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*Galactic Starveyors* 2017 VBS Team

Are you a Metro Life Church member wanting to join the fun of VBS this year? We'd love to add you to our team! ...

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10 Things You Need to Know about VBS: Deep Sea Discovery

We are SO excited to have your kids join us as we learn that GOD IS WITH ME WHEREVER I GO. Please read through this post as it will help you know what to expect next week related to check-in, daily routines of camp, special details for Friday and our special presentation for families...

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Truth Quest Update: Jesus Gave the Great Commission

Jesus gave all who follow Him a great and important job. It is an honor to share about Him! We can share the Good News about His life, death, and resurrection so that they, too, might know and follow Him! Think about the people you will come into contact with today. Who might need you to tell them about Jesus or to bring hope to a hard situation? Talk with them today. ...

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Truth Quest Update: Jesus Served Breakfast by the Sea

Jesus’ disciples had denied knowing Him and ran away when Jesus was arrested. Even though they had not stood by Jesus during that time, Jesus showed as He served the disciples breakfast that He loved them and that through His sacrifice, He has made all things right again. Jesus still wanted to use them in God’s plan, even though they had messed up. Ask kids to talk abo...

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Truth Quest Update: Jesus Appeared to the Disciples

After Jesus was raised from the dead, He appeared to more than 500 people! Jesus’ resurrection is proof that God was pleased with His sacrifice and had granted pardon to any who love and trust in Him. Jesus is alive today! Ask kids if they would have a hard believing that someone had seen Jesus after His crucifixion if they had been in Jerusalem that day. Ask them what t...

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Truth Quest Update: The Emmaus Disciples

In Luke 24:13-35, Jesus met two men on the road to Emmaus. This was after His resurrection, but the men did not recognize Him. They were reading Scripture, and Jesus helped them understand that all Scripture tells about Him! After Adam and Eve sinned, God began working out His plan to send Jesus to rescue people from sin. The Old Testament points forward to Jesus’ life, ...

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Truth Quest Update: The Widow's Gift

In our Bible story this week, a poor widow gave the two copper coins to worship God (Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4). She made a huge sacrifice to worship Him! Jesus has given us the greatest gift. Jesus gave up everything He had in heaven to come to earth and save us from our sins. Jesus gave up His own life, dying on the cross in our place. When you know and love Jesus, you ...

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Truth Quest Update: Jesus Cleansed the Temple

This week we learned about Jesus cleansing the temple (Matthew 21:12-17; Mark 11:15-19; Luke 19:45-48). Jesus was angry when He found people misusing the temple by selling items unfairly. The temple was the place that people went to meet with God. When Jesus died on the cross as the final payment for sin, He removed the need to go to a temple to meet with God. Now, God’s...

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Truth Quest Update: 5 things you need to know for our new Check-In procedures

Parents - this Sunday begins our use of electronic single point of entry check-in for Truth Quest, our children's ministry. We wanted to make sure you had all of the information that you need so we gathered the 5 most important things you need to know for this week....

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Truth Quest Update: Jesus Was Anointed

This week, we talked about Mary anointing Jesus with oil from an alabaster jar (Matthew 26:5-13; Mark 14:3-9; John 12:1-8). Pouring the very expensive oil on Jesus was not a waste; it was worship. Talk with your kids about ways they can worship God this week. Emphasize that they can worship God any time. They might worship Him by working hard at a sports practice, through ...

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Truth Quest Update: Jesus' Crucifixion & Resurrection

The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus is the center of the gospel. The entirety of our faith hinges upon it as the truth. We deserve to die because of our sin, but Jesus died in our place. He was the blood sacrifice made once and for all for the forgiveness of sin. God was pleased with Jesus’ sacrifice and raised Jesus from the dead to reign as King over all creation...

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Truth Quest Update: The Triumphal Entry

Jesus entered Jerusalem, which ultimately began His march toward the cross. Jesus’ entry was triumphant, and people welcomed Him as they would welcome a king. Jesus was the King, not like an earthly king who might deliver his people from oppression, but the King of all, who would deliver His people from sin! Do you live your life with Jesus as the King of all? Who do you...

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Truth Quest Update: The Last Supper

At the Last Supper, we see Jesus as a picture of the One who came not to be served, but to serve. He kneeled before His disciples to wash their feet, which was a job that the most lowly servant in a household would do. Jesus showed His love for His disciples, and even washed the feet of Judas, who would soon betray Him. Jesus didn’t just die for His friends or for people...

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Truth Quest: Parable of the Talents

“Well done, good and faithful servant!” Every believer, as a servant of Christ, has the task of serving God with his or her life. We eagerly wait for the day we can share in the joy of our Master. Heaven is the joy of knowing, worshiping, and enjoying Jesus forever....

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Truth Quest Update: Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus

Lazarus was saved by faith, but the rich man was consumed by his wealth. He devoted his life to living in luxury, and he did not love God or other people. Those who receive salvation from Jesus have changed hearts; they treasure Jesus above any earthly treasure. Getting into heaven has nothing to do with who you know, what you wear, or what you do. Entering into heaven req...

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Truth Quest Update: Parable of the Faithful Servant

In the parable of the faithful servant, the master is Jesus. Jesus gives believers the responsibility of caring for His world and sharing the gospel. No one knows the exact time Jesus will return to earth. We must always be ready. When Jesus returns, those who faithfully work for Him will be rewarded, but those who do not will be punished....

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Truth Quest Update: Parable of the Wedding Feast

Salvation is a free gift. We can’t earn our way into heaven. Jesus did all the work when He died for our sins on the cross. The parable of the wedding feast reminds us that we need to be clothed in Christ's righteousness. Jesus invites us to join Him in heaven - the great wedding feast. When we receive His invitation, Jesus gets us ready by clothing us in His righteousne...

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Truth Quest Update: Parable of the Vineyard Workers

Like the vineyard owner and his wealth, God is free to share His grace as He desires. Does God act fairly in saving people who have not followed Him their entire lives? The reward - eternal life - is God’s grace to those who believe, whether they believe at the first or at the last. Jesus’ parable teaches about God’s grace. God is generous, and He loves us. We deserv...

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Truth Quest Update: Jesus Has Power Over Death

Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. Jesus interrupted Lazarus’s funeral knowing His would soon follow. When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He showed that He has power over death. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Jesus died on the cross for our sin and rose from the dead. He gives eternal life to those who trust in Him....

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Truth Quest Update: Jesus Has Power Over Evil

Jesus has power over evil. Only Jesus had the strength to control the man with the evil spirits. Jesus used His power to free the man. He has power over everything. Jesus came to earth to destroy the Devil by dying on the cross. One day, Jesus will end evil forever....

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Truth Quest Update: Jesus Has Power Over Sickness

The prophet Isaiah wrote that the promised Messiah would open the eyes of people who were blind. (Isaiah 35:5; 42:7) He was here! Jesus was the promised Messiah. Even if we are not physically blind, we are sinners. In our need, we can cry out like Bartimaeus, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Sinners can’t see the truth about God until Jesus opens our eyes and saves ...

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Truth Quest Update: Jesus Has the Power to Provide

Jesus’ didn’t intend to only meet the people’s physical needs. He came to satisfy their spiritual needs as well. By feeding the five thousand, Jesus provided for the physical needs of the crowd. The next day, Jesus called Himself the bread of life. (John 6:35) Only Jesus is able to satisfy our souls by providing forgiveness, friendship with God, and eternal life....

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Truth Quest Update: Jesus Has Power Over Creation

Who is this man? the disciples wondered. Jesus' disciples knew Jesus was a good man and a good teacher. When Jesus calmed the wind and the waves, He showed His disciples that He is also God. God rules the sea and stills its waves. (See Job 12:15; 28:25; Ps. 33:7; 89:9; 107:25-30; Amos 4:13.) ...

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Truth Quest Update: Jesus Was Born

The birth of Jesus was good news! Jesus was not an ordinary baby. He is God's Son, sent to earth from heaven. The purpose of Jesus' birth was twofold: to bring glory to God and to make peace between God and those who trusted in Jesus' death and resurrection to provide salvation. Jesus came into the world to save people from their sins and to be our King....

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Truth Quest Update: Angels Spoke to Mary & Joseph

The announcement of Jesus' birth is not the beginning of the gospel; God had been planning for this moment since before the beginning of time. (See Eph. 1:3-10.) The baby Jesus fulfilled Isaiah's prophecy, as well as other prophecies of the coming Savior throughout the Old Testament. Through His life, death, and resurrection, Jesus fulfilled God's plan of redemption that G...

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Truth Quest Update: Prophets Told About Jesus' Birth

The prophets Isaiah and Micah spoke specifically of the Messiah’s birth. Isaiah told King Ahaz “The virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel” (Isa. 7:14). Micah named the specific town"Bethlehem"in which Jesus would be born. (Mic. 5:2) God’s plan to save people from sin and death was not a secret plan. God used the prophets to give...

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Truth Quest Update: Advent Readings for Children

Advent - a time of expectation and anticipation. This is a great tool for Advent Readings with our children using the Jesus Storybook Bible. ...

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Truth Quest Update: Giving Thanks

1 Chronicles 16:34 says, "Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good..." We are a blessed people and have so much for which to be thankful. ...

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Truth Quest Update: Three Parables

What does it mean to be lost? In Luke 15, Jesus told three parables to the crowd of tax collectors, sinners, Pharisees, and scribes. Jesus’ teaching brought gospel truth to the tax collectors and sinners - those whose unrighteousness separated them from God - and to the Pharisees and scribes - those whose relied on their own righteous efforts for salvation. A shephe...

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Truth Quest Update: Parable of the Sower

The parable of the sower had a deeper meaning. It contained a lesson about God’s Word and the responses of those who hear it. Jesus’ lesson still holds true today. Not everyone believes the truth about Jesus. Some don’t understand it, some believe in Jesus for selfish reasons, and some only want part of Jesus because they love other things more. But th...

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Truth Quest Update: The Sermon on the Mount

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught about a righteousness that comes from the inside. God’s people had the law of Moses, but some of them - the Pharisees, in particular - were concerned mostly with the appearance of being righteous. The scribes and Pharisees looked righteous on the outside, but Jesus taught His disciples about a righteousness that comes from th...

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Truth Quest Update: Jesus Healed a Man's Hand

Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath, meaning that He has control. But Jesus hadn’t come to get rid of the Sabbath; He wanted to remind the people that God intended for the Sabbath to be a blessing to His people, a day of rest from their hard work. By healing on the Sabbath, Jesus showed that God’s laws were meant to help people, not to hurt them. Jesus acted in ...

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Truth Quest Update: Four Friends Helped

Jesus asked the Pharisees, “Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?” Simply saying, “Your sins are forgiven,” seems to be the easier thing, but to actually forgive sins is harder, something only God can do. The man who was paralyzed needed to be healed. Jesus knew this and did someth...

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Truth Quest Update: Jesus Cleansed a Leper

A man with leprosy approached Jesus and fell down before Him. “If You are willing, You can make me clean,” he said to Jesus. The man’s words were more of a truthful declaration than a request. He clearly trusted in Jesus’ power to heal people, and he longed to be healed himself. Jesus reached out and touched the man. “I am willing,”...

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Truth Quest Update: Jesus Healed Peter's Mother-in-Law

The prophet Isaiah wrote that the promised Messiah would bear our sickness and carry our pain. Jesus fulfilled this prophecy as He healed people. Sickness exists because the world is broken by sin. One day, when Jesus returns, there will be no more sickness because Jesus dealt with sin on the cross. Jesus’ healings brought a glimpse into the kingdom of God, the worl...

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Truth Quest Update: Children's Christmas Musical

We are excited to announce that we are putting together a Children's Christmas Musical this year. Emily Morgan and Melanie Santamaria have graciously volunteered their time and talents to lead our children in song as they proclaim the birth of our Savior. ...

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Truth Quest Update: Jesus Drove Out Evil Spirits

Among Jesus’ healing miracles, Jesus drove out demons, or evil spirits, who are enemies of God. When Jesus was preaching at the synagogue in Capernaum, an evil spirit began to shout through a man. Jesus commanded the spirit to be quiet, and He drove the demon out of the man. Jesus is the King who has come to make all things right. By commanding the evil spirit to co...

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Truth Quest Update: Jesus Healed an Official's Son

Jesus’ miracles are one of the main ways God brought people to faith in Him. The official wanted Jesus to save his son from death, and it was not until Jesus did so that he understood who Jesus is: the promised Messiah. It took faith for the official to believe Jesus’ words - that his son was healed. In healing the official’s son, Jesus showed His auth...

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Truth Quest Update: Rejection at Nazareth

Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah wrote about God’s plan to send a Messiah. He would bring good news and redeem people who were broken and hurting. Jesus read Isaiah’s words and told everyone who was listening that He is the promised Messiah. Jesus had performed miracles in Capernaum, and the people of Nazareth wanted Jesus to do mi...

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Truth Quest Update: Jesus Met a Samaritan Woman

Jesus broke down social barriers when He traveled to Galilee by way of Samaria and asked a Samaritan woman for a drink. Jesus was kind to the woman, and He offered the woman something no one else could give her - "living water. He wasn’t talking about water that she could physically drink; Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit who would satisfy her spiritual thir...

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Promotion Sunday - 9/7

Quick update regarding Promotion Sunday....

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Truth Quest Update: Jesus and John the Baptist

John the Baptist had told people to get ready for Jesus, the promised Messiah. Now that Jesus was there, John’s mission was complete. John the Baptist joyfully stepped aside as Jesus began His earthly ministry. Jesus’ earthly ministry had begun, and He would obediently do God’s will to bring salvation to sinners. ...

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Truth Quest Update: Jesus Met Nicodemus

Every person is born a sinner. It is by God’s Spirit - "not our own effort" - that we are born again. Without Jesus, we are spiritually dead. Sin separates us from God. When people believe in Christ and are "born again," they receive new life and become God's children. Jesus offers new life to those who trust in Him for salvation. Nicodemus was part of an exclusive...

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Truth Quest Update: Jesus Called Disciples

Rather than waiting for students to come to Him, Jesus sought out His disciples among the people who followed Him. He approached these ordinary men and said, “Follow Me.” The Twelve - Peter; James, son of Zebedee; John; Andrew; Philip; Bartholomew; Matthew; Thomas; James, son of Alphaeus; Thaddaeus; Simon; and Judas - spent time with Jesus during His ministry. ...

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Truth Quest Update: Jesus Was Tempted

The Devil’s aim was to get Jesus to sin, to disqualify Him from the role of sinless Savior. Jesus did not give in to temptation. Each time Jesus was tempted, He remembered God’s Word. Our high priest - Jesus - can sympathize with our weaknesses. Jesus was tempted, but He never sinned. Jesus is perfect and righteous. A perfect sacrifice was required to take aw...

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Truth Quest Update: Jesus Was Baptized

Jesus came from Galilee to be baptized by John in the Jordan River. Wait a second. John was calling people to a baptism of repentance. Sinners need repentance, but Jesus never sinned. (See Heb. 4:15; 2 Cor. 5:21.) So why did Jesus come to be baptized? Jesus answered John, “Allow it for now, because this is the way for us to fulfill all righteousness” (Matt. 3:1...

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Truth Quest Update: Jesus at the Temple

Mary and Joseph did not understand why Jesus stayed in the temple after the Passover feast. The teachers of the law did not understand how a 12 year old boy could show such insight into Scripture. Jesus wasn’t just Mary and Joseph’s son, He is God’s Son. Jesus went to the temple to worship. He is God’s Son, and He came to do God’s work. J...

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Truth Quest Update: Jesus Was Dedicated

While Mary and Joseph were at the temple, God graciously revealed to a man named Simeon and a woman named Anna that Jesus was the One - the promised Messiah they had been waiting for. Imagine their joy! Throughout the Old Testament, God promised the arrival of a king who would redeem God's people. When Jesus arrived, Simeon and Anna knew He was the promised Messiah. Today,...

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Truth Quest Update: Jesus Was Born

The Bible says Mary wondered about all of the events of Jesus’ birth and treasured them in her heart. Do you think the shepherds may have done the same? The birth of Jesus was good news! Jesus was not an ordinary baby. He is God’s Son, sent to earth from heaven. Jesus came into the world to save people from their sins and to be their King....

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