May 26 // Story Recap

BIBLE STORY:      

SAMSON

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

JUDGES 13-16

 

KEY VERSE:    

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. - Ephesians 6:10

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like God used Samson to deliver His people from their enemies, He sent Jesus to deliver us from sin.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God is our Deliverer.

May 11 // Be confident in God.

Read Judges 6:17 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family. 

 

Q: If God asked you to do something terrifying, what kind of convincing and reassuring would you need? 
 

Parent Note: Gideon asked God if He was sure He was asking the right guy, and even after God told him that He would be with him and give him strength, Gideon asked for a sign—and then two more signs, just to be absolutely sure. It finally clicks that if God has the power to accomplish all of the signs that he asked for, He surely is capable of holding up His end of the bargain: being with him, providing him with strength, and giving the enemy into his hand.  

 

Pray this out loud together: 

Dear Lord, even though we are weak, we know You are strong.
Thank You for being our strength.
Help us to find courage to answer Your call like Gideon did.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen. 

May 9 // God gets the glory.

Read Judges 7:2 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: When is it difficult for your to trust God?

 

Parent Note: God knew that if He let Gideon take the whole army that people would forget to depend on God. Sometimes we have to do things that are scary or uncomfortable to remind us to depend on God’s strength alone.

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, thank You for Your perfect plan

You are a strong and trustworthy God

Please help me to depend on Your strength, and not mine

In Jesus’s name, amen

May 8 // God gives us courage.

Read Judges 6:25-27 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Do you think it is harder to stand up for what is right to a close friend or a bully?

 

Parent Note: When Gideon tore down the altar that his father built, he was making a statement to his family and everyone else who worshiped these false gods. Gideon was so nervous about doing this, he did it at night when no one would see him.

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, thank You for giving me courage

You are a Good Father who helps me to do what is right

Please help me to stand up for what’s right

In Jesus’s name, amen

May 7 // We are important to God.

Read Judges 6:15 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: When was a time when you didn’t think you were smart enough, brave enough, or good enough to do something?

 

Parent Note: Gideon didn’t think he was important enough to be used by God, but God had other plans. God wants to use you, and His plans always succeed.

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, thank You for letting me be a part of your plan

You are a faithful God whose ways are always perfect

Please help me to trust and obey Your plan for my life

In Jesus’s name, amen

May 6 // God is always with us.

Read Judges 6:13 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: How can we trust God when bad things happen?

 

Parent Note: Gideon worried that because many bad things had happened, God was not with him anymore. God reminded Gideon that He was still with him, and would help him succeed. With God on our side, we have nothing to fear.

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, thank You for always being with me

You are a good God who always tells the truth

Please help me to trust You in the good times and the bad times

In Jesus’s name, amen

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April 27 // Right with God.

Read John 1:12 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: If we place our trust in Jesus’ perfect sacrifice, how does His death and resurrection affect us? 

 

Parent Note: We can be confident that we are right with God. We were once His enemies, we are now His children. 

 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for choosing me to be Your child.
You love me so much that You sent Your only son to die in my place.
Help me to live a life that shows others that I am Your child.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

April 26 // Restored to God.

Read 1 Corinthians 15:4 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Why do you think Jesus chose to go through all of that pain and suffering?

 

Parent Note: Jesus conquered sin and death so that we could have a relationship with God again.  

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for suffering and dying for us on the cross.
Thank You that You rose again victorious!
Help us to place our trust in Your sacrifice and believe in Your resurrection so we can live forever with You.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

April 25 // The Great Commission.

Read Matthew 28:19 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Was the mission Jesus gave to the disciples just for them?  

 

Parent Note: No, that mission is ours to carry out as well. We have some very important information to share with everyone: Jesus has died for our sins. We are forgiven! If we believe in Him, we can live for all eternity in Heaven with God. That is the best news ever, and we should share it with everyone!  

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for rescuing me.
I know that because of Jesus, I can spend eternity in heaven with You.
Help me to to do my part in sharing the Gospel with the whole world.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen.

April 24 // No need to fear.

Read Matthew 28:10 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: The first thing Jesus said to the women was “Do not be afraid.” Why would they be afraid? 

 

Parent Note: These women saw Jesus crucified. They saw His dead body pulled down from the cross. They saw His lifeless body wrapped in cloths and put into a tomb. He was dead, and now He stood before them on the road wishing them a good morning. That’s not a normal thing to encounter, and it’s likely that people in such a situation would feel fearful. But this was Jesus, and there was nothing to fear. He had done something wonderful, and He wanted to share it with His disciples. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for casting out fear.
I know that with You in my heart, I have no reason to be afraid.
Help me to trust You when I feel scared.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen. 

April 23 // Part of the story.

Read Matthew 28:4 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: How would you react to meeting an angel?

 

Parent Note: Angels are commonly described as shining like lightning, which isn’t something we see every day. It’s no wonder that in nearly every story of angels meeting humans, the angels have to calm the people and tell them not to be afraid. Their presence was so shocking, it caused the Roman soldiers—a group of men known for being very tough—to fall over like dead men! Judging from the accounts of encounters with angels, the experience likely would be a combination of amazing and terrifying! 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for the miracle of Easter.
You put the right people in the right places at the right time to help share Your story.
Help me to be a part of sharing the story of Jesus, too.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen. 

April 22 // God uses all things.

Read Matthew 27:66 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Someone took the last cookie. Which would work better to prove you didn’t take it: your word or video? 

 

Parent Note: Video would be much more convincing than our word that we didn’t take the last cookie. Witnesses are also good. Perhaps someone saw what you were doing at the time the cookie was taken, or maybe someone saw who did take the last cookie. The religious leaders’ distrust of Jesus’ followers led them to install unbiased witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection. Having guards at the tomb meant that no one could have stolen Jesus’ body, which gives proof that it happened as described in the Bible. God can use all things for good! 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for the miracle of Easter.
You displayed Your power and love through Jesus’s burial and resurrection.
Help me to be a witness to others of the good things You have done!
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen. 

April 21 // Story Recap

BIBLE STORY:      

THE RESURRECTION

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

MATTHEW 28

 

KEY VERSE    

“God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life." - JOHN 3:16

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

God’s plan to save us is through Jesus’ death and resurrection.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

Jesus died to save us from our sin.

April 20 // Jesus endured.

Read Matthew 27:39-40 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: What are some good excuses to get out of doing the dishes? 

 

Parent Note: Explain to your child that we are given chores to learn responsibility and to help out our families. As Jesus hung on the cross, people mocked Him and said things like, "If you're really the Son of God, save yourself!" Jesus could have done just that, but He didn't. Jesus endured torture and an incredibly long and painful death because He knew it was His job—His job was to save us. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for Jesus.
I know that he took the punishment that I deserved.
Help me to live a life of thankfulness.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen. 

April 19 // Keep your mind on Jesus.

Read Matthew 26:75 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve? 

 

Parent Note: Now ask if they have ever done whatever it is that they find so irritating. Sometimes, we find ourselves doing the exact thing we never could have imagined doing. This happened to Peter. He was going through a really trying time, and the only way he could think to get through it was to do something he swore he wouldn't. Like Peter, sometimes we do these things without even realizing it. Until that rooster crowed, it hadn't dawned on Peter that he had denied Jesus even once, let alone three times. This part of the story really shows how important it is to keep our minds on Jesus. He will help us get through tough times without sinning.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for forgiving me when I make mistakes.
I know that I can always turn back to You, no matter what I have done.
Help me to keep my mind on Jesus.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen. 

April 18 // Please God.

Read Matthew 26:59 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Is it possible to make everyone happy?

 

Parent Note: It is not possible. In Jesus' case, the fact that He is the Son of God made some people very happy; for others, that fact made them incredibly angry. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for saving me.
I know that Jesus endured pain and punishment because You love me.
Help me to live a life that makes You happy.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen. 

April 17 // God uses the bad.

Read Matthew 26:51 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: You see someone stealing your pet. What is your first thought on how you would react? 

 

Parent Note: Peter loved Jesus. He saw a righteous man who had never done anything wrong get arrested for something He did not do. This was a huge injustice! He reacted without thinking and caused something horrible to happen. He didn't understand that the enemy's plan to kill Jesus would be used by God to save the world.  

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for making me part of Your plan.
I know that all things work together for the good of those who love You.
Help me to make the right choices.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen. 

April 16 // Jesus knows how we feel.

Read Matthew 26:38 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Do you think Jesus can relate to the problems you face in your life?  

 

Parent Note: Jesus lived so long ago, and He's God, so how can He possibly understand what it's like to be human today? Jesus gave up His life in heaven to live on Earth as a human man. While He may not understand what it's like to be bullied on Facebook, He does know what it is like to be persecuted, taunted, and hurt emotionally and physically. In His life on Earth, He experienced every emotion we face today, both good and bad. We can always seek comfort and guidance from Jesus in times of trouble, because He has experienced life. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for understanding my feelings.
I know that when I feel hurt, I can remember that Jesus did too.
Help me to be comforted by You.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen. 

April 15 // Jesus knew.

Read Matthew 16:21-22 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Have you ever been unable to communicate something important to someone? 

 

Parent Note: Over and over again, Scriptures recount instances in which Jesus communicates something important to His disciples, and He is met with the equivalent of 12 blank stares. At times, it's hard not to think the disciples might be a little stupid. The information Jesus was giving the disciples makes sense to us because we know the whole story, but they didn't have the luxury of knowing how everything plays out. The things Jesus was telling them didn't make sense: How can a righteous man be arrested for something he hasn't done? How can a man be killed and come back to life? Jesus may as well have been speaking gibberish! We know better, though! 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for the way You carry out Your plans.
I know that they are good for me.
Help me to trust You, even if I don’t always understand.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen.