Apr
23
Apr 29

April 23 Recap & Devotional

BIBLE STORY:      

BALAAM & HIS DONKEY

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

NUMBERS 22:21-39

 

KEY VERSE:

God said to Balaam, ‘You shall not go with them. You shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.’” - NUMBERS 22:12

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like Balaam, Jesus spoke the truth about God.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God can do the impossible to reach His people.

 

TABLE TALK:

Open a bible to today’s passage. Read it out loud as a family.

 

  • What was Balaam on his way to do? (curse the Israelites)
  • What did the donkey see that Balaam didn’t? 
  • How did God stop Balaam? What did He tell him to do instead?
  • God sent Balaam a warning to try to get him to do the right thing. Have you ever gotten a warning about something? How did it affect your decision?
  • Can you think of another story of God doing something impossible to reach His people? (splitting the Red Sea, making food fall from the sky for the Israelites, bringing Jesus back to life)
  • What can this teach us about God? (His power, His love for us)

 

 AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for all of your blessings

You are a God who stops at nothing to protect Your people

Please help me to share Your truth to reach others

In Jesus’ name, amen

 

MONTHLY 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

 

After working together to memorize the verse, go through the following questions:

  • Did God love us before He sent Jesus? (Yes!)
  • How did God show His love for His people in today’s bible story? (He wouldn’t let them be cursed)

Apr
16
Apr 22

April 16 Recap & Devotional

BIBLE STORY:      

THE RESURRECTION

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

MATTHEW 28

 

KEY 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

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

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

 

BOTTOM LINE:

Jesus is alive.

 

TABLE TALK:

Open a bible to today’s passage. Read it out loud as a family. Then, go through the following questions together:

 

  • What comes to mind when you think about Easter?
  • What does the word “resurrection” mean?
  • What kinds of things happened to Jesus leading up to His resurrection?
  • If Jesus had the power to save Himself, why didn't He?
  • Why is Jesus's resurrection so important? What does it teach us about Him?
  • Read verses 19-20 again. What does this mean for you?

 

 AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for sending Jesus to pay for my sins

You are a good, merciful Father

Please help me to follow You with my whole heart, and to share the Gospel with the world

In Jesus’ name, amen

 

MONTHLY 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

 

After working together to memorize the verse, go through the following questions:

  • Why did God send Jesus to die on the cross?
  • Who does this verse say will have eternal life?
Apr
9
Apr 15

April 9 Recap & Devotional

BIBLE STORY:      

THE CRUCIFIXION

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

MATTHEW 26:36-27:66

 

KEY VERSE:    

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. - ROMANS 5:8

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

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

 

BOTTOM LINE:

Jesus died to save us from our sin.

 

TABLE TALK:

Open a bible to today’s passage. Read it out loud as a family.

 

  • Do you have any cross decorations? Maybe art, jewelry, or something else? What do you think of when you see crosses?
  • How did people treat Jesus when he was on the cross? How did he respond?
  • Jesus said he would destroy the temple and raise it up in three days. What do you think he was talking about? 
  • Why is the cross important to you? 

 

AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for sending Jesus to die on the cross

You are a powerful and forgiving God

Please help me to remember the sacrifice Jesus made, and to live for Him each day

In Jesus’ name, amen

 

MONTHLY 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

 

After working together to memorize the verse, go through the following questions:

  • Have you heard of the word “sacrifice”? Have you ever had to sacrifice something?
  • What does this verse teach us about sacrifice?
Apr
2
Apr 8

April 2 Recap & Devotional

BIBLE STORY:      

THE LAST SUPPER

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

LUKE 22:7-23

 

KEY VERSE:    

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” - MARK 10:45

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

We take communion to remember Jesus’ sacrifice. 

 

BOTTOM LINE:

Jesus died to save us from our sin.

 

TABLE TALK:

Open a bible to today’s passage. Read it out loud as a family.

 

  • What did Jesus tell the disciples to do when He gave them the bread?
  • Why do you think Jesus told them to “remember?”
  • Jesus said one of the disciples would betray Him. Who was it?
  • How can you be forgiven from sin?

 

AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for saving me

You are a strong and loving Father

Please help me to remember You in everything I do

In Jesus’ name, amen

Mar
26
Apr 1

March 26 Recap & Devotional

03.26.17

TODAY’S OVERVIEW:

 

BIBLE STORY:

WILDNERNESS WANDERINGS

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

EXODUS 16-17, NUMBERS 20-21

 

KEY VERSE:    

“With my whole heart I seek You; let me not wander from Your commandments!” - PSALM 119:10

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like God provided for His people in the desert, He provided a Savior for us through Jesus.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God is our provider.

 

TABLE TALK:

Ask your child to retell this Sunday’s bible story to you.

 

  • How did the Israelites end up in the desert? Where were they going?
  • Why do you think God only gave them enough manna for one day at a time?
  • How were the Israelites ungrateful?
  • Can you think of a time when you were not thankful? Were there any consequences?
  • How do you think things could have been different if the Israelites were thankful and obeyed God while they were in the desert?
  • Is there anything you have a bad attitude about today? (ex: Maybe you are fighting with your siblings, or didn’t obey your parents because you thought they were being unfair?) What needs to happen so that you can please God and trust His plan for you?

 

AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for your gift salvation

You are a wonderful, loving Father

Please help me to use my life to teach people about You

In Jesus’ name, amen

 

MONTHLY MEMORY VERSE

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” - PROVERBS 3:5-6

 

After working together to memorize the verse, go through the following questions:

  • Did the Israelites trust God? Explain how you know.
  • What are some ways that you can show your trust is in God?
Mar
19
Mar 25

March 19 Recap & Devotional

03.19.17

TODAY’S OVERVIEW:

 

BIBLE STORY:      

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

EXODUS 20

 

KEY VERSE:    

You shall have no other gods before me. - EXODUS 20:3

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

The Ten Commandments reveal our need to be saved from sin.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God wants people to be holy.

 

TABLE TALK:

Open your bibles to today’s passage. Read the story out loud.

 

  • What does “holy” mean? Can a person be holy?
  • How many commandments did God give the people? Can you name them all?
  • Can we keep all the Ten Commandments all the time? (No) What does that teach us about ourselves?
  • Why was Jesus’ death on the cross important?
  • How do you feel when you think about what Jesus did for you? Excited? Surprised? Confused? Talk about it!
  • How can you show you are thankful for what Jesus did for you?

 

AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for your gift salvation

You are a wonderful, loving Father

Please help me to joyfully obey

In Jesus’ name, amen

 

MONTHLY MEMORY VERSE

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” - PROVERBS 3:5-6

 

After working together to memorize the verse, go through the following questions:

  • Can you be close friends with someone if you don’t trust them? How is that like a relationship with God?
  • What are some things that you can ask God to help you with today?
Mar
12
Mar 18

March 12 Recap & Devotional

03.12.17

TODAY’S OVERVIEW:

 

BIBLE STORY:      

THE EXODUS

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

EXODUS 12-15

 

KEY VERSE:    

The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. - Exodus 15:2

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like God provided a way to freedom at the Red Sea, He gives us freedom from sin in Jesus.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God is more powerful than our enemies.

 

TABLE TALK:

Ask your child to retell this Sunday’s bible story to you.

 

  • What is special about what happened at the Red Sea? 
  • Why is God able to part the sea? (He created it; He is powerful, etc.)
  • When is the last time you were afraid? Why were you afraid?
  • Is it hard to trust God when you are afraid? Why or why not?
  • Talk about a time when God protected you.
  • Can you think of another bible story where God showed His power? What happened?

 

AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for your protection

You are more powerful than anyone

Please help me to trust You when I am afraid

In Jesus’ name, amen

 

MONTHLY MEMORY VERSE

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” - PROVERBS 3:5-6

 

After working together to memorize the verse, go through the following questions:

  • Has it ever been difficult for you to trust in the Lord? Why or why not?
  • Talk about a time that you trusted God, and how He took care of you.
Mar
5
Mar 11

March 5 Recap & Devotional

03.05.17

TODAY’S OVERVIEW:

 

BIBLE STORY:      

THE TEN PLAGUES

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

EXODUS 1-11

 

KEY VERSE:    

I can do all things through him who gives me strength” - Philipians 4:13

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like Moses, Jesus obeyed God to free His people.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God is the one true God.

 

TABLE TALK:

Ask your child to retell this Sunday’s bible story to you.

 

  • What did Pharaoh say when Moses told him to let the Israelites go?
  • What did the plagues teach people about God? (He is the true God; He is powerful; He protects his people, etc.)
  • Can you think of a time when you needed God’s help to be brave? What happened?
  • What can you do when you need God’s help?

 

AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for making a way to save me

You are powerful and loving

Please help me to remember that I can trust you to protect me

In Jesus’ name, amen

 

MONTHLY MEMORY VERSE

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” - PROVERBS 3:5-6

 

After working together to memorize the verse, go through the following questions:

  • What is trust? Can you name some people that you trust?
  • What are some qualities that make you trust someone? How does God show these qualities?
Feb
26
Mar 4

February 26 Recap & Devotional

02.26.17

TODAY’S OVERVIEW: 

 

BIBLE STORY:      

THE LIFE OF JOSEPH

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

GENESIS 37-45

 

KEY VERSE:

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." - ROMANS 8:28

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like Joseph, Jesus forgave those who wronged him.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God is with us in hard times.

 

TABLE TALK:

Ask your child to summarize today’s bible story for you.

 

  • What happened in Joseph’s dreams? What did his dreams mean? 
  • How did Joseph’s brothers feel about his dreams?
  • Can you think of a time you were jealous? What happened?
  • How would you feel if you were Joseph?
  • Can we still trust God when bad things happen?
  • Read Genesis 50:20 together. What do you think that means?
  • How can Joseph remind us of Jesus?
  • Talk about a time that you forgave someone, even though it was hard.
  • Why is forgiveness important? 

 

AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for Your forgiveness

You are loving and merciful

Please help me to forgive others

In Jesus’ name, amen

 

MONTHLY MEMORY VERSE

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” - 1 JOHN 4:7

 

After working together to memorize the verse, go through the following questions:

  • What do you think it means to be “born of God”?
  • Name some ways that love has been shown to you.
Feb
19
Feb 25

February 19 Recap & Devotional

02.19.17

TODAY’S OVERVIEW: 

 

BIBLE STORY:      

JACOB WRESTLES GOD

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

GENESIS 32:22-32

 

KEY VERSE:

"I will not let you go until you bless me." - GENESIS 32:26 

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like Jacob, we can approach God because of Jesus's sacrifice.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God wants us to rely on Him.

 

TABLE TALK:

Open your bibles to today’s passage. Read the story out loud.

 

  • Do you know what your name means? Do you think your name describes you well?
  • What does “Jacob” mean? Did that name describe his character?
  • Who did Jacob think he was wrestling? How did the stranger end the fight?
  • Why did God change Jacob’s name? What did his new name mean?
  • Read John 10:29 out loud. Who holds us in His hand?
  • Just like with Jacob, God holds onto us! Do you have any fears or worries that are keeping you from relying on God? How can you give those to God today and trust Him to take care of you?

 

AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for taking care of me

I know I can rely on You, because Your Word is the truth

Please help me to give up anything that is holding me back from You

In Jesus’ name, amen

 

MONTHLY MEMORY VERSE

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” - 1 JOHN 4:7

 

After working together to memorize the verse, go through the following prompts:

  • Have your family sit in a circle. Everyone take turns telling the person sitting to their right something they love about them.
  • Everyone take turns telling the person sitting to their left one way that they will show their love for them this week. (Ex: Dad, I will show you how much I love you by obeying you the first time you ask me to do something; Daughter, I will show you how much I love you by reminding you that you’re special to me, etc.)
Feb
12
Feb 18

February 12 Recap & Devotional

02.12.17

TODAY’S OVERVIEW: 

 

BIBLE STORY:      

JACOB & ESAU

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

GENESIS 25:19-34, 27:1-45

 

KEY VERSE:    

“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor." - EXODUS 20:16

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Jesus shared his birthright with us when he paid for our sins.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

Nothing can stop God's plan.

 

TABLE TALK:

Open your bibles to today’s passage. Read the story out loud.

 

  • How are you and your siblings alike? How are you different?
  • How were Jacob and Esau different?
  • How was Jacob dishonest?
  • Even though it was God’s plan for Jacob to rule over Esau, should Jacob have lied? (No! God will accomplish His plan in His way- we should never have to sin to follow God’s plan.)
  • Have you ever lied about something because you thought it would make things easier? What happened?
  • Think about a time that you made the choice to be honest, even though it was hard. What happened then?
  • Read John 14:6 out loud. What do you think it means that Jesus is “the truth”?
  • The truth is always a part of God’s plan. Why do you think God wants us to be truthful?

 

AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for Your plans for me

I know they are good plans, because You’re a Good Father

Please help me to be honest and trust your will

In Jesus’ name, amen

 

MONTHLY MEMORY VERSE

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” - 1 JOHN 4:7

 

After working together to memorize the verse, go through the following questions:

  • What holiday do we celebrate this week that’s all about love?
  • How is God’s love different from anyone else’s?
Feb
5
Feb 11

February 5 Recap & Devotional

02.05.17

TODAY’S OVERVIEW: 

 

BIBLE STORY:      

ABRAHAM & ISAAC

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

GENESIS 21:1-7

 

KEY VERSE:    

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” - PROVERBS 3:5-6

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like Isaac fulfilled God’s promise to Abraham, Jesus fulfilled God’s promise for a savior.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

We can trust God to keep His promises.

 

TABLE TALK:

Open your bibles to today’s passage. Read the story out loud.

 

  • What promise did God keep in this story? 
  • Can you think of any other promises God has made?
  • How do we know that we can trust God? 
  • Read today’s key verse out loud. What does it mean to “lean on your own understanding?”
  • Why do you think we should trust God, even when we don’t understand His plan?
  • Can you think of a time that you trusted God with something that was important to you? What happened?

 

AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for keeping your promises

You are worthy of honor and praise

Please help me to trust in Your Word

In Jesus’ name, amen

 

MONTHLY MEMORY VERSE

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” - 1 JOHN 4:7

 

After working together to memorize the verse, go through the following questions:

  • Where does this verse say that love comes from?
  • Can you think of any other bible verses that talk about love? (1 Corinthians 13, John 3:16)
Jan
29
Feb 4

January 29 Recap & Devotional

01.29.17    

TODAY’S OVERVIEW: 

 

BIBLE STORY:      

THE TOWER OF BABEL

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

GENESIS 11:1-9

 

KEY VERSE:    

“For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” - LUKE 14:11

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like God punished the people’s pride at the Tower of Babel, Jesus taught people to be humble. 

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God wants us to honor Him.

 

TABLE TALK:

Open your bibles to today’s passage. Read the story out loud together.

 

  • What is “pride?” What is “humility?”
  • How were the people in the story being prideful?
  • Is pride always a bad thing? Why or why not?
  • Was it important to Jesus to always be the first and the best? Think of a bible story to help you decide. (ex: washing the disciples’ feet, being friends with sinners)
  • Can you think of an area in your life where you should be more humble?
  • What are some ways that we can show God honor?
  • Why is it important to honor God?

 

AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7).  

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for teaching us how to be humble

You are a good and loving Father

Please help me to honor you with my words and actions

In Jesus’ name, amen

 

MONTHLY MEMORY VERSE

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!” - 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

After working together to memorize the verse, go through the following questions:

  • What changes about us when we put our faith in Jesus?
  • What are some things that you’d like Jesus to help make new in you? (ex: be more patient, forgiving, kind, etc.)
Jan
22
Jan 28

January 22 Recap & Devotional

01.22.17    

TODAY’S OVERVIEW: 

 

BIBLE STORY:      

NOAH’S ARK

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

GENESIS 6:5-9:17

 

KEY VERSE:

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. - Romans 3:23

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like God rescued Noah on the ark, He rescues us from sin through Jesus.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God is our protector.

 

 TABLE TALK:

Open your bibles to today’s passage. Review the story together.

 

  • Why did God flood the earth? 
  • Why does sin separate people from God?
  • How did God protect Noah and his family? 
  • Can you think of a time God protected you? What happened?
  • How can we show God we are thankful?

 

AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7).  

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for protecting me

You are trustworthy and loving

Please help me to trust you no matter what

In Jesus’ name, amen

 

MONTHLY MEMORY VERSE

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!” - 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

After working together to memorize the verse, go through the following questions:

  • Why do you think faith in Jesus is something to be excited about?
  • Can you think of a bible story where someone was changed after they put their faith in Jesus? (ex: Zacchaeus, Paul)
Jan
15
Jan 21

January 15 Recap & Devotional

01.15.17    

TODAY’S OVERVIEW:

 

BIBLE STORY:      

CAIN & ABEL

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

GENESIS 4:1-16

 

KEY VERSE:  

“We love because he first loved us.” - GENESIS 1:27

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like Abel, Jesus was killed even though he didn’t deserve it.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

We should give to God with a happy heart.

 

TABLE TALK:

Open your bibles to today’s passage. Review the story together.

  • What made Cain unhappy? What was different about Cain and Abel’s offerings to God?
  • When was the last time you became very angry? How does our anger make us like Cain?
  • Think about a time you did the right thing, but with a bad attitude. Were there any consequences?
  • What were the consequences for Cain? Did God still show him mercy? (Yes! He punished Cain’s sin, but protected him from harm.)
  • What does God care more about- your heart, or your actions? How does your heart affect your actions?
  • What can you do to make sure your heart honors God?

 

AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you loving me no matter what

You choose to forgive, protect, and care for Your people

Please help me to have a heart that loves and honors You

In Jesus’ name, amen

 

MONTHLY MEMORY VERSE

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!” - 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

After working together to memorize the verse, go through the following questions:

  • How does Jesus make us new?
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Jan
10
Jan 14

January 8 Recap & Devotional

01.08.17    

TODAY’S OVERVIEW:

 

BIBLE STORY:      

THE FALL

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

GENESIS 2-3

 

KEY VERSE:  

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. - GENESIS 1:27

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Jesus was sent by God to rescue us from sin.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

Sin entered the world through Adam and Eve.

 

TABLE TALK:

Open your bibles to today’s passage. Review the story together.

  • What is a consequence? Can you think of a time you did something that had a consequence?
  • Are consequences good, bad, or sometimes both? Explain what you think! 
  • What is sin?  (“to fall short,” to disobey God’s law)
  • How did Adam and Eve sin? What was the consequence of their sin?
  • What does “hope” mean? Can you think of something you are hopeful for?
  • How is Jesus our hope?

 

AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for saving me from sin

You are merciful and loving

Please help me to avoid sin and be closer to You

In Jesus’ name, amen

 

MONTHLY MEMORY VERSE

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!” - 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

After working together to memorize the verse, go through the following questions:

  • What do you think it means to be “in Christ”?
  • How can someone be “in Christ”? Is there something you have to do or say? (see John 3:16)
Jan
4
Jan 7

January 1 Recap & Devo

01.01.17    

TODAY’S OVERVIEW:

 

BIBLE STORY:      

IN THE BEGINNING

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

GENESIS 1

 

KEY VERSE:    

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” - JOHN 1:1

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Jesus is over all of creation.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God created us to worship Him.

 

TABLE TALK:

Open your bibles to today’s passage. Read through the different days of creation.

 

  • What does the word “create” make you think of?
  • Can you think of something that you have created? Maybe an art project, a science experiment, or something you built? Why did you create it? How did you feel about your creation when you were done?
  • The bible tells us that God created everything. What does that teach us about Him?
  • What are some of your favorite things that God created, and why?
  • What is special about the way God creates things? (He can make something out of nothing!)
  • Read Genesis 1:27 out loud:

 

“So God created human beings in his own likeness. 

He created them to be like himself. 

He created them as male and female.”

 

  • What do you think “likeness” means?
  • God created us to worship Him. What are some ways you worship God?

 

AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER

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

 

Dear God, thank you for loving me no matter what

You are such a thoughtful and creative God

Please help me to worship You with all that I am

In Jesus’s name, amen

Dec
25
Dec 31

December 25 Christmas Morning Devotional

Open your bible to Luke 2. Choose one or more members of your family to read verses 1-21.

 

As a family, go through the following questions:

  • The Christmas season can feel like a very busy time of year. What kinds of plans did our family have that led up to this day? (Examples:  Christmas shopping, cooking, decorating, parties, church gatherings, etc.)
  • What kinds of plans do we have for today now that Christmas is here? 
  • Why do we make plans?

 

Say: We plan for things that are special or important to us. We have been working on plans all month so that we could celebrate Christmas and make it special.  God makes plans too. In fact, He knew since the very beginning what His plan to save us was. 

 

Discuss the following passages with your family in light of God’s plan:

  • God made everything. (Genesis 1)
  • Adam and Eve sinned. (Genesis 3)
  • God made a promise to Abraham. (Genesis 17:1-8)
  • Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would come. (Isaiah 53)
  • John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus. (Matthew 3:1-12)

 

Say: God knew from the very beginning that He would send Jesus to be our Savior.  Our plan today should be to glorify God’s plan in Jesus.

 

PARENTS, lead your children through this meaningful lesson about Christusing a popular Christmas season treat. Of all the beautiful traditions of Christmas, few are as ancient in meaning and rich in symbolism as the tradition of the Candy Cane. Did you know that Candy Canes are a incredible reminder of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Read the poem below together as a family.

 

THE CANDY CANEGOSPEL

Look at the candy cane

What do you see?

Stripes that are red

Like the blood shed for me

White is for my Savior

Who’s sinless and pure

“J” is for Jesus my Lord, that’s for sure

Turn it around

And a staff you will see

Jesus my shepherd

was born for me!

 

Pray together as a family. Read the following prayer out loud, and have your family repeat after you:

 

Lord, thank You for your perfect plan

You are a thoughtful and gracious God

Please help me remember that today is about celebrating You above everything else

I love you Lord

In Jesus’s name, amen

Dec
18
Dec 24

December 18 Recap & Devotional

12.18.16

TODAY’S OVERVIEW:

 

BIBLE STORY:      

THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

LUKE 2:1-21

 

MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord.” - LUKE 2:11

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’ birth. 

 

BOTTOM LINE:

Jesus is the best gift we could ever receive.

 

TABLE TALK: 

Open your bibles to today’s passage. Read it together as a family.

 

  • What comes to mind when you think about Christmas?
  • How is Jesus like a gift?
  • What are some ways we celebrate Jesus at Christmas?
  • How can we show others that Christmas is about Jesus?

 

AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for this time to celebrate Jesus

You are a great God who deserves to be worshipped and celebrated

Please help me to put you first in my life

In Jesus’ name, amen

 

THIS MONTH’S FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: JOY

 

What makes you most joyful?

How can you help bring other people joy?

How can you see in joy in today’s story?

Dec
11
Dec 17

December 11 Recap & Devotional

12.11.16  

TODAY’S OVERVIEW:

 

BIBLE STORY:      

MARY, JOSEPH, & THE ANGEL

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

MATTHEW 1:18-24

 

MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

“She is going to have a son. You must give him the name Jesus. That’s because he will save his people from their sins.” - MATTHEW 1:21

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like the Holy Spirit came to Mary, we receive the Holy Spirit when we accept Jesus.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God fulfilled his promise of a savior through Jesus. 

 

TABLE TALK: 

Open your bibles to today’s passage. Read it together as a family.

 

  • What did the angel say to Mary? How do you think Mary felt? 
  • Why did the angel tell Joseph he would name is son Jesus? Last week talked about the name Immanuel- do you remember what it means?
  • How did the wise men feel when they saw the star? (See Matthew 2:10) 
  • What does it mean to be full of joy? What is something that makes you joyful? How do you behave, think, and feel when you are joyful? 
  • Is the birth of Jesus something that makes you joyful? Explain what you think.

 

AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for sending Jesus

You are trustworthy and keep your promises

Please help me to honor you in this season, and in each day

In Jesus’ name, amen

 

THIS MONTH’S FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: JOY

 

Name 3 other words that mean the same thing as joy.

What is the most joyful thing about Christmas?

How can you see in joy in today’s story?

Dec
4
Dec 10

December 4 Recap & Devo

12.04.16    

TODAY’S OVERVIEW:

 

BIBLE STORY:      

JESUS’ BIRTH IS FORETOLD

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

ISAIAH 9:6-7

 

KEY VERSE:

"A child will be born to us. A son will be given to us. He will rule over us. And he will be called Wonderful Adviser and Mighty God. He will also be called Father Who Lives Forever and Prince Who Brings Peace." - ISAIAH 9:6

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Jesus fulfilled all of the prophecies of the Messiah.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

The Old Testament told us that Jesus would come.

 

TABLE TALK: 

Open your bibles to today’s passage. Read it together as a family.

 

  • What is something you’ve had to wait a long time for? How did it feel to wait for it? What about when it finally arrived?
  • The Jews spent many, many years waiting for God to send the Messiah he had promised. Read today’s key verse out loud. Who do you think this verse is about?
  • Read Isaiah 7:14 out loud. What does “Immanuel” mean? How is Jesus “Immanuel?”
  • God’s people had to be patient and faithful while they waited for Jesus. How can we be patient and faithful while we wait for things?

 

AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for keeping your promise to send a Son

You are perfect and always take care of me

Please show me how to be thankful for what you’ve done

In Jesus’ name, amen

 

THIS MONTH’S FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: JOY

 

Can you name a Christmas song that talks about joy?

Why do you think so many Christmas songs sing about being joyful?

How can you see in joy in today’s story?

Nov
27
Dec 3

November 27 Recap & Devo

 

11.27.16

TODAY’S OVERVIEW:

 

BIBLE STORY:      

PAUL’S MISSIONARY JOURNEYS

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

ACTS 16 

 

KEY VERSE:

“So you must go and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” - MATTHEW 28:19

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like with Paul, Jesus wants to use us to spread the Gospel.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

When God gives us a mission, He will help us.

 

TABLE TALK:

Open your bibles to today’s passage. Read it together as a family.

  • Has doing the right thing ever put you in a hard situation? What happened?
  • What kinds of hard things did Paul have to go through while he was serving God? (see 2 Corinthians 11:16-33)
  • Even though it was hard, do you think Paul believed it was worth it? (see Romans 5:3-5)
  • How did God help Paul while he was in prison?
  • Can you think of another bible story where God helped people who were serving him? (ex: the Israelites and Pharaoh, Joshua at Jericho, Daniel and the lions, etc.)
  • What can you when you know that obeying God will be difficult?

 

AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for helping me

You are a caring and generous God

Please help me depend on and obey You when I am in a hard situation

In Jesus’ name, amen

 

THIS MONTH’S FOCUS: THANKFULNESS

 

What is something that happened today that you are thankful for?

Why is it important to be thankful?

How can we see thankfulness in today’s story?

Nov
20
Nov 26

November 20 Recap & Devo

11.20.16

TODAY’S OVERVIEW:

 

BIBLE STORY:      

PAUL’S CONVERSION

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

ACTS 9

 

KEY VERSE:

“But the Lord said to him, ‘Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.’” - ACTS 9:15

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like with Paul, Jesus wants to change our hearts.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God can use anyone to do His good work.

 

TABLE TALK:

Open your bibles to today’s passage. Read it together as a family.

  • Explain to your kids that Saul and Paul are the same person (see Acts 13:9). Saul was his Hebrew name, and Paul was his Roman name. After Acts 13, we see Saul more commonly referred to as Paul.
  • What kind of man was Saul?
  • What happened to Saul on his way to Damascus?
  • What changed about Saul after he saw Jesus?
  • Why do you think God chose someone like Saul to share the Gospel?
  • Jesus loved Saul, even though he did terrible, mean things to Christians. What does this teach us about Jesus?
  • What are some ways God has used people to share the Gospel? (sending missionaries to other countries, pastors of churches who teach God’s Word, projectKids volunteers who help teach your class, etc)
  • Do you think God can use you to spread His Word? How?

 

AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for using Your people to do Your good works

You are a so forgiving and so powerful

Please help me to fearlessly tell the world about Jesus

In Jesus’ name, amen

 

THIS MONTH’S FOCUS: THANKFULNESS

 

What is something that happened today that you are thankful for?

What kinds of things make it difficult to be thankful? How can you overcome that?

How can we see thankfulness in today’s story?

Nov
13
Nov 19

November 13 Recap & Devo

11.13.16

TODAY’S OVERVIEW:

 

BIBLE STORY:      

THE ASCENSION & PENTECOST

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

ACTS 1-2

 

KEY VERSE:

“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit. They began to speak in languages they had not known before. The Spirit gave them the ability to do this.” - ACTS 2:4

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

The church is the body of Christ.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God sent His Holy Spirit to help us spread the Good News of Jesus.

 

TABLE TALK:

Open your bibles to today’s passage. Read it together as a family.

  • Where did Jesus go? Where is he now?
  • What was the miracle that happened after Jesus left?
  • What does the Holy Spirit do? How is the Holy Spirit like a gift? 
  • What do you think it means to share your life with someone? Can you name people that you share your life with?
  • Why do you think the people in the story lived their lives together? 
  • The people were changed when they put their faith in Jesus. How were they changed? What are some ways that faith in Jesus has changed you?

 

AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit

You are a good father who is always with me

Please use the Holy Spirit to help me share the news of Jesus

In Jesus’ name, amen

 

THIS MONTH’S FOCUS: THANKFULNESS

 

What is something that happened today that you are thankful for?

How can we be thankful, even when things don’t go the way we want? 

How can we see thankfulness in today’s story?

Nov
6
Nov 12

November 6 Recap & Devo

BIBLE STORY:      

ZACCHAEUS

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

LUKE 19:1-10

 

KEY VERSE:    

“The Son of Man came to look for the lost and save them.” - LUKE 19:10

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like Jesus forgave Zacchaeus, Jesus loves and forgives us.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

Jesus came to save sinners.

 

TABLE TALK: 

Open your bibles to today’s passage. Read it together as a family.

 

  • Do you know what your name means? Why do you think you were given your name? Do you think your name describes you well?
  • The name Zacchaeus means “clean” or “pure.” Do you think that name described Zacchaeus? Why or why not?
  • What was Zacchaeus's job?
  • What changed about Zacchaeus when he met Jesus?
  • Read today’s key verse out loud. Who are “the lost”? How was Zacchaeus lost?
  • How can we love other people like Jesus loved Zacchaeus? Give an example.

 

AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for loving sinners

You are full of grace

Please help me to turn from my sin and follow you

In Jesus’ name, amen

Oct
30
Nov 5

October 30 Recap & Devo

10.30.16    

TODAY’S OVERVIEW:

 

BIBLE STORY:     

LIGHT OF THE WORLD

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

MATTHEW 5:14-16

 

KEY VERSE:

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill can’t be hidden. Also, people do not light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand. Then it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine so others can see it. Then they will see the good things you do. And they will bring glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

MATTHEW 5:14-16

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like a light, Jesus reveals what is true. 

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God wants to use us for his glory.

 

TABLE TALK: 

Open your bibles to today’s passage. Read it together as a family.

 

  • What does it mean that we are a “light of the world?”
     
  • What is light like? How is Jesus like a light to us?
     
  • How can you let your light shine in front of your friends? Neighbors? Family?
     
  • Why is it important for you to tell other people about Jesus?

 

AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for saving me

You give me love and purpose

Please help me to use what you’ve given me to share the gospel

In Jesus’ name, amen

Oct
23
Oct 29

October 23 Recap & Devo

10.23.16

TODAY’S OVERVIEW:

 

BIBLE STORY:      

THE PARABLE OF THE LOST SHEEP

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

LUKE 15:1-7

 

KEY VERSE:

“I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” - LUKE 15:7

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like a shepherd and his sheep, Jesus loves and protects his people.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

Jesus rescues the lost.

 

TABLE TALK:

Open your bibles to today’s passage. Read it together as a family.

 

  • What is a shepherd’s job?
  • What happened to the shepherd in this parable? How did he bring his missing sheep back to the flock?
  • How is Jesus like the shepherd in this story?
  • What do you think the bible means when it says people are “lost” without Jesus?
  • What happened when the lost sheep in the story was found? What did Jesus say happens when sinners turn away from their sin? (see today’s key verse)
  • How does it feel to know that God will never stop “looking” for you?

 

 

AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for rescuing me

You are a God who loves and cares for me

Please help me to point lost people to you

In Jesus’s name, amen

Oct
16
Oct 22

October 16 Recap & Devo

10.16.16

TODAY’S OVERVIEW:

 

BIBLE STORY:      

THE GOOD SAMARITAN

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

LUKE 10:25-37

 

KEY VERSE:

So when we can do good to everyone, let us do it. Let’s try even harder to do good to the family of believers. - GALATIANS 6:10

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like the Samaritan, Jesus shows compassion to all people.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

We should love our neighbors.

 

TABLE TALK:

Open your bibles to today’s passage. Read it together as a family.

 

  • Why do you think the first two men passed by without helping? What are some reasons that we choose not to help others sometimes? (ex: we’re too busy, we don’t know what to say, we don’t like them)
  • What does it mean to love your neighbor? Is it just the person who lives next door to you?
  • Why do you think it’s important to Jesus that we love one another? 
  • Read Ephesians 4:32, this month’s memory verse, out loud. How does this verse apply to today’s story?
  • What does “compassion” mean? How did the Samaritan show compassion?
  • Name some ways that you can show compassion to other people this week.

 

 

AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for saving me

You are full of compassion and mercy

Please help me to love others as myself

In Jesus’s name, amen

Oct
9
Oct 15

October 9 Recap & Devo

10.09.16

TODAY’S OVERVIEW:

 

BIBLE STORY:      

THE PRODIGAL SON

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

LUKE 15:11-32

 

KEY VERSE:

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. - Ephesians 2:8

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like the father searched for his lost son, Jesus searches to save us.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

We are forgiven.

 

TABLE TALK: 

Open your bibles to today’s passage. Read it together as a family.

 

  • Why did the son run away? 
  • What does the word “prodigal” mean? (Feel free to look it up together as a family!) How does the word “prodigal” relate to today’s story?
  • What happens when you disobey your parents? Why do you think your parents want you to obey?
  • Do you trust that God knows best for you? Why?
  • Do you think the son felt sorry about what he did? (see verse 21) What should you do when you know you've done something wrong?
  • What did the father in the story do when his son came home?
  • How is God like the father in the story?

 

AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for seeking me

You love me even when I mess up

Please help me to make you the King of my life

In Jesus’ name, amen

Oct
2
Oct 8

October 2 Recap & Devo

10.02.16

TODAY’S OVERVIEW:

 

BIBLE STORY:      

PARABLE OF THE SOWER

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

MATTHEW 13:1-23

 

MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

“Faith is being sure of what we hope for. It is being sure of what we do not see.” - HEBREWS 11:1

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like a seed, faith in Jesus needs to grow.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

We can trust the Word of God.

 

TABLE TALK: 

Open your bibles to today’s passage. Read it together as a family.

 

  • Have you ever planted a seed before? What kind of soil did you plant it in? What did you have to do to take care of the seed?
  • This bible passage is a “parable”- which is a kind of story that Jesus used to teach people. The seed Jesus talked about actually stands for something else. What did Jesus say the seed was? (God’s Word)
  • What do you think the soils represent? (the heart of the person hearing God’s Word)
  • Why do you think Jesus used parables like this to teach us?
  • What kind of soil does God want us to be like?
  • What kind of soil is your heart like right now? What can you do to have a heart that pleases God?

 

 

AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for always being there for me

You are perfect and wise

Please give me wisdom to understand your Word and obey it

In Jesus’ name, amen

 

THIS MONTH’S FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: KINDNESS

Talk about a time someone was kind to you. How did you feel?

Talk about a time someone was unkind to you. How did you feel?

How do we see kindness in today’s bible story?

Sep
25
Oct 1

September 25 Recap & Devo

09.25.16

TODAY’S OVERVIEW:

 

BIBLE STORY:      

JESUS FEEDS FIVE THOUSAND

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

JOHN 6:1-14

 

KEY VERSE:    

“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” - JOHN 14:6

 

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.

 

TABLE TALK:

Open your bibles to today’s passage. Read it together as a family.

 

  • What is the difference between wanting something and needing something? Think of an example for both.
  • Read 2 Peter 1:3 together. What does it mean? Do you trust God to give you what you need?
  • What does “provide” mean? Can you think of an example of someone who provides something for someone else? (ex: parents provide love and protection, teachers provide knowledge, police officers provide safety, etc.)
  • How did Jesus provide for the people in the story?
  • What are some ways that God provides for you? 

 

 AFFIRMATION:

To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7). 

 

Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation. 

 

How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank you for being a provider

You are everything I need

Please help me to be thankful for what You have done, and content with what You’ve given me

In Jesus’ name, amen

 

THIS MONTH’S FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: LOVE

What makes it easy to love someone? What makes it hard?

Name 3 people that you love, and say why you love them.

How do we see love in today’s story?