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Teach me to pray

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Oftentimes, prayer seems like an expression of pains and sorrows to God.

When I face pains or are in need, I would be drawn to the Lord’s Prayer to help me focus.

The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) is a holistic prayer that tells us about who God is and his promises and our need to depend on Him.

There are many ways to teach children this model of prayer. Here is one fun and colorful tool that can enhance the children’s conversation with God.

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Sky blue: Our Father who art in heaven,

Pearly white: Hallowed (holy) is Your name,

Purple:  Your kingdom come, Your will be done

Green: On earth as it is in heaven.

Yellow: Give us this day our daily bread.

Red: Forgive us our debts (sins), as we also have forgiven our debtors (those who sinned against us).

Orange: And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.

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I need 300 sets of these prayer key chains for a mission project.

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Thanks to these children for helping me assembled them together with much enthusiasm.

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Teach me to pray —

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Through gathering the suggested colorful beads for the Lord’s Prayer, the children learn the valuable prayer in communicating with our Father who art in Heaven.

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God bless

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I was given this gift with the creative 3-in-1 Chinese character.

This single authentic word is a combination of 3 chinese characters —

神 祝福 “shén zhù fú” meaning “God bless” or “God richest blessing upon us”.

The origin of this piece of art is a seal/stamp carved by a local artist from Sanctity Art Workshop Co. The artist underwent a major surgery and was hospitalized for two months. While in the hospital, he had a vision of a spectacular image of a traditional seal with the above unique Chinese character. Without hesitation, he carved out the special wording while recuperating in the hospital bed.

Since it’s Chinese New Year this week, I’ll add this piece of artwork to enhance the festive deco.

Here’s a great link to learn more about the auspicious Chinese character 福 ‘Fu’

It’s time to gather a bible verse and coin for red packets for the Sunday School Children.

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Taking pictures with the church twins!

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More twins

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Free as the wind

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I was introduced to a song, titled “Free as the Wind”.

The phrase reminds me of a painting my artist friend did on my award winning photo.

In the artist’s strokes, one could see the wind rustling playfully, gustily, and oh so care-freely among the flowers of the field.

“Free as the Wind”, I think it’s a lovely title for the painting!

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The Story of the Magi

12th Day of CHRISTmas

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Today is Epiphany Sunday.

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Epiphany, in layman’s term, is the day that commemorates the Magi who came to visit the Child Jesus.   The divine encounter is recorded in Matthew 2:1-12.

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I am always fascinated by the story of the Magi.

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So today I am exploring this captivating Christmas story with the children.

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I wonder why God put this special story in the Bible for us to read.

I wonder what caused the Magi to bow down and worship the Child Jesus.

I wonder why the Magi gave such precious treasures to the Child Jesus.

I wonder what precious and eternal treasure has God given us.

I wonder what precious gift can we offer back to God.

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A few grade 3 boys wanted to outdo what the Magi gave, so they unanimously agree to give Jesus diamonds!

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From Matthew 2, we journeyed down to Matthew 22 and offer to God our “thumbs of love”!

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“Love the Lord your God with all your heart,
and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)

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For God so LOVED the world that He GAVE His one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

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And that “concludes” my 12-day of Christmas Reflection!

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Comical Christmas

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Thespian Taylor is one of our Sunday School children; he is indeed one cutie comical commentator!

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2-year-old children are known for their “terrible two” behaviors, such as being demanding or throwing temper tantrums.

It is noted that the Child Jesus was around two years old when the Magi from the east came to visit Him; Imagine how the Child behave in His “terrible two” stage.

Here’s a witty tale of the imaginative divine encounter of the Child Jesus and the Three Fools :p

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Star Songs

9th day of CHRISTmas

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Twinkle twinkle little star;

How I wonder what you are?

Up above the world so high;

Like a diamond in the sky!

Twinkle twinkle little star;

How I wonder what you are?

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Star of wonder, Star of night;

Star with royal beauty bright

Westward leading, still proceeding;

Guide us to thy Perfect Light!

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How fun it is to paint the stars,

munching the sweet and the colorful;

And wonder if the songs on the lambent star could be…

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Jesus, our Bright and Morning Star! (Revelation 22:16)

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Go tell it on the mountain

8th Day of CHRISTmas

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Happy New Year; Happy AD 2014!

AD = Anno Domini (from Latin meaning “in the year of our Lord”)

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Go tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go tell it on the mountain
that Jesus Christ is Lord

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It has been our tradition, during the Christmastide, to have the children continue reflecting on and telling the Christmas story to each other.

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