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Posts by Jennifer Foley

Elementary, August 1: In the Beginning

The opening chapters of Genesis are some of the most beautiful in the entire Bible. God speaks everything into existence out of nothing. But the crown of His creation is humanity – men and women created in His image to represent and reflect Him to all the world.

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Elementary, July 25: Making Peace with Others

Let’s be honest. When we get hurt, our natural reaction is not to go make peace with the person who hurt us, right? Our natural response is anger or even revenge. But Jesus calls us to be peacemakers – and He tells us exactly how to respond when we get hurt.

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Elementary, July 11: Ezra Brings Joy Back to Israel

Throughout the Old Testament, the people of God turned away from Him over and over again. Because of their disobedience, God allowed them to experience the consequences of their choices. They were captured by foreign armies and taken into exile. They finally returned to their homeland many years later. God commissioned a man named Ezra to call Israel back to proper worship by reading God’s instructions to the people. They listened for six hours and when Ezra finished, they were overjoyed at what they had heard. What a good God to have stayed faithful to His people! What a good God to give them His law!

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Elementary, July 4: Elisha’s Servant is Afraid

Elisha was causing major problems for the evil King Aram. Aram set trap after trap for the Israelites, but Elisha was a prophet of God. God told Elisha where the traps had been set which allowed the Israelites to avoid them. Aram was livid and sent his entire army to capture Elisha. Elisha’s servant was terrified, but not Elisha. Elisha prayed God would open his servant’s eyes to see what he could see. And God did. The servant could finally see that they were surrounded by an army of God’s angels – protecting them from their enemy.

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Elementary, June 27: Run the Race

Have you ever run until your muscles are cramping and it feels like your lungs are about to burst? That is how Jesus wants us to run after Him. But imagine trying to run with a hundred-pound backpack full of bricks. That’s what it’s like to run after Jesus while we’re weighed down by sin. That’s why He calls us to throw off our sin so we’re free to really run after Him.

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Elementary, June 20: Armor of God

Have you ever felt like you were under attack? Well, you are. The Bible tells us that there is an enemy who opposes God and His people. But we are not without defense. God has given us His armor. He’s given us the belt of truth, the armor of righteousness, the boots of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Holy Spirit. Isn’t that amazing? God has provided protection against the schemes of our enemy – we just need to put it on.

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Elementary, June 13: Love is…

God is love. Love originated with Him. Our culture has often attempted to hijack love and define it according to societal whims. But God Himself defined it for us. He told us what love looks like – through His dealings with His people, through His Son, and then through one of His servants – a man named Paul. Paul spent the better part of one of his letters telling us exactly what love is.

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Elementary, June 6: Spiritual Gifts

Can you imagine what the church would be like if we were all gifted the same way? Think about it. What if everyone was gifted to teach but no one was gifted to cook dinner for the family facing a cancer diagnosis? What if everyone was gifted to lead but no one was gifted musically? The reality is the church needs every gift to serve fully – the way Jesus wants His church to serve. If you are a follower of Jesus, you have been given a gift or ability that enables you to serve. And if your children follow Jesus, so have they!

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Elementary, May 30: God’s Story in Our Life

The Bible is filled with stories about God’s love for His people. This past year we’ve been through a lot of those stories. We’ve learned about Elijah and Elisha, Jonah and Daniel, Esther and Nehemiah, Nicodemus and Zacchaeus, Paul and Timothy. We’ve looked at the Christmas story and the Easter story. Each one shows us more and more about the incredible love of God. But the story is far from over. It continues on to this day – through the lives of the men, women, and children who follow Jesus.

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