Based on: 1 John 4:13-21
Was there ever a relationship that you were unsure of? Perhaps you just offended a friend and you didn’t know if you were still friends or if that person even wanted to see you again? Now just imagine the relationship Adam and Eve had with God before they sinned. It was the closest relationship possible – God lived in them and they lived in God. God blessed them with everything they needed and more, and God was pleased with everything they did. Pleased, that is, until they ate the fruit God told them not to eat. They realized they had ruined their perfect relationship with God, and they were afraid. They had no hope of restoring this relationship on their own. Yet, in love God sent his son, Jesus Christ, to restore this relationship. Now as a believer in Jesus Christ we have this close personal relationship with God. God lives in us, and we live in God. We know this is true by God’s display of love and we can see this from our own display of love.
Based On: Colossians 3:12-17
Have you ever walked into a house where someone just finished baking bread? Do you remember the smell when the oven door opens and the bread is taken out to cool? It is a delicious smell and no matter where you go in the house, the aroma seems to follow you. The smell fills the house so that no matter where you go in the house you can’t stop thinking about fresh bread.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. In the same way that the aromas from the kitchen permeate the entire house, let the peace of Christ fill your life. First, Paul describes what it looks like to be filled with the peace of Christ, then he explains how we have that peace.
Based On: Colossians 2:6-7
Dear students, parents, relatives, and friends.
Well, students, you have finished another year of school. What will you do over the summer? Perhaps your family has travel plans or you will be attending camp this summer. Perhaps you are really excited about the idea of having no plans whatsoever for summer. Regardless of your summer plans, please remember that whatever you do, continue to live in Jesus Christ. “Continue to live in him” – these words were written for all Christians – those in Kindergarten, those in 1st grade, all the way up to 8th grade and even older.