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The Wise and Foolish Builders

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Our love for God is shown by the fruit of our lives, especially when the winds of trials blow

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
Matthew 7:24 (NIV)

Synopsis:
(Open the bible and read to your child Matthew 7:21-27) Jesus tells us that there is a difference between knowing he is God and trusting in Him. We can know that Jesus is God yet not put our trust in Him. He illustrates this by talking about two builders. One builds his house on the sand, and one builds on rock. When the rain and the wind come the house that is on the rock remains standing, while the one on the sand topples over. It is the same with our faith. When we put our trust in anything other than Jesus, we will topple over and crumble when trials occur in our lives. However, when we trust in Jesus, no matter what happens we will come out standing tall, because he is our solid foundation.

The Jesus Connection:
Jesus Christ is the Rock. The sure foundation upon which we build our lives is Jesus himself. No other foundation will do. That Rock—Jesus—is the basis of our claim to forgiveness and life everlasting. The ultimate trial will come for all men when they must stand before a holy God at the last judgment. There will be no hope for those who have not built on the Rock. Psalm 1 tells us that the wicked will not be able to stand in the judgment, but will be blown away like chaff (Psalm 1:4–6) and perish in the fires of hell.

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God Provides Food and Water for Israel

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God Provides Bread from Heaven

“The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing” 
Psalm 34:10

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Exodus 16:1 – 17:7) The people of Israel experienced God save them from the hand of the Egyptians by delivering them out of slavery. They witnessed God part the Red Sea through Moses so they can cross on dry ground. However, they grumbled and complained along the way, and when they became hungry it was no different. As they walked in the desert they complained to Moses, and some even said they wanted to go back to Egypt! They would rather be slaves again! God heard their cries and gave them manna from heaven so that they could eat. They were only to gather enough for the day and not save it for the next. God wanted them to be faithful and trust that he would provide their daily needs.

The Jesus Connection:
Read John 6:31–40.
The manna that God provided for the Israelites in the desert is a picture of Christ, the true spiritual bread from heaven. The Israelites needed to gather bread so they could have some each day. In the same way, we need to draw near to Christ each
day. When we spend time each day reading the Bible and praying to God, we draw spiritual strength and spiritual health from being in his presence. God also provided water in the desert when Moses struck a rock. In 1 Corinthians 10, Paul tells us that this rock was a picture of Christ.

Hot August Sundays

Key Verse: “But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”
(Matthew 5:44)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God can help us all do great things

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child 1 Samuel 17:1-50) David was already anointed as king, but it was likely kept a secret for awhile. Here we see David being trained by King Saul, even though Saul had no idea he was training his replacement! The Philistines and the Israelites were on opposing hills waiting for the other to attack first. The warrior representative for the Philistines was Goliath, a man nearly ten feet tall that everyone was afraid of. However, David knew that with God would use him to do something great, so he took a sling and a rock and hurled it at Goliath. The rock was not a pebble, but likely the size of a baseball traveling nearly 100mph. The force is definitely strong enough to take of the Philistine Goliath, giving David the victory. David was a teen at the time.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about someone who’s doing great things for God. What is that person doing? What great things can you do for God in your own life? Do yard work for a neighbor who can’t get out of the house? Move to foreign country to be a missionary? Ask your kids to think about the kinds of people God uses to do great things. Encourage your kids with the fact that God used a young boy to save the Israelites from their enemies. Talk with your kids about the kind of great things they can do for God.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
This week, take time together as a family to discuss “giants” in one another’s lives. Then build a giant out of paper cups. Write one of you “giants” on each of the cups, and then build a giant tower with the cups. When you’ve finished building your tower, take turns shooting rubber bands at it to knock it down.

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 know that: Only God deserves our worship

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Exodus 32:1-25) Moses was up on the mountain for about six weeks receiving all the laws from God. Because of this, the people of Israel began to think Moses abandoned them or something happened to him. Since the Israelites were used to seeing “gods” in Egypt, and they could neither see God or Moses, God’s representative, they asked Aaron for a god that could get them moving again through the wilderness. Aaron did not stand up to the people and asked them for all their gold jewelry, which he used to make a golden calf. When Moses saw what happened, he grew angry and smashed the stone tablets that God had written the commandments on. It was God who freed the Israelites from Egypt and protected them, so it was God who deserved the worship. In our lives we need to recognize that God deserves our worship.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a time you loved or focused on something more than God. Maybe you got so caught up in your new car that you spent all your time washing it and taking care of it, or maybe your personal appearance became so important to you that you became focused only on yourself. Share what effects worshiping that other thing had on your life, and talk about how you returned to worshiping only God. Then, as a family, think of other things you might be tempted to worship. Come up with ways you can encourage each other to only worship God.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Go for a family walk. Along the way, call out as many reasons as possible for worshiping God. For example, you might call out such reasons as sunshine, air, friends, food, and animals. Have someone write down answers. When you get home, have a family worship time, praising God for the wonderful blessings he gives us.

The Exodus

Key Verse: “Love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” – (Deuteronomy 6:5)

Our hope is for our kids to believe that: God tells us how to respect others

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Exodus 19:16 – 20:21) God gave Moses the Ten Commandments so that the people of Israel knew what was right and what was wrong. It was a guideline to show that it is difficult to live a perfect life. This is why Jesus came to live among us, live a perfect life, and die in our place so that we can be under grace and not the law of the Ten Commandments. This does not mean that we are free to sin and do whatever we want, but we are to honor God by loving him and loving others.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a time you felt you were disrespected by a close friend. How did it feel? What did you do about it? Then talk about why being shown respect is important to each person—no matter what age he or she is. As a family, discuss ways you can show respect to other members of your family and the people around you. Give specific examples such as “I can show respect by turning off the TV and listening when you talk to me” or “I can show respect by not talking about friends behind their backs.”

Activity/Challenge for Families:
With your family, brainstorm different activities that you can do together to show love and respect for others – for example, helping out once a month at a homeless shelter, mowing and cleaning your elderly neighbors yard, or taking cookies to a local hospital or a nursing home. Choose one thing that your family can do together this month to show love and respect to others. Plan it then do it!

The Exodus

Key Verse: “Love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” – (Deuteronomy 6:5)

Our hope is for our kids to believe that: We honor God by loving Him

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Exodus 19:16 – 20:21) The Israelites journeyed to Mount Sinai where God had descended. They knew God was there because there was thunder, lightning and the sound of a large trumpet. The people were in awe over the awesomeness of God who was at the top of the mountain. Moses and Aaron were the representatives for the people, so they walked to the top of the mountain to meet God. God told Moses and Aaron that they (all of the Israelites) were their prize possessions, his holy people. God is honored when we love Him, because he has unconditional love for us, and He is worthy of our praise.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents:Talk with your kids about what the word honor means to you. Then have each person think of one way he or she can honor God this week. Having a hard time coming up with a way to honor God? Look at what Jesus is most important. Love. Matthew 22:34-40 as a family.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
After discussing how you as a family have seen God’s power in your lives, discuss Exodus 19:16-18 and make a volcano to simulate what it may have been like at Mount Sinai. Mix 2 cups of salt, 1 cup of flour, and a 7/8 cup of water in a bowl. Take turns kneading the dough until it becomes firm and holds its shape. Place a baby food jar in the center of a paper plate. Mold the dough around the jar, leaving the top of the jar open as a crater. Put a teaspoon of baking soda in the jar. Pour 1/3 cup of vinegar in a cup and mix in food coloring (any color will do). Then pour the vinegar and food coloring mixture into the volcano. Watch as your mountain erupts with colored foam!

The Exodus

Key Verse: “Love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” – (Deuteronomy 6:5)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God is patient, even when we complain

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Exodus 17:1 – 7) The Israelites enjoyed manna every morning and quail every evening form God as he continued to provide. However, they were not having success in finding water, so they once again began to complain. God in his patience told Moses to take his leaders to a rock at Horeb and strike it. When Moses did as God had told him, water began to pour out, and not just a little bit of water, but enough water to provide for the 2 million or so people. Moses acted on faith and did not question God, and because his leaders were present they witnessed God’s work firsthand. What a wonderful thing it is that God provides for us even when we complain.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a time you complained about a situation. Maybe you complained to one of your neighbors about another neighbor, or perhaps you complained to a friend about your spouse. Share what happened when you complained and how complaining affected the situation. Then encourage each person to think of things he or she complains about most and when. Discuss ways your family can work together to encourage each other to “make do” with a situation or need—without complaining.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Sit down with your family and make a list of as many good gifts from God as you can think of – food to eat, a good family, and a job, for example. Ask your family members to think of times God helped them, and write those too. Post the list where everyone can find it, and ask everyone to look at the list when he or she feels like complaining. The list can help you and your family remember to trust God and to be thankful when you feel like complaining.