Thank You

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6)

 

Our VBS was a success; once again we have completed five lessons over a four day period for our Vacation Bible School. Our VBS this year was very well attended, with many kids and a large number of adults for every session.  There are so many things pieces which must fall into place to make a Vacation Bible School successful, and because of the work of all of you, the pieces fell where they were needed.

Paul reminds parents to “bring them (children) up in the admonition of the Lord” (Eph 6:4). The idea is that parents, you have the responsibility to train your children in all of God’s ways, and to admonish them or teach your children the statutes and commandments of God.  Moses speaks to the children of Israel, and specifically to those who are parents, and reminds them of their obligation to teach the scriptures “diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up” (Deut 6:7). The idea is that God’s word should always be taught, and taught at all times, in all your actions, and it should be done diligently, or with much effort.  That word diligent is very important for this reason.

The Hebrew writer said that God is a “rewarder to those who diligently seek him” (Heb 11:6). God is not far from each of us (Acts 17:27), but God expects us to search the scriptures, to apply effort, and to diligently seek Him in all we do. How do we make that practical for each of us? Diligently seeking God, diligently teaching the scriptures to our children, bringing them up in the admonition of the Lord, and training a child in the way they should go takes effort. According to Solomon the effort will help to ensure that the child does not depart from it, that they “diligently” seek God, and that the seeds are planted for many generations to come.

What good can come from five days of Bible School? I know a few things, for those who were here: you taught your children and other children what your priorities are, and what theirs should be. For those who assisted, you helped teach these children the scriptures and learn the word of God to build upon.  Thank you to each parent who ensured that your child was here each night for our VBS. And thank you to each person who helped decorate, teach class, set up refreshments, do crafts, play games, and spend time with our children. I can never say enough what a privilege it is to work with so many wonderful children, and so many wonderful Christians, week in and week out.

 

Ande Z

Events:
July 21-26 – BCC 8th Session
August 2-3 – SEC @ Faulkner University