Lesson 1 Providing brightness in the lives of others regardless of out

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Lesson 1 confronts us full-faced with the expectation that we control our fears, our frustrations, our discouragement, and our self-centered self-pity. That these may be there is a fact; whether or not we give in is a choice. Other need to see the light of Christ, the hope that is within us, the strength and compassion available to the believer, and the process of sharing all the comfort and help shown us to any and all who are also in need of support, a kind word, and the gentle application of truth. Singing in the prison of troubles... do we sing and reach to brighten the darkness? or do we give in and just fade out and die in the night?

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Providing brightness in the lives of others regardless of outward conditions. :

Providing brightness in the lives of others regardless of outward conditions.  Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, & the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Character Sketches, Vol. 2 IBLP, 1978, pages 228-239 Information also drawn from Character First! Business Character Bulletin No. 3-2, various Character Councils, & other websites Overview

Who Am I?:

Who Am I? In Nature… Stays in one area almost all its life Bright, cheery song all winter Mostly an insect eater, likes bees & spiders From Scripture… Two men on a mission Saw trials as confirmation of their faith Sang anyway

The black-capped chickadee:

The black-capped chickadee Parus poecile atricapillus Poecile (many-colored, variegated) atricapillus (black-capped, black hair) A member of the Titmouse ( Parus ) family (from the Old Icelandic word  titr = something small; a corruption of Old English mase  = small bird; Parus , Latin, meaning titmouse)

A homebody bird…:

A homebody bird… It takes over old tree holes & constantly cleans the nest During breeding & nesting it is VERY territorial In winter it puffs its feathers for warmth It sings to keep the flock together & to warn others of danger https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvJagVJxLtw short, decent, good on sounds

The Joy of the Chickadee… & a song:

The Joy of the Chickadee… & a song *a clear & engaging communication *a brightness in the dead of winter *a small creature with huge impact when things look bleak Eccl 9:7 Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, & drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works. Prov 15:15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

How did a song change a life?:

How did a song change a life? *How could Paul & Silas sing when the outlook was so bleak? * Why didn’t Paul & Silas escape when they had the chance? *How did God bless their prison experience?

Notice the order…:

Notice the order… Acts 16:25 And at midnight Paul & Silas prayed, & sang praises unto God: & the prisoners heard them.

If we choose to sing in our night, we will be the light in someone else’s darkness…:

If we choose to sing in our night, we will be the light in someone else’s darkness…

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