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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!

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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.

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(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.

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 helps us when we’re afraid

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Exodus 16:1-26) The Israelites had been free from the Egyptians for approximately 30 days. It was at this time that their food started to run out. This caused great concern and the Israelites began to grumble and complain. It was then that God provided food from heaven every morning that they decided to call manna. This manna (which means “what is it”) was not to be stored and saved, but to be gathered day by day. If they decided to store the manna it would spoil This taught the Israelites to trust that God will provide what they needed when they needed.

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(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a time your family faced a serious need that God provided for. Maybe it was a miraculous answer to prayer for healing or maybe God used other people around you to provide for a financial need. Then come up with ways you as a family can reach out to others in need as God leads you to.

 Activity/Challenge for Families:
Have everyone in the family work together to create a chart of things God provides for your family. Make the chart out of construction paper – maybe it could look like a big present – and hang it on your refrigerator. Throughout the week, have family members draw or write on the chart things God provides for them. At the end of the week, sing the song “Psalm 23” together to thank God for providing.

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 helps us when we’re afraid

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Exodus 13:17 – 14:31) Approximately 200 million Israelites had just been freed from slavery, and God led them into the wilderness as they left the bondage of the Egyptians. God decided to take them the long way to the land He promised them, but that was so they could avoid the mighty Philistines. God knew that they were not ready to fight a massive army, so they were led by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. When Pharaoh heard they went the long route, he assumed they were simply wandering aimlessly and decided to pursue them to bring them back. God had something else planned and protected the Israelites by dividing the Red Sea so they could safely walk to safety. In each instance they were afraid, but God protected them in every way.

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(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a time your family faced a scary situation. Maybe you were trapped in a car during a violent storm or perhaps your house was broken into. Have each family member share what they remember about the situation and talk about how they felt before, during, and after. Then ask each person to share a time they’ve been afraid in the past week. Encourage everyone to think of ways God can help when we’re afraid.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
As a family take time to discuss the things that you are most afraid of and how to overcome those fears. For example, if one family member is afraid of the house catching on fire, point out the smoke detectors in the house and have a family fire drill. Write out emergency phone numbers and put them in a special place. Look up verses in the bible in which God promises to take care of us. Also make a promise to one another not to tease one another about his or her fears. That means if mom is afraid of mice, no toy mice are to be left under the kitchen cabinet!

August Free

Key Verse: “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36)

Our hope is for our kids to believe that: Jesus sets us free

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Exodus 11:1 – 12:36) The final plague was a devastating one. This was also the only plague that required the Hebrews to do anything that required faith. The Hebrews had to sacrifice an innocent lamb and place the blood on the doorsteps, this symbol of an innocent life to save the life of another would be understood years later when Jesus died on the cross. The Hebrews were slaves for 400 years and knew about the Gods of Egypt, but through these plagues God showed the Hebrews what he could and would do for them. Pharaoh finally understood this and let the Hebrews go and freed them. God heard the prayers and cries of his people and used Moses to help set them free.

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(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents:Tell about a time you felt imprisoned. Maybe you felt imprisoned in a job you disliked, or maybe you felt trapped by a family obligation you couldn’t get away from. Then ask your kids what it means to them to be imprisoned or trapped by sin. Share what it means to each of you that Jesus has set you free from sin, and talk about how that impacts your daily life.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Have a spontaneous hike with your child. Say, “Quick! Let’s pack for a long walk. We need to leave in five minutes.” Then set the kitchen timer. Help your child pack a backpack with items such as a jacket, water bottle, snack, and camera. As you walk (perhaps around your neighborhood), talk about the Hebrew’s escape from Egypt. Remind your child that God’s freedom lasts forever because Jesus sets us free from our sins!

August Free

Key Verse: “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God uses his power to help us

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(Open the bible and read to your child Exodus 7:8 – 10:29) Moses was instructed to use his staff to show the mighty power of God to Pharaoh and the Egyptians. Pharaoh’s magicians were able to use trickery to duplicate some of the plagues that Moses did but never on the scale that God was able to do. It may be strange to some of us how Pharaoh kept changing his mind after promising to let the Hebrews go, but we too sometimes make God promises when things are bad, (God if you get me out of this I’ll never lie again). The plagues were used to show all of Egypt God’s power. The Hebrew’s were treated poorly by the Egyptians, and when they cried out to God, he responded.

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(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a time you sensed the power of God at work.Maybe it was something as simple as seeing God’s power in a thunderstorm or something as big as God performing a medical miracle in the life of a family member. Encourage your kids to think of their own examples of the power of God at work in their lives. Then discuss ways your family can be more open to seeing God’s power at work in everyday life.

 

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Take your child bowling and experience power firsthand! As you and your child bowl together, encourage your child to notice the power of the ball when he or she holds it, when it rolls down the lane, and when it knocks over the pins! Tell your child that no matter how powerful the ball is when it knocks over the pins, nothing matches God’s power.