November 20 // Not everyone will believe.

Read Acts 8:26 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Have you ever liked something, like a baseball teamor a famous singer, that your family and friends didn't like? 

 

Parent Note: This question is meant to get the your child thinking about how it feels to disagree with the opinions of others in a light-hearted way. Many people in power in Jerusalem did not believe Jesus was the Messiah, and they did not like Jesus' followers spreading the Gospel. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for the direction You have for my life.
I know that Jesus is the Truth, even if others don’t believe it.
Please help me to be fearless and share the gospel with people around me.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

November 18 // Give what you have.

Read Acts 3:6 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: What can you do for someone to help them today?

 

Parent Note: Peter didn’t have the money the poor beggar was asking for, but he did have something else to give to him. Because of Jesus, we always have something to share with others- a kind word of encouragement, a listening ear, or an offer to pray with them. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for providing everything we need.
Thank You that you have the power to give us our next breath, to heal and restore, and to give us eternal life.
Help us to be thankful for everything You give us.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

November 17 // Speak the truth.

Read Acts 4:8-10 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Have you ever heard the saying: Honesty is the best policy? 

 

Parent Note: Peter and John had been called before the same religious rulers who had put Jesus to death. Telling these men that they had healed a man by the power of Jesus Christ was not going to be an easy thing to say. The Holy Spirit filled Peter and emboldened him to not only tell them by whose authority and power he had healed the crippled man, he went on to tell them that salvation can only be found through Jesus! Speaking the truth is not always easy, but it is always right. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for loving me.
I know that Jesus has more power than I can imagine, and he wants to share it with the world.
Help me to be to live my life in a way that points others to You.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

November 16 // Jesus provides the power.

Read Acts 3:12 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Has anyone ever clapped and praised your abilities after you flipped a light switch and the room became illuminated?  

 

Parent Note: Clearly this person doesn’t know how electricity works! We did not discover electricity, figure out how to use it, and then create and install the wiring—we just know how to use the switch. Peter tries to explain a very similar concept to the people who were amazed by how he healed this crippled man. Just like we know a light will turn on when we flip the switch because we know it is connected to electricity, Peter’s words, “rise up and walk,” were connected to the power of Jesus through his faith. Peter flipped the switch, Jesus provided the power.  

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for sharing Your Holy Spirit with me.
I know that with You, all things are possible.
Help me to be to live my life in a way that points others to You.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

November 15 // It's possible with God.

Read Acts 3:8 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Have you ever broken a bone that required you to wear a cast? 

 

Parent Note: Finally getting those casts removed and no longer being stuck in one awkward position is so freeing! Imagine what it must have felt like for this man, who had been unable to walk since he was born, to finally be able to move on his own. This wasn’t just about comfort, this changed his entire life. He would no longer have to beg for just enough to cover his basic needs each day, he could get a job and prosper. He could help people who were still disabled. A future he never dreamed of was now his to figure out, and it was all possible because of God. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You being my Healer.
I know that my sin needs to be forgiven, and You are the only one with the power to heal me.
Help me to be like the once lame beggar and celebrate the way You have healed me.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

November 14 // God knows our needs.

Read Acts 3:3 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Which would you rather have: a used bicycle or a motorbike? 

 

Parent Note: If a motorbike is an option, we’d probably all rather have that than a used bicycle. The man at the gate was asking only for a little bit of money to help him pay for his basic needs, but instead, a man of faith saw his real need and, through the power of Jesus, took care of it—he was healed. God sees our needs and blesses us more abundantly than we could ever think or imagine. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for knowing what I need.
I know that I can come to You with anything.
Help me to be content and thankful for all that You have done for me.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

November 13 // The world is imperfect.

Read Acts 3:2 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Why does God allow people to be born disabled? 

 

Parent Note: Disabilities exist because we live in a fallen, imperfect world. God allowed this man to be born crippled so that at this exact moment, God’s glory, mercy, and power could be seen. God is no less a part of the lives of disabled people than He is in people without disabilities. God uses people with disabilities to do His work. It is hard to understand, but disabilities aren’t arbitrary or unnecessary; they are a part of God’s plan. When we go to Heaven, we won’t need wheelchairs, glasses, or hearing aids. We won’t get headaches or cavities in our teeth—our bodies will be made perfect. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for working all things together for good.
I know that Your plans are good, even when I don’t understand them.
Help me to see the hard things in life as a way to draw closer to You.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

November 12 // Story Recap

BIBLE STORY:     

PETER HEALS THE LAME BEGGAR

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

ACTS 3-4

 

KEY VERSE:

But Peter said, ‘I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!’”  - ACTS 3:6

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like Jesus, believers have the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

We are made complete through our faith in Jesus.

November 11 // We are God's family.

Read Acts 2:43 out loud with your family.

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

 

Q: Have you ever had a friend that was very different from you?

 

Parent Note: When the Holy Spirit came, he drew people together who would not usually be friends! Because they were all a part of Jesus’s family, the people lived together, shared their things, and took care of one another. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for sending your Holy Spirit to be with us and to give us strength and power. We have the same Spirit in us today.
Thank You for the good news that has gone out throughout the whole world for so many hundreds and thousands of years. We have heard it, and believe it.
Help us now to tell others. We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

November 10 // Spread the Word.

Read Acts 2:38-39 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Have you ever tried something new and found that you're really good at it? 

 

Parent Note: A few hours before he stepped outside and started proclaiming the Good News to the thousands of people milling around the streets of the city, Peter and the other disciples were discouraged by the amount of work they had to do in spreading the Gospel. The Holy Spirit entered the scene and completely changed the disciples' outlook on their job. The Holy Spirit gave them the motivation to go out and do it, and He gave them the words to say to touch people's hearts and change people's minds. Leading 3,000 people to their salvation in Jesus isn't bad for a first day at work! 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for the gifts and talents You have given me.
I know that You have made me to do something special.
Please help me to use these gifts to share Your Word.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

November 9 // Waiting for God.

Read Acts 2:1-4 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Why didn't the disciples just go out and start telling people about Jesus? 

 

Parent Note: Sometimes action without an understanding of how that action will impact the overall goal can be a bad idea. Prayer can open our minds, hearts, and ears to what the Lord is leading us to do. If He has asked us to do something, He will help us figure out how to accomplish it. 

 

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.
I know that You are always with me.
Please help me to live a life led by the Holy Spirit.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

November 8 // A quiet place.

Read Acts 1:13-14 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Do you have a quiet place?

 

Parent Note: Just as the disciples needed to find a quiet place to pray, sometimes our lives and families can get loud and hectic. It's a good idea to find a quiet place in your home where you can go to find peace. These places are especially good spots to pray and have conversations with God. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for Jesus’s example of finding a quiet place to pray.
I know that when I approach You, You are listening.
Please help me to have a great relationship with You through praying.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

November 7 // Jesus will return.

Read Acts 1:10-11 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Have you ever had a friend move far away or start going to a different school than you? 

 

Parent Note: At first the disciples were sad because Jesus had left them. But the angels told them that Jesus would come back someday. Getting to see a friend every day is definitely a better situation, but knowing that you will get to visit again soon makes it a little easier to deal with your friend's absence. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for being with me, even when I can’t see You.
Please help me to live my life in a way that pleases You.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

November 6 // Spread the Gospel.

Read Acts 1:8 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Have you ever had a big job or project to do? 

 

Parent Note: Remind your child that when faced with something that seems overwhelming, they should pray. God promises to give us wisdom when we seek it, and the Holy Spirit will guide us. Jesus told the disciples that they were responsible for sharing the gospel with the world, and that the Holy Spirit would help them accomplish just that.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for letting me be a part of Your mission to share the gospel.
I know that You are a loving God that wants everyone to be saved.
Please help me to do my part in making sure that the world hears about You.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

November 5 // Story Recap

BIBLE STORY:     

THE ASCENSION & PENTECOST

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

ACTS 1-2

 

KEY VERSE:

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. ” - 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.

November 4 // Share Jesus with others.

Read Matthew 5:14-15 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: What would happen if you never told anyone about Jesus?

 

Parent Note: There would be a lot of people who would never hear about him! Just like a lamp is useless without its light, we are meant to share the news of Jesus with everyone we know.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for being the light that saves us from sin and guides us toward You and eternal life.
Help us to reflect Your light to those in our lives.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

November 3 // Shine for Jesus.

Read Matthew 5:14-16 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Answer this riddle: How are you like the moon? 

 

Parent Note: The moon doesn’t shine at night because it produces its own light; it reflects the light from the sun. As Christians, we experience the love and truth of God. This is such a huge force in our lives that it shows in our words and actions. If we live our lives for Jesus and in His example, we are shining His light in this dark world full of sin and sorrow. By following Jesus, we become beacons to others struggling with sin, helping them to realize their need for Jesus. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for making me a part of Your family.
I know that You will use me to make Yourself known.
Help me to walk in Your light so that others will see You.
We ask this in Jesus’s name, Amen.

November 2 // Jesus is light.

Read John 8:21 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: How did the first people who sailed across the oceans find their way without maps?  

 

Parent Note: They used the position of the sun and stars to guide them. The wise men used the star that appeared after Jesus’ birth to find Him and worship Him. While we may not have anything quite as obvious to follow on our journey through life as we make our way on the path God has set for our lives, we do have a guide. His directions are not as obvious as those of a GPS telling us when to turn right or left, but directions have been and will be given every step of the way. Jesus illuminates the path of righteousness that leads to Heaven and eternal life. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for sending Jesus to be my light.
I know that with Jesus leading the way, everything will be alright.
Help me to stay on the path that You have set before me.
We ask this in Jesus’s name, Amen.

November 1 // Jesus is truth.

Read John 8:18 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: You get a brand new bike, but it requires you to put it together. Could you read the instructions in the dark? 

 

Parent Note: Not only could we not read the instructions, we wouldn’t be able to see any of the parts or tools necessary to put it together. The instructions show us how to build the bike correctly so that it is functional and safe. Jesus is the only source of spiritual truth in this life. In order to make good choices and stay on the path God has set for us, we must follow Him. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for showing the world Your truth.
I know that without You, I would be lost in darkness.
Help me to rely on the truth of Your Word.
We ask this in Jesus’s name, Amen.