MONTHLY ARCHIVES: November 2016

Conversation Starters: Our Need for Hope

Posted on November 16, 2016 by Karah

img_9953THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: What is power? Ask that of anyone on the street, and they’ll probably give you a definition in terms of either energy or influence. However, we need a different kind of power in order to live the way God designed us to live. We can’t live the Christian life in our own strength. The good news is that God, who is rich in glory, is also rich in power and strength, and He gives believers the Holy Spirit to access His power.

Concept: Our Need for Hope

Preschool

Matthew 27:15- 28:10

LIFE POINT: Three days after Jesus died on the cross, Mary and another Mary went to the place where Jesus was buried. An earthquake shook the ground as an angel from God came to the tomb. He rolled back the stone and sat on it. The angel spoke to the two women, “Don’t be afraid. I know you are looking for Jesus. He is not here! He is alive, just as He said. Come see where He was laying. Then go and tell His
disciples, ‘He is alive!’ ” The women left quickly and ran to tell the helpers. Jesus met and greeted the women. The women went up to Jesus and touched His feet. Jesus told them to not be afraid and to tell the disciples to go to Galilee where they would see Him.

LIVE IT OUT: Talk to your child about the Bible story. Remind her that the women went to a garden to find Jesus. Give your child paper and crayons. Tell her to draw some flowers on the paper. At the top of
the paper, print Jesus Is Alive!

Kids

Matthew 26:26- 28:10

LIFE POINT: Jesus and the disciples met together for the Passover feast. Jesus told the disciples to remember Him whenever they ate the Passover meal. As Jesus was praying, soldiers came to arrest Him!
Jesus was put on trial. The people shouted, “Crucify Him!” Pilate ordered the soldiers to crucify Jesus. Jesus was put on a cross between two criminals. Later that afternoon, Jesus died. Jesus’ body was buried in a tomb. Three days later, women went to the tomb. On their way, the earth shook! An angel rolled the stone away from the tomb! The tomb was empty! The angel said, “Jesus is not here! He has been resurrected!” The women were so happy! As they hurried to tell others, they met Jesus. Right away, they worshiped Him.

LIVE IT OUT: Ask your child if he knows why Jesus had to die. Use the Internet to research the Old
Testament for passages about sin. Talk about how this applies to Jesus’ crucifixion.

Students

John 11:17-24

THE POINT: Jesus is responsible for our lives, now and forever. What do you look forward to
when life is hard? What do our responses to tragedy reveal about our expectations of God? Discuss the following quote:

“What gives me the most hope every day is God’s grace; knowing that His grace is going to give me the strength for whatever I face, knowing that nothing is a surprise to God.”1 —Rick Warren

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 Reality Check:
• Talk with your student about things they put their hope in when life gets tough.
• Help them understand that Jesus is our only hope in life.

If he or she plans to complete Daily Reading:
• Have your student read Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection in each of the gospels as their daily reading this week.

1. “Hope Quotes,” Brainy Quote [online], [accessed 16 July 2015]. Available from the Internet:www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/r/rickwarren456861.html?src=t_hope


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Conversation Starters: Our Need for Protection

Posted on November 2, 2016 by Karah

img_8941THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: What is power? Ask that of anyone on the street, and they’ll probably give you a definition in terms of either energy or influence. However, we need a different kind of power in order to live the way God designed us to live. We can’t live the Christian life in our own strength. The good news is that God, who is rich in glory, is also rich in power and strength, and He gives believers the Holy Spirit to access His power.

Concept: Our Need for Protection

PRESCHOOL

Matthew 21:1-11

LIFE POINT: Jesus and His disciples were going to Jerusalem. Jesus told two of His helpers, “Go to the next town. You will find a young donkey and its mother. Bring them to Me.” The men found the donkeys and brought them to Jesus. The helpers spread their coats on the young donkey’s back to make a soft place for Jesus to sit. Jesus climbed onto the donkey’s back and rode into Jerusalem. Along the way, people were waiting to see Jesus. When they saw Him coming, some people spread their coats on the road. Others cut branches from trees and spread them across the road. The people knew Jesus was special. They knew that God had kept His promise and sent Jesus into the world. As Jesus passed by, the
happy people shouted, “Hosanna! Hosanna!”

LIVE IT OUT: Use time driving in the car, waiting in line, or playing outside to praise Jesus with your
preschooler. Sing simple praise songs such as “God Is So Good” or play some preschool songs on a CD.
Tell your child, “Jesus is God’s Son.”

KIDS

Matthew 21:1-11

LIFE POINT: On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus told two disciples to go into the village. He told them to find a donkey tied beside her colt. He asked them to bring the donkey and colt to Him. Jesus said, “If anyone asks what you are doing, say that I need them.” The disciples brought the colt and donkey to Jesus. Then the disciples laid their robes on the donkey. Jesus sat on them as He rode. Many people in the crowd spread their robes on the road where the donkey walked. Other people cut palm branches and
placed them in the road. The crowd shouted over and over: “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the One who comes in the Lord’s name!” People all over Jerusalem wanted to know who was coming. Others said, “It is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth.”

LIVE IT OUT: How does your family praise Jesus? Engage your child in planning a special praise time for your family. Let him take the lead in choosing songs and other ways to show your love for the Savior.

STUDENTS

John 10:7-15, 27-30

THE POINT: Only Jesus can offer us ultimate protection. When have you felt protected during a scary situation? What makes Christians question their security in Christ? Discuss the following quote:

“Everything that a man leans upon but God, will be a dart that will certainly pierce his heart through and through. He, who leans only upon Christ, lives the highest, choicest, safest, and sweetest life.”1 — Thomas Brooks

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 Fear Inspection:
• Share with your student a moment when you had to trust Christ’s protection and not give into fear.
• Pray for God to show your student how small their fear is compared with His protection. Ask God to give Him or her the courage to lean on Christ this week instead of giving in to fear.

If he or she plans to complete Daily Reading:
• Ask your student to read through John chapter 10 this week as their Daily Reading.

1.“Leaning on God,” Great Quotes for Quoting [online], [cited 16 July 2015]. Available from the Internet:https://thequotes.wordpress.com/category/satisfaction-in-christ/


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