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Slavery of Self Reliance

We have become a very independent people. But self dependence has caused a slavery of self reliance. We depend on ourselves. We try to control our circumstances to ensure our lives. We take on the burden. We define our meaning and significance. We are in charge of our security and safety.

God did not create us to be this way. God wants to free us from ourselves. We weren’t meant to be burdened in this way.

God is our meaning, our significance, our security, our safety and protection. He is our hope. Only those people who find themselves in need of a Savior will look for one. Only those people searching for a Savior will recognize one.  Let go and let God. Let God define you. Let God be your meaning and significance. Let God be your security, your protection. Let it go.

“Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.” – 2 Corinthians 3:5 [ESV]

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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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The Power of Prayer

Children are a great part of our future. I read a story I want to share with you. It is actually about a professor who is at Southwestern Seminary. When he was 5 years old, his family was not well off. They barely had the money to make it and he didn’t have any shoes. His mother thought it was very important to pray– she understood the value of prayer.

When she sent her son to the store, she gave him the grocery list. HE didn’t have shoes to wear on his feet to go to the store. His mother said, “I’m sorry, but I don’t have the money to buy you shoes.” She told him that they should pray to God and ask Him to provide and He will provide, and so they prayed.

He went to the store and handed the man behind the counter the grocery list. The man looked at the list and then looked at the boy’s feet. He asked the boy why he didn’t have any shoes on his feet and the boy told him that they did not have the money for shoes.

The grocer packed up the list of groceries, wrote a note, and stuck everything into a bag. The boy proceeded home and gave his mother the groceries. When his mother was going through the items, she noticed the note that the man left, along with money for her to purchase the boy a pair of shoes.

Luke 11:9-10 says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.”

There is great power in prayer. As James wrote, “an effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” Never doubt for a moment if God can hear your prayers or not. He hears each one of them and He answers each one of them.

As this little boy found out, God heard him and his mother praying for those shoes and God provided. This story shows the importance not only of sharing the power of prayer with young ones around us, but also in remembering the great power that prayer can have in our lives.