Archive for October, 2012

Harvest

Key Verse: “Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works in man’s behalf!” –
(Psalms 66:5)

Our hope is for our kids to believe that: God does amazing things to show his power.

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Numbers 22:1-38) The Israelites were close to their land God had promised them. They already defeated a few opponents and the leader of Moab, a land they were camped next to, was worried what the Israelites might do to them. So Balaam was a well known fortuneteller, or diviner. He was asked by the Moabites to bless them and curse the Israelites. Balaam decided to ask God what to do and God told him he cannot curse the Israelites because they were a blessed people. Balaam didn’t take that for an answer and asked a second time. On this second time God let Balaam go with Balak’s men, but grabbed his attention along the way. An angel appeared along the path, so Balaam’s donkey veered off the path. Balaam being upset beat the donkey until he was on the right path again. This happened three times! On the third time God opened the donkeys’ mouth and the donkey began to speak! This grabbed the attention of Balaam and God was able to let him know to follow and say only what God tells him to.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a time God did something amazing in your life. What was your first response? Then think of other amazing things that have happened to you, and in the life of your family, that maybe you didn’t give God the credit for. Spend time thinking of how God does amazing things in your life to show his power. Then, as a family, come up with one way to help you remember to thank God when he does something amazing in your lives in the future.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Plan and host a family reunion (it can be just a small family gathering also). Ask everyone to bring a story or evidence of something amazing God has done in the family – a way God has shown his power. Be sure to collect stories from people who can’t attend. At the reunion, share the stories and rejoice in what God has done! You may want to have someone compile the stories and distribute them to family members.

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Harvest

Key Verse: “Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works in man’s behalf!” –
(Psalms 66:5)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Standing up for God means following him no matter what.

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Numbers 13:1-14:23) So it was time for the Israelites to take the land that God had given them. In preparation of this they sent spies into the land to see what kind of opposition they were facing. When the spies returned only Joshua and Caleb had faith that God could do what he said, the others exaggerated the reports of the size and strength of the lands inhabitants. God was angry at the Israelites but once again forgave them. Moses was able to talk with God and intercede for them (much like Christ intercedes for us). However, their actions resulted in consequences, and they were destined to walk in the desert for forty more years. Joshua and Caleb had enough faith in God that they stood firm even though it wasn’t the popular thing to do.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Spend time with your kids looking through the Bible for someone who was a hero and stood up for God. What qualities did that hero live out that you’d like to adopt in your life? Maybe that person stood up for God through his or her actions despite life-threatening consequences, or perhaps that person listened to the Holy Spirit instead of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. Then, talk with your kids about areas where each of you need to make more of an effort to stand up for God.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
As a family look through an album of old family pictures. Look for pictures that depict times someone in the family stood up for someone else or was loyal to someone else. Maybe you’ll see a picture of an old friend that you stood up one time. Or maybe you’ll find a picture of a sports team in which members had to be loyal to each other and stick together in order to win. Then talk about times members in your family stood up for God or showed loyalty to God. Tell stories about those times. Then have each member of your family talk about times its hard to stand up for God. After everyone has shared, pray together for each person in your family. Ask God to give each of you courage to stand up for him everyday.

Harvest

Key Verse: “Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works in man’s behalf!” –
(Psalms 66:5)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: We all can serve God   

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Exodus 35:4-36:38) The Israelites were instructed to build a “tabernacle”, this was a portable place for the worship of God. The people gave generously, likely because of the events that happened in the past (worshiping the golden calf), so they wanted to make up for the wrong they had done. It wasn’t only “things” that the Israelites provided, it was also their talents. We all serve in different ways, some can build, some can sew, and some could sing. Whatever you do well, you can do it to serve God daily.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Discuss what it means to you to serve God. Does serving God mean telling your friends about Jesus, or is it helping out those in need so they can see God through your actions? Maybe it’s both. Then talk about ways each of you can serve God this week, and commit to keeping each other accountable as you seek to serve God.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
This week think of ways you can serve God in your church. You may want to serve as a family or as individuals. If you are currently serving think about serving in the community, or even reaching out to non Christians with no agenda, just to allow them to see Christ in you.

Harvest

Key Verse: “Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works in man’s behalf!” –
(Psalms 66:5)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Only God deserves our worship

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Exodus 32:1-25) Moses was up on the mountain for about six weeks receiving all the laws from God. Because of this, the people of Israel began to think Moses abandoned them or something happened to him. Since the Israelites were used to seeing “gods” in Egypt, and they could neither see God or Moses, God’s representative, they asked Aaron for a god that could get them moving again through the wilderness. Aaron did not stand up to the people and asked them for all their gold jewelry, which he used to make a golden calf. When Moses saw what happened, he grew angry and smashed the stone tablets that God had written the commandments on. It was God who freed the Israelites from Egypt and protected them, so it was God who deserved the worship. In our lives we need to recognize that God deserves our worship.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a time you loved or focused on something more than God. Maybe you got so caught up in your new car that you spent all your time washing it and taking care of it, or maybe your personal appearance became so important to you that you became focused only on yourself. Share what effects worshiping that other thing had on your life, and talk about how you returned to worshiping only God. Then, as a family, think of other things you might be tempted to worship. Come up with ways you can encourage each other to only worship God.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Go for a family walk. Along the way, call out as many reasons as possible for worshiping God. For example, you might call out such reasons as sunshine, air, friends, food, and animals. Have someone write down answers. When you get home, have a family worship time, praising God for the wonderful blessings he gives us.