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"He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them,
even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their
children" Psalm 78:5-6 (NIV).
Your Choice (05/21/2018) --from
our Bible lesson plans, Choose This Day Whom You Will
introduction for children on the importance of making good choices: Ask a few volunteers to come forward. Hide a piece of candy in one hand. Have one of the volunteers attempt to choose which hand has the treat. Make a big display of the choice and if the child chose well or not. If he or she misses, go to the next volunteer, but hide your hands and switch or pretend to switch hands first. Continue allowing kids to choose for a few more tries.
Everyday we are faced with many choices. (Have the children think about and discuss the choices they made throughout their day. You might prompt them by asking: What did you choose to eat? To wear? Did you choose to obey your teachers and parents today or not? Did you choose to be kind or not to someone?)
Many of our choices have little to no eternal consequences. (Discuss the meaning of consequences. Consequence means the outcome, effect, or result of our actions on us or towards others.) (NIV).
What we chose to eat or wear today will have no consequence for eternity, but there are choices that we make everyday that do matter for eternity. In fact, many times we might not even be aware of how important some of our choices can be. Our choices reveal the kind of person we are. For example, people who always want the biggest slice of pizza. What might that say about them? (Maybe they're greedy,
or just hungry all the time.) What if people always want to be first in line? What might that say about them? (They're not considerate of others.) What does it say about people who want to share what they have? (They're generous, kind.) You see, the choices we make
are important! They reveal what kind of people we are. Our choices show whom we follow: God or ourselves. The
Bible teaches us how to make the right choices in our lives. The first, and best
choice to make is asking Jesus to be our Savior and Forever Friend. Then as
we learn what the Bible teaches us, God will guide us to make the right choices:
"Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying,
'This is the way; walk in it'" Isaiah 30:21
Teach children how to make the best choices for their lives. Learn
more about these Sunday school lessons.
Bible Memory Technique: Up and Moving (05/18/2018)
Get your kids up and out of their chairs and moving around with this Bible Memory Technique! Create actions with matching poses that affect the way children recite Scripture. For example, have kids squat down, making themselves as small as possible, then say the Scripture verse in the tiniest whisper, or take giant exaggerated steps and repeat the words in a loud voice with each step. (Sent in by Annabelle from
more Bible memorization ideas in Bible Games Explosion.
--from our Bible curriculum, Amazing Miracles of the Bible.
Bible Game: Part The Sea (05/17/2018)
Set Up: Divide players into two lines with players facing one another. The space between the
two lines represents the path through the Red Sea. Depending on the size of your
church group, choose 1-3 players to be the
Egyptians and 1-3 players to be the Israelites.
How To Play: Have the players standing in the lines hold their hands out in front of themselves and
wave them up and down to represent the waves in the sea. At the go the Egyptians
chase the Israelites around in a circle, racing behind the rows. At any given point the
teacher may cry out, PART THE SEA, whereby the players standing in line must raise their
hands to part the water. The Israelites may then run through the space between the
players in line, the path through the Red Sea, to escape being caught by the Egyptians.
When the Egyptians enter the Red Sea path the teacher may say, MAKE WAVES, whereby the players
standing in line must lower their hands to capture the Egyptians.
Once caught, players switch with other players in line. Play continues as long as time allows.
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Rather: think about what is noble, right, and pure.
When I was about 7 years old, I remember being in the bathroom at school and feeling very sad. I recall looking in the mirror and saying,
"No one loves me; no one except Jesus." I felt very alone.
I don't remember why I felt so sad. Maybe my parents had been arguing, or maybe I was in trouble. What I told myself was half-true. I was
right that Jesus loved me! But I was wrong in thinking no one loved me; my mom and dad did love me.
That sad day happened over 50 years ago, yet I still remember it. This is why I'm telling it to you.
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