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Pastor Daniel Shares 5 Places To Take Your Kids In The Winter + More!

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It finally got cold here in Louisville this week, although we’re already expecting temperatures to get back into the 50s and 60s shortly. That’s life in the Ohio Valley — you never know what the weather is going to do. But what do you do, when you and the kids want to get out of the house on those cold, wintry days (or even dreary wet days in warm weather?) Here, in no particular order, are five places the Montgomery family likes to visit: read more

The Sojourn Kids staff enjoyed this these other blog post last week too!

  • Pastor Mike Cosper gives us a great recipe for chicken wings: read more
  • Pastor Daniel also helps us to see what there is to love and leave about Lent: read more
  • Pastor Daniel gives a reading plan for stepping into the season of fasting  here as well!
  • Sojourner Mandy Groce posts her latest coloring sheet: read more
  • Jenny Funderburk talks about how to make the best of paid childcare workers: read more
  • My friend, Sam Luce, talks about how theology matters: read more
  • Sam also points leaders to a great contacts app: read more

 photo courtesy of: Megan Lang

Pastor Daniel Montgomery's Sermon on Children

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Proverbs has much to say about raising children skillfully, and this was the topic of this past Sunday's sermon at Sojourn.  Though this message is about parenting, it isn’t just for parents.  Raising children is all about passing on wisdom – and we all need more wisdom so the principles are definitely universal. Listen in as Pastor Daniel Montgomery explores raising children according to the Scriptures – why we discipline our kids, how we discipline our kids, and 5 key lessons all kids (and all people) must learn to live skillfully.  Grab the notes here.

A Generation of Wonder

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I transcribed these words from Sojourn Teaching Pastor, Daniel Montgomery's first Old Testament sermon on "Creation.  It is worth hearing again: Creation is just wonderful.  God’s world is mind-blowing.  We need to be people that step into that wonder and live in that beauty and recognize how beautiful God’s world is.  Next time you enjoy a good conversation, a good meal, a good embrace, or your mind just expands with an amazing idea, recognize that every good and perfect gift comes from the Creator.  It’s his world, and it’s a beautiful, wonderful world.

Monte Swan, in his book Romancing Your Child’s Heart, writes:

Wonder is the essential instrument of the poet, the artist, the scientist, and any other creative thinker.  It incites the mind to organize information, observations, data, and ideas into pattern and form.

We live in a culture that is very cynical.  We live in a culture that is very sarcastic.  And one of the ways we are called to be a counter-culture as a church is to be a people full of wonder.   And the purpose of wonder as you see it from Genesis to Revelation is not for us to say, “Oh my, wow!”  But for us to say, “Oh, my God, you are wonderful.  You are beautiful!"  The purpose of wonder is to drive us to worship God.  Wonder is the prelude to worshiping God.

Look what it says to Job, “Listen to this.  Stop and consider God’s wonders” (Job 37:14).

The prophet Isaiah says, “Lift your eyes and look to the heavens.  Who created all these?” (Isaiah 40:26).

The longer we go as a church, I’m beginning to think more and more about the next generation.  I wish I were more like the pastor Jonathan Edwards.  He would not only think but also pray for generations ahead.  He would pray that they would receive a way of life worthy of the gospel.  And as I begin to think about the next generation, I hope and pray that they are nurtured in the good of the gospel and the gospel way of life in a culture of wonder—not with a bunch of adults who have it all figured out and have all the answers.

It is not that we are not a people of conviction, but my hope is that my children and your children, the children of this church, and the children that are to be, and the people to whom we pass on the gospel will see us as people who hunger for truth, who thirst after righteousness, who seek the face of God and invite others to seek with us.  I want my children to catch a raging passion for God’s word.  I want them to hunger to know more of God and of God’s world, because this is God’s deal.  It is good.

The curiosity and inquisitiveness and asking questions—these are things that my children naturally do.   My children aren’t going around saying, “I’ve got it all figured out.  No, they’re asking questions.  They’re wondering, “What is going on here?  What is going on there?”  When they ask questions, they aren’t asking for a biology lecture, they are asking for me to join them in a pursuit of questioning and asking.   May God grace us with this kind of wonder—wonder that leads us to worship.

"Jesus Rode Dinosaurs" Contest

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If you haven't had a good laugh yet this week, check out Pastor Daniel's latest B.C. blog post.  In honor of our teaching pastor, the SojournKids site will be sponsoring a "Jesus Rode Dinosaurs" contest for the remainder of this month.  Here is what you do. (1) Work with your child (or teenager) and put together an artistic rendering of a Bible character riding a dinosaur.  Maybe it happened.  Maybe it didn't.

(2) Take a digital picture of your child's artwork.

(3) If you blog, post the picture in your blog and link here.

OR

(3) If you don't blog, join the Sojourn Community Church Flickr group and upload your artwork there.

At the end of the month, I'll display some of the best artwork here, and we'll give away a Bible storybook for the top artistic rendering.