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  1. Out of the War Zone and Into Peace

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    Out of the War Zone and Into Peace by Steele Croswhite of The Rock Church

    Hey, Parents –

    You guys are heroes. You are involved in the greatest work of your life and your kids are so blessed to have you as their mom and dad. I mean it!

    I’m not sure about you, but sometimes it seems like my children’s favorite words to each other are things like, “Stop it!”, “That’s mine!” or “NO!”

    How many times have we heard this?

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    If you are anything like me, those words (at times) can almost become like background noise and are easy to ignore. We can tend to think to ourselves, “They’ll work it out.” or “At least they’re not crying.” or “They’re just kids.”

    All that to say (like me), I know you want your children to get along with one another and to one day grow into loving adults who care for one each other.

    We have a couple of sayings in my house that seem to help a little with this “all-too- familiar” conflict.

    1. “Your family is your best friend.”
    2. “If you can’t play with each other nicely, then you can’t play with other friends.”
    3. “Your closest neighbor is your brother and sister.”
    4. “Older brothers and sisters protect, NOT pester.”

    I know it seems silly, but over time, it starts to work into their little minds and hearts.

    The desire for my kids to love and care for one another as they grow is not something that “just comes” naturally or easily. It takes work, practice, time, and prayer.

    Against my tired flesh, it takes me being willing to stand up (again) and calling those little warriors out of that war zone and into peace.

    I’ll say, “God calls us to speak kindly to one another and to care for one another. Let’s try it again. How should we talk to each other?”

    When the oldest child says, “But he’s too small and doesn’t play what I want to play!” then I have to say again, “Then play what HE wants to play.”

    It takes me telling my daughter to play “bad guy” with him and likewise, telling my son to “play baby” with her.

    It takes us sitting down as a family to “practice” kind speech. Talking about what the “right” and “wrong” way to speak to one another looks like.

    Parents, don’t give into the “all-too-easy” desire to let “your kids work it out.” There is a time for that, no doubt. But, in the younger years especially, you need to jump in there. Be willing to stand as a reminder to them, that there is a circle of blessing God invites them to walk in.

    Remind them again and again that they were born (out of all the people in the whole world) into YOUR family. That is truly something to fight for and rejoice in.

    Next time you hear your little people scream at one another… take a breath, smile, and bring them into peace.

    In the war zone with you,

    Steele

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  2. Easter Week

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    Easter at The Rock Church, Celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

    It’s Easter Week. The week we celebrate our Savior. The week we remember His sacrifice on the cross for our sins. The week we remember His mighty triumph over sin and death. With Easter upon us, I’ve been contemplating the Resurrection.

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    The Resurrection is central to Christianity. It sets us apart from other religions. Most every religion has a central figure, but only in Christianity do we find the power to conquer death, the power to live again.

    And that is where we, as Christians, find hope.

    We have hope for eternal life with our Savior. We have hope that we will one day be reunited with our loved ones who have passed from this temporal life into eternity. We have hope that one day every tear will be wiped away, there will be no more sadness or sorrow. We have hope that one day we will be in the presence of the One who loved us enough to die for us.

    Life is full of losses and pain. We are told in John 16:33 that we will have trouble in this world. But, Christ follows that up with the promise that we can have hope because He has overcome the world!

    I don’t know what you are facing this beautiful upcoming Easter weekend. I don’t know if you are dealing with your sin or the sin of someone else. I don’t know if you are facing betrayal or hurt or pain. I don’t know if you feel like you are dead. But, I do know that the One who died on a cross many years ago for your sins, has the power to resurrect you to a full and abundant life right here on this earth.

    Don’t give up! Life is available to all who seek Jesus!

    Happy Resurrection Week!

    Please join us at one of our five services happening at our three locations!

    • Friday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. at our West location
    • Saturday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. at our Salt Lake City location
    • Sunday, March 27 at 7:30 a.m. (Sunrise Service on the North Lawn), 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. at our Draper location

    Hope to see you there!

    Bill Young

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  3. Unbelief

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    Unbelief, A Word from Pastor Tony D'Amico

    “And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” Mark 9:23-24

    This verse is about Jesus healing the boy with the unclean spirit. The father of the boy knew that Jesus and His disciples were doing some pretty incredible things, so he decided to take his son to the disciples for help. They were not able to cast out the evil spirit. Jesus, in His love, then came and asked the man what he was looking for? The man asked for compassion and help for his son.

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    What struck me about this story was the vulnerability of that man — his unbelief was so visible. He didn’t act as if he knew everything or had all of the answers. He wasn’t proud about what he thought he knew. Instead, his response was “I believe, help my unbelief!” He confessed that he had some faith but also recognized his spiritual weakness. He appealed to Jesus to create in him a heart that truly believed.

    As we go through our daily walks with Christ, we need to remember this man’s example. We need to pray as he did. James 4:2 says, “You do not have because you do not ask God”. How often do we express our unbelief to our Father? It’s natural to have doubts, but those are the times that we need to cry out to Jesus! Our pride can get in the way, however. We want others to think that “we have it all together” or that we don’t ever have unbelief in our lives. The truth is, when we come to Jesus with an honest, open heart (expressing exactly how we are feeling), He will guide us along the right path.

    We can learn a good deal from the man in the verses above (about his vulnerability to express his unbelief to Jesus). When we come to the times of unbelief in our lives, we need to call out to our Father in prayer. He can and will help us get through those times. Take some time today and ask God to help you increase your faith.

    Crying out to the Father –

    Tony

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