Conversation Starters: God’s Justice

DSC_0104THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: When we are wronged by others, our typical response is to call for justice. However, when we are the ones who have committed the wrong, we want mercy. We demand fairness, but we define fairness based on what we want. God is fair, in that His justice holds everyone equally accountable for their actions. God is completely just, but He is also merciful, showing mercy to those who choose to turn to Him.

Concept:God’s Justice

Preschool

Daniel 3

LIFE POINT: King Nebuchadnezzar made a statue. The people were told to worship the statue whenever music played or they would be thrown into a fire. Daniel’s friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were helpers of the king. They only worshiped God. Other helpers told the king about them. The king threatened to throw them into the fire. They said, “God can save us; even if He doesn’t, we will not worship the statue.” They were thrown in the fire. The king looked in the fire and saw the three friends and someone else. When the three friends came out, they were not burned! The king knew God had saved them.

LIVE IT OUT: Explain that God is fair and just. Ask your child to split a treat with you. Remind her to divide the treat fairly.

Kids

Daniel 3

LIFE POINT: King Nebuchadnezzar made a statue. The people were told to bow down and worship the statue whenever music played or they would be thrown into a fire. Daniel’s friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were helpers of the king. They only worshiped God. Other helpers told the king about them. The king threatened to throw them into the fire. They said, “God can save us; even if He doesn’t, we will not worship the statue.” They were thrown in the fire. The king looked in the fire and saw the three friends and someone else. When they came out, they were not burned! The king knew God had saved them.

LIVE IT OUT: Discuss the word righteous. Can people be righteous? Comment that only God is righteous. Make an acrostic using the word righteous. As a family think of words that describe God.

Students

Ezekiel 18:21-24, 30-32

THE POINT: God is always just. How do you deal with guilt? Discuss with your student how people and God tend to view justice differently. Have a conversation around this quote:

“Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever.”1 —Thomas Jefferson

LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to do one or both Live It Out activities. If your student chooses to do Attack Guilt:

•Pray for your student to seek and accept God’s forgiveness and mercy.
•Remind your student that he or she is guiltless because of Christ’s sacrifice.

If your student chooses to do Struggle Together:
•Encourage your student to find a friend to help him or her face struggles.
•Let your student know you are also always available to help.

1. Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII: Manners, 1781.

Conversation Starters: God’s Holiness

IMG_9818-001THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: Every culture has some religious element, but each culture tries to make God in its own image. That god tends not to be too different from the people who worship it; there is nothing unique about their god. We desperately need a God who is beyond us…and beyond our ability to fully explain or understand Him. God is holy—completely separate from His creation—yet He calls us to know Him and walk with Him.

Concept: God’s Holiness

Preschool

Isaiah 6-7

LIFE POINT: Isaiah was a prophet who told people important news from God. One day when he was in the temple, he saw God seated on a throne surrounded by angels. The angels praised God, “Holy is God. His glory fills the earth.” Isaiah remembered his wrong choices. An angel told him God had forgiven him. Then God asked, “Who will go and speak for Me?” Isaiah said, “Here I am. Send me.” God said, “Tell the people they have not listened to Me. They do not worship Me. Tell them to make right choices and I will help them. If they continue making wrong choices, I will punish them.” Isaiah did what God told him.

LIVE IT OUT: Explain that God is special and no one is like Him. Help your preschooler learn some simple praise songs to praise God for His holiness.

Kids

Isaiah 6-7

LIFE POINT: One day when Isaiah was in the temple, God showed him a vision. In the vision God was seated on a throne, surrounded by angels. They praised God, “Holy is God. The earth is full of God’s glory!” Isaiah realized how holy God is and knew he did not deserve to stand before God. An angel flew to Isaiah and touched his mouth with coal from the altar. God said, “Who should I send? Who will go for Us?” Isaiah said, “Here I am. Send me.” God gave Isaiah messages to preach to the people and the king. Isaiah said, “Turn back to God or your nation will be destroyed.” God gave Isaiah another message. “God will give you a sign,” Isaiah said. “He will send a special child.”

LIVE IT OUT: Gather as a family and choose a favorite praise song. Sing the song together to praise God for being holy.

Students

Psalm 99:1-9, Isaiah 6-7

THE POINT: God’s holiness calls me to be holy. Have a discussion with your student about holiness. How can we help each other pursue holiness as a family? Have a conversation around this quote:

“A true love of God must begin with a delight in his holiness.”1—Jonathan Edwards

LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to do one or both Live It Out activities.

If your student chooses to do Personal Worship:
•Encourage your student to find a time this week to set aside for personal worship.
•Choose to have a personal worship time this week and discuss it with your student.

If your student chooses to do Be Holy:
•Pray for your student to evaluate the different areas of his or her life regarding the pursuit of holiness.
•Ask your student if there is any way you can help him or her this week with this Live It Out.

1. Jonathan Edwards, The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 1. Avon: The Bath Press, 1834.

Conversation Starters: God is With Us

DSC_1849THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: Third graders everywhere dream of becoming veterinarians, doctors, presidents, and maybe even superheroes. At their age, the sky is the limit and it’s always OK to hope for a better tomorrow. We all need hope. That’s universal. But there is an even greater universal truth: hope is possible. Through Jesus, no matter who we are, what season of life we’re in, or how we feel, we are not beyond hope.

Concept: God is With Us

Preschool

2 Samuel 9:1-13

LIFE POINT: David was king of Israel. He remembered Saul, the king before him, and Saul’s son Jonathan. Because of Jonathan, David wanted to show kindness to any members of Saul’s family. Jonathan had been David’s good friend. David learned that Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth, was still living. Mephibosheth had two hurt feet. David sent for him. David said to Mephibosheth, “Do not be afraid. I will show you kindness because of your father, Jonathan. I will give you back your family fields. You will eat at my table every day.” David had servants work the fields for food. Mephibosheth ate with David every day. Mephibosheth had hope because David had shown him kindness.

LIVE IT OUT: Take your child with you to the grocery and allow him to choose items to be donated to a food pantry in your community. Together, choose a verse from the Bible and write it on labels to attach to each food item to be shared. Talk with your child about how God gives hope and how your family can help.

Kids

2 Samuel 9

LIFE POINT: David: Is anyone of Saul’s family left? I want to show kindness to that person. Ziba: There is Saul’s grandson. His name is Mephibosheth. Both his feet are injured. David: Bring him to me. Mephibosheth (bowing down): My king, I am your servant. David: Do not be afraid. I will show you kindness because of your father, Jonathan. I will give your grandfather’s land back to you. You shall always eat here at my table in the palace. Mephibosheth: I don’t know why you would help someone like me. David: Ziba, you will take care of Saul’s lands for Mephibosheth.

LIVE IT OUT: As a family, identify someone who has faced struggles over the past few weeks or months. Decide on a way your family can secretly encourage that person by performing a random act of kindness.

Students

2 Samuel 9:6-13

THE POINT: You are never beyond hope. Tell your student what you are most hopeful for in his or her life. Ask your student what he or she is most hopeful for in his or her future. Have a conversation around this quote:

“Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.”1 —J.R.R. Tolkien

LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to do one or both Live It
Out activities. If your student chooses to do Visual Journal:
• Ask your student to journal times in their life when they felt without hope.
• Pray for your student to live in the new hope Christ provides each day.

If your student chooses to do Forgive Yourself :
• Share a regret you have had with your student and how you are trusting Christ to overcome it.
• Encourage your student with the truth that hope is always available
through a relationship with Jesus.

1. J.R.R. Tolkien. The Return of the King. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012. http://books.google.com (19 July 2013).

Conversation Starters: God’s Forgiveness

IMG_5649-001THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: We have all been affected by unforgiveness. Many of us have wronged someone else—intentionally or unintentionally—and though we may have sought forgiveness, it was not offered. Others have been so hurt by someone else that the idea of forgiving seems impossible. Fortunately, God is not like us. The Bible reveals to us a loving God whom we have wronged with our rebellion and sin, yet He offers us total forgiveness and empowers us to forgive others.

Concept: God’s Forgiveness 

Preschool

Book of Jonah

LIFE POINT: God told Jonah, “Go to Nineveh. Tell the people I know about their sins.” Jonah did not want to go. He went on a ship that was sailing far away. God sent a storm that almost broke the ship. Jonah told the sailors that he had run away from God. He told them to throw him into the sea because the storm was his fault. The sailors threw Jonah overboard, and a big fish swallowed him. While in the fish, Jonah asked God to forgive him. After three days and nights, the fish spit Jonah onto the shore. Jonah went to Nineveh. The people listened to Jonah, and God forgave them.

LIVE IT OUT: Model forgiveness for your child. Let her hear you and other family members pray for forgiveness from God. Let her see you forgiving someone for some wrong. Slowly she will begin to put that behavior into practice.

Kids

Book of Jonah

LIFE POINT: God told Jonah, “Go to Nineveh. Tell the people I know about their sins.” Jonah did not want to go. He went on a ship that was sailing far away. God sent a storm that almost broke the ship. Jonah told the sailors that he had run away from God. He told them to throw him into the sea because the storm was his fault. The sailors threw Jonah overboard, and a big fish swallowed him. While in the fish, Jonah asked God to forgive him. After three days and nights, the fish spit Jonah onto the shore. Jonah obeyed God and went to Nineveh. The people listened to Jonah, and God forgave them. He did not punish them.

LIVE IT OUT: Forgiveness can be a hard lesson. Challenge your child to keep a list of the times he sins during one day. Pray with him, asking God to forgive his sins.

Students

1 John 1:5- 2:2

THE POINT: God always forgives when I truly repent. How can we learn to be more forgiving as a family? What is the hardest part of forgiving someone? Have a conversation around this quote:

“I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.”1 —C.S. Lewis

LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to do one or both Live It Out activities.

If your student chooses to do Confession:
•Encourage your student in the practice of confessing sin to God.
•Pray for your student as he or she examines his or her life for unconfessed sin.

If your student chooses to do Forgive Them:
•Encourage your student as he or she seeks to forgive someone this week.
•Determine to forgive someone in your life and share that experience with your student if possible.

1. C.S. Lewis, Letters of C.S. Lewis, ed. W.H. Lewis (Orlando: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, 1966), 408.

 

Conversation Starters: God’s Faithfulness

DSC_5828THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: No one gets married with the intention of getting a divorce, although the divorce rate hovers around 50 percent of all marriages. All of us, however, have been guilty of failing to keep a vow, pledge, or commitment. We live with people who say one thing but do another. We become cynical when someone makes a promise to us. To know what faithfulness looks like, we need to look to God. The Bible shows us that God never fails to do what He says or promises.

Concept: God’s Faithfulness

Preschool

2 Kings 4:1-7

LIFE POINT: The prophet Elisha traveled and told people messages from God. One day a widow said, “Since my husband died, I have no money to pay bills.” She had only a jar of oil in her house. Elisha told her to borrow as many empty containers as she could and then go in her house, shut the door, and pour oil into the jars. The woman and her sons gathered many containers. When all of the containers were full, the jar the woman had been pouring from was finally empty. Elisha told the woman, “Sell the oil and pay what you owe. Now you will have enough money for you and your sons. God has provided for you.”

LIVE IT OUT: As a family, make a blessings poster. Every time someone thinks of a way God has blessed him, write it on the poster. Thank God for blessings.

Kids

2 Kings 4:1-7

LIFE POINT: The prophet Elisha traveled and told people messages from God. One day a widow said, “Since my husband died, I have no money to pay bills.” She had only a jar of oil in her house. Elisha told her to borrow as many empty containers as she could and then go in her house, shut the door, and pour oil into the jars. The woman and her sons gathered many containers. When all of the containers were full, the jar the woman had been pouring from was finally empty. Elisha told the woman, “Sell the oil and pay what you owe. Now you will have enough money for you and your sons. God has provided for you.”

LIVE IT OUT: Explain to your child that God’s faithfulness means that He is always with us and always helps us. During a family devotion time, encourage family members to share a time when they felt God helped them.

Students

Hebrews 6:17-20; 10:19-23

THE POINT: God’s faithfulness ensures us our future is secure. Discuss faithfulness and how it is viewed in our society. Have a conversation around this quote:

 “We are not equally blessed with great intellect or physical beauty or emotional strength. But we have all been given the same ability to be faithful.”1 —Gigi Graham Tchividjian

LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to do one or both Live It Out
activities. If your student chooses to do Trust God:

• Pray for your student to trust God in every area of his or her life.

• Ask your student if he or she wants help determining areas of faith in which he or she could trust God more.

If your student chooses to do Step Out:
• Challenge your student to step out in faith in some way.

• Encourage your student as he or she steps out in faith

1. Ruth Bell Graham and Gigi Graham Tchividjian, Coffee and Conversation with Ruth Bell Graham and Gigi Graham Tchividjian, (Ann Arbor, MI: Servant Publications, 1997), 106.

Conversation Starters: Joy

IMG_0141-001THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: We respond to difficulties and suffering in a variety of ways. Some of us respond in anger, determination to fight it, or passive resignation. Others respond with introspection or by asking “Why me?” But who responds with joy? Yet joy is the very attitude God calls us to embrace. As a result of God’s grace, even in the face of unjust suffering, we can rejoice in Christ.

Concept: Joy

Preschool

Acts 16:16-34

LIFE POINT: Paul and Silas traveled and told about Jesus. One day Paul healed a young girl, which made some men angry. The men brought Paul and Silas to the judges for disturbing the city. The judges put Paul and Silas in prison and had them put in chains. In the middle of the night, Paul and Silas were praying and singing to God as the other prisoners listened. Suddenly an earthquake shook the jail, and all the prisoners’ chains fell off. The jailer came to look for them; they had not escaped. Paul said, “We are still
here.” The jailer took Paul and Silas to his home. He and his family believed in Jesus and were baptized.

LIVE IT OUT: Teach your child to sing praises to God. Play praise music as you drive in the car. Sing a simple praise song as you go about your daily tasks. Encourage your child to sing along.

Kids

Acts 16: 16-34

LIFE POINT: Paul and Silas traveled and told about Jesus. One day Paul healed a young girl, which made some men angry. The men brought Paul and Silas to the judges for disturbing the city. The judges put Paul and Silas in prison and had them put in chains. In the middle of the night, Paul and Silas were praying and singing to God as the other prisoners listened. Suddenly an earthquake shook the jail, and all the prisoners’ chains fell off. The jailer came to look for them; they had not escaped. Paul said, “We are still
here.” The jailer took Paul and Silas to his home. He and his family believed in Jesus and were baptized.

LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your child to find a way to praise God that is special to her. Maybe it is by writing a poem, singing a praise song, playing a musical instrument, or another artistic way. Invite her to share her praise with the family.

Students

1 Peter 4: 12-19

THE POINT: Choose joy even in life’s difficulties. How is joy different from happiness?How can you help each other in times of struggle? Have a conversation around this quote:

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”1
—Martin Luther King Jr.

LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to do one or both Live It Out activities.

If your student chooses to do Attitude Problems:

• Encourage your student as he or she determines the cause of his or her circumstances.

• Pray for your student to be honest as he or she identifies attitudes that can
lead to suffering.

If your student chooses to do Refocus:

• Help your student identify someone who is struggling.
• Help your student with encouraging the person he or she has identified.

1. “MLK Quote of the Week,” The King Center, 21 February 2013, [cited 8 November 2013]. Available from the Internet: www.thekingcenter.org.

Conversation Starters: Surrender

10388572_10154260875625188_7475801803609585639_nTHE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: We like the stories of individuals who started with little, and through their own discipline and determination accomplish great things. These may be good examples for sports or business, but they fall short when it comes to our personal lives. Fortunately, when facing difficulties and opposition, we are not left alone. The Bible shows us what happens when we drop the self-made approach to faith and rely on God. We can be victorious because Christ has already won the victory.

Concept: Surrender

Preschool

Acts 16:1-3; 2 Timothy 1:1-5; 3:14-17

THE POINT: Paul chose a young man, Timothy, to travel with him and help teach about Jesus. Timothy’s mother, Eunice, and grandmother, Lois, taught him about God. The believers thought that Timothy was special and would be able to help Paul. Later Paul wrote to Timothy. These are some of his words to Timothy: “Timothy, you are like a son to me. I pray for you constantly. I thank God for your mother and grandmother who taught you. Continue to believe everything from the Bible. Remember everything you have been taught. The Bible is from God. Follow it.”

LIVE IT OUT: If you haven’t already, begin a family devotion time. Reinforce what your child is learning. Let her see you using the Bible. Help her know that God wants her to keep learning about Jesus.

Kids

2 Timothy 1:1-5; 3:14-17

THE POINT: Paul chose a young man, Timothy, to travel with him and help teach about Jesus. Timothy’s mother, Eunice, and grandmother, Lois, taught him about God. The believers thought that Timothy was special and would be able to help Paul. Later Paul wrote to Timothy. These are some of his words to Timothy: “Timothy, you are like a son to me. I pray for you constantly. I thank God for your mother and grandmother who taught you. Continue to believe everything from the Bible. Remember everything you have been taught. The Bible is from God. Follow it.”

Students

1 Peter 5:6-11

THE POINT: God will strengthen and restore me. How has God strengthened you in times of struggle? What does victory look like in relation to suffering and faith? Have a conversation around this quote:

“We are never defeated unless we give up on God.”1 —Ronald Reagan

LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to do one or both Live It Out activities. If your student chooses to do Defense Plan:

• Encourage your student to develop his or her plan to rely on God.

• Ask your student if he or she would like for you to help create a plan.

If your student chooses to do Surrender = Victory:

• Help your student determine how surrender leads to victory.

• Pray for your student to be surrendered to Christ.

1. “Ronald Reagan Quotes,” Brainy Quote, [cited 8 November 2013]. Available from the Internet: www.brainyquote.com.

 

Conversation Starters: Trust in God

IMG_1208THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: We love our rights and we want to exercise those rights. But do our rights ever become secondary? And what do we do when those rights are trampled on? Submission is not a popular word in a culture focused on entitlement, but regardless of our circumstances our attitude should be one of submission and trust in God. Christ empowers us to make God first in our lives and experience enduring faith.

Concept: Trust in God

Preschool

Acts 14

LIFE POINT: Paul and Barnabas were missionaries. They traveled and told people about Jesus. Many of the Jews and also Greeks believed that Jesus is the Son of God. Some Jews did not believe in Jesus and wanted to hurt Paul and Barnabas. They found out and left the city. They went to Lystra and healed a man who could not walk. Some of the people thought Paul was God. Paul said, “I am only a man. God, who made heaven and earth, healed this man.” Then more people tried to hurt Paul and Barnabas. So they left Lystra. They traveled many more places. Many people believed. After a while, they returned to the church in Antioch.

LIVE IT OUT: With your child, name ways that God cares for you. Make a list of two or three things and encourage your child to draw a picture for each one. Pray daily and thank God for His care.

Kids

Acts 14

LIFE POINT: Paul and Barnabas were missionaries. They traveled and told people about Jesus. Many of the Jews and also Greeks believed that Jesus is the Son of God. Some Jews did not believe in Jesus and wanted to hurt Paul and Barnabas. They found out and left the city. They went to Lystra and healed a man who could not walk. Some of the people thought Paul was God. Paul said, “I am only a man. God, who made heaven and earth, healed this man.” Then more people tried to hurt Paul and Barnabas. So they left Lystra. They traveled many more places. Many people believed. After a while, they returned to the church in Antioch.

LIVE IT OUT: Discuss the word trust and what it means to your child. Explain that trusting God means always believing that God will help you. Help your child list some issues where he might need to trust God to help. Pray with him for these issues.

Students

1 Peter 2:13-23

THE POINT: Trust God in every circumstance. What are some difficult situations Christians face in regard to faith? How can you help each other trust God in all circumstances? Have a conversation around this quote:

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”1 —Thomas Aquinas

LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to do one or both Live It Out activities.

If your student chooses to do Trust Factor:
•Help your student develop his or her list of things in life that are hard to entrust to God.
•Encourage your student to trust God in all circumstances this week.

If your student chooses to do Prayer Focus:
•Help your student identify a persecuted group to pray for.
•Join your student in praying for the group they choose

1. “Thomas Aquinas Quotes,” Brainy Quote [cited 8 November 2013]. Available from the Internet: www.brainyquote.com.

Conversation Starters: Be Holy

a282cebe-d914-4b41-84a0-68751aeabfecTHE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: We all want to be accepted by others. This explains our tendency to follow trends and what’s “in” at the moment. While many of these trends are neither good nor bad in a spiritual, moral, or ethical sense, the human desire to be like everyone else can lead us to compromise or to lose our distinctiveness as followers of Christ. God calls us to holiness—to live separate and distinctive lives—and the Holy Spirit empowers us to do so.

Concept: Be Holy

Preschool

Acts 13

LIVE IT OUT: Help your child think of one person she could tell about Jesus. Pray together for that person. Help your child remember to tell the person about Jesus.

In a church in Antioch, there were men who were teachers and prophets for the Lord. They taught that Jesus was the Son of God. Paul and Barnabas were two of these men. God spoke to the men, “Paul and Barnabas are special. I want them to go many places and tell about Jesus.” The men prayed for Paul and Barnabas and sent them off. Paul and Barnabas traveled to Cyprus and taught about Jesus. A Roman soldier believed in Jesus after Paul and Barnabas talked to him. They continued to travel and teach about Jesus. People listened and believed. Some people listened but did not believe.

Kids

Acts 13

LIVE IT OUT: Christian suffering is a fact of life. Find some stories about Christian martyrs that you feel comfortable sharing with your child. Comment that God did not promise we would not suffer, but He did promise He would always be with us.

God’s Holy Spirit told the church in Antioch to set apart Barnabas and Saul. God was sending them to faraway places to tell people about Jesus. The believers placed their hands on Barnabas and Saul and asked God to bless and protect their two friends. Barnabas and Saul sailed from Antioch to the island of Cyprus. A Roman soldier believed in Jesus after Paul and Barnabas talked to him. They continued to travel and teach about Jesus. People listened and believed. Some people listened but did not believe. They forced Paul and Barnabas to leave town. They traveled to a new town to tell about Jesus.

Students

1 Peter 1:14-19, 22-25

THE POINT: Live a life that is set apart for God.

•Why do you consider some things sacred or holy?

•How can you pursue holiness?

Have a conversation around this quote:

“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.”1 —Augustine

LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to do one or both Live It Out.

If your student chooses to do Holy Words:
•Encourage your student to read some Scriptures on holiness.
•Pray for your student to apply what they read.

If your student chooses to do Memorize:
•Ask your student if they would like you to memorize 1 Peter 1:14-15 with them this week.
•Encourage your student as they memorize 1 Peter 1:14-15.
1. “Saint Augustine Quotes,” Brainy Quote, [cited 8 November 2013]. Available from the Internet: www.brainyquote.com.

Conversation Starters: Generosity

584ef004-b6bf-4a69-b920-18e58539baa6THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: God is a generous God who gives good things to His children. While some are blessed with more wealth than others, all Christians are called to be generous with what we have been given. When we understand that everything we have is a gift from our generous God, we’ll desire to reflect that generosity with our own giving.

Concept: Generosity

Preschool

Exodus 36-39

LIFE POINT: Moses called craftsmen and the other workers to get everything the people had brought for the tabernacle. The people continued to bring offerings. The men said to Moses, “The people are bringing too much. We have enough to build the tabernacle.” So Moses told the people to stop bringing offerings. The craftsmen and workers began to build. They made 10 curtains from linen with blue, purple, and red yarn. They joined animal skins together with clasps of bronze. They used planks of wood joined together with pegs. One man built the ark of the covenant. The craftsmen built tables, altars, lamps, and utensils. They made special clothes for the priests who would work in the tabernacle. They used everything the people had brought.

LIVE IT OUT: Build an indoor tent together in your home. Encourage your child to bring in special items to decorate the tent. Have your family devotion inside the tent and talk about how the people worked together to build the tabernacle.

Kids

Exodus 39:32-40:38

LIFE POINT: The people had everything made: the curtains, the ark, the table, the lampstand, and the priests’ clothes. They made each thing just as God commanded. Moses used the tent, the curtains, and the poles to set up the tabernacle. He put the ark, the table, the lampstand, and the altar in the correct places. Aaron and his sons put on the priests’ clothes. A cloud covered the tabernacle. The glory of God filled the tabernacle. Whenever the people saw God’s cloud over the tabernacle, they did not move their camp. If the cloud lifted from the tabernacle, they broke camp and moved until the cloud stopped again.

LIVE IT OUT: Research to discover the history of your church’s facilities. When was it built? Who actually built the structures? What church members contributed to actually building the facilities? Thank God for those who worked together to construct your church.

THE POINT: We should reflect God’s generosity. Have a discussion with your student
about everything God has blessed you with. Have a conversation around this quote:

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”1 —John Bunyan

LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to do one or both Live It Out
activities.
If your student chooses to do God Gives:
• Determine to read through the Scripture daily with your student.

• Ask your student what he or she has learned through reading these passages of Scripture this week.

If your student chooses to do Generosity:
• Help your student determine what generosity looks like in areas other than finances.

• Pray your student will develop a generous heart.

 

1. “John Bunyan Quotes,” Goodreads, [cited 19 July 2013]. Available from the Internet: http://www.goodreads.com.