Dear Grace Family,

What does it mean to be a disciple of Christ? What does it mean to follow Christ?

One of the problems today, is that many think that when they become a Christian that they simply add Jesus to their life. In other words, they keep, for the most part, living their lives with Jesus now added into the mix. Oh, they’ve changed a few things perhaps but it’s still their lives and their will and their ways. They listen to Christian radio and speak the language and hang out with Christian friends but is this what Jesus has in mind for His followers?
 
This is not what our Lord calls Christianity. This Sunday, we’re going to look at a text of Scripture that is one of the most challenging passages in the entire Bible. It’s a call for the followers of Christ to love Him and His people more than we love ourselves. It’s a call to examine ourselves and our treasures to see just how we line up. This is a passage that leaves little ground for self-deception. Jesus is pretty clear with His terms to be a disciple.
 
Through the ministry of our Lord He had a "slogan" as He went from city to city. This slogan was repeated over and over for us because we need to be reminded again and again the importance of being a disciple: Whoever keeps his life will lose it but whoever loses his life for Me will save it.

In Christ,
Dennis Whitcher
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Note to Parents

Welcome to Summer Bible Reading Bingo! This is a resource for preschool and elementary children that will help them read their Bible during the summer and stay connected with God. This resource is designed to help children develop a daily quiet time with God that includes reading their Bible and getting to know God through His Word. It will help them learn how to use their Bible, learn more Bible stories, learn more about God, and will also help them with their reading skills.

What does this include?
This resource includes 4 Summer Bible Reading Bingo cards. Each age group (preschool and elementary) has 2 Summer Bible Reading Bingo cards. Each card is meant to last for a month. One month kids will read Old Testament Scriptures and the other month they will read New Testament Scriptures.

Preschool Bingo Cards
In each Bingo square for preschoolers, you will find a title of a story. These titles match the ones found in the Beginner's Bible by Zonderkidz (if you don't own this Bible, you can use any preschool Bible. I have also included the Scripture it comes from in the space as well). Parents will read a Bible story to their child each day.

Elementary Bingo Cards
In each Bingo square for elementary kids (K-5th grade or 5-years - 11-years), you will find a Bible verse and a title that tells what the verses are about. Kids can open their Bibles, find the verses, and read by themselves or with a parent.

How does this work?
The idea is to help children open their Bible every day and read a little about God (or have parents read them one of the Bible stories). Each time they read a Bible story, they will put a sticker on that space (or you can mark through that space with an X). When they have bingoed (which is 5 across, 5 down, or 5 diagonally), they can receive a small prize. At the end of the month, if they have filled up the whole card, they can have a chance to win a bigger prize.

How does my child get prizes?
For each Sunday in June and July, have them bring their Bingo card to church. They can only receive one prize a week. At the end of the month, if they have filled their whole Bingo card, they will be entered into a drawing to win a big prize!

How many Bible stories can they read a day?
They can always read as much of the Bible as they want each day. However, for this game, I suggest only reading one Bible story a day (which means only marking off one Bingo square each day). This is to help children develop a daily quiet time with God and a daily habit of reading His Word.
I pray this resource will help your child find a LOVE of spending time with God and reading His Word. May God bless you and your children as you take time to be with God this summer! 
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