Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

September 21 – Review and Reflections

September 21 – Review and Reflections

Today’s Bible Reading

Isaiah 37:1-38:12

Galatians 6:1-18

Proverbs 23:24


Review and Reflections

1. Read Isaiah 37:1-13. How did King Hezekiah respond to what he heard?


What does this relate to us when we face opposition or difficulties?



2. Read Isaiah 37:14-20. Hezekiah prayed to the Lord. What did he ask of the Lord? Why?



3. Read Isaiah 37:21- 38. The Lord knows us. He knows our dwelling place, our going _________ and our coming ________. He even knows how we feel about Him.

God always has a remnant. What  is remnant?


God told the people that He would defend the city and save it for His own sake and for His servant __________________  sake.

The angel of the Lord killed _______________________ in the camp of the Assyrians.



4. Read Isaiah 38:1-12. What did Isaiah tell Hezekiah when he was sick and near death?


Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord. How did the Lord respond to his prayer?



5. Read Galatians 6:1-10. If a person is overtaken in any trespass you should restore him with a spirit of _____________________.

We are to bear one another’s ____________________.

Each person should _________________ his own work.

Whatever a man sows, that he will also _______________.

A person who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap ___________________.

A person who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap __________________________ life.

We should not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose __________________.

We should do good to all, especially to those who are of the ________________________ of faith.



6. Read Galatians 6:11-18. In Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision ______________  anything, but a new creation.



7. Read Proverbs 23:24. The father of the ___________________ will greatly rejoice.

A man who has a _________________ child will delight in him.

What does it mean to be wise?


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September 20 – Review and Reflections

September 20 – Review and Reflections

Today’s Bible Reading

Isaiah 33:13-36:22

Galatians 5:13-26

Proverbs 23:23


Review and Reflections

1. Read Isaiah 33:13-24. Who will dwell on high? A person (or people) …

*  who walks __________________________and speaks uprightly.

* who despises the gain of ________________________.

* who gestures with his hands, _______________ bribes.

* who stops his __________ from hearing of bloodshed.

* who shuts his eyes from seeing _____________.



Benefits to the person (or people) that dwells on high:

* His place of _________________ will be the fortress of rocks.

* _______________ will be given him, his water will be sure.
* His eyes will see the ____________ in His beauty.
* The Lord is their Judge, their _________________, and their King.

* They will be _______________ their iniquity.



2. Read Isaiah 34:1- 17.   These verses describe God’s judgment against the ____________________.



3. Read Isaiah 35:1- 10. Promises for the redeemed…

*  The wilderness and the __________________________shall be glad for them.

* The desert shall rejoice and blossom as the _____________ – it shall blossom abundantly.

* They shall see the ________________ of the Lord – the excellency of our God.
* The weak hands will be __________________________, and the feeble knees made firm.

* God will come with vengeance – He will come and ________________ them.
* The eyes of the blind shall be __________________, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
* The lame shall leap like a deer, and the __________________ of the dumb sing.

* Waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, and _________________ in the desert.
* The parched ground shall become a _____________, and the thirsty land springs of water.

* The ____________________ of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads.

* They shall obtain joy and gladness, and ________________ and sighing shall flee away.



4. Read Isaiah 36:1-22. Why did Eliakim, Shebna, and Joah want  Rabshakeh to speak to them in Aramaic?


Rabshakeh stood and called out with a loud voice in Hebrew…

* Do not let Hezekiah __________________ you, for he will not be able to deliver you.

* Do not let Hezekiah make you ____________ in the Lord.

* Do not _____________ to Hezekiah.



5. Read Galatians 5:13-26. Believers …

* should not use their _________________ as an opportunity for the flesh.

* are instructed to ___________ their neighbor as themselves.

* walk in the Spirit, so they will not fulfill the ___________ of the flesh.

* are not to become __________________ – do not provoke one another, do not envy one another.



What are some works of the flesh?


People who practice works of the flesh will not ____________________ the kingdom of God.

The fruit of the Spirit is love, __________, peace, longsuffering, ______________, goodness, ______________________,   ____________________, self-control.



6. Read Proverbs 23:23. Truth. wisdom, instruction and understanding are all very important.

What is truth?


What is wisdom?


What is instruction?


What is understanding?

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September 19 – Review and Reflections

September 19 – Review and Reflections

Today’s Bible Reading

Isaiah 30:12-33:12

Galatians 5:1-12

Proverbs 23:22


Review and Reflections

1. Read Isaiah 30:12-33:12 The Lord desires to be _________________ to you and to have _______________ on you.

Give examples of how God has been gracious to you.


Give examples of how Go has shown you mercy.


The Lord is a God of justice. What does justice mean?


The Lord will cause His glorious _______________ to be heard, and show the descent of His arm.



2. Read Isaiah 31:1-9. The people did not put their _________________ in God.

The people went down to _______________ for help, and relied on horses and placed their trust in chariots.

How do people rely  on things other than God today?



3. Read Isaiah 32:1-8. A generous man devises _____________________ things, and by generosity he shall stand.



4. Read Isaiah 32:9-20.What does complacent mean?


Justice will dwell in the wilderness, and ______________________________ will remain in the fruitful field.

The work of righteousness will be ______________, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.

God’s people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, in secure _______________________, and in quiet resting places.



5. Read Isaiah 33:1-12.What will happen to those who plunder, though they have not been plundered?


What will happen to those who deal treacherously, though they have not been dealt with treacherously?


God is our _________________________ in the time of trouble.



6. Read Galatians 5:1-12. Believers must stand fast in the _________________ by which Christ has made them free – they should not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

What does stand fast mean?


A little leaven leavens the whole lump. What does that mean?


7. Read Proverbs 23:22.We are instructed to listen to our ________________ and to respect our mothers.


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September 18 – Review and Reflections

September 18 – Review and Reflections


Today’s Bible Reading

Isaiah 28:14-30:11

Galatians 3:23-4:31

Proverbs 23:19-21


Review and Reflections

1. Read Isaiah 28:14-29. The Lord God said,

*  I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious ________________________, a sure foundation.
* I will make justice the _____________________ line, and righteousness the plummet.



God is wonderful in __________________ and excellent in guidance.



2. Read Isaiah 29:1- 24.  The people drew near to God with their mouths and honored Him with their lips, but their _____________________ were far from Him.

The people taught commandments of men- not God’s commandments. How do people do the same thing today?

The wisdom of the wise men shall _________________, and the understanding of prudent men shall be ______________.

These also who erred in spirit will come to ___________________________, and those who complained will learn doctrine.

3. Read Isaiah 30:1-11. The people were as rebellious children. How had they rebelled against God?




4. Read Galatians 3:23-4:7.The law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be ____________________by faith.


What does justified mean?


We are all sons of God through _______________ in Christ Jesus.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female – we are all ___________  in Christ Jesus.

Believers are heirs of God through ____________________.


5. Read Galatians 4:8-20.Paul is concerned for the __________________________.



It is good to be zealous toward God and the things of God. What does zealous mean?




6. Read Galatians 4:21-31. Abraham had two _______________ – one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman.

The son who was of the bondwoman was born according to the _______________________.

The son who was of the freewoman through _____________________.




7. Read Proverbs 23:19-21. What warnings do these verses give?

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September 17 – Review and Reflections

September 17 – Review and Reflections

Today’s Bible Reading

Isaiah 25:1-28:13

Galatians 3:10-22

Proverbs 23:17-18


Review and Reflections

1. Read Isaiah 25:1-12.We will exalt the Lord for He has done ________________________   _________________. His counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.


God gives …

*  strength to the ____________.

*  strength to the needy in their ________________

*  refuge from the _______________

*  shade from the _______________.



God will…

* make a feast for all __________________.

* destroy the surface of the covering cast over all people, and the _______________ that is spread over all nations.
* swallow up ______________ forever.

* wipe away _____________ from all faces.

* take away the ___________ of His people from all the earth.



God will save us. We will be glad and _________________ in His salvation.



2. Read Isaiah 26:1-21. God will keep him in perfect _____________, whose mind is stayed on Him.

How can you keep your mind on God?


Trust in the Lord forever –  He is _______________________ strength.

The way of the just is uprightness. What does uprightness mean?



God  will …

* establish ______________for His people.

* punish the inhabitants of the earth for their ________________.



3. Read Isaiah 27:1-13. The Lord will punish ___________________ the fleeing serpent, that twisted serpent.



4. Read Isaiah 28:1-13. The Lord of hosts will be for a crown of _________________and a diadem of beauty to the remnant of His people.

God will be a spirit of ______________ to him who sits in judgment.



5. Read Galatians 3:10-14. The just shall live by _______________.

Christ has redeemed us from the ____________ of the law, having become a curse for us.

We receive the promise of the _______________ through faith.



6. Read Galatians 3:15-22. The promise by faith in _______________  ___________________ is given to those who believe.



7. Read Proverbs 23:17-18. Do not let your heart envy __________________.

What does envy mean?


We should be zealous for the fear of the Lord. What does zealous mean?


There is life after death. If we place our faith and hope in God and Jesus Christ we will not be disappointed – we will not be ___________  _________.


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September 16 – Review and Reflections

September 16 – Review and Reflections

Today’s Bible Reading

Isaiah 22:1-24:23

Galatians 2:17-3:9

Proverbs 23:15-16


Review and Reflections

1. Read Isaiah 22:1-25. These verses are a prophesy about ______________________

It shall come to pass that the choicest valleys shall be full of _______________, and the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate.

The _________________ of Judah will be removed.

How did the Lord respond to their iniquity?



2. Read Isaiah 23:1-18. These verses are a prophesy about ___________.

God stretched out His _____________ over the sea, He shook the kingdoms.

The Lord has given a commandment against Canaan -to ______________ its strongholds.

Tyre will be forgotten ____________ years.

What will happen to Tyre at the end of the seventy years?


Tyre will commit _______________________ with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth.



3. Read Isaiah 24:1-23. Theses verses describe the devastation of the earth. What does devastation mean?


The earth is defiled under its inhabitants, because they have ____________________ the laws, changed the ordinance, _____________________  the everlasting covenant.


Some of the devastation will be…

* the ____________ will devour the earth, and those who dwell in it will be desolate.

* The new wine ______________, the vine languishes, all the merry-hearted sigh.

* The mirth of the tambourine ceases, the noise of the jubilant ends, the ____________ of the harp ceases.

* Every ______________ is shut up, so that none may go in.



4. Read Galatians 2:17-3:9.Who is Paul writing to?


God, who supplies the Spirit to you works miracles among you by __________.

Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for ______________________.



5. Read Proverbs 23:15-16. Your inmost being will rejoice when your ________ speak right things.


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September 15 – Review and Reflections

September 15 – Review and Reflections

Today’s Bible Reading

Isaiah 19:1-21:17

Galatians 2:1-16

Proverbs 23:13-14


Review and Reflections

1. Read Isaiah 19:1-25. This passage is a prophesy against __________________.

The idols of Egypt will totter at _____________ presence, and the heart of Egypt will melt in its midst.

Egyptians will be against Egyptians – everyone will fight against his ________________, and everyone against his neighbor, city against city, kingdom against kingdom.

The waters will fail from the sea, and the ____________ will be wasted and dried up.

Egypt will be _______________ and fear because of the waving of the hand of the Lord.

The Lord will strike Egypt, He will strike and ________________ it.

They will return to the Lord, and He will be __________________ by them and heal them.

Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria—a __________________ in the midst of the land, whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”



2. Read Isaiah 20:1-6. This passage is a prophesy against _______________ and ____________.

What was the meaning behind Isaiah walking around naked and barefoot three years?



3. Read Isaiah 21:1-10. These verses are a prophesy against ______________________.



4. Read Isaiah 21:11-12. Theses verses are a prophesy against __________________



5. Read Isaiah 21:13-17. These verses are a prophesy against __________________

All the ____________ of Kedar will fail.

The mighty _________ of the people of Kedar will be diminished.



6. Read Galatians 2:1-10. God shows personal __________________ to no man.

James, Cephas, and John gave Paul and Barnabas the right hand of _____________________.

Paul and Barnabas went to the Gentiles, and James, Cephas, and ___________ went to the circumcised (the Jewish people).

James, Cephas, and John instructed Paul to remember the __________________.



7. Read Galatians 2:11-16. What was the disagreement between Paul and Peter about?

Man is not justified by the works of the law but by ______________ in Jesus Christ.



8. Read Proverbs 23:13-14. Why is correction important?


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September 14 – Review and Reflections

September 14 – Review and Reflections

Today’s Bible Reading

Isaiah 15:1-18:7

Galatians 1:1-24

Proverbs 23:12


Review and Reflections

1. Read Isaiah 15:1-16:14. This is a prophesy against ________________.

Moab will wail over ________ and over Medeba.

In their streets they will clothe themselves with _______________.

On the tops of their houses and in their ______________ everyone will wail, weeping bitterly.

Gladness is taken away, and ____________ from the plentiful field.

In the vineyards there will be no __________________, nor will there be shouting.

No treaders will tread out _____________ in the presses.

The glory of Moab will be despised with all that great multitude, and the _________________ will be very small and feeble.”

It shall come to pass, when it is seen that Moab is weary on the high place, that he will come to his sanctuary to ______________, but he will not prevail.



2. Read Isaiah 17:1-14. This is a prophesy against __________________.

Damascus will cease from being a _____________ – it will be a ruinous heap.

In that day a man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will have _______________ for the Holy One of Israel.

Man will not look to the ____________ of his hands he will not respect what his fingers have made, nor the wooden images nor the incense altars.

The strong cities will be as a forsaken bough. Why?


The _________________ will be a heap of ruins, and there will be grief and desperate sorrow.



3. Read Isaiah 18:1- 7. This is a prophesy against _______________.

In this passage the people are referred to as a people __________________ from their beginning.

Before the harvest, when the bud is perfect and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, God will both _______  __________ the sprigs with pruning hooks and take away and cut down the branches.



4. Read Galatians 1:1-10. Who called Paul to be an apostle?


Jesus Christ gave Himself for our sins, that He might ___________________ us from this present evil age, according to the ___________ of our God and Father.

How do people pervert the gospel of Christ?



5. Read Galatians 1:11-24.What Paul preached came through the revelation of ____________  _______________.

Before his conversion, what had Paul done?


Previously Paul had been exceedingly ____________________ for the traditions of my fathers.

What does zealous mean?


6. Read Proverbs 23:12.What does this verse say concerning the importance of instruction and knowledge?


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The Tortoise And The Hare – Keep On Going

tortos and hareThe Tortoise And The Hare – Keep On Going

Theme: Turtle and Rabbit

Memory Verse: Galatians 6:9

Bible Truth: We will be rewarded if we keep going and don’t give up.

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction -What Is Perseverance?

     In Galatians, Paul uses the example of sowing and reaping to teach about perseverance. Perseverance is keeping on though the job is hard or discouraging without complaining or quitting. It is also going through hard times without grumbling or giving up.

Galatians 6:9 NKJV     “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

     God expects us to persevere in all that we go through, both individually and as a group. Sometimes we go through discouraging situations for extended periods of time, but if we don’t give up we will be rewarded. There is a season for everything, but we must wait for it no matter how slow the process seems.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. _________________________________________

2. _________________________________________

4. Memory Verse

Galatians 6:9 NKJV     “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

5. What Is Steadfast?

1 Corinthians 15:58  NKJV     “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

     We must remain steadfast. Steadfast means a firm purpose: loyal and unwavering; firmly fixed; not moving or changing. As a Christian must remain firm and constant in what we believe and be determined in what we do. Our steadfastness will be rewarded, in God’s time – not ours.

6. Game – The Tortoise And The Hare Memory Verse Relay Race

Need: a sign with the memory verse written on it.

Galatians 6:9 NKJV     “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

Divide the group into two teams and have them line up in two rows. At the signal the first person on each team is to hop like a rabbit to the front. Stand up and say the memory verse, then crawl like a tortoise back to their team. The next person on their team will do the same thing. The team that finishes first is the winner.

7. Examples Of Steadfast People

The Bible gives us many examples of people who persevered, even in the face of opposition. Giving up was not on option to them. Noah, Job, Daniel, Joseph, Hannah, Nehemiah, and Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are all wonderful examples of people who remained steadfast in their faith, goals and dreams.

In our Christian walk we must remain steadfast and strive for the goal ahead of us.

Philippians 3:12-14  NKJV     “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended, but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize  of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

8. Game –  Persistence Relay Race

Need:  Two packages of seeds. Write the memory verse on two small pieces of paper and attach them to the packages of seeds and a poster board sign with the word “Persistent” written on it.

Galatians 6:9 NKJV     “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

Divide the group into two teams. Line the two teams up in rows. Give a package of seeds to the first person on each team. At the signal the first person on each team is to run to the sign, say the memory verse, then run back to their team. The next person on the team will do the same thing. The team that finishes first is the winner.

9. Story – “The Story Of Tommy And Harry”

One bright and sunny day Tommy tortoise went for a walk. He enjoyed going for walks and looking at and listening to all the wonderful things that God had created.

After a short period Tommy slowed down to admire some very small flowers growing next to the path. The flowers were so delicate and they had a sweet smell that filtered out into the air.

“Slow poke!” shouted Harry the hare as he came up behind Tommy. “You’re so slow you’re blocking the path.”

“I’m sorry I was in your way, anyway I’m not that slow,” replied Tommy.

“If you got any slower the grass would grow up around you!” teased Harry. Harry was not a nice hare and he enjoyed making fun of others, especially Tommy. “You need to find another path and leave this path to the really fast.”

“You’re not as fast as you think you are,” replied Tommy. He did not like it when Harry made fun of him. It made him feel sad inside. All the sudden Tommy remembered what his Sunday school teacher had read from the Bible last week – “You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength.” Before Tommy realized it he said, “I challenge you to a race! We’ll see who the slowest person is.”

“A race? You mean a race between you and me?” asked Harry. “Even my great-grandmother could go faster than you!”

“Are you afraid I might win?” asked Tommy.

By this time many of the animals in the meadow had come to see what was going on. They looked at Harry with questioning eyes. Was he going to accept Tommy’s challenge or not?

Harry knew what the crowd was thinking and he didn’t want them to think he was afraid of Tommy’s challenge to a race, so he quickly said, “I’m definitely not afraid that you might win! In fact, I know you will lose! Let the race begin!”

Standing close by was Sammy the squirrel who said, “I’ll help you with the race.” After going over the details of the race, the path it would take and where it would end, Sammy lined up Tommy and Harry. It was time for the big race to begin. Sammy held  his handkerchief high in the air. “On your mark, get set, GO!” yelled Sammy, as he brought his handkerchief down to his side.

The race was off. Harry was running as fast as he could go down the path. Tommy was walking his normal slow pace.

Harry looked back over his shoulder and he saw Tommy moving ever so slowly. It did not take long before Harry was way out of sight. Harry continued to run until he came to the farmer’s garden beside the path. When he looked at the garden he immediately thought of all the delicious, crisp vegetables growing in it. Then he remembered the race. “Tommy is so far behind he’ll never catch up,” said Harry to himself. “It would not hurt for me to stop and eat some of these scrumptious vegetables!” The carrots, Harry’s favorite food, were growing on the far side of the garden next to a wonderful shade tree. As fast as he could Harry made his way there. He ate, and ate, and ate. It wasn’t long before Harry began to feel sleepy, probably from eating so many carrots. Once again Harry said to himself, “Tommy is so far behind he’ll never catch up. I think I will take a nap under this shade tree.” As soon as Harry laid down He was fast asleep.

Meanwhile, Tommy continued with the task at hand. Ever so slowly Tommy walk on and on. Each step that Tommy took, no matter how small, brought him closer to the goal. As much as he like the flowers and the things growing along the path, he never stopped nor was he distracted. Even when he passed by other animals that teased him about being slow it did not discourage him or make him want to give up.

Finally, after what seemed like an eternity to Tommy, he could see the finish line up ahead, just past the farmer’s garden. It had been a long day for Tommy as he journeyed toward the finish line. Thoughts of his Sunday school came back to his mind. All the things that the teacher had taught began to have a new meaning for Tommy. “I truly can do all things through Christ who gives me strength,” thought Tommy as he placed his foot over the finished line.

Harry was awakened from his sleep by the sounds of cheering. He jumped up and took off running as fast as his legs could go. As he rapidly approached the finish line his eyes caught a glimpse of Tommy, already there. “Oh no!”

When Harry arrived at the place where Tommy was standing he asked him, “How did you get here before me?”

“By not giving up or stopping.” replied Tommy.

Perseverance is always rewarded. It paid off for Tommy and it will us too.

10. Game – Memory Board Game

The Bible gives us many examples of people who persevered, even in the face of opposition. Giving up was not on option to them. Noah, Job, Daniel, Joseph and Nehemiah are all wonderful examples of people who remained steadfast in their faith, goals and dreams.

Need:  9 note cards with the following written on them.

2 cards with the name Noah written on them, 2 cards with the name Nehemiah written on them, 2 cards with the name Joseph written on them, 2 cards with the name Daniel written on them, and 1 card with the memory verse written on it.

Divide the group up into teams. The teams will take turns turning over two cards. If the cards match they will remove them and earn a point, if they do not match they will turn them back over. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

11. Worship Song  – _______________________________________

12. Challenge And Altar

Each of us must earnestly pursue our goal of heaven. We must persevere no matter how long, slow, hard or alone the journey may seem. In times of discouragement we should not complain or quit. The Holy Spirit will help us to not grumble or giving up, however we must admit that we need help and ask Him.

Revelation 3:10  NKJV     “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on earth.”

     Perseverance is always rewarded. Revelation 3:10 is a wonderful verse because it gives us an extraordinary promise from God. If we obey God’s commandment to persevere we will be greatly rewarded. For those that persevere God will remove them from earth (trough the rapture of the church) before He sends a time of testing to the earth (the Great Tribulation).

Sometimes, as a Christian, we may feel like we are moving at the pace of a turtle while those in the world seem to be moving at the speed of a rabbit. There is a children’s fable that teaches us a very good lesson about perseverance. The story “The Tortoise And The Hare” reminds us that we will be rewarded if we keep going and don’t give up.

Allow the children time to pray.

Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior, making heaven your home?

Are you following after God with all your heart?

Have you, or someone you know, given up on God’s promises?

Are you, or someone you know,  weary, discouraged, or tired?

God has given us the Holy Spirit to help us during these times.

13. Refreshments or a light meal 

14. Crafts

15. Dismissal

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