Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 6 PART 1 – Goodness (Matthew 5:16)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 6 PART 1 – Goodness (Matthew 5:16)

LESSON: GOODNESS – Shining for Jesus

Memory Verse:  “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”  – Matthew 5:16

Bible Lesson:

“Scripture interprets scripture.” We believe that the BIBLE is the Word of God and that it is true. When we read a verse or story from the bible, we seek to learn its “message” or “interpretation.” A correct interpretation of the Bible will always be consistent with the rest of the Scriptures; the bible will not contradict itself. Let’s practice interpreting scripture by using other verses in the bible to help us understand the meaning of this Matthew 5:16:

  • “In the same way, let your light shine before others – Where does this light come from? 

In the book of John chapter 1, we find the following verses that tell us about the ‘’LIGHT:”

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
4In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
9The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 

Who is the true light? (Jesus – He is the Word that became flesh and he is the true light that gives light to everyone else)
Light comes from Jesus, and so to “let our light shine” means we need to have the light of Jesus in us first. When we have this light, we can then also “shine for Jesus” by spreading this light to others.2.

  •  “that they may see your good deeds” – What are good deeds?

Galatians 5: 19-23 shows us the difference between good and bad deeds:

Bad deeds – Galatians 5:19-21 (Easy-to-Read Version)

Good deeds – Galatians 5:22-23

19 The wrong things the sinful self does are clear: committing sexual sin, being morally bad, doing all kinds of shameful things, 20 worshiping false gods, taking part in witchcraft, hating people, causing trouble, being jealous, angry or selfish, causing people to argue and divide into separate groups, 21 being filled with envy, getting drunk, having wild parties, and doing other things like this. 22 But the fruit that the Spirit produces in a person’s life is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control.
  • “and glorify your Father in heaven.” – How do we glorify our Father in heaven?

In John 15:8, Jesus tells us what brings glory to the Father:

8This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

What brings glory to the Father is seeing his children bear the fruits of being followers of Jesus. We shine for Jesus when we reflect His character and do acts and deeds that show how the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) are working in our lives – and these bring glory to our Father and heaven and lead others to praise God.

Illustration:

In the book “Mere Christianity,” author and theologian C.S. Lewis describes the idea of how we can shine for Jesus. He explained how we know that “the moon does not make its own light. It simply reflects the light of the sun. The moon appears to shine not because of what it is by itself, but only because it is able to reflect the rays of the sun.

In the same way, we who are Christians or followers of Jesus do not have our own light. There is only one true source of light – God. God has made His light available for us through His Son Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we receive this light and our purpose is revealed to us; we are to reflect Christ in our lives.”

Application:

Sometimes, a person can appear to do good deeds such as acts of kindness and or generosity for another person but it is not out of a heart aligned to God. They may actually do such things because they want others to notice them and give them praise, or maybe they want something in return such as a reward or returned favor. Acts that are from a selfish heart rarely ever leads people to praise God. Instead of the glory being for God, the glory becomes for the person who did the kind gesture. This is not what Matthew 5:16 talks about.

Good deeds are deeds that flow out of a heart that is aligned to the heart of Jesus. Jesus demonstrated to us perfect love, perfect joy, perfect peace and all the other fruits of the spirit in their own perfection. As children of God, we have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit who guides us and leads us to becoming more and more like Jesus. Therefore, as we pray and listen to God’s voice, read His Word and seek to obey His commands, we cannot help but also demonstrate love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Slowly, but surely, as we learn to yield ourselves to God more and more each day, change is taking place in our lives and we become more and more like Jesus everyday.

Prayer:

Almighty Father, be glorified! All praise belongs to You our God! Truly Lord, you are the source of all that is good. Fill us with Your light through the gift of the Holy Spirit, so that we may always be able to shine for Jesus. May all that we say, think or do bring glory and praise to You our God! In the mighty name of Jesus, we pray, Amen!

Dec 2 2013 Matt 5 16 Coloring Page

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Bible in 90 days: Job – “Science in the Bible”

“He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.” – Job 26:7

The Bible shows itself to be scientifically accurate in at least 3 major points in astronomy:

  1. It says that the Earth is suspended in nothing, (Job. 26:7 ).
  2. It says the Existence of ocean currents in the Seas, (Psalm 8:1 ,3 ,6 ,8)
  3. It says the Stars are Innumerable, (Gen. 15:5 ).

I grew up not knowing the bible in this way; I mean, sure, I have been told it is the Word of God, but I don’t remember it ever being considered as a source of scientific facts.

Now that I’m homeschooling my kids with books that have a biblical worldview, my eyes have been opened to ideas such as “young earth theory”, “creation vs. evolution” and the like.

It is very new to me, certainly a lot to be learned and unlearned, especially about evolution — I mean, for 30 years of my life I really believed we humans came from apes. How was I to know any better? That was the only thing taught in schools back then, and its still is generally what is taught until now. (Something needs to be done about this, you know?)

But, there is a time for everything. Thank You Lord for opening our eyes to the truth that is in Your Word!

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Salt Play Dough (1 cup flour, 1 cup water, 2 tbsp Cream of tartar, 1 tbsp Baby Oil — cook until sticky) to make the sun, the moon and the earth.

As we play with some clay, we talk about some facts about our solar system, such as how the earth revolves around the sun once a year and also rotates on its axis every 24 hours. I tried my best to explain and illustrate how day turns into the night as the earth spins around its axis.

Then we paint our own galaxies in the bathtub. We used food color mixed in with flour, a little water and some dishwashing liquid.

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Washable bathtub paint (mix flour, water, dishwashing liquid and food color) to paint galaxies

It was not only fun; it was a great way to have the kids involved in cleaning the bathroom without them even knowing it. LOL!

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Plain old watercolor to paint Comet ISON. Allyra’s comet ISON is the colorful thing with yellow, blue and red stripes.

“And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years.” – Genesis 1:14

Honestly, the real reason for our sudden interest and exploration in astronomy was the news about Comet ISON which is expected to be brightest this coming November 28, 2013.

With all the crazy happenings all over the world (earthquakes, floods, famine, wars — you know, all that stuff in Matthew 24), the Lord is telling us to look to the heavens and understand, these are “signs” that “mark SACRED TIMES.”

Watch this video for more info:

God bless us all! 🙂

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 5 PART 4 – Patience (2 Peter 3:9)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 5 PART 4 – Patience (2 Peter 3:9)

LESSON: PATIENCE – The Lord God has been patient with mankind.

Memory Verse:  “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  – 2 Peter 3:9

(For younger kids: “The Lord is…patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”)

Bible Story: Luke 13:6-9 “The Parable of the Fig Tree”

A man had a fig tree in his garden and came again too see if it had any fruit but he couldn’t find any.  One day, he said to his gardener, “Look, for three years now I have been waiting for this fig tree to bear fruit, and it doesn’t even have a single fig! Cut it down! Why should we let it continue taking up space and using up the soil?”

The gardener replied, “Give it one more chance, Sir! Just one more year!  I will take special care of it and give it fertilizer. If we get figs next year, then that would be good! If not, you can cut it down.”

Context:

Right before Jesus told this parable, some people had been telling Him about some bad people who had been severely punished. Jesus told them this parable to explain to them how God’s love and mercy works. He used the example of a fig tree to explain that God tests our hearts by our “fruits.”

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why do you think the owner wants to cut down the fig tree? (because it has no fruit.)
  2. How many years has the owner waited for the fig tree to bear fruit? (3 years)
  3. Who stopped the owner from cutting the tree? (the gardener)
  4. What was the gardener’s plan? (to take extra care of the fig tree)
  5. What happens if the tree still doesn’t bear fruit after a year? (it will be cut down)

What does the story mean?

  • The man represents God the Father who checks on each tree he planted in the garden.
  • The fig tree represents the people of God. The fruits are the result of a heart turned to God; the fruits of righteousness or the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) in a Christian’s life.
  • Jesus is the gardener who intercedes (prays) on behalf of the people so that God will give them one more chance.
  • This parable is about second chances. The Lord could have chosen to punish all the people who continue to rebel againstim because He has already given the people much time for them to repent and turn to God, but because of His great love and mercy, He has given us another chance to bear fruit.
  • As 2 Peter 3:9 tells us, God has been very patient with mankind, and He has extended His grace to us and blessed us with the gift of Jesus Christ who died for our sins so that we may not perish (be cut down). God wants people to REPENT and allow Jesus to nourish their hearts with His Word. And with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will eventually show the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in our lives.

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Bible in 90 days: Psalms “Our Glorious God!”

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psalm 19:1 NIV)

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There are times when you simply stop whatever you’re doing and just STAND IN AWE OF OUR GLORIOUS GOD.

Today was one of those days.

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No need for lots of words to explain anything. Just a sincere heart praising God for His awesomeness. Praise the Lord!

 

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 5 PART 3 – Patience (Psalm 37:7)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 5 PART 3 – Patience (Psalm 37:7)

LESSON: PATIENCE is putting our trust in God.

Memory Verse:  Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.”– Psalm 37:7

BIBLE LESSON: Saul and David

Things started out really well for David; David had been anointed by the prophet Saul to be the next king; he was given an opportunity to sit close to the royal family as the king’s musician and the armor-bearer, then he became the local hero after killing the giant named Goliath, and soon after that, he got promoted to being a commander of the king’s troops. He had great success in everything he did, and while most of the people were pleased with him, king Saul had become jealous of all the attention and praise David was getting. Eventually, Saul’s jealousy had become so great that he attempted to kill David himself by hurling a spear at him while David played the harp for him. Saul also tried to trick David into going into battle hoping that their enemies would kill him, but to Saul’s dismay, David would always win. Saul even sent men to go to David’s house and kill him, but they too failed in their mission.

David had every reason to seek revenge. He had done nothing wrong to the king; in fact, he had done much good by giving the kingdom of Saul many victories in their battles with their enemies. He wrote some of the Psalms asking God to protect him from his enemies, because David had to flee – he ran from Saul and for 7 years, he had to endure many hardships because of the threat on his life.

On one occasion, Saul pursued David and his men in the desert of En Gedi. Saul went alone inside a cave to relieve himself, but he didn’t know that David and his men were actually inside that cave hiding! While Saul was distracted, David quietly crept up to him and cut off a piece of Saul’s robe. As soon as Saul left the cave, David called out to him and humbly showed Saul the corner of the robe he cut. He tried to make Saul see that David never intended any harm to Saul, so Saul had no reason to pursue him and try to kill him.

11Your Majesty, look at what I’m holding. You can see that it’s a piece of your robe. If I could cut off a piece of your robe, I could have killed you. But I let you live, and that should prove I’m not trying to harm you or to rebel. I haven’t done anything to you, and yet you keep trying to ambush and kill me.

12 I’ll let the Lord decide which one of us has done right. I pray that the Lord will punish you for what you’re doing to me, but I won’t do anything to you.” – 1 Samuel 24:11-12(CEV)

APPLICATION:

David found himself with an opportunity to kill Saul, but he chose not to. David instead chose to show the meaning of “grace.” “Grace” is underserved favor; it means receiving something good even if we did not deserve it. Instead of complaining, he prayed. Instead of killing Saul, David tried to show Saul how he honored him as God’s chosen king. Instead of taking revenge for all the bad that Saul had done to him, David has chosen to show him grace by just cutting the edge of Saul’s robe instead of killing him. David hoped that by proving that he did not intend to harm Saul, he could persuade Saul to stop trying to kill him.

David also showed how to “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.” David could have killed Saul when he had the chance and so become king; this would be to fulfill through his own actions the promise of God to him when Samuel anointed him. But did David do this? No. David chose to wait patiently for the Lord’s time because he knew that the Lord will always uphold the good and the righteous; he will punish the evil and make things right. We may not know when and how God is going to do this, but we can trust that God will always do what He says He will do; we need only to trust Him. Just like David, we should not be angry or frustrated, because anger can lead to sin. All sinners will disappear and be destroyed, but if we trust the LORD, we will be blessed. God hears all our prayers and His goodness and justice will prevail.

ADDITIONAL READING:

Read: Psalm 37

1 Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;

2 for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.

3 Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:

6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.

7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways,

    when they carry out their wicked schemes.

8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.

9 For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.

10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found.

11 But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.

nov 18 2013 Psalm 37 7 coloring page

 

*photocredit: Idea from http://thebibleisonebook.blogspot.com/2011_02_01_archive.html

 

K2 4th Quarter Activities

Here is a summary of the K2 3rd Quarter Activities we’ve done from August until October 2013.

BJU Beginnings Lesson for K5: Flying Kites, Fall and Winter: Making a Birdfeeder and a Birdnest

BJU Beginnings Lesson for K5: Flying Kites, Fall and Winter: Making a Birdfeeder and a Birdnest

BJU Beginnings K5: Fruits and Vegetables, Plants and Flower Garden

BJU Beginnings K5: Fruits and Vegetables, Plants and Flower Garden; Science Experiment: Learning how the plant’s food and water travels from the stem to the leaves using celery stalks and colored water

BJU Beginnings K5: Extracting grape juice, tasting desert fruit from Bible times: FIGS! Learning about American Indians

BJU Beginnings K5: Extracting grape juice, tasting desert fruit from Bible times: FIGS! Learning about American Indians

Field Trip: Fun in the desert

Field Trip: Fun in the desert

BJU Beginnings K5: Memory Book and other writing activities

BJU Beginnings K5: Memory Book and other writing activities

BJU Bible Craft - story of Prodigal son; Telling time and item prices; FILIPINO: Playing "Patintero" and retelling the story "Ang Uwak at ang Pitsel"

BJU Bible Craft – story of Prodigal son; Telling time and item prices; FILIPINO: Playing “Patintero” and retelling the story “Ang Uwak at ang Pitsel”

BJU K5 Math: Learning about measurements: the liter, gallon and pint; Bar graph of the ages of the Generations of Adam; Learning about fractions (half and whole) using owl craft; Times and Seasons marked by the heavenly bodies
BJU K5 Math: Learning about measurements: the liter, gallon and pint; Bar graph of the ages of the Generations of Adam; Learning about fractions (half and whole) using owl craft; Times and Seasons marked by the heavenly bodies
BJU K5 Bible: Dressing up just like in Bible times; Red Sea adventure; Desert Animal - camel craft; Rainbow experiment (using dishwashing liquid, milk and food color)

BJU K5 Bible: Dressing up just like in Bible times; Red Sea adventure; Desert Animal – camel craft; Rainbow experiment (using dishwashing liquid, milk and food color)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 5 PART 2 – Patience (Isaiah 40:31)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 5 PART 2 – Patience (Isaiah 40:31)

LESSON: PATIENCE is waiting on the LORD with hope in our hearts.

Memory Verse:  “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

Simple Explanation: (for younger students) 

Verses from Isaiah 40

Truths from God’s Word

v. 28  “Do you not know?  Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.”

The Lord our God created everything; and He is a loving God, merciful and; and we may not always understand His ways, but we can always trust Him.

v. 29 “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”

When we call on His name, He will listen. He is our helper and our source of strength.

v. 30 “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;”

If we only use our own strength and wisdom, or the strength and wisdom of other people (such as the government officials or even our own parents and teachers), we can only do so much. The wisdom and strength of people is not enough.

V. 31 “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;    they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

But if we trust and depend on God, no storm is too big, no pain too great, no obstacle too difficult. God will help us overcome and be victorious. He will not let us fall; He will lift us up, sustain us and strengthen us.

Bible History (for older students)

Isaiah 40 is written by the prophet Isaiah mostly for the people of Jerusalem. Isaiah lived during the time when God’s people had already separated into two kingdoms and people kept on turning away from the true God. Many of those who became kings of both the Northern Kingdom (Israel) and the Southern Kingdom (Judah) were evil kings who worshipped idols and led the people to sin. God has been very patient with His people and sent them prophets to warn them, and has also allowed them to suffer under the hands of other pagan nations so that they would return to Him, but they kept disobeying God and time was running out for them. Because their sins had become too great, God was going to let them be defeated by their enemies; their cities would be destroyed and even the magnificent temple of Solomon would be completely ruined, and many of their people would be taken into captivity while the rest will be scattered among the nations.

 

It was a sad time because the people were going to get what they deserved. God made a covenant with the Israelites all the way from the time of Abraham. Covenant means “promise; and God is faithful to His promises. God made a promise that He would protect His people and bless them if they obey His commandments and do not worship other gods (the false idols of the people who lived around them). But, starting from King Solomon and all throughout the next 250 years of the Kings, the kings themselves turned away from God. They disobeyed God by marrying the women from the pagan nations and these pagan women led them to worship their false gods. The priests of the Lord were supposed to serve the one true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but now they served in the worship of false idols. Eventually, things became so bad that they even put their false idols made of stone or metal in the temple of God Himself, the magnificent temple that King Solomon had built so that the Lord God would “dwell” or “live” with His people.

Because of their great sins and because the people did not follow their part of the covenant; God removed His protection from them and let them be captured by their enemies. But Isaiah now speaks to them about God’s grace. Grace means “underserved favor. It means getting something good which we do not deserve. And because God loves His people even though they sinned against Him, He is now telling them through Isaiah that He has a plan, a good plan; and that one day, a Savior will come. God will restore His nation completely. Though there are many things that we don’t understand and there will be many trials and problems and difficulties, God is now telling them, and even us, that we have a reason to hope. God is true to His promises, we can be sure of that.

Additional points to ponder: How do we know we can trust God?

  • Isaiah is one of the most famous prophets in the Bible. Many of the prophecies he made especially about the coming of Jesus Christ have been fulfilled. The whole Bible is filled with such prophecies that history has shown us to have occurred just as prophesied. This is one way God gives us assurance that if He says in the Bible that it is going to happen, then, it will surely happen.
  • For this chapter in the book of Isaiah, the prophecy being made was an assurance to God’s people, the Israelites, that though many bad things will happen to their nation, God wants them to know that He has not completely abandoned them.
  • God has a covenant or “promise” to the Israelites, and that is, if the people would obey God’s voice and follow His commandments, then God would bless them and protect them from their enemies. But if they turn away from God and disobey his commandments (for example: the making of idols and worshipping them as mentioned in the warning in Deuteronomy 4:4), then God would allow them to suffer in the hands of their enemies. Their cities and homes will be destroyed and they would lose possession of their land. They will be scattered among the nations.
  • Israel has broken the covenant (or “promise”) they made to God, which was to love and serve Him only and not other gods. True enough, Israel was defeated many times and in fact, during the time that Jesus was on earth, the Jews were under the rule of the Roman Empire. On 70.AD, much of Jerusalem and the SecondTemple was completely destroyed.
  • In 1948, after almost 2000 years, Israel again became a nation. In 1967, they regained control of Jerusalem after the Six-Day-War.
  • In just half a decade, this small nation which is constantly under threat of war from the surrounding Arab nations has become one of the most powerful nations in the whole world.
  • Just as God has fulfilled the promise of sending the Messiah 2,000 years ago, God will also fulfill his promise of a new heaven and new earth in the future, where there will be no more suffering, no pain and no tears.
  • At present while we are patiently waiting for the Lord’s second coming, we can depend on His Word that if we put our hope in Him, call on His name and have faith in Jesus, we will overcome any trials and challenges in our lives.

God is good! If we put our hope in Him and trust Him with all our hearts, then He will sustain us!