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Honestly, I have really pondered, "Be kind" and, "The church has been quiet way too long," a lot lately. Can we do both at the same time? YES!! Just because we stand up for what we believe and “shout out” what Christ has done for us, this doesn’t mean that we must attack or protest or cause a controversy while doing it. God calls us to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14-16) BUT He also calls us to be kind and compassionate (Ephesians 4:32).

So I encourage you to pray for your children’s health and safety, but pray that you (and your children) will trust the Lord with their health and safety. Pray that they will learn to seek Christ as their refuge in the storms of life (because storms will come…we are promised that). Pray that they seek His strength when the enemy’s arrows are flying. The Lord is faithful. He will strengthen you. He will guard you from the evil one.

It is so comforting to know that no matter what you are experiencing, God knows your name and sees you. He wants you to know that His eye is on you and will keep you through the decision you need to make or whatever you are facing.

Our only weapon to fight back against the attacks of the enemy is the Word of God. Have you taken up your sword today?

Keep practicing what we have learned, what we know to be true, because of the confidence we have in God's word, knowing from whom it came. Let us keep reminding ourselves and each other of the faithfulness of God, and of the reliability of His word and His promises.

It does not give us a reason to live on “cheap grace” – and do whatever we want but it gives us reason to celebrate that even though we do stumble in the day to day – we don’t stumble away from God – and this my friends should give all of us a hope and desire to worship and to rest in HIS glory, majesty, power and authority because the price has been paid. We can live in HIS freedom.

Are there idols in our own lives that we need to rid ourselves of? May we then remember this: "Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." Colossians 3:1-2

Just like bank tellers know counterfeit money by constantly handling real money, Christians can spot misunderstandings and misapplications of God’s word by continually “handling” God’s word. Of course we must correctly handle God’s word when we practice, but just reading God’s word over and over will keep our hearts trained towards truth.

Beware the “Summer Slide!” No, this doesn’t refer to a scorching hot ride at the park. The Summer Slide is the loss of academic skills and knowledge that students experience during their annual break from the school routine. Christians can also experience the Summer Slide on a spiritual level.

We must "strengthen what remains," which is to say that there is, in fact, something remaining aside from death: our hope in Jesus Christ. Through this hope we can do the works set out for us to glorify our Father in Heaven.