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    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

    Helping your spiritual side grow by harvesting the good things God has given us is just one of the Sunday school lessons that can be taught about Ruth in the bible.

    Ruth in the bible Sunday school lessons.
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    While the word 'harvesting' may make it sound like a good Sunday school lesson to teach during the Fall when it is time for harvest, this lesson is great for anytime of the year. So, get your harvesting baskets ready and let's get started.

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    Ruth in the Bible

    Begin the class with prayer. Ask God to let all the little ears in the class not only hear, but to listen.

    Here is the bible verse for this lesson:
    James 1:22 KJV
    But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only.

    Ruth is a famous woman in the bible. She followed her mother-in-law to a far away country where she learned about working hard and about the one true God - our God. You see, at first, Ruth didn't worship God. Where she lived, everyone worshipped idols.

    Do you know what an idol is?

    An idol is anything that you worship instead of God. Some people worship statues while others worship the sun and moon. Can a statue made out of stone help you in any way?

    Wait for answers.

    Then ask, "Can the sun and moon answer your prayers?"

    Wait for answers.

    Of course they can't.

    Ruth realized this too. She made a good decision to follow the one true God and because she did, God blessed her over and over again.

    Harvesting to Feed Our Spiritual Side

    Teach kids the whole book of Ruth!
    When we think of harvesting, we think of farmers gathering their crops to eat. Food is what we need to help our bodies grow.

    But, did you know that we need to harvest things from God to help our spiritual side grow?

    For instance, bible verses help us grow. Listening in church and Sunday school helps us grow. Of course, these things don't help us to get taller or keep us from getting thirsty or hungry, but they do help the part of us that needs to become more like Jesus grow.

    If we never learn more about God, how can we tell others? How can we grow closer to him?

    What are some ways that you can think of that can help your spiritual side grow and help you get closer to God and become more like him?

    Wait for answers.

    Some of the things you should harvest to help you grow in Christ are:

    • praying
    • singing songs to/about God
    • telling others about Jesus
    • inviting friends to church
    • reading your bible
    • memorizing bible verses (like the one above)
    • coming to church and Sunday school

    Can you think of any more? Wait for answers.

    A Reminder

    When we come to church and Sunday school, we need to not only listen, but to do what we've learned. Repeat the bible verse above.

    Anyone can come and listen to the Sunday School lesson, but that won't help them grow in Christ. You must practice what you've learned. When you go home today, tell your parents or brothers and sisters your bible verse. Tell them about harvesting what you've learned to help your spiritual side grow.

    Pray for the kids in your Sunday school class and your class at school. Tell them about Jesus.

    All of these things will help you become more like Jesus. Keep learning and keep spreading God's word to others.



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