"Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he has done for my soul." Psalm 66:16
“Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul.” Psalm 66:16
The audible eye roll. If you are a parent, you know what I am talking about. The rolling of the eyes of a child when he feels he can no longer bear the weight of hearing the story being told for the “millionth” time. It is often accompanied by an exacerbated sigh, sometimes a noise verging on a groan. Sound familiar?
As much as they might protest, I believe our children really love hearing stories of their past and our history, especially the ways in which the Lord has worked in our lives. These are some of my favorite parenting moments. . . those times when I am able to tell my children how the Lord has worked in my life, how he has brought me through a hardship, how he has strengthened and encouraged me, how he has provided for my needs. . . these are the stories our children need to hear. Not only can they be encouraged by them, but their faith can be more firmly grounded by practical examples of the ways the Lord has worked in the lives of those they love.
So, tell the story. Tell it again. Repeat it if necessary. It’s your right and privilege, as well as your duty and responsibility to encourage and teach your children. And, if the moment is right, let them see your version of the audible eye roll. Laughter can be a great parenting tool as well!
This Week in Sunday School-
2/3s- The Shipwreck
Scripture- Acts 27
Lesson Truth- Jesus takes care of us, even in frightening times.
Aims for the Children- to do at least one of the following during the lesson:
1. Tell who took care of Paul on the boat
2. Describe stormy weather they’ve experienced
3. Express confidence that Jesus takes care of them in all kinds of frightening situations
4. Sing about Jesus’ power and love
5. Make a model of today’s story
6. Praise Jesus for his power and care
4/s-1st Grade, 2nd-5th Grade- God Parts the Red Sea
Scripture- Exodus 14-15
Lesson Goal- Students will praise God for His power and deliverance.
Lesson Objectives- Students will be able to
1. Describe the Israelites’ departure from Egypt.
2. List the miracles God performed for Israel.
3. Explain why God led the Israelites through the Red Sea.
4. Define and describe Israel’s worship
Key Verse- “Then I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, so that he will pursue them; and I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD.’ And they did so”. (Exodus 14:4).
Catechism Lesson #32
Children’s Church- Saul Disobeys God
Scripture- 1 Samuel 13 and 15
Lesson Goal- Students will submit to the authority of God’s Word and obey it completely.
1. Saul was not obedient to God’s instructions.
2. God did not allow Saul to remain as king.
3. God expects obedience from His servants.
Key Verse- “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice”. (1 Samuel 15:22).