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Double Check

Everything in life changes when you have a child. All of the sudden you have this other person you are responsible for and life is forever different. I remember the first day I was a mother. I remember staying awake just to watch my son and make sure he was breathing. I couldn’t take my eyes off of him. This was repeated with my daughter. Now my children are teens, but I am still the watchful mother. Today I found myself driving by the high school again to be sure that my daughter’s team showed up for practice, that she wasn’t left sitting alone with no communication. When I left her, the team had not yet showed up. Hence, the double check.

On the way home from the double check drive by, I couldn’t help but consider how God watches over us. He doesn’t have to double check to make sure we are still okay. He doesn’t get worried about what is going to happen to us. Things are very different when it comes to our relationship with God. He is our Father. We can cry out “Abba Father,” which means “Daddy.” But we also can rest assured that He is with us always. His Word shares this Truth. He misses nothing; He cares enough to double check, but He needs not do so because He is all-knowing and all-seeing.

Today, remember your heavenly Father Who is always with you. He cares for you as if you were His only child. He wants to be part of your life—He wants to be your life. He sent His one and only Son to earth to carry the sins of the world on His shoulders, to save you and me—to redeem us so that we are no longer separated from Him by our sin. He died on a Cross, a sinner’s death, though sinless. He rose from the dead and offers us the same resurrection life. He poured out His Spirit upon us. Simply by professing our belief in Jesus Christ we receive a new life—a life with our heavenly Father—an eternal life. By doing so, by professing your faith in Him, you are a child of God. Today, speak to your Father. Spend time in His presence. Enjoy Him. Rejoice in Him.

“God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as His very own children. And because we are His children, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, ‘Abba, Father.’ Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are His child, God has made you His heir.” – Galatians 4:5-7 [NLT]

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Smart Wisdom

Twice this week I have seen a young man walking his son down the middle of the street. I often see runners and walkers alike walking on the street at the side of the road. Many of them have florescent clothing and typical exercise attire. All of them are looking forward to be aware of any oncoming traffic while walking on the proper side of the street to be as safe as possible. This man with the small child; however, rarely looks up as he walks his child. He has his face looking downward at his “Smart Phone,” keeping his attention there for blocks at a time.

If you have a child, God has blessed you with that child. You have been entrusted to care for the child and to raise the child in the way of the Lord. Numerous passages speak of teaching our children the Lord’s Word. Numerous passages mention training up a child. Sadly, there are many parents who are lost themselves, walking hap hazardously through life. This can be not only dangerous for the parents but can also be hurtful to the children. Other parents, even those who know the Lord, have been engrossed with other things in life, that their children do not get much of their attention.

Today, if you have a child—thank God for such a great blessing and seek Him for guidance. Rely on His Word to help you train up the child as the way to go in life. Ask yourself—are you active in your child’s life? Do you know what is going on at your son’s school? Are you interested in what your daughter is interested in? Get interested. Pay attention. Hug. Show love. Show support. Share wisdom. Share Jesus. They need it.

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” – Psalm 127:3 [ESV]

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Tossing Pennies

A customer who I see quite often told me of something she enjoys doing whenever she sees little kids nearby while shopping. She said if she spots some little children lurking around, she takes some pennies from her wallet and walks near them and drops them on the floor for the children. She said her reward is watching the children with smiles on their faces gathering the pennies. With such a small gesture, she brings joy to so many children.

The lady does something so simple, yet so intentional. She doesn’t have much but she has constructed a way to use what she has to bring joy to others. That is what we all can do—use what God has given us to love and serve others.

Remember that you reap what you sow.

“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” – Galatians 6:7 [ESV]

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Children’s Ministry Lesson: Abraham Abundance and Blessing

Getting Started: Discussion of Count the Stars Simile

First tell children about some similes – brave as a lion, crazy like a fox, slow as molasses. Visual illustration: molasses poured out slowly.
Genesis 15 says “look up at the sky and count the stars… so shall your offspring be.” – As many people as stars.
Can you count the stars? Do you know how many stars there are in the sky? What does this mean? (You can also show your favorite constellation to intro to these questions).

Craft / Activity

Watered down glue / glitter / black or dark blue construction paper / brown or beige construction paper

Cut the brown / beige construction paper as a small land mass before class.

Spread the watered down glue on the papers. Put the land mass at the bottom of the paper. Sprinkle glitter on the paper. Be sure to have a small box to catch the glitter that falls from the paper.

On the land mass, write “Count the Stars” – Genesis 15:5

After doing the activity, begin digging deeper into the lesson (this allows for the papers to dry and for children to have another visual learning experience).

Genesis 12:1-5 – God’s promise to Abram

I will make you into a GREAT NATION

I will make your NAME GREAT

You will be A BLESSING

… ALL PEOPLES ON EARTH WILL BE BLESSED THROUGH YOU.

(New Home – Great Name – Family)

Abram (75 years old)  – left Haran with Sarai and Lot.

Genesis 15:2-6 – Count the Stars

Abram asked what the Lord could give. He had no children. The Lord said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars –if indeed you can count them. So shall your offspring be.” Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

Genesis 18:10-14 – Sarah Laughs

Three men visit Abraham and food is prepared. They explain that Sarah would have a son. Sarah laughed. Is anything too hard for the LORD?

Genesis 21:1-7 –Isaac born

The Lord did as He promised. Abraham and Sarah had a son, Isaac, God has brought me laughter. Abraham was 100 years old.

Discuss what this means to us. Discuss blessing. Discuss abundance.

Closing Verse: 2 Corinthians 9:8

“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

What does this mean? What are we promised?

Download this Lesson (Dropbox Link to .doc file)

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The Good Samaritan

Help the needy. Feed the hungry. Fight for the widow and stand up for the poor. Again and again we read commands to be there for our fellow man. Yet not enough people are following those commands. The world contains those who can build marble fountains in their fabulous vacation home with elaborate fish tanks and designer clothing to those who do not eat for days, who are faced with possible food and water contamination due to their circumstances.

I recently started working as a cashier at a grocery store and have seen things that are painful to watch. A young lady told me she was just in a car accident and was only released from the hospital so she did not have her rewards card to scan; it was in her totaled car. She looked tearful and in pain. She had two items, dog food and toilet paper. She attempted to pay with her debit card but the payment was declined. She then asked for me to remove the toilet paper and try again. I had to wait for my manager to void the transaction. As I waited, with a large line of people waiting to be served, no one offered to pay the few dollars to help this young lady out. There was no random act of kindness. I prayed someone would step up. I prayed someone would be the Good Samaritan. Instead the young lady left with dog food and tear filled eyes.

The world has a lot of needs – the greatest is Jesus. Today, be the Good Samaritan. Lend a hand. Help someone out. Commit a random act of kindness. Most importantly, share Jesus. Share His Message. Share His love.

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” – Matthew 25:40 [NIV]

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Spoiled Rotten

The other day I was asked to keep the fruit snacks out of the bag as I processed an order. I was sure to comply with the request but it was not good enough. The fruit snacks I kept back were for the one child; however, the other child also had a box of fruit snacks. Something very trivial to me became a very loud scene.

The children had to have their own boxes of fruit snacks. A big tantrum proceeded—where there was no respect, no discipline, nothing but blame passed to me for not keeping both boxes of fruit snacks out. Each box of fruit snacks contains ten pouches. One would assume children would share. I never heard of children both needing to have their own. But what was worse, was that the mother blamed me for an error when the error wasn’t bagged fruit snacks. The children caused such a scene with people shaking their heads at the selfishness, the disrespect, etc.

I don’t want to criticize bad parenting. I mess up often. But today I want to remind you all of something very important. We have an amazing Father—a PERFECT FATHER. He doesn’t give us everything. Some things we aren’t meant to have because it would spoil us. So why do we insist on giving our children everything? There is a reason for discipline. There is a reason for tough love. There is a reason for restrictions and guidelines. When something is spoiled, we say it’s “rotten.” Let us not raise up rotten children. Let us raise up God fearing, respectful, loving children.

“Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.” – Proverbs 13:24 [NIV]

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Children’s Ministry Lesson: Parable of the Foolish Rich Man

This lesson is on the Parable of the Foolish Rich Man. The passage to read is Luke 12:13-21. The key verse is Luke 16:13. The front page of the activity sheet is divided into two sides. The object is to have the children list what they think both types of people would look like in their opinion. The one side would be those who are rich toward God and the other side would be those who are like the foolish rich man. On the second side, there is an activity to look through the passage and notice all of the key words that focus on the self. There are a few verses included with the lesson for the kids to reflect upon further with parents at home.

To open the class, I am going to ask some questions that would give the children options of seeing how people could put God first or put money or themselves first. From there, I am going to tell the parable and have a few students read some verses. I got some granola (honey and oats) to share with the children as I discuss this abundance of crops. Then we will discuss further using the activity sheet I created (front and back). Our craft will be something I’ve seen around in the past. We will make silos using toilet paper rolls. I am going to get the tubes of toilet paper covered with white paper before class and glued at the bottom to save time. They will decorate the silos and then instead of filling them with crops, fill them with blessings from God. Then every night they can pull out a blessing and thank God. When the blessings run out, they are encouraged to fill the silos up (or even fill up as they see more blessings).

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Children’s Ministry Lesson: The Unmerciful Servant

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant can teach us all a great lesson about forgiveness. This lesson is geared toward elementary school children. The goal is to teach the children more about the topics of mercy and forgiveness and to encourage children to forgive and show mercy to others. The front page of this lesson provides a definition of mercy, a key verse, and breaks down God’s forgiveness. The second page is a fill-in sheet to be used with a discussion after reading Matthew 18:21-35 with the group. The activity/craft period of this lesson will be used to brainstorm how we can be better at forgiving. We will then make an art project or card for someone who we want to bless, someone who we may need to forgive for something or someone who we have forgiven in the past.

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Children’s Ministry Lesson: Wise or Foolish (The Wise and Foolish Builders)

Tomorrow’s lesson is about the Wise and Foolish Builders which can be found in Matthew 7 and Luke 6 of the Bible. I have created a simple handout for the children to complete. The handout will challenge children to grasp the true meaning of the selected passages, to understand obedience, and to consider a personal plan of action to move forward. Too often, we consider this verse as telling us to build our lives on the Rock (Jesus), but obedience isn’t discussed.

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This lesson does not include an activity. We will be discussing different scenarios and we will be having a hands on activity involving two different types of buildings.

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Children’s Ministry Lesson: Fruit of the Spirit (Self Control)

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This lesson does not include an activity. We did a red light green light type game using the last part of the lesson. An optional craft could be a sign or door hanger with the Bible verse. Ex: Stop sign with the verse.

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