Heaven is for you and me!

 

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letter heaven is going to be such a wonderful place! When Jesus comes back to take us up to heaven we will finally be reunited with loved ones, we will get our very own crowns, and most importantly we will be able to live forever with Jesus! Did you know that Jesus compares heaven to children? Matthew 19:14 says, “But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to people who are like these children.” Some times adults don’t understand the relationship that kids have with Jesus. Just because you are small doesn’t mean you don’t understand the love that Jesus has for you. Jesus wants everyone to have the willingness that children have. So as you go through your day remember that you are an example of what the kingdom of heaven will look like. You are a wonderful child of God. Keep loving others and spending time with Jesus!  I can’t wait to see you there someday!

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Growing with Jesus

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letter-g.jpgrowing things is always fun. It’s about that time of year, here in Michigan, when all the plants that were hiding start coming out. New little plants and buds poke out their heads. When I was little I helped my mom plant bulbs in the fall and then once spring came around we could watch the tiny green shoots pop up out of the ground. Isn’t it amazing that a tiny seed can turn into a beautiful flower or a huge tree? That seed does not become big and strong all on it’s own however. It needs food from the soil, rain to keep it from drying out and the sun to keep it warm and pointed upward.

In Matthew 13 Jesus tells us a story about seeds that are planted in different types of dirt. Some fell on the path, some in between the rocks, some with all the weeds, and some in healthy soil. Only the seeds in the good soil were able to grow because they had the nutrients they needed. This story is to remind us that we need to fill our lives with good things that way we can grow strong and healthy. When we spend time with Jesus, read our Bible, and share Jesus’ love with others we grow.

To remember how we grow with Jesus I want you to ask your mom or dad to help you get some seeds so you can grow a plant of your very own! It can be a flower, a vegetable, a fruit, a tree, it doesn’t matter. With Jesus we can also grow big in strong, not only in our body but also in our mind and heart!

 

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Fruit of the Spirit

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letter-fruit is my favorite food. Bananas, mangoes, strawberries, peaches, watermelon, any kind is good. Did you know that there are 9 fruits in the Bible. OK, they are not literal fruits. They are fruits of the Spirit. In other words they are the characteristics we are supposed to have as Christians. You can find the list in Galatians 5:22-23.  “But the Spirit gives love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. There is no law that says these things are wrong.” 

Now I know what your thinking. People don’t grow fruit, that’s what trees and bushes do. But just how a plant produces fruit we should be able to produce good attitudes and behaviors. When we let the Holy Spirit work in us we start behaving more loving, joyful, patient, and so on. The way to produce delicious “fruit” is by spending time the Jesus! Just like plants need to be watered, have good soil and sunshine, we need to spend time reading our Bibles, praying and singing!

I encourage you all to spend time with Jesus everyday and soon you will be producing each “fruit”.

Here is a song to help you remember all the fruits of the spirit!

Follow the Leader

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14-fancy-letters-e-free-cliparts-that-you-can-download-to-you-computer-tjao9b-clipartveryone has someone they look up to. This could be your parents or teachers or friends. Not only do we look up to people but people look up to us. Do you have younger siblings? Do you ever wonder why they are always following you around or copying what you are doing? They don’t mean to be annoying, they just look up to you and want to be just like you. They are following your example.

Being an example or a leader can be tough and sometimes we think that it is a job that belongs only to the adults but that’s not true. You can be a example anytime and anywhere no matter who you are. All you have to do is ask for Jesus’ help. He will guide you in making the right choices and in leading others to Him.

John 13:15 says that “I did this as an example for you. So you should do as I have done for you.” Jesus is the best example of how we should live and treat others. People followed Him everywhere and listened to everything that He said because they wanted to be like Him. We should also try and be like Jesus. Just like He is our example we should be examples to others. In what we say and do. That way when people look at us they can see Jesus.

Have you ever played Simon Says? It’s more fun if you have a group of all your friends or family members. One person is chosen to be Simon. This person stands in front of the group telling the other players what they are supposed to do, such as touch your nose, pat your head, spin around. The players must do exactly what they are told but only if Simon says “Simon says.” If the players do an action without Simon saying that phrase that person is out of the game.

When playing this game remember that you are playing the role of a leader for the game but you can also be a leader in your own life. At home, at school, and when you play with your friends.

Leave a comment of the different ways you can be an example!

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