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A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.21.21

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A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.21.21

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce 

Hopes Up

One of the things I never wanted to hear when I was a kid was the saying, “Don’t get your hopes up!”

I can remember asking my parents for many things including: “Can we… go camping?  go to an amusement park? eat ice cream for dinner? have a birthday party sleepover? have a pet giraffe?”

As you might guess, some of those questions got answered with a yes. And some got answered with the phrase, “Don’t get your hopes up!”

For the most part, I am someone who has eternal hope and optimism. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I think and hope that good will happen. I know that ultimately, my hope is in God and He will provide me with all that is necessary in life – even if it is a pet giraffe!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.21.21 in Scripture

Bible Gateway passage: Psalm 39:7 – GW

And now, Lord, what am I waiting for?
My hope is in you!

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I will continue to choose to get my hopes up and wait on God to show me all the good things He has in store for me! And since I am an adult now, I just might have ice cream for dinner!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.21.21 in Song

Bright Ones – Get Your Hopes Up

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It’s almost fall – so get your hopes up for a fun season! Check out these 25 different fall crafts to help you look forward to this next cool season.

Have fun!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 9.20.21

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A Moment To Praise 9.20.21

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Escaping

Confession time! I love action movies! Watching the thrill of car chases, intrigue, suspense and drama, I love it. I probably enjoy it so much because it is so far from the world I want to live in. I find it so fun to watch at home or in the theater while I nibble on buttery popcorn and escape for just a little while!

Usually in this type of movie, the running person escapes the pursuer in several minor car chases.  And then one final, extra-long action-packed 10 minutes eventually leads to the runner being caught in the end.

I can’t help but think that our relationship with God works in the same way. We make many attempts to run and hide from His view. We don’t want Him to catch us in our sins. At times we feel that we have successfully escaped from Him. Until we can’t avoid Him anymore! Suddenly, we are caught in the glare of His righteousness. We see our sin and repent. God tells us in scripture that we all will be found out.

A Moment To Praise 9.20.21 in Scripture
Hebrews 4:13 ESV – Bible Gateway

And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

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In the end, we will give an accounting for our day-to-day behavior. We will have to come out of the darkness of sin and run into the light of Christ.

A Moment To Praise 9.20.21 in Song

Out of Hiding (Official Lyric Video) – Steffany Gretzinger & Amanda Cook | The Undoing

Have a great week!

Joyce

A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.14.21

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A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.14.21

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce 

Super

I love to hear all of you talk to each other. A lot of times, your conversation sounds a little bit like this, “Did you see that puppy? He was super cute!” “How was your vacation? It was super fun!” “Are you going to eat your Brussel sprouts?” “No, they’re super gross!” ‘Super’ is an important adjective in not just young people’s vocabularies, but in everyone’s vocabulary. It adds a different dimension to a word. It’s not just cute, it’s SUPER cute! It’s not just regular fun, it’s SUPER fun. Not only is it gross, but it’s SUPER gross!

So with that thought in mind, shouldn’t we think of God as super? He’s SUPER loving, SUPER forgiving, and SUPER strong.

We must remember that He is The Creator of all things. Everything about us, the world, and nature He brought into being.

A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.14.21 in Scripture

Bible Gateway passage: John 1:6 – International Children’s Bible

All things were made through him. Nothing was made without him.

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Nothing was brought into existence without God’s hand being in it. Remember to worship Him for being a super strong God who deserves your super praise.

A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.14.21 in Song

Super Strong God (Worship Series) – Hillsong Kids

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I love this craft that shows off nature, and shines light into the world, just like we are supposed to as believers. Make sure to get help from an adult and give it a try!

Have fun!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 9.13.21

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A Moment To Praise 9.13.21

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Action Matching Word?

I read that in a recent survey that 65% of Americans identify themselves as Christians.

(https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity_in_the_United_States)

That means that the vast majority of people around you and me say they are believers and followers of Christ. However, when some people who say they are believers, it is hard to recognize that they are guided by the God of scripture. How many times have you witnessed unforgiving behavior from a fellow Christian? They may demonstrate hatred and dislike of others who are not like them, or people who look, think, or vote differently? I know we’ve seen all of that in the past few years. However, is that Christlike behavior? Is it a demonstration of an eternity-gaining witness?

How about those who profess belief in Christ and not of the things of this world, yet they cannot stop trying to figure out ways to make more money? They must have bigger homes, drive newer cars, or own the latest trend. Some of these strong desires lead to people’s justification for cheating “just a little” on their taxes, or lying “just a smidge” about their financial situations. Is that behavior propelling us towards the things of this world, or towards things of heaven?

What Are You Living For?

These are a few obvious examples, but there are other small behaviors that cause God to have pain over his children. I’ve witnessed an example of purposeful deception while eating in a restaurant. At times, I’ve been close enough to overhear people scheming about how they can get a free meal. I’ve seen people eat most of their meal then complain about it, argue, and end up getting a free dinner.  It’s unbecoming, and a behavior that is less than honest and sincere, especially for people who claim to be followers of Christ.

We as believers have to be so very careful about we are out to achieve. Are we out to gain an everlasting eternal life for our soul? Or are we out to gain the world?

A Moment To Praise 9.13.21 in Scripture
Mark 8:36 NIV – Bible Gateway

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

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That passage is pretty clear. What good does it do you to have all of the things of this world? Money, houses, cars, wealth and recognition? When you leave this earth, you have done nothing but lose your soul. Your soul is made to be eternal and has the opportunity to live on with Christ in eternity. I, for one, don’t want to lose my soul for this world.

A Moment To Praise 9.13.21 in Song

TobyMac – Lose My Soul (feat. Terrian) (Live In Denver)

Have a great week!

Joyce

A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.7.21

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A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.7.21

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce 

Heaviness

Do you feel powerless sometimes? Is there is a task that feels almost impossible for you to work through, even with the help of others? No matter what, you just can’t get it done.

I feel like that many times in life even as a grown-up. There are problems and worries that seem to overtake me and cause me to feel nervous. There are days when I might be overly tired or have many different thoughts running through my head, and I can’t seem to get anything done. My tasks remain incomplete! Boy, then I really feel even more nervous than I did to start!

I have learned (and yes, even old people keep learning things! 🙂) that if I take a moment and settle down and lift up my scattered thoughts to God, I feel better. I feel like I can call on the power that He has to help me get through my struggles. The Bible tells us that things may be impossible for us to handle on our own, but with God nothing is impossible!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.7.21 in Scripture

Bible Gateway passage: Matthew 19:26 – International Children’s Bible

Jesus looked at them and said, “For men this is impossible. But for God all things are possible.”

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That makes me feel so good to know. I know that I don’t have to deal with life’s problems by myself. I know that I have somewhere to take them and to share them!

Give it a try sometime. When something is weighing heavy on you, allow God to take it off of your shoulders for a while. There is no greater power than that of God!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.7.21 in Song

I Sing the Mighty Power of God | Everest VBS Music Video | Group Publishing

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Make some snacks for school to remind of you God’s power wherever you go. Use pretzel sticks and add mini marshmallows, grapes, mini tomatoes, or sliced bananas to the ends to form what looks like dumbbells. That will surely remind you of God’s strength in your life!

Have fun!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 9.6.21

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 9.6.21

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Binding Chains

Last Sunday, we sang several worship songs in our worship set about breaking chains. Our ladies’ Bible study group years ago also had done a Bible study about breaking chains that bind us.

If you actually take a few minutes to visualize the concept of chains as a metaphor for sin. Imagine the chains being wrapped around every part of your body, mind, and heart, that prevent you from moving or having freedom. Seeing sin in that manner might actually cause us to pause and look more closely at what we are allowing to control our lives.

Take a moment and visual yourself in this way and name the sin that has the strongest grip on you. If we can recognize our sin, then we can take control and combat it in our lives. Scripture tells us that we all sin. There has never nor will ever be another person besides Jesus who was sinless.

A Moment To Praise 9.6.21 in Scripture
Romans 3:23-24 NIV – Bible Gateway

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

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We are only saved through the righteousness given to us by Christ. This is not through anything of our own power.  Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection from the grave is just a sampling of the amazing power that God can use to break us free from bondage and sin. This is the same God who created the world just by speaking it into existence, it is certain that He can step along side of us and lead us out of our sin and into salvation.

Freedom From Chains

How do we do this? How do we call on His mighty name to help us?

We just work at it every day through prayer and studying of His Holy Word. We rely on Him instead of relying on ourselves, and we do not follow the counsel of the world. For that matter, we do not follow counsel of people who are not trying to follow God faithfully in their lives. One of the most important things is to have a person or people who are waling in faith to talk to. It only makes sense. If you talk to someone who isn’t trying to follow God in their own life, they are not going to advise you to listen to the Lord in your own. They just won’t!

Find yourself a friend who loves the Lord. Someone who speaks joy and positivity. Pray about that person and then ask if they will help you to loose the sinful chains in your own life. Rely on prayer and scripture to help guide you.

Make it a plan to get yourself into a church that teaches the Bible. These are the ways that you begin looking more like Christ and less like the world. Christ has the power to give you the gifts of freedom, joy, and peace no matter what you’re experiencing. No matter what the sin! He can break all of your chains and lead you to a fulfilled and genuinely happy life.

Colossians 3:5 NIRV – Bible Gateway

So put to death anything that comes from sinful desires. Get rid of sexual sins and impure acts. Don’t let your feelings get out of control. Remove from your life all evil desires. Stop always wanting more and more. You might as well be worshiping statues of gods.

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A Moment To Praise 9.6.21 in Song
JESUS CULTURE – Break Every Chain (Lyric Video)

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Have a great week! Happy Labor Day!

Joyce

A Moment To Praise For Kids 8.31.21

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A Moment To Praise For Kids 8.31.21

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce 

Making It New

Is it that time of year again – back to school day? How did summer go so fast? I sincerely hope you had a great break. Now it’s back to something new and exciting! Sometimes we need a spark, something to get us out of the same old routine and into something different to help us come alive again! A way to perk up and be excited! Maybe getting back to school is that spark for you. Maybe you love getting back to after school sports and activities. Or, maybe you’re that person who really loves homework and challenging yourself in school! Any way you look at it, the new school year is a chance to refresh, to come alive and be excited!

Did you know that God, even though He has been around forever and will continue eternally, is not old and stale? He constantly is making things brand new. He sends the seasons that change as a way to show us beauty. From disruption to peaceful, He causes hearts to be changed from anger to love. He forgives and forgets and asks us to do the same. He works in our personal lives and He is at work in the lives of all those around us. Those here, in our neighborhood, and around the world. He makes things new. In fact, we are meant to get that point apparently. The Bible tells us this same thing not once, but many times. Check it out!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 8.31.21 in Scripture

Bible Gateway passage: Isaiah 43:18, Isaiah 43:19, Revelation 21:5, Isaiah 65:17, Ephesians 2:15, Ephesians 4:24, Hebrews 8:13 – International Children’s Bible

The Lord says, “Forget what happened before. Do not think about the past.

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As you go into the new school year, try to make it refreshing and exciting, and brand new! Remember God’s promise to you that He can make all things come alive, bright and shiny.  Have a great school year and remember to take God with you wherever you go!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 8.31.21 in Song

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Breaking Through – Bethel Music Kids | Come Alive

Watch “Breaking Through” from the Bethel Music Kids album + film, “Come Alive.”Get the album + learn more: http://www.bethelmusic.com/store/product/bethel-mu...

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Instead of a craft this week I thought maybe you could help your family out and do a little clean up around the play room? Take the toys and games that you have outgrown and clean them up as well as you can – make them come alive again! Then, donate them to Goodwill or even better you can donate them to Gravel Hill’s Community Aid bins (in our church parking lot). Make the old like new again and help someone else enjoy the joy of a new “old” toy, game, or outfit!

Have fun!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 8.30.21

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 8.30.21

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Scripture

Over the years, I have heard a lot of questions as a worship leader and Bible study teacher. Some of them include: “What’s so special about the Bible?” and “What’s so awesome about scripture?”

All I can say is that for the believer, the Bible is the undeniable word of God. It has supernatural power to transform hearts and minds. It is alive! Our lives have it as a guidebook and road map. There have been countless times in which I have read a scriptural passage and it has touched me and led me through whatever my situation was at that particular time. The next time I read that same passage, it can mean something altogether different to me.

The Word guides me in a different way than it did before. It seems to know what I need at that time and it speaks specifically to me and my needs of that day. It’s not the physical book doing that, but much more the Holy Spirit of the Lord moving around and within me that allows me to see the Word in a different light.

A Moment To Praise 8.30.21 in Scripture

God opens my eyes, heart and mind to the truth. and creates proof for me that this book should be my navigation for life and in every move that I make. Here is the scripture that confirms it!

2 Timothy 3:16-17 NET – Bible Gateway

16 Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work.

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The last part of this scripture says it all for me, “…that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work!”

I want to:

have my heart ready to serve.

have my mind keenly aware of God’s direction.

be capable and ready when He calls me to act! I need scripture.

I encourage you to plant scripture in your heart. How can you do that? You might doubt your ability to do this. You may think, “I haven’t gone to school to learn scripture! I’m not that well versed in the Bible!” Be reassured! You don’t have to be a theologian, a pastor, or a long-time Christian to implant his Word into your heart. You may already be doing it and not realize it.

Applying Scripture

When you say things like, “Be still…” you’re using this scripture:

Psalm 46:10  NIV – Bible Gateway

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

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When you think, “My hope comes from the Lord…” you’re using this scripture:

Romans 15:13 NLV – Bible Gateway

Our hope comes from God. May He fill you with joy and peace because of your trust in Him. May your hope grow stronger by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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I hope you see that you already have scripture planted in there, ready to be used in your life.

My hope for you is that you would remember that God’s Word is forever and will be with you always as long as you give it a home inside your heart.

Bible Gateway passage: Isaiah 40:8 – English Standard Version

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.

www.biblegateway.com

A Moment To Praise 8.30.21 in Song

Enjoy this day and this beautiful song!

Your Word – Hillsong Worship

“Your Word” from our album ‘let there be light’ recorded live at ‪Hillsong Conference in Sydney, Australia. Available now at http://smarturl.it/LetThereBeLi...

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Joyce

A Moment To Praise For Kids 8.24.21

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A Moment To Praise For Kids 8.24.21

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce 

Rain & The Perfect Umbrella

It sure has been raining a lot lately! Maybe it was because of the tropical storm that was moving through our area.  Because of all of the bad weather, it always seems to be dark and stormy outside. Sometimes, it feels like it’s been forever since we’ve seen the sunshine peeking through the clouds!

At times, it feels cloudy inside our hearts, too! It feels gray and dreary when we are having a fight with a friend, having trouble at school, or at home. It might seem like like there’s a dark cloud overhead and it’s pouring rain on you. That’s a sad feeling!

There are definitely times when things go wrong and we feel like the storms in our hearts will never clear up. But God has told us that no matter what happens in our lives, He will be there with us. I’m telling you to believe that you can count on God. He can be a perfect umbrella to protect you from the rain and storms of life. He tells us so in the Bible.

A Moment To Praise For Kids 8.24.21 in Scripture

Deuteronomy 31:6 ICB – Bible Gateway

Be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid of them. Don’t be frightened. The Lord your God will go with you. He will not leave you or forget you.

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A Moment To Praise For Kids 8.24.21 in Song

He promises to be with us and never forget us, whether it rains or whether it pours. He’ll be right there beside us.

Rain or Pour – TIM #3

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Enjoy this variety of raindrop crafts to try. Have fun!

Rain & Raindrop Crafts for Kids – by Terri Thompson

Have a good week.

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 8.23.21

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 8.23.21

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Assumptions

I am trying to stop a habit that I’ve done for a long time. I am trying to stop assuming. Assuming what people think, feel, or what they are saying about me.

Making assumptions can be dangerous. They are not based in truth, and most of the time, assuming is not a habit that edifies our spirit. In reality, making assumptions boils down to negative self talk. As people, we very rarely assume or feel positive thoughts about ourselves. Generally, our assumptions about the feelings and thoughts of others toward us are negative in nature. The bottom line? This type of thinking does not come from God.

Let’s turn our thought process on its head. For some perspective, this is how highly God thinks of us.

A Moment To Praise 8.23.21 in Scripture
Bible Gateway passage: 1 Chronicles 29:11-12 – New International Version

he[a] predestined us for adoption to sonship[b] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—

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We have been called brothers and sisters in Christ. We don’t need to stress about what others think or feel about us, because we have been saved through Him. We’ve been adopted into His family of children!

Try to dispel any negative thoughts and assumptions as they are not beneficial or godly for your spirit. Instead, start assuming that you are perfect as you are because you are a brother or sister in Christ! Because God has made you just as He wants you to be. And He loves you! You are accepted. You can make that assumption any time and you’ll be right!

Remember that truth every day, and have a great week!

Joyce

A Moment To Praise 8.23.21 in Song

Casey J – Adopted (Official Live Video)