Archive for August, 2013

The Rise of Fall

Key Verse: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him”
(James 1:5)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: We can rely on God

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child 2 Samuel 5:1-5; Psalm 37) David was finally anointed as King of Israel. Saul, who was Israel’s first king had tried to kill David, but David spared Saul’s life when he had the opportunity to kill him. Saul was now dead after being injured in battle. In fact Saul took his own life after the injury, and his three sons, including Jonathan, died in the same battle. With Saul and his sons dead, it was now time for David to become King. David relied on God to fulfill his promise to him, and waited patiently on the Lord.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk with your children about a time you faced a situation you couldn’t handle on your own. Maybe you had a fight with someone and needed someone else to step in and talk to that person in order to restore the relationship. Or perhaps you couldn’t pay a bill and you asked a family member for money. Tell your children what you learned about relying on someone else and how the situation worked out. Ask your children to share what they think it would look like to rely on God in that situation. Then encourage each family member to share a difficult situation he or she is facing. Talk about ways to spend less time worrying and more time relying on God in these situations.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Write a Psalm this week as a family. Each person in the family should write a one stanza that describes why we should rely on God or why God will never let us down. Put all the stanzas together, and then work together to memorize the entire psalm.

Hot August Sundays

Key Verse: “But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”
(Matthew 5:44)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God help us be loyal friends even when it’s hard

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child 1 Samuel 26:5-25) This passage tells the story of the second time David spares Saul’s life (see chapter 24 for the first). Here we see that David could have easily killed Saul, but instead showed mercy. When Saul learned that David had spared his life, he promised to stop his pursuit of him, something that he had promised before. We learn from Saul and David that there are two ways to deal with enemies. Saul pursued and deceived, while David constantly showed mercy. Saul was very jealous and wanted to seek revenge, while David waited for God to work things out according to his own timing.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a time you sought revenge on someone you thought deserved it. Tell about how you felt and what the effects were on the other person and on you. Then contrast that story with a time you chose to forgive someone even when that person did something to hurt you. What effects did your forgiveness have on that person and on you? Discus with your children what happens in your life when you choose forgiveness over revenge. Encourage your family members to think of someone they need to forgive, and then ask them to share how they can demonstrate their forgiveness this week.      

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Show some love for those who aren’t your friends by making a tasty treat to take to your class this week. Make cookies or cupcakes and decorate them. Then take them to your class. (Be sure to check first with your teacher for the best day to do this!) When you get to class with your treats, make a special point of personally giving one of the treats to someone in your class who isn’t your friend. You don’t need to tell anyone why you’re doing this, just show love to those who haven’t been nice to you and watch what happens!

 

Hot August Sundays

Key Verse: “But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”
(Matthew 5:44)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God help us be loyal friends even when it’s hard

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child 1 Samuel 18:1-4; 19:1-7; 20:1-42) David had became really good friends with Saul’s son Jonathan. At the time they became friends Jonathan did not know that Samuel had anointed David king. The throne was something that Jonathan would expect, since his father was King. Even after Jonathan found out David was chosen, they remained good loyal friends. Saul however was becoming increasingly jealous of David. People began to honor David above Saul, so Saul planned to kill him. Twice Saul had hurled a spear at David, but it missed him. Jonathan was so upset that he couldn’t even eat. Jonathan warned David about his father’s plans and remained a very loyal friend.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Gather family members together and ask them three or four questions about loyalty. Questions might include: What does it take to be loyal? Who’s the most loyal person you know? What makes him or her loyal? Then have family members ask several friends the same questions. Afterward, get together and discuss what you learned about loyalty.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Place three to five buckets in your driveway. Place the name of a different family friend in each of these buckets. Try to shoot as many rubber bands as possible into the buckets. When you’ve run out of rubber bands, count how many are in each bucket. Pull the name of the family friend out of the bucket with the most rubber bands in it. Think of a way your family can show their friendship to that person this week.

Hot August Sundays

Key Verse: “But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”
(Matthew 5:44)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God can help us all do great things

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child 1 Samuel 17:1-50) David was already anointed as king, but it was likely kept a secret for awhile. Here we see David being trained by King Saul, even though Saul had no idea he was training his replacement! The Philistines and the Israelites were on opposing hills waiting for the other to attack first. The warrior representative for the Philistines was Goliath, a man nearly ten feet tall that everyone was afraid of. However, David knew that with God would use him to do something great, so he took a sling and a rock and hurled it at Goliath. The rock was not a pebble, but likely the size of a baseball traveling nearly 100mph. The force is definitely strong enough to take of the Philistine Goliath, giving David the victory. David was a teen at the time.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about someone who’s doing great things for God. What is that person doing? What great things can you do for God in your own life? Do yard work for a neighbor who can’t get out of the house? Move to foreign country to be a missionary? Ask your kids to think about the kinds of people God uses to do great things. Encourage your kids with the fact that God used a young boy to save the Israelites from their enemies. Talk with your kids about the kind of great things they can do for God.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
This week, take time together as a family to discuss “giants” in one another’s lives. Then build a giant out of paper cups. Write one of you “giants” on each of the cups, and then build a giant tower with the cups. When you’ve finished building your tower, take turns shooting rubber bands at it to knock it down.