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Anxiety - Devotional

Jul. 23, 2020 @ 5:41 pm

They reeled and staggered like drunkards and were at their wits'end. "Lord, help!" they cried in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress." (Psalm 107:27-28 NLT)

Like the Psalmist, we cry, “Lord, help!” when we are in trouble and can't find a way to get out of it by ourselves. We've exhausted our resources, stamina, skill, and patience, and are at the end of our wits! The devotional thought for today ponders what it means to be at wits' end, and what to do about it.

Reeling, Staggering, and Don't Know
What to Do!

According to Psalm 107:27, a person who is at wits' end is like a drunkard who sways and stumbles and can't stay upright! Emotions like worry, anxiety, and anger battle for supremacy, leading to frustration and defeat. You consider and try out several options, but NONE of them work, and finally you've reached the limits of your physical and mental energy!

There's no need for despair. The scripture references in this devotional thought for today offer hope and salvation! Psalm 107:28 is a timely cry for release from the distress. The Lord promises to help when you ask Him. You have a choice to continue wallowing in exhaustive misery at your wits' end or to release your burdens to God, who will rescue and save you from harm.

After meditating on the Scriptures in the devotional thought for today, what will you do the next time you are at your wits' end?

Father, I'm out of ideas and solutions to problems I thought I could fix. Help, please save me. I'm giving you my burdens and am waiting for Your Rescue!


Children's Sunday School Lesson Activities & Resources

Jun. 09, 2020 @ 2:57 pm

When children can't attend Sunday School in person bring Sunday School into your home with lesson activities and resources. April 15th lesson, "Doubting Thomas Believes." Click here for activities & resources. Theme: Jesus has risen. Believe it or not! Scripture: John 20:19-31

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April 22nd lesson, "The Road to Emmaus" Theme: Jesus reveals himself to his followers Scripture: Luke 24:30-31

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April 28th lesson, "The Good Shepherd's Voice" Theme: We know Jesus' voice Scripture: John 10:4

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May 5th lesson, "Jesus Is The Way" Theme: We can only come to God through Jesus Scripture: John 14:6

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May 12th lesson, "Jesus Gives Us the Comfort" Theme The Holy Spirit is our comforter Scripture John 14:16

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May 19th lesson, "Up, Up And Away" Theme: The Ascension of Christ Scripture: Acts 1:9

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May 25th lesson, "Filled With the Holy Spirit" Theme: God sent the Holy Spirit at Pentecost Scripture: Acts 2:4

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June 2nd lesson, "And It Was Very Good" Theme: The Creation Scripture: Genesis 1:1

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June 9th lesson, "Issac is Born" Theme: God keeps His promises Scripture: Genesis 21:1

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Pray for Answers

May. 21, 2020 @ 5:22 pm

A conversation takes two people. One speaks the other responds. One asks a question. The other answers. If prayer is a conversation between us and God, then God must answer us when we pray, right? While we cannot hear the audible voice of God, He DOES answer our prayers. Sometimes He says yes. Sometimes he says no. Sometimes he says...wait. Whatever the answer, God will reveal His will for our lives through the prayers that we pray. Read more


Learning for ages 3 to 103

May. 18, 2020 @ 8:34 pm

There is something for almost anyone who wants to learn something new or sharpen their focus. Explore free resources, apps, and games designed for any age. Find out more...


Thank God When We Pray

Apr. 30, 2020 @ 7:48 pm

When someone does something nice for us, we say thank you. When we receive a gift at Christmas or on our birthdays, the polite thing to do is send a thank you note. How can we possibly begin to thank God for all the things He does for us? When we pray, we need to always begin with thanks, letting God know how grateful we are for His blessings.

Question Time

Has someone thanked you for something this week?
When was the last time you said thank you for something?
What is one thing you can thank God for right now?

At the end of his life, David said a prayer of thanks in front of his people for all God had done for him. David's life had as many downs as ups, but he never forgot all of God's blessings.

Scripture 1 Chronicles 29:10-20

Let's follow David's example. Let's thank God when we pray.

Next Steps

Every time you say a prayer this week, thank God for something. You can thank Him for Jesus, for our church, for our home, for family, for friends, for any number of things. The more we thank God, the more our faith will grow as we remember all His blessings.


Free Educational Resources-McGraw Hill

Apr. 24, 2020 @ 9:07 pm

Here are some free resources to help you support learning at-home during this time of school closures and remote and distance learning. Learn more by clicking here.


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