Family Connection Week 17 - Christmas 3


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Today’s lesson – They are TOLD

Challenge Verse
Luke 2:52
Weekly Verse
Luke 2:10a

So Gabriel has frightened Mary, Joseph, and now the Shepherds! Nobody was expecting Jesus. They were living their lives as if they had forgotten. When the angel appeared, they all got scared. But then they realized how cool it was! Discuss a time when you weren't expecting something but were pleasantly surprised.

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Shepherds

Perhaps one of the most singularly unique perspectives on Jesus’ birth would be that of the shepherds themselves. And from it, we can learn a lot about our potential in God’s eyes. Pastor Marc explains why, in this special Christmas ep from the archives. (We’ll return next year with new eps!)

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Family Connection Week 16 - Christmas 2


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Today’s lesson – Jesus’ Birth

Challenge Verse
Luke 2:52
Weekly Verse
Luke 2:7

Traveling can sometimes be hard, loud, crazy, fun, exciting, and sometimes an everyday thing. Imagine what it would be like to travel from one city to the next on a donkey. Talk about how long that might take and how the anticipation might fade or get stronger.

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Year End Giving 2019

Dear Family of Quail,

We have seen the goodness of the Lord over the course of 2019. His goodness has been evident in the many mission trips and "GO" Projects that we have been able to mobilize. We have seen it in our ongoing disciple-making ministry, the wonderful praise that is fostered by the choir and the Worship Arts team, by our children being nurtured in the ways of the Lord and scores of salvation decisions and baptisms.

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Family Connection Week 15 - Christmas


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Today’s lesson – The angel told Mary

Challenge Verse
Luke 2:52
Weekly Verse
Luke 1:31

Mary was told about her pregnancy. She was engaged to Joseph but not yet married. She was afraid when the angel told her that she was carrying God’s child. What a surprise! What a scary, positive, awesome surprise!

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Family Connection Week 14 - Isaiah


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Today’s lesson – Isaiah’s Prophecy

Challenge Verse
Luke 2:52
Weekly Verse
Isaiah 53:4a

Isaiah was a prophet, one who spoke and led the people of Israel. He foretold the coming of the Messiah. 400 years before Jesus was born Isaiah told the Israelites of his birth. That gave them something to anticipate. But the timing also gave them some time to forget.

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No Room in the Inn

As we start the Advent Season, let’s hear the words of the Gospel:
In Luke 2:7, we read…
“…and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

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Family Connection Week 13 - 1 Samuel


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Today’s lesson – David and Goliath

Challenge Verse
Ephesians 1:4-5
Weekly Verse
1 Sam. 16:7b

The HIS-story of David is one we might be familiar with. God chose David to be king after Saul. David showed his trust in the almighty God by facing a giant! David gave God the glory after defeating the giant. Discuss in the car how we can rely on God in “giant” circumstances. Try to pick out some scenarios dealing with your destination (school, home, church, sports, etc.).

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Family Connection Week 12 - Exodus


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Today’s lesson – Samson

Challenge Verse
Ephesians 1:4-5
Weekly Verse
Judges 16:28a

Samson is a HIS-story of strength! Talk about the different types of strength there is, e.g. muscles, will power, knowledge, etc. While driving, try to find things that are strong and things that are not.

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Family Connection Week 11 - Exodus


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Today’s lesson – Moses frees God’s people

Challenge Verse
Ephesians 1:4-5
Weekly Verse
Exodus 7:6

Discuss freedom. What does it mean? We are free to do a lot in our country. The Israelites were NOT free. They could not travel and they could not have any job they wanted. Talk about what your kids want to be when they grow up.

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The Potter’s Plan

In Jeremiah 18, the prophet is sent to watch a potter working a piece of clay on his wheel. It says…

“But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.” Jer. 18:4

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Family Connection Week 10 - Exodus


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Today’s lesson – Moses is born and called

Challenge Verse
Ephesians 1:4-5
Weekly Verse
Exodus 3:14

Being born is a time of joy! Discuss the time when your child(ren) was (were) born. Tell them details and explain your feelings. During the time that Moses was born Pharaoh wanted all baby boys dead. His mother, on the other hand, did not want that, so she hid him in a basket and sent him upstream. Pharaoh's daughter found him and kept him!

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Family Connection Week 9 - Genesis


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Today’s lesson – Joseph forgives his brothers

Challenge Verse
Psalm 139: 13-14
Weekly Verse
Genesis 45:7

Discuss forgiveness while driving. Did somebody cut you off? Somebody run a red light, forcing you to slam on your breaks? Somebody speed by, making you feel uncomfortable? Talk about how to forgive them, to look at it from a different angle. What if they didn’t see you, they are hurrying to the hospital, etc.?

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Family Connection Week 8 - Genesis


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Today’s lesson – Joseph’s Dreams

Challenge Verse
Psalm 139:13-14
Weekly Verse
Genesis 37:21

Discuss day dreaming. What are some things you can imagine happening outside of the window? Ask what was imagined. This is what it must have felt like when Joseph was telling his dreams to his brothers - a bit unbelievable.

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Family Connection Week 7 - Genesis


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Today’s lesson – Abraham & Isaac

Challenge Verse
Psalm 139:13-14
Weekly Verse
Genesis 22:1

Sacrifice-it’s something we all struggle with. Discuss with the family some simple sacrifices. Like giving somebody the opportunity to go in front of you in traffic or waving somebody through the stop sign.

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Family Connection Week 6 - Genesis


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Today’s lesson – Genesis 15:1-21; 17:1-9

Challenge Verse
Psalm 119:73
Weekly Verse
Genesis 15:1b

Explain a covenant. Making a promise to do something as long as the other person keeps their promise too. An agreement or contract. Driving is just like that. When we drive on the road we have an agreement with the other drivers to not bump into their cars.

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Family Connection Week 5 - Genesis


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Today’s lesson – Genesis 6-9:17

Challenge Verse
Psalm 119:73
Weekly Verse
Genesis 6:22

Look at the different cars on the road - big ones, small ones. Discuss how many people could fit comfortably in your car. Talk about how many could SQUEEZE into your car. Discuss how God gave Noah exact measurements for the ark so that Noah and his family, along with two of every animal, would be able to fit, just like your car is built for an exact amount of people.

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Family Connection Week 4 - Genesis


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Today’s lesson – Genesis 4:1-16

Challenge Verse
Psalm 119:73
Weekly Verse
Genesis 4:7a

Discuss reactions when you’re in a hurry and have to stop at a red light or when somebody cuts you off. We usually get frustrated, and sometimes we react in ways we shouldn’t. Talk to your child(ren) about how to react in a proper manner. Talk about how other drivers or passengers might feel that day. Maybe they look nervous, in a hurry, or happy- as they sing along with a song on the radio.

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Self Control

Self control: It seems like the Holy Grail sometimes, doesn't it? Almost impossible to find in those moments where our base nature tries to assert itself. Well... if you need some fresh insight into juicing up your self control chops (and who doesn't!), check out what Pastor Marc has to say.

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Family Connection Week 3 - Genesis


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Today’s lesson – Genesis 3

Challenge Verse
Exodus 20:11
Weekly Verse
Genesis 1:27

Discuss driving and making mistakes. Talk with the family about driving rules and that they are in place to protect us and everyone else. Pick out a rule like stopping at a red light and how the traffic lights are designed to allow everybody a chance to go through the intersection. Discuss what might happen if you broke the rule.

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Dealing with Discouragement

I have heard it said that, “Discouragement is both unique to and universal among human beings.” I suppose that it is true that eventually everyone will feel discouraged at some point. One well-known pastor has said, “Do you know how often I have wanted to quit the ministry? Every Monday morning!” I am glad that I do not experience that level of discouragement, but still it is there from time to time. So, here are some tips that I have learned regarding dealing with discouragement, both in terms of its causes and its cures:

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Family Connection Week 2 - Genesis


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Today’s lesson – Genesis 2:4-25

Challenge Verse
Exodus 20:11
Weekly Verse
Genesis 1:27

Have the family look at people that are passing by in cars, walking on the sidewalk or neighbors in your neighborhood. Ask them if they think God made those people too. Discuss with them that God made each and every one of us! And He loves us all!

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Family Connection Week 1 - Genesis

Challenge Verse: Exodus 20:11

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Today's lesson - Genesis 1-2:2

Have the family look out their windows and pick out a couple of things they see. After they choose something ask if it’s something God created? Talk with them about the difference between what is manmade and God-made.

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RebelGive

I’m excited to announce a new online giving tool called RebelGive. It’s a great new way to support the ministries of Quail right on our website. Your tax deductible gifts help support 39 different missionaries and agencies locally and worldwide; outreach efforts to our community; children and adult discipleship; and many other ministries here at Quail. The RebelGive logo appears on every page of our website. Giving is safe, easy to use and will not send you to another website. Just tap on the logo and answer the questions. It all happens in dialog boxes on QLBC.org. It’s that easy.

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Church Ministry and Technological Change

Décor and technological change is a fact of life both for our homes and churches. Sylvia and I recently had to finally do away with the 18 year old wall paper border in the upstairs hallway, and we are coming to grips with the fact that the sponge painted bathroom is past its ascetic prime. So too our tube TV has gone “the way of all flesh” and been replaced by a larger wall mounted flat screen (4K)!

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Church

Let’s be honest. By the time Sunday morning rolls around, we often feel like just sleeping in, or [fill in the blank with anything other than 'going to church']. But, as Pastor Marc reminds us, the Bible teaches us that we are to be in regular fellowship with fellow believers, and Sunday morning is a big part of that!

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Choices

When it comes to choices, sometimes knowing what you'll do before you have to make that choice... whatever it is... can make all the difference in the world. Pastor Marc talks about how to be ready when decision time is staring you in the face.

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Show Kindness

Have you noticed that the busier you get and the faster you are moving, the less you seem to remember to show kindness to others? In Galatians 5, Paul points out that kindness is part of the Fruit of the Spirit, it is not a product of the flesh.

In other words, kindness is not going to happen automatically. We have to look to the Lord and practice this habit that He wants us to develop.

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Walk by Faith

Walking by faith takes genuine trust. Pastor Marc offers some solid insight on this, through a very practical example. Watch, and grow your trust in the Lord!

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A Much Needed Upgrade to our Sanctuary Projection System

The time has come to upgrade our imaging and projection system in our Sanctuary. As you probably realize, every decade or so significant changes come to the way images and words are projected in churches. I remember back when we used an overhead projector and someone was tasked to switch the overheads from song to song. Then we progressed to slides, then to Power Point etc.

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Tapestry, Sermon Series and Sabbatical

Tapestry…
As we look into the month of June there are some exciting things that I want to tell you about. One of them is our annual “Tapestry of Quail” celebration. This year Tapestry will take place on June 2nd, and we are anticipating a wonderful day of fellowship and food from the various ethnic groups represented within our body. Plan to stay after the third service and enjoy the wonderful time that we will have together.

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2018-2019 Fiscal Year End

Dear Family of Quail,

Once again we are praising the Lord for the way that He has led the people of Quail to support the work of the Lord in finance. We have truly been blessed as a body through your generosity over the course of 2018-2019.

As you know, our fiscal year ends on June 30. As we close the books on this year I ask you to pray about an extra donation prior to that time which will enable us to finish strong!

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Trust Him

Trust. Simple, right? Not so much, though, when we can’t see the future. And yet, we operate with a certain rote faith—a blind trust—every day without even thinking about it. Today, Pastor Marc encourages us to build and strengthen this kind of trust in our Heavenly Father.

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Graduation Season

Very soon, graduation season will be upon us. A new batch of college grads will walk across the stage, and high school graduates will ready themselves for the next phase of life. Some of these newly-minted graduates will face academic situations where it is assumed that to be “smart” is to reject the idea of God and His love for us.

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Resurrection

Resurrection Sunday is almost here, and it reminds us that Jesus promised something that no other religious leader in history could, that He would return from the dead and that He would see to it that His followers would also rise from the grave.

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Good Counsel

Last time, Pastor Marc spoke about the value of operating on solid guidance instead of guessing our way through things. In this ep, he expounds on the value of good counsel for that guidance.

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Did You Think to Pray?

For those of you who did not attend this past Ladies Night you missed a real treat. The title was “Life Line” where we learned that God is our life line. Robin Gordon explained that He wants a relationship with us and the only way we have access to this life line is through prayer. Our theme verse reads as such:

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Flaws

In Matt. 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. Matthew 7:12

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Unit 31, Session 5: Paul’s Letters to Church Leaders

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As the early church expanded outside Jerusalem, new churches were planted in various cities. Each church needed godly leaders to help it grow and stay true to the gospel. Paul understood this need, which is why he wrote letters to some of the leaders in the church. Two of these leaders were Timothy and Titus. Timothy was Paul’s friend. He had traveled with Paul and helped him. Now Timothy was a leader at the church in Ephesus.

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Sing, Sing, Sing!

As I look back on the recently past Christmas season, one of the striking memories is the wonderful music of Christmas. It seems that once I start hearing those old familiar songs and hymns, I am filled with a renewed sense of joy and happiness. That got me thinking about the importance of singing as a follower of Jesus Christ.

You may not think of yourself as a singer, but let’s for a moment suspend all judgement about what makes a good singer “good” and simply notice the wonder of singing. Humans alone are invested with this ability to sing. We sing for joy, we sing the blues, we sing love songs and we sing songs of loss. But I think most importantly, we sing songs of worship and praise. Paul puts it this way in Ephesians…

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Unopened Packages

As Christmas approaches – it reminds us of the blessing of giving gifts to one another. There is great joy in picking out just the right gift and knowing that the person to whom it will be given will need and appreciate it. Therefore how would you feel if you entered your friend's home weeks after Christmas and found the gift that you had given them still unopened?

Wouldn’t it make you feel bad if you heard a friend of yours complaining about an unmet need in their life, and yet you knew that you had given them a gift to take care of that need but they had simply not yet opened it?

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A Heartfelt Thank You to All Who Supported Our Houston Mission Bake Sale

Thank you, Quail family for helping our GO Lift Houston team raise a record-smashing $3049 at last Sunday's mission bake sale. At times, it felt like the team was running out of items to sell, then the tables would suddenly be flooded by new contributions, and people eager to buy the goods! It truly was a fishes-and-loaves situation. God is so good!

To all who contributed items to sell, to those who bought items or donated so generously, and to those who simply stood with the team in prayer: Thank you and God bless you.

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Unit 31, Session 1: Paul Confronted Peter

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Peter—one of Jesus’ original disciples—had grown up in a culture where the Jews believed that God only cared about them, not the Gentiles or non-Jews.
Most of the Jews looked down on the Gentiles and refused to even associate with them because Jews believed Gentiles were unclean; Gentiles didn’t live the right way to please God. Any Jew who did associate with Gentiles did so at the risk of being ridiculed by his own people.

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The Importance of Your Vote

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”

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Success

How do you define genuine success? Well, Paul had some things to say about that during his missionary journeys. Pastor Marc explains how Paul’s perspective on genuine success is a model for us even today.

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Coaching For Growth Comes to Quail!

One of the reasons I love the ministry here at Quail is that I see so much help being given to folks in crisis by so many. Just about every day, I observe a member of our Lay Counseling Team meeting with and assisting an individual or a couple in our counseling office.

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Spending

Debt: How much love should we spend on others? How much money should we spend on ourselves? In all of this, where is contentment found? Pastor Marc offers the answers.

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Go Project Victory in Praise

Our latest GO Project was a success! Click below to Watch the video.
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Unit 28, Session 2: Peter Healed a Beggar

Dear Parents,

With the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Jesus’ disciples were empowered to carrying out Jesus’ mission for them—to take the gospel to all the nations. More and more people believed in Jesus. They met together at the temple to praise and worship God, and the first church began.

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The Blessing of a Good Belly Laugh

I have a theory. I do not know this to be true, but I have this feeling that the Pharisees and the Sadducees who gave Jesus so much trouble when He walked the earth did not laugh very much. They seem constantly to be burdened with their responsibility, and consistently judgmental and cranky. By contrast, however, Jesus took joy in children, loved a good party and looked for reasons to be with people of all walks of life. I can picture Him smiling and laughing and being the kind of person whom other people wanted to be with.

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