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Risen

Key Verse: “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies’”
(John 11:25)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: We Praise Jesus

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Psalm 118:19-29; Matthew 21:1-11) Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem was the high point of his earthly ministry. The scene was one that military heroes often received, with one main difference; Jesus rode in on a donkey, a sign of humility, rather than riding in on a horse, which fulfilled an Old Testament prophecy. The people who made up the crowd placed their cloaks as a carpet on the street, which was an act of honor and of submission. The people also used cut palm branches as a victory celebration for Jesus. This is known as Palm Sunday.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents:Share with your children one reason to praise Jesus today. Maybe you saw an amazing sunrise and can praise Jesus for his creation. Or perhaps you were reminded of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and want to tell him how thankful you are. Encourage your children to share at least one thing they can praise Jesus for as well. Encourage each other to look for one reason to praise Jesus every day this week.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
As a family, use household objects to show how you can praise Jesus. You can use the words from the Key Verse to get you started: power, wealth, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and praise. Have each family member choose a word and then find an object in the house that represents that way to praise Jesus. For example, someone can bring a piggy bank and tell how we as a family can offer our wealth as praise to Jesus. After everyone finds an object and explains how it represents praise for Jesus, have everyone lift up their object. In unison say, “Jesus, you are worthy of praise! Thank you!”

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Harvest

Key Verse: “Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works in man’s behalf!” –
(Psalms 66:5)

Our hope is for our kids to believe that: God does amazing things to show his power.

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Numbers 22:1-38) The Israelites were close to their land God had promised them. They already defeated a few opponents and the leader of Moab, a land they were camped next to, was worried what the Israelites might do to them. So Balaam was a well known fortuneteller, or diviner. He was asked by the Moabites to bless them and curse the Israelites. Balaam decided to ask God what to do and God told him he cannot curse the Israelites because they were a blessed people. Balaam didn’t take that for an answer and asked a second time. On this second time God let Balaam go with Balak’s men, but grabbed his attention along the way. An angel appeared along the path, so Balaam’s donkey veered off the path. Balaam being upset beat the donkey until he was on the right path again. This happened three times! On the third time God opened the donkeys’ mouth and the donkey began to speak! This grabbed the attention of Balaam and God was able to let him know to follow and say only what God tells him to.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a time God did something amazing in your life. What was your first response? Then think of other amazing things that have happened to you, and in the life of your family, that maybe you didn’t give God the credit for. Spend time thinking of how God does amazing things in your life to show his power. Then, as a family, come up with one way to help you remember to thank God when he does something amazing in your lives in the future.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Plan and host a family reunion (it can be just a small family gathering also). Ask everyone to bring a story or evidence of something amazing God has done in the family – a way God has shown his power. Be sure to collect stories from people who can’t attend. At the reunion, share the stories and rejoice in what God has done! You may want to have someone compile the stories and distribute them to family members.