Yak Pak Week of July 12th – 18th

Posted: July 10, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Daniels Friends Are Safe in the Fiery Furnace

Our hope is for our kids to know that: They can stand strong for God 

Key Verse:
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage be strong”  
1 Corinthians 16:13

(Open the bible and read to your child Daniel 3) King Nebuchadnezzar defeated Judah and took the smartest and best people he could find back to Babylon. Among them were Daniel and his three friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These three had a conflict with the King because they would not bow down to the huge 90 foot tall Gold statue that Nebuchadnezzar built. As a result the king ordered the furnace to be heated seven times hotter than normal, and ordered for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to be thrown in. When they were thrown in the King was amazed they did not burn. And with them was a fourth person, likely an angel or God himself, walking around untouched! As a result the king had them come out of the furnace and made an order that no one shall speak negative about the God that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego worshipped. 

Tell your kids about a time you showed courage and stood strong for your beliefs. Perhaps you chose to defend a friend when others gossiped. Or maybe you confidently told someone you’re a Christian when asked about your beliefs. Talk with your kids about what’s most scary about standing strong for God. Then brainstorm with your children ways they can stand strong for God at school, at home, at church, and anywhere they go.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Create a “Stand Strong for God” award to pass around your family. The award could be an official-looking certificate, a badge to wear or hang on your bedroom door, or even a special dessert or night out for ice cream once a week. Each time you see a family member standing up for God or someone shares about how he or she stood strong for God, recognize that person with your special award. As you praise each other for standing firm in your faith, you’ll provide encouragement for the future when
standing strong for God is difficult.


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