Week 21


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Today’s lesson – Jesus is Tempted

Challenge Verse
John 14:15
Weekly Verse
Matthew 4:11

Temptation is something we ALL deal with. When Jesus was tempted by the devil, he recited the verses to the devil to overcome what was being presented to him. When Satan was finished tempting Jesus, Jesus was attended to by angels.

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