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Fortnite – The Best for Kids?

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I do not jump on scary bandwagons, warning about the dangers of any number of new fads very easily.

But I have been watching the Fortnite video game impact for quite a while and have been talking with kids and listening to them. And that tells me it is time to say something.

Parents, please first consider that not every parent wants there kids exposed o this contet. If you choose to let your child participate, please tell them to leave the conversations about it at home.

Concerns:

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What Do We Say About Elections and Politicians and How They Do Not Bring Out the Best in People?

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The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.1 Timothy 2:1-2 MSG

Pastor Ron Pennekamp was recently interviewed by the Lakeland Ledger for an article on church leaders getting involved in politics. He expressed the Lutheran theological concept of the Two Kingdoms.

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Thanksgiving Break | Eagles’ Club

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November 19, 20, 21 | 7:00am – 6:00pm in Athletic Center
Students and Non-SPLS Students are welcome to attend.
Please bring you own lunch; a morning and afternoon snacks will be provided. 
Activities Include:
Tuesday 20th, field trip: 12:15 – 3:15, 2Infinity.

Wednesday 21st, movie, soda, popcorn, chips: 3:15
Jump rope & obstacle course contests. Thanksgiving Scrapbook & crafts. 
Click here for student registration form
Click here for non-student registration form
$4.25 hourly or $25.50 for the day. If advance payment by check is not received we will process through billing system.

We staff according to registrations. No credits and no refunds. Thank you for your help and understanding.

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Why Do We Hurt One Another?

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Good kids. Good families. And yet, hurtful words and actions still happen.

And I wonder, why is it that people do things that intentionally or predictably hurt others?

Why are kids willing to look at a peer and exclude him or her from a seat at lunch or a spot in a recess game?

Why do students, at times, make a conscious choice to make teaching and learning harder for everyone around them?

Why do words of criticism, or anger, or disrespect so easily flow from the mouths of some?

Why do taunting nicknames or slurs get repeated even after the damage they do is obvious?

Biblically, we are fallen people. But many of these kids have faith in Jesus and recognize their sinful nature, the need for repentance, for receiving grace, and God’s call to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

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Hoping for a Fresh Start

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How often to do you verbalize to your child that they can have a fresh start?

A core message of our faith is the truth that God’s grace gives us a fresh start. We are made clean. God separates our sin from us as far as the east is from the west. We confess this truth. But do we allow our children to experience it in real time?

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Lyrics Hit the Mark

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Our student praise band played this song in chapel Wednesday. And even though I have heard it on the radio many times, the clarity of the message in the lyrics struck me as I sang along with the kids.

“Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me
You have been so, so good to me
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me
You have been so, so kind to me”

God has known each child from before they were born and even conceived. Every child, every person, is of great value to God.

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Strange Looks

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I greet kids daily as they arrive at school. On occasion I ask a student how his or her older sibling is doing in high school or college. Almost always I get this strange look. To me, it says, “Why would I know anything about my sibling?”

I have always felt it was sad that kids could live in the same house day after day and know absolutely zero about what is going on in the other’s life.

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Bible Stories Build Up

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Have you ever overheard a parent saying, “God does not like it when you do that. He is mad at you. You had better watch out!” I have. And it drives me crazy. The Bible is never meant to be just a tool that strikes fear into the heart of people to change their behavior. It is never meant to be a tool to manipulate, or intimidate.

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Home and School Conversations

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Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Philippians 4:8 English Standard Version (ESV)

Parents make their own choices about what is allowed in their homes.

  • Some parents allow children to watch movies or programs on television or streaming services that are recommended for older audiences.
  • Some parents facilitate younger children playing video games recommended for teens or older.
  • Some parents circumvent rules established by apps by allowing the child to falsify their age.

 

These are all parent decisions.

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Identity

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Mrs. Boyd was in the hospital recently. One thing she noticed right away was that she was asked at every turn for her name and her birthdate. Over eight days it was well over fifty times she was asked. They clearly wanted to make sure they were treating the correct person. They wanted her identity to be confirmed.

But does her name and birthdate really tell you who she is? Of course, you would need to know her to really know who she is. A great mother to four boys. An amazingly creative and accomplished teacher. A dedicated woman of faith.

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