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Bible Reading: Romans 10:13-15; Hebrews 13:15"Grandma, can we explore in the attic?" asked Kenzie. Once before when the twins were visiting their grandparents, Grandma had taken them up to the attic to show them some old photographs."Sure," Grandma replied. "But be sure to put everything back in its place."Xander and Kenzie had a good time looking through the old trunks in the attic. Kenzie giggled as she held up a long black dress that was covered with tucks and ruffles. "Aren't these old clothes funny?""Yeah," said Xander as he tried on one of Grandpa's old hats. He opened another trunk. "Hey, look! This trunk is full of army stuff! Grandpa's dad was in the army, so these must be his things. There's a uniform, pictures of soldiers…even some medals!" He held up a poster with a picture of a sinking ship. Printed on the dark background were the words Loose Lips Sink Ships. "I wonder what this means," said Xander."Let's go ask Grandpa," said Kenzie.They climbed down the narrow stairs, clutching the old poster. When they asked Grandpa about it, his face grew serious. "I remember my dad telling me about that," he said. "During World War Two, people who talked a lot and were careless about what they said were described as having 'loose lips.' These signs were posted in areas where military secrets were discussed. They were a reminder that it could be disastrous to talk about secret plans or about the location of our troops and ships. If enemy spies were to discover such things because someone talked carelessly, it might have meant death to hundreds of sailors or soldiers.""Wow!" exclaimed Xander. "Just think! Hundreds of lives could be lost if you said a few words to the wrong person!"Grandpa held up the old poster and thoughtfully gazed at it. "You know, loose lips aren't always bad. In fact, sometimes we need to loosen up our lips in order to save lives.""What do you mean?" asked Kenzie in surprise."God has entrusted a very special message to us--that Jesus died for the sins of everyone and then rose from the dead," Grandpa explained. "It's not a secret, and we should share it. When people hear it and believe in Jesus, they're saved and given eternal life." -Sherry L. KuytHow About You?How loose are your lips when it comes to telling others about Jesus? Do you talk about what He's done for you? Or are you tight-lipped when it comes to sharing the news that Jesus died and rose again to save us? The Bible says that people have to hear that good news before they can believe. Don't be afraid to talk about Jesus.Today's Key Verse:I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips. (NIV) (Psalm 40:9)Today's Key Thought:Talk to others about Jesus

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Light and Truth (Part 2)

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2022


Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:1-6 "Why would God do that? Why would He send His Son to die?" Arjun wiped powdered sugar from the kalkal he had just eaten off his face.Reeja smiled brightly, glad to have a chance to tell her friend why her family celebrated Christmas instead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights many of their neighbors celebrated. "Because God loves us that much! The sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, would bring eternal life to whoever believes in Him." "That's wonderful, but I feel bad for Jesus," Arjun murmured. Reeja's eyes sparkled. "Arjun, Jesus is alive! After He died for our sins, He rose from the dead three days later--the Bible says so." "And you believe this? That must take a lot of faith!" Reeja shrugged. "I just know I have been called out of darkness into the light. When we are without Jesus, we are in the dark. He is the light of the world, and whoever trusts in Him has the light of life." Arjun's forehead wrinkled in contemplation. "Does it say this in the Bible? Could you show me?" Reeja pulled her Bible off the table, powdered sugar fingerprints dusting the cover. She flipped to John 8:12. "You see how these words are printed in red? These are the words of Jesus. Here, read them." Arjun read softly, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." Reeja pointed to another verse on the same page. "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free," she read. "Truth is important to Hindus," Arjun said. "I will have to think about what I've read and what we've discussed today. It's fascinating!" Reeja rose from her chair and stretched. "I'll be praying for you, Arjun. Anytime you want to talk more about Jesus's victory of light over darkness, I'm here. Now, do you want to help me finish decorating the Christmas crib?" "I would, but I'm going to see my cousins today, so I'd better get home." Arjun headed for the door, then turned back. "Thank you for today. If kalkal is involved, I'll come over again tomorrow!" Reeja laughed and handed Arjun the last fried pastry on the plate. "I hope this will satisfy your craving until then!" -Savannah ColemanHow About You?Do you believe Jesus died on the cross for you? The Bible says everyone has sinned and we need a Savior. So God sent His perfect Son as a baby in a manger to meet that need. Jesus died for our sins and then rose again, and He gives His truth and light to all who trust in Him. Have you come out of darkness into the light? If not, trust in Him today! (To learn more, click the "Good News!" button in the right column of this page.)Today's Key Verse:I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. (NIV) (John 12:46)Today's Key Thought:Jesus is the light of the world

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epiSOWdes December 5, 2022: Light and Truth (Part 1) Keys for Kids Ministries

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2022 3:14


SHARE THE LIGHT OF JESUSKEY VERSE: BUT YOU ARE A CHOSEN PEOPLE... THAT YOU MAY DECLARE THE PRAISES OF HIM WHO CALLED YOU OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS WONDERFUL LIGHT. 1 PETER 2:9 (NIV) 

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Light and Truth (Part 1)

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2022


Bible Reading: John 1:1-14Reeja excitedly gathered colorful light strands and grasses. Decorating the Christmas crib was her favorite part of welcoming the Christmas season. Her mother told her they called it a nativity scene in America, where Reeja's uncle lived. Regardless of what it was called, Reeja was just happy to celebrate the birth of Jesus."Maybe this year I'll add a waterfall," Reeja mused as she collected large rocks to incorporate into her Christmas crib. She paused to look at the houses around her. Some neighbors were constructing their own cribs, while other yards were empty. Arjun, the boy who lived next door, walked out his front door. Reeja gave him a friendly wave, and Arjun grinned and headed over."Would you like to help me decorate?" Reeja asked. Arjun nodded enthusiastically. "My parents don't decorate for the Christmas season, but our house looked really nice for Diwali." Reeja recalled the bright lights and beautiful colors at the traditional Hindu festival of lights. "Yes, I remember your home looked very festive!""How come you don't celebrate Diwali?" Arjun asked. "It's about the victory of light over darkness."Reeja wove a strand of star lights through some of the grasses. "We celebrate a different kind of victory of light over darkness when we celebrate Christmas." "What do you mean?" Arjun's face looked puzzled."Do you know of the Bible? It's the book of truth Christians live by." Arjun nodded. "I've heard about the Bible, but I haven't read it." "It starts with the beginning of creation, where everything was created by God and it was good. But then humans disobeyed God and sin and death entered the world. God knew we needed someone to save us, so He sent His one and only Son, Jesus. He came to earth as a baby, and when He grew up, He died on a cross to defeat sin and death. He conquered the darkness with His light." Reeja patted the straw that made up the manger bed."Who wants some kalkal?" Reeja's mom's voice rang over the yard. Arjun's mouth watered as he pictured the fried pastry treat in his mind. "Come on," Reeja said. "We'll talk more after our snack. Mom always makes kalkal with extra powdered sugar!" -Savannah ColemanHow About You?Do you have friends or neighbors who don't know Jesus? If you know Him as your Savior, you have His hope inside you like a bright light shining in the darkness. When someone asks you about your faith, trust God for help in speaking His truth to them with gentleness and respect. Share His light with others by telling them about the hope you have in Jesus.Today's Key Verse:But you are a chosen people…that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (NIV) (1 Peter 2:9)Today's Key Thought:Share the light of Jesus

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epiSOWdes December 4, 2022: Sadie's Kitten Keys for Kids Ministries

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2022 3:16


BE KIND AND FORGIVEKEY VERSE: AND BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER, TENDERHEARTED, FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER, EVEN AS GOD IN CHRIST FORGAVE YOU. EPHESIANS 4:32 

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Bible Reading: Colossians 3:12-17When Sadie walked into the kitchen one morning, she found Dad cradling a tiny orange kitten. The kitten's eyes weren't even open."What's wrong with him?" Sadie asked. "Why is he crying?"Dad used an eyedropper to give him milk. "I found this little guy outside, alone and hungry. I'm afraid something happened to the rest of his family.""So you're going to take care of him?""Yeah, he's too little to survive on his own."Sadie thought of the first story in the Bible about how Adam and Eve cared for the animals. She wanted to care for God's creation too. "Can I help?""Absolutely! I'll show you how."Sadie was extra-gentle when Dad put the kitten in her arms. He was the color of a carrot, so that's what she'd call him.For the next few weeks, Sadie watched Carrot grow. His eyes opened, then he started walking with more confidence. Soon he no longer needed the eyedropper--he ate kitten food. Sadie felt proud.One day, when she was giving Carrot his food, he scratched her arm with his sharp claws. Tears welled in Sadie's eyes. She picked up his food bowl. He didn't deserve food after that.The front door opened. "Is everything okay, Sadie?" Dad asked."No!" She burst into tears. "Carrot scratched me. All I've ever done is love him, and now he hurt me!""Oh, Sadie. I'm sorry." Dad hugged her. "The way you care for Carrot reminds me of the way God cares for us. You are kind, gentle, and patient. That's the way God loves us too, only His love is even stronger."Sadie stopped crying. "Sometimes, I hurt God. When I do things I know I shouldn't." She looked at Carrot's food bowl. "But God forgives me. Jesus died for me so that I could live with Him forever."Dad nodded. "Jesus set a wonderful example for us."Sadie knew what to do. She put the food back on the ground. Carrot began to eat. She looked at the blood on her arm. "It's okay, Carrot. I forgive you, and I love you."Sadie was thankful God often said those same words to her. -Becca WierwilleHow About You?Have you ever struggled to show kindness? When someone hurts us, it can be hard to be kind and forgiving. The good news is, God is always kind and forgiving to us. Even though we have sinned against God and hurt others by doing things that are wrong, He still loves us. He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins so we could be forgiven. And we can follow His example by showing kindness and forgiveness to those around us.Today's Key Verse:And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. (NKJV) (Ephesians 4:32 )Today's Key Thought:Be kind and forgive

Keys For Kids Ministries

Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 32:11-12; Isaiah 40:31; Revelation 4:6-11Kaia dropped her backpack on the kitchen table and sat down with a big smile. "We saw a great video in science today!"Kaia's mom looked up from her bill paying. "What was it about?" "Eagles." Kaia showed her mom a large color photo of a bald eagle. The white-headed bird of prey looked to be floating on air, its wings stretched out like the wings of a jet. "Mr. Thompson gave us all a print of this eagle. Isn't it beautiful?""It sure is," Mom agreed.Kaia was excited to share what she'd learned. "June 20 is National American Eagle Day. In 1782, the bald eagle was made a symbol of the United States." Mom closed her computer. "They're certainly one of God's amazing animals.""Did you know that their wingspan can be up to seven and a half feet long?" Kaia didn't wait for an answer. "The video said eagles spend their first four years exploring the country, traveling hundreds of miles before they settle down to have a family. And listen to this! When they dive to catch their food, which is mostly fish, they can move up to a hundred miles per hour!""Wow! I didn't know they were that fast," said Mom. "But I do remember reading in the Bible that eagles are swift and strong.""The Bible talks about eagles?" asked Kaia.Mom nodded. "Many verses mention eagles. After God brought His people out of Egypt, He gave Moses a song to teach the Israelites. In this song, God compares Himself to an eagle protecting its chicks with its wings."Kaia was impressed. "So the eagle isn't just fast and strong. It's a protector too!""That's right. And like an eagle, Jesus covers us with His love and grace. In the book of Revelation, the eagle is also one of four creatures surrounding God's throne, singing, 'Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!'""We sing that in church," said Kaia. "So, God is like an eagle because He protects us, and we can be like eagles by worshiping Him. I guess God wants all His creation to worship Him!" "He does," said Mom. "Now and forever!" -Bonnie CarrHow About You?What's your favorite animal? All God's creatures are magnificent and purposeful in their own ways. But did you know that all were created for God? When Jesus comes back to rule, and when heaven is established on earth, all God's creatures will rejoice and serve Him in their own way. Today, take some time to worship God and marvel at His creation. Thank Him for covering you with wings like an eagle.Today's Key Verse:You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things. (NKJV) (Revelation 4:11)Today's Key Thought:Worship God

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epiSOWdes December 3: Like An Eagle Keys for Kids Ministries

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2022 3:33


WORSHIP GODKEY VERSE: YOU ARE WORTHY, O LORD, TO RECEIVE GLORY AND HONOR AND POWER; FOR YOU CREATED ALL THINGS. REVELATION 4:11 

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epiSOWdes December 2: Christmas Wreath Keys for Kids Ministries

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2022 3:25


GOD'S LOVE IS ENDLESSKEY VERSE: SO THE WORD [JESUS] BECAME HUMAN AND MADE HIS HOME AMONG US. HE WAS FULL OF UNFAILING LOVE AND FAITHFULNESS. JOHN 1:14 (NLT) 

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Bible Reading: Romans 8:1-4, 38-39"Mmm, this smells so good," Kyle said as he picked up a fresh Christmas wreath out of the back of his mom's car. "I know. I love the smell of pine too," Mom said. "You can set the wreath on the porch for now."Kyle was just a couple of feet from the porch when he tripped over his skateboard. The wreath flew out of his hands and hit the ground with a thud. When it fell, some parts of it came loose. "Oh, Kyle!" exclaimed Mom. "Are you all right?""Yeah," said Kyle as Mom helped him up. Then they both examined the wreath to assess the damage. "I'm so sorry. Did I ruin it?" Kyle asked. "It's a little beaten up," said Mom. "But I should be able to fix it." She paused. "Didn't I tell you to put your skateboard away earlier?" Kyle nodded. "Yes, but I forgot. I'm sorry." "Why don't you grab your skateboard and take it to the garage where it belongs?" Mom smiled. "That way, no more humans or wreaths will get injured."Kyle smiled and did as he was told. When he got back to the front porch, his mom had the wreath fixed and was hanging it on the front door. "How does it look?" Mom asked as she took a step back. "Looks good, Mom," Kyle replied. "Why do we put wreaths up at Christmastime anyway?" "Well, I like to think of wreaths as reminders of God's endless love for us," said Mom. "Wreaths are in the shape of a circle, and circles have no end. And there's also no end to God's love for us. Jesus demonstrated this when He came to earth as a baby that first Christmas. He is fully God, but He also became fully human to die for our sins, and even though He is now risen, He will always be human. He will be both God and man--both divine and human--for all eternity! That's how much He loves us. He became one of us so He could be with us forever.""I'm thankful God's love for us is endless," said Kyle. "Me too," said Mom. "Whenever I look at this wreath, I remember that, no matter what we do or what we face, God's love is greater." -Melissa YeagleHow About You?Do you know how much God loves you? At Christmastime, we remember that Jesus, who is God, loves us so much that He came to earth as a human and died for our wrongs so we could be saved from sin and death. He became one of us so we could have a home with Him forever. His love for you is endless. Have you put your trust in Him? (To learn more, click the "Good News!" button in the right column of this page.)Today's Key Verse:So the Word [Jesus] became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. (NLT) (John 1:14)Today's Key Thought:God's love is endless

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epiSOWdes December 1: New Glasses Keys for Kids Ministries

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 3:19


TRUST GOD'S PLANKEY VERSE: NOW FAITH IS CONFIDENCE IN WHAT WE HOPE FOR AND ASSURANCE ABOUT WHAT WE DO NOT SEE. HEBREWS 11:1 (NIV) 

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:8-12, 16-18"Well, Erin, it looks like you'll need an updated prescription for your glasses," the optometrist said as Erin got out of the chair at the eye doctor's office.Erin found her mom in the waiting room. "New glasses again!" she announced."Well, let's look around the store to see if we can find some frames you like," Mom suggested.As Erin tried on various colors and styles of glasses, she talked with Mom about school. "It feels like everything is going wrong. I have two tests tomorrow, and I'm struggling in those classes. My favorite teacher has been home sick all week, and one of my friends broke her arm during gym class! I know God is in control of all that happens and I should trust Him, but it's hard when nothing is going well.""I'm sorry all these things are happening at once." Mom put a hand on her shoulder. "The world is chaotic." She thought for a moment. "Do you remember what it was like before you got your first pair of glasses?""Oh yeah," Erin laughed. "Everything was so blurry. I could only see a few feet in front of me.""Life can be a bit like that," Mom said. "The world can feel blurry and confusing. Just imagine how confused Jesus's followers were when He died on the cross! But Jesus had a bigger plan--to die and take the punishment for our sin and bring new life through His resurrection three days later. We can't always see how God is working today, but we can keep our eyes focused on Jesus and trust Him."Erin understood. "Because He doesn't just see the present. It's like He sees through different glasses than us, where He can see the whole world--past, present, and future."Mom smiled. "Exactly! And God can use challenging things to teach us to trust Him. When our plans don't work out, we need to remember that He has a bigger plan in mind--one that ends with Jesus getting rid of sin and death forever. We may not understand now, but one day, we will see how God worked everything for good."Erin nodded. "So I can trust Jesus and focus on Him even when I don't understand what's happening." She hugged her mom. "Thanks." -Abby CionaHow About You?Do you feel confused or overwhelmed? Maybe you're struggling in a friendship, or a family member has health challenges. Sometimes things that happen to us feel unfair or hurt a lot. When you face hard times, focus on Jesus's love and His promise to be with you. Remember that He has a plan and is working everything out for your good. Trust Him.Today's Key Verse:Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (NIV) (Hebrews 11:1)Today's Key Thought:Trust God's plan

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epiSOWdes November 30, 2022: Draw Near Keys for Kids Ministries

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 3:02


ENJOY GOD'S PRESENCEKEY VERSE: DRAW NEAR TO GOD AND HE WILL DRAW NEAR TO YOU. JAMES 4:8 

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Bible Reading: Jeremiah 29:13; Matthew 7:8; 11:28-30; James 4:8 Sara and Mom left church and headed out to Uncle Dan and Aunt Susan's farm for lunch. Sara couldn't wait to meet her cousin's new pygmy goats!On the way, Mom asked Sara what her Sunday school class had discussed that morning."We talked about worship," Sara said. "Mrs. Taylor told us that God created us to worship Him. We worship when we go to church, right?"Before Mom could answer, they'd arrived. Sara's cousin Charlie ran to the car. "Come meet Max and Mavis!" He grabbed Sara's hand and led her inside a fenced area next to the barn. "Sit still and they might come over," Charlie said. He sat next to Sara on the grass. The two small goats jumped in the air, ran around the yard, and butted heads in a play battle. At first, they ignored the cousins, but eventually Mavis came close enough for Sara to stroke her back. Then she went off to climb a wooden platform. "They're so cute," Sara told Charlie."Yeah," agreed Charlie. "I love it when they come over and let me pet them. I just wish they did that more often!" He grinned. "Don't they know I feed them, fill their water dish, and clean up their messes?" They laughed. Charlie sounded like a parent.On the way home, Mom brought up the topic of worship. "I think God feels a little like Charlie does with his goats," she said."What do you mean?" asked Sara."Charlie cares for his goats. He makes sure they have everything they need, and he loves it when they come to him. It's similar to us as Christians. We're God's children. He loves us and provides for us, and He wants us to enjoy being in His presence every day.""I guess worshiping God only on Sundays is kind of like Mavis only letting me pet her for two seconds," said Sara.Mom nodded. "Worship is something we do at church, but it can also be anything we do with an awareness of Jesus's love and presence and a desire to serve Him. That's where we find true joy.""Maybe we could read the Bible together before bed," suggested Sara. Mom nodded. "That's a great way to spend time with God!" -Bonnie CarrHow About You?Did you know that God wants to spend time with you? Praying, reading the Bible, talking about God with your family and friends--these are just some of the ways you can spend time in Jesus's presence. As Christians, we have a relationship with Jesus, and that means we can talk with Him, serve Him, and worship Him every day. Draw near to Him and enjoy spending time in His loving presence.Today's Key Verse:Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (NKJV) (James 4:8)Today's Key Thought:Enjoy God's presence

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Bible Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10; 1 John 4:16-19"Can I go to the store with you, Mom?" Isaac asked. "I want to make sure you get my favorite cereal!" Mom laughed and agreed.Shortly after arriving at the store, they met Carson, one of Isaac's classmates. "Hey, Isaac, thanks for shoveling my grandma's sidewalk when I didn't feel good yesterday," said Carson. "And thanks for helping me with my math homework too! Guess what I got on our test today? An A minus!""All right!" said Isaac. "How did your basketball game go?""Much better," said Carson. "Ever since you stood up for me when I missed all those free throws the other day, the guys haven't given me a rough time at all." He turned to go. "Oh! Mom says I can go to Bible club with you this week.""Great!" exclaimed Isaac. "I think you'll like it.""I'm sure I will if it's as good as you say," replied Carson, turning to leave. "See ya.""Wow! I'm surprised," Isaac told his mom as they went down another aisle. "Carson wasn't interested in going to Bible club at all when I invited him. I wonder why he changed his mind."Just then, they came to the place where a woman was handing out ice cream samples. "Yum!" Isaac exclaimed, taking a bite of the sample she handed him. "Let's get some of this ice cream, Mom.""It looks good," Mom said. "Choose a flavor, and then we'll be ready to go.""How can the store afford to give away so much ice cream?" Isaac asked as he debated which kind he wanted. "Look at all those kids coming to get samples now.""Well, as you just proved, the samples make people want to buy the product, so the store will sell lots of ice cream today," Mom explained as Isaac decided on double chocolate. "You know," Mom added as she placed the carton in her grocery cart, "this reminds me of you. You've been a sample for Jesus.""What do you mean?" Isaac asked."Carson was obviously impressed with the way you treated him," said Mom. "You've given him a taste of what it means to know Jesus, and now Carson wants to know more.""A taste of life with Jesus," said Isaac. "That's even better than ice cream!" -Geri WalcottHow About You?Are you a sample for Jesus? Do your words and actions give others a taste of what He's like? When you treat others with the love He's shown you by being caring, helpful, and kind, it can make them want to know Him too. Let others sample the sweetness of knowing Jesus in how you treat them each day.Today's Key Verse:The word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere…for wherever we go we find people telling us about your faith in God. (NLT) (1 Thessalonians 1:8 )Today's Key Thought:Be a sample for Jesus

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epiSOWdes November 29, 2022: The Sample Keys for Kids Ministries

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2022 3:24


BE A SAMPLE FOR JESUSKEY VERSE: THE WORD OF THE LORD IS RINGING OUT FROM YOU TO PEOPLE EVERYWHERE...FOR WHEREVER WE GO WE FIND PEOPLE TELLING US ABOUT YOUR FAITH IN GOD. 1 THESSALONIANS 1:8 (NLT

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epiSOWdes November 28, 2022: The Everlasting Word Keys for Kids Ministries

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 3:44


JESUS IS THE EVERLASTING WORDKEY VERSE: FOR THE LAW WAS GIVEN THROUGH MOSES; GRACE AND TRUTH CAME THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. JOHN 1:17 (NIV) 

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The Everlasting Word

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022


Bible Reading: John 1:1-3, 14-18; Revelation 21:3-7As Tarun scrolled on his tablet, he suddenly stopped and grinned at his sister. "Hey, Amita, what are your thoughts on antidisestablishmentarianism?""Um…what?" His sister stared at him. "I have no idea what you just said.""Actually, I'm not sure what that word means either," said Tarun. "But I'm looking at this website that talks about really long words, and it says antidisestablishmentarianism is the longest word in the English language--except for technical words used only in math or science. Some of those are even longer! The longest word ever is the chemical name methionylthreonylthreon--""Stop!" Amita slapped her hands over her ears. "I don't want to hear any more!" Tarun laughed. "You think that's bad? I barely even started to say it! If I said the whole thing, it would take over three hours!""What?" cried Amita. "Who would even say a word like that? It would take forever!""Well, not forever," said her brother. "Just three hours.""Just?" Amita shook her head. "When it comes to saying words, that is forever! Compared to that, anti…antidish…that other really long word you said is nothing!" Dad smiled at the kids from across the room. "You know," he said, "there actually is a Word that lasts forever."Both kids' eyes widened. "There is?" said Tarun.Dad nodded. "Yes, and He is everlasting. I'm talking about Jesus, the Word of God." "Wait," said Amina. "I thought the Bible was the Word of God." "The Bible is God's Word, yes," Dad replied. "It reveals God's truth, law, and purpose to us. It tells us who God is and how much He loves us. But in the New Testament, Jesus is called the Word because He reveals God to us in human form. He is God and has always existed, but He took on human form and came to earth to teach us God's truth and fulfill His law on our behalf because we couldn't live up to it ourselves. He showed us God's love by dying for our sins and coming back to life, and He is working out His greater purpose through all those who trust in Him. He reveals who God is because He is God in the flesh--and He will reign for all eternity! He is the everlasting Word." -Courtney LasaterHow About You?Do you know any really long words? No matter how long they are, most of them don't take long to say. But there is one Word that lasts forever--do you know Him? Jesus is the everlasting Word because He reveals God's truth, love, and purpose to us in person. If you know Him as your Savior, you will reign with Him for all eternity. (To learn more, click the "Good News!' button in the right column of this page.) Today's Key Verse:For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (NIV) (John 1:17)Today's Key Thought:Jesus is the everlasting Word

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Bible Reading: Psalm 46:1; 91:1-4; Philippians 4:19"David, your mom is waiting for you."David started at the sound of Tía Gloria's voice. "Where?""At the playground," she answered kindly. David hurried down the stairs that led up to the home he had known for almost a whole year. He was one of thirty children who lived in the albergue in Lima, Peru, that served as a refuge for children who needed protection.He looked around. Nearby on a bench, watching a toddler play, was a young woman, who was apparently expecting another child soon."Mamá!" David ran to her and gave her a big hug. She hugged him tight. "David, you've grown so much. Tell me what you've been doing. What have you been learning at school? Are you happy here?"David soon was talking and smiling, telling his mom about his classes, his friends, and the fun activities he got to do with his albergue family. He played with his little brother and held him. But, after a while, his mom got up, put her bag on her shoulder, and took the toddler's hand. "It's time for me to go," she said.Pain struck through David's heart. He threw his arms around her. "When can I go back with you?" he asked, fighting tears.David's mother had a sad look on her face. It was too hard to explain her situation to her little boy. That the safest place for him was there. That she needed a safe place too.As the door closed behind her, David turned and ran. Tía Gloria found him behind one of the slides. "David," she said gently, "it's not that your mom doesn't love you. But she needs help too and can't take care of you in the way she wants to right now. But you've been learning about a strong Father who is always there for His children. He's with you, even if others can't be. Who is that?""God," David answered, looking up through his tears. "That's right. God is our refuge--our place of help and comfort. Jesus understands the hurt you're feeling because He experienced the pain of our broken world too when He came to save us. Would you like us to pray to Him right now?"David nodded. "Yes. And let's pray that He will help my mom too." -Rachel AvalloneHow About You?Are there times when you feel alone? Have you been disappointed by people you expected to be there when you needed help or love? Even the people who love us the most aren't able to give us all we need. People will fail, because people are imperfect and we live in a broken world. But our heavenly Father will never fail us. He gave us His Son, Jesus, who is with us no matter what. His love never fails.Today's Key Verse:Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close. (NLT) (Psalm 27:10)Today's Key Thought:Jesus will never fail us

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epiSOWdes November 27, 2022: David's Refuge Keys for Kids Ministries

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2022 3:25


JESUS WILL NEVER FAIL USKEY VERSE: EVEN IF MY FATHER AND MOTHER ABANDON ME, THE LORD WILL HOLD ME CLOSE. PSALM 27:10 (NLT) 

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epiSOWdes November 26, 2022: Not Funny Keys for Kids Ministries

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2022 3:24


HURTFUL HUMOR ISN'T FUNNYKEY VERSE: OBSCENE STORIES, FOOLISH TALK, AND COARSE JOKES—THESE ARE NOT FOR YOU. INSTEAD, LET THERE BE THANKFULNESS TO GOD. EPHESIANS 5:4 (NLT) 

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Bible Reading: Psalm 141:3; Proverbs 8:6-9"Hey, did you guys hear the one about the man with a wooden leg?" Mitch asked when some of his friends were over. He proceeded to tell a joke he'd overheard at school--a bad one he knew he shouldn't repeat, but he wanted to impress his friends. They thought it was hilarious. As they roared with laughter, Mitch's dad walked past the room. Oh no! Mitch thought when he saw Dad frown. I hope Dad didn't hear that joke! After his friends left, Mitch wandered into the kitchen. "Hey!" he yelled, staring in horror at a poster he was working on for history class. It was on the table, and his little sister had colored green mustaches on the faces he had carefully drawn. When Teagan saw Mitch looking at it, she started to giggle. "It's not funny!" Mitch roared, but Teagan kept on laughing. Dad came to see what the trouble was. "Dad, look what Teagan did! And she thinks it's funny!" Dad immediately sent Teagan to her room. "Teagan doesn't realize how important that poster is to you," Dad said. "She thinks green mustaches are a good joke." Mitch scowled. "Well, I don't! I'm going to have to redo the whole thing." "I'm sorry, Mitch. But maybe you can learn something from this." Dad leaned against the countertop. "I'm wondering if you sometimes laugh at things that aren't funny. I didn't clearly hear the joke your friends found so funny, but I noticed you looked embarrassed when you saw me." Mitch blushed, but he was relieved his dad hadn't heard the whole joke. "You know it's wrong to laugh at someone because of the way they look or talk or because they're unable to do something," Dad continued. "Whenever you laugh at something that's hurtful or wrong, or when you make fun of something that's private, it's sort of like painting green mustaches on things God has made. If you're as childish as Teagan, you might think it's funny. But how do you think Jesus feels about it? Does He think it's funny to laugh at sin or make fun of people He died on the cross for?" "No," Mitch said quietly. "God has given us so many good things to laugh about," Dad said. "Let's thank Him for that and be satisfied with them." -Jessica Van DesselHow About You?What kinds of things do you laugh about? Have you heard jokes that make fun of people or things that are personal and private? Did you think those jokes were funny? God wants you to have fun and laugh, but He would never laugh at anything that was hurtful or embarrassing to you or anyone else. He loves us way too much to do that! Laugh at things Jesus would laugh at too.Today's Key Verse:Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes--these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. (NLT) (Ephesians 5:4)Today's Key Thought:Hurtful humor isn't funny

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Bible Reading: Psalm 34:11-16"School was so much fun today," Nadine told her dad at dinner. "Mrs. Edwards had to go to the office for something, and everybody ran around and talked while she was gone. She was so mad when she got back! She said she could hear us way down the hall. Then she made us sit with our heads down on our desks for a while. But she had to go back to the office, and when she left, everybody went wild again. So she made us all stay in at recess.""Did you talk and leave your seat too?" asked Dad. Nadine looked startled. "Well, yeah. Everybody did. I figured we'd all get yelled at, so I might as well do it too." Changing the subject quickly, she said, "Can I turn the heat up a little? I'm cold!""When the sun goes down, it does get cold pretty fast," said Dad. "Go ahead--turn up the thermostat a bit." Nadine got up and went to do so. "A thermostat is a great invention," Dad said when Nadine returned to her seat. "It's a controlling device. It doesn't just read the temperature in a room; it does something about it if it's not where it was set to be. It tells the furnace when to go on and off." He paused. "I wish I could install a thermostat on you.""Huh?" Nadine looked at her dad, surprised."Just like thermostats, Christians should be in control of themselves too," Dad said. "Like knowing when to be an example of Jesus to others and when to run away from bad behavior. The Bible tells us to overcome evil with good. To do that, we need to remember that Jesus has freed us from sin and given us His goodness and love, and we need to trust Him to help us be good examples in everything we say and do." Nadine gulped. "You mean, I should have been quiet and stayed in my seat today, and then maybe some of the other kids would have too?""They may have," said Dad. "But even if they didn't, I'm sure your teacher would have noticed the respect and care shown to her through your actions.""You're probably right." Nadine sighed. "I think I owe my teacher an apology." -Hazel W. MarettHow About You?Do you go along with the crowd? If everybody does something, do you think that makes it okay for you to join in and do it too? If so, you have things backwards. If you're a Christian, you should be like a thermostat and take control of your actions in every situation. As you trust Jesus to help you turn down hurtful behavior and turn up His goodness and love, you can be a good leader and a good influence on your friends.Today's Key Verse:Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (NKJV) (Romans 12:21)Today's Key Thought:Be a good influence

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epiSOWdes November 25, 2022: The Thermostat Keys for Kids Ministries

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2022 3:24


BE A GOOD INFLUENCEKEY VERSE: DO NOT BE OVERCOME BY EVIL, BUT OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD. ROMANS 12:21 

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epiSOWdes November 24, 2022: Thank You Keys for Kids Ministries

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 3:34


THANK GOD FOR ALL HE GIVESKEY VERSE: IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS; FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS FOR YOU. 1 THESSALONIANS 5:18

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Bible Reading: Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26"I'm full!" declared Abigail, pushing away from the table. "Me too," said Matthew. "That turkey was yummy!""Would you all like pie now?" asked Mom. "Or would you rather wait until later?""Later!" everyone chimed in.Mom began to remove plates and food from the table, and everybody pitched in to help. "Let me pull the rest of the meat off the turkey bones," Dad said when the table was cleared."Thanks. That will be a big help," said Mom. "I'll put the leftovers away, and you kids can load the dishwasher. You'll have to wash some of the pots and pans by hand."Abigail sighed. "Matthew, you scrape, and I'll rinse," she said, and they got to work. "Oh, Mom," Abigail said after a bit, "there are so many dishes to do today. I don't like doing dishes! We'll hardly have any time left to play!""Oh, I think you'll have plenty of time," Dad said. "There aren't very many to do by hand. Most of them go in the dishwasher.""Yes," said Mom. "The dishwasher is definitely something to be thankful for!""Well, I still don't like dirty dishes," grumbled Abigail."Hmmm," Mom murmured. "Sometimes it's hard to be thankful for things we don't like, isn't it? But how did we get all these dirty dishes in the first place?" "We ate Thanksgiving dinner," Matthew replied. "Right," said Mom. "We ate lots of food, and now we have lots of dirty dishes! So, really, we should be thankful for these stacks of dishes we need to clean because they're evidence of God's goodness to us.""Oh, I get it," said Matthew. "God gave us all the good food we just ate, and we have lots of dirty dishes to prove it!" Mom nodded. "The Bible tells us to give thanks in everything. Even when faced with things we don't like, we can thank God for His goodness and for always being with us. We're able to do that because Jesus saved us and promises to bring good out of everything we go through, even hard things." "Well then, I guess I really am thankful for these dirty dishes," Abigail said as she scrubbed a pot. "But I'm also really thankful for the dishwasher!" -Hazel W. MarettHow About You?Have you ever thanked God for dirty dishes? How about dirty clothes? Maybe you can think of other things that aren't fun to deal with but really are a blessing. God has given us so much, and we can give thanks in any situation because He has given us the greatest blessing of all--Jesus. Be sure to thank Him for all things, both big and small. Today's Key Verse:In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (NKJV) (1 Thessalonians 5:18)Today's Key Thought:Thank God for all He gives

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epiSOWdes Nov 23, 2022: Patching the Hole Keys for Kids Ministries

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 3:32


FRIENDS FORGIVE EACH OTHERKEY VERSE: BEAR WITH EACH OTHER AND FORGIVE ONE ANOTHER... FORGIVE AS THE LORD FORGAVE YOU. COLOSSIANS 3:13 (NIV) 

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Bible Reading: Colossians 3:12-15Grayson stomped into the kitchen where his mom was making a pie. "What's wrong?" she asked when she saw the angry frown on his face."Kobe stepped on my new remote control car." Grayson held out the mangled toy. "He said he was sorry and that he'd pay to have it fixed, but I don't know if it even can be fixed. I told him he can play by himself from now on!""I'm sorry about your car, Grayson," said Mom. "That's frustrating. But isn't Kobe your best friend?""He was my best friend," Grayson mumbled."That's what I thought," said Mom. "I think your friendship is something like my pie crust." She pointed to the crust she had just placed in the bottom of the pie plate. "What do you see?""Not much," said Grayson. "But what's that rough spot? A patch?""That's exactly what it is," said Mom. "I accidentally tore a hole in the crust when I put it in the pan, so I flattened a small bit of dough, dampened the edges, and pressed it over the hole. The patch makes the crust strong enough to hold these blueberries." She picked up the berries and poured them in. "Now, something can tear a hole in a friendship too, even between best friends. Then the two friends have to patch the hole. Kobe did his part when he told you he was sorry and offered to pay to have your car fixed.""But I got it for my birthday!" exclaimed Grayson."What's more important? A toy car or a best friend?" Mom asked.Grayson didn't say anything for a while. "Okay," he said at last, "I'll forgive him, but he'd better be more careful."Mom raised her brows. "What does God say about the way we should forgive?""Um…He says the way Jesus forgave us is the way we…" Grayson stopped. After a moment, he looked up. "When's supper?" he asked.Mom smiled as she put the pie in the oven. "Since I'm busy getting things ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow, we're just having a frozen pizza. Which means there's plenty of time to go see Kobe and patch your friendship.""Good! Thanks, Mom!" Grayson grabbed his coat and dashed out the door. -Dorothy T. ClemmensHow About You?Aren't you glad God freely forgives and doesn't hold grudges? When friends apologize, do you freely forgive them? If they don't apologize, do you try to figure out something you can do to set things right with them? Don't let the hurt fester until the friendship is lost. When you've hurt someone, say you're sorry and ask for forgiveness. And when others hurt you, forgive them the way Jesus has forgiven you.Today's Key Verse:Bear with each other and forgive one another…Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (NIV) (Colossians 3:13)Today's Key Thought:Friends forgive each other

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epiSOWdes Nov 22, 2022: Leave the Bricks Keys For Kids Ministries

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2022 3:15


IVE YOUR WORRIES TO JESUSKEY VERSE: GIVE ALL YOUR WORRIES AND CARES TO GOD, FOR HE CARES ABOUT YOU. 1 PETER 5:7 (NLT) 

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Bible Reading: Matthew 6:25-33; Philippians 4:6"Mom! Mom!" Micah yelled as he ran into the kitchen. "I forgot to get my soccer gear together last night and I don't want to be late for school!""Your soccer bag is loaded and waiting for you by the front door," Mom said.Micah gave his mom a hug. "You're the best, Mom!" Then he grabbed his breakfast, lunch, and soccer bag and ran out to the bus stop. Micah always went to the bus stop early because he worried he might miss the bus. In fact, Micah seemed to worry about everything.On Sunday, Micah arrived at his Sunday school class early because he didn't want to be late for that either. When the other kids arrived, Mr. Rogers held up a backpack. "Now, let's pretend we're going hiking. I have several things up here on the table. Tell me which things I should bring with me."On the table, Mr. Rogers had a water bottle, a compass, bandages, a bag of trail mix, and bricks. The students began calling out things Mr. Rogers should put in his backpack. "Why shouldn't I put bricks in my pack?" Mr. Rogers asked.Everyone laughed. "Because you don't need them and they'd be so heavy to carry around," Micah said."Well, that takes us to our Bible lesson for today." Mr. Rogers opened his Bible and read a few verses. "These verses tell us not to worry because God already knows what we need." Mr. Rogers pointed to the bricks. "Let's pretend these bricks represent our worries. Now, think about how heavy a burden that would be, carrying them around for no reason. Worrying is like that. It causes stress but doesn't help the situation. That's why the Bible tells us to bring our worries and concerns to God when we feel anxious and trust Him to take care of them. Jesus can handle anything we're worried about, and He wants to relieve us of these burdens. So as you walk through life with Jesus, leave the bricks behind by giving your worries to Him."During Mr. Rogers' closing prayer, Micah silently prayed about some of the worries weighing him down, and as he walked out of the classroom, he felt a little lighter. -Lisa FullerHow About You?Do you worry all the time? Worrying is a lot like packing bricks to go on a hiking trip--it just weighs you down without doing anything helpful. Instead of carrying your worries around, turn them over to Jesus. He cares for you and wants to take those burdens off your shoulders. If you feel worried and anxious a lot, talk to an adult about it too. Let go of your worries knowing Jesus is with you and knows exactly what you need.Today's Key Verse:Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (NLT) (1 Peter 5:7 )Today's Key Thought:Give your worries to Jesus

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epiSOWdes November 21: This Is Grace Keys for Kids Ministries

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 3:34


JESUS GIVES US GRACEKEY VERSE: LET US COME BOLDLY TO THE THRONE OF OUR GRACIOUS GOD. THERE WE WILL RECEIVE HIS MERCY, AND WE WILL FIND GRACE TO HELP US WHEN WE NEED IT MOST. HEBREWS 4:16 (NLT) 

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epiSOWdes November 20: Honking Encouragement Keys for Kids Ministries

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 3:00


LISTEN WHEN THE BIBLE IS TAUGHTKEY VERSE: MY CHILD, PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT I SAY. LISTEN CAREFULLY TO MY WORDS. PROVERBS 4:20 (NLT) 

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Bible Reading: Psalm 103:8-14; Hebrews 4:14-16Editor's note: This story mentions abuse and may not be suitable for young children."Everyone, this is Grace," the teacher told the class.Grace stared at the rows of faces from the front of the room. The teacher had everyone say their names, but Grace didn't bother listening. No one ever wanted to be her friend, and it probably wouldn't be long before she was kicked out of this school too, just like the last one. It wasn't long before she got in trouble. She knew it was wrong to hurt people, but when kids made fun of her, anger would swell in her chest, and before she knew it, she'd be pulling someone's hair or shoving them into a locker. Then she'd feel horrible, because that's what her mom used to do to her before Grace had gone to live with Aunt Heather. I'm turning into my mom, she thought as she sat in the principal's office. When Aunt Heather picked her up, Grace stared out the car window. She thought about the field trip to the zoo she'd be missing because she'd been suspended for a few days. She'd never been to the zoo before. Lost in her thoughts, it was a while before she realized Aunt Heather wasn't taking her home. "Where are we going?" she asked as her aunt turned into a parking lot. Grace's eyes widened when she saw the sign. "Why are we at the zoo?""Because I need you to understand something," Aunt Heather said. "Remember what I told you about God's grace? About Jesus loving us so much He died for our sins?" Grace nodded. "Well, when we trust in Jesus, we don't get what we deserve for the wrongs we've done," said Aunt Heather. "Instead, we get eternal life with Him, and He fills our lives with good things. That's grace." Aunt Heather sighed. "I know you've been through a lot, Grace. Jesus does too. He wants to give you grace and help you through the pain you feel because of wrong things done to you. I want to help you too. I made an appointment for you to talk to a counselor tomorrow. Will you do that?"Grace hesitated, then nodded. "Okay." She looked outside. "Wait--does this mean you're taking me to the zoo? On the day I got suspended?""Yep!" Aunt Heather smiled and opened the car door. "This is grace." -Courtney LasaterHow About You?Have you done things you're not proud of? Everyone has. We're all sinners. But God's grace covers all our wrongs. Instead of giving us what we deserve, Jesus offers us forgiveness. When we trust in Him, He fills our lives with good things like peace, hope, and joy, and He sticks with us through life's ups and downs. Trust in Him so you can experience His amazing grace. (To learn more, click the "Good News!" button in the right column of this page.)Today's Key Verse:Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. (NLT) (Hebrews 4:16)Today's Key Thought:Jesus gives us grace

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Honking Encouragement

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2022


Bible Reading: Proverbs 4:20-23; Hebrews 13:17HONK! HONK! A large flock of noisy geese splashed down into the water just as Jake and his dad arrived at the lake. "That's a beautiful sight," said Dad as he headed for the trail at one end of the lake. "What?" shouted Jake. "Those birds make so much noise, I can't hear you." Dad laughed. "We'll talk later," he shouted back. "Let's hike." Soon they took a break to rest. "Back there, I said the geese are a beautiful sight to see," said Dad. "Yeah, but they honked so loud I couldn't hear you," Jake replied. "It sounds like my Sunday school class. Some of the kids talk so much during the lesson, I miss half of what our teacher says." Dad raised his eyebrows. "Just the other kids, huh?"Jake blushed. "Well…sometimes I talk during class too.""That's too bad. I'm sure it's very discouraging for your teacher. She cares about you kids and puts a lot of work into preparing the lesson because she wants you to know about Jesus and His love for you." Jake started to reply, when…HONK! HONK! "There they go again," Jake said as they watched the geese rise from the lake and fly off. "At least now they're far enough away so I can hear you." Jake thought for a moment, then asked, "Do you think they're talking to each other?" "I'd say so. Some people think they're encouraging the leader," Dad replied. "The goose in the front has the hardest job flying against the wind currents because he's the first to hit the gusts of air. Maybe the others honk to cheer him on." "Wow! That's really something," said Jake. "If a bunch of birds can encourage their leader, we should be able to do that for our teacher at church." "You're absolutely right, Jake," said Dad. "You should cheer her on--but not by making noise like the geese do. Jesus put your teacher in your life so she could help you know Him better, and you and the other kids can encourage her by being good listeners." Jake nodded. "I'll be quiet and listen--and I'll encourage the other kids in my class to stop honking too!" -A. W. SmithHow About You?Do you sit quietly and listen when your parents, teachers, or pastors teach you about Jesus and the truth of His Word? He gave us the Bible so we could know how much He loves us and what He did to save us, and He put those people in your life to help you understand what it says. Respect them by quietly listening so you can learn what God wants you to know. Today's Key Verse:My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. (NLT) (Proverbs 4:20)Today's Key Thought:Listen when the Bible is taught

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epiSOWdes November 19: Peyton And Her Shadow Keys for Kids Ministries

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2022 3:29


LIVE AS AN EXAMPLE OF JESUSKEY VERSE: BE AN EXAMPLE TO THE BELIEVERS IN WORD, IN CONDUCT, IN LOVE, IN SPIRIT, IN FAITH, IN PURITY. 1 TIMOTHY 4:12 

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Peyton and Her Shadow

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2022


Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:1; 1 Timothy 4:11-15"Look, Mom!" Ruby called from the patio. "Look at Peyton." Mom looked, and she and Ruby laughed together as they watched the three-year-old play with her shadow in the bright sunlight. Peyton would run as fast as she could, and she saw that her shadow moved right along with her. "Stay there," Peyton commanded the shadow. But it didn't. She took a big jump, and her shadow jumped too. Next she walked slowly. The shadow walked with her. "Okay," said Peyton. "Come with me then." She skipped, and the shadow skipped along, making Peyton laugh.At dinnertime, Ruby helped set the table. "I'll help too," said Peyton. She carefully watched to see how Ruby placed the dishes and silverware. Then she copied what she observed.When they sat down to eat, Mom put some lima beans on Peyton's plate before passing them to Ruby, who frowned but put a few on her plate too. After handing the bowl to her younger brother Joey, Ruby hesitantly tasted the beans. Then she took a larger forkful. Seeing her eat them, Joey did the same. Peyton watched them for a minute and then began to eat hers.After dinner, Dad got up from the table. "Who will help me wash the car before dark?"Ruby spoke after a few moments of silence. "I'll help. I can wash the windows inside the car while you wash the outside." "I'll help too!" said Joey quickly."Me too!" added Peyton. Ruby laughed. "What is this? Copy Ruby night?"Mom smiled. "Remember Peyton and her shadow? Whether she liked it or not, her shadow was with her wherever she went. That's like the influence we have over others. What we do and say can influence other people.""Yes," said Dad. "Which is why we need to trust God to help us influence others in a good way. As Christians, we have the Holy Spirit, who is working in our lives to make us more like Jesus, allowing us to become living examples of what He is like--especially to other believers, our brothers and sisters in Christ."Mom nodded. "It's such a blessing to have mature Christians in our lives who encourage us through their examples, and I think Joey and Peyton are really blessed by your example, Ruby."Ruby smiled. "Thanks." -Hazel W. MarettHow About You?Does your influence encourage those who know Jesus to live for Him? Does it encourage those who don't know Jesus to want to learn more about Him? Remember that being out under the bright sun gives you a good, sharp shadow. In a similar way, resting in the Son of God--Jesus--allows you to be a living example of His goodness through the power of the Holy Spirit.Today's Key Verse:Be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. (NKJV) (1 Timothy 4:12)Today's Key Thought:Live as an example of Jesus

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epiSOWdes November 18: A Church Flock Keys for Kids Ministries

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2022 3:21


ATTEND CHURCH FAITHFULLYKEY VERSE: AND LET US NOT NEGLECT OUR MEETING TOGETHER, AS SOME PEOPLE DO, BUT ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER. HEBREWS 10:25 (NLT) 

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Bible Reading: Hebrews 10:22-25"Look!" Dad pointed to the sky as he, Mia, and Kingston walked home from church together. "That flock of geese is flying south. Winter must be coming." Kingston had been waiting for this chance all day. "Speaking of winter," he began hesitantly, "hockey season starts soon." He paused. "The thing is, practice will be on Sunday mornings this year." "That's too bad," Dad said. "We attend church on Sundays." "But it's only for a few months! Can't I go?" Kingston pleaded. "I promise I'll read my Bible at home." Their attention was drawn to another flock of geese honking loudly as they flew over. "Do you know why geese fly in a V formation?" Dad asked. Kingston shook his head. "It's because the air behind the leader spreads into a V…something like the wake of a speed boat," Dad said. "When the other birds follow in that V, a swirl of air actually gives them a push forward, making it easier to go a long way and not get tired." "Pretty smart," said Mia. Then she pointed to a bird trailing far behind the others. "I wonder why that one isn't in the V." "I suppose he may have been distracted or just slowed down to rest," said Dad. "Now he's probably having a hard time catching up.""I imagine he'll be pretty tired when he gets to wherever they're going," said Mia. Dad nodded. "God didn't design geese to go the distance alone." He looked at Kingston. "God didn't design Christians to go it alone either. We gain strength from the support of other believers. Without it, we would be like that last goose--alone and struggling. And the church would be one goose short." "Oh, Dad!" Kingston shook his head. "The church doesn't need me.""Oh yes, it does! Jesus created the church so we could encourage one another in our faith and offer support when someone is struggling. Every one of us is needed, because that's one of the ways Jesus shows us His love and strengthens us--through the church." Kingston sighed. "Okay, I guess I'll find a different hockey team to play on this year," he said. "Hey, maybe we could start a church team--one that holds practices a different day?" Dad smiled. "That's a great idea!" -Heather TekavecHow About You?Are you a faithful part of your church? Do you meet with other Christians regularly? Jesus didn't intend for His followers to do life on their own. He wants you to gain spiritual strength from the friendship and fellowship of other believers. So don't neglect going to church. You're needed there, and you need the support and encouragement of others who also trust in Jesus.Today's Key Verse:And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another. (NLT) (Hebrews 10:25)Today's Key Thought:Attend church faithfully

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epiSOWdes November 17:A Matador's Motivation Keys for Kids Ministries

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2022 3:28


ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO DO GOODKEY VERSE: AND LET US CONSIDER ONE ANOTHER IN ORDER TO PROVOKE LOVE AND GOOD WORKS. HEBREWS 10:24 (CSB) 

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A Matador's Motivation

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2022


Bible Reading: Galatians 6:7-10Easton stood in the yard waving a red blanket. "Prepare to be amazed! I am the most amazing matador, the most amazing bullfighter that ever lived!" Easton's little brother, Tyler, poked his head out from behind a tree and put his fingers to his forehead, pretending to be a bull. "Charge!" Tyler said, racing toward the blanket.Easton waited until Tyler had almost reached the blanket before yanking it away. Tyler flew straight past Easton, slowing down when he didn't get the blanket. Tyler turned around and called, "Again!"They played for several more turns, with Easton always pulling the blanket just out of Tyler's reach. Easton knew he should let Tyler get the blanket at least once, but he was having too much fun frustrating his little brother. Finally, Tyler turned around and stomped his foot. "That's not fair!" he shouted. "I want to be the bullfighter now.""No, it's still my turn!" Easton shot back.They continued arguing until Mom slid open the back porch door. "What's going on?" she asked. Easton and Tyler immediately started blaming each other. Mom shook her head. "Enough! If you boys can't play nicely, you can help me set the table." Grumbling, both boys trudged inside. Easton slouched all through dinner, annoyed at Tyler for ruining his fun."Today's verse is a short one," Dad announced after the meal. "It says, 'And let us consider one another in order to provoke love and good works.'""What does provoke mean?" Tyler asked."Provoke means to deliberately encourage someone to do or feel something." Dad looked at Easton. "Like how a bullfighter will provoke a bull to charge by waving his cape. This verse is telling us that, because we are loved and accepted by Jesus, we should provoke our brothers and sisters in Christ in a way that stirs up love and good deeds--not anger and frustration."Easton looked down, understanding Dad's point. He had been provoking Tyler to a bad attitude, not love and good deeds. "Tyler, I'm sorry for being rude today. Will you forgive me?"Tyler looked at Easton and nodded his head. "Yeah, I forgive you."Easton smiled. "Let's clean the table. Then we can play the bullfighter game again. And this time, you can be the matador." -Olivia SummersHow About You?Do you have a sibling that annoys you? Do you look for ways to annoy them back? Doing that will only lead to more anger and frustration for both of you. Instead, show them the love of Jesus and encourage them to do good. Provoke others to love and good deeds by following Jesus's example. Today, look for opportunities to motivate others to be like Christ.Today's Key Verse:And let us consider one another in order to provoke love and good works. (CSB) (Hebrews 10:24)Today's Key Thought:Encourage others to do good

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Bible Reading: Acts 20:24; 1 Thessalonians 5:11"Go, Rockets, go!" shouted Pete's family. "Go, Rockets, go!"It was a beautiful Saturday morning, and the whole family was there to watch Pete's soccer match. Pete had just turned five, and he was super excited for his first game."Go, Bobcats, go!" cheered the supporters of the opposing team.The cheers from both sides filled Pete's ears as he got the ball and started to dribble it toward the goal. His heart lurched in excitement as he realized he would finally have a chance to score. But what he didn't realize was that he was moving toward the wrong goal!Pete's older sister Annie tried to warn him. "No, Pete! Wrong goal!" shouted Annie.Pete continued to dribble and then kicked the ball into the goal. "Goal!" he shouted with a big smile. But it quickly turned to a frown when he realized his mistake."It's okay, Pete!" shouted Dad."I don't understand. Why is he so silly?" asked Annie."Annie, this is your brother's first game," Dad replied. "He probably got distracted with all the noise. We should be patient with him and encourage him. After all, everyone makes mistakes like that sometimes--even adults.""Really?" asked Annie."Yes," answered Mom. "Whether it's a soccer game or our walk with Jesus, we lose track of where we're going when we get distracted."Dad nodded. "That's why we need the encouragement of other Christians who help us keep our focus on Jesus and show us His patience and love when we make mistakes." He turned toward the soccer field. "Let's cheer for Pete and his team." "Go, Rockets, go! Go, Pete, go!" cheered the family.Just then, another boy from the Rockets team made the same mistake as Pete. He looked crushed and was almost in tears."We should encourage him," said Annie. "It's okay! It's all right!" she shouted. Other people in the stands joined in. "It's okay! It's all right!" Then Pete went over and gave him a hug. The boy smiled and continued the game.A few moments later, Pete got the ball. This time, he made sure he was aiming at the right goal. He kicked, and the ball went in. "I did it!" Pete shouted.Pete's whole family jumped up and cheered. "Way to go, Pete!" -Kelly ChoyHow About You?Have you ever made a mistake during a big game? How about in your Christian life? Sometimes we can let the things of this world distract us from our goal of following Jesus and helping more people know about Him. But when other Christians encourage us and remind us of Jesus's patience, forgiveness, and love, we can quickly refocus on what's important. How can you encourage someone today?Today's Key Verse:Encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing. (CSB) (1 Thessalonians 5:11)Today's Key Thought:Encourage one another

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Your Second Birth Certificate

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022


Bible Reading: Romans 10:8-13"Hey, Dad?" Ember said one night as her dad was making a fire in the fireplace. "Remember when I asked Jesus to be my Savior at church last year?" "I sure do," Dad replied as he added another log to the fire. "Well, how do I really know if God saved me?" Ember asked."Let's think about that," said Dad. He placed a screen in front of the fireplace and smiled at Ember. "Who are your parents?" he asked."Dad! You know that. You and Mom are.""How do you know we are?" Dad asked."Well…I just know. You said so--and you showed me my birth certificate too! It says that you and Mom are my parents." Ember grinned. "You showed me a piece of paper that says you and Mom are Seth's parents too, although it's not a birth certificate.""Right. Since your brother is adopted, he has a different paper that says he's our son, but both papers prove that you and Seth are our children. Now, you believe what your birth certificate says, don't you?" Dad asked, and Ember nodded. "Well," said Dad, "in a way, some Bible verses are like a birth certificate. They remind us of the truth that if we trust in Jesus, we are God's children. Why don't you get your Bible and I'll help you find some verses where God assures you that if you believe in Jesus, you're part of His family."Ember got her Bible from the shelf, and they found and discussed several verses where God promises that those who trust in Jesus are saved and belong to Him. "Why don't you pick one of these verses and write it in the front of your Bible?" suggested Dad."Okay," said Ember. She chose Romans 10:13 and carefully copied it onto a blank page."Now," said Dad, "are you really saved?" Ember nodded. "Are you sure?" Dad asked."I'm sure!" Ember replied.Dad smiled. "Think of this Bible verse as your second birth certificate. It states the truth about your new birth in Jesus and your adoption into His family. Point to it any time Satan tries to get you to doubt your salvation."A wide grin spread across Ember's face. "Thanks, Dad!" -Dean KelleyHow About You?Do you ever wonder if you're really saved? Click the "Good News!" button in the right column of this page and make sure you know Jesus as your Savior. Then pick a Bible verse (such as John 1:12, John 3:16, Romans 10:9, or Romans 10:13) as your spiritual birth certificate--a promise from God saying that since you trust in Jesus, you now belong to Him. Whenever Satan causes you to doubt it, go back to that Bible verse and know you are saved.Today's Key Verse:Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (NIV) (Romans 10:13)Today's Key Thought:You can be saved and know it

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The Leopard and the Goat

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022


Bible Reading: Isaiah 11:6-9; Hosea 2:18Sara loved working with her dad on Saturdays and holidays. He was a large animal veterinarian who took care of several farms in the area. She helped him give vaccinations and bandage wounds. Once, Sara even watched a foal being born! At Riverside Ranch, Sara handed her father a blood collection tube that he attached to the end of a syringe. Blood flowed from the large gray horse into the tube.Just as he placed the tube into a plastic carrier, her father's cell phone rang. "We have an emergency," he told Sara after he hung up. He grabbed the carrier and headed for the truck.Sara picked up some gauze, antiseptic, and discarded wrappers as she followed him out of the barn. "What happened?" she asked when she caught up to him."One of Mr. Samuels' geldings was snake-bit on his nose. We need to make sure the swelling doesn't interfere with his breathing." Her father drove out the ranch gate and headed down the road. Sara felt sad. She loved all animals and couldn't stand the thought of one being in pain or unable to breathe. When they arrived at the farm, Sara's heart sank at the sight of the horse. His face was all swollen. He looked miserable. Fortunately, they had arrived in time to administer medication that soon helped."Keep an eye on him," Sara's dad told Mr. Samuels as they packed up their supplies. "But I'm sure he'll do fine."On the way home, Sara couldn't stop thinking about the horse. "Why do animals have to hurt each other?" she asked."The snake was just protecting itself from being stepped on," said Dad. "In our world broken by sin, animals and people will hurt one another for many different reasons. But we have hope.""What do you mean?""When Jesus comes back, He will heal the earth and free it from the brokenness caused by sin," replied Dad. "All who trust in Jesus will live with Him forever, and there will be peace among both animals and people. The leopard will lie down with the goat, and babies will be able to play with cobras!""Wow!" said Sara. She wished Jesus would come soon. -Bonnie CarrHow About You?Do you ever watch documentaries about animals in the wild? It's hard to see alligators attacking otters or lions stalking gazelles for food. The news can also be distressing. There are so many stories about people doing terrible things to other people. But God has a plan. One day, Jesus will come back to rule the earth. He will change everything. Sin and death will be gone forever, and all people and animals will live in peace! Today's Key Verse:They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. (NKJV) (Isaiah 11:9 )Today's Key Thought:Jesus will bring peace

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Bible Reading: Genesis 1:1, 26-31; Hebrews 11:3The hum of the sewing machine stopped, and Cora examined her work. "Mom, this is almost ready for you to see." Cora had been measuring and cutting and stitching ever since she arrived home from school, only taking a break for dinner."You spent a lot of time on that today," said Cora's brother Bryce. "What are you making?""I'll show you." Cora stood up and shook out the material she was using. "Ta-da! Here it is--my own special creation! It's an apron for Dad to use when he barbecues."Mom smiled. "He needs one of those."Bryce snorted. "Yeah. Especially one that has flowered pockets and a polka dot bib. Dad won't wear that!""Sure he will," Cora said. "It's quite a creation, isn't it?""That's not a creation, Cora," said Bryce. "At church we talked about creation and how God created the universe from nothing. You didn't make that thing out of nothing--you used material covered in flowers and polka dots!""Then I guess God is the only one who can really create," Cora said. "He's the only one who can make something out of nothing.""That's true," said Mom. "However, the word create has other meanings in English than just that. When people say they created something, they mean they made something new out of things that already existed." "Like the thread and fabric I used to make this apron," said Cora. "Or an artist creating a picture using paint and a canvas.""Right," said Mom. "Or even a writer putting words together to tell a story. There are lots of ways for us to be creative, and God wants us to enjoy using our creative gifts. In fact, our creativity is one of things that shows He made us in His image. He loves to create new things, and He made us that way too. And though we could never create something from nothing like He can, we can take things He's already created and make something new out of them." "Well, okay," said Bryce. "I guess that flowery apron is your creation after all, Cora." Cora grinned at her brother. "And since you like my creation so much, the next thing I make will be for you!"Bryce rolled his eyes and groaned. -Geri WalcottHow About You?Did you know that God created you to be creative? He made humans in His own image, and our creativity is one of the ways we reflect Him, the Creator of all. Only God can make something out of nothing, but when you draw a picture, build a birdhouse, or write a story, you are creating by using things He created. Thank Him for creating you and loving you, and find ways to get your creative juices flowing!Today's Key Verse:So God created humans in his own image. He created them to be like himself. (ERV) (Genesis 1:27)Today's Key Thought:God created us in His image

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 3:1-5; Galatians 5:22-26Nova stared at the rain out the window while her brother Silas thumbed through a magazine. "There's nothing to do!" Nova said."Why don't you come help me with this picture album," said Mom. "Since you know most of the people in the pictures, you might enjoy it." So Nova and Silas joined Mom at the table. "By the way, have you learned your memory verses for church yet?" Mom asked as she got out more pictures."I did. Want to hear it?" asked Nova. She recited it. "You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone.""But we're people, not letters," said Silas. "How can anybody read us?""I don't know, but--oh, look!" exclaimed Nova. "Here's a picture of Silas when he was really little. He's wearing big sunglasses. He looks so funny!"Silas grinned. "You think that's funny? Well, look at yourself in this one." He held up another picture. "You have a giant bow on your head!" They both laughed."Here's Dad's aunt from Ohio," said Nova, picking up a picture taken at a family reunion. "She looks mad. Do you remember her?""Sure do," said Silas. "She was grumpy and complained about everything!" He pointed to a picture of a tall man. "I remember this guy too. He brought a croquet set to the reunion and taught all us kids how to play. He was a lot of fun!""That's Great-Grandma Rita standing next to him," said Nova. "Just by looking at her, you can tell she's really nice. She's always smiling.""I notice you're both reading people," observed Mom. "You read one of the people at the reunion as grumpy, one as fun, and another as nice.""Oh, I get it!" Nova said. "To read people means to get impressions about them by the way they act. We learn something about them by seeing and watching them.""And they get impressions of us by the way we act," added Silas.Mom nodded. "And that's why we need to depend on the Holy Spirit, who is shaping us to be more like Jesus. Let's trust Him to help us display the fruit of the Spirit--things like goodness, patience, and love--so that others can read that we belong to Jesus." -Geri WalcottHow About You?How are people reading you? Do they see characteristics that are written by the Holy Spirit as He works in your life and makes you more like Jesus? Do they see you being patient with your family members? Do they hear kind words coming from your mouth? Trust God to help you live in such a way that others can read you belong to Jesus.Today's Key Verse:You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. (NIV) (2 Corinthians 3:2 )Today's Key Thought:Let others read Jesus in you

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The Floating Knife

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022


Bible Reading: Matthew 5:43-48; John 13:34; Romans 5:8"I know we're supposed to love everyone, but…" Theo paused and stared at the river. He and his brother Colby were having a serious discussion with Dad as they took advantage of a lovely fall afternoon for one last fishing trip before winter. "But to tell you the truth, I don't think I'll ever be able to love Graham," Theo said."Me neither!" said Colby. "Why would you even try to love him?""As Christians, we're supposed to love people like God does," Theo replied. "But Graham is such a bully! How can we love someone who acts the way he does? It's impossible!"Dad reeled in his line. "Boys," he said, taking out a small pocketknife, "what do you think will happen if I toss this knife into the water?""It will sink like a rock, of course," said Theo, and Colby nodded."Don't be so sure," said Dad. "Let's try it. Just watch.""Dad! Don't throw it in the water," said Theo. "You know it won't float!"Dad turned to his tackle box. He took out the biggest cork bobber he could find and tied it to his fishing line. He added another above that, and then attached the knife just above the bobbers. The boys watched as Dad threw the whole assembly into the river. It sank beneath the water, but then it reappeared and began to float."Oh, I knew the bobbers would float," Theo said. "The knife is just riding along.""You're right, Theo," replied Dad, reeling it in. "The knife is way too heavy to float alone. It needs the bobbers to carry it along." Dad removed the knife and bobbers from his line. "You said it was impossible for you to love Graham, but it's only impossible if you try to love him on your own. But Jesus doesn't expect you to love Graham on your own. He has filled your heart with His love--the same love He had for each one of us when He died for our sins on the cross. None of us deserve God's love, but He loves us anyway. And He will help us love others." Dad grinned at the boys. "Trust Him to hold you up and carry you along as you demonstrate His love to Graham." -Hazel W. MarettHow About You?Is it difficult for you to love someone who is mean to you? It may seem impossible at times, but if you know Jesus, you can love the way He does because He has put His love in your heart. Even though we all deserve to be punished for the wrong things we've done, Jesus loved us so much He took that punishment for us on the cross. Trust Him to help you show that same kind of love to others, even when it seems impossible.Today's Key Verse:I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (NKJV) (Philippians 4:13)Today's Key Thought:Jesus helps us love others

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Bible Reading: Isaiah 55:10-11; Matthew 13:24, 37-38"Ready to pick corn?" Mr. VanCamp asked Dominic. He motioned to the open cab door on the tall farm machinery.Excited to ride in a combine, Dominic hurried up the ladder. The homeschool co-op his family joined had arranged a farm field trip two hours away from his inner-city home. On the way, Dominic had watched tall buildings fade into rows of houses that became fewer and fewer until there were more fields than homes. Combines, with tires taller than people, chugged through those fields of dried corn and soybeans, gleaning the grains from the stalks just like they studied in their agriculture lessons.Mr. VanCamp crawled into the cab behind Dominic. He turned the key and the machinery rumbled to life, then he eased the combine into a nearby field. He pressed a button and the huge front blades rotated and sliced through the dried corn stalks."Will this corn be part of someone's Thanksgiving dinner?" Dominic asked."Oh no," Mr. VanCamp said. "This field is full of good-quality corn I'm growing for a seed company. I took special care of this crop so other farmers could plant good seed next year."Dominic looked across the horizon. "It's nice that you help other farmers. I helped with our church's community garden. I loved watching the plants grow, and the veggies tasted yummy." Dominic rubbed his stomach. "I'm going to be a farmer when I grow up and plant good seeds too.""Farming is a good profession," Mr. VanCamp said, casting a glance at Dominic. "But you don't have to be grown up to plant good seeds. If you're a Christian, you can start planting those seeds now."Dominic scrunched his face in confusion. "I live in a city and don't own a tractor. How can I plant good seeds?"Mr. VanCamp smiled wide. "Christians can plant good seeds anywhere and anytime! All we have to do is show others what Jesus is like by being kind, helpful and loving, and tell them about God's gift of salvation. When we plant the seeds of the good news of Jesus, God will use our efforts to bring more people to Him and make His kingdom grow.""Oh!" exclaimed Dominic. "I can do those things. I'll tell more people about Jesus. I'll start planting His good seeds!" -Rose Ross ZedikerHow About You?Did you know that everyone who knows Jesus, both kids and adults, can plant the good seeds of God's kingdom? It's easy! Tell others about God's love and forgiveness. Share Bible stories with your friends. Invite people to church. Treat others with kindness. Those good seeds will help God's kingdom grow!Today's Key Verse:I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. (NLT) (1 Corinthians 3:6)Today's Key Thought:Plant seeds of God's kingdom

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The Circuit Breaker

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022


Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:12-14"Hey, Owen!" Owen looked up and saw his friend Bennett walking toward him. "Some of us figured out a way to sneak a peek at the words on Friday's spelling test," Bennett said. "You want in on it?""Sure!" said Owen, but his conscience started to bother him immediately. He knew it was wrong to cheat. But how can I help it? he wondered. The guys will think I'm a wimp if I don't. I can't back out now.As Mom was getting dinner ready that evening, the lights suddenly went out. "Oh no!" she exclaimed. "I must have used too many appliances at the same time. Owen, ask your Dad to check the breaker box."Owen grabbed a flashlight and went to the basement with his father. "How do those things work?" Owen asked as he watched his dad reset the circuit breaker."Well, it's a little complicated," said Dad. "From here, wires run through the walls to various switches and electrical outlets. If too many things are turned on at the same time, it requires so much electricity that the wires could get very hot and could even cause a fire.""Wow! That sounds dangerous," said Owen."Yes, but we don't have to worry about it," said Dad. "The circuit breaker here will shut off the flow of electricity when too much is being used." Owen nodded, and they started back up the stairs."You know, the circuit breaker reminds me of how God cares for us," said Dad. "He won't allow any temptation into our lives that we can't handle. He's like our breaker box.""But sometimes we still do what's wrong," observed Owen.Dad nodded. "Yes, but if we know Jesus, He has shut off the power of sin in our lives, and we don't have to give in to it. When we're tempted to do something wrong, we need to remember that God gives us the strength to resist temptation. We can trust Him to help us do the right thing instead."So because I know Jesus, sin has no power over me. I don't have to cheat, Owen thought. All right. I'm gonna trust Him. Owen went to his room, got out his list of words, and began to study. -Hazel W. MarettHow About You?Do you sometimes feel like you can't help doing something wrong? That the temptation is just too great? It isn't. No matter what the temptation is, if you know Jesus as your Savior, you can overcome it. He has freed you from the power of sin, and that means you can escape every tempting situation. The next time you're tempted to do something wrong, trust Him to help you stand firm and not give in.Today's Key Verse:[God] will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out. (NLT) (1 Corinthians 10:13)Today's Key Thought:You don't have to sin

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Bible Reading: John 3:1-7, 16"Okay, kids. We'll end with a short game of animal charades." Miss Ellen looked around at her Sunday school class. "Eli, would you like to start? Pretend to be an animal--any kind you want--and we'll see who is first to guess which animal you've chosen. Then that person can pick an animal to imitate."Eli nodded and dropped to his hands and knees. He walked a few steps on all fours, then rolled over and panted. "You're a dog!" Parker shouted."That was an easy one." Eli laughed and got to his feet.Parker thought for a minute. Then he got down on his stomach and wriggled his way across the floor. "Are you a worm?" someone asked. Parker shook his head. As he crawled along, he rapidly stuck out his tongue several times. "A snake!" called out one of the girls, and it was her turn. After several of the kids had a turn, Miss Ellen announced she would do the final charade.The kids watched as Miss Ellen began her act. She folded her hands and bowed her head. "You're a praying mantis," said Eli.Miss Ellen shook her head. "Good guess, but I should have told you that this time I'm human, not an animal." She picked up her Bible and pretended to read. Next, she walked to a chair, sat down, and appeared to be listening to someone. Then she opened and closed her mouth several times. "She's singing," whispered someone, and Miss Ellen nodded."Yeah. She's in church," whispered someone else. Again, Miss Ellen nodded.Then Leah jumped up. "You're pretending to be a Christian!" she exclaimed. "That's it!" said Miss Ellen. "Now, think about this: Pretending to be something doesn't make it so. You're not a dog unless you're born into the canine family, and you're not a Christian unless you're born into God's family. It doesn't matter if your parents are Christians or if you go to church every week. The only way to be born into God's family is by trusting in Jesus as your Savior. Then the Bible says you will be born again--as a child of God!" -Hazel W. MarettHow About You?Have you been born again? You may pretend to be a Christian. You may act the way you think a Christian should act by reading the Bible, going to church, and even praying. But you're not a Christian unless you've been born again into God's family by trusting in Jesus. You need the new spiritual life He offers you. Stop pretending and trust Him as your Savior today! (To learn more, click the "Good News! button in the right column of this page.)Today's Key Verse:[Jesus said,] "You must be born again." (NKJV) (John 3:7)Today's Key Thought:Trust in Jesus and be born again

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Bible Reading: Isaiah 55:10-11; 2 Timothy 4:5-8"Dad, can we hike that trail?" asked Anya, pointing to a path a few feet from their campsite. "The sign says it's a thirty-minute walk.""It's okay with me if mom doesn't mind waiting with Alex for half an hour," said Dad.Mom laughed. "Go! Alex is sound asleep, and I have a good book to read."Anya and her dad began their hike, talking as they walked. "Dad, I kinda have a problem with my friend Mika," Anya said. "Sometimes she's really nice and even asks me questions about why I go to church and believe in Jesus. Other times, she acts like she doesn't even know me. She and some other kids laughed when a boy in my class made a joke about me being a Christian the other day. Sometimes I wonder if it does any good to try to tell people about Jesus.""I know, Anya," said Dad sympathetically. "Just remember that we don't always get to see the results of our efforts. But God promises that the truth of His Word will always accomplish what He wants it to, so don't give up telling others the good news of Jesus."As they went on, the trail became more difficult. They climbed hills, fought branches, swatted at bugs, and stumbled over rocks. After a while, Anya stopped to rest. "Tired?" asked Dad as he sank down beside her on a fallen log.Anya nodded. "I didn't realize we'd have to go through so many little hills and valleys on this trail.""Do you want to quit?" Dad asked.Anya vehemently shook her head. "No! We're not quitters!""You know, Anya, the Christian walk is a little like this trail. Sometimes it seems easy. Other times, there are rough spots to cross. Life has a lot of ups and downs--hills and valleys, you might say. We sometimes get weary and discouraged as we walk through life with Jesus, and it can be very tempting to stop and give up. But the Bible tells us to run with endurance, knowing Jesus is with us and will help us finish the course."With a grin, Anya scrambled to her feet. "Don't worry, Dad--I'm not going to give up being a Christian or quit this hike. Let's go!" -Vicki L. ReinhardtHow About You?Do you ever grow weary or get discouraged in your Christian walk? Have you experienced disappointments? Have you been mocked because of your beliefs? Have you wondered if your efforts to serve God are accomplishing anything? Remember that your Christian walk will have both highs and lows. Don't give up! Keep on going, knowing Jesus is with you, giving you strength. Trust Him to help you finish the course and use your example to accomplish His purpose.Today's Key Verse:Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. (NKJV) (Hebrews 12:1)Today's Key Thought:Don't give up