Hey, here’s the video that ended the Identity series. End of term part is next Thursday. See you then!
“A stock is worth what someone is willing to pay for it” (Wall Street adage)
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
I hope this makes you realise how valuable you are! Enjoy the public holiday tomorrow and see you next week!
Imago Dei - in the image of God. When we protect the image of God in someone else, we display the image of God in us. Here’s the video showing the story of the good samaritan we watched this week:
Don’t forget there’s also the lego one we watched before!
9th April - (Easter)
7th May - God’s Image
4th June - Made Unique
Praying for all of you that are starting exams and things. I hope if you’re around you’ll stop by on Thursdays if you can. For the rest of the term we’ll be doing a series on identity, how we see ourselves, how others see us, and how God sees us.
Just a quick post with the power point from Psalm 23.
A psalm of David.
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
Here’s the story and powerpoint about the animal school.
Once upon a time, the animals of the forest decided they should become better educated so they could deal with the problems of a changing world. They hired a consultant whose final report urged them to form a unified school district. An election was held and a rabbit, a squirrel, a duck, and an eagle were elected. In the first school board meeting the new members discussed the curriculum. Of course, each one had their own ideas about which subjects would be taught. After a great deal of discussion, they adopted an activity curriculum of running, climbing, swimming and flying. To make it easier to administer the curriculum, all students would be required to take every subject.
In the beginning, the duck was excellent in swimming; in fact, he was better than the instructor. However, in the rest of the classes it was a different story. The duck got average grades in flying, failed the climbing class and was very poor in running. In fact, running caused his webbed feet to become so sore that eventually he became only average in swimming. But average was quite acceptable, so nobody worried about that, except the duck.
The rabbit started at the top of his class in running, but soon developed cramps in his leg muscles because of so much make-up work in swimming. Before long he couldn’t run as fast as he had before he started school. But that was all right with everyone, except the rabbit.
As you would guess, the squirrel was excellent at climbing. However, he got so beaten up from jumping out of trees while trying to learn how to fly, that he didn’t have the energy or the strength to climb like before. Because of this difficulty, he only got a “B” in climbing and a “C” in running. These were passing grades, but he remembered the good old days when he was the best climber.
The eagle was a problem student from the beginning and was severely disciplined for being a non-conformist. In climbing class he beat all the others to the top of the tree but he insisted on using his own way to get there. The running coach accused him of not even trying. After swimming practice, his feathers were so wet, he couldn’t fly for hours, so the duck got better grades for flying than the eagle did.
A duck is a duck and only a duck. It is built to swim and to fly a little from one lake to another. They don’t run very well, and they can’t climb at all. If God made you a duck, don’t compare yourself to an eagle. Just swim like mad and enjoy your uniqueness. Rabbits have the ability to change speed and direction better than most other animals. That is a very desirable ability when you have a non-aggressive personality and want to stay alive in a hostile world. What would this world be like without bunny rabbits? A squirrel is a squirrel and only that. It is almost unchallenged in climbing, because it was made for climbing. To expect a squirrel to swim or fly will drive that squirrel nuts.
The moral of the story is simple. Each creature has its own abilities at which it will naturally excel, unless of course, it is expected to do something for which it wasn’t designed. When that happens, frustration, discouragement, and guilt bring overall mediocrity or sometimes even complete defeat. We can learn much from this story…God has gifted us each with our own abilities and we will excel if we concentrate on developing those gifts.
8th January -
5th February - Grades
5th March - Stress