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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.

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Jesus Saving Time

Key Verse: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”
(John 3:16)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Jesus loves everyone

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child John 4:5-42) It was about noon, and Jesus stopped for a drink. It was a great time for a drink, but the wrong time to draw water. A Samaritan woman was apparently not welcome with the other women who drew from the well in the morning or the evening. It was also not the custom for a Jewish man to speak to a Samaritan woman, so she was very surprised when Jesus asked her for a drink. However, Jesus was more concerned about the woman’s relationship with God than appearances or customs. Because Jesus acted out of love, the woman was able to see who he was and change her life. In addition, she went back to tell her people that she had met the messiah!  

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Share from your own experience (or from the experience of a family friend) about how knowing Jesus has changed your life. Talk about what’s been better and even what’s been harder in your life as a Christian. For example, maybe being a Christian has helped you handle difficult situations with more grace. On the other hand, maybe being a Christian has made it harder for you to relate to family members who aren’t Christians. Encourage your kids to share ways knowing Jesus has changed their lives as well.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Gather clear drinking glasses for all family members, a pitcher of water, a bowl of ice cubes, and tongs. You’ll also need a Bible. Talk about how Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for a drink of water. Read John 4:9-10. Have each family member serve another one a glass of water with ice. Have someone read John 4:13-14. Share how Jesus’ love is like living water—it flows on forever in those who receive it. Pray that God will help your family share that “loving” water of Jesus with each other and with the world.

Jesus Loves

Key Verse: “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these”
(Mark 10:14)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Jesus helps us believe

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Matthew 14:22-33) One day, after Jesus spent a full day healing, preaching, and feeding a crowd, he spent an entire night praying in solitude and getting rest. The disciples remained off at a distance in their own boat. The winds and waves started to batter the boat the disciples were in, when suddenly they saw a figure walking towards them on top of the water! They knew this couldn’t be a human, so at first they thought it was a ghost. At this point Jesus spoke to them telling them to not be afraid. Peter gathered the courage to walk towards Jesus, right on top of the water! Peter was doing great until he took his eyes and focus off Jesus and worried about the storm. At that point, Peter began to sink, so he cried out to Jesus. Jesus told him there was no need to doubt, and to trust in Him!

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Discuss a time you doubted God and his ability to keep a promise he made in the Bible. Remember, kids can learn from your weaknesses as well as your strengths. Perhaps you lost a job and doubted God’s ability to provide for your family. Or perhaps you made such a big mistake that you doubted God could ever forgive you or use you again. Then talk about how God overcame your doubts and helped you believe by providing for you or using you in a way you could never have expected. Encourage your kids to share any doubts they might be having. Then, as a family, talk to God and ask him to take away your doubts.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
One night this week during dinner, talk with your family about times it’s hard to have faith. Let each person tell about a time in the past when he or she has doubted. Then have each person tell how God was faithful in that situation. Next, let each person tell about a fear or hardship he or she is facing right now. As a family, vow to pray for each other to have faith in those situations. Then thank God in advance for his faithfulness!

Harvest the Wise

Key Verse: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5)

Our hope is for our kids to: Trust God completely

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child 1 Kings 17:7-24) During the reign of King Ahab, a drought fell over Israel. This drought was a result of a line of kings who did evil, as well as a way for God to show that Baal was powerless. Baal was the false god that the people of Israel worshipped that was responsible for rain. Well the prophet Elijah met a poor widow in the town of Zarepath. We aren’t sure if the widow was a believer, but we know she chose to obey Elijah. She gave up her last bit of food, did as Elijah requested, and was rewarded by having all the food she, Elijah, and her son needed. Later, when the widow’s son grew ill and died, she blamed Elijah and God. Elijah saw this as an opportunity for God to lead the widow in her faith journey. So acting on faith, Elijah cried out to God, and God brought the child back to life.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk with your children about a time you trusted God completely. Tell your children why you needed to trust God and what God did for you as a result of trusting him. Then allow your children to share any areas where they need to trust God. Maybe they’re worried about passing a class in school, or maybe they’re concerned about a relationship they have. Encourage your children to think about how trusting God can help in these situations.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
This week when you’re all together as a family, tell each family member to think of a challenge or problem they are facing this week. Then take turns sharing. Commit that you will pray for each other. Talk about trusting in God completely for this issue or problem, and then share results sometime in the future.

ReNEWed YEAR!

Key Verse: “For the Son of Man came to seek, and to save what was lost”

(Luke 19:10)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Jesus did miracles to show us He is God

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child John 2:1-11) Jesus and his disciples were invited to a wedding in Galilee. In those days weddings were really a huge occasion, larger than how we celebrate weddings today. One of the things that were expected at weddings was the supply of wine for the entire time of the celebration. When the wine ran out, Mary (who was likely serving at the wedding) asked Jesus to get more wine. She was obviously asking for a miracle, because she knew who he was. Jesus explained to her that it was not his time to reveal who he was, however he proceeded to tell the servants to fill large jugs with water and then draw some out to take to the master of the banquet. When he tasted the drink, it was no longer water, but some of the best wine he has ever tasted! Jesus had performed his first miracle!

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Tell about a time you needed a miracle. What was the situation? How did it work out? Did your faith grow or diminish as a result? Then as a family, ask Jesus to make you aware of his miraculous presence and work in your life and in the world around you each day this week. Praise him each time you recognize his hands at work.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
One night during supper, talk with your family about times God has helped you. Let each family member tell about a time God helped him or her, and have someone else write the story down in a family journal. Each week, repeat the process and add new stories to the journal. In a month or two, have a family party to read the journal and celebrate how God has helped your family.

 

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!