January 18 // The knowledge of good and evil.

Read Genesis 3:7 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Did the tree make Eve wiser than she was before? 

 

Parent Note: No, there was nothing special in the fruit that gave her new abilities. This becomes obvious when, after taking a bite of it herself, she offers some to Adam. If the fruit had made her wise, she would have realized that she had been tricked and that she had just sinned; she wouldn’t have offered the fruit to her husband if she knew eating it was a sin. The knowledge that the tree bestowed was that of the experience of doing something wrong. Once they had disobeyed God, they now had knowledge of right and wrong, and they felt shame for the first time. So, eating the fruit did bring them knowledge of new things, but it was the action and experience of eating the fruit that allowed them to have this new understanding, not the actual fruit itself.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for Your wisdom.
I know that even when I mess up, You can use it for good.
Help me to choose what is right when You put choices before me.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

January 17 // Don't be fooled.

Read Genesis 3:4-5 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: How did the serpent trick Eve?

 

Parent Note: Nothing he actually said was a lie, but it is what he left out that made his information a lie. When Eve ate the fruit, she did not instantly drop dead; however, because of her disobedience to God, she would no longer be allowed to live forever. Eating the fruit did make her aware of good and evil, which is a kind of knowledge that God possesses; however, eating the fruit made her less like God in that she had just committed a sin. Telling the truth, but omitting certain parts with the intention of deceiving someone is called a half-truth. It is a way people lie and deceive each other. Satan purposefully omitted certain consequences that eating the forbidden fruit would cause. 

 

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 the Truth.
Help me to trustthat what You say is good for my life.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

January 16 // Good and bad influences.

Read Genesis 3:1 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: How can we tell if a stranger is a bad person? 

 

Parent Note: Unlike in movies, TV, and books, bad people don’t all wear black and have shifty eyes. Some bad people look like completely normal people. Eve may not have known what Satan looked like, but it’s possible that if he had shown up in the Garden of Eden looking like he normally did, she may have realized anything he suggested was probably a bad idea. Instead, he came as a serpent, something she would have been used to seeing in the garden and would not find threatening. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for giving me choices.
I know that You will help me make the right decision.
Help me with Your Holy Spirit to see what is right and wrong in Your eyes.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

January 15 // We have free will.

Read Genesis 2:9 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: If God didn’t want Adam and Eve to eat the fruit on this tree, why did the tree even exist in the Garden of Eden? 

 

Parent Note: God gave us free will, which means that we can pretty much do whatever we want; however, that doesn’t mean that our choices are always good. If God hadn’t put the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden, He would have been refusing to allow Adam and Eve, and subsequently all humans, from freely deciding whether they wanted to obey or disobey Him. While we were created to love and worship God, He did not create us to do so blindly; we have to choose.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for giving me choices.
I know that You will help me do the right thing.
Help me to use my free will to make the right choice.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

January 13 // More than animals.

Read Genesis 2:19 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: How are we different from the animals that God created?

 

Parent Note: God made us able to reason and make decisions. That is different from every other thing God created. While animals have brains, they are creatures of instinct, they do not have souls. Our ability to apply reason and make decisions shows that we were created in God’s image. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for making us different from any other creation.
I know that I have a special purpose and calling.
Help me to live the way You want me to.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

January 12 // The garden was perfect.

Read Genesis 2:1 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Why is life on earth so different from what is described in the Garden of Eden?

 

Parent Note: Adam and Eve committed the first sin by disobeying God’s one and only rule in the Garden of Eden. This one sin has rippled through every generation of humankind. To get us back to living in a world like the Garden of Eden, God sent His Son, Jesus, to die in our place to forgive us of our sins. Jesus promised to return to earth and finally establish His reign on earth, at which point, the entire earth will be made much like the Garden of Eden is described. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for making a place for me.
I know that I can look forward to a perfect home in heaven.
Help me to honor You even now in my life on earth.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

January 11 // God made man and woman.

Read Genesis 2:18 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Why was it not good for Adam to exist alone? 

 

Parent Note: God is three persons in one: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Father loves the Son, the Son loves the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit loves the Father. Together they are a community. Because God made man in His image, man was made for fellowship and community. When God saw that Adam was alone, it was the only time in the entire creation story that God said something in His creation was not good. He saw Adam’s need and immediately created a solution. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for making both men and women.
You are the Creator of community.
Help me to live my life the way You designed it to be.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

January 10 // In His image.

Read Genesis 1:26 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: If God created humans in His image, does that mean God has a body like we do? 

 

Parent Note: No, God does not have a form like we do; God is spirit. When the Bible says we were made in His image, it means that God created us to have mental, spiritual, and emotional characteristics that reflected His own. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for the way You have made me.
I know that I am special, because I am made in Your image.
Help me to live the way You want me to live.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

January 9 // God made everything.

Read Genesis 1:3 out loud with your family.

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

 

Q: What can you make that doesn’t require any ingredients or materials?

 

Parent Note: It is difficult for us to think of anything we can make that requires no materials, but God made everything that exists out of nothing. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for the world You have made.
I know that Your fingerprints are all over Your creation.
Help me to see the beauty in everything You have made.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

January 8 // God has always been.

Read Genesis 1:1 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Who created God?

 

Parent Note: No one created God. God has always existed. He is constant and unchanging. He is the same now as He was when He created the universe, and He will be the same for all eternity. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for making me.
I know that in You are above and beyond anything I can imagine.
Help me to appreciate all You have created.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

January 6 // Treasure in heaven.

Read Matthew 6:19-20 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Do we have to live without possessions and comfort in order to go to Heaven? 

 

Parent Note: Not at all! God blesses us with things all the time. This verse aims to remind us that our lives are not about acquiring things for the sake of having them and to make ourselves comfortable, but to live for Jesus. When we get wrapped up and attached in the things of this world, we forget what is truly important: Jesus. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for the hope of Heaven.
Thank You that if we trust You for our salvation, we will one day be in Heaven with You. Amen.

January 5 // God is light.

Read Revelation 22:5 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: How long do you think you could look directly at the sun before it would hurt your eyes? 

 

Parent Note: It wouldn’t take long. Looking directly at the sun is really bad for our eyes, and we shouldn’t do it. In Heaven and New Jerusalem, there will be no shadow—no darkness of any kind—because God’s glory will shine everywhere. It will definitely be bright, but not so bright that we cannot see or that the light will hurt our eyes. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for Your light.
I know that in You, there is no darkness.
Help me to share Your light with the world.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

January 4 // Tree of life.

Read Revelation 22:2 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: What is your favorite kind of fruit? 

 

Parent Note: All fruit and vegetables contain vitamins, natural sugars, and nutrients that help keep us healthy. The Tree of Life bears fruit that gives eternal life. We can eat nothing but fruit and vegetables all our lives, but nothing will benefit us like eating from the Tree of Life will! 

 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for Your fulfilling me.
I know that all good things come from You.
Help me to be filled by the things that make me closer to You.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

January 3 // All things new.

Read Revelation 21:5 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: How clean are your favorite, most comfortable pair of shoes? 

 

Parent Note: As shoes become more and more formed to our feet and the way we walk, they become more comfortable; but they also become dirty. God created the earth, and He declared that it was good; but then man committed sin and we have used the earth and corrupted it. God will come and make everything brand new again, washing away all of the sin and destruction humans have caused on the earth. It will be like having our favorite shoes all broken in and comfortable, but they will be brand new and they will never wear out. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for Your good plans.
I know that You are coming to make things new.
Help me to look forward and be ready for that day!
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

January 2 // Here he comes!

Read Revelation 21:3 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Would you rather hang out with friends in person or chat on the phone? 

 

Parent Note: Chatting on the phone is better than nothing, but hanging out in person is so much better. We can do things together, whereas a phone conversation limits us to just talking. When we go to Heaven, we will be able to talk to Jesus face-to-face. We can do things with Jesus. Our relationship with God will be complete once we are in Heaven. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You for keeping Your promises.
I know that You are coming back, because Your Word is the truth.
Help me to look forward and be ready for that day!
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

January 1 // Never alone.

Read Revelation 1:9 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Why is being grounded one of the worst punishments? 

 

Parent Note: Being grounded means that we cannot be with our friends and do fun things with them. The Apostle John was exiled to the island of Patmos. He was cut off from friends and family as punishment for not recognizing the emperor of Rome as divine. The emperor used exile as a punishment for many Christians, but while exile did remove these people from their families, friends, and Roman society, it didn’t remove them from the presence of God. While John was in exile, he continued to hear from God; in fact, God gave him a glimpse into Heaven. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord, thank You that You are always with me.
I know that I am never truly alone, because You live in my heart.
Help me to be comforted by Your presence.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

December 31 // Story Recap

BIBLE STORY:     

ALL THINGS NEW

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

REVELATION 21-22

 

KEY VERSE:

"And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God." - REVELATION 21:3

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Jesus is coming back.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

A perfect existence with God awaits us in Heaven. 

December 30 // Go the distance.

Read Jeremiah 29:13 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: How far would you go to see Jesus if He were a man on the earth again? 

 

Parent Note: Would we climb the highest mountain, swim an ocean? We don’t know exactly how far the wise men traveled, but it wasn’t a quick weekend road trip! Any distance would be worth the effort to see Jesus in person. The good news is that we don’t have to go anywhere to be with Jesus. He is with us always! Wherever we are, all we have to do is talk to Him. His blessings and guidance are available to us even without being in His physical presence. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for the promise that when we seek You, we will find You!
Help us each day to see how valuable You really are and the treasure that is Your Kingdom!
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.