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SplashZone Sunday

Text: Proverbs 4:12-13 NLT:

12 When you walk, you won’t be held back; when you run, you won’t stumble.13 Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go.
Guard them, for they are the key to life.

This was the verse drilled into the "SplashZone" campers this week. What a powerful investment in their lives:

Kids, in a world in crisis that you're pretty much shielded from, here's your future:

Vss. 12-13: 12 When you walk, you won’t be held back; when you run, you won’t stumble.13 Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go. Guard them, for they are the key to life.

Parents, grandparents, mentors, teachers, and church members:
You're not getting a whole lot of positive reinforcement these days. But I want to instill in you these few minutes:

Vss. 12-13: 12 When you walk, you won’t be held back; when you run, you won’t stumble.13 Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go. Guard them, for they are the key to life.


"Be Present"
First, let me tell you that you don't have to be perfect, just present.
Here's why:

  • 4 out of 10 kids will live without their fathers. But we step in as a church because that doesn't have to define them.

  • 80% of 10-year-old girls worry about not being thin enough

  • 2 out of 10 girls will be sexually abused

  • 1 in 10 girls will start cutting by age 12. 1 out of 10 will be sexually active.

  • 5 in 10 girls will be sexually active by 18

  • Suicides peak in 10th grade.

  • Be there. Just show up. I know there are the experts who say showing up isn't enough. You've got to do these 10 things well.

1) Your kid has to be involved in every sport…

2) Your kid has to wear the latest styles and expensive clothes…

3) Your kid has to excel in all their endeavors, and you parents, and you, you sorry, grandparents, have to make it happen!

4) Be there! Be present. You are on the front lines. You are their best chance.


Let Others Help
Second, you don't have to do it all, let others help.

1) Our girls

  • We lived away from our families.

  • Some of you become their family

  • Ms. Shirley who just showed up

  • S.S. teachers and Kid's Church workers

  • Sometimes frilly dresses just showed up making them and us feel special.

  • Youth leaders who spent time praying with them, crying with them and celebrating with them.

  • The hardest 2 days for us was taking them to Lee University, 500 miles away and leaving them there. We knew things would never be the same again. Yet in a strange sort of way, over time things became better. Achievements. Living out their dreams. Getting married. 5 grandchildren.

  • But I remember, months before they left for college - Jennifer and Pauline, and then Andrea and Pauline, started packing. They gathered their own Walmart. My job was to get it into our car and to Tennessee.

  • Truth is, we were always packing their suitcases. It’s our job to pack their suitcases.

  • Our kids will fill them with things for their journey. It's our job to fill them with things like family, integrity, a life based on God's word, importance of family, and respect for others and our country.

  • For you new parents, maybe it would be a good thing to place a suitcase next to the baby bed as a reminder that the next 18 years will go by ever so quickly.

2) Here's what I want you to know, you don't have to pack their bags alone. Let us help you.

  • Kids-Students-Young Adult Ministries

  • We have some amazing folks here who are gifted beyond measure pouring into our kids. And every time they pray with them, teach them a Bible verse, give them Goldfish to eat, and every story they tell and bend down to tie their shoes or comfort them when they cry - they are - we are showing them they can trust us and our God, and Church is a good place to be.

Now tell me, where else are they going to get that?

And tell me, what are you packing into their suitcases?


Altar Service:

There are a lot of priorities vying for our commitment. Many of them are really good. But the greatest thing we can ever do for our children is raise them in church, sharing our wonderful God and faith. Please don't take this lightly or leave it to chance.



Worship Set


My Savior Lives

- Jon Egan and Glenn Packiam 

Verse 1 

Our God will reign forever
And all the world will know His name
Ev'ryone together
Sing the song of the redeemed 

Chorus 1 

I know that my Redeemer lives
And now I stand on what He did
My Savior my Savior lives
Ev'ry day a brand new chance to say
Jesus You are the only way
My Savior my Savior lives 

Verse 2 

The King has come from Heaven
And darkness trembles at His name
Victory forever Is the song of the redeemed 

Misc 1 (Bridge) 

My Savior lives
My Savior lives
My Savior lives


Your Great Name 

- Michael Neale and Krissy Nordhoff 

Verse 1 

Lost are saved find their way
At the sound of Your great Name
All condemned feel no shame
At the sound of Your great Name
Ev'ry fear has no place
At the sound of Your great Name
The enemy he has to leave
At the sound of Your great Name 

Chorus 1 

Jesus worthy is the Lamb that was slain for us
The Son of God and man You are high and lifted up
And all the world will praise
Your great Name 

Verse 2 

All the weak find their strength
At the sound of Your great Name
Hungry souls receive grace
At the sound of Your great Name
The fatherless find their rest
At the sound of Your great Name
The sick are healed the dead are raised
At the sound of Your great Name 

Misc 1 (Bridge) 

Redeemer my Healer
Lord Almighty
Defender my Savior
You are my King (REPEAT) 

Misc 2 (Bridge) 

Sing the Name of Jesus
We worship the Name of Jesus
We bow before Jesus
There is no other Name but Jesus


Worthy Is The Lamb (Hillsong Version) 

- Darlene Zschech 

Verse 1 

Thank You for the cross Lord
Thank You for the price You paid
Bearing all my sin and shame
In love You came and gave amazing grace 

Verse 2 

Thank You for this love Lord
Thank You for the nail-pierced hands
Washed me in Your cleansing flow
Now all I know Your forgiveness and embrace 

Chorus 1 

Worthy is the Lamb seated on the throne
Crown You now with many crowns
You reign victorious High and lifted up
Jesus Son of God
The Darling of heaven crucified
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb 

Misc 1 (Vamp) 

Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb 

Misc 2 (Ending) 

The Darling of heaven crucified


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