Monthly Archives: July 2013

Les Disobeyles (The Fall) Gen 3:1-24- Elementary Lesson for Aug 4

13AUG_BL03_Instagram-copyIn this week’s Bible story, God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden with just one command (Genesis 1, 2, 4). When they began to doubt God, they made their own plan and disobeyed Him. Their one act of disobedience continues to have profound affects for every person on earth.

Our Bottom Line is: I should trust and obey even when I think my way is better. Sometimes we think we can make a plan that’s smarter, easier, or quicker than our leader’s plan, but our leader sees the bigger picture and understands the greater consequences. We might respectfully ask questions, but we can trust their plan.

The monthly memory verse is: Obey your leaders. Put yourselves under their authority. They keep watch over you. They know they are accountable to God for everything they do. Obey them so that their work will be a joy. If you make their work a heavy load, it won’t do you any good.” Hebrews 13:17 NIrV

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by | July 31, 2013 · 7:00 am

August 2013 Sneak Preview– Obedience- Some Assembly Required

7320AUG MATRIXObedience is trusting those who lead you by doing what you’re asked to do. God asks us to trust Him by giving us specific things to do to accomplish His work around us. He may even ask us to do something that seems too hard or too uncomfortable. But we can choose to trust that He’ll work out the details and take care of our needs. Then it’s easier for us to choose to obey and act on what we know, because we trust our ultimate Leader.

The monthly memory verse is: “Obey your leaders. Put yourselves under their authority. They keep watch over you. They know they are accountable to God for everything they do. Obey them so that their work will be a joy. If you make their work a heavy load, it won’t do you any good.” (Hebrews 13:17, NIrV) Often, it’s hardest to obey when God asks us to trust another person that He has chosen to lead us. But, as long as their instructions line up with God’s commands, do what they ask of us.

In Week One’s Bible story, God places Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden with just one command (Genesis 1, 2, 3:1-24). When they make their own plan and disobey God, it has profound and lasting affects. Our Bottom Line is: I should trust and obey even when I think my way is better. Our leaders see the bigger picture and understand the greater consequences.

In Week Two’s Bible story, Noah had a history of trusting God, and continued to obey God to the smallest detail while building the ark (Genesis 6–8). Even when everyone else disobeyed, Noah followed God. Our Bottom Line is: I should trust and obey even when others don’t. Developing a pattern of obedience might prepare us for trusting God in a moment when the stakes are even higher.

In Week Three’s Bible story, God makes a big promise to Abraham, and then asks Abraham to move to a new place (Genesis 12:1-5; 13:2-18; 15:1-6). Abraham doesn’t know where or how God will keep His promises. But he trusts God. Our Bottom Line is: I should trust and obey even if I don’t know how it will all work out. We always know we can trust God, so we can confidently obey.

In Week Four’s Bible story, God asks Abraham to do something shocking (Genesis 15, 18, 21, 22). When Abraham is willing to obey and sacrifice what he loves, he demonstrates his unwavering trust in God to keep His promises. Our Bottom Line is: I should trust and obey even if it costs me something. We can trust that God wants what’s best for us.

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by | July 31, 2013 · 7:00 am

Reaching the Summit (Mat 22:34-40)- Elementary Lesson for July 28

13JULY_BL_Week4_InstagramIn this week’s biblical principle, Jesus teaches the Pharisees about the greatest commandment (Matthew 22:34-40). Jesus commanded that we should love God with all our hearts and love others as we love ourselves.

Our Bottom Line is: God is doing something in you to change the world around you. Often, one of the best ways we can love God is by loving His people. Regardless of who the person is or what they’ve done, God still loves them, and we can too.

The monthly memory verse is: You are the light of the world. A city on a hill can’t be hidden.” Matthew 5:14 NIrV When we choose to love God by loving others, we will help God’s love shine on all people.

 


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Download this week’s devotional for kids– GodTime (July, Week 4)

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by | July 24, 2013 · 2:23 pm

Family Devotions for Early Childhood, Sundays Jul 14-21: Joseph Forgives His Brothers

Bible Text: Genesis 42:1-45:5 (NIrV)

Read with Me Bible Reference: Pages 87-92

Key Point of Passage: God used Joseph’s brothers’ mean act of selling him into slavery for good to save many lives.

Memory Verse: (They) planned to harm (him), but God planned it for good (Genesis 50:20).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      When Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt to buy food, who was in charge of selling the food?

2)      When they realized that the governor of Egypt was their brother Joseph, why were they afraid?

3)      Why did Joseph tell them not to be afraid?

4)      Do you think it made Joseph and his brothers feel good to be friends again?

5)      When your brother or sister or friend hurts you, does God want you to forgive too?

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Family Devotions for Early Childhood, Sunday July 7: Joseph and Pharaoh’s Dream

Bible Text: Genesis 41:1-57

Key Point of Passage: God gave Joseph wisdom to know about Pharaoh’s dream, and how to prepare so he could save all the people from being hungry.

Memory Verse: (They) planned to harm (him), but God planned it for good (Genesis 50:20).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      Did anyone here have a funny dream last night? What did you dream?

2)      Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, had a dream about 7 fat cows and 7 skinny cows. What did the fat cows represent (years with lots of food, or not enough food)? What about the skinny cows (repeat)?

3)      When God told Joseph what Pharaoh’s dream meant, who did Pharaoh put in charge to help prepare for the years of not enough food?

4)      How did Joseph help keep people from starving when there wasn’t enough food?

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Preschool-Kindergarten, Sundays June 30-July 14: Jealousy, Hard Work and Giving

The Preschool-Kindergarten class has been continuing in our Proverbs Wisdom series by learning about three related topics of Jealousy, Hard Work and Giving. Proverbs encourages us to not envy what others have, but instead, work hard to provide for our families – and to give to others as well! Our memory verse for this unit was Ephesians 4:28 : “Never steal. Instead work. Then give to  those in need”. The applications for some of these principles might be a little different for preschoolers (sharing toys and picking up after themselves), but the principles are universal. We hope your whole family benefits from talking about these principles together.

On June 30, we looked at Jealousy (envy). Check out our Parent Handout here: Parent Handout – Jealousy

On July 7, we looked at Hard Work (as opposed to being lazy). Check out our Parent Handout here: Parent Handout – Hard Work

On July 14, we looked at Giving to those in need. Check out our Parent Handout here: Parent Handout – Giving

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Trailblazers (Mat 28:16-20)- Elementary Lesson for July 21

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In this week’s Bible story, Jesus commands His followers to go into all the world and tell about God’s love (Matthew 28:16-20). And then we’ll see how some of those men obeyed and God’s love spread from one town to the next (Matthew 9:35 – 11:1; Acts 1-2, 8-10; The Epistles)

Our Bottom Line is: God is doing something in me to show the world who He is. Each of Jesus’ followers had a story of when God had shown them love, and they were able to share that story with other people.

The monthly memory verse is: You are the light of the world. A city on a hill can’t be hidden.” Matthew 5:14 NIrV God is developing a story of His love in each of us that we can share, and soon His love can cover the whole world.

 

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Download this week’s devotional for kids– GodTime (July, Week 3)

Download this week’s parent resource– ParentCue (July, Week 3)

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by | July 17, 2013 · 11:24 am