Archive for August, 2014

Esther Saves Her People

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

Key Verse:
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” 

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Esther 2-9) Xerxes, the Persian King picked Esther as queen. Now Esther was a Jew, one of God’s chosen people, however the king did not know that.  Mordecai, Esther’s cousin, got into a little bit of trouble with Haman, a high ranking official. Haman ordered all to bow down to him, however Mordecai refused, stating that he will only bow down and worship God. Haman hated this, and had the king issue an order which would wipe out all Jews in the kingdom. When Mordecai heard about this, he urged Esther to go to the king and tell him about it. Esther took a risk and went to the king uninvited. The king was outraged that Haman would trick him into making a decree to wipe out Esther and her people. Therefore, the king removed Haman and saved Esther and the Jews. Esther was obedient in serving God where he had placed her , and God used her actions to preserve his people.

Share:
Tell your family about a time you helped someone. Maybe you gave food to hungry families or simply talked to someone who needed a friend. Have your children tell about times they’ve helped others. That’s service to God also—everyone can serve God.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Have a family talent show one night after dinner. Ask family members to think of a talent; then have them think of a way to present the talent to others in your show. Let family members act out their special talents for each other. Then, as a family, thank God for giving your family talents to use for him. Decide together one way your family can serve God this week, and then follow through!

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Nehemiah Rebuilds the Wall

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God helps us face challenges

Key Verse:
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” 
Colossians 3:23

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Nehemiah 2:11-6:19) Nehemiah had a difficult task ahead of him. Rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem would not be easy. He inspected the walls in secret because he knew he would be facing opposition. After this inspection he gathered the Jewish officials told them his plan, and with God’s blessing along with the king’s help, they were ready to start building. Everyone worked with all their heart which made the project work. Half the men worked and the other half stood guard so their enemies would stay away. All attempts to trick or deceive Nehemiah failed as the wall was completed in only 52 days! This shows that with God’s help we can overcome the challenges we face.  

Share:
With your family, discuss the biggest challenges each person faces in the coming week. Then talk about ways each person can invite God into the challenge (such as talking to God about uncertainties and asking for help in discovering the solutions). Then pray together about those challenges.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
As a family, accept a challenge that would be good for your family to accomplish, such as spending some time together without electronic devices, taking a walk or bicycle ride in your neighborhood to get some exercise, or working together to make a home-cooked meal. Before you begin your challenge, ask God to help you and to be with you. After you meet your challenge, give each other high fives and thank God in 

prayer.