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Happy Birthday Annie Rose

We miss you!!

It appears the year's fashion colors have been dedicated to you--Long live lime green and pink!!

Current Mood:
hopeful hopeful
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Tonight we will discuss the meaning of allegiance to God and how being Christians can make us a target.

We will also shape our new year's resolutions into living life as a good Christian

Matthew 4:17
17From that time on, Jesus went about preaching. He said, "Be sorry for your sins and turn from them. The holy nation of heaven is near."

Matthew 8:18-22
Testing his followers
18Jesus saw many people and told them to go to the other side of the lake. 19A teacher of the Law came to Jesus. He said, "Lord, I will follow You wherever You go." 20Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes. Birds have nests. But the Son of Man has no place to lay His head."
21Another of His followers said to Him, "Lord, let me go first and bury my father." 22Jesus said to him, "Follow Me. Let the people who are dead bury their own dead."

Matthew 28:18-20
18Jesus came and said to them, "All power has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19Go and make followers of all the nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. 20Teach them to do all the things I have told you. And I am with you always, even to the end of the world."
Acts 1:8
8"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes into your life. You will tell about Me in the city of Jerusalem and over all the countries of Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth."

Matthew 10:11-23
11"When you come to a city or town, find a home that is respected and stay there until you leave. 12As you go into a house, tell them you hope good comes to them. 13And if the house is respected, give them your good wishes. If it is not respected, let your good wishes come back to you. 14Whoever does not receive you or does not listen to what you say, as you leave that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet. 15For sure, I tell you, it will be easier for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day men stand before God and are told they are guilty, than for that city.
16"I am sending you out like sheep with wolves all around you. Be wise like snakes and gentle like doves. 17But look out for men. They will take you up to their courts and they will hurt you in their places of worship. 18They will take you in front of the leaders of the people and of the kings because of Me. You will tell them and the people who do not know God about Me. 19When you are put into their hands, do not worry what you will say or how you will say it. The words will be given you when the time comes. 20It will not be you who will speak the words. The Spirit of your Father will speak through you. 21"A brother will hand over a brother to be put to death. A father will hand over his child to be put to death. Children will hand over their parents to be put to death. 22You will be hated by all people because of Me. But he who stays true to the end will be saved. 23When they make it hard for you in one town, go to another. For sure, I tell you, before you have gone through the Jewish cities, the Son of Man will come.

Hebrews 10: 32-34
32Remember how it was in those days after you heard the truth. You suffered much. 33People laughed at you and beat you. When others suffered, you suffered with them. 34You had loving-pity for those who were in prison. You had joy when your things were taken away from you. For you knew you would have something better in heaven which would last forever.
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We studied Kwanzaa last Wednesday evening
What Is Kwanzaa?

Kwanzaa (Quansa) is a holiday celebrated by many African-Americans. It is held December 26th through January 1st. It was started in 1966 by Doctor Maulana Karenga, Professor at the California State University, Long Beach, California

Kwanzaa is based on Seven Principles
(There is one principle for each
of the seven days of Kwanzaa in the following order.)
Umoja (unity) to strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.

Kujichagulia (self-determination) to define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.

Ujima (collective work and responsibility) to build and maintain our community together and make our sister's and brother's problems our problems and to solve them together.

Ujamaa (cooperative economics) to build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses together.

Nia (purpose) to make our collective vocation the building of our community to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

Kuumba (creativity) to do as much as we can to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

Imani (faith) to believe with our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Some basic definitions
Harambee (Let us all work together)
Karamu (the feast)
Kikombe Cha Umoja (unity cup)
Kinara (candle holder)
Mazao (fruits, nuts, vegetables)
Mkeka (mat, usually straw)
Mishumaa Saba (seven candles)
Nguzo Saba (seven principles)
Tambiko (libation from the Unity Cup)
Umoja (unity, the black center candle)
Vibunzi (ear of corn)
Zawadi (gifts

Ritual performed each night of Kwanzaa
The Kinara is placed atop the Mkeka. The Mishumaa Saba represent the Nguzo Saba. Each candle represents a distinct principle beginning with Umoja. Candles are then lit each day alternately from left to right. Three red candles should be placed on the left and three green candles should be placed on the right.

Colors of Kwanzaa
Black for the face of our people
Red for the blood our people shed

Green for the hope and the color of the motherland.

We even had a true Kwanzaa meal, catfish (thanks to Sara and Scot), beans and rice, interesting corn bread, and soggy Pinapple cake

Next week we will try to celebrate Hannakak (first I will have to learn to spell it)

Many blessings
Have Faith and Drive Safe
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I think this is a great quote for the week
Courage is fear that has said its prayers
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Please include the Dismuke family and John's friends in your prayers. Scot's friend John a senior at LHS died this week in a car accident. Please remember his family, friends, and Scot in your prayers this week
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We had discussed bringing phone cards to send to the troops in Kuwait this Wednesday night
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We will be serving Chinese food this Wednesday at bible study We have requests for egg rolls, Sesame Chicken and Orange Chicken. Comment or email me other reqeusts. This week we will finish up the Growing Series and for the following 2 weeks we will study Kwanzaa and Hanakkak
Enjoy the snow and many blessings


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Week 6
Corinthians 10:13 (New Life Version)

13You have never been tempted to sin in any different way than other people. God is faithful. He will not allow you to be tempted more than you can take. But when you are tempted, He will make a way for you to keep from falling into sin.

Psalm 40:1-3 (New Life Version)

Psalm 40
God Keeps His Own
1I did not give up waiting for the Lord. And He turned to me and heard my cry.
2He brought me up out of the hole of danger, out of the mud and clay. He set my feet on a rock, making my feet sure.
3He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and will put their trust in the Lord
Philippians 4:8-9 (New Life Version)

8Christian brothers, keep your minds thinking about whatever is true, whatever is respected, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever can be loved, and whatever is well thought of. If there is anything good and worth giving thanks for, think about these things. 9Keep on doing all the things you learned and received and heard from me. Do the things you saw me do. Then the God

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (New Life Version)

Life Now - Life In Heaven
16This is the reason we do not give up. Our human body is wearing out. But our spirits are getting stronger every day. 17The little troubles we suffer now for a short time are making us ready for the great things God is going to give us forever. 18We do not look at the things that can be seen. We look at the things that cannot be seen. The things that can be seen will come to an end. But the things that cannot be seen will last forever.

Romans 8: The Two Kinds Of Men
14We know that the Law is right and good, but I am a person who does what is wrong and bad. I am not my own boss. Sin is my boss. 15I do not understand myself. I want to do what is right but I do not do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate. 16When I do the thing I do not want to do, it shows me that the Law is right and good. 17So I am not doing it. Sin living in me is doing it. 18I know there is nothing good in me, that is, in my flesh. For I want to do good but I do not. 19I do not do the good I want to do. Instead, I am always doing the sinful things I do not want to do. 20If I am always doing the very thing I do not want to do, it means I am no longer the one who does it. It is sin that lives in me. 21This has become my way of life: When I want to do what is right, I always do what is wrong. 22My mind and heart agree with the Law of God. 23But there is a different law at work deep inside of me that fights with my mind. This law of sin holds me in its power because sin is still in me. 24There is no happiness in me! Who can set me free from my sinful old self? 25God's Law has power over my mind, but sin still has power over my sinful old self. I thank God I can be free through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Memory verse
Consider it pure joy, my brothes, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perserverance
--James 1:2-3
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week 5

psalm 1:1-3
The Difference Between Good And Sinful People
1Happy is the man who does not walk in the way sinful men tell him to, or stand in the path of sinners, or sit with those who laugh at the truth.
2But he finds joy in the Law of the Lord and thinks about His Law day and night.
3This man is like a tree planted by rivers of water, which gives its fruit at the right time and its leaf never dries up. Whatever he does will work out well for him.

Isaiah 55:1-3 (New Life Version)
New Life Version (NLV)
Copyright © 1969 by Christian Literature International

Isaiah 55
A Great Full Life
1"Listen! Every one who is thirsty, come to the waters. And you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2Why do you spend money for what is not bread? Why spend your pay for what you do not enjoy? Listen well to Me, and eat what is good. Find joy in the best food. 3Listen and come to Me. Hear, so you may live. And I will make an agreement with you that lasts forever, because of the faithful love promised to David.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (New Life Version)

16All the Holy Writings are God-given and are made alive by Him. Man is helped when he is taught God's Word. It shows what is wrong. It changes the way of a man's life. It shows him how to be right with God. 17It gives the man who belongs to God everything he needs to work well for Him.

Psalm 19:7-11 (New Life Version)

7The Law of the Lord is perfect, giving new strength to the soul. The Law He has made known is sure, making the child-like wise.
8The Laws of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The Word of the Lord is pure, giving light to the eyes.
9The fear of the Lord is pure, lasting forever. The Lord is always true and right in how He judges.
10The Word of the Lord is worth more than gold, even more than much fine gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey straight from the comb.
11And by them your servant is told to be careful. In obeying them there is great reward.

Hebrews 4:12-13 (New Life Version)

12God's Word is living and powerful. It is sharper than a sword that cuts both ways. It cuts straight into where the soul and spirit meet and it divides them. It cuts into the joints and bones. It tells what the heart is thinking about and what it wants to do. 13No one can hide from God. His eyes see everything we do. We must give an answer to God for what we have done.
Memory verse
do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth
--2 timothy 2:15
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Week 4 Bible Verses

John 16:23-24
23Whoever hates Me, hates My Father also. 24I have done things among them which no one else has done so they are guilty of sin. But now they have seen these things and have hated Me and My Father.

Philippians 4:6-7
6Do not worry. Learn to pray about everything. Give thanks to God as you ask Him for what you need. 7The peace of God is much greater than the human mind can understand. This peace will keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Proverbs 15:29
29The Lord is far from the sinful, but He hears the prayer of those who are right with Him.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16Be full of joy all the time. 17Never stop praying. 18In everything give thanks. This is what God wants you to do because of Christ Jesus.

James 5:16-18
16Tell your sins to each other. And pray for each other so you may be healed. The prayer from the heart of a man right with God has much power. 17Elijah was a man as we are. He prayed that it might not rain. It did not rain on the earth for three and one-half years. 18Then he prayed again that it would rain. It rained much and the fields of the earth gave fruit.

Memory Verse of Week 4
“Be still and know that I am God I will be exalted among nations, I will be exalted in the earth”
--Psalm 46
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