Children (PreK-5th Grade)

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It’s easy to find things in the Bible.

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May 25, 2014

FAMILY DEVOTION

BIBLE FOCUS

Joshua 1:6-9

DISCOVERY POINT:

It’s easy to find things in the Bible.

KEY VERSE:

“Study this Book of Instruction continually.”

(Joshua 1:8a) 

How Do I Use the Bible?

GENESIS 1:1

Here’s the book…the chapter…the verse.

See? It’s the book of Genesis, chapter 1, verse 1. It’s kind of like each verse has its own address. Let’s try another one! Let’s look up a verse about when Jesus was born.

LUKE 2:7

Ok, first you find the book of Luke. Next, you need to find chapter 2. Finally, look in chapter 2 for the little number 7-that’s verse 7.

Now read it! See? You just found a verse that tells a very important part of the history of the world. Way to go! Just look for the bigger numbers.

Try looking up these verses!

JOHN 3:16

Write what you think this verse means:

1 CORINTHIANS 13:13

Write what you think this verse means:

DEUTERONOMY 6:5

Write what you think this verse means:

JEREMIAH 29:11

Write what you think this verse means:

Now, try looking these up on your own!

MATTHEW 28:5-7

Ha! Here’s a tricky one! When there’s a short line between the verse numbers, it means to read more than one verse. So here it means: Read verses 5 through 7.

Write what you think these verses mean:

MARK 2:23–3:6

Another tricky one? When you see a longer line between numbers, that means you should read from one chapter into another. So in this next one, you go from the book of Mark, chapter 2, verse 23, all the way to Mark, chapter 3, verse 6. Try it!

Write what you think this verse means:

FAMILY CHALLENGE:

Together as a family, talk about how to find Scripture passages in the Bible, and then look up the Scriptures on this page. Help family members take turns finding each passage. Talk about what each passage means.

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Love God all the time

Author:
May 18, 2014

FAMILY DEVOTION

Bible Focus:

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

 Discovery Point:

Love God all the time.

 Key Verse:

“And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:5) 

Love God All the Time

I JUST…DON’T…LOVE YOU

With your family, read Deuteronomy 6:4-9. We can kind of like broccoli or put up with a song. But we can’t just sort of love God. We need to love God with our whole hearts. That means that we need to live for God when we’re at school, home, church, or anywhere! Make this heart mobile as a reminder to love God with every little piece of your heart.

LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART…

Fold a piece of red construction paper in half. Starting at the fold, cut out half of a heart. Cut another heart out of the heart you made. Keep cutting smaller hearts out of the hearts. Write Deuteronomy 6:5 on a colored index card. Use string and tape to make a heart mobile. Hang it up where you’ll see it every day.

Gather your family around the mobile you created, and take turns sharing one way God fills up your heart. Come up with one idea for each of the cut-out hearts on your mobile.

ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS:

How does loving God help you when you’re sad?

How does loving God help you when you’re angry?

How does loving God help you when you’re scared?

How does loving God help you when you’re happy?

FAMILY CHALLENGE:

Share with your family one way you’ll love God in an everyday task. Maybe you’ll thank him for a nice bed while you’re making it each morning. Be creative!

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Love God and Love Others

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May 11, 2014

FAMILY DEVOTION

Bible Focus:

Exodus 20:1-17

 Discovery Point:

Love God and love others.

 Key Verse:

“Jesus replied, ‘“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’”

(Matthew 22:37) 

Love God and Love Others

God’s Master Plan

The Ten Commandments

If the people you loved were heading for the edge of a cliff, wouldn’t you try to stop them? Well, that’s kind of like what God did when he wrote the Ten Commandments on those stone tablets. God loves us and wants us to be happy and safe. So he wrote down 10 rules to live by. Read all ten commandments in Exodus 20:1-17 

Make a stone tablet of your own!

Check a narrow cardboard box lid for holes. (Tape any holes on the back of the lid.) Cut a strip of poster board, and tape it to the inside of the lid to form a rounded top. Coat the inside of the lid with petroleum jelly. Mix one cup plaster of Paris and 2/3 cup water in a bowl you can throw away. DO NOT let any of the mixture go down the drain! Use self-hardening clay instead of plaster if you want.

FAMILY CHALLENGE:

Look for ways to affirm each other as family members love God and others. Point out specific instances when it was clear that a family member put God first or set aside a personal need to meet the needs of someone else. For example, when you see your brother giving his allowance to a neighbor, you can tell him how great it is that he’s showing love to God and the neighbor by giving.

Pour the mixture in the box lid, and let it harden for an hour. Then carefully tear off the cardboard lid.

Now read Deuteronomy 6:5 and Matthew 22:37-40.

What’s the greatest commandment? Write it on your tablet in pencil, and then scratch the letters into the plaster. Keep the tablet in your room to remind you how God wants you to live!

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The Holy Spirit is our helper.

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May 04, 2014

FAMILY DEVOTION

Bible Focus:

John 16:5-7, 12-15

Discovery Point:

The Holy Spirit is our helper.

 Key Verse:

“He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth…”

(John 14:17a) 

The Holy Spirit Is Our Helper

POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

With your family, read John 16:5-7, 12-15. Ever wonder how the Holy Spirit works?

Try this experiment!

Get a hair dryer and a Ping-Pong ball. Plug in the hair dryer. Point the hair dryer straight up, and hold the Ping-Pong ball over it. Turn on the hair dryer, and let the Ping-Pong ball go. Hold the hair dryer steady, and the Ping-Pong ball will balance over the hair dryer.

FAMILY CHALLENGE:

Get your Ping-Pong ball again, and have every family member write on it one way you can thank God for the power of his Holy Spirit in your lives.

ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS:

How is the power of the hair dryer like power from the Holy Spirit?

How does the power of the Holy Spirit help us?

When have you felt like the Holy Spirit has helped you?

How can we thank God for sending the Holy Spirit to help us?

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God is with us when bad things happen.

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April 27, 2014

FAMILY DEVOTION

Bible Focus:

Job 1:1–2:10; 42:10-13

 Discovery Point:

God is with us when bad things happen.

 Key Verse:

“…I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”

(Hebrews 13:5b) 

God Is With Us When Bad Things Happen

JOB: TALK ABOUT A BAD DAY!

The book of Job (it’s pronounced jobe) could be called “Job and the Terrible, Rotten, Miserable, Very-Bad-for-a-While Life.” 

The bad day begins

Rich. Great family. Good man. That’s what people would have said about Job. But then the bad day started. Read Job 1:13-22 to see how Job’s life changed big time.

Is there a doctor in the house?

Next, Satan struck Job with a horrible case of sores all over his body. Gross! Satan was still trying to make Job turn against God. Find out what happened in Job 2:7-10.

FAMILY CHALLENGE:

Words from a whirlwind

God answered Job’s questions, and he did it in an unusual way! And what God said was even more amazing! Want to get a glimpse of God’s power and majesty? Just read Job 38–41! 

All’s well that ends well

Job’s troubles didn’t last forever. Things got better and better. Check out the details in Job 42:10-13.

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Jesus is the way to heaven.

Author:
April 20, 2014

FAMILY DEVOTION

BIBLE FOCUS

Revelation 21:1–22:5

DISCOVERY POINT:

Jesus is the way to heaven.

KEY VERSE:

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9) 

Jesus Is the Way to Heaven

WANNA BE HERE?

What’s the very coolest place to be? Did you say “heaven”? According to the Bible, heaven will be the most awesome place ever. Check out Revelation 21:1–22:5 for just a glimpse!

PICTURE THIS!

Make a poster of how you think heaven will be.

Grab magazines, newspapers, and catalogs. Cut out things you’d like to see in heaven. Make a collage on the top of a sheet of poster board. On the bottom, make a collage of the things you’ll be glad to leave behind when you go to heaven. Make your poster 3D by using fabric, yarn, straws, chenille wires, buttons, sponges, and more!

FAMILY CHALLENGE:

Talk as a family about going to heaven. How do you each feel about going to heaven? Encourage each other about the joys of living here on earth as well as spending eternity together.

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God sends angels to protect us.

Author:
April 13, 2014

FAMILY DEVOTION

BIBLE FOCUS

Psalm 91:9-12

DISCOVERY POINT:

God sends angels to protect us.

KEY VERSE:

“For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.”

(Psalm 91:11) 

God Sends Angels to Protect Us

PROTECTING THE EGG

Read Psalm 91:11 out loud. How do God’s angels protect us?

Maybe like this!

Grab two large plastic or paper cups, some newspaper, a raw egg, and some tape. Put the egg inside the newspaper padding, and tape the two cups together with lots of tape! Stuff the cups with newspaper to act as padding, leaving room for the egg. Drop the cups from the height of your shoulders! 

If you used plenty of padding and taped the cups well, your egg should be safe and sound! God has ways to keep us safe and sound too. Read Psalm 91:11 again. 

ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS:

How does this verse make you feel?

Why does God send angels to protect you?

Because God loves you so much, he sends his angels to protect you! The next time you’re scared or worried, remember that God sends his angels to protect you, just like you protected the egg. (Know what else? God’s protecting you even when you’re not scared and worried! God’s awesome!)

FAMILY CHALLENGE:

Make a list of “angel sightings” this week. Each time you see a way an angel has been at work protecting God’s people, write it down.

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Jesus wants to be your best friend.

Author:
April 06, 2014

FAMILY DEVOTION

BIBLE FOCUS

John 15:12-17

DISCOVERY POINT:

Jesus wants to be your best friend.

KEY VERSE:

“…a real friend sticks closer than a brother.”
(Proverbs 18:24b)
 

Jesus Wants to Be Your Best Friend

STICK TOGETHER

With your family, read what Proverbs 18:24 says about true friendship. Want to be a true friend?

Get yourself into a sticky situation!

Pour a half cup of fat-free milk (the fat-free is important) into a small bowl, and add two tablespoons of vinegar. (Be prepared! It might smell a little funny.) Stir the mixture, and then let it sit for two minutes. Your milk will look a little chunky—YUM! Strain the chunks (or curds) out of the milk. Put the curds between two paper towels, and press down to dry them. Put the curds in a clean bowl or cup, and add two teaspoons of water and one teaspoon of baking soda. Guess what—you’ve made your own glue!

FAMILY CHALLENGE:

With your family, use your glue to make a collage of family photos, pictures from magazines, and anything else you can find. The collage should show what holds you together as a family. 

When your collage is finished, talk about these questions:

What is your favorite part of this collage?

Why is that your favorite part?

What kinds of things help our family stick together?

How does Jesus stick even closer than a brother?

Pray, thanking Jesus for being your best friend and asking God to help your family stick together. Hang the collage in your house so you can look at it often. Keep looking for new stuff to add to the collage.

Talk together about what it means to be best friends with others as well as Jesus. Reminisce about times you knew Jesus was sticking with you closely. Look for examples of Jesus’ friendship during the week. At the end of the week, get together and thank Jesus for all the times he has stuck with you.

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Jesus came to save us.

Author:
March 30, 2014

FAMILY DEVOTION

BIBLE FOCUS

John 3:16

DISCOVERY POINT:

Jesus came to save us.

KEY VERSE:

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

(John 3:16) 

Jesus Came to Save Us

GOD LOVES YOU!

With your family, read John 3:16 a bunch of times. Practice saying it out loud, too. God loves us, he sent his Son to save us, and if we believe in Jesus we’ll have eternal life with him.

Just so you really understand this verse, put your name in the blanks below:

“For God loved ________ so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that if __________ believes in him, __________ will not perish but have eternal life.”

Next, with your family, get a local phone book, and look at all the names inside.

Can you find some names that you know?

What’s the longest name you can find? The funniest? The strangest?

Then at dinner, discuss these questions:

How did learning that God loves everyone change how you think about people?

Sometimes we call the news about Jesus the good news.

Why is it such good news?

What can our family do to make sure that others hear the good news about Jesus?

FAMILY CHALLENGE:

Pick names from a phone book (or some other random list of people), and pray for them. Ask God to make sure those people understand how much he loves them. Then thank God for loving everyone.

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Jesus is God.

Author:
March 23, 2014

FAMILY DEVOTION

BIBLE FOCUS

John 1:1, 14

DISCOVERY POINT:

Jesus is God.

KEY VERSE:

“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

(John 1:1) 

Jesus is God

THREE IN ONE

Read John 1:1 out loud a few times until you can say it by yourself.

What do you think this verse means?

Well, first of all, “the Word” means Jesus. Read the verse again, substituting “Jesus” for “the Word.” Then do this experiment to help you understand the meaning of the verse. 

Have an adult help you to carefully fill a clean, empty plastic bottle about one-third full with hot water. Please an ice cube over the opening of the bottle. 

What Happens?

Fog begins to develop. That’s three different forms of water—fog, ice, and water—but they’re all still water. It’s sort of the same with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. All three are God, but each is a distinct person.

Now read John 1:1 again, and then read John 1:14.

GO DEEPER
Write the verses in your own words:

FAMILY CHALLENGE:

As you eat a meal together this week, talk about what it means to you that Jesus is God. How does it make you feel? How can you worship Jesus as a family because he is God?

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God Speaks Through the Bible

Author:
March 16, 2014

FAMILY DEVOTION

BIBLE FOCUS

Psalm 119:97-102

DISCOVERY POINT:

God speaks through the Bible.

KEY VERSE:

“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”

(Psalm 119:105) 

God Speaks Through the Bible

LET IT SHINE!

Read Psalm 119:105 out loud several times. That’ll help the verse stick to the roof of your brain!

Then try this:

Hide your eyes, and have a family member hide a “treasure” in the room. The treasure can be a toy or a snack. Make the room as dark as possible. Now try to find the treasure in the dark.

Kind of hard, huh?

Try again, this time using a flashlight.

Life without God is like living in the dark.

When you study the Bible, you can learn what God’s Word says about the choices you have to make. It’s like having a light in the darkness.

With your family, sit down with a Bible and think of a few tough choices people in your family have to make. (You might want to turn on the lights first.) Use the Bible to find what God has to say about those choices.

TALK ABOUT THESE QUESTIONS:

How is the Bible like a flashlight?

Why do you think God gave us the Bible?

When has God’s Word helped our family make a tough choice?

How can we follow God’s Word in our everyday choices?

FAMILY CHALLENGE:

Spend 10 minutes reading either Psalms or Proverbs together as a family this week. Talk about how God is speaking to each of you through those words.

When you try to live your life without God’s guidance, it seems impossible to
make good decisions, just like it seems impossible to tie that knot. But the Bible teaches us to do what’s right.

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Sin is anything that doesn’t please God.

Author:
March 09, 2014

FAMILY DEVOTION

BIBLE FOCUS

Genesis 3

DISCOVERY POINT:

Sin is anything that doesn’t please God.

KEY VERSE:

“Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law…”

(1 John 3:4a) 

Sin Is Anything That Doesn’t Please God

HIDE AND SHEEP

Read Isaiah 53:6 together as a family.

Answer this question:

What’s an example of a path that’s different from God’s path?

Play this fun game of Hide and Sheep:

Have one family member, the sheep, hide somewhere in your house (or outside if the weather is nice). The rest of the family counts to 60 (no peeking!) and goes to find the sheep. The sheep will help the family find him or her by baaing. Play until everyone has a chance to be the sheep!

ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS:

How is sinning like being lost?

What’s it like to be found again when you’re lost?

How does Jesus help us when we get lost on the wrong path?

FAMILY CHALLENGE:

Pray together as a family once each day this week. In your prayer time, ask Jesus to help you stay on God’s path by not sinning.

We break God’s law when we sin—and then we’re lost. But Jesus forgives us, and that’s just like being found again. Jesus helps us get back on God’s path!

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What is the Bible?

Author:
March 02, 2014

FAMILY DEVOTION

BIBLE FOCUS

2 Timothy 3:14-17

DISCOVERY POINT:

The Bible is our instruction book for life.

KEY VERSE:

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true…”
(2 Timothy 3:16)
 

What Is the Bible?

IT’S KNOT A PROBLEM!

You’ll need a length of rope or clothesline. It should be at least a foot long.

With your family, read 2 Timothy 3:16 out loud once or twice. Then try writing the verse in your own words.

Without God’s Word, it’s impossible to know how to live a life that pleases God.

It’s like this:

Hold one end of a rope in each hand, and tie a knot without letting go of the ends.

Seems impossible, right?

But there’s a solution!

Lay the rope out straight on a table.

Fold your arms over your chest so your hands go through the opposite elbow—one above, and one below. Lean over and pick up the ends of the rope with your arms still folded.

Unfold your arms by pulling them apart.

There’s the knot you were trying to tie!

ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS:

How is that like facing problems in our lives that seem impossible to solve?

How can we encourage each other to rely on God to help us with our problems?

Set the knotted rope you made in a place where you’ll all see it this week. Every time you look at the rope, remember that God can solve all of your “impossible” problems!

FAMILY CHALLENGE:

Pick any problem that comes up during the week. Sit down together, and determine what the Bible says to do to solve it. The concordance in the back of your Bible is a great place to look for specific Scriptures to help you out! 

When you try to live your life without God’s guidance, it seems impossible
to make good decisions, just like it seems impossible to tie that knot. But the Bible
teaches us to do what’s right.

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