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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Today in Sunday School

Today’s first lesson was on temples and baseball stadiums.  The writer “stood in awe in Yankee Stadium where Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford all played.”  The writer concludes “As great as it was for me to visit Yankee Standium, the immensity, the enormity of being in the temple in the presence of God is unimaginable and much more moving” (Bill Franz, Upper Room 4/11/11).  Our classroom discussion spanned over several subjects—the grandeur of God; the tendency of our society to have athletic, movie, or rock stars with a dearth of stars in science, medicine, education, or other such creative endeavors—many of which are vital to our health and welfare; the dangers of idolizing others.  For example a local preacher that idolizes mega church preachers may, by trying to immitate them, lose genuiness in his own approach and thus betray his own God given talents. The second lesson began with the following scripture: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases…. The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him” Lamentations 3:22, 25 (NRSV).  Mitch stressed the importance of persistence in seeking the Lord’s will.  The lesson concluded, “God is always patient and available, always with us.”

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