Category: Family Sunday

Elisha and Naaman (2 Kings 5)

By | February 1, 2015

The Bible gives reference to many types of diseases that afflicted people including deaf- ness, fevers, seizures, speech impediments, and skin diseases. Of these diseases, one that was greatly feared was that of leprosy. Leprosy was highly contagious, and it is because of its con- tagious nature that there were strict laws concerning those who had the disease. Leviticus 13:45- 56 says, “The leprous person who has the disease shall wear torn clothes and let the hair of his head hang loose, and he shall cover his upper lip and cry out, ‘Unclean, unclean.’ He shall remain unclean as long as he has the disease. He is unclean. He shall live alone. His dwelling shall be outside the camp”. Not only were the people sick, but they were completely cut off from their family and friends until they were either healed or died.

We are exactly like those who suffered from leprosy. No, we don’t have a disease that eats away at our skin, but we are diseased with sin. When we have sin in our lives, it eats away at our hearts, and we are completely cut off from God. Thankfully, there is a cure. Jesus was sent to cure us from the sickness of sin. He is the perfect healer—we just need to trust him as our Savior.

 

Screen Shot 2015-01-25 at 11.46.20 PMLast week we learned about an example of God’s compassion. Elijah was running for his life away from Queen Jezebel. She was not happy that Baal had been defeated on Mt. Carmel. Elijah felt defeated and requested to die. God provided rest, nourishment and encouragement for Elijah under a broom

What encouragement did God give Elijah? God said that he had pre- served 7, 000 servants of God who were hidden from Jezebel.

 

Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 5

Memory Verse: “Turn from your evil ways. Observe my commands and decrees in accordance with the entire Law that I commanded your fathers to obey” 2 Kings 17:13b

 

 

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 Talk:

  1. Naaman was the first person mentioned in today’s story. Who was Naaman and what was his problem?

    Naaman was a successful commander in Aram’s army; through him the Lord had given victory to Aram; Naaman had leprosy.

  2. A servant girl knew how Naaman could be healed. What suggestion did she give Naaman’s wife?

    She told Naaman’s wife that there was a prophet in Samaria that could heal Naaman; the prophet’s name was Elisha.

  3. Where was the servant girl from originally? Why do you think it was strange that she offered help to her master?

    The girl was taken captive from Israel. She could have been filled with hatred and bitterness against her captors. Instead she was aware of the one true God, and she unselfishly wanted to share that knowledge and healing power with her captors.

  4. Sometimes people do things to hurt us: a friend says something mean to you; someone teases you; your team is upset at you because you dropped the ball during the game. How do you act when someone has hurt you?

    The servant girl is a great example to us of how we should show Jesus to others even when they have hurt us.

  5. When Naaman reached Elisha, what did Elisha do?

    He sent his servant to tell Naaman to wash in the Jordan River seven times, and then he would be healed.

  6. What was Naaman’s reaction?

    Naaman was angry and refused to wash, but his servants convinced him that he should do as Elisha said.

  7. What happened when Naaman obeyed? He was completely healed.
  8. What did Naaman say after he was healed?

    (v15) “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel.”

  9. The servant girl made a difference in Naaman’s life. She was just a girl taken from her country and made into a slave, but she was used by God to save a man’s life, and to turn him to the one true God. Take this opportunity to talk about how God uses all kinds of people to accomplish His purpose—that of bringing people to Him. We should be watching for chances that God gives us to share Him with others.

 

PRAY:

  • Read or recite as a family John 3:16.
  • Give thanks to God for His wonderful gift of salvation which heals us from the disease of sin.
  • Ask Got to make you aware of people around you that are in need of Jesus Christ as their Savior.
  • Pray for boldness to speak with those people about God’s healing gift of salvation.

 

DO:

  • Cut out the Memory Verse puzzle, cut into its pieces.
  • Use the puzzle to practice the memory verse for this unit.
  • You can either use the copy provided to complete as a family, or you can make one copy for each family member.*Copy or glue the puzzle onto cardstock for sturdiness prior to cutting.

 

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Elijah Ran from Jezebel

By | January 24, 2015

Our story for today talks about Elijah sleeping under a broom tree. Unlike its name would suggest, it does not have large sweeping branches and leaves. In fact, it is just the opposite. A broom tree is actually a desert shrub with long slender branches, small leaves, and white fragrant blossoms. It has a large canopy which provides only a small amount of shade in the desert.

In Israel the white broom tree was used as kindling for stoves. The roots, trunks, and branches were used for coals because they retained the heat for long periods of time. A traveler through the desert would celebrate finding a broom tree. Although not much, it would provide some shade dur- ing the daylight hours. The traveler could then use the branches for a fire to cook his meal. He would cover the embers from the fire with 2-4 inches of sand for a cozy, warm mattress during the cold, desert night.

Screen Shot 2015-01-18 at 8.24.08 AMElijah found new strength under the canopy of a broom tree. He found shade to rest during the day, bread was cooked for a meal, and he may have used the embers to warm his bed at night.

God used the attributes of a broom tree to renew Elijah’s strength and spirit.

 

Review: Last week we learned how God showed Israel once again that He is the one true God. King Ahab and Queen Jezebel led Israel to worship Baal. Elijah, God’s prophet, challenged the prophets of Baal. Whichever god called down fire and burned up the sacrifice would prove that he was the one true God.

The God of Israel easily won the challenge. What did God do to make sure there was no doubt that He was GOD? God burned up the wood, altar, stones, and even the water in the trench. Israel cried out saying, “The Lord He is God!”

 

Scripture Reading: I Kings 19

Memory Verse: “Turn from your evil ways. Observe my commands and decrees in accordance with the entire Law that I com- manded your fathers to obey” 2 Kings 17:13b

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TALK

  1. Elijah had just witnessed a miracle of God against the false god Baal. God also ended a drought in the land. Elijah should have been celebrating. Instead, he was afraid and on the run. What was the reason for Elijah’s behavior?

    Queen Jezebel, a Baal worshipper, heard about what was done on Mt. Carmel, and said she was going to kill Elijah.

  2. Elijah went into the desert where he sat under a tree to pray. What did Elijah say to God?

    Elijah told God that he had enough and wanted to die; then he went to sleep.

  3. Elijah had very quickly forgotten the power of almighty God. We are often like Elijah. Has there been a time when you gave up because you had forgotten what God had done for you?
  4. An angel came and fed Elijah. How long did Elijah travel after eating the food? Where did Elijah go?

    Elijah traveled for forty days and forty nights. The Bible states that Elijah was strengthened by the food; this seems to indicate that the food gave Elijah supernatural strength to travel for so long without needing more food. Elijah traveled until he reached Mt. Horeb. This is an alternative name for Mt. Sinai where God gave Moses the Ten Command- ments.

  5. God told Elijah that He was going to pass by. What four things happened and at what point did God speak to Elijah?

    There was a powerful wind, but God was not in the wind. There was an earthquake, but God was not in the earthquake. There was fire, but God was not in the fire. There was a gentle whisper. It was then God spoke to Elijah.

  6. What good news did God bring Elijah, and what did God tell Elijah to do? God told Elijah that there were 7,000 Jehovah-worshippers that had escaped death. Elijah was to anoint Hazael as king over Aram, Jehu as king over Israel, and Elisha to succeed him as prophet.

This is a wonderful story of God’s compassion and provision for his servant, Elijah. Psalm 103:13- 14 says, “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” Even when we forget what God has done for us, He still loves us and wants only what is good for us.

PRAY

Use your prayer time giving praise and adoration to God for who He is. Use the following verses to praise God for His characteristics:
  • God the Protector: Psalm 5:11 “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.”
  • God the Provider: Philippians 4:19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glo- rious riches in Christ Jesus.”
  • God is With You: Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”• God is Almighty: Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”

 

DO

Cut out the cards found Unit 13 – Names of God and display them for all to see. Discuss the names of God and what they mean. Read the following verses one at a time and see if your family can match the characteristic of God with what Elijah experienced.

I Kings 19:6—Jehovah Jireh

I Kings 19:8—El Shaddai

I Kings 19:11-13—Jehovah Shammah

I Kings 19:18—Jehovah Sabaoth

 

(Vista Dublin lesson January 25th, Vista Worthington Lesson, February 15th)

God Made a Covenant with David

By | October 26, 2014

In the Bible, the words “promise” and “covenant” are synonymous with each other. A promise is a commitment given by someone and received by someone else. All promises are con- sidered binding by the one who made them, meaning that the promise giver is expected to fulfill that promise. The promises of God are sacred, and several references give evidence of that—2 Samuel 22:31 says “the promise of the Lord proves true; Psalm 12:6 says “the promises of the Lord are promises that are pure.”

The promises of God cover a vast array of themes—longevity, posterity, deliverance, and restora- tion are just a few examples. In spite of all the different promises from God, they all seem to point to one all-important promise—salvation. The people of God were sustained by the promises of restoration and preservation until the ultimate promise was fulfilled in Jesus. “The promise of the life which is in Jesus Christ” (2Timothy 1:1) is the culmination of all promises by God.

Jesus Christ is the promise of God.

 

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 5.00.09 PMLast week we learned about a special friendship. David and Jonathan, King Saul’s son, were the best of friends. This was a big deal be- cause Saul was jealous of David and trying to kill him. David and Jonathan’s friendship was so strong because they were both committed to honoring God and doing the right thing no matter what it took. God used Jonathan’s friendship to protect David from the anger of Saul.

 

 

Why is it important to develop godly friendships? Friendships are an important part of our lives; they can either help us or hurt us. Having godly friends can help you be committed to God and to do the right thing no matter what it takes.

 

Scripture Reading:   2 Samuel 7

   

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For a fun song that gives an overview of 2 Samuel, go online and search YouTube for “The Fabulous Bentley Brothers – 2 Samuel” by Buck Denver from What’s in the Bible.

 


Talk About It

      1. In the beginning of the chapter, David looked at his beautiful home and made a decision. What was his decision? He saw that he lived in a great cedar home, but that God was being worshipped in a tent. David wanted to build a great temple to the Lord.
      2. What did God tell Nathan to tell David? The Lord said that He did not need a house of cedar; if He needed a house of cedar, He would have had the leaders in the past build it for Him.
      3. God then made some incredible promises to David. Look at verse 16—what three things did God promise to David? God promised David a house, a kingdom, and a throne that would last forever.
      4. What did this promise mean? No one is sitting on David’s throne now. Did God not keep His promise? God was not speaking of David’s rule on earth over Israel. God was making David a promise that one of his descendants would be King of Kings and Lord of Lords! 1,000 years later, King Jesus would arrive from the line of David!
      5. Read Luke 1:29–33. What are the similarities between 2 Samuel 7 and Luke 1? All God’s promises to David were fulfilled God gave Jesus the throne of David that would reign forever.
      6. God has kept every promise He has ever made. How does that make you feel knowing God keeps all His promises all the time?

 

Prayer

Use your prayer time thanking God for His many promises to you, and that you can depend on God to keep them. Ask God to help you remember His unfailing promises when you are tempted or sad or happy

 

2 Samuel 7 God Made a Covenant with David – Vista Dublin lesson (10/26/14)   Vista Worthington lesson (11/9/14)

talk.pray.do. Family Night -September

By | September 7, 2014

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The Bible has a lot to teach us about wisdom and making wise choices.  Plan to spend this family night talking about the choices we make and how we can learn to make the wise choice in every area of our life.

Wisdom –  Knowing what to do when the choice is up to you!

“For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
– Proverbs 2:6


God wants us to make the wise choice – (1 Kings 3: 4-28) God told Solomon that he would give him anything his heart desired. Of all the things he could have asked for, Solomon asked for wisdom. Solomon was the wisest man who lived.

Chose your friends wisely – (Proverbs 13:20)   Our friends have a big influence in our lives. Wise friends will help us make wise choices and foolish friends will lead us toward trouble.

Choose your words carefully– (Proverbs 12:18)  Our words have power to hurt others or the power to make things better. Its important that we learn to be wise in everything we say.

Family Devotion:

Supplies needed: Bible, paper, marker, envelope

Read:  Solomon Asked for Wisdom 1 Kings 2:1-4,10-12; 3:1-15 

Before you begin your devotion time, write the phrase Wisdom comes from God! on a piece of paper. Place it in an envelope, and hide the envelope in a place no one would ever look.

As you begin your devotion, tell your family that you have hidden a message somewhere and they need to find it. Allow them to look for a few minutes, and then secretly tell one of your children where to find the envelope. Instruct the child to bring it back to the room.

Once he/she returns with the envelope, ask them to open the envelope and read the message. Define wisdom as “learning how to live each day in a way that is pleasing to God.”

Say: “God gives us wisdom to live in ways that please Him. When Solomon prayed for wisdom, Solomon wanted God to teach him how to make good choices for the kingdom—choices that would please God. When people have wisdom, they trust God completely to meet their needs and to guide them on the right paths.”

Pray, asking God to give your family wisdom. Pray that everyone in your family would use his God-given wisdom to honor God.

Put together the foam owl craft as a reminder to daily make wise choices.

talk. pray. do – praying on the Armor of God

By | August 6, 2014

talk-pray-do-logo-MED-webBelow is an example of praying on the Armor of God with our children.   

 

Heavenly Father, we come to you in the name of Jesus and we thank you for this day. We enter your gates with thanksgiving in our hearts and we enter your courts with praise (Psalm 100:4)

Father we thank you for… (Thank Him for specific answers to prayer or special people or events in your life as the Lord leads you).

Now we put on the full armor of God (We put it on from the ground up, ending with the sword of the Spirit. You can also follow the exact order that Paul uses in Ephesians, which also ends with the sword).

We put on the shoes of the gospel of peace. We walk in your peace and we run to tell other people about Jesus.

We put on the belt of truth. We walk in your truth; we tell the truth; and we find the truth in the Bible.

We put on the breastplate of righteousness to guard our hearts. Thank you Father, that because of the blood of Jesus, you make us right just as if we never did anything wrong. (Note the play on words – “right-just-as if” sounds like “righteousness.” Using these kinds of phrases helps children remember the concepts – especially when they are grown – Prov. 22:6).

We put on the helmet of salvation to guard our mind, will, and emotions (the soul). Thank you Lord that I have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16). School, work, and everything I need to do, I CAN DO because you help me (Phil. 4:13,John 16:13)

We take up the shield of faith to quench the fiery arrows of the devil. Thank you Lord, that as I put my trust in you, you protect me, strengthen me, and help me through my day.

Finally, we take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, to fight back against the devil.

Amen!

 

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