September 16 // Jesus loved the sick.

Read Luke 17:12 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Your friend stayed home from school with the flu. Should you go over to visit? 

 

Parent Note: Probably not, the flu is very contagious. Leprosy is very contagious, which is why people afflicted with this disease were made to live outside of cities and towns. Jesus was not afraid to come into contact with these people because He had the power to heal, meaning the disease would have no effect on Him. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for being a Healer.
You draw close to the people that are lonely and sick.
Please help me to have compassion on others like You do.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen. 

September 15 // Story Recap

BIBLE STORY:      

JESUS HEALS TEN LEPERS

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

LUKE 17:11-19

 

KEY VERSE:    

“Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan.” - LUKE 17:15-16 

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like Jesus healed the men from leprosy, he also heals us from our sin.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

We should glorify God.

September 7 // Jesus heals.

Read Matthew 14:14 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Have you ever been sick and had to visit a doctor? 

 

Parent Note: When you go to the doctor, they use a number of clues to determine what exactly has made us unwell, and they prescribe medicines or treatments to slowly make the pain or discomfort stop. Jesus didn't require the sick people who sought His help to give Him a detailed medical history before deciding how to heal them—He just prayed, laid His hands on them, or told them that they were healed, and it was so. This story describes not only the miracle of Jesus feeding more than 5,000 people, but also discusses His miraculous power to heal people. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, You're amazing!
You showed us that You know our needs and take care of us.
Please help us to turn to you when we need help because you are able to provide.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen.

September 6 // Growing in faith.

Read Matthew 14:20 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: How did Jesus’s lessons help the disciples?

 

Parent Note: While on Earth, Jesus performed many miracles, such as turning water into wine, feeding 5,000 people, healing the sick, and walking on water. These lessons helped the disciples to strengthen their faith. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for the lessons You’ve given me.
I know that every lesson is meant to draw me closer to You.
Please help me to put more faith in You every day.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

September 5 // Be thankful.

Read Matthew 14:17 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Has anyone ever told you to eat something you don't like because there are starving children in the world? 

 

Parent Note: The loaves that the boy gave to Jesus were probably small biscuits that could have been eaten in a couple of bites, and the fish were probably small dried fish. While this was likely a common meal at the time, some people may not have been particularly happy to eat it; but they recognized that it was better than nothing. We should be thankful for the food we have to eat and all of the things we have because God provides us with everything. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for all that You have done for me.
I know that everything I have is from You.
Please help me to be thankful for everything in my life, big and small.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

September 4 // Faith & Generosity.

Read John 6:9 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Have you ever shared your lunch with someone? 

 

Parent Note: The food this boy had with him was enough to feed him, but it certainly wasn't enough to feed all the people who had come to see Jesus that day. Knowing it wasn't enough to feed everyone, he could have kept it to ensure that he was well fed, but he gave it anyway, hoping it would help. Sometimes we may not feel like we have anything to offer, but God can do so much with us. Remember, God doesn't need us to carry out His will. Jesus could have commanded food to miraculously appear, but instead he let a boy show his faith and that He trusted Jesus to provide. It offered Jesus an opportunity to glorify God and demonstrate His power. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for being my Provider.
I know I don’t need to worry, because You can do all things.
Help me to have faith like the boy who gave all he had because he trusted You.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

September 3 // Ask Jesus for help.

Read Matthew 14:16 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Have you ever helped cook a meal for your family? 

 

Parent Note: Cooking a meal for a few people can be tricky, but imagine making sure that 5,000 people were fed! This difficult task was complicated by the fact that the people were already hungry and the disciples didn't exactly have an abundance of ingredients from which to choose. They felt Jesus had given them an impossible job, but really, Jesus was giving them an opportunity. This was a chance for the disciples to recognize who Jesus was and rely on His power. While Jesus isn't a genie in a bottle who grants us all of our wishes, it should have occurred to the disciples to ask Jesus if He could help. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for being my Helper.
I know that I can ask You for whatever I need.
Please help me to trust You enough to ask for help.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

September 2 // Jesus, the Teacher.

Read Matthew 14:13 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Who is your favorite teacher in school? 

 

Parent Note: Ask your child why they like this teacher so much. People loved to hear Jesus teach because He was able to relate very complicated concepts in a way that everyone could understand. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for being a Good Teacher.
I know that all I have to do is ask, and You will share Your wisdom.
Please help me to have an open heart and an open mind to understand Your Word.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

September 1 // Story Recap

BIBLE STORY:      

JESUS FEEDS FIVE THOUSAND

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

JOHN 6:1-14

 

KEY VERSE:    

“When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” - MATTHEW 14:14

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like Jesus provided food for the people’s physical needs, He provided for our spiritual needs by saving us from sin.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God knows what we need.

August 31 // Share the gospel.

Read Matthew 10:40 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Can you remember the first time someone told you about Jesus? 

 

Parent Note: Jesus chose twelve disciples to help spread the Good News while he was on Earth. He wants us to be a part of this mission, too. There are many people in the world that need to hear the Gospel- what are some ways that you can share it?

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for inviting me to receive the Gospel.
I know that I need a Savior, and Jesus is the only one who can save me.
Please help share the Good News of Jesus with the world.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

August 30 // Learn from Jesus.

Read Matthew 10:5-6 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up? 

 

Parent Note: Ask your child if they are ready to do this job now. Most kids will say that they need to learn more about the job and how to do it properly. The same is true for the disciples. Even though Jesus called them to this occupation, they had to learn the job. They weren’t called to it and instantly qualified to do it on their own; they had to learn from Jesus and grow stronger in their faith and knowledge of God. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for choosing me to be part of Your family.
I know that You will give me everything I need to live for You.
Please help me to learn how to be your disciple.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

August 29 // Be a disciple.

Read Matthew 4:18 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: If Jesus’ mission were to take place today, would He ask the president or a truck driver to be a disciple? 

 

Parent Note: There is no right answer to this question because we can’t know the thoughts of Jesus. However, based on His choices during His actual ministry, it seems likely that He would choose a truck driver over the president. Knowing this should not discourage us from trying to do our best at becoming whatever we feel led to be. There is nothing wrong with aspiring to be the president or the boss of a huge company, just as there is nothing wrong with being a truck driver or a fisherman; God can use anyone, in any role, to do amazing things that glorify God. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for loving me the way that I am.
I know that it doesn’t matter how smart, funny, or popular I am, You can still use me.
Please help me to drop everything like the disciples and follow You.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

August 28 // Drop everything & follow Jesus.

 

Read Matthew 4:20, 22 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: If your parents offered to take you to your favorite amusement park, would you have to think about it first? 

 

Parent Note: Your child probably doesn’t first think about the consequences or what they’ll be missing while they are gone, they know they want to go, and there is no hesitation in their response. That’s how the disciples responded to meeting the Messiah. In their minds, they didn’t know who this man was, but their hearts and souls recognized His power and love. To that, there was only one rational response: Drop everything and follow Him. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You calling me to follow You.
I know that Your way is the best, and it leads to everlasting life.
Please help me to love Your plans more than I love my own.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

August 27 // God works with purpose.

Read Matthew 10:2-4 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Why do you think Jesus chose those twelve men?

 

Parent Note: God never does anything without a purpose, so no, Jesus didn’t randomly choose His disciples. However, He could have. There were two main reasons Jesus had disciples. First, to learn from Him, observe His power, and spread the Gospel after Jesus’ death and resurrection. Second, to show that Jesus can use ordinary people to do extraordinary things. We don’t have to be perfect or especially pious for Jesus to do something wonderful through us; all we need to do is answer when He calls. So really, He could have walked down the lake shore that day and chose the first 12 people He came across, and His disciples would have been just as successful. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for choosing me to be a part of Your plan.
I know that when I obey You, amazing things will happen.
Please help me to recognize Your voice, and answer when You call on me.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

August 26 // Fishers of men.

Read Matthew 4:19 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: What do you think it means to be a fisher of men? 

 

Parent Note: Let your child come up with answers. Explain that, like fishermen, disciples cast out their lines or nets by preaching the Gospel, and the Holy Spirit reels in all those who bite. Unlike the fate of the fish in this metaphor, the people who are reeled in by the truth are saved, not eaten. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for inviting me to be a part of Your mission.
Even though I’m a sinner, I know that You can use me to do great things.
Please help me to be a fisher of men to my friends, my neighbors, and my classmates.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

August 24 // Rely on God's Word.

Read Psalm 119:11 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: How did Jesus use the bible to combat sin?

 

Parent Note: Jesus knew God’s Word well, and he depended on it when he was faced with temptation to sin. When we spend time reading the bible and talking to God, we will have His Words close to our heart.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for making a way for me to be saved.
Your Word is full of wisdom and advice to help me be closer to You.
Please help me to hide Your words in my heart so that I won’t sin against You.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

August 23 // Jesus never sinned.

Read Matthew 4:10-11 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Has anyone ever offered you something in exchange for something you knew to be a sin? 

 

Parent Note: You don't have to get too into detail about their experiences, the point is to get your child thinking about how this made them feel. Being asked to do something blatantly wrong is insulting. Satan's offer caused Jesus to react so strongly that Satan fled after Jesus rebuked him. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for sending Jesus to be my perfect Savior.
Even though I will mess up sometimes, I know that I can follow Jesus’s example when I am tempted.
Please teach me to have self-control and to turn away from sin.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

August 22 // Do things God's way.

Read Matthew 4:9 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Your parent will buy you a bike if you do your chores, but your friend offers to help you steal it. Which option do you choose? 

 

Parent Note: Stealing it gets us the bike right away and without having to do any work, but it is a sin. This is the situation Satan presented Jesus in an attempt to get Him to sin. Jesus' mission on earth will ultimately give Him reign over all people and control over all of the earth. Obtaining this goal by way of God's plan required Jesus to suffer and die a horrible death. Taking Satan's offer would be a sinful shortcut to power, but it would not glorify God or help Him to defeat sin and death. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for giving me the choice to obey.
I know that obeying Your plans will help me follow the path You have for me.
Please teach me know recognize Your voice and do things Your way.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

August 21 // God's Word is trustworthy.

Read Matthew 4:7 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: If you trust someone to do something for you, do you need to double check their work? 

 

Parent Note: No, to trust a person to do something means that you know this person can and will do it right without having to check their work. Jesus quoted Scripture saying we should not test God. When we are tempted to test God, it's not God we are unsure of, it's our faith that is uncertain. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for being trustworthy.
I know that Your Word is true, and I can always depend on Your promises.
Please teach me know Your Word and to trust You no matter what.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.