MONTHLY ARCHIVES: April 2016
Posted on April 20, 2016 by Karah
THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: The adage “Don’t let success go to your head” reminds us that success
has a way of changing a person. We are aware of celebrities and public figures who lost their
humility when they experienced success. The Babylonian ruler Nebuchadnezzar focused on his
own glory and paid a price. From the story of Daniel, we discover the importance God places on
living humbly before Him, but our ultimate example of humility comes from the life and death of
Concept: Live Humbly
2 Kings 4:1-7
LIFE POINT: A woman said to Elisha, “My husband has died. The person I owe money to is coming to take my sons.” Elisha asked her how he could help and what she had in her house. The woman replied, “All I have is a jar of oil.” Elisha told her to borrow all the empty jars. She was to start pouring oil into the empty jars. The woman and her sons did as Elisha said. As the jars filled, her sons placed them to the side and brought her more. Finally, all the jars were filled, and the oil stopped. The woman went to Elisha and told him that the jars were full. Elisha told her to sell the oil and pay what she owed.
He knew the woman and her sons could live on the money from the sale of the oil.
LIVE IT OUT: Help your child list some things your family has. These could be needs or wants. Tell your
child that these things come from God. Say a prayer of thanks for the things God gives you.
LIFE POINT: King Nebuchadezzar had a scary dream. Once before, He had a scary dream and Daniel told him what it meant. He called for Daniel again. The king told Daniel his dream. God helped Daniel know what the dream meant. Daniel said, “God helped you get a large kingdom. You think you did it by yourself. In a while, you will be driven away to live as a wild animal. When you know that God is powerful, you will have your kingdom back.” A year later, the king thought to himself, “I made this
wonderful city!” The king heard a message from heaven. Then he was driven away and lived like a wild animal. After some time, the king knew that God was in charge. He praised God. He stopped being like a wild animal. He got his kingdom back.
LIVE IT OUT: Assist your child in listing some of his accomplishments. Pray together, thanking God for
giving him the abilities to achieve.
THE POINT: Pride leads to downfall, but God honors humility. When have you been humbled
by someone or something? How can we encourage one another in greater submission to God?
Discuss the following quote:
“Humility means reveling in His grace, not our goodness.”1 —John Piper
LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student to do one or both Live It Out activities. Here are some suggested ways to help your student:
If he or she plans to complete Reconciliation:
• Share with them how you’ve seen God glorified through your reconciliation with other people.
If he or she plans to complete Picture of Humility:
• Your student may find it difficult or awkward to humble themselves before others. Pray for them that they may have the humility and courage to be humble.
1. John Piper, “Let the Nations Be Glad! Quotes,” Goodreads [online], [accessed 16 March 2015]. Available from the Internet: www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/2552661-let-the-nations-be-glad
Posted on April 6, 2016 by Karah
THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: Many of us gravitate toward whatever is popular or trending at the moment. However, not everything that is popular and trending is good or right. In those moments, we must make a decision to stand apart from the crowd. In the Book of Daniel, three men faced just such a decision. Their willingness to die rather than disobey God is a model for how we can stand courageously. With God, we can stand courageously because He goes with us every step of the way.
Concept: Stand Courageously
1 Kings 18:1-2, 41-46; James 5:17-18
LIFE POINT: Rain had not fallen in a long time. God told Elijah to go and tell King Ahab that it would rain. Elijah did. He told Ahab to eat and drink because rain would come. Ahab went to eat and drink. Elijah went up on a mount and prayed to God. Elijah sent his servant to look toward the sea. The servant said he saw nothing. Elijah sent the servant to look seven times. The servant saw a small cloud. Elijah told the servant to go tell Ahab to get his chariot ready because the rain was coming. The rain came. Elijah ran so fast that he ran ahead of Ahab in his chariot. Elijah prayed for it not to rain, and it did not rain for over three years. Then he prayed for rain, and the rain came.
LIVE IT OUT: Pray with your child often. Help him develop a prayerful attitude. When you are driving in the car, thank God for the beautiful spring colors.
LIFE POINT: The king of Babylon built a big gold statue. He called people to come from all over the country to see the statue. He ordered the people, “Bow down and worship the statue when you hear music!” The men answered, “We will not bow down.” The king ordered the fire to be made hotter. The men were thrown into the fire. The king looked inside the furnace. The three men were walking around without being hurt by the fire! The king saw someone else walking in the furnace, too. The three men were brought out of the fire. They did not even smell like smoke! The king praised the God of the Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
LIVE IT OUT: Ask your child to name a scary or difficult situation she has faced lately. Ask her if she felt
God’s presence with her during that time.
Daniel 3:13-18, 26-28
THE POINT: Be ready and willing to stand for God. What are some pressures we face today as followers of Christ? What helps you stand firm when your convictions are challenged? Discuss the following quote:
“… Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all … But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And He is more than enough for us.”1 —David Platt
LIVE IT OUT: Your student is encouraged to do one or both Live It Out activities. Here are
some suggested ways to help your student:
If he or she plans to complete Stand Courageously:
• Help your student research ways to serve the forgotten or vulnerable in your community.
If he or she plans to complete Stand Together:
• Discuss with your student the importance of community when living courageously.
• Pray that he or she would have the courage to seek out a spiritual mentor, and offer encouragement and support as they begin this process.
1.David Platt, “David Platt > Quotes,” Goodreads [online], [accessed 16 March 2015]. Available from the Internet: www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/846687.David_Platt