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Unchained

cross-training“Paul replied, ‘Short time or long—I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.’”(Acts 26:29)

Shackles.

Unwieldy things. Heavy. Noisy. They don’t go with anything, yet Paul wore these less than lovely accessories for over four years. Look at the final verse of Acts:

“Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about

the Lord Jesus Christ.”(Acts 28:31)

Boldly, clinking and clanking with every step, yet without hindrance.

Are you dragging some chains? Demands at work? Demands at home? A wounded heart? How about the kids? Oh, kids wear chains too. Sticks and stones may break bones, but words can cause internal bleeding and sometimes, chains. Chains like:

Anxiety over tests and grades

Sibling rivalry

Body or image issues

But look at Paul. Boldly. Without hindrance. In spite of his chains.

Paul’s God was bigger. So big, the chains were overshadowed and forgotten.

God’s bigger than our chains too. Look past the chains and focus on Him. Allow the shackles to dwindle in the light of His Presence. Be bold. All things are possible.

Questions:

What chains are you dragging? Worry, pressure, hurt feelings, insecurity?

How have they hindered you? What have you been afraid to do because of ___________?

Paul is arrested in Acts 21. Skim through Acts 21-28. Look at Paul’s physical situation and contrast it to his spiritual state.

Bring your chains to Jesus and ask for help in overcoming them. Keep a journal over the next several days and weeks. Record His response.

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Gayle’s Gable

 Jerry Spinelli handles the touchy subject of peer pressure in his novel, Wringer. Most boys look forward to their tenth birthday. For Palmer LaRue, just thinking about turning ten makes his stomach hurt. In his town of Waymer, a peculiar rite of passage marks a boy’s tenth birthday and Palmer wants no part of it. Peer pressure silences Palmer, but the calendar keeps turning and his birthday is coming. Join Palmer in his struggle to stand his ground and to follow his heart.

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Gayle’s Gable

Five gifts for his birthday: seaweed, a whistle, a metal brooch, a broken horse, and his sister’s scarf. A cloud hangs over him as he remembers his sister, Bethan, who disappeared four years ago on this very day. Yet, Gwyn’s grandmother, Nain, informs him it is time to give his gifts to the wind and to find out if he is a magician.

Is he a magician?

Can he find his sister?

Join Gwyn in his search  in Jenny Nimmo’s Snow Spider. The Snow Spider is Book One of The Magician Trilogy.

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Gayle’s Gable

Milo is bored. He is bored at school. He is bored at home—until a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room. Author Norton Juster fills The Phantom Tollbooth with clever wordplay and whimsical characters like Tock, the watchdog (literally), and the Spelling Bee, S-p-e-l-l-i-n-g B-e-e. You find this book “Beyond Expectations.”

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Gayle’s Gable

 If you thought Willy Wonka crafted some cool candy, you’ll be amazed at what Mrs. White can do. However, her magical candy comes at a price. Fablehaven author, Brandon Mull, treats us to a deliciously dangerous mystery in The Candy Shop War. Four friends are caught in the crossfire of a war between magicians as these magical candy makers search for an ancient treasure.

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Gayle’s Gable

Among the Hidden steps forward as the first book of Margaret Peterson Haddix’s the Shadow Children sequence. In a future society that permits only two children per family, Luke is a third. Confined to the house, he lives the life of the hidden only to discover he is not alone. Will Luke join the other shadow children in their quest for freedom, or will his fear of the Population Police keep him “among the hidden”?

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Gayle’s Gable

Preteens and middle school students will enjoy Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick. Sonnenblick strikes a balance between laugh out loud humor and the harsh reality of life’s curve balls. Don’t miss this one.

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