All your children did very well Sunday. I'm hoping they showed you the
bookmark they brought home. They can use the side with the artwork to
tell you the story of the fiery furnace. You should encourage them to do
that and see how well they do. The other side has three commitments on
it. I don't know how the other teachers did this in their class...I had
the youngest children. I gave each one an opportunity to make a
commitment. I read each choice to them and asked which they would like
to do. They all chose at least 1. Please find out which they did and
encourage them to try to keep their commitment. If the bookmark has been
misplaced, here are the choices:
1. Practice memorizing this lesson's verse: Do not be afraid, for I am
with you. (Isaiah 43:5a). We will be using this same verse next Sunday.
2. Practice Stop and Think prayer three times this week. Close your
eyes, breathe. Stop and think about what you want to talk to God about.
Then talk to God about what is on your mind.
3. Answer the question: What are some ways that I can remind others that
God is with them? Write out two ways you could do this throughout the week.
Thank you so much!
How many of you have heard or taken the class the 5 love languages? I have gone through it several times. I have to admit that words of affirmation are at the bottom of my list. This is not something I am proud of and it has been a constant struggle. I keep being reminded that our children need affirmation. Specifically, they need to know that we love them and are proud of them. “There is the story that the husband said to his wife; “I told you when I married you that I loved you, and I told you that if it ever changed I would let you know.” This does not make our spouse or our children feel loved and valued. I am challenging myself to at least once a day look into each child’s eyes and tell them that I love them and am proud of them. No matter how they act, what they say, or do, that we love them and are proud of them. God’s love and pride in us is not based on what we do or do not do. It is based upon His eternal character.
Jeremiah 31:3 “The Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued to extend faithful love to you.” –This was directly to Israel, but I believe that it applies to us as well. God loves us with an everlasting love!
Remember to Shine His Love!
P.S. –Tell them why you are proud of them list their strengths and qualities that make them special and unique!
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Messiah,
I hope that your week has been going well. I wanted to thank you again for making last Sunday’s worship service special. Our prayer was that you would be able to see an aspect of worshipping God that we as Western Christians rarely see. We remembered God’s faithfulness to us, His sustenance, and providence. This week builds on the idea of God’s Word being a part of our lives. It is called Simchat Torah and means Rejoicing with the Torah. It is a joyful feast and for centuries it was a time of thanking God for His Word and reminding each other how precious it truly is. My hope is that this Sunday we will come away with an even better appreciation and love for God’s Word and the Word that became flesh.
See you soon.
Hi wonderful parents!
God never ceases to amaze me! And the crazy thing is that over the last couple of decades I have taught these lessons over and over. I could easily look at the lesson 3 years ago and copy it, but God teaches me something fresh every year (or lets me forget what He taught me earlier so I can be amazed again 😊.
Last week we learned about the wisdom God gave Solomon. This week we are finding out that Solomon did not always use that wisdom. In fact, in the first 2 verses we learn that Solomon had many wives (1000 if you include the concubines... all mentioned in verse 3). And what's worse, they were from nations God told the Israelites not to mingle with because they would do exactly what they did to Solomon... turn him away from the Lord toward idols.
God tells Solomon He is going to rip the kingdom away from him... but keep reading... in spite of the horrible things Solomon has done... for the sake of David He will leave a portion of the kingdom in the hands of a descendant.
I can not read this and not think of what God has done for me, for the sake of His Son, Jesus. He has forgiven every sin I will have committed until the day I am home with Him.
All I can say is WOW!
Please read these verses with your family and discuss them with your children. I am available by text, email, or phone call to help with any questions you have.
Hi Wonderful Parents!
This week our lesson is about Solomon...his request for wisdom and the
first example of that wisdom. Our passage is 1 Kings 2:1-4 and 3:3-28.
In chapter 2 David charges Solomon to follow all of Gods rules and
reminds him of God's promise to keep David's family on the throne.
In chapter 3 we are told that Solomon showed his love to God by
following His rules. Solomon went to Gibeon to sacrifice to God (the
Israelites were not to do this anywhere but Jerusalem yet God seems to
overlook this and many Israelites did this...it was a kind of middle
ground between idol worship done by other nations on high ground and
worshiping the True God.) God appears to Solomon in a dream and tells
him to ask for whatever he wants (notice God doesn't say He will give it
to him but I'm sure God knew his answer). Solomon asks for wisdom to
rule God's people wisely and God blesses him with more. Then we are
shown Solomon's wisdom when he settles a dispute between two mothers.
Please read and discuss these verses with your children and teach them
God' love. We will use this story to show the youngest ones that God
teaches us. We will show the older kids that God gives us wisdom.
May God bless you week in a special way!
Happy Monday Dear Parents!
I was blessed yesterday!
First...just about every 'kid' was at church and came down for our classes. It is so nice to see so many chairs filled with smiling faces!
Second...the kids taught ME something and I'm kind of ashamed to say so. The morning started great. I loved the worship service and the songs we sang. I even liked the Hebrew lyrics we learned (though I was disappointed at first to hear our language may not be the language we speak in heaven...silly me). Kids are cool because they will show love so easily. If you treat them right...being kind, listening, giving them attention...they return that love 100 times over. A couple of the younger ones came over to hold my hand and be near me while we were singing. It seemed they were so happy to be next to me. They were smiling and hanging on tight. Simply put I felt loved and it made me feel good. That's what I love about children...they lack some of the social inhibitions we have learned over the years (especially introverted me). Then I felt God's hand on my shoulder. He said, "Chuck...notice the children. That's how I want to be worshiped; with hearts filled with love and overflowing with joy." Do you feel like reaching out and grabbing God's hand when you are worshiping Him? Do you want to throw your arms around Him and squeeze as hard as you can? Are you 'on cloud 9' because you are in His presence? I'm sure it will be like that in heaven and I can't wait for that time. I want to worship Jesus like that now!
Thanks for letting me share that, and thanks for sharing your kids with me. They teach me so many things. In fact it was so nice to see all the kindness (the topic of our lesson) all around. I saw examples of kindness everywhere I looked.
Our lesson this week is about sin and what we do about it. The lesson title is "God Forgives David" and the focus is that God wants us to repent when we sin. Repent is a big word for kids. It's more than saying you're sorry. It's a heart felt awareness that you have done something wrong that hurt someone else with a desire not to do it again. It is not saying your sorry because you got caught and are told to apologize.
David sinned what we would call some very bad sins. But sin is sin. All sin hurts God and separates us from Him. It's the darkness in our hearts that makes it hard to see and feel God's love for His love never ends, never diminishes. We like to justify our sins, especially the ones we like most (they are the ones that cause us the most grief but the same ones we keep repeating over and over). David was a sinner too. He was married to a woman whose husband he had killed after having an affair with her. Some how he was justifying all this as God had to send Nathan to help him understand what he had done wrong...adultery and murder. David's actions cost him dearly but God's love and forgiveness never stopped. When David realized he had offended God He was heart broken and wrote a beautiful psalm. David repented...he realized he had hurt God and he wanted to restore his relationship with God.
The text for our lesson is 2 Samuel 12:1-7 and Psalm 51:1-12. You will find the story of David, Bathsheba and Uriah in 2 Samuel 11. Please read and discuss these verses as you feel appropriate with your children and help them begin to understand God's love for sinners (that's all of us) and His hope that we will repent. It is also a good time to help them understand the difference between forgiveness (an act done by the one offended) and repentance (an act done by the offender). I don't have my lesson planned yet but think I will be touching on the sin David committed. I'm not sure How God wants me to do this yet but I know I need to be sensitive to the details but also help the kids understand what David did was so wrong. Yet God never stopped loving David and never stopped called him a man after His own heart.
One of the very best things about God is that it does not matter how heinous our sin is, He forgets all about it once we accept Jesus as our Savior.
We take turns writing when God gives us an idea. The author will be noted.