Church Library…

Thanks to the four (4) people who gave us your input on what you’d like to see.  I trust there are more ideas out there…  Please let us know what you’d like to see in our church library.  We want this to be a ministry that is beneficial to YOU!  Feel free to comment below, or e-mail me at pastor@duncanpark.org.  If you want to remain anonymous, simply write a note and leave it in the black box in the foyer.

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Tweets of the week…

Beth Moore: Have any of y’all ever wanted to give a spank offering to someone else’s child? Not really but kinda?

Tyler Stanton: Just heard someone describe an emotionally transparent person as “he really wears his head on his shoulders”

John Piper: Our primary argument in convincing men to do something for their souls is to convince them they can do nothing at all. (Ryle)

A.W. Tozer: “We must meet the uncertainties of this world with the certainty of the world to come.”

Ergun Caner: Remember when MOVING was just piling milk crates & books in ur car & taking the bedsheets down from the windows?

Tim Tebow: Joshua 1:9

Tweets of the Week…

C H Spurgeon: “If God should take his Holy Spirit from our churches, I fear 80% of what we do would not be affected.”  
 
Tim Challies: Now you know, whether you want to or not: During his lifetime the average man will grow 27 feet of facial hair.
 
Pastor Jerry Vines  (circa 1987) via Ergun Caner:  “My hope is built on nothing less, than Scofield’s notes & Moody Press!”
 
Paul Chappell:  The best way to deal with criticism is to accomplish your task. (Nehemiah 6:3)
 
Conan O’Brien: I try to learn one new word a day and use it in a sentence. Today that word was “today.”

Helping a child understand death…

I was asked for some recommendations on resources for helping a child understand death, especially the death of a loved one.  Here is some helpful information from Focus on the Family, as well as a few additional resources. 

Taken from http://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/your_childs_emotions/how_to_help_your_child_grieve.aspx

Grandpa Joe has terminal cancer. Great-aunt Susie is in the nursing home hospital ward. Your child’s classmate just died in a car accident. Terrorist attacks and reports of wars fill the evening news …

Death is an ever-present fact of life, yet even adults face it only with difficulty. Here are some tips to help your children through the grieving process.

  • Teach that death is part of life.Parents often avoid talking about death in an effort to protect children from unpleasantness. Instead, look for teachable moments. Wilting flowers, changing seasons or the death of a family pet provides an opportunity to show death as a part of life. Visit elderly friends or relatives to show children that aging is normal. Children will accept and confront death if adults allow it.
  • Be honest.Present the information in a straightforward manner with age-appropriate information by explaining, “Granddad died last night.” Avoid saying, “He went to sleep” or “He’s gone away.” These terms leave children wondering if they will die when they go to sleep or if the person is coming back.
  • Don’t delay telling about a death.Delaying can do more harm than good. If you wait, someone else may tell your child or he will overhear it in conversation. Learning the news from you is less frightening.
  • Answer questions.Some children are satisfied with the facts. Others will ask a multitude of questions. Allow questions and answer them, even admitting when you don’t have the answer.
  • Recognize fears.Death can be a scary concept for children. If your child expresses fear about seeing the body or going to the funeral, don’t force the issue. Comfort and reassure your child following a death of somebody he knows.
  • Let them see you grieve.Children need to know that grieving is acceptable. Allow children to see you cry. Emotional pain is part of losing a loved one.
  • Cherish the memories. Continue to talk about the loved one who died. Look through photo albums, talk about funny things the deceased said or reminisce about pleasant experiences.

Children take their cues from us and model their reactions accordingly. Show them that death and grief are parts of life.

Copyright © 2005 Candy Arrington. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
 
Additional resources:
 
Someone I Love Died by Christine Harder Tangvald
 
 
What Happened When Grandma Died? by Peggy Barker
 
 
Helping Children Grieve: When Someone They Love Dies by Theresa Huntley
 
 
If you have other suggested resources, please offer those in the comment section or e-mail them to me at pastor@duncanpark.org

Petition for mercy…

Taken from www.CallforMercy.com

Asia Bibi, a wife and mother, used these words to defend her faith against mocking co-workers who tried to make here convert to Islam.  She was later convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death. 

In Pakistan, more than 150,000 Christians have signed a petition demanding justice for persecution victims, including Asia Bibi.  Now you can join with The Voice of the Martyrs and our Pakistani brothers and sisters in a call for mercy.  We hope to gather 1 million signatures on behalf of our sister Asia, who now sits in prison awaiting the Lahore High Court’s ruling on her appeal

Mary Ketterer will have this petition available for you to sign on Sunday morningPlease consider this…