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Sherwood’s Story BY RON BEARD


Sherwood and his close friend Mikey were talking about how much fun they had during their Christmas vacation. Everything was special, all the decorations, the special services at church, gifts, parties, family reunions, everything!


Sherwood said, “December has got to be the best month of all, even if you have to wait for it all year. Mikey said, “No, you are wrong! January has to be the best month of all because it is the first one every year. It’s important to be first. I want to be first all the time.”


Sherwood said “I don’t understand.” Mikey explained,” I want to be first in line, be- cause then you probably get the best of everything and you beat everybody. I want to be the first one picked for everything because it means I am the best.”


Sherwood said, “That’s what’s wrong Mikey. You may be good but being chosen first doesn’t mean you are the best and besides if you act that way people may not like you and will make fun of you!”


Mikey said “What? That doesn’t sound fair. I want to be the best and I want every- one to know it.”


Sherwood told him that he needed to try to be humble and not always think about being first in everything. Mikey said, “Who says you need to be humble?” Sher- wood pointed out that the Bible says we need be better than always wanting to be the best and then wanting everyone to know it! In the book of I Peter, the Bible says, “Likewise you that are younger be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”


“Wow” said Mikey, “I really don’t want God to oppose me. So, it can’t be that important to me to always be first. And since I want God’s grace on me, I need to try to be the best I can be and not worry about being first and certainly not brag about myself but be humble instead.”


By Mary Drew Bult


“Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” – 1 John 4:11


The beginning of the year is a wonderful time to be thinking about love, especially with Valentine’s Day right around the corner. Think about God’s love for a moment. He gave up His only Son so that you could live forever with Him. He loves you more than any- body else could. That’s a lot of love!


God’s love should make us want to Love him! Loving Him will make us want to love each other. Think of the people you love. You probably picture your family and friends first; that’s great.


However, God wants us to love everybody, even the people who are hard to love. He even wants us to love our enemies. I’m sure that we all know someone who is hard to love. Maybe it’s someone at school who isn’t kind. Maybe it’s even a brother, sister, or cousin.


You may be thinking, “What? How am I supposed to love them?” The good news: God’s going to help you! He’ll be by your side ev- ery second. So take a minute right now and pray. Pray for your en- emies and ask God to give you strength to love them. Remember, he loves you very much!


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Winter Wonderland Sketches #1 Cup of Cocoa


The Associate Reformed Presbyterian


Learn to draw these adorable winter pictures. Follow the steps to draw a cup of cocoa, a snowman, and a snowflake.


Extra Ideas: Add extra details and experiment with your own ideas to make your sketches original. Feel free to color them any way you like. These pictures are perfect for handmade greeting cards.


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