Archive for June, 2014

God Calls Isaiah

Key Verse:

“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker”
Psalm 95:6

Our hope is for kids to know that: God is Holy

(Open the bible and read to your child Isaiah 6:1-8) Being a prophet was a pretty tough job for many, and for Isaiah it was very tough. He had the task of telling Israel that God was angry with them. In this week’s passage we read the description of Isaiah’s experience worshipping God. Isaiah saw God’s holiness, and Seraphs which are a type of angel hovering above. He felt the temple shake and fill with smoke as the sound of Holy, Holy, Holy was heard throughout the place. The amazing part of Isaiah’s experience was God’s grace was evident. As a seraph flew to him, he was told “your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for”. What a great and holy God we worship, who forgives us of our sins and loves us unconditionally.

(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Tell about a person you greatly respect and why. How do you respond to the qualities you admire? For example, you might aim to be more like that person or spend time learning from him or her. We can do similar things to worship God because we respect him. Talk with your kids about ways your family can worship God this week.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
As a family, think about ways to show that God is holy, which means “set apart,” “sacred,” or “pure.” Have family members find an object in the home that communicates set apart, sacred, or pure. For example, someone can find soap that is “100% pure.” Or, a piece of china used only for special family dinners. When everyone’s found an object, talk about the following:

• How does the object communicate set apart, sacred or pure?

• What does it mean for God to be set apart, sacred or pure?

• What are ways that we can live out God’s holiness as a family?


Jonah Complains About God’s Compassion

Key Verse

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance”
(2 Peter 3:9)

Our hope is for kids to know that: God wants us to love everyone

(Open the bible and read to your child Jonah 3:10-4:11) Jonah had just completed the task that God had asked him to do. As a result the entire city of Nineveh turned form their ways and were saved. This made Jonah angry. He thought the Ninevites should be punished for all the bad that they did. In Jonah’s eyes it wasn’t fair that the Ninevites escaped punishment. God was not pleased with Jonah’s bad attitude, he should be happy that the people of the city were saved! What made it worst was when Jonah complained about the vine withering away. He cared more about the vine than he did the people of Nineveh! God wanted Jonah to have compassion for the people of Nineveh, just as God has compassion on us.

(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Describe a time you treated a difficult person with kindness and patience.How did the person respond? Talk with your kids about why it’s sometimes difficult to be kind to certain people. Ask your kids to tell about people they have a hard time loving. Then have your family members each share one way they can be compassionate and show God’s love to that person this week.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Gather your family and go online and search for news stories describing people in need of compassion. Ask family members to choose the news stories that prompt a feeling of compassion in them. Give everyone a chance to choose at least three stories. It would be ideal if everyone could choose a local, national, and international news story of people needing compassion. When everyone has identified three news stories, talk about the following: • What type of news stories prompted feelings of compassion in you? Did you find it easier to care about local people or people far away? Explain. We can always show compassion by praying for people in need. Take a few moments now and pray for the people in the news stories.