October 17-18, 2020
Following God’s Rules - The Narrow Path
The Red Letter Teachings of the Bible are our compass through life. All the lessons we have learned so far, help us show others how to live the life God wants for us. He shows us how to love one another, let our light shine, live healthy, accept others, and give of ourselves. Our purpose is show the world hope, healing and deliverance! We are to show the world Jesus through the way we live daily.
Matthew 7:13-14 - “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
Following God is like playing Simon Says
When God says something, you should do it. When your parents say something, pretend you are playing Simon Says!
Kids should obey right away
Just like in the game, when Simon says what to do, you have to do it right away. This is how obedience works, too. Don’t hesitate or make excuses. Just choose to obey.
Kids should obey all the way
In the game, you have to do exactly what Simon says or you’re out. It works the same way with God. Don’t do it half way. Do exactly what he asks. No shortcuts!
Now there are two paths we can take as Christians, the broad or the narrow. You have to decide which one you are taking? The easy way in life or the life God designed for you.
We have to discipline ourselves for this life. It starts with watching what we do. Sometimes we make a mistake. That is okay, we ask for forgiveness and learn from the mistake. God knows that following Him will not always be easy, but the reward is awesome!
1. What are the two paths in God’s Kingdom? (easy or God’s plan for your life)
2. What’s your favorite board or card game to play and why? What happens when you don’t follow the rules of the game?
3. How is following God like playing Simon Says?
4. Why is obeying right away important? What can happen if we don’t?
5. Why is obeying all the way different than obeying only part of the way?
Psalm 32:8 – “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”
In this series, we are learning about our choices and how we choose to live our lives. This week, make a list of three people you want to share about your relationship with God. Then go talk to them and invite them to come to church with you. If not, keep talking to them, you never know what will happen in the future!
October 10-11, 2020
Let your Light Shine - Jesus
At the age of 12, Jesus was busy being a light to the world! Let’s imagine being Jesus, 12 years old on a trip with his parents, Mary and Joseph, to celebrate the Passover. They had travelled from Nazareth to the town of Jerusalem for the “Feast of Passover”.
Passover is a joyous festival that was a time to celebrate Israel’s deliverance from bondage in Egypt.
Imagine walking old dirt roads 147.2 km on foot in the hot sun, this would take several hours to travel on foot. In today’s world this journey by car would take 1 hour and 44 minutes, MUCH quicker than in Jesus “on foot” time.
Now imagine your favorite party and tables lined with food. I imagine back in Jesus times there were tents lined up for miles, after all this was a BIG celebration!! Hundreds of people all celebrating the same thing, the deliverance from bondage in Egypt. When the feast is all over it’s time to return home to Nazareth.
Jesus had a THIRST for KNOWLEDGE. And God granted him great WISDOM !
After 3 days of searching they had found Jesus in the temple court, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
Everyone who heard Jesus was amazed at his understanding and his answers. Jesus had a THIRST for KNOWLEDGE. And God granted him great WISDOM. Jesus not only grew in size, but he grew in WISDOM!
Having a thirst for knowledge and seeking to know more about God and sharing God’s love with others are all ways of being a light to the World! If we don’t have the knowledge about God, how can we use Wisdom when making our decisions?
Discussion Question & Answer
Question 1: How did Jesus let his light shine in this story?
Answer: By Obeying His Father In Heaven, By having a thirst for knowledge and learning and talking about His Heavenly father with others.
Question 2: What feast/celebration was Mary, Joseph, and Jesus attending?
Answer: The Feast of the Passover
Question 3: Jesus was how old at the time of the feast?
Question 4: In what town was the feast?
Question 5: Why did Jesus linger behind in Jerusalem?
Answer : He was listening to teachers/scholars, asking questions.
Matthew 5:14-15 (NIV)
“Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.”
This week pray and seek God to ask Him to help you discover how to fulfill the purpose He has for your life! Find someone in your life (parents, grandparents, aunt/uncle, etc.) and ask them to talk with you about their journey in life to fulfill their purpose that they believe God has for them and some things they have done this week or this year to let their light shine for God !
October 3-4, 2020
Let Your Light Shine - Job
Have you ever heard of a man named Job? Well, Job was a very rich man, who had many animals, a large family and many blessings.
It is very easy to praise, honor, and love God when we feel and see blessings around us in our lives. But, it can be harder to feel like praising God if we don’t have some things in our life that we wish we had or if some things that we that we enjoyed are taken away.
We have been talking about many different people throughout the bible who let their lights shine for God in different ways.
When God tells us to honor and obey him, we must. One way is to honor and praise him in the good times and bad. He is still our Lord and will always take
care of us, when times seem very hard and nothing looks good. When we are loyal and trust God, God will bless us beyond anything we can ever imagine!!
Job was a righteous man that God spoke of very highly. Well, Satan became jealous of Job. One day, Satan told God that Job only praised God because of his blessings and if he took those blessings away then Job would say bad things about God and not love, honor and trust Him. But, God believed in Job and knew that Job would be loyal. Well, God knew that Job would be loyal and have patience no matter what trial or storm came his way. So to prove Satan wrong, God allowed many things to be taken from Job, such as his family, animals, and wealth. Through everything Job lost, Job continued to praise, love, trust and honor God. One day Job became sick and Jobs’ friends came to visit Job. They told Job, he must have sinned to cause this sickness. Job did not understand why this was happening and questioned God as to why he had to suffer, but God sent a friend to help remind him of God’s mercy and then God even spoke to Job personally and reminded Job that he could trust Him. And Job understood what God was telling him and continued to praise God despite his circumstances. Later on God restored all of Job’s blessings and doubled his blessings from before because of Jobs’ endurance and patience. Job was faithful to God through everything! Job was loyal.
Discussion Question & Answer
Question 1: How was Job loyal to God in the story?
Answer: Job still trusted and believed that God would take care of him through adversity or the bad times in life.
Question 2: What does loyalty mean?
Answer: Loyalty means being faithful to another person through the good and bad times. When you are loyal people around you will trust you and have faith in you.
Question 3: So in the story of Job, How was Job faithful or loyal?
Answer: He praised and trusted God through the Good times and the bad times. God knew that even though he had allowed the blessing he had given Job to be taken away, Job would still trust and honor God!
Matthew 5:16 (NIV)
"In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."
Find ways to practice being patient this week and to praise God even when you have a bad day. Next week tell us one way you showed patience during the week to earn 50 points!
september 26-27, 2020
Let Your LIght Shine - Noah
Have you ever seen a rainbow? What does it mean? A long time ago a man named Noah, was given a message from God. Noah was faithful to God and listened to what God asked of him and then God made a promise to Noah. While you are watching the video, let’s think about how Noah was letting his light shine for God.
Noah was loyal to God and kept his word. When he told God he would build the ark, he finished the job! God could rely on Noah to do the job! God trusted that Noah could do it. Noah was Faithful!!!
When God gives us a command He expects us to listen to Him. Noah shows his faithfulness to God by building the ark. Then God rewarded Noah with a promise in the form of a rainbow. Rainbows are a promise from God and God always keeps his promise.
When we trust God, He will keep His promises to us and will bless us beyond anything you could ever imagine.
What does the word Faithful mean?
To be Faithful means to loyally follow (in Noah’s case he loyally followed God). To be Faithful means to keep your promises and do what you are supposed to do. To be faithful means you can be trusted, depended on, and relied upon to do the right thing.
What is a Synonym for Faithful?
Do you know what a Synonym is? No, it’s not the spice that makes things taste good. It is a word that means the same thing as another word. There are many words that we could use that also mean Faithful (in other words, a Synonym). These words include reliable, dependable, loyal, and trustworthy.
Who was Noah and what did he do?
He was a man chosen to build an ark.
What does a rainbow mean?
It is a promise from God, He will never flood the Earth again .
Discussion Question & Answer
Question 1: What did God tell Noah to do?
Answer: He told him to build an ark.
Question 2: How did God do after the flood was over?
Answer: He sent a promise to the world through a rain
Question 3: What would you have done if you were Noah?
Answer: Listen to God.
Question 4: Who was on the ark with Noah?
Answer: His wife, three sons and their wives and two of every animal on the Earth.
Matthew 5:15 (NIV)
"Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house."
Remember what Noah did in his life. He prayed daily. He also listened to what God said. Noah was faithful and followed God’s direction. We also must remember to listen to our parents and other adults such as teachers. This week when your parents ask something of you, do the task without complaining. Try to go ONE WHOLE DAY without complaining. Discuss with your parents how difficult (or easy) it was to complete this mission.
september 19-20, 2020
Let Your LIght Shine - Daniel
We are all called to be a light in this world to share God’s Word when everything seems dark.
So, just what is a lighthouse? A lighthouse’s job is to guide lost ships and keep them safe until it is light outside. We are like lighthouses. We are guiding our friends and families through the world of darkness to the light of Jesus. We are a light in the world! We must let our lights shine for all to see! This week we are working on showing self-discipline (that’s a big word that we will learn about in a minute).
Jewish people are God’s chosen people. God chose them many years ago. Their goal was to go out and share the word of God with the whole world.
Definition of Self-Discipline : Making yourself DO what you know you should do when you should do it even if you don’t feel like it .
1. Eating the right foods and exercising to stay healthy
2. Doing our homework and studying so we can do well in school.
3. Going out of our way to take the time to do kind acts for others because we know we will feel good about ourselves and help others.
4. Reading God’s Word so we know how to live our lives.
Daniel was a man who was a slave. He worked for the king because he could interpret information from God!
Discuss ways you can be like Daniel in school, home and with friends?
· Keeping up with our homework and studying so we can get good grades and later on in life get a good job.
· Clean up after ourselves at lunch or at home even though we would rather just leave a mess because it is easier
· Not following the crowd and doing what everyone is doing just because it looks or sounds like fun if we know it would be a bad choice
Discussion Question & Answer
Question 1: Who was Daniel?
Answer: Daniel was a man who was a slave. He worked for the king because he could interpret information from God!
Question 2: What happened to Daniel?
Answer: Daniel was thrown into the Lion’s Den because he disobeyed the law, but Obeyed God by only worshiping the one and only God.
Question 3: What are some ways we can be like Daniel?
Answer: Answers may vary.
Question 4. What ways can you use self-discipline at school, home, church, the store, or with friends?
Answer: Answers may vary.
Question 5. How did Daniel let his light shine?
Answer: By believing, praying and worshiping God. God will always protect us through trouble in our journeys
Matthew 5:14 (NIV)
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden."
This week create a schedule for the week. Sit down with your parents and create the schedule. Make sure to include prayer and reading your bible. See if you can follow the schedule for one day. Bring in the schedule with a parent signature. Did you reach your goal one day? Two days? Sometimes we all have very busy lives and say we will read our bibles or pray later. Remember, God is very important and we need to pray and listen to God every day!
2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."
september 12-13, 2020
Let Your LIght Shine - Esther
We are all called to be a light in this world to share God’s Word when everything seems dark.
So, just what is a lighthouse? A lighthouse’s job is to guide lost ships and keep them safe until it is light outside. We are like lighthouses. We are guiding our friends and families through the world of darkness to the light of Jesus. We are a light in the world! We must let our lights shine for all to see! This week we are working on showing integrity (that’s a big word that we will learn about in a minute).
Jewish people are God’s chosen people. God chose them many years ago. Their goal was to go out and share the word of God with the whole world.
Definition of integrity – Doing the right thing when no one is watching (patience, honesty, responsibility, dependability, accountability, caring, goodness.
1. Going back inside to pay for something when you realize it did not show up on the receipt.
2. Keeping plans with your friend when something else you want to do better comes up.
3. Not jumping on the beds in your house even though you know your mom isn’t there to see you.
How did Esther show integrity?
Esther went to the King even though she would have been killed if the King was not pleased with her coming to him without an invitation. She asked the king to save her people even though Haman had this evil plan to kill all of God’s people, aka the Jewish people.
How did Esther let her Light Shine for God?
She went to the King even though she would have been killed. She talked the king into saving the Jewish people.
Discussion Question & Answer
Question 1: Who was Esther?
Answer: Esther was the Queen.
Question 2: What did Esther do?
Answer: Saved the Jewish people by going to the king to plead her case to save them.
Question 3: What did Esther ask her brother to do?
Answer: She asked he to tell all the Jewish people to Pray for her and the Jewish people.
Question 4: If you saw a person being bullied?
Answer: Tell an adult or stand up to the bully.
Question 5: What would you do if you heard someone start a rumor?
Answer: Tell the person who started the rumor to stop or explain to person why rumors are not a good idea. Do not participate or repeat the rumor.
Question 6: What would you do if you knew your neighbor was older and you saw someone destroying their lawn?
Answer: Tell an adult.
Question 7: Your friends want to go out late one night and your parents said to stay home, what would you do?
Answer: Don’t go and text (or call) your parents to come pick you up or go with them.
Matthew 5:14 (NIV)
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden."
This week talk with your parents. What are ways you can show integrity? Write out a list of ways you can show kindness toward others in your community, at home, or at school and help one individual who is in need of help this week.
september 5-6, 2020
Mary Magdalene and thankfulnes
-Mary Magdalene was the closest woman friend Jesus had.
-Jesus cast 7 demons out of her shortly after they met.
-Mary Magdalene was the first person to see the resurrected Jesus and speak to him.
-Mary Magdalene used her experiences to share the Gospel and serve others.
What is Gratitude/Thankfulness?
When people receive a thank you and some true gratitude for something they have done, they want to do more. To thank people is to empower them. A similar principle holds true with God. If you remember to thank Him, He feels good about it!
"Soon afterward, Jesus began a ministry tour throughout the country, visiting cities and villages to announce the wonderful news of God’s kingdom realm. His twelve disciples traveled with him and also a number of women who had been healed of many illnesses under his ministry and set free from demonic power. Jesus had cast out seven demons from one woman. Her name was Mary Magdalene, for she was from the village of Magdala. (a village near the Sea of Galilee) Among the women were Susanna and Joanna, the wife of Chusa, who managed King Herod’s household. Many other women who supported Jesus’ ministry from their own personal finances also traveled with him. "
Isn’t it amazing that someone who was demon possessed later became an active servant of Jesus and the disciples?! Mary had quite a testimony, and her commitment to the Lord continued after Christ’s resurrection.
She stayed near him even though many others had abandoned him, she risked her own life by being associated with him.” It must have been hard for Mary to continue her service even though it was unpopular and caused her immense grief. God doesn’t want us to fear worldly consequences for our faith. Mary shows us that even though struggles and sadness come into our lives, we can trust that God is still in control and we can continue serving.
Mary Magdalene was a normal person just like you and me, yet Jesus used her to spread the gospel and serve other believers. God also wants to use us to spread the good news of Christ’s victory over death.
I Chronicles 16:34 – “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.”
1. Complete the Gratitude/Thankfulness worksheet.
2. Write down three things you are thankful for.
August 22-23, 2020 |
Apostle Paul and Prayerfulness
Who was the Apostle Paul?
-Paul was born with the Jewish name Saul. He was born in Tarsus, a city in northern Israel.
-Paul was trained in tent making and also in Jewish scholarship.
-Paul wrote 13 epistles in the New Testament.
-Paul was converted and called by Jesus on the road to Damascus where he was blinded for three days.
-Prior to his conversion, Paul was actively involved in the stoning of the first martyr for Jesus, Stephen.
Why is it important to talk with God?
-Prayer involves speaking and listening. Prayer is more than a list of requests; it is conversation with God; use the Lord’s Prayer as a spine or outline.
-When we pray, we are in the presence of God. It is a very special time, a time to be humble and to listen with all our hearts to God’s guidance. Before we pray we should clear our minds and focus on God.
Why is it important to talk with God?
1. God wants us to know Him.
2. God really does answer prayer.
3. God loves us through prayer.
4. We love God through prayer.
Paul and Silas were traveling around teaching people about Jesus. Some people didn’t like the message that Paul and Silas were teaching. They didn’t know who Jesus was and they didn’t care to know him, either. A mob of people decided to turn on Paul and Silas and threw them into jail. The jailer in charge was told not to let them out. This was the start of the bad day. But Paul and Silas didn’t let jail bring them down. In fact, they started singing songs to God while they sat in their cell chained up! Then, all of a sudden, an earthquake occurred breaking the chains off all the prisoners and the doors to the jail cells opened up. This was the start of the good day! Now, Paul and Silas could’ve run out of jail to freedom but they didn’t. They stayed to share Jesus with the jailer. He and all his family ended up putting their trust in Jesus! So, remember, sometimes a bad day can turn out to be a good day.
Psalm 5:3 (NIV) - LORD, in the morning you hear my voice. In the morning I pray to you. I wait for you in hope.
· Paul and Silas were thrown in prison. Acts 16:22-23
· Paul and Silas sang in prison. Acts 16:25
· God made an earthquake break all the chains. Acts 16:26
· The jailer’s whole family became Christians. Acts 16:31-3
August 15-16 , 2020 | COURAGEOUS Peter
Who was the Apostle Peter?
-Peter was the first disciple to confess Jesus as the Messiah.
-Peter denied Jesus three times during his trial but was forgiven after the resurrection.
-Peter gave the first sermon to several thousand visitors in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost.
-Peter wrote two books in the New Testament – 1 and 2 Peter.
-Peter was married, though his wife is not named in the Bible. Jesus laid hands on his mother-in-law to heal her of a fever.
Courage is being brave in the face of fear and doing what needs to be done even when it is really hard are both examples of courage.
Children need courage when they:
· Try new things even if they are scared, like learning to ride a bike or entering a new social situation.
· Keep trying to master a new skill even when they are frustrated or other children laugh at their attempts.
· Do the ‘right’ thing in difficult situations, like standing up for another child who is being bullied.
· Admit to mistakes, like owning up to breaking a neighbor’s window while playing ball and then apologizing and offering to help clean up and pay for the damage.
The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Saddu-cees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. 2 They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. 3 They seized Peter and John and, because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day.
Joshua 1:7 – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
1. Complete the "Courageous Worksheet"!
August 8-9 , 2020 | Apostle John & Love
♡John was raised by a father who owned a prosperous fishing business in Galilee.
♡John was still a teenager when he became a disciple of Jesus.
♡John was a disciple of John the Baptist before Jesus.
♡John was one of Jesus’ three favorite disciples, present at the raising of a young dead girl and at the transfiguration.
♡John, the Apostle, was also known as the beloved disciple of the disciple Jesus loved. He is an example of someone who lived with a simple, but deep love for Jesus. He encouraged all believers to love Jesus and love one another.
♡John wrote the Gospel of John, Revelations and the three books of John in the New Testament.
♡John was the only recorded disciple at the crucifixion, where Jesus asked him to take care of his mother.
♡ God never stops loving His children. He may be disappointed and correct them, but He will never forsake them.
♡ God’s love is bigger and better than our human love. Our love only wants to extend itself to those we find easy to love, like family members and friends. God’s love will extend to those who are not easy to love and who are not acting loving toward us.
John Wrote About Love
(Taken from 1st John)
Jesus Christ, God’s Son, lived on this earth. I have seen Him, heard Him, and touched Him with my own hands. I have experienced a great deal of joy in knowing Jesus, and
I want you to have that same joy. God sent Jesus to live among us because He loves us. God even calls us His own children. Because God loves us, He wants us to love other people. Children, God does not want us to just say that we love Him; He wants us to show that love. Do you know how we can do that? We show our love for God by living as Jesus lived. If we see someone who needs something like clothes or food or a warm place to stay, we should help that person get what he or she needs. We show our love for God by helping other people. Another way we show our love for God is by
obeying His commands. In all that we do we should try to please God. Remember to pray, dear children, because God hears us when we pray. Always put God first in your hearts
I John 4:7 (NIV) –
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”
1. Complete the "Love Worksheet" 50 points
2. Show an act of Love at home for a family member or friend (example: vacuuming for Mom and Dad or helping a sibling clean their room) 50 points
August 1-2 , 2020 | Ahab & Anger
Ahab was the son of the evil King Omri, and he was the 7th King of Israel. He was known as one of the most evil Kings in the history of Israel.
Ahab married Jezebel who was a pagan (she worshiped the false god Baal) and one of the most evil women in history.
He tried to come against the Prophet Elijah numerous times but was never able to kill him.
He built a temple in Samaria so the people could worship Baal.
King Ahab was a wicked king. Ahab married a Sidonian woman. She was not a Jewish woman. God told His people that they should not marry women who do not worship the One, True God. The woman that Ahab married was named Jezebel. Jezebel had not been taught in her home to worship Jehovah God, but she had been taught that Baal was her god. Baal was a stone god that the people worshiped. They offered their infant children as sacrifices to their god. Baal was not a god; anyone who worshiped Baal was worshiping Satan himself.
King Ahab who never should have married Jezebel in the first place brings her into his family and makes her his wife. As the leader of his family he should have never allowed her to bring her Baal worship into their home. But since he didn’t make a good first choice and married a woman who didn’t love God, he made a second bad choice and allowed her to worship Baal in their house.
-Anger is a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility.
-A very important lesson is faith first, facts second and feelings third.
-All of us get angry, but we have a choice to control our anger.
- James 1:19 (NIV) - "...Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to be-come angry. "
Make a few good choices when anger sneaks up on you this week!
July 25-26 , 2020 | Jezebel & Anger
Jezebel had a great deal of influence over other people. She incited Ahab, lied, threatened the men of the city to sin, got others to do her dirty work, and ultimately had a man killed to please her husband.
Elijah, God’s prophet must have been sad because of the evil influence that Ahab and Jezebel were having on God’s people. Do you think Jezebel’s evil influence stayed in the palace? No, it didn’t. The people of Israel began to follow their leader’s example and many people in Israel began to worship Baal. We cannot miss this important point. This was a terrible sin! God told the Jewish people in the 10 commandments that they were to have no other gods besides Him. God was their God. They had no need for any pretend gods. The bad influence of Ahab and Jezebel affected the Jewish people and many people sinned as a result.
We must choose carefully those whom we spend a lot of time with. Our friends, will influence not only our lives, but the lives of those around us as well.
• Jezebel was a princess and the daughter of a king.
• She was raised to worship idols (Baal) instead of God
• She married King Ahab, the 7th King of Israel, who became more evil because of her influence.
• She was known as the most evil queen of Israel
• She put many prophets to death and built idols in Israel to lure people away from God.
• Anger is a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility.
• A very important lesson is faith first, facts second and feelings third.
• All of us get angry, but we have a choice to control our anger.
• Anger is like a BALLOON! Sometimes when we get angry, we stuff our feelings inside. Just like when we overfill a balloon, when our feelings become overfilled we may P-O-P!
• Instead of EXPLODING, let your feelings out slowly.
•••••••••••••••• Cain was ANGRY ••••••••••••••••
After Adam and Eve sinned, the Bible tells us in Genesis 4 that God gave Adam and Eve two sons. The first born, Cain, became a farmer. The second born, Abel, was a shepherd. Each son brought a sacrifice to the Lord. Cain brought some of his harvest, and Abel brought the firstborn of his flock. God saw the heart behind each offering, and God liked Abel’s sacrifice (and heart) more.
Cain was angry. He didn’t want God to tell him what to give. Cain wanted to decide for himself. His anger wasn’t good because it came from his pride and was selfish. Cain was jealous of Abel, and he was mad at God. The Lord warned Cain that his selfish anger was dangerous. But, Cain didn’t listen to God. He was still angry. So, one day, when he was in the field with Abel, Cain let his anger rule, and he killed his brother. Immediately, Cain wanted to hide his sin and Abel’s death.
When God asked Cain where Abel was, Cain pretended not to know but God already knew that Cain killed Abel. Sin can’t be hidden from God because He knows all things.
When God saw Cain’s sin, He was sad because He knew sin’s cost. Cain’s sin had to be punished so God sent Cain away from His presence. Cain was sad to leave God. Cain’s sin led to being sent away from enjoying fellowship with God.
"Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. "
James 1:19 (NIV)
Complete the Anger Worksheet
July 18-19 , 2020 | King Solomon was wise
What is Wisdom/Discernment?
Discernment means being able to tell good from bad. Having the ability to judge well. You should practice discernment when you choose friends, when you follow others and when you make life choices. When you pray for discernment, it will help you build a strong conscience.
Wisdom comes from God. Wisdom is not just knowledge. It’s knowing how to make good choices based on learning and experiences. God is the greatest and best source of wisdom!
A lot of people think wisdom and knowledge are the same thing, but they are not! Knowledge is how much stuff you know. Do you know who our first president was? Do you know what five times five equals? Do you know what pronouns are?
Wisdom is knowing what to do with your knowledge. Wisdom is making good choices based on what you know. Wisdom is knowing to do the right thing - and doing it! We aren’t born with wisdom. It’s something we gain through experience and teaching.
•••••••••••• Who was Solomon? ••••••••••••
King Solomon was the son of King David. He wanted to be a good king like his father, and he wanted to please the Lord. Solomon showed his desire to do the right thing by the sacrifices he made to the Lord. When the Lord offered to give Solomon anything he desired, Solomon chose wisdom.
Solomon could have chosen wealth, power, just about anything. So why wisdom? Because Solomon wanted to be a good king. He wanted to rule his people honestly,
fairly, and justly. Solomon knew he couldn’t do it alone, so he asked God to give him the wisdom he needed to be a good king.
Solomon’s wisdom served him well. His people trusted his judgment because they saw his wisdom in action. Other world leaders and rulers trusted Solomon and sought him out, hoping to learn from him. God also blessed Solomon with great wealth, greater than any king before or after him in Israel.
While none of us may ever achieve the fame of King Solomon, we can all tap into the same source of wisdom Solomon used. God gave us his Word, the Bible, so we could learn what his plans are for our lives. By learning what God has to say, we can make better choices. We do the right thing, when everyone else makes the wrong choice. We treat others fairly. We choose honesty over dishonesty.
Something else happens when we seek God’s wisdom. We become known as wise people. People know they can trust us. They trust our judgment and will ask for our ad-vice. They will see the fair and loving way we treat others. Most important, they will see Jesus in our lives.
God wants us to ask for wisdom. He wants us to choose wisdom and make good choices with our lives. God wants to use us to show other people that he is the source of all wisdom. It all starts with asking God to give us that gift that he gave to Solomon.
Ask God to make you wise. Ask for wisdom. Seek his wisdom in the Bible. It’s the first wise choice of many in a lifetime of living by God’s wisdom.
• Solomon was the son of David • He served as the third King of Israel • He was considered to be the wisest man in the world •
•He built the first Temple in Jerusalem • Solomon prayed for wisdom above anything else •
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction." Proverbs 1:7 (NIV)
Ask God to make you wise. Ask for wisdom. Complete the Wisdom/Discernment Worksheet!
July 11-12 , 2020 | the faith of david
•He was the second King of Israel and was known as the greatest King of Israel.
•He wrote more than 70 of the Psalms.
•He was known as a man after God’s own heart.
•He was a musician.
"Faith is confidence is what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." - Hebrews 11:1
Write down three Bible Characters who you believe showed faith and write down how you think they showed faith. Complete the Faith Worksheet and earn and extra 50 points.
We can have Faith in God. We don’t see Him, but we still trust and know He is there. David had faith. He fought the giant Goliath as a teenager and he won! He ran from Saul for 17 years. He had so much faith, he made into the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11! Verse 38 says, “the world was not worthy of them.” That’s how much confidence they had in God. God turned their weakness into strength.
July 5, 2020 | happy independence day!
June 27-28, 2020 | You are important!
Hello boys and girls! Today, we’ll be talking about… YOU! That’s, right. You! Do you know that you are very important to God? That God greatly loves and values you? Songs about God loving children are not just songs. They are biblical truths. The Bible says that God loves YOU and that you matter a whole lot to Him. Let’s talk about that today.
Matthew 19 – Bring to me the little children
Matthew 19 retells the event when Jesus was among a large crowd of people one day. He was teaching and ministering to so many people. He was very, very busy; and so, when somebody thought of bringing the children over to Him so He can talk with them and bless them, the disciples shunned the children away. But the Lord Jesus said, “Leave the children alone, and don’t try to keep them from coming to Me, because the kingdom of heaven is made up of people like this.” And Jesus laid His hands on those kids before He left the crowd.
Did you know that with God, the adults talking and working are not the only important people He pays attention to? He also takes notice of the young. He helps them, enables them, and uses them to achieve important things for Him.
The Bible says God was with David the whole time He was in the field tending to sheep. God kept young David safe and strong when he had to face a scary, fierce lion out there. The Bible also says that God chose David to be king while he was still very young. Historians estimate his age of anointing from between 10 to 15 years of age. That’s quite young!
In 1 Samuel 3, the Bible also talks about how one night, God called and spoke with a still very young Samuel while He was living and serving in the temple. In those days God’s Word and revelation were very rare. God did not speak nor make direct contact during those times. But He thought it important to reach out to Samuel and tell him what was on His [God’s] mind.
Matthew 18:10 – Their angels in heaven
In Matthew 18:10, Jesus reminds and commands the disciples never to disregard young children. He says there, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” Do you know what that means? That means God has specifically commissioned or tasked angels to look after you? These angels are responsible for your care and welfare and regularly present themselves to God for accountability, or shall we say, to do some sort of reporting with regards to you
God is never to busy for your prayers!
Today, I just want to let you know that God will never be too busy for you children. His full attention is focused on you day and night. You can come to Him in prayer at all times, meaning, you can talk to Him at any time for whatever reason. You don’t need to wait for a super important reason or an emergency need before you ask help from God. God is concerned about you. He won’t ever shun you away or dismiss whatever you’ll be saying. He will listen to every word and He will watch over you and look over your ways at all times.
Lastly, let me remind you that you are never too young to be used for God’s glory. God has a plan for your life and He is thinking of all the special ways you can do great works for Him and for the people around you. Be available for Him and let Him strengthen you to do good and be good wherever you are.
You matter to God. You are important to Him. He loves you and He can’t wait to partner with you and accomplish great things for your family, school, church, and more!
“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me.'" Matthew 19:14
God has a plan for your life and He is thinking of all the special ways you can do great works for Him and for the people around you. Do something this week that shows others you love them and they are important to God!
June 20-21, 2020
Listening To God, Receive the Spirit’s Power
The Holy Spirit will transform you. This means He will live in you. He encourages you to share your life with Him as well as allow Him to use your life to share His word to others. We talked previously about the Great Commission, and how Jesus told us as his disciples to go and make more disciples through all the nations!
How does this work? How can I share my life with Jesus and the Holy Spirit?
First, we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. When we do this, we become a disciple, or follower, of Jesus!
Next, we begin to build our friendship with Him. We do this through spending time with Him, praying, reading His word, and worshiping Him!
Then, we ask for the Holy Spirit to fill us. God gave us the Holy Spirit to help us through our lives and remind us of His love for us.
Finally, through all of this, God allows Himself to be shown through our actions in our daily lives. When we listen to God, and let the Holy Spirit guide us, our actions represent God and His love!
We become witnesses for God in our actions. Think about a time you were really excited about something. Didn’t you want to go out and tell other people about it? When we are excited and passionate about something, we want to share it with others.
Sometimes we share our love for God even if we will be picked on or made fun of…because you will be sharing what God has done for you! Think of everything God has given you: food, clothing, a home, and family! He gives us so much because He loves us!
Remember we are to show others how to live in the world as Jesus told us. If we are living like Jesus, then others will want to be like us and have what we have. As a witness for Jesus, we are telling people with our words and show-ing them with our actions Jesus’s love. It is a big responsibility, but God trusts us to do it well, because He has given us all the help we need! We are never alone, and can always ask God to help us become the best witness we can for Him.
"For we cannot help telling what we have seen and heard. " Acts 4:20
1. How do we build our friendship with God? (Spending time with God by Praying, Reading the Bible, Worship God)
2. Who did God give to guide us? (The Holy Spirit)
3. Should we share or keep quiet about Jesus? (We should tell everyone about Jesus!)
This week, think about how our actions show God’s love for us. Come up with one way you can show God’s love to someone else and do it. Be prepared to share this next week!
June 13-14, 2020 | Listening to God- week 5
Having a strong relationship with God means we will be able to hear what He is saying to us easier! God talks to us about everything in our lives. We must have a listening ear, a believing heart and a working will. Remember, listening to God doesn’t mean to just hear what He is saying, but believing it and putting it into action!
When we stop talking to God, we stop walking with God. If you stopped talking to your friend at school, you would grow apart. You wouldn’t really know them anymore! The awesome thing about God is that He will never, ever stop loving us, even if we don’t talk to Him for a long time. However, it will be hard for us to know His will for us if we don’t get to know Him first! Through our prayer life, reading the bible, and worshiping God, we are talking with God and getting to know Him.
We have talked about praying and reading our Bible to get to know God, but now it’s time to talk about how we worship Him. Worship is a great way to talk with God. God is likely to speak to us when we worship. What does worship look like to you?
Worship is when we tell God how much we love him and thank him for all our blessings. This is not just singing a song or dancing; it happens during prayer time as well. Often times we confuse worship with just singing a song because that is what we call “worship time” at the church. Singing to God is a great way we can worship Him; it’s just not the only way! By being quiet in prayer and spending time with God, you are also worshiping Him. You are putting Him above everything else in your life and giving Him time. All He wants for us is to love Him and let Him love us!
Think about someone you love in your life, like you mom, dad, grandma, or friends! How do you show them you love them? Sometimes we tell them with our words, and sometimes we show them with our actions, such as a hug, or drawing them a picture! Worship is about showing God we love Him. Why do we love Him? I know I love God because he sent Jesus to die for us so that we can live without fear of our mistakes keeping us from Him! His love for us overcomes everything in this life that could ever happen to me. So my worship is showing God that I am thankful and I love Him too!
The Bible says we are like sheep, and God is our shepherd. Sheep follow their shepherd because the shepherd keeps them safe, provides for them, and shows them where to go. We can be like sheep and follow what God has told us to do through our worship. It’s a time to connect with Him and tune into what He wants to do in our lives! Re-member, it’s always for our good!
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27
1. How can we worship? (Through singing songs, praying and talking with God)
2. Why does God talk to us? (to tell us and show us things about life)
3. What are we to be like? (We are to be like sheep)
This week we talked about different ways to worship. Go home and bring back your favorite worship song. Also, do not forget that worship isn’t always about a song. Keep talking with God when you pray!
June 6-7, 2020 | Listening to God- week 4
Last week we talked about ways we can listen for God’s voice. Remember, it’s important to have conversations with God, which means we talk AND we listen. Sometimes God wants to speak back to us and give us answers or directions. Prayer is so important because it builds our relationship with God. When we love someone, we spend time talking to them!
For example, it says in the bible in Genesis that Adam and Eve were able to hear the voice of God in the cool of the day in the Garden of Eden. During this time, Adam and Eve were able to have conversations with God and talk, similar to how we talk with our friends at lunch and recess. They were able to ask God questions, thank Him for His blessings and ask for help. When God first created the Earth, this was how He intended it to be for us. He made us so we could have a relationship together, not for us to live without Him.
Prayer time is our daily talking and hanging out with God. It doesn’t always have to be the same time of day, or the same length of time. The important thing is that we make the time for God and put Him first. The more time we spend reading and thinking about what the Bible says to us, as well as praying to God, the more we recognize His voice.
Let’s watch a video that gives us a few more examples of people who prayed in the Bible. In the video, they talked about the different parts of prayer. Each one of these parts is important, yet we often forget about the last one: yielding. That means that after we hear God’s directions for us, we need to follow and obey them! He wants us to put His words into action
"And he said to them, He who has ears to hear, let him hear ."
1. How can we build a relationship with God? (Through reading our bible and praying)
2. Why do we need to have a relationship with God? (To recognize His voice)
3. Who were the first two people to hear God’s voice? (Adam and Eve)
This week we continued to learn about listening to God through reading our bible and praying. This week while reading your bible, think about one idea or fact you found interesting, learned new, or found amazing and bring it next week!
May 30-31, 2020 | Listening to God- Week 3
Last week we learned that Jesus wants us to follow Him and become fishers of men. To follow Him, we have to learn to listen to Him. What does listening mean to you? Listening means more than just hearing someone’s words. It means to pay attention; heed; and obey. We want to make sure that when we are listening to God, we are focused on what He is saying, and then putting it into action. It is our job to listen so we can learn and hear ideas from God in order to follow His purpose for us!
To really hear someone well, we first need to be quiet. Imagine trying to listen to someone while also having a conversation with someone else. That would be hard! When we are quiet with God, He shares with us how to live here on Earth. He gave us a guideline in His word and keeps us on track! He also shares how to get rid of fear, guilt and hurt. He wants to fill us with His joy! When we listen, we can learn how to love God and others. He will show us how to play and talk to one another, so we can make new friends and keep old ones! Listening can also help us to be filled with God’s love and power. He wants to fill us so that we shine bright with His love for others!
Listening to God doesn’t mean we have to be quiet all the time, but there are certain times when it is helpful to be quiet. We are quiet when we read our bibles - we read and think “what does God want to teach us about what we just read?”. We are also quiet when we pray and are talking with God. Notice how I said talk-ing WITH. That means that we talk TO God, but sometimes, we are just quiet in his presence. When we are quiet, it gives God a chance to talk back!
Other than reading your Bible and praying, can you think of any other way we can listen to God? Oftentimes we can learn things from others, such as pas-tors, teachers, adults, parents and friends. God can use people to help us learn and listen to Him! We always want to make sure that we check to see if what a person says lines up with the truth in God’s Word, but listening to people you trust who know God can be a great way to learn more about Him! Let’s put our listening to the test. We are going to conduct an experiment to see how well you can listen.
EXPERIMENT: Can you listen?
(Play one sound) have your child sit quiet and play a sound. Can they hear the sound? What sound is it?Think about what we just did. We had to be quiet to hear the noise, right? We had to spend time thinking about it too. Sometimes we get it right away and other times we have to think about it. God wants us to do the same thing when we listen to Him. Listen to what He is telling us and think how it will affect us!
Matthew 11:15 - And He said to them, He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
This week we are learning about listening to God and how to quiet in order to hear his voice. This week spend a minimum of 5 minutes a day praying and listening to God (this means being quiet!!) What is God saying to you?
May 23-24 , 2020 | Listening To God - Week 2
In the Bible, Jesus calls us to follow Him. Last week we discussed Jesus calling His disciples to follow and learn from Him. The Red Letter teachings are from Jesus. Another way Jesus called His disciples to follow Him was to be Fishers of Men.
We are the light of the world. We show others how Jesus lived by how we live. The more time we spend with God and studying His word, the brighter we shine. The brighter we shine, the more likely we are to draw people to Him. We are full of His light when we hear His voice with our spirit. When we listen to Him, the kingdom is first and we share what has happened with others. Remember, even in the hard times, God is allowing His message to be shown through us so others can learn.
Discuss the video with your child:
This is a great promise of His confidence in us! He believes that we will be successful sharing about Jesus because He trusts us. He knows that if we follow Him, He will teach us what we need to know to do a good job. He doesn’t just call people who are trained in those areas, but He calls the unskilled. When He uses people who are not experts, we see His Glory move even more! There wouldn’t be any way we could be successful without God helping us in something we are untrained in. We don’t need to fear that we won’t be good at something God has told us to do, because He is the greatest teacher ever! He will show us all we need to know. Think about the fishermen on the boat. Even though they had doubts that they wouldn’t catch a lot of fish during the day, Jesus made it so they caught the most they had ever seen! With God on our side, we won’t fail! All we have to do is listen to Him !
Watch How Jesus Taught His Disciples to Fish
Let’s break down what Jesus said to them:
To follow Jesus, you have to walk away from everything in the world, just as the disciples did to follow Him.
“Follow me”= This command Jesus gave is our mission in life. We want to follow Him no matter what and listen to what He says!
“I will”= This is a promise He makes us when we have a personal relationship with Him.
“Make you”=This shows that Jesus transforms us. He will teach us, mold us, and show us the way. We just need to listen!
“Fishers of men”=This is our purpose here on Earth. We will go out and spread His Word and His love with others, drawing them to Jesus!
1. Why did Peter and Andrew listen to Jesus? (Jesus told them)
2. How many boats did Peter and Andrew need in order to get all the fish? (two boats)
3. What would happen if Peter and Andrew followed Jesus? (They would fish for men to follow Jesus as well - or tell others about Jesus later in their lives.)
4. Who should be first in our lives and we share about His great teachings? (Jesus!!)
And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
This week we learned about Jesus calling us to be Fishers of Men. We are to follow Him and share with others about Him. Jesus wants to be first in our lives. Read your bible every day and bring back one new thing you have learned from reading the bible this week. Also do not forget to keep sharing about Jesus and God with your friends and families! Remember we are ALL Fishers of Men!
May 16-17 , 2020 | Listening To God
Discuss with your child:
When Jesus was on the Earth, he did not just pick men of great wealth, nor did he choose men of great standing in the eyes of the people. He chose everyday people. People like you and me! He wants us to go out and share all the great things he did and all of the great things God has for us as his children! How cool is this, we are all children of God! That means we are very special to him.
Because God is our father, we must listen to him as we listen to our fathers here on Earth. God tells us many things throughout our day. He also helps us! If we are having a hard day at school, we can ask him to help, just like we ask our parents for help at home. God talks to us when we pray and read our bibles. That’s when He reveals to us His big plans for our lives! So we have to spend time reading the bible, so we know what he is saying.Click here to watch the video about how Jesus chose his 12 disciplines to follow him!
Discuss the video with your child:
Wow! Jesus just said the words “Follow me”, and they all did! The disciples knew Jesus was special and left everything to follow him. Can you imagine leaving everything to follow some-one you didn’t know? We see that Jesus asked them first to come with him. Then he prayed. This is important. Prayer is like talking with God. We can talk to him and he can help us un-derstand during this time. Jesus taught his 12 disciples The Red Letter Teachings. Remem-ber, the red letters in the Bible mean that Jesus spoke those words! He then told them in The Great Commission to go share all of the good things they had learned!Read Matthew 28:16-20 with your child:
Matthew 28:16-20 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”Discuss Matthew 28:16-20 with your child:
Those 12 people did and were obedient. Look at what has happened! Now many people know about Jesus and His love for us because they were obedient. We get to carry on their mission now and spread the word of God. How exciting! We all have the choice to share about Jesus and listen to him. When we listen to God, we are obedient!Memory Verse – Matthew 4:19
And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”Mission
This week we are learning about listening to God as we begin by learning about how to follow Him. This week read your bible every day. This way we can learn what God wants from us!Here are two links where you can find sample Bible reading plans for children:
https://kayleneyoder.com/bible-reading-plan-for-kids/ https://www.crossway.org/articles/kids-bible-reading-plans/ ADDITIONAL RESOURCES (Fresh Lesson Each Week)Children 3-4 Children 5-6 Children 6-10 Children 10-12 Bible App
May 9-10 , 2020 | Mother's Day
GOD WANTS US TO LOVE OUR MOMS!
Did you tell your Mom you love her today? You better have said, “I love you” already! Today of all days, you need to say it. Today is Mother’s Day, and it’s a day we set aside to honor our Moms.
Being a Mom is a full-time job. That doesn’t mean 40 hours a week like most full-time jobs. It means 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Being a Mom means that you have
to be flexible and be willing to change plans at a moment’s notice. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a full-time paid job, or even go out and have fun. But it does mean that if someone starts throwing up, you have to leave before the movie is over and race home because the babysitter doesn’t want to clean up any more of your barf!
Moms do so much for us, we simply don’t have time to list it all. They teach us how to sit up, roll over, stand up, walk, talk, feed ourselves, and dress ourselves. They teach us to use manners and share with others. They provide us with food and clothing and medicine and toys, and sometimes most important of all - those reassuring hugs when we need it.
Moms are also tasked with the most important job of all: teaching us to follow Christ. If you’re listening today, it means you have parents that take God’s commands to teach children to love God seriously. More than anything, they want you to become people who love God and love others so that one day, you can teach your own children the same.
Moms do all this without collecting a paycheck. They rarely get time off, and even when they do get a moment or two alone, you’re never far from their thoughts. They don’t parent because they get something in return. They parent because they love. God wants us to love them in return.
There’s a beautiful story about a mother and child in the Old Testament. The child wasn’t even the mother’s child; she was her daughter-in-law. But Ruth still set an example for us to follow; learning to love our mothers the way God wants us to.READ RUTH 1:6-17
Naomi had lost everything, her husband and her two boys. She had no choice but to go home and hope that someone in her family would take pity on her. She didn’t want Ruth to suffer with her, and she selflessly told Ruth to go home.
Ruth refused. Ruth loved Naomi like a mother. She vowed to take care of Naomi. She would provide for them both, and she would worship God with her adopted mother. Ruth showed Naomi the same selfless love Naomi had shown her. She followed God’s command, to love and honor her mother.OBJECT LESSON:
PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWICH
How many times do you see one of these in your lunch ?
Do you groan when you see that peanut butter and jelly sandwich because you see it EVERY day?
When we eat the same thing every day, it gets old. We get bored of it, and we want something new. It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that this peanut butter and jelly sandwich means something. It means that back home, there’s a mom who loves you enough to make you this sandwich and feed you every day.
Maybe you don’t get peanut butter and jelly. Maybe you get bologna. Or even hot lunch. Whatever your lunch habit may be, it’s Mom who makes it happen.
Moms do all kinds of things we take for granted. They kiss our boo boos, they read us stories, they sing songs to us, they drive us places we need to go and fun places we want to go. Moms are always putting your needs ahead of their own, not because they think you’ll pay them back, but just because they love you.
Moms work hard, and they deserve as much thanks and love as we can give. Tomorrow morning, whatever Mom does for your lunch, tell her thank you. Then tell her you love her.Discuss with Your Child
When you think about all that your Mom does for you every day, one day seems hardly enough to say thank you. Mom is always going the extra mile. How many times has Mom raced you to a birthday party? Or given up her own plans to take care of you when you’re sick? How hard does she work every day just to keep you healthy, well-fed, and strong?
If you said, “I love you” to your Mom this morning, that’s great. You should say it again this afternoon. Say it tomorrow when you head off to school, and say it tomorrow night as well. Say it every day, several times a day. Mom is a special lady, and you can never say you love her enough.
Here’s another way to tell Mom you love her: take action. Do something to show her how much you appreciate her. I don’t mean buy her gifts and cards and flowers. Do something around the house! Do one of her jobs so she can have a break. Let her watch one of her shows instead of forcing her to watch Frozen for the 900th time. Moms sacrifice for their kids all the time! All of us can sacrifice a little time and a little hard work for Mom, right?
Moms are special ladies. They are a gift from God, and they will always be there for us. Let Mom know you love her every day. In words and in actions, let’s all remember to say “I love you” every day of the year!Memory Verse
Ephesians 6:1 (NIV)
-“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”ADDITIONAL RESOURCES (Fresh Lesson Each Week)Children 3-4 Children 5-6 Children 6-10 Children 10-12 Bible App
May 2-3 , 2020 | Go the Second Mile (continued)
Read Together: Matthew 5:42 (NIV)
"Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. "Discuss with your child:
Review KEY points:
- What are some circumstances where you can do more that is required?
- Some things are a distraction from what is important, and we shouldn’t spend extra time on those things, name some. (Wealth, Fame… Invite ideas from kids)
- What are some things that people may do to us for doing the extra mile (acknowledge there are negatives too like getting called “teachers pet”)?
- Be more like Jesus in our reactions. What reactions are Christ like versus non-Christ like?
- Choose others over ourselves even if it costs us something. What does it cost us? We can show to others the love and generosity of Jesus. When we do that it creates a door of opportunity for sharing our faith.
- Go the extra mile, it’s never crowded.
- The extra/second mile is the secret to success in life.
- The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is the extra mile.
- The first mile is always the hardest. But the second mile is what separates people.
- It only takes ones second miler in the house to change the entire environment.
- What are some ways you can do MORE than what’s required of you? To go the EXTRA mile?
- We are made in the image and likeness of God.
- Each of us is responsible for our actions and for being obedient and faithful to God.
That’s when we are our best selves. That’s when we will see others as Jesus sees them.
Practically, think of ways your child can go the extra mile!
1. What are some things your parents ask you to do around the house?
How could you go the extra mile in those tasks?
2. Do your teachers ever ask you to help with something?
How could you do more?
3. Often times going the extra mile costs us something, most of the time it is only time we lose
In the examples we have talked about what did you lose?
4. Helping others when it costs us something is an example of being like Jesus
How does it feel when someone helps you?Help your child see that we reflect to others the love and generosity of Jesus when we go the extra mile!
1. When someone helps you are you more or less interested in who they are and what they have to say?
2. What are some things we can tell people we help? (Tell them about Jesus)Complete this worksheet to reinforce what we learned today!
WorksheetAnswer Key Memory Verse
Matthew 5:42 (NIV)
- "Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. "“You Do” (Your Mission)
Your mission this week is to serve others without being asked and without their knowledge!ADDITIONAL RESOURCES (Fresh Lesson Each Week)Children 3-4 Children 5-6 Children 6-10 Children 10-12 Bible App
April 25-26 , 2020 | Go the Second Mile
Read Together: Matthew 5:41 (NIV)
"If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. "Jesus called his disciples to have a completely different attitude than anyone else.
Instead of giving in to anger, he called us to show the love and grace of God by going the extra mile.
Jesus wants his people to exemplify kindness and grace, even when something bad happens to us. He wants us to do more than expected, and better than expected!
It means that as people who love Jesus, we always seek to have a great attitude no matter what—even if we are being mistreated. It means that we show the love of God to people who don’t “deserve” it. It means we do more than we have to, and we do it with a great attitude.
We need to have a “second-mile” attitude—in everything we do at school, in sports, in friendship, and at home. We should always look for ways to serve and give, above and beyond what we are asked to do.
Perfection is not the goal, but their heart is. I don’t for a second think Jesus thinks we will be perfect at going the extra mile. Sometimes we may not even be sure what that would look like in a particular situation and we are just doing the best we know how to do at the moment.
What Jesus really cared about was the heart of the person willing to go the extra mile.How did Jesus GO THE EXTRA MILE?
Jesus died on the cross!Jesus went WAY above and beyond for us! He made sure we had everything we needed, and he would have done it even if YOU were the only one that would benefit
With Jesus in our hearts, the Holy Spirit in us helps us know what are the right things to do, and be able to do them!MAIN POINTS
· Jesus tells us we must GO THE EXTRA MILE!
· Following Jesus means living by God’s law of love
· Jesus wants us to respond in a way that reflects that we have freedom and we love JesusDISCUS WITH YOUR CHILD
What are some ways you can go the extra mile ?Memory Verse
Matthew 5:41 (NIV)
- If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.“You Do” (Your Mission)
When someone asks you to do something for them this week, find a way to go ABOVE AND BEYOND! ADDITIONAL RESOURCES (Fresh Lesson Each Week)Children 3-4 Children 5-6 Children 6-10 Children 10-12 Bible App
April 18-19 , 2020 | Turn the Other Cheek
Read Together: Matthew 5:38-42 (NIV)Eye for Eye38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[a] 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.Activity: Cover some marble with foil for this lesson.
Jesus was Eye for Eye really telling us to forgive and turn the other cheek.
- We have the choice to do that.
- When we don’t forgive others our heart is covered and we cannot feel the beauty of the Lord like the covered marbles.
- But when we uncover them we can see that they are all different and have lots of beauty. Just like us.
- When we forgive others and give them another chance they can see the beauty in us.
- We CANNOT control what other people do to us, but we DO have control over how we respond.
- YOU have control over how you are going to handle a situation by the thoughts you think, the images you visualize in your head and heart and then choosing the action that best fits.
- Jesus tells us we must do even more than just forgive
- We must GO THE EXTRA MILE!
- We can choose to react differently than we normally would
- Jesus frees us to live by His direction
- Following Jesus means living by God’s law of love
- Jesus wants us to respond in a way that reflects that we have freedom and we love Jesus
Matthew 5:38 (NIV)
- You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.”Matthew 5:39 (NIV)
- If anyone strikes you on the right jaw or cheek, turn to him the other one too.”“You Do” (Your Mission)
Find at least one way to exercise self-control this week. Respond in love and forgiveness to a situation when your instinct is to respond harshly.ADDITIONAL RESOURCES (Fresh Lesson Each Week)Children 3-4 Children 5-6 Children 6-10 Children 10-12 Bible App
April 11-12 , 2020 | Easter
This weekend we celebrate Easter! I think Easter is pretty great! I just love all the things we get to do – decorate eggs, egg hunts, eat lots of candy!
But there is a lot more to Easter than all that…
What important event do we remember at Easter? The resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Easter is such an exciting and important day because we remember how Jesus rose from the dead. We’re going to look at the accounts in the Bible that tell us about this true historical event.
Remember how the Jews-God's special family-were waiting for a king to come rescue them? Well, Jesus was the king and this rescue was the whole reason he came to earth.
So one night, Jesus told his friends about the rescue. Exciting, right? But talking about this rescue was sad. That's because Jesus was going to rescue the world by dying. Every mean or bad thing we do deserves punishment. By dying, Jesus took our punishment.
Lots of things in life have good parts and bad parts. (Like how candy bars rot your teeth but also taste delicious!) And just like candy bars are mostly good-as long as you brush your teeth after you eat one-this story is a REALLY good one.
Anyway, talking about the rescue made Jesus sad, since he didn't really want to die. Thankfully, we can talk to God when we're sad, so Jesus took a few friends into a garden to pray.
In the garden, a guy named Judas, who people thought was Jesus' friend, came with some people to help arrest Jesus. Peter, one of Jesus' true friends, was so mad he cut off a servant's ear with his sword. But Jesus didn't want his friends to hurt others. So Jesus healed the ear and let them arrest him.
Then Jesus was taken to trial. One of the most powerful men in the city, Pontius Pilate, wanted to let Jesus go. But many of the people wanted Jesus to die. They didn't believe he was the son of God-or any kind of king. Even after all the miracles Jesus did, like healing sick people and making blind people see, they didn't believe in him.
The people were so mad, they started yelling, "Kill him!" So Pontius Pilate let the sol-diers take Jesus. The soldiers made fun of the idea that Jesus was a king. They put a crown of thorns on his head and nailed him to a cross. Many people watched. But not all of them wanted Jesus to die. His mother and close friends were there too. Just imagine how they must have felt!
Once Jesus was up on the cross, the sun stopped shining for three whole hours, in the middle of the day! But those soldiers kept right on making fun of him. They said, "If you're really God's son, why don't you just call on some angels to save you!?" Jesus COULD have called on angels to save him, but he loved us so much that he wanted to rescue us. So instead, he prayed to God, "Father! I place my life into your hands!"
At that moment, Jesus died. And when he died, the soldiers who had just killed him realized he really was the son of God.
A few hours later, Jesus was put into a tomb and a big rock blocked the entrance. Jesus' friends thought that was the end. But three days later, God sent an angel to roll the stone away. Don't worry though, Jesus could have gotten out on his own.
The angel moved the rock so everybody else could see the tomb was empty. Jesus' friends were the first to stop by the tomb, and the angel got to share the good news with them. The angel said, "He has risen," which is another way of saying, "Jesus is alive!"
Nobody could believe it! Jesus took our punishment and then proved he really IS the son of God by coming back to life. Now, if we choose to follow Jesus, God forgives us for all the wrong things we do because Jesus already took our punishment.
And THAT'S the story of Easter.BUT THAT'S NOT ALL THERE IS!
Here's a quick version of what happened AFTER the angel told the good news: Jesus' friends got scared. Jesus appeared to them. They saw his scars. It was really him! Now they could share the good news too. Jesus appeared to more than 500 people. He went back up to Heaven. And the best part? He promised to come back someday for everybody who follows him!
And all THAT is a part of God's story.Memory Verse – John 11:25 (NLT)
Jesus said unto her,” I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”ADDITIONAL RESOURCES (Fresh Lesson Each Week)Children 3-4 Children 5-6 Children 6-10 Children 10-12 Bible App
April 4-5 , 2020 | Palm Sunday
Today we are starting to look ahead to a special holiday. What is it? Easter. What do we celebrate at Easter?
Easter is about remembering the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. What does that word “resurrection” mean?
Resurrection is rising from the dead! That is an amazing event! It can be easy to forget about this in all the excitement of getting together with family, eating chocolate, or hunting for Easter eggs.
But what Jesus did when he came to earth about 2,000 years ago was very important to every single person—including you and me!
Why did Jesus come to earth? It has to do with a problem we all have. Our problem is sin. We are born with it and continue to sin by breaking God’s laws.
God is holy and cannot sin. Because we are sinners, we are separated from God and deserve punishment. But God promised to send a Savior, the Messiah, and that was Jesus. We celebrate his birth at Christmas. At Easter, we remember his death and resurrection. Today, we’ll take a closer look at his death and why we should remember it.
When Jesus was about 30 years old, he began to travel from place to place teaching people about the kingdom of God, healing people, and training his disciples. Many people were excited about Jesus and the miracles he did. They wondered if he could be the promised Messiah. Jesus and his disciples began the journey to Jerusalem, where the temple was. Jerusalem was the center of worship for the Israelites.
If we knew someone important were coming to our city, what are some things we might to do welcome him or her? We might have a parade and all come out to cheer and wave. We may put on a special program with speeches and music. Some famous people, like actors and celebrities, even walk down a red carpet while photographers jostle to get pictures of them. But how would the people in Jerusalem welcome Jesus when he came? Let’s go to our Bibles to find out!
THE TRIUMPHAL ENTRY
Turn to Matthew chapter 21. Matthew is the first book in the New Testament, and the first of the four Gospels. Read Matthew 21:1–11
Matthew 21:1-11 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King
21 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
5 “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”[a]
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna[b] to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[c] “Hosanna[d] in the highest heaven!”
10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
And things happened just as Jesus said they would! The disciples found the animals and brought them to Jesus. Mark’s account of this event tells us that Jesus rode on the colt, which was the young donkey.ASK THESE QUESTIONS TO YOUR CHILD
Print out this craft and put it together with your child: From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday COMMUNION
- What did the people do when Jesus came riding into Jerusalem? Matthew 21:8. They spread their garments (cloaks) and tree branches on the road. Back in Jesus’ day, spreading clothing on the road was used to honor someone of royalty, like a king!
- What did the people shout? Hosanna to the son of David. Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
- Does anyone know what Hosanna means? Allow guesses. Hosanna means “save now,” so the people were hoping that Jesus was their Savior, or Messiah. They called him the Son of David, which was the family line God promised the Messiah would come from.
- Jesus’ coming stirred up the whole city. People thought he was there to fight the Romans and take back the city for them. But is that what Jesus came to do? No. What did Jesus come to save us from? Our sins.
Communion is a special thing Christians do. Maybe you’ve seen adults do this in the big service where they take a piece of bread and some juice and eat it. It might sound pretty silly but there’s a very important reason Christians take communion.Communion Is Jesus’s Idea
Jesus had this idea when he was having a special dinner with his disciples. The dinner was to remember something called Passover which had happened a long time before Jesus was born. It was a miraculous event where an angel of the Lord passed over the land and protected the Israelites from being killed by a mean king. Every year, the people would celebrate the Passover to remember how God had saved them. That’s what Jesus and the disciples were celebrating at the time of the first communion.
But, this meal was important for another reason. It was the last meal Jesus would have with his disciples. Jesus knew what was about to happen to him. He was going to go to the cross to die for the sins of the people. But the disciples didn’t know that yet. So, Jesus used this last supper to explain what he was about to do for them.Communion Is a Way to Remember What Jesus Did on the Cross
That’s why Christians still take communion to this day. It’s about being reminded of what Jesus did for us on the cross and it’s a time to celebrate how he has saved us. When you do communion the bread and juice symbolizes what Jesus did for us. The bread is a symbol of his body that was broken for us. The juice symbolizes his blood that was spilled to pay for our sins.
Luke 22:19b "This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."
Communion helps us to never forget all that Jesus did for us. He came to earth, lived a sinless life, and then died for our sins.Key Points:
1. Communion is Jesus’s idea. ·
2 . Communion is a way to remember what Jesus did on the cross. (Luke 22:19.)
3. Communion is for anyone who has asked Jesus into their hearts.Additional Resources
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March 28-29 , 2020 | Names of God (cont.)
The last few weeks we have been discussing the different names of God. Today we continue to discuss more names! All the names we have talked about came from the Old Testament, but what about the New testament? Well, Jesus’s name is another name of God. Jesus is from God. He is His son, sent to Earth. The New Testament starts with the story of Jesus, and the rest is all about what we can do in His name!
He gave us our salvation through His name. We gather together in His name. We pray in His name. There is so much we can do in His name! A very important mention of the name of Jesus is in Philippians chapter 2: 9-11.READ TOGETHER
Philippians 2:9-11 "Therefore God exalted him (Jesus) to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee
should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."COLOR THE NAMES OF GOD ALPHABET CARDShttps://bit.ly/NamesOfGodAlphabetCardsJESUS IS OUR SALVATION!
God gave Jesus the ultimate name, a name that is greater than any other name! There is a really cool story about Jesus and the woman at the well. Watch this video and learn about it: CLICK HERE
• As we saw, there is a woman who is surprised by Jesus asking her for a drink at the well. Normally, a Jew would not speak to her. Did Jesus look down on this sinning Samaritan? No! Jesus loves everyone, no matter what they have done. He told her that He had living water, which if she drank it she would never be thirsty again! Was He talking about the kind of water we drink from the faucet? No! He was talking about the life He can give through His name!
• This woman did not understand this though yet. She had a lot of questions for Jesus. She did not know anything about her salvation. She was able to learn about God from him. Jesus wasn’t scared of her questions, but answered them honestly. When He told her things about herself that He shouldn’t have known, she was convinced He was from God! He was a great example of what we are to do in our lives. We share and answer our friend’s questions about God. Sometimes we might not know all the answers, and this can be scary and make us not want to share. This is a great time to ask your mom or dad for help! They can help find the answer with you!
• We are here to share God with others. We have the ability to share all that God gives us. He gives us all of these names we have learned to show others what God is able to do. There are so many names we could study for years! Jesus is the best name because He gives us salvation. He gives us the ability to have a conversation with Him and God without needing another person. God is truly amazing! When we need God, we can call to Him by the name we need, and He will always answer!MEMORY VERSE
: "If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it."ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
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March 21-22, 2020 | Names of God
Last week we learned that God has different names. We talked about the story of Moses, and how God is called
"I Am" . The name we will talk about this week is Yahweh. This name occurs in the Old Testament. The first time we see this name used is with
Abraham. He used Yahweh as a name of God in worship. Now Yahweh has many names attached to it that change the meaning.READ THE NAMES OF GOD TOGETHER
1. Yahweh Jireh (Yireh)
: “The Lord will provide.” Stresses God’s provision for His people (Gen. 22:14).
2. Yahweh Nissi
: “The Lord is my Banner.” Stresses that God is our rallying point and our means of victory; the one who fights for His people (Ex. 17:15).
3. Yahweh Shalom
: “The Lord is Peace.” Points to the Lord as the means of our peace and rest (Jud. 6:24).
4. Yahweh Sabbaoth
: “The Lord of Hosts.” The Lord is the commander of the armies of heaven (1 Sam. 1:3; 17:45).
5. Yahweh Maccaddeshem
: “The Lord your Sanctifier.” Portrays the Lord as our means of sanctification or as the one who sets believers apart for His purposes (Ex. 31:13).
6. Yahweh Ro’i
: “The Lord my Shepherd.” Portrays the Lord as the Shepherd who cares for His people as a shepherd cares for the sheep of his pasture (Ps. 23:1).
“The Lord our Righteousness.” Portrays the Lord as the means of our righteousness (Jer. 23:6).
8. Yahweh Shammah
: “The Lord is there.” Portrays the Lord’s personal presence in the kingdom (Ezek. 48:35).
9. Yahweh Elohim Israel
: “The Lord, the God of Israel.” Identifies Yahweh as the God of Israel in contrast to the false gods of the nations (Jud. 5:3.; Isa. 17:6).DO THE NAMES OF JESUS MATCHING GAMEhttp://bit.ly/NamesOfGodMatchingGameTODAY WE WILL FOCUS ON ABRAHAM!
Abraham was very special to God. He is the father of Isaac and Ishmael. Watch this video to find out more about him! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdqrwGJYePQ
The story of Abraham shows that God keeps His promises! It’s because of this that Abra-ham chose to celebrate God by calling Him Yahweh, or “The Lord of all”. He trusted that God would always protect and take care of him, and stay true to His Word! The coolest part is, God used Abraham to one day become one of Jesus’s ancestors! He always knew the spe-cial role Abraham would play in His story, even when Abraham couldn’t understand God’s purpose. It’s important that we remember that God is the Lord of All, and He loves us very much! He has a plan for each and every one of us, and all we have to do is trust in him!MEMORY VERSE
" And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son."ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
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