Archive for November, 2013

Jesus is Born

Key Verse: “For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’”
(Romans 10:12-13)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Jesus does great things

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Psalms 72:1-19) When reading Psalms 72 we see that it points directly to Jesus. Only Jesus’ kingdom will extend to the ends of the Earth, only to Jesus will all rulers eventually bow down. We see that Jesus does amazing things for us! He takes care of the needy and their children, and he defeats oppressors. He lives forever, despite the fact that he died on the cross for us. When he returns, Jesus will reign over the entire earth! Verses 18 and 19 describe the type of praise and honor He deserves!  

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk with your children about some of the great things you know Jesus did while he was here on earth. For example, you might talk about how Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, or you might share examples of how Jesus healed the sick. Then ask your kids to think about the great things Jesus has done for them. Encourage your kids to talk about things such as Jesus protecting them from harm, Jesus forgiving their sins, or Jesus healing them from illnesses. Remind your kids that Jesus is just as active in doing great things today as he was when he physically walked the earth.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
As a family, take a tour of your home looking for ways that you know Jesus does great things. For example, you can walk up to a family photo and say, “Jesus did a great thing in making our family.” Go to every room of the house – including the garage and yard, if you have them – to look for how Jesus does great things. Then compare your observations with the great things Solomon predicted that Jesus would do in Psalm 72:1-19.

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Harvest the Wise

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: God helps us with our problems

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child 2 Chronicles 20: 1-30) Jehoshaphat was king of Judah at the same time Ahab was king of Israel. Jehoshaphat followed God and didn’t worship Baal, so God made him powerful. He had over a million fighting men for his Army! When Jehoshaphat learned of the threat of a vast army invading Edom, he didn’t respond by sounding the battle cry and mustering the troops. Instead, he went to God to see what He wanted him to do. God responded through Jahaziel, with instructions to not fight. They were not to fight, but rather have a time of praise and worship. When the fighting began, the enemies began fighting each other, as they were confused in battle.  The victory was given to Judah because of their faith and trust in God’s ability to help them in the midst of their problems.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a tough situation where you trusted God. Perhaps you’ve recently dealt with an illness in the family or a tough financial time. What were the benefits of trusting God? What things prevented you from trusting God? How were you able to trust God through the difficult moments? Then talk with your children about things that prevent them from trusting God when they have problems.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Give each family member an index card. Write down a few things that cause them anxiety. For younger kids, have them draw a picture of something that makes them sad. When everyone is finished talk about how God wants to take away our worries. When you are finished think of ways you can dispose of the cards (burn them in a campfire, fireplace, etc), and then pray and ask God to take away your worries and anxiety.

 

Harvest the Wise

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: Trust God completely

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child 2 Kings 2:1-5) Elisha was chosen by God to succeed Elijah. We don’t know how Elisha knew what was about to happen, but apparently he realized that his mentor, Elijah, would soon be taken to heaven. Elisha was totally committed to staying with Elijah until the very end. He wanted to benefit as much as possible from Elijah before Elijah went to be with God. Elisha had been faithful to God, and God rewarded him with the strength he would need to minister as a prophet amid the evil conditions that existed in Israel.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk to your kids about someone who is faithful to you. How has this person been faithful to you? Now talk about what it means to be faithful to God in the same way—to stay true, to never leave, to love him only. Point out ways that your family is faithful to God, such as obeying God, doing what’s right even when it’s hard, or going to church to learn more about God. Encourage your family to continue to be faithful to God.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
This week, either individually or as a family, show love to someone who’s hurting. Or you may want to share your faith in Jesus Christ with somebody, or serve selflessly, the possibilities are endless!

Harvest the Wise

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: Trust God completely

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child 1 Kings 19: 9-18) Elijah had just defeated hundreds of prophets of Baal, which made Queen Jezebel very angry. Because Elijah proved God was the one true God and proved Baal did not exist, the queen sought to kill Elijah. This made Elijah flee, and plea to the Lord, saying that he was alone and afraid for his life. God told Elijah to wait for Him on the mountain, so Elijah obeyed. While there God taught Elijah a very valuable lesson; that He is with us always. God wasn’t in the huge earthquake, the gusty wind, or the powerful fire. God chose to speak to Elijah in a gentle whisper, signifying that God isn’t just in the big things, but in the gentle things as well. God further encouraged Elijah by letting him know there were over 7000 prophets in Israel, meaning that he was not alone.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk to your children about a time you were feeling lonely. Maybe you’d moved away from friends and family. Or maybe you were surrounded by people who just didn’t understand you. What helped you overcome your loneliness in that situation? How was God involved? Discuss how knowing that God is with you during lonely times will affect the next time you face a similar situation. Then encourage your kids to talk about times they’ve felt all alone.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
This week go on a “God’s Presence” field trip. Take a walk or a drive through your community, looking for evidence that God is keeping his promise to be with us. For example, someone may point out a sunset, a church, a hospital where people experience healing, or a community center where people help each other. Take pictures of the evidence you find , and collect the pictures in a “God’s Presence” album to look at when you need reminders that God is with us.