Bigger Than a Giant

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letter-do you ever get scared? What is something you are afraid of? The dark, heights, doing bad on a test, the neighborhood bully? No matter what it is everyone is afraid of something at least once in their life.

In the book 1 Samuel there is a story about a group of people that were afraid of something. They weren’t just regular people though, they were soldiers, Israelite soldiers. When I think of soldiers I think of brave warriors that aren’t afraid to fight, but not these soldiers, they hid in their tents. So what was so terrifying that they had to hide? They were afraid of a Philistine named Goliath. But he wasn’t just a Philistine, he was a warrior, and not just a warrior, but a giant warrior, and when I say giant I mean over 9 feet tall!  Now this giant worrier was saying mean things to the people of Israel and making fun of God. The king and all his soldiers were to scared to fight back but that’s when a boy came along. His name was David and he was bringing food to his brothers who were soldiers when he heard Goliath yelling mean things. He told King Saul that he was going to be the one that defeated the giant. So he took his sling and picked up five stones and went out to meet the giant. Now if I were in his place I would be shaking in my shoes and I’m sure he was too, but David had something bigger than the giant, something bigger than his fear. He had God on his side. He had His strength and protection.

As you go through your day I hope that you know that God is always on your side. When we are afraid we can turn to Him and He will take care of us. He is bigger than our fears. In Isaiah 41:10 it says “So don’t worry, because I am with you. Don’t be afraid, because I am your God. I will make you strong and will help you. I will support you  with my right hand that saves you.”

Here is a video of the amazing story of how God protected David and helped him defeat the giant! Make sure to comment your favorite part of the story!

Greatest Commandment

letter-commandments. What do you think of when you hear that word? Rules? Guidelines? Well that’s exactly what they are. They are instructions straight from God to us. Have you ever done something that your parents told you not to do? At first you felt like you got away with it but then you started to feel guilty. That’s because not only did you disobey your parents but you disobeyed Jesus. If we follow the commandments God gave us we will be happy. If we break them it not only hurts us but hurts God too. These rules weren’t made to try and control us but to protect us. They were made with love. You are very special and Jesus loves you and wants to keep you safe.
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There are lots of commandments that God gave us, but there is one that is super special. Not only is it a really good commandment but Jesus says it is the greatest one! “Love the Lord your God. Love him with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second most important command is this: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ These two commands are the most important commands.” Mark 12:30-31

Here is a video to remind us that keeping His commandments and loving one another is the best thing to do!

The Bible is Truth

 

 

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the-letter-bible stories are full of exciting people, lessons and parables. We hear them in school and at church. However, many people think that the Bible is just a fairy tale. But in Psalm 33:4 it says “For the word of the Lord is right, and all his work is done in truth.” So who do we believe? Our friends and neighbors or the Bible?

When I was little I wanted to be the person that noticed all the clues and figured out the problem before everyone else. I wanted to be a detective. I would go around the yard with my magnifying glass looking for “evidence.” It can be hard sometimes to prove something that you believe in to people that have other ideas. But don’t get discouraged!

I have an idea! How about we become Bible Detectives. Your mission will be to discover Bible truths. There are a few things you will need before you start your mission. You will need a notebook, a writing tool, and a Bible. Don’t forget to give yourself a cool detective name too! Now that you have your materials, explore the Bible and write down all the things that show you that the Bible is truth. In Jeremiah 29:13 it says “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

As you continue your search for truths I hope that you know we are praying for you and your relationship with Jesus! Please let us know what Bible truths you find. The first three people to answer will receive a special prize!

Here is a decoding activity for some detective fun! Bible Decoding

 

 

 

God Our Creator

 

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the-letter-adam was the very first human created. He was made from mud and then filled with the breath of God. Have you ever played with play dough and tried to form something out of it? An animal or a bug or a person? It was hard wasn’t it? God has given us the ability to create but only He can create something out of nothing that is living and breathing. He is the one who gives life to the plants, animals and to you and me.

The very first book of the Bible tells us of His creation. The story can be found in Genesis 1 & 2 . Below is a diagram that you can look at to help you understand the different days of creation.

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Now that you know the story of creation how about you put your knowledge to the test with a game! Click the link to print out a fun crossword puzzle. Adam and Eve

The King is Born

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Christmas is almost here! Did you know that each one of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) tells about the story of Jesus? I encourage you and your family to take the Bible and read the story of Jesus’ birth. As you read pick out your favorite part. Was it about the angels that sang to the shepherds? Was it when the three Wisemen brought their expensive gifts? Or was it when Mary and Joseph laid little Jesus in the manger? Discuss your favorite parts and explain why it is an important part to you and to the story.

After reading you can watch this short video about Jesus’ birth!

A Time to Give Thanks

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During this holiday season most of the world focuses on getting things for themselves. What if instead we were grateful for what we already have? What if we put giving before receiving? This holiday instead of wanting more for ourselves what if we wanted more for others? In the Bible Jesus encourages us to do just that.

“I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” Acts 20:35 (NKJV)

What are somethings you are thankful for? Feel free to comment 🙂

Activity: Thankfulness Jar

  1. Get any mason jar or cup with a lid
  2. Decorate the outside however you like
  3. Write things you are thankful for everyday for a month on little pieces of paper and put them in the jar
  4. At the end of the month open the jar and remember all the things you were thankful for

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