Monthly Archives: December 2012

January 2013 Sneak Preview: The Amazing Race!

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My dad is a runner. I have many fond memories of spending Saturday mornings cheering for Dad as he ran local 5K and 10K road races. His first marathon was particularly big. Dad had been training for months but finally the weekend came. Our family traveled with him to Nashville to cheer him on.

We chose different spots along the course to cheer. At the first mile, all the runners were enthusiastically smiling as they passed us. But farther down the race, many of the runners looked a lot less cheerful. By mile 20, the runner’s faces showed nothing but sheer DETERMINATION, which is deciding it’s worth it to finish what you’ve started.As runners crossed the finish line, their faces reflected the pride in having gone the distance.

Our lives are like a big Amazing Race, and when we practice determination, we can be the one who goes the distance and finishes strong.

The monthly memory verse is: Let us keep on running the race marked out for us,”Hebrew 12:1b, NIrV. When God asks us to do something, He’s often guiding us step-by-step in a certain direction that we may not even see or realize. Our determination to be the one who follows God leads us closer to the good things He has in store for us!

In Week One’s Bible story, God tells Noah to build an ark (Genesis 6:5-22). It took him years, but Noah was determined to make the wise choice and follow God no matter how long it took! Our Bottom Line is: Be the one who keeps doing what’s right. Since we trust that God is in control, we are motivated to keep doing what we know is the right thing.

In Week Two, our Bible story tells when God met Moses at the burning bush (Exodus 3:1-12). Moses gained the determination he needed to lead God’s people out of slavery because he trusted our powerful God. So when He asks us to do something, we can know He will give us the strength to see it through and be with us through the journey. Our Bottom Line is: Be the one who does what God says because He’s AWE-some.

In Week Three, our Bible story shows how Ruth is determined to stick by Naomi during the very hardest times (Book of Ruth). Ruth didn’t want Naomi to feel alone and overwhelmed with how her life turned out. Our Bottom Line is: Be the one who sticks by someone in need. Sometimes when we decide to help someone, it gets harder than we expected it would. But we should be determined to help however long and in whatever way is needed.

In Week Four, Colossians 3:23-24 helps us understand the principle of work. As we work, we can be determined to finish the job right, and with a good attitude, because we know we’re always serving God. This week our Bottom Line is: Be the one who works hard, because God sees your heart. God pays attention to all the work that we do, even the smallest things. And it really pleases Him when we do those things with a good attitude!

When you put your faith in God, He’ll give you the strength you need to keep doing what you should do—even when it’s hard and even when others give up. Because when you have the determination to finish what you’ve started, you won’t miss out on the good things God has in store for you.

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 By Jessica McKee ©2012 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. http://www.ThinkOrange.com *Used by permission.

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Finding Jesus (The Wise Men Appear to Jesus) Lower & Upper Elementary Sunday Dec 30

Our Bible story follows some wise men who visited Jesus (Matthew 2:1-12). The men left their homes to travel a far distance, navigating the constellations, just to visit Jesus. They must have trusted something or someone bigger than themselves to go so far and to leave a different way.

This week, our Bottom Line is: God loved you first. How will you love him? We can follow God and show Him our love by spending time with Him, talking to Him, reading His word, among other things. We can love God by loving others.

Our memory verse is God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.” John 3:16, NIrV God had compassion on us and gave His Son to meet our need. How far will we go to worship Him?

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The Vow (God Shows His Love) Lower & Upper Elementary Sunday Dec 23

Our Bible story helps us understand why we should show compassion to others. Since God showed His love (1 John 4:9-12), we should also love each other. It’s God’s love in us that gives us the passion, energy, and creativity to do something about someone else’s need.

This week our Bottom Line is: God showed the world His love. How will you show the world? When Jesus was born into the world, God’s love met our needs. So now, we serve others because it’s what God modeled and did for us.

Our memory verse is God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.” John 3:16, NIrV Showing others God’s love is not just the right thing to do, it’s what God calls us to do.

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Preschool-Kindergarten, Sunday Dec 23: The Christmas Story

Bible Text: Matthew 1:18-2:12

Read with Me Bible Reference: Pages 252-259, 270-276

Key Point of Passage: The wise men worshipped baby Jesus, the Son of God.

Memory Verse: God loved the world so much that He gave His Son (John 3:16).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      What was the name of the baby born in this story?

2)      And what was special about baby Jesus?

3)      How did the wise men find Jesus?

4)      When the wise men did find Jesus, what did they do? Let’s worship Jesus together now.

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Christmas Lessons for Early Childhood: Jesus is Born!

Bible Text: Luke 2:1-20

Read with Me Bible Reference: Pages 256-265

Key Point of Passage: Angels and Shepherds praised God because Jesus the savior was born; the shepherds found baby Jesus lying in a manger, just as the angels said.

Memory Verse: A Savior has been born; He is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      Jesus is our Lord and Savior. But when He was first born, He wasn’t born in a castle with a nice warm crib. What was Jesus’ first bed?

2)      What was the good news the angels told to the shepherds?

3)      After the shepherds saw baby Jesus, they praised God. Let’s praise God and thank Him for sending His Son Jesus on Christmas.

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Preschool-Kindergarten, Sunday Dec 16: Prophecy about Jesus’ birth

Bible Text: Isaiah 9:2-7 

Read with Me Bible Reference: 256-259 is the actual birth story (not the prophecy).

Key Point of Passage: God gave us the wonderful gift of His Son to rule forever and bring us joy.

Memory Verse: God loved the world so much that He gave His Son (John 3:16).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      Who is this Bible passage talking about? Who is the Son of God who was born as a little baby?

2)      But the words that we read today were written 700 years before Jesus was even born! That is why we call it a “prophecy”. Does anyone know what “prophecy” means?

3)      This prophecy says that Jesus is the kind who will rule over everyone. How long does it say that Jesus will rule the world?

4)      The prophecy also says that Jesus is the light for a dark world and that He will bring us joy. Does Jesus bring you joy? Let’s worship Jesus now!

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The Good Shepherds Lower & Upper Elementary Sunday Dec 16

In this week’s Bible story, the shepherds visit Jesus (Luke 2:8-20) after having heard the good news from a host of angels! After the shepherds saw the baby Jesus, they wanted to tell everyone they met about how God was meeting our greatest need.

The good news the angels sang about wasn’t just for the shepherds. It was for also for each person we cross paths with every day. Our Bottom Line is: God gave us great news. Who will you tell? Every person has the same great need to be rescued. We can help meet that need by telling them the good news of Jesus.

What’s that good news? Our memory verse sums it up:God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life. John 3:16, NIrV Whether it’s through telling others the good news, or sharing other moments in your life about when God revealed Himself, tell others about God’s compassion.

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