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June 2, 2017, 8:52 AM

Side by Side / John & Blanche -- June 2017

Pastor John

Graduation! It marks the end of a long season of hard work – by both the student and their parents! Our family has a graduation this month. Nathaniel graduates on June 2 from Beaver County Christian School in Beaver Falls and will begin studies at Geneva College this fall, hoping to major in Computer Science (Cybersecurity) and Youth Ministry. Nate enjoyed playing tennis on the Blackhawk/BCCS team and won the Section Singles Championship and the Section Doubles Championship!

Graduation! It marks the end of a long season of hard work. But it doesn’t end the process of learning. The Bible expects us to be lifelong learners. The word “disciple” means “learner” and Jesus calls us to “follow Him” for the purpose of learning more and more how to live our Christian life. Whether we’re in a brick-and-mortar school working on a degree or in the “school of life” (or the “school of hard knocks”) working on serving God in the world, we are still learning. 

Graduation! It marks the end of one season of learning, and the beginning of a new season of learning. Pray for Nate as he transitions to a new season of learning, and for yourself as you continue as His disciple! What are you learning today?



Children are precious!!  Jesus said to his disciples, when they pushed away the children from Him as they thought He was too busy for them, “Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”  (Matthew 19:14)  He also brought a little child before them and said that unless they turn and become like children, they will not even enter the kingdom of Heaven.  (Matthew 18:2)In addition, He gives everyone a promise and a huge warning: “Whoever receives one such child in My name, receives Me,” and “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea!”

Yes, children are treasured by our Savior, and since we follow Him and want to obey His commandments, then children are precious to us as well.  After all, we once were children!  We know how being held and blessed meant so much to us…a kind word went a long way to build us up and encourage us, while at the same time a negative or sharp word could take the wind out of our sails, or make us feel down and worthless.       >>>

My question is this.  What are you doing to bless little children in your life?  How are you loving little ones and encouraging them and showing them that someone cares about them?  We have little ones in our church that could your use your attention and thoughtfulness.  I recommend you adopt one of these little ones and pray for them.  Talk to their parents and see how you could be a support to them in raising them to love Jesus.  Teaching Sunday school or helping out at VBS would be another way to bless these precious little ones.  See me if you’d like to be a part of making a difference for this next generation!

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