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Hello
I have not writen in ages. Had a crappy week jammed with some cool stuff but also some annoying stuff. It seemed like anything I said or did was misinterpreted and made something negative but I guess you win some and loose some and tomorrow's a new day.
I will dwell on the highlights of the week

A call from Sallie from Italy
Ted saving the day at bible study and calming an upset Mason after his shoots
Lizzie's surprise for us from parent's night
The humor of Lizzie's mischief at school (sitting in the teacher's chair)
Having a beautiful and loving family and friends and having God to turn to in prayer

----Cindy

Current Mood:
exhausted exhausted
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Tonight we watched an episode of House
Here are some great modified quotes from the episode

believing in God and talking to God is acceptable but when God talks to you you are pyscho

Views on faith healing (real or staged)

Is House better or smarter than God?

Can't love without trust
Trust needs to be earned

Can faith healers seek medical or hospital care?

We will discuss these and more topics over dinner

Please note that dinner will be at the Cheatwood House next Wednesday May 10th 6:30 to 8pm

Please pray for McInnis family--their grandma died this week

Current Mood:
contemplative contemplative
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The Poem
> I knelt to pray but not for long,
> I had too much to do.
> I had to hurry and get to work
> For bills would soon be due.
> So I knelt and said a hurried prayer,
> And jumped up off my knees.
> My Christian duty was now done
> My soul could rest at ease.....
> All day long I had no time
> To spread a word of cheer
> No time to speak of Christ to friends,
> They'd laugh at me I'd fear.
> No time, no time, too much to do,
> That was my constant cry,
> No time to give to souls in need
> But at last the time, the time to die.
> I went before the Lord,
> I came, I stood with downcast eyes.
> For in his hands God! held a book;
> It was the book of life.
> God looked into his book and said
> "Your name I cannot find
> I once was going to write it down...
> But never found the time
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Week 5
Memory verse
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”—Genesis 50: 20
1 Corinthians 10:31
Whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, you must do all for the glory of God.


Acts 20:24
24But my life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus--the work of telling others the Good News about God's wonderful kindness and love.


2 Timothy 1:6-7
6This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. 7For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.


Philippians 3:12-14
Pressing toward the Goal
12I don't mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection! But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be. 13No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be,[a] but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.[b]


Romans 8:28

28And we know that God causes everything to work together[a] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
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wednesday night Wednesday Feb 15th
Visit to Blue Ridge Christian Home

5:30pm meet at church
6-7pm visit at Blue Ridge Christian HOme
return to Pizza Hut in Warrenton for dinner
pick up at Pizza Hut at 8pm

watch for mailing with permission to transport
or get permission off youth web page links at www.warrentonumc.org

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last Wednesday we looked at different personality type outgoing vs reserved and found each has its our benifits.
We also decided our service project will be visiting a nursing home. possible Blue Ridge Christian home Wednesday Feb 15th More details to follow


week 4
memory verse
For this reason I remin you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands—2 Timothy 1:6

Matthew 5:13-16
Teaching about Salt and Light
13"You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it useful again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. 14You are the light of the world--like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. 15Don't hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. 16In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.


Job 10: 8-12
8" `You formed me with your hands; you made me, and yet you completely destroy me. 9Remember that I am made of dust--will you turn me back to dust so soon? 10You guided my conception and formed me in the womb.[a] 11You clothed me with skin and flesh, and you knit my bones and sinews together. 12You gave me life and showed me your unfailing love. My life was preserved by your care.


Jeremiah 1:4-8
Jeremiahs Call and First Visions
4The LORD gave me a message. He said, 5"I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world."
6"O Sovereign LORD," I said, "I can't speak for you! I'm too young!"
7"Don't say that," the LORD replied, "for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. 8And don't be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and take care of you. I, the LORD, have spoken!"

Amos 7:12-15
Then Amaziah sent orders to Amos: "Get out of here, you seer! Go on back to the land of Judah and do your preaching there! 13Don't bother us here in Bethel with your prophecies, especially not here where the royal sanctuary is!"
14But Amos replied, "I'm not one of your professional prophets. I certainly never trained to be one. I'm just a shepherd, and I take care of fig trees. 15But the LORD called me away from my flock and told me, `Go and prophesy to my people in Israel.'


Judges 6: 11-16
11Then the angel of the LORD came and sat beneath the oak tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash had been threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites. 12The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said, "Mighty hero, the LORD is with you!"
13"Sir," Gideon replied, "if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn't they say, `The LORD brought us up out of Egypt'? But now the LORD has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites."
14Then the LORD turned to him and said, "Go with the strength you have and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!"
15"But Lord," Gideon replied, "how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!"
16The LORD said to him, "I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man."
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This week we discovered our shape--what gifts we have and those we may need to build on or just don't have.
I am not going to be a pastor my profile says
We also learned that we are the body--the church and group. without all parts of the body we are not complete. Each of our gifts
big or small help complete the body of Christ.


Week 3
Each one of you should use whatever gift he has received to serve others faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms

1 Peter 4:10-11
10God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God's generosity can flow through you. 11Are you called to be a speaker? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Are you called to help others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then God will be given glory in everything through Jesus Christ. All glory and power belong to him forever and ever. Amen.


Ephesians 4:11-13
11He is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ, 13until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God's Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11
4Now there are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but it is the same Holy Spirit who is the source of them all. 5There are different kinds of service in the church, but it is the same Lord we are serving. 6There are different ways God works in our lives, but it is the same God who does the work through all of us. 7A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church.
8To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another he gives the gift of special knowledge. 9The Spirit gives special faith to another, and to someone else he gives the power to heal the sick. 10He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and to another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to know whether it is really the Spirit of God or another spirit that is speaking. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages,[a] and another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. 11It is the one and only Holy Spirit who distributes these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.

Romans 12:4-8
4Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5so it is with Christ's body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others.
6God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out when you have faith that God is speaking through you. 7If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. 8If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

Act 20:24
24But my life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus--the work of telling others the Good News about God's wonderful kindness and love.

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we must be servants of God
When we serve we should not serve for ourself or for fame but for the feeling of helping out someone. Christ will never ask us to serve unlike he ever did
A great example of someone who learned to have a heart of a servant---Mr. Scrooge

Week 2
Memory verse
Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servent—Mark 10:32

Daily Readings
Matthew 20:20-28
Jesus Teaches about Serving Others
20Then the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus with her sons. She knelt respectfully to ask a favor. 21"What is your request?" he asked.
She replied, "In your Kingdom, will you let my two sons sit in places of honor next to you, one at your right and the other at your left?"
22But Jesus told them, "You don't know what you are asking! Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of sorrow I am about to drink?"
"Oh yes," they replied, "we are able!"
23"You will indeed drink from it," he told them. "But I have no right to say who will sit on the thrones next to mine. My Father has prepared those places for the ones he has chosen."
24When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant. 25But Jesus called them together and said, Jesus Teaches about Humility

Luke 14:7-11
7When Jesus noticed that all who had come to the dinner were trying to sit near the head of the table, he gave them this advice: 8"If you are invited to a wedding feast, don't always head for the best seat. What if someone more respected than you has also been invited? 9The host will say, `Let this person sit here instead.' Then you will be embarrassed and will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table!
10"Do this instead--sit at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, `Friend, we have a better place than this for you!' Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests. 11For the proud will be humbled, but the humble will be honored."

"You know that in this world kings are tyrants, and officials lord it over the people beneath them. 26But among you it should be quite different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27and whoever wants to be first must become your slave. 28For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many."
Luke 14:12-1412Then he turned to his host. "When you put on a luncheon or a dinner," he said, "don't invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will repay you by inviting you back. 13Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. 14Then at the resurrection of the godly, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you."

John 13:1-11
Jesus Washes His Disciples Feet
1Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He now showed the disciples the full extent of his love.[a] 2It was time for supper, and the Devil had already enticed Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to carry out his plan to betray Jesus. 3Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. 4So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, 5and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel he had around him.
6When he came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, "Lord, why are you going to wash my feet?"
7Jesus replied, "You don't understand now why I am doing it; someday you will."
8"No," Peter protested, "you will never wash my feet!"
Jesus replied, "But if I don't wash you, you won't belong to me."
9Simon Peter exclaimed, "Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!"
10Jesus replied, "A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet,[b] to be entirely clean. And you are clean, but that isn't true of everyone here." 11For Jesus knew who would betray him. That is what he meant when he said, "Not all of you are clean."



John 13:12-17
2After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, "Do you understand what I was doing? 13You call me `Teacher' and `Lord,' and you are right, because it is true. 14And since I, the Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other's feet. 15I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. 16How true it is that a servant is not greater than the master. Nor are messengers more important than the one who sends them. 17You know these things--now do them! That is the path of blessing
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Memory Verse

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made: your works are wonderful, I know that full well---Psalm 139:1-4

Daily Bible Readings

1 Corinthians 15:58
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and steady, always enthusiastic about the Lord's work, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.



Ephesians 2:4-10
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so very much, 5that even while we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God's special favor that you have been saved!) 6For he raised us from the dead along with Christ, and we are seated with him in the heavenly realms--all because we are one with Christ Jesus. 7And so God can always point to us as examples of the incredible wealth of his favor and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us through Christ Jesus.

8God saved you by his special favor when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.


Isaiah 45: 9-12
9"Destruction is certain for those who argue with their Creator. Does a clay pot ever argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, `Stop, you are doing it wrong!' Does the pot exclaim, `How clumsy can you be!' 10How terrible it would be if a newborn baby said to its father and mother, `Why was I born? Why did you make me this way?' "

11This is what the LORD, the Creator and Holy One of Israel, says: "Do you question what I do? Do you give me orders about the work of my hands? 12I am the one who made the earth and created people to live on it. With my hands I stretched out the heavens. All the millions of stars are at my command.

Genesis 1:27-31
So God created people in his own image;
God patterned them after himself;
male and female he created them.
28God blessed them and told them, "Multiply and fill the earth and subdue it. Be masters over the fish and birds and all the animals." 29And God said, "Look! I have given you the seed-bearing plants throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. 30And I have given all the grasses and other green plants to the animals and birds for their food." And so it was. 31Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was excellent in every way. This all happened on the sixth day.


Psalm 8:3-9
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers--
the moon and the stars you have set in place--

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what are mortals that you should think of us,
mere humans that you should care for us?[a]

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For you made us only a little lower than God,[b]
and you crowned us with glory and honor.

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You put us in charge of everything you made,
giving us authority over all things--

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the sheep and the cattle
and all the wild animals,

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the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
and everything that swims the ocean currents.

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O LORD, our Lord, the majesty of your name fills the earth!
Current Mood:
optimistic optimistic
Current Music:
My favorite things---Sound of Music
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Some of our resolutions from bible study include

resolutions for our nations

be more green--pick up your trash

personal resolutions include

no gossiping

no worrying -- give your concerns to God.

THE SERENITY PRAYER

God, grant me the
SERENITY
to accept the things
I cannot change

COURAGE
to change the
things I can

lizzie resolution was to take care of her dog better

be a better family member--father, sibling, son, daughter, etc

Current Mood:
thoughtful thoughtful
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