Posts Tagged ‘spies’

Let us Give Thanks

Key Verse: “Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done”
(1 Chronicles 16:8)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: We can have faith that God will do big things in our lives.   

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Joshua 2:1-24) It was time for the Israelites to go into battle with the people of Canaan. In preparation, Joshua sent spies into the land first. Remembering the last time spies were sent from among the Israelites and how that turned out, Joshua just sent two. The spies were saved by Rahab, who made them promise that her and her household would be saved when they attacked. Because of this Rahab is commended for her faith in Hebrews 11:31.  

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk with your kids about areas in your life where your faith is strong and areas where you need God to help you grow in your faith. Then ask your kids to think of areas in their own lives where they need God to help them grow in their faith. For example, maybe they need to trust God in their school work, or maybe they need to ask God to help them in their relationships. Then talk about one way each of you can commit to showing God that you trust him to do big things in that area of your life.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
This week bake cookies or some other treat as a family. Then take the treats to a neighbor or friend and spend time with them. If an opportunity arises to allow you to share your faith then go for it! However, do not force it, your gesture will speak volumes about your faith.

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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 know that: Standing up for God means following him no matter what.

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Numbers 13:1-14:23) So it was time for the Israelites to take the land that God had given them. In preparation of this they sent spies into the land to see what kind of opposition they were facing. When the spies returned only Joshua and Caleb had faith that God could do what he said, the others exaggerated the reports of the size and strength of the lands inhabitants. God was angry at the Israelites but once again forgave them. Moses was able to talk with God and intercede for them (much like Christ intercedes for us). However, their actions resulted in consequences, and they were destined to walk in the desert for forty more years. Joshua and Caleb had enough faith in God that they stood firm even though it wasn’t the popular thing to do.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Spend time with your kids looking through the Bible for someone who was a hero and stood up for God. What qualities did that hero live out that you’d like to adopt in your life? Maybe that person stood up for God through his or her actions despite life-threatening consequences, or perhaps that person listened to the Holy Spirit instead of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. Then, talk with your kids about areas where each of you need to make more of an effort to stand up for God.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
As a family look through an album of old family pictures. Look for pictures that depict times someone in the family stood up for someone else or was loyal to someone else. Maybe you’ll see a picture of an old friend that you stood up one time. Or maybe you’ll find a picture of a sports team in which members had to be loyal to each other and stick together in order to win. Then talk about times members in your family stood up for God or showed loyalty to God. Tell stories about those times. Then have each member of your family talk about times its hard to stand up for God. After everyone has shared, pray together for each person in your family. Ask God to give each of you courage to stand up for him everyday.