Monthly Archives: August 2013

Survivor Man (Joseph- Gen 30, 37, 39, 40, 41, 42-46)- Elementary Lesson for Sep 1

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In this week’s Bible story, Joseph lived a life of courage (Genesis 30, 37, 39, 40, 41, 42-46). Joseph could have despaired when faced with several difficult situations, but rather he remained faithful to God, trusting that God must have a bigger story at work.

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Our Bottom Line is I can be brave because I know God is with me. As kids approach a new school year, sports team, or art class, they can push past their fear because God is with them. When kids are afraid of being alone or being in the dark, they can have courage because God is with them.
The monthly memory verse is: “When I’m afraid, I will trust in You.” Psalm 56:3, NIrV Our trust in God is the source of our courage. Just like Joseph knew God was working to make things good in his life, we can have the same confidence and move courageously into fearful situations because we know God is with us.

At Home

Download this week’s devotional for kids– GodTime (September, Week 1)

Download this week’s parent resource– ParentCue (September, Week 1)

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by | August 28, 2013 · 9:00 am

Preschool-Kindergarten, Sundays Aug 11-18: Righteousness, Consequences and the Gospel

The Preschool-Kindergarten class finished our Proverbs Wisdom series by learning about the topics of Righteousness, Consequences and the Gospel.  We learned about how righteous actions produce good fruit, and sinful actions produce bad consequences on August 11th. Then, we talked more about Righteousness and how both Proverbs and the rest of the Bible teach that Jesus needs to be our Righteousness. We presented the Gospel message in class this past Sunday. But knowing how important this is, we encourage you to follow up with your children this week and regularly regarding these topics. Our memory verse for this unit was Romans 6:23: “When you sin, you get death. But the gift of God is eternal life because of what Jesus has done”.

On Aug 11, we looked at Consequences. Check out our Parent Handout here: Parent Handout – Consequences

On Aug 18, we looked at Righteousness (the Gospel). Check out our Parent Handout here: Parent Handout – Gospel

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Preschool-Kindergarten, Sundays July 21 – Aug 4: Patience, Peace, and Words

The Preschool-Kindergarten class continued in our Proverbs Wisdom series by learning about three related topics of Patience, Peace, and words.  Our memory verse for this unit was Proverbs 16:32: “It is better to be patient than to fight. It is better to control your temper”.

On July 21, we looked at Patience. Check out our Parent Handout here: Parent Handout – Patience

On July 28, we looked at Peace (instead of fighting). Check out our Parent Handout here: Parent Handout – Peace

On Aug 4, we looked at Words. Check out our Parent Handout here: Parent Handout – words

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Family Devotions for Early Childhood, Sunday Aug 18: Joseph Reassures His Brothers

Bible Text: Genesis 50:15-26

Key Point of Passage: Joseph’s brothers were afraid that he would not forgive the bad things they had done to him, but Joseph knew that God had planned it all for good . 

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

Questions for Discussion:

1)      Joseph’s brothers knew they had done many mean things to him when they were young. Have you ever been hurt by a brother or sister or friend?

2)      Joseph’s brothers were scared he would be mad. Did they say they were sorry and ask Joseph to forgive them?

3)      Joseph trusted that God would use everything for good, even the mean things his brothers had done. Does God still use everything for good?

4)      Does God wants us to trust him and forgive others when they hurt us too?

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Family Devotions for Early Childhood, Sunday Aug 4: Joseph and the Famine

Bible Text: Genesis 47:13-27

Key Point of Passage: All of the people traded Joseph everything they owned for food during the famine, so Pharaoh ended up owning all the land in Egypt.

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

Questions for Discussion:

1)      When the food ran out in Egypt, where did all the people go to buy food?

2)      When the people ran out of money, did Joseph still help them? What did the people trade to Joseph for food?

3)      Once Pharaoh owned all the land and people of Egypt, did Joseph still help them? What did he give them so they could grow food?

4)      Can God use us to help other people too? In what ways might God use you to help someone else?

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Family Devotions for Early Childhood, Sunday Jul 28: Joseph and Jacob Meet Again

Bible Text: Genesis 45:16-46:30

Read with Me Bible Reference: Pages 87-92

Key Point of Passage: Pharaoh, Joseph, and God all asked Jacob to come to Egypt, so he went to Egypt and brought his whole family and everything he owned. 

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

Questions for Discussion:

1)      Pharoah and Joseph gave Jacob and his whole family many good gifts. What are some of the things they sent Jacob?

2)      Pharaoh and Joseph invited Jacob to come to Egypt and God told him to go there too. Did Jacob go to Egypt?

3)      Jacob had a big family of 70 people. Did he bring them all with him?

4)      When God tells us to do things, should we listen too?

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The Descendants (Abraham & Isaac) Gen 15, 18, 21, 22- Elementary Lesson for Aug 25

13AUG_BL04_InstagramIn this week’s Bible story, God had kept His promise and Abraham had a son named Isaac (Genesis 15, 18, 21, 22). But God asked Abraham to do something that shocked him: to sacrifice his only son. When Abraham was willing to obey, he demonstrated his unwavering trust in God to keep His promises. Once God saw that Abraham would obey even when it could cost him something precious, God sent a replacement sacrifice and spared Isaac.

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, so when obeying Him (or our parents, bosses, or teachers) requires us to give up something, we can believe it will be worth it.

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

At Home

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

Download this week’s parent resource– ParentCue (August, Week 4)

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by | August 21, 2013 · 9:00 am