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Couples Retreat 2014

We just had a great couples’ retreat in Gatlinburg. We had more than 20 couples come. Thanks to Dwayne and Leslie Daniels for putting it together!

Bible Class News

Another quarter has begun, & as teachers it’s sad to know that this is our last quarter with our current group of students. We pray that we have given our best to the job of teaching them & will send them on to “grow in grace and knowledge” (2 Peter 3:18).

Childrens Sunday SchoolHere are some highlights from some of last quarter’s classes:

Debbie Couch’s 2-year-old Sunday morning class gained three new students: Addison Gross, Ella Hartsfield and Sydney Cocke. They are learning about some Super Heroes in the Old Testament: Noah, Abraham, Samson, David, etc. Cooper Karnes & Drake Daniel have learned the Hippopotamus Song. Debbie says these 2-year-olds are the greatest!

Ann Heath taught the Sunday morning 3 & 4-year-old class. This little group has learned that Jesus loves all of us, no matter who we are, & they memorized 1 John 4:7: “Let us love one another, for love is of God.” The class welcomed Carson Cocke at the beginning of February.

Konni Sullivan’s 4 & 5-year-olds Sunday morning class had five boys & girls with regular attendance. Mia, Brooke, Carter, Nathan and Cydnei enjoyed praying, singing, puppets, puzzles, crafts, painting & more while learning about the birth, childhood & life of Jesus. They especially liked the lessons about the birth of baby Jesus & the lesson where Jesus said, “Let the children come to Me!”

Jeanette Bradshaw teaches the Wednesday night kindergarten class, assisted by Gabby Collier. Trenton Bradshaw, Curtis Burkeen, Gunner England, Ava Heath, Miranda Nelson & Elijah Osborne studied the life of Jesus. Ava, Miranda & Elijah brought their Bibles, & were able to tell the class about the story they chose. Ava had perfect attendance. All the others missed no more than two classes.

Marilyn Wilkins & Paula Waller taught the 1st & 2nd grades on Wednesday night, & they studied the birth and early life of Jesus also, including some of His miracles. They learned ways that He was a friend to people through His love, forgiveness & compassion, & worked on several memory verses. Claire Jackson had perfect attendance.

There is so much more information to share about the older classes. Pick up a full copy of the Bible Class News in the lobby to see more news of learning the Bible with our children.

Thank you Bible Teachers!

An Unrealized Sickness

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, “You boys hurry up!”  It’s the same scene every morning at the Chesser’s.  Someone is not moving as quickly as I think they should, followed by me banging on the door, hollering “We’re gonna be late!”  Sometimes we are late, but not proportionate to the number of times I get flustered & aggravated.

Hurry, hurry, hurry.  What’s the rush?  Carl Jung once said, “Hurry is not of the Devil, hurry is the Devil.”  It would seem I’ve invited the Devil to reside in my house each morning.

With that in mind, I submit to you 12 Diagnostic questions offered by Tim Chester in his book The Busy Christian’s Guide to Busyness to determine how ill we’ve become with hurry sickness.

  1. Do you regularly work 30 minutes a day longer than your       contracted hours?
  2. Do you check work emails & messages at home?
  3. Has anyone ever said to you, “I didn’t want to trouble you because I know how busy you are?”
  4. Do friends or family complain about not getting time with you?
  5. If tomorrow evening were unexpectedly freed up would you use it to do work or a household chore?
  6. Do you often feel tired during the day or do you find your neck & shoulders aching?
  7. Do you often exceed the speed limit while driving?
  8. Do you make use of any flexible working arrangements offered by your employers?
  9. Do you pray with your children regularly?
  10. Do you have enough time to pray?
  11. Do you have a hobby in which you are actively involved?
  12. Do you eat together as a family or household at least once a day?

Some may be more applicable to you than others, but don’t use that as an excuse to dismiss them.  Take the initiative & specifically invite the Devil to leave by slowing down & reclaiming these hurried times in your life.

Joe Chesser, Windsong Notes, Little Rock, AR                                           February 7, 2014