How to Make a Wise Comment

Due to the fact that our first meeting in January was cancelled because of the weather, and that the Fraser’s were out of town for a month, the lesson “How to Make a Wise Comment” came before the lesson “The Reliability of the Bible”.  Hannah S. led the meeting while we were away and there were several others who stepped in to help with the activity and snacks.  Thank you all so much for your willingness to help out!

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For the lesson time, the girls learned that words are very powerful.  They have the power of life or death (Prov. 18:21).  We will give account for every idle word spoken (Matt. 12:36).  As ambassadors of Christ, we need to choose words that are meaningful, edifying, and profitable to others.  It is important that we learn to relate to others in a way that is respectable, thoughtful, and mature.  Learning good conversation skills is an important part of shining brightly for the Lord.

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Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” -Ephesians 4:29

For the activity time, Havala S. taught everyone how to make lip balm.  It was a fun and girly activity that everyone enjoyed.  You can use it to help you remember to watch the words that come out of your mouth.

 

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I am looking forward to seeing all of you again this Thursday… its been a long time and I can’t wait to see you again!

How to Be Wiser Than Your Enemies (Scripture Memorization)

December 18 was our last meeting of 2014. We learned about the importance of Scripture memorization. P1100443Every verse of Scripture is a precious and valuable treasure.  God wants us to diligently search for the wisdom, insight, and understanding hidden for us in His Word. Memorizing Scripture helps us understand things that we might otherwise overlook.  We have to slow down and think about it to memorize it.  This opens up rich insights and gives us new thoughts about the passage.  Memorizing the Word of God establishes a solid foundation of truth in your life (Psalm 37:31), gives you ready answers (1 Peter 3:15), and guards you from sin (Psalm 119:11).

Our mind is a battlefield and Satan wants to fill our minds with lies.  We need to combat those lies with the truth of God’s Word.  Things that we say over and over to ourselves become a part of us, become our beliefs, and effect our actions and attitudes.  We need to memorize Scripture so that we can think about it and say it to ourselves.  God’s Word is our foundation and is the truth that overcomes every lie of the enemy.

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Tips for Memorizing Scripture:

  • Don’t do it alone! Find someone to memorize with you and/or to hold you accountable– preferably someone who memorizes at the same pace/speed as you.  Perhaps choose someone from BL to be your partner.
  • Review it often! Don’t expect to learn it without looking at it and saying it. Repetition helps to ingrain it in your memory.
  • Write it out! I have found that writing out the passage helps me to memorize and retain it better. Write it several times and carry a copy with you to review throughout the day.
  • Read it out loud! This helps you not to miss any words.  There’s also something about hearing it while you’re learning that is very helpful.
  • Listen to it! I have memorized verses before simply by listening to them being sung/said on CD. You can also have someone read it to you.
  • Draw it out! If you are a visual learner, you might find it helpful to draw pictures for the key words in the passage.  Then you can remember the passage by the pictures that go with it.
  • Don’t give up! Even if you’re discouraged, don’t give up. Satan doesn’t want us to have God’s Word in our hearts and will do what he can to stop us.
  • Come back to it! Even after you’ve moved on to another passage, come back and review the previous one so you don’t forget it.

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We want to do more than just memorize the Bible, we want it to live in us and to become a part of us.  We want to abide in Jesus and let His Word abide in us.  Memorization is a first important step, but next we want to meditate (think) about what we have learned.  Meditation is spending time in quiet thought.  What do you find yourself thinking about throughout the day?  The more we turn our thoughts to the Lord, the more we will learn about Him and draw closer to Him.  Meditation is not emptying our mind, but rather filling it with God’s Word by thinking about it over and over.  There are many benefits/rewards of meditating on Scripture (Josh. 1:8; Psalm 119:97-98; Psalm 119:99; Psalm 1:2-3; Psalm 119:9-11)

Suggestions for Meditating on God’s Word:

  • Quote through a verse or passage that you have memorized.
  • Think about what the verse is saying and thank the Lord for it.
  • Pray the Scripture to the Lord, making it personal.
  • Think about how you can apply the it to your life.
  • Meditate each night as you are falling asleep (Psalm 63:6).

As followers of Christ, our main goal is to have hearts that are seeking the Lord, not to have a lot of “head knowledge” or be able to boast in our accomplishments.  Often times, those who are young are able to memorize more easily.  This is also the time in our lives when most likely have most free time than we will later.  We should take this challenge seriously to memorize as much as we can during our youth.  Make the most of your time for God’s glory!

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After the lesson, we split up into groups of two to memorize a Bible verse.  The girls used different methods to memorize, including actions, writing it out, and of course, repetition.

Then, for our activity time, we did a special Christmas activity.  The girls were split into four groups (or “towns”) and they had to send letters via the Christmas Train to the other towns to discover the message from each town.  Each town’s message was a name of Jesus associated with Christmas.  It was a fun activity, although the train needed a lot of repairs along the way.

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How to Receive a Rebuke

On November 22 we studied a difficult topic, but one that is important to growing in wisdom.  We learned about receiving rebuke. Everyone will receive rebukes at some point in life. They will come from all directions: parents, teachers, friends, enemies, and God. Proverbs tells us that a wise person will learn from a rebuke, but a foolish person will get angry when corrected. If you are able to receive a rebuke in a godly way, this is a true sign of wisdom and maturity (Prov. 9:8, Prov. 12:1, Prov. 15:10, Prov. 15:31-32.

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We asked the question, is rebuke good or bad?  In Heb. 12:5-11 we read that God brings correction and rebukes into our lives in order to teach and train us. This is a demonstration of His love . Since God Himself rebukes, we know that rebukes can be used for good.  2 Tim. 3:16—God’s Word is a tool for correction and training (2 Tim. 3:16). We should take seriously the rebukes and instructions that God has written in the Bible.  Sometimes God uses other people to do the rebuking for Him (like Nathan and David)–usually our parents at this stage in life. If we handle the rebuke properly, we learn the lesson God is trying to teach us.

When rebuked by someone, our normal responses are to defend ourselves (“I did not”), blame others (like Adam blamed Eve), blame the rebuker (“You did it too”), get angry, argue back, or ignore them.  It is natural human nature to respond in these ways. You don’t have to practice it! Why is it so difficult to receive rebukes? Pride is what keeps us from admitting that we are wrong—especially if someone else tells us.  Pride is perhaps one of the biggest enemies that we face in life – it often keeps us from making choices that honor the Lord. Humility is the key to applying this lesson in our lives. Remember: God gives grace to the humble! (1 Peter 5:5).

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If we want to respond properly we must make a conscious decision of how we are going to act when God brings a rebuke into our lives. We should make that decision now.  Those who are wise actually desire rebukes because they want to learn, grow, and remove sin and folly from their lives. A wise person knows that there are weaknesses in his or her life that may be plain to others but they themselves might not see. Others have a different perspective and are able to see things that are hidden to us.

No one likes being rebuked, but it is an important part of the process of being conformed into the image of Christ. The challenge is to stop thinking of the rebukes as something negative, and begin seeing how God uses them for our good.  The key to applying this lesson is humility. If we have a humble spirit, we will be able to admit that we have faults and need to grow—and even thank those who rebuke us!

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For our activity we did small group skits (everyone cheers!).  The girls love doing skits and by coming up with skits relating to the lesson, they get think about how the topic applies in everyday situations.  Here’s some pictures of the skits:

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Mom scolding you when you didn’t clean your room like she told you to
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Receiving rebuke from your teacher when you disobey the rules
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Your sisters correcting you while you are doing your chores
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Being rebuked by a police officer because you were speeding

See you all on December 4th!

Wisdom

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November 6 was our first regular meeting of the school year and there were twenty-three of us that gathered to learn about wisdom.  What is wisdom?  We learned that wisdom comes from God (Job 28:20-28) and that there are many benefits of applying wisdom in our lives (Prov. 3:13, Prov. 5:1-6, Prov. 8:11, and many more!).

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” (Prov. 8:10)

Why is the fear of the Lord the beginning of wisdom?  It is because all true wisdom comes from the Lord—no other source—and we need to know Him in order to be wise.  A fear of the Lord comes from a deep love and respect for God, as well as an understanding of the consequences of disobeying Him.  Fearing the Lord is knowing and taking seriously the fact that we will one day stand before our holy and just Creator and give account to Him.

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Wisdom is seeing things from God’s perspective rather than from an earthly viewpoint.  This perspective enables us to have an entirely different attitude toward people, difficult situations, and each area of life.  In order to see situations the way God looks at them, we must stop looking at ourselves and our desires and realize that God sees a much bigger picture.

“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” (Prov. 13:20)

We read the story of King Rehoboam (1 Kings 12) who was the son of the wisest man who ever lived, yet he made a foolish decision because he listened to his friends rather than the wise elders that cost him the kingdom.  This illustrates the important principle of choosing wise friends because the people that we choose to spend time with will have a tremendous influence on our lives.P1090672

We talked about the wisdom of the world vs. God’s wisdom.  The world has absolutely nothing to offer when compared with the wisdom of God.
Colossians 4:5 tells us that we are called to walk in wisdom.  To do this, we need to escape the thinking of the world and apply God’s ways and truth in every area of our lives, even if that means we will need to stand alone.  As Matthew 7:24-27 illustrates, those who are wise will follow God’s wisdom by obeying His commandments

As Christians, we should desire wisdom.  We should want it enough to be seeking after it.  People enjoy searching for things like hidden treasure, ancient ruins, or scientific discoveries.  In the same way, God wants us to cry out for wisdom and seek for it as if we were searching for hidden treasures.  Colossians 2:2-3 tells us that in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  That means that as we seek after Christ, we will be seeking after wisdom.

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The Bible stresses repeatedly that wisdom is valuable and something that we should be diligently seeking after.  There are many sources that claim to have human “wisdom”, but only God has ultimate, unchanging wisdom.  We need to be careful about who we are listening to and what we are believing.  There are so many foolish young people in our generation; as we seek to apply God’s wisdom in our lives we will stand out and be shining brightly for Christ.

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For our activity we did a treasure hunt to remind us how we should be diligently seeking after wisdom.  Unfortunately, I made the treasure hunt too long and we ended our meeting almost 20 minutes later than usual.  The treasure was found by Hannah’s group — dark chocolate kisses and a paper with verses about the value of wisdom.  It was a lot of fun to watch the four teams race against each other and try to solve the riddles to find the treasure.

P1090682Congratulations to Hannah’s team for winning!  May all of you girls seek after God’s wisdom as diligently and eagerly as you did during the treasure hunt!