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Service Times

  • Sundays 8:45am Daybreak Communion
  • Sundays 9:00am Fuel Modern Worship
  • Sundays 9:00am Children's Bible Hour (Birth-2nd Grade).
  • Sundays 10:00am Sunday School (For All Ages.)
  • Sundays 11:00am Heritage Traditional Worship
  • Sundays 11:00am Children's Bible Hour (Birth-2nd Grade).

I love this family devotional published by one of our curriculum writing companies! I encourage each family to share and discuss this over the dinner table. Kids are starving for more!


Inviting Grace

"…All come from dust, and to dust all return."

Ecclesiastes 3:20

Dust is everywhere—dust bunnies hide under beds, dust balls collect in corners, fine particles float in the air, and a dirty film coats every undisturbed surface in our homes. Dust invades even unreachable spots, like under the refrigerator and behind furniture. We can’t hide from dust!

Today is Ash Wednesday, the day we are reminded that humankind is made from dust and that, one day, our bodies will turn back into dust again. Ash Wednesday kicks off the church season of Lent, the 40 days Christians get ready for Easter. Some people celebrate the day with a smear of dust on their foreheads in the shape of a cross.

There is no right or wrong way to get ready for Easter. Some Christians use the days leading to Easter as a time to become closer friends with Jesus. Some try to remove unhealthy or meaningless habits from their lives during these days. Instead of using time to eat chocolate or watch internet videos, they focus on God. Some Christians use Lent to add activities to their schedules to allow them to share more time with God: they may spend more time in prayer, enjoy regular quiet time to read God’s word, or volunteer to help people in their neighborhood.

The cross is a symbol of our faith. Wherever you see it, think of it as an invitation from your friend, Jesus. Jesus invites us to follow and live like him, notice his love in action in the world, and welcome God’s love and grace into our lives. Like a party invitation, the cross invites us to spend more time with Jesus, learn more about his life, and ask him more questions. The cross reminds us that we can’t hide from God’s love!

Take on the household task of dusting as you discuss these questions. Before you get out the cleaning rags and feather dusters, seek out dusty spots and draw crosses with your fingers.

What is Jesus inviting you to do to get ready for Easter?
What questions do you have about God?
What questions do you want to ask God?
Sprinkle a handful of flour on a baking tray and draw in the dust. Notice the natural instinct to create in the dust, just like our Creator God. Point out how easily the dust spreads, like God’s love. From dust you have come and to dust you shall return!

With a dry-erase marker, mark each mirror in your home, vehicle and bags with a cross. Each time you draw a cross, remind yourself, “God loves me!” Each time you see one of these crosses during this Lent, imagine it as your personal invitation to spend more time with God.


WEEK 2- The Promise of Easter
Family Devotions for Lent
(as posted on beaming books blog)

Abundant Grace

"Grace and peace be yours in abundance."

1 Peter 1:2b

We don’t usually notice abundance or plenty in our day-to-day lives. We tend to focus on what falls in the “not enough” category: gas, money, time and chocolate cake. We may feel like we have an overflowing amount of worries, homework and chores. When it comes to what we need, sometimes it feels like there could never be enough.

Jesus’ first miracle is in response to not having enough. The story in the second chapter of John tells us that as guests at a wedding, Jesus and his mother Mary are surprised to learn that the hosts have run out of wine. Jesus gets to work to fix the problem. He changes the water in six large jars into wine. No magic wand or special words were necessary. By the power of God, where once there was water, the six jars are now brimming with wine—not just any wine, but, as the master of the banquet declares, the best wine.

The way that Jesus gives the wine at the wedding teaches us how God works in our lives.

Jesus gives more than enough wine for all of the guests to have plenty, plus leftovers. God knows our needs and provides for us. God fills our lives to the brim with good gifts: love, peace, joy, forgiveness and grace.

Jesus fills the water jars with the best wine. The gifts of God are the best gifts of life. We can’t do anything to earn these gifts, or have them taken away. God loves us that much.

During these days that lead to the cross, watch for the abundant grace of God. Let the love that fills you up with the best overflow into the lives of those around you. God will never run out of love for you!

Order a round of refillable drinks at a restaurant. Note the bottomless abundance in your cups. Enjoy sips as you discuss these questions:

What’s on your dream list of what you’d like to have in abundance?
What does your family have in abundance? What do you need less of?
What kinds of things does God give in abundance?
How can we share God’s gifts with others?
Make a miracle! Give each family member a cup of cool water and a spoon. Squirt wine-colored drink mix into the water and stir, turning your water into sweet “wine.” Share about what miracles you observed today: a sunset, a hug, God’s love in action.

Share from your family’s abundance. Collect gently used or unused items from around the house to give away to a donation service or family in need. Encourage each other to give the best from your shelves and closets.



Comforting Grace

"For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows."

2 Corinthians 1:5

There’s a reason chicken soup is called “comfort food.” When we are sick or tired, chicken soup warms us, inside and out, and somehow makes us feel better. We find comfort in the fuzzy folds of a favorite blanket or the hugs of a loved one. We all go through hard times when we need a little peace and comfort.

Jesus knows what it is like to need some peace and comfort. In this season leading up to Easter, we walk with him on his journey to the cross. On the way, Jesus is hurt both by words and weapons. He knows what it is like to be misunderstood, double-crossed and left out. He knows loss. He cries, and he cries out to God for help. Though he has done nothing to deserve it, Jesus suffers.

In the Bible, we see Jesus bringing comfort to God’s people when they are suffering. He meets with people who are forgotten or in need. He befriends people that are left out or left behind. He is followed by those who are hoping for a miracle: the lame, blind and sick.

God’s healing, forgiveness and love changes us, bringing hope to dark times. When we are sick or uncomfortable, worried or afraid, the unconditional love of God, like chicken soup, brings us the warm and comforting grace of our Creator.

Snuggle up in a comfortable spot with your favorite stuffed animals as you discuss the following questions:

  • What brings you comfort when you are feeling worried, hurt or sick?
  • Share a story about a time when you brought comfort to a friend. What did you say and do? How did it feel?
  • What comfort do you need from Jesus today?

During this flu and cold season, stock up on tissues, cough drops, saltines and chicken soup. Deliver these comfort items to sick friends and neighbors. When we comfort others, we bring them God’s love and hope for the future!

When you tuck in your children this Lent, trace a cross on their heads, mouths and hands, whispering a prayerful reminder of God’s comforting grace: “May God bring comfort in your thoughts, words and actions! Amen.”



Fill-Me-Up Grace

"They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over."

Matthew 14:20

One of the favorite features on some cruise ships is the all-you-can-eat Chocolate Buffet—table after table of every kind of chocolate you can imagine: puffy chocolate soufflés, melt-in-your-mouth puddings, brownies, truffles and three-tier chocolate fountains with fruit and marshmallows on sticks for dipping. It’s the closest real life gets to Roald Dahl’s classic book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. As soon as a diner removes a plate, the platters are refilled. There’s a never-ending supply of deliciousness!

While it wasn’t chocolate, the Bible tells us a story of a buffet like this. Jesus is being followed by a curious crowd of thousands of people. Jesus’ friends, the disciples, are worried, because it is dinnertime and all of those people are hungry. After a quick look around, they find a boy who is willing to share his food—five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus blesses this small basket of food and starts passing it around to the crowd. What is meant to feed one family, suddenly feeds 5,000 families. In the end, all of the people eat until they are full, and even then, there are twelve baskets of leftovers. Jesus makes a miracle!

Like the people on the hillside that evening, we are hungry. We are starving for God’s forgiveness and love. God gives enough to fill us up, plus leftovers. God’s grace never runs out. We don’t need a ticket or receipt or badge to get it. We can’t buy it or work for it. God’s free buffet table of love, peace and forgiveness is a gift of grace, open for all people, all the time. God’s grace is for you!

Share a snack of fish-shaped crackers on an indoor picnic blanket as you talk:

  • Tell about a time when you were hungry. What did it feel like? What happened?
  • When has God provided for you and your family?
  • What are you hungry for from God right now?

Work together to stamp or draw 1,000 smiley faces on a piece of poster board. Now, imagine feeding all of those faces times five from only five loaves of bread and two fish. 5,000 was only counting the men that were present. Now, think of multiplying those faces times 10 or even 20 to consider the women and children that were also fed on the hillside. God provides!

Take a field trip to your church’s altar. Shadow the volunteers that set up communion. Explore the details of getting ready for worship. How is the communion table like an all-you-can-eat buffet? What happens to the leftovers? 

Seeking Grace

"Suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?"

Luke 15:8

We have a lot of resources in our lives to keep us from getting lost. Maps direct us, signs point us to the right path, phone apps tell us when to make a turn. Some of us are born with an inner compass—it comes naturally to head in the right direction based on the sun, stars or other landmarks. Others of us struggle to find our cars in the parking lot and spend a lot of time feeling lost.

Throughout the New Testament, Jesus tells parables, or stories that teach lessons, to tell us about the depth of God’s love for us. In Luke, Jesus tells a series of stories about lost things: a sheep, son and coin. In Luke 15, he tells about a woman who loses one of her ten silver coins. She has nine coins safely tucked away, but she turns the house upside-down to find the lost one. She lights a lamp to look in dark places, she sweeps the house to extend her reach into cracks in the floor, and she keeps up the hunt until she finds that lost coin. Once it is found, she is so happy, she can’t help but share the great news with her loved ones.

God invites us to use these forty days of Lent to reconnect. When we go rogue or feel lost, God goes into search mode, shining light into the dark spots of our lives, sweeping into every crack of our hearts and won’t stop pursuing us with love until we are found. Heaven rejoices when we become closer with God. Nothing can separate us from God’s love!

Dig through your school’s or church’s Lost and Found bin to reunite your family with its lost items. Discuss these questions as you sort:

  • Share stories of being lost. How did it feel to be lost? How were you found?
  • What treasured items have you lost? List all of the places you looked for them. What was the most unusual place you ever found a lost item?
  • What helps you stay on God’s path? When you get spiritually lost or feel separated from God, what do you do to be found?

Play a good old-fashioned game of hide and seek. Take turns being “it.” When you are found, share a reunion hug with the seeker. Rejoice that you have found each other!

Repeatedly hide a toy coin in your house throughout Lent. Challenge your children to find it. Whoever finds it gets to hide it the next time. Continue the search until Easter morning, when you can give away coins in Easter eggs to remind them of this story. Jesus does not give up the search for his lost precious ones!



Forgiving Grace

"Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you."

Colossians 3:13

When asked about an accident, many victims report the same phenomenon: during the accident, time appears to move in slow motion. People report that during a scary crash or fall, the incident feels like it takes twice the time that it actually takes. Scientists say this is because the part of the brain that is associated with fear is also responsible for the way our memories are made. Our brains go into a kind of overdrive, remarkably recording many more memories than normal, so we grasp more details: sights, smells, sounds and touch.

If only we could rewind in that slow-motion moment, go back and get a do-over, and try to avoid the incident altogether. We are human and we have accidents. Sometimes we even choose to take unkind actions. We break things, hurt people and make lots of mistakes.

God gives us the great big challenge to forgive each other. Forgiving others when they hurt us is a difficult challenge. Forgiving ourselves for our own mistakes can sometimes be even harder.

God knows we are broken. When we spill, hurt and make wrong turns, God forgives and loves us anyway. Each time we gather for communion, the bread is broken as a reminder of how Jesus’ body was broken on the cross to save us. There’s no need to rewind or try to find a do-over, God’s forgiving grace picks up the broken pieces and puts us back together again with love.

Break bread with your family as you discuss these questions. Tear bite-sized pieces from a loaf of French bread and dip it into a mix of olive oil, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.

  • Is it easy or hard to ask for forgiveness from a friend or family member? Why?
  • Who do you need to forgive for breaking something of yours? Who do you need to seek forgiveness from because of something you’ve broken? Take time to say “I’m sorry…”
  • Remind each other of God’s forgiving grace with hugs between all of your family members.

Draw a tiny heart on the inside wrist of each family member. Each time you see it, remember that you are loved and forgiven by God and you can forgive yourself and others. 

Week 7

Calming Grace

"He got up, and rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm."

Mark 4:39

Storms sometimes seem to brew up out of nowhere. One moment, it’s a beautiful sunny day, the next moment, the clouds roll in and it’s pouring rain. Meteorologists are equipped to predict storms based on the weather conditions that lead to them. 2017 was full of harsh hurricanes: Irma, Maria and Harvey. Although it sounds like a trio of friends, these three storms plus many others brought chaos and damage to Puerto Rico, the Caribbean Islands and the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. The wind and waves were strong and left behind a trail of devastation.

Tough times in our lives can feel like the chaos of a storm. Questions and doubts swirl around us like a cyclone wind. Fear and worry make our stomachs churn like the stormy waters in a squall. Anger crashes over us like the tall waves in a hurricane. Tears fall like rain. The storms in our lives can feel as damaging and hurtful as the infamous storms Irma, Maria and Harvey.

In Mark 4, Jesus brings calm to the stormy seas. At Jesus’ command, the wind stills and the waves quiet. The storm comes to an instant end. Jesus’ actions teach us that God promises to be with us in our life storms, replacing chaos with the gift of calm and peace. God’s calming grace knows no storm too fierce to tackle.

Get out your umbrellas and take a walk, even if it isn’t raining. Discuss these questions:

  • Share storm stories. What happened? What did you do to stay safe and calm?
  • What is a storm in your life right now? Give this storm a name. How would you categorize it, on a scale of 1-5 (5 being the strongest)?
  • What brings calm to you during difficult days? 

Knot streamers to a fan and turn it on, increasing the speed to create a windstorm. Observe how the wind blows the paper strips to and fro. Take turns pretending to be Jesus, turning off the fan and saying, “Quiet! Be still!” Jesus brings a calming grace to the windstorms of our lives.

Make an emergency box for your home’s storm shelter for storm season. Fill it with physical and emotional comforts: bottles of water, non-perishable foods, blankets, flashlights with extra batteries, stuffed animals and a radio. Use a permanent marker to write calming Bible verses on the water bottles and food packages. 

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