Bible in 90 days: Cosplay “Our Bible Adventures”

 

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.” – Deuteronomy 6:4-9

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Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 4 PART 1 – Kindness (Romans 12:13)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 4 PART 1 – Kindness (Romans 12:13)

LESSON: KINDNESS is caring for the needs of others.

Memory Verse:  “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” – Romans 12:13

Bible Story:  Rebekah’s kind heart (Genesis 24)

God promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations. When Abraham was 100 years old and his wife Sarah was 90, God blessed them with a son whom they named “Isaac.”

When Isaac was all grown up, Abraham decided to send one of his servants back to his homeland to search for a bride for his son. This was because he wanted a wife for him that came from his own people because the women where they now lived did not worship the one true God. So, he sent his servant away to make a long journey to the country where he came from to find Isaac a suitable bride.

The servant left, taking with him ten of his master’s camels loaded with all kinds of good things from his master. When he got to the place, he was very tired and thirsty and he was also wondering how to find Isaac a bride. So he PRAYED to God to give him a sign, and he prayed that the woman who will give him water to drink and offer to get water for his camels too would be the right wife for his master’s son.

Sure enough, even before he finished praying, a beautiful woman named Rebekah, who was from the family of Abraham, came with a jar on her shoulder. When the servant requested for water, Rebekah offered to get water for the camels too.

Now getting some water for a thirsty man by drawing it out of a well is not that hard, but getting water for thirsty camels is a whole different thing. Big, thirsty camels drink a LOT of water; one camel can drink around 30 gallons of water – that’s as much water as would fill a bathtub more than half full (standard bathtub sizes hold up to 50 gallons of water)! Now the servant had 10 camels with him, so this meant that Rebekah actually volunteered to go back and forth the well, drawing up water one jug at a time to fill at least 5 bathtubs full (250 gallons). If her jug holds 2 gallons, that meant Rebekah had to make 125 trips to draw water from the well and bring it back to the camels! That’s definitely a lot of work! And it also meant she had to give up a lot of her time as well!

So, what can we say about this woman Rebekah? Well, for one, the bible tells us she was “VERY BEAUTIFUL.” She may well have had a pretty face, but her actions tell us that she did not only possess outside beauty, but more importantly, she was also beautiful inside. Rebekah  practiced HOSPITALITY and was willing to SHARE her time, energy and resources to PROVIDE directly for a stranger’s needs. She had a KIND HEART; one that was compassionate and willing to serve others even if it meant some sacrifice or discomfort on her part.

Rebekah was indeed God’s chosen woman to be Isaac’s wife. The servant told her about his purpose in coming there, and then he told his family about it. They accepted the gifts that the servant gave them and they all agreed (even Rebekah herself) that she would go back with the servant to marry Isaac. The servant praise God and said, “The Lord has granted success to my journey.”

So Rebekah left her home to find Isaac who was patiently waiting for his lovely bride. They got married and loved each other. In this story, God took care of Abraham, Isaac, Rebekah and the servant. He answered their prayers and took care of their needs. Praise be to our God!

October 7 2013 Romans 12 13 coloring page

Our Inheritance in Christ

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While a certain friend of mine has been having problems growing mung seeds (“munggo”) for her kid’s science experiment for some weird reason (No naming! You know who you are! Wink! Wink! Hahaha! Peace Sistah!), our little princess has been growing these seeds since she was 4 years old with no trouble at all. All it takes is some water and cotton in a plastic cup plus a seed or two, and in 3 days and 3 nights, a plant appears!

But lately, her success ends there — in the plastic cup…

She grows these mung seeds now  all by herself, and there was a time I discovered she has a plant hidden behind the curtain at our window and it dried out because she forgot all about it and I didn’t know it was there…

This tall plant in the picture also didn’t make it to be transferred to a pot with soil because the stem broke…

It just so happened that the theme for her Beginnings lessons this week was all about gardens. And so her little plant was the perfect activity and now she’s trying to grow a carrot in a bowl of water. We’ll see how that goes…

She has other “gardening activities” for this week, such as tasting veggies and identifying which part of the plant we eat for each kind of veggie…

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We also made a bouquet of paper flowers and decided to surprise her dad with it. (Her daddy’s birthday is not until next week, and so he was really surprised to be greeted with a “Happy Birthday” complete with flowers today. Hahaha!)

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But in all this, what amazes me is how my little girl is absolutely fascinated at making things grow.

I told my friend my daughter probably inherited her “green thumb” from her granddads from both sides of the family. What a wonderful thing to inherit!

And it got me thinking…

There is no better inheritance in all the universe than our inheritance in Christ our Lord and Savior!

Ephesians 1:11-14

“11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” 

Thanks be to God for this awesome gift of being heirs to His Kingdom!

The Word is sure of our destiny, but the question is, are we?

Are we living as princes and princesses of the King of Kings? Do we live as a “chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light?” (1 Peter 2:9)

Or does the good planted in our hearts sprout like a seed here and there, only to dry up or get broken, and then we have to start all over again, again and again?

We — as God’s children — are destined to bloom, to grow, and to flourish in our Christian lives!

But we will never do so if we are not rooted deeply in the love of God (Ephesians 3:17) which is the source of all things good and beautiful (James 1:17).

HEART CHECK:  Do our lives show that we are deeply rooted in Christ?

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 1 PART 3 – Joy (Nehemiah 8:10b)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 1 PART 3 – Joy (Nehemiah 8:10b)

LESSON: JOY

Memory Verse:

“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”– Nehemiah 8:10b

 Bible Background: Nehemiah 8:5-12

  1. Nehemiah lived at a time when Israel was slowly returning from exile, and he was a cupbearer for King Artaxerxes. He received news that even after the temple was fixed, the walls of Jerusalem still lay in ruins, and this made him very sad. In his heart he felt that God called him to do something about it, so he prayed. After that, he got permission from the King to rebuild the walls and the King even sent him with a letter to get wood from the king’s forest to be used to repair the gates.
  2. Nehemiah repaired the walls with the help of the Jews who willingly gave their time and effort to this task. There were those who tried to stop them and even threatened to attack them, and it even came to a point when only half of the men worked on the walls because the other half guarded the area, and the builders had a sword on their belts, always ready to defend themselves. It was a big job, seemingly impossible, but they finished it in a record-breaking 52 days because the people worked with all their heart and they had the blessing of the Lord.
  3. From start to finish, Nehemiah proved to be a man of prayer, and he always asked for the Lord’s guidance, wisdom and protection for completing the work. When the job was finished, Nehemiah gathered the people to celebrate. They asked Ezra, the priest, to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, because the people who came from exile have not had a chance to hear these words for a very, very long time. Ezra – a teacher of the law, and the Levites who were servants in the temple, read the Words of God and explained them in simple language so that all who were present could understand its meaning.
  4. As the people heard the Law of Moses, the lifted their hands and responded, “Amen!” and bowed and worshipped the Lord. They realized how sinful they had become because of they failed to obey God’s laws, and they cried and were very sorry for what they had done. But Nehemiah and the Levites calmed the people and told them that this was a day of celebration; a time to share to those in need; a day holy unto the Lord, and that they must not be sad, “for the joy of the Lord is their strength.”

Reflection Points:

Truly, “the joy of the Lord is our strength.” God was pleased that the people realized their sins and were sorry, and Nehemiah assured them that it was actually a time for rejoicing, because where there is repentance, then forgiveness and restoration can begin. Through the reading of the Word, the people realized they had a big problem – sin – but there was something bigger that the bible reveals – that the love of God can wash away our sins! Indeed, there is a reason to have joy because God is willing and able to cleanse our hearts, save us from our sins and give us a chance to start a new life that is victorious in Christ Jesus! Now that is a wonderful reason to have joy!

WORD STUDY:

  1. exile – forced to leave their home country
  2. cupbearer – a high official in the king’s court; serves wine to the king
  3. temple – the equivalent of  a church building in bible times
  4. Jerusalem – central city of Jewish worship
  5. Book of the Law of Moses – most likely the “Torah” or “Pentateuch”;” the first five books in the bible, namely Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
  6. Levites – a member of the Hebrew tribe from the family of Levi, son of Jacob, and they served as priests in the temple.

 Nehemiah 8:5-12

5 Ezra opened the book. All the people could see him because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up. 6 Ezra praised the Lord, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, “Amen! Amen!” Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.

7 The Levites—Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan and Pelaiah—instructed the people in the Law while the people were standing there. 8 They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear[a] and giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read.

9 Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and teacher of the Law, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.

10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

11 The Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for this is a holy day. Do not grieve.”

12 Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.

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The Lord is my Shepherd…I shall not want!

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Right now we’re going through the miscarriage of our 3rd child, little “Riley” who’s about 6-7 weeks old. I’ve been bleeding for 4 days with cramping and back pain, the ultrasound is showing and empty sac, and my beta HCG levels have gone down from 5900 to 1700 in 2 days. We thank the Lord for giving us this little blessing even if we only got to spend less than a month with her inside mommy’s womb. In a few hours we’re going to the hospital most likely for admission and a D&C. As I take in this loss, I am encouraged by many verses such as the psalmist Asaph’s declaration that,

” My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” – Psalm 73:26

Or Paul confidently saying,

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. ” – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

I too want to shout it out from the top of my lungs that,

“I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” – Psalm 91:2

I remember Job and how he said,

“The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” – Job 1:21

I cry out to the Lord in pain and surrender,

“Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.” – Mark 14:36

But as I go through each painful contraction and spend countless hours waiting for the result of the blood tests, or for the doctor to come, David’s Psalm 23 is foremost in my mind.

My daughter Allyra had to memorize this a couple of weeks ago for her bible class, and it was the first time I committed it to memory too. I looked for coloring pages for each verse to help her remember the verse and we compiled it in a folder.

How was I to know that I would need to have it in my heart for such a time as this…

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We’ve done so many sheep crafts in the past 3 years as we studied about David and the Good Shepherd, and as I reflect on all that is happening, I take comfort in the love that our Good Shepherd has for us.

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As Warren Wiersbe* beautifully points out, each of the OT names for God is seen in Psalm 23:

  • Jehovah-Jireh, “The Lord will provide”
  • Jehovah-Rapha, “The Lord will heal or restore”
  • Jehovah-Shalom, “The Lord our peace”
  • Jehovah-Tsidkenu, “The Lord our righteousness”
  • Jehovah-Shammah, “The Lord is there”
  • Jehovah-Nissi, “The Lord our banner,” and
  • Jehovah-Raah, “The Lord is my shepherd,”

Dear Lord, you are indeed our Shepherd! There is nothing that we lack! You have graciously provided for all our needs: a loving family, a supportive husband, beautiful children, a spiritual family, caring friends… truly, we shall not want!

*Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the Old and New Testament.

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 1 PART 1 – Love (John 3:16)

Memory Verse:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

Lesson Presentation:

  1. Write the verse on the blackboard and have the students read it.
  2. Ask the students what they think the verse means.
  3. Discuss the following key words from the verse:
    1. God loved – God did what he did because of his great love.
    2. The world – This means ALL of us.
    3. He gave – God showed his love by giving us his very best – his own Son.
    4. Whoever believes – What we need to do is believe – have FAITH in Jesus
    5. Not perish – There is a real place called hell which is reserved for people who reject God’s Son and choose to live a life away from God.
    6. Eternal life – God has prepared a special place for those who believe in Him where there will be no more tears, pain or suffering … this wonderful place is called heaven.
  4. Substitute a student’s name to the verse so that it will read like this:

For God so loved (person’s name) that He gave His one and only Son, that if (person’s name) believes in Him, (person’s name) shall not perish but have eternal life.

  1. • Say, “I would like us to recite this verse again, but this time, I want us to recite it as a blessing to each other.”  Divide group into pairs. If you have an odd number of participants, you can stand in to make the last pair. Say, “This time when you say the verse, I want you to substitute the name of your partner for some of the words.” Have the group recite the verse as a blessing for each of their partners.
  2. Say, “That was great! Now I think we are starting to see that Jesus died for each one of us. Even if your partner was the only one in the world, Jesus would have died for him or her.”
  3.  Substitute the pronoun “me”  and “I” to the verse for it to read like this:

For God so loved ME that He gave His one and only Son, that if I believe in Him, I shall not perish but have eternal life.

  1. Say, “Now I want to recite the verse again, and this time, you are going to substitute yourself for some of the words.” Have each person recite the verse out loud simultaneously, substituting “I” and “me” in the appropriate places.
  2. Ask the students, “How does that make you feel?”
  3.  Say, “Do you see? Jesus died for you! He loved you so much that He was willing to take your punishment for sin. Jesus died for everyone, and He died for anyone….anyone who would accept the gift of His death on the cross. I hope you will accept His gift.”

July 1, 2013 - John 3 16 coloring Big Kids

Lesson Source: http://teachingthem.com/tag/john-316-object-lesson/

Coloring Page Sources: http://jacques-mylittlehouse.blogspot.com/2010/03/john-316.html

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OPTIONAL BIBLE STORY: Genesis 22 (Abraham tested)

ADDITIONAL STUDY GUIDE:

http://carm.org/bible-difficulties/genesis-deuteronomy/why-did-god-tell-abraham-kill-his-son-isaac

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 1 PART 1 – Love (John 3:16)

January 2013 Activities

 

Kids Church Lesson: Baptism of Jesus / Craft: Dove

Kids Church Lesson: Baptism of Jesus / Craft: Dove

 

Kids Church Lesson: Fishers of Men / Activity: Fish from handprint

Kids Church Lesson: Fishers of Men / Activity: Fish from handprint

 

Kids Church: Birthday Party

Kids Church: Birthday Party

 

Painting Mary and Joseph going to Bethlehem

Painting Mary and Joseph going to Bethlehem

 

BJU Lesson: Lions / Craft: Lion from cardboard and felt

BJU Lesson: Lions / Craft: Lion from cardboard and felt

 

BJU Bible Lesson: Manna from heaven

BJU Bible Lesson: Manna from heaven // BJU Beginnings Lesson: Butterfly