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    Monday, June 30, 2014

    Teaching kids to share God's Word is more than sitting in a classroom and telling them to do so. Think about it - how often have you sat in the church pew and heard the pastor tell the congregation to go tell someone about Jesus today? Or invite someone to come tonight?

    Did you rush out of church to find someone to tell about Him or did you go home or out to eat?

    More than likely, you did the later - eat.

    The thing is - we need to GO tell people and not wait for them to come to us. If we wait until the 'time is right' or when 'God sends someone in your path', we may never get to share God's Word the way He intended for us to.

    The bible tells us to go out and teach all nations.

    Matthew 28:19 (KJV)
    19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
    Without us going out to teach and tell others about God, how will they ever know? Yes, there are thousands of missionaries out there along with pastors telling the lost about the Word of God.
    We can sit back and rest assured that someone will tell the lost about Christ. We can even make sure to give our money to support the missionaries out in the field risking their lives to tell others. But, that isn't what God commands us to do.
    He says for us to teach all nations - not support those who do. (Of course, we do need to support them along with doing our part.)
    The bible also says, faith comes through hearing the Word of God. So, how can the lost have faith in something they've never heard?
    Romans 10:17 (KJV)
    So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

    How to Teach Kids to Share God's Word

    The best way to teach kids to share the Word of God is by doing it! Over the next few weeks, come up with a plan to visit people in the community, go to a nursing home, have a FREE family night with games and food, put on a play, deliver food to a family who are struggling, or anything else you can come up with to get people who normally do not attend church in a position to tell them about the Word of God.
    Make sure the kids are involved through the whole process especially older children. Teens and pre-teens are at an age that sharing God's Word may feel awkward if they have never done it.
    Like many Christians, teens have sat in a classroom on in a pew 'listening' only.
    Now is the time to get up and DO!
    Remember, Jesus told four unlikely fishermen to follow him and he would make the fishers of men instead of fish!
    This is what we are to do - follow Jesus and become fishers of men!
    Matthew 28:18-20 KJV
    18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
    19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
    20And they straightway left their nets, and followed him
     We should leave our nets and follow him NOW!
    Plan on making it a routine to 'spread God's Word' not just once a year. Children (and adults) learn by repetition, so be sure to repeat telling others about God.

    Friday, June 13, 2014

    1 Corinthians 10:31 KJV says "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." This is a hard concept to grasp at any age. Yes, we know that we are suppose to do everything to the glory of God, but how can what we eat and drink be done for God?

    Teaching Sunday school children early that doing everything for the glory of God is a way of life instead of just occasionally, will help them to grow to become strong in the Lord and have a wonderful relationship with Him along the way.

    Do All to the Glory of God

    When beginning this Sunday school lesson, you will need to keep in mind that gentle reminders are a great way to get the point across. Also, a great way to keep kids on track during the week is to text them or email mail them. There are very few children nowadays that do no have cell phones, iPods, iPads, computers, etc. Use these devices to keep in touch during the week:)

    As kids come into class today, have them write down any information you may need to get in touch with them. If needed, ask for the parents numbers or email addresses. Then, let the parents know you will be sending out texts or emails to the kids during the week. Most parents will LOVE this idea and welcome it! Also, it lets parents know what their children are learning and can help encourage them:)

    What to Do:

    Before class, come up with several scenarios that your kids can relate to such as: being bossy, sneaking extra cookies, skipping church to ride bikes, throwing rocks at the neighbors dog, and so on. Also, come up with a few good scenarios such as helping mom carry in groceries, putting shoes away, picking up toys, sharing, and so on.

    Now, we are going to use these scenarios to get the idea of doing everything for God rolling!

    Begin by mixing up the good and bad scenarios and asking the kids if they believe the scenario is doing something for God or not. This will help to get their train of thought working.

    Now, ask, "Do you think that stuffing yourself with a whole extra-large pizza can be done for the glory of God?"

    The answer of course is 'no'.

    God did not design our bodies to be stuffed full at every meal. He gave us food to sustain us and to enjoy, but not to overeat.

    Ask, "What about smoking or drugs?"

    1 Corinthians 3:16 KJV
    Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

    We are to treat our bodies like the temple of God it is! Overeating, smoking, drugs, and other corrupt things were not meant to be used by our bodies.

    Now, ask, "Since we know that putting things inside our bodies that shouldn't be there is not glorifying God, what do you think about what you drink?"

    Of course many children will know that alcohol will not glorify God, but what about other drinks? God wants us to enjoy what we drink as long as it isn't hurting us, but drinking sodas, sugary drinks, and other drinks that were not designed by God for us to drink can harm us if drank in over abundance! Believe it or not, drinking too much water or milk can even harm our bodies!

    Read about the risks of drinking too much milk here.
    Read about the risks of drinking too much water here.

    We are to partake food and drinks to sustain us and not for gluttony or to look cool.

    What Else?

    There are ways to glorify God in all that we do even as children. Have the kids think about their every day activities: soccer, basketball, fishing, hunting, school, and so on.

    Express the importance of using all of their activities for God. All of our actions, words, and motions we portray can let others see God in us. We can let God shine in us so others may want to know more about God.

    Have you ever heard the saying, "I like your God, but I don't like your Christians?"

    This can be very true about so many non-Christians. Non-Christians look at us and can't see Jesus anywhere in us! What a sad thought.

    Think about it...

    How often do we gripe, complain, grouch, yell, get angry, and so on. These are not attributes of God.

    Philippians 2:14 KJV
     Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
    We are all guilty of these things, but because of God's mercy, we can ask forgiveness and start again! Praise the Lord we serve a loving God!
    I learned a lot myself from this Sunday school lesson!
    Image of reading the bible courtesy of Photo-Monique
    Image of basketball courtesy of Ixitixel

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

    No matter what age children you teach in Sunday school, they need to understand the importance of asking Jesus to be their Savior and living a life for God. While sharing bible stories is an important part of teaching God's word, our main goal is to lead these children to Christ and to teach them how to lead others. So, as you teach each and every lesson from here on out, do it with one goal in mind - winning souls for Christ!

    Woman at the Well
    Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
    Photo by Carl Heinrich Bloch

    Introduction - Sunday School Lesson

    Begin your Sunday school lesson by recalling Jesus' birth. Children need to understand Jesus didn't have to leave heaven to come to earth as a baby. He chose to. He wanted to.

    Jesus left his beautiful wonderful home in heaven where there was no sin, no sickness, no hurt, and no sadness to come to earth where all of this existed.

    He grew up just like all children do. He was a toddler, a young boy, a pre-teen, a teenager, and then a young man.

    He obeyed his mother, Mary, and his earthly father, Joseph. He learned how to work with wood because Joseph was a carpenter. He also got hungry and tired. He needed sleep just as we do.

    For around 30 years, Jesus lived as any of us would have except for he never sinned. Try to imagine never doing anything wrong. It's impossible! Some people believe they have never did anything wrong, but we all do.

    When Jesus was 33 years old, he died on the cross for our sins. Of course, he didn't stay dead. Praise God! After they placed Jesus' body in the tomb, it stayed there for 3 days and then a miracle happened!

    He arose from the dead!

    It was because Jesus died on the cross for our sins that one day we can live with him forever in heaven.

    Now, here is where you will begin telling the bible story of the woman at the well.

    Woman at the Well - Bible Story

    Today's bible story is about a Samaritan woman who came to a well to draw water out of it. Jesus disciples had went into town to buy meat, but Jesus decided to rest beside the well. Of course, it wasn't by accident he was sitting by the well. He knew a woman would soon be approaching.

    John 4:6-15 KJV

    Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
    There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
    (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)
    Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
    10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
    11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
    12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
    13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
    14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
    15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.

    Leather bucket drawing water from a well.

    What Happened in the Bible Story?

    When the woman came to the well, Jesus asked her to give him a drink of water.

    She was a bit taken aback that he even spoke to her because she was a Samaritan and Jesus was a Jew. In those days, Jews were not very fond of the Samaritan people.

    Jesus said to her, "If you only knew who I am, then you would have asked me and I would have given you living water."

    The woman didn't understand what Jesus was talking about. Jesus had no bucket or rope to get water with, so how could he give her 'living water'?

    You see, wells were often very deep and without something to draw up water with, you couldn't get to the water.

    Think about it: Water was often hard to get. Women and children would have to work hard each day to get the water needed to cook and to drink. What about the water for animals? It was no easy task!

    Jesus wanted this woman to understand that the water she drank would only keep her from being thirsty for a little while. As the hours passed, she would become thirsty again. The next day, she would have to come to the well to get more water to drink, wouldn't she?

    Have the kids think about that for a minute.

    Say to the kids, "When it is in the middle of summer and you are outside playing, you like to drink water, right? (wait for answers) But, just because you get one drink of water, it doesn't mean that you won't need another drink. After you play for a while, you'll get thirsty again, won't you?"

    Of course they'll get thirsty again.

    The living water Jesus was talking about was eternal life!

    Only Jesus could offer this woman a way to live forever. Salvation is referred to as living water and only through Jesus Christ can we have eternal life - a life where we can live forever in heaven with him!

    The woman wanted this 'living water' and ran to get others in the town to come to hear what Jesus had to say!

    We should be like the woman at the well and bring others to church with us to hear about the Word of God!

    If you'd like to read a bit more about 'living water', visit the website Got Questions.

    Photo of well courtesy of Neogeolegend, Wikimedia Commons


    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    Teaching children to be humble can be hard. We all want our children to be proud of what they accomplish, yet being too proud can lead to the opposite of humble! Think about the children you see on the playground, on the ball field, at competitions.

    Many children nowadays tend to be arrogant. All too often, I hear the words, "Your going to lose.", "You can beat me!" or "I'm better at this than you'll ever be."

    These are not words Jesus wants us to say to others.

    Teaching our Sunday school class about being humble and how Jesus was humble is a step in the right direction. Talk to them about putting others first, thinking of others feelings, and helping others when they need help. Of course, teaching them to compliment and encourage others isn't a bad thing either.

    Jesus Washes His Disciples' Feet

    Being by talking to your class about what the word humble means.

    As you being this Sunday school lesson, talk about how wonderful Jesus is. Have the kids think about all the wonderful things Jesus did while he was here on earth.

    They may come up with words like:

    • perfect
    • loving
    • kind
    • mighty
    • powerful
    • famous
    • forgiving
    • tender
    • miracles or miraculous
    • and many others
    Be sure to compliment their words and encourage them to think of more. You may even want to have a few of your own written down to add to their list.

    After they have finished thinking of words that describe Jesus, say, "There is one word we are forgetting - humble." (More than likely, they will not think of this word to describe Jesus.)

    If your class consists of older children, have them turn in the bible to John 13:4-9 (KJV below) and let them take turns reading the verses below. After each verse, tell about what the verses mean so they grasp the story more fully (see below the verses for more).

    He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
    Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?
    Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
    Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.
    Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.

    Verse 4

    We see in verse 4 that Jesus is setting at supper with his disciples - The Last Supper. Jesus laid aside his garments which simply means he removed his robe. Taking a towel, he placed it in his belt.

    Verse 5

    Jesus poured water into a bowl and stared to wash and wipe the dirt with the towel from each of the disciples' feet.

    Verse 6

    When he was ready to wash Simon Peter's feet, Simon Peter asked Jesus why he was washing his feet. Peter didn't understand.

    Verse 7

    Jesus tells Simon Peter that there is more to what he was doing than just washing feet. Even though Simon Peter didn't fully understand what was going on and why Jesus was doing this, he would soon enough.

    Verse 8

    Simon Peter then objected to Jesus washing his feet! He goes so far as to say never! Jesus calmly tells him that if he does not wash his feet, then he will have no part of him.

    Verse 9

    Simon Peter loved Jesus. He wanted to be with Jesus and be a part of him and changed his mind quickly. He thought that if he could be with Jesus and be a part of him just by having his feet washed, then he wanted Jesus to wash his whole body too!

    Be sure to get the Sunday School Activity that goes along with this lesson. It's FREE!

    Meaning of Foot Washing

    In bible times, there were no roads or sidewalks. People wore sandals and the dirt on the roads made their feet really dirty and dusty. When someone would enter into another person's house, a servant would normally wash the guest's feet.

    Since Jesus had a room prepared to eat the last supper alone with his disciples, there were no servants there.

    This was all a part of Jesus' plan. Keep reading....

    Dig a Bit Deeper

    Think of this first...why didn't one of the disciples think about washing the other's feet? Did they think they were too good to do it? Would they have been embarrassed? Did they worry about what the other disciples would think of them and didn't want to be ashamed?

    Thankfully, Jesus showed his disciples, and us, that we should be humble and not ashamed to wash someone else's feet. It also shows us that we should never be ashamed and always be humble when it comes to doing things for the Lord.

    Of course, there was more to the feet washing than this.

    When we dig a bit deeper, we see that to be washed means to be saved. When you ask Jesus to come into your heart to live forever, the bible tells us that you will be washed as white as snow!

    Psalm 51:7 KJV
    Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

    Even though Jesus washed the disciple's feet to show humility, their feet became dirty again when they left the room. But, when we are washed white as snow from our sins, we never have to worry about being washed again!

    Once you are saved, you never have to worry about not being saved again!

    You can rest assured that you will one day be in heaven forever! Jesus died for our sins so that we could live in heaven forever! All we need to do is not be ashamed and step forward to ask Jesus into our hearts.

    Leading Children to Christ

    Have the kids to close their eyes.

    Ask if anyone in the room would like to have Jesus in their hearts. This is what we as Sunday school teachers are there for. To help lead little ones to Christ.

    Be sure to read Romans 10:9-10 KJV to prepare yourself for this lesson.

    That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
    10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

    With the Lord's help, you can lead a lost child to Christ.

    Before teaching this Sunday school lesson, pray that God will open the hearts and minds of the children in your class and that he will help you say what needs to be said to teach his word.

    May God bless you.

    Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons, Patricia Sobrino Hoyos

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

    Samson and the Lion
    Bible Story
    Photo courtesy of Joachim Huber, Wikimedia Commons
    The bible story of Samson isn't as well-known as many others, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be told. In fact, Samson has some unique stories (all true, I might add) that kids will love. You'll find that with most of the bible stories of Samson, you will need to be prepared to answer many, many questions as quite a few aspects of his life are things children have never heard of before.

    In this Sunday school lesson, we will cover what it means to be a Nazarite and tell the story of Samson and the lion. This story sets the scene to show children just how strong Samson was.

    To read this story in full, turn to Judges 13 and 14. Use this time to study the bible for yourself as it is very important not only as Sunday school teachers, but as Christians to study God's word.

    Samson and the Lion Sunday School Lesson

    Before Samson was born, the Angel of the Lord appeared to the wife of a man named Manoah. The bible does not tell us her name, but it does tell us that she had been unable to have any children.

    When the Angel of the Lord appeared to Manoah's wife, he said, "You have never been able to have children, but now you are going to. You are going to have a son."

    Can you imagine what it must have been like to have an angel appear out of nowhere to give you a message?

    Ask the kids, "Do you think you would have been scared? What about excited? Maybe you would have thought you were dreaming."

    Wait for the kids to think about this. Let them talk about this for a moment, then begin again.

    Before the Angel of the Lord left, he gave Manoah's wife a few rules to follow as she raised her son.

    1. She was not allowed to cut his hair.
    2. He wasn't allowed to eat anything that was unclean.
    3. He was not allowed to drink wine or other strong drinks.
    Note: If you have older children, you may want to elaborate on each one. We will discuss number one below.

    What Is a Nazarite?

    Samson was to be a Nazarite from birth. A Nazarite did not cut his hair at all, eat anything that was unclean (or touch anything that was dead), or drink alcohol.

    A Nazarite's long hair let people who saw them know that they were doing God's will and that they were a Nazarite.

    The Angel of the Lord even told Manoah's wife that she was not allowed to drink certain things while she was pregnant with the baby.

    After the Angel of the Lord left, she ran to tell her husband what the angel had said to her.

    Then, Manoah asked God to let the Angel of the Lord come back again to teach them how to raise their son. God heard Manoah.

    One day when Manoah's wife was sitting in a field, the Angel of the Lord returned but Manoah wasn't with her this time either.

    Quickly, she ran to get her husband and he followed her to back to the angel and he said, "While your wife is pregnant, she is not allowed to drink anything containing grapes. When she has the baby, he is not to drink anything containing grapes, he is not allowed to touch anything dead, and he is not to cut his hair."

    Get the Samson and Lion Maze.
    Get the Book of Judges Coloring Page.

    Samson is Born

    Samson - Nazarite
    Peter Trimming, Wikimedia Commons
    When Samson was born, Manoah and his wife did as the Angel of the Lord instructed.

    They did not allow Samson to eat or drink anything that had grapes or grape juice in it, he did not touch anything that was dead, and he never cut his hair.

    Samson grew into a man still following these rules from God.

    Samson and the Lion

    One day, Samson was walking along and came to a vineyard (where grapes are grown). Samson didn't know it, but there was a lion in the vineyard.

    As Samson came near, the Spirit of the Lord came to Samson making him very, very strong.

    You see, Samson didn't have a sword or a staff that he used to fight off the lion. Instead, when God made him extremely strong, he used only his hands to kill the lion.

    Imagine, being so strong that you could take on a lion all by yourself and with no weapons at all!

    Of course, without God's help, Samson couldn't have beat the lion. The bible tells us that:

    Philippians 4:13 KJV
    I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

    As the years passed, Samson's hair grew. As long as Samson did not cut his hair, he stayed strong. If he ever cut his hair or his hair was cut at all, he would become weak and his strength would leave him.

    Guess what.

    There was one time when a girl tricked Samson and his hair was cut! But, that is another Sunday school lesson for another day.

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    Thursday, February 13, 2014

    I love to read about Joshua in the bible. So many times as I read through his bible story, I wonder what it must have been like to have been him. Imagine, not only did Moses appoint him to take over for him, Jesus himself came to talk to him face-to-face!

    The Sunday school lesson below tells of that one time when Jesus came to Joshua to tell him exactly how he was going to defeat Jericho!

    Instead of having to come up with a complicated (and maybe wrong) plan as to how to overthrow the city, Jesus said, "Listen up, Joshua. This is what we are going to do!"

    While we can't see Jesus face-to-face yet, he still talks to us. We need only to quiet our minds and listen.

    Having a relationship with our heavenly father is more than attending church once a week and reading a bible verse every now and then. It's about talking to him daily and listening as he talks back.

    It may not be the way we hear those here on earth, but it could be in nature all around us, in the verses we read each day, in the whispers we hear in our hearts, in the song that just played, through other people, or any number of other ways God speaks with us.

    As you prepare for this Sunday school lesson, talk with God to ensure that he helps you deliver the bible story the way he wants you to.

    Show your kids the Battle of Jericho Song to get them up an moving!
    You can also find more FREE material about Joshua!

    You are free to print the images on this page to use in your Sunday school class. The license for using these pictures are located at the bottom of this post.

    Joshua in the Bible - Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho Bible Story

    In this Sunday school lesson, we are going to do more than just tell a bible story about Joshua. We are going to engage our kids to think about what it was like all those years ago when the Israelites fought the battle of Jericho!

    You will want to see how to get your kids thinking like Joshua and the Israelites by doing this Sunday school activity!

    Whether you choose to use the link above to get the kids fully involved in the story or not, you can still get them moving by following along with the suggestions in parenthesis below.

    To begin your story, have the kids sit in a circle in the middle of the room or pull their chairs into a circle. You can either stand or sit in the middle to tell your story or even just pull yourself up a chair to sit with them.

    The Bible Story

    The Israelites had been wandering in the wilderness for 40 years and it was finally time to enter into the land that God had promised to them.

    Of course it hadn't been easy to get to this point and it wasn't going to be easy now.

    They had to cross the Jordan River to get to the other side. Now, that may not seem like a big deal, right? They could just jump on a boat and sail to the other side or find a bridge to cross - wrong.

    They didn't have any boats or any bridges to cross and the river was flooded at the time. Its waters were probably rushing fast and would have swept them away.

    Another thing was that there wasn't just a few people. There were hundreds of thousands of people who had to cross the river. Of course, we can't forget about all the animals and the fact that they had to carry all of their belongings with them. So, how do you think they were going to get across?

    Joshua told the people, "The priests carrying the ark will go first. Everyone will wait and follow along behind the priests.

    Ask the kids, "Joshua said the priests were going first and everyone was going to follow. How do you think they are going to get across?"

    A miracle happened that day. When the priests' feet who were carrying the ark touched the water's edge, the water stopped flowing and was held back. The people got to cross the Jordan River on dry ground!

    As the people crossed, Joshua told 12 men to pick up one rock each from the river's bottom and carry it to the other side. When they reached the other side, Joshua had the men pile the rocks up. Then he said, "This pile of rocks will serve as a reminder to you all. When your children or grandchildren ask why this pile of rocks is here, you can tell them about this time. The time when we crossed the Jordan River on dry ground!"

    The river didn't start flowing again until the priests came out of the river. You see, they had to stand in the middle and wait for all those people to cross before they could come out of the river bed themselves.

    Now, Joshua and the Israelites were faced with another problem. They were to take over the city of Jericho, but the walls were so high and thick they couldn't get over them, or around them, or through them. How were they going to get into the city?

    One evening, Joshua walked by himself trying to figure out a way to take over the city.

    To his surprise, a man holding a sword appeared out of nowhere! Joshua asked, "Are you for us or against us?"

    The man said, "I am the captain of the Lord's host." Does anyone know who the captain of the Lord's host is?

    It was Jesus before he ever came to earth as a baby! Joshua was talking to Jesus himself!

    Jesus told Joshua to take off his shoes because the ground where he was standing was holy and Joshua did as he was told. Then, Jesus said, here is how you are going to defeat Jericho."

    (Tell everyone to stand up on the outside of the circle of chairs or a make believe circle of chairs.)

    Jesus said, "On the first day, the people will walk around the city walls one time. They are not to speak at all. On the second day, they are to do the same. They are to do this every day for six days. On the seventh and final day, they are to walk around the city walls seven times. On the last time, the priests will blow their horns loud. When the people hear the horns, they are to SHOUT very loud!"

    Jesus went on to tell Joshua not to worry or be afraid. Jesus was going to go before Joshua and he was going to be right with him through the whole thing. Joshua had nothing to fear!

    (Have the kids walk around the chairs seven times without speaking. This will be hard. Stress how it must have been for all those people to walk around the great city of Jericho seven times without talking. On the last time, have the children shout!)

    Joshua followed Jesus orders and on the seventh day when they walked around the city walls of Jericho seven times, the people shouted when they heard the priests blow their horns and the walls of Jericho came tumbling down!

    The people of Israel overtook the city.

    Photos of Joshua courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and Distant Shores Media/Sweet Publishing.

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

    Jesus sets example after example for us to follow in the bible. For one, he doesn't avoid sinners or people nobody likes. In this lesson, the people no one likes are tax collectors. In case you didn't know, tax collectors were hated during this time. Many would take more money than they were suppose to from the people just so they could put more money in their own pockets which made them hated.

    If you look in Luke 15, the chapter begins with Jesus sitting and eating with sinners and publicans (or tax collectors). The Pharisees and scribes began talking about Jesus saying, "Can you believe Jesus is eating and talking with those sinners?"

    Let's think about this for a minute - aren't we all sinners? They had no business judging when they were sinners too, but they did.

    This Sunday school lesson begins when Jesus starts telling the parable of the lost coin. You can get the FREE Sunday school lesson about the lost sheep, as well. The lost sheep parable comes just before the lost coin parable in Luke 15. You can use them hand-in-hand or as two separate lessons.

    Just this weekend, I told both parables during the same lesson since they express the same point Jesus was trying to make.

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    The Parable of the Lost Coin - Sunday School Lesson

    This parable is very short. If you have children that can read, have the children turn to the passage in their bibles or have bibles ready for them to read from.

    Here is the lesson:

    Ask the kids, "Would you want to be around a sinner?"

    Wait for answers.

    Most kids will respond with the answer - no.

    Ask them, "Why wouldn't you want to be around a sinner?"

    Wait to hear what the kids will respond.

    Now say, "Did you know that you are a sinner?"

    This will get their attention. Then, say, "What if no one wanted to be around you? What if no one wanted to talk to you?"

    You see, if no one wanted to talk to you, you wouldn't have any friends. You wouldn't have had someone to tell you about Jesus. If you didn't know about Jesus, you wouldn't be here today.

    We are sinners because we've all done something that we shouldn't. Maybe we've told a lie. Maybe we've taken something that wasn't ours. Most of us haven't minded our parents at one time or another. What about complaining or griping? Did you know those were sins too?

    Philippians 2:14 KJV
    14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

    We have all complained about something in our life, haven't we?

    When the Pharisees and the scribes started to talk about Jesus being around sinners, Jesus said this:

    There was a woman who had 10 pieces of silver. If she lost one of those pieces, wouldn't she light a
    candle, sweep the house and keep looking for it until she found it?

    Think about this for a minute - If you had 6 puppies and one got lost, wouldn't you want to look for it? You may even have called your grandparents or your friends and told them one of your puppies was missing.

    You would look and look and look and look some more.

    When you found it, wouldn't you tell all of your friends or grandparents that you found it? You would be so happy and want them to be happy with you, right?

    That is exactly what the woman did in this parable of Jesus.

    She looked until she found it. Then, she called her friends and neighbors together to rejoice with her.

    What This Teaches Us

    This parable was told to help us understand that we are to talk to those who need to hear about Jesus. We are to spread his word.

    At the end of the parable, Jesus concludes...

    There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

    Whenever someone gives their life to the Lord (is saved), the angels rejoice in heaven. Imagine, for any of those who have asked Jesus to be their Savior, the angels in heaven were rejoicing with you!

    If we don't tell others (sinners) about Jesus, how will they ever know.

    We need to spread God's word to whoever we can and then, if they accept Jesus as their Savior, we can rejoice with them along with all of the angels in heaven!

    Photo of puppy was taken by Sigismund von Dobschutz (Wikimedia Commons).

    A parable is a earthly story with a heavenly meaning. Jesus used parables to help get his point across. In one parable of Jesus, he talks about one lost sheep.

    This is a great story for all ages to help them understand the importance of trying to find that one person who needs to come to Jesus.

    The parable begins when the church leaders start to talk bad about Jesus. Why were they talking bad about him?

    Jesus was eating and talking with sinners (which we all are) and tax collectors. Tax collectors were hated during this time because many of them took more money from the people than they were suppose to.

    The point of this Sunday school lesson and this parable is to help the kids understand the importance of bringing people to Christ. If we don't tell people about Jesus, who will?

    Just as Jesus' disciples spread the word of God, we too should tell as many people about him as we can.

    This Sunday school lesson can be found in Luke 15: 1-7 KJV.

    You can start your lesson by having the kids turn to the verses in the bible. If they are old enough, let them read along with you. It is good practice to show the kids that the bible stories you teach are found in the bible and where.

    Parable of Jesus - One Lost Sheep

    Jesus told this parable to the church leaders who were saying bad things about him spending time with the sinners and tax collectors.

    The parable of Jesus began with a question to the leaders. It went like this...

    If you had 100 sheep and one got lost, which one of you wouldn't leave the 99 sheep and go out to look and find the one lost sheep?

    When you find the lost sheep, wouldn't you put it on your shoulders and rejoice (be happy) because you found it?

    Then, when you got back home, wouldn't you call all your neighbors and friends and say, "Rejoice, with me. I have found my one lost sheep?"

    Just as you would be happy about your one lost sheep, all of heaven will rejoice when one sinner turns to God (repents)? They will be more happy that the one comes to God than 99 people who do not need to repent.

    You see, Jesus wants us to go looking for that one lost sheep.

    Of course, this doesn't mean that we are to go buy a bunch of sheep and wait until one gets lost so we can find it.

    In the bible, the Lord is called the Shepherd and we (people) are the sheep.

    Psalm 23

    The Lord is our shepherd; I shall not want.

    For very small children, have them learn the first part of this verse. For older kids, have them learn the whole verse and discuss what it means to 'not want' (more on that below).

    If you are teaching teens, have them learn the whole 23 Psalm. Maybe even offer them a prize for whoever can recite it the following week. It doesn't have to be a big prize - a bag of chips, a pack of gum, a sucker or even a book mark.

    Not only does this verse give us the assurance that the Lord being our shepherd will find us if we are lost, it shows us that he will provide. We do not need to want things. He will give us what we need.

    As part of his flock, we are to search for those people (or sheep) who do not know him as their savior. We are to tell them how much Jesus loves them and wants to be a part of their lives.

    What We've Learned

    From this parable of Jesus, we learn that we are to go looking for that lost sheep, or friend that doesn't now about him.

    We can pray for them. We can invite them to church or Sunday school. If your parents can, how about picking them up and bringing them with you. Maybe their parents will start coming if their children do.

    If you have youth meeting or VBS, invite them to that as well.

    This week, tell the kids it is their job to be a shepherd and look for one lost sheep to tell about Jesus or invite to church. As a Sunday school teacher, do the same. It's not good enough to tell the kids what they should do. We have to set the example and invite someone too.

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    Thursday, January 23, 2014

    While Moses didn't feel he was the right man for the job, God knew he was the perfect man for it! There are many times we are just like Moses and feel we just can't do what God needs us to do.

    Whether it is go on a mission trip, spend a few more hours at church, lead VBS, visit the kids in your

    Sunday school classroom outside of church or any number of things God needs us for, we need to
    step up to the plate or risk missing out on blessings from God.

    I know how your feeling.

    More than likely, each and every one of you have been there at one time or another. Now, don't think I'm asking you to bite off more than you can chew. All I am asking is that you pray and listen for God's instructions.

    When He gives you your next assignment, stand up and say, "Here I am!" just as Moses did when God spoke to him out of the burning bush.

    Let My People Go - Sunday School Lesson

    While the above section was intended for the Sunday school teacher, it can be used as the beginning of your lesson too.

    Kids need to learn from a young age that when God needs them, they should be ready!

    When God gave Moses the task of going to the Pharaoh over all of Egypt, Moses wasn't sure he was ready. In fact, he didn't want to go at all.

    Instead, he told the Lord, "Lord, I don't speak very well. I am slow of speech."

    Maybe Moses couldn't speak very well. Maybe he stuttered. What Moses should have realized was the God had made his mouth, his voice and his tongue. God needed Moses to tell the Pharaoh to let his people go and God would be with him. He could do it.

    Why wouldn't Pharaoh let the Israelite people go?

    You see, Pharaoh was afraid the Israelite people were going to grow so strong that they would one day take over Egypt. So, he made them his slaves. He wanted to keep them as slaves. He didn't want to let them go.

    When Moses didn't want to go to Egypt to tell Pharaoh to let God's people go, God was angry.

    God said, "Moses you have a brother named Aaron. He speaks very well. Take him with you. Don't worry Moses. I will teach you what to do and what to say. I will be with you through it all."

    Moses and Aaron finally went to Pharaoh and although the Pharaoh didn't let the Israelite people go at first, God showed the Pharaoh who was in charge and eventually, he did let them go.

    Bible Verse for this Lesson

    1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)
    18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

    If you have smaller kids and the verse is too long, you can break it down and just help them learn either...

    In every thing give thanks:
    for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus

    What Can We Learn?

    God never asks us to do something we are not capable of. Instead, he uses us in ways we never knew existed. During this lesson, stress to your class that each one of them have something special God has given them and whether they know what it is or not, God does knows and that's all that matters.

    When God is with us, we shouldn't be scared.

    It can be hard to step outside our comfort zone, but sometimes that's just what it takes - stepping out. I've added a video below. Listen to the song lyrics. It's all about stepping out even when your heart is telling you to give up.

    If you are able, maybe you can show this video to your class.

    Standing in front of the church, praying out loud, telling your friends about Jesus, and standing up for what you believe are all things that can make us scared at times. But, just as God was with Moses, he will be with you too.

    You can read more about Moses in the book of Exodus.


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    Friday, January 17, 2014

    This Sunday school lesson will help you teach kids about the power of prayer. From an early age, kids are taught to say their prayers before bed or maybe even thank God for their food.

    Of course, when there is dire need, we all bow our head and turn to God for help and healing, but there is so much more to prayer time than just these times of your life.

    The bible verse for this lesson is found in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV. Use this verse for your lesson and as a memory verse to learn for the following week. It is simple and easy to learn. It's also great for teachers, so show your kids you are learning it right along with them.

    1 Thessalonians 5:17
     Pray without ceasing.

    Prayer Time
    This picture was taken in 1936 during the Great Depression.
    Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

    The Power of Prayer - Sunday School Lesson

    Begin your lesson by asking, "How many of you want to do what God wants?"

    Wait for hands to be raised. Hopefully, all of your class will want to do what God wants them to do. If you have young children (pre-school or younger), you may have to ask questions to get them to understand what you're asking.
    Train up a child...
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    Some questions you may ask could be:

    "Do you want to make God happy?"
    "Do you want to make God smile?"
    "Do you want Jesus to be proud of you?"

    Once the kids are ready, have them stand up and turn around facing their seat (or on the floor). Have them bow down on their knees and put their head on their hands or even in their hands. Some kids like to pull their shirts up around their head so that no one can see them.

    Ask them to quietly bow their head and think only of God and Jesus. For very small children, have them bow for about 30 seconds, for elementary kids - about 60 seconds, for middle school kids - about 90 seconds, and for teens - about 2 to 3 minutes. If your teens are mature, you may want to have them bow for 5 minutes or longer.

    Tell them that if anything else comes into their mind besides God and Jesus, they are to push it out. Then, concentrate again.

    Believe it or not, just a few quite minutes thinking of God will make a world of difference in the mood of your class.

    Some kids will have a hard time the first couple of times you do this, so before beginning the quiet time with God, be sure to tell them; if playing video games comes into your mind - push it out, if food or soccer comes into your mind - push it out, if your knees begin to hurt - push it out.

    Think only of God or Jesus.

    The Power of Prayer

    Let the kids sit back onto their chair. Before class, have a pencil and small piece of paper ready for each child or teen. While you are handing out the paper and pencils, have the kids think about one thing (or two or three things for teens) they would like God to help them with.

    Be sure to have paper and pencils.
    For instance, some kids may have trouble telling the truth. Others may have trouble with not minding their parents or back talking. Some kids may have a temper.

    Whatever it is the kids think they need God's help with, tell them to write it down on the paper you gave them. For small kids, help them write it and let them hold it.

    After all the kids are finished, have them fold the paper once and hold it in their hand.

    Now, have them get back into the bowing position at their seats.

    This time, instead of having quiet time with God, have them prayer only for the thing they wrote down on their paper.

    Allow as much time as needed for the kids to finish. Teens tend to take much longer, be sure to let them finish without interruption.

    Following Up on The Power of Prayer

    Powerful prayers can lead to miracles! Don't let this prayer time stop at Sunday school. Before the kids leave, ask them to write down their texting numbers or e-mail addresses. Find some way to contact them.

    Text your Sunday School Class
    during the week.
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    For children who don't have cell phones or e-mails, get their parents' numbers.

    Let the kids know that you will be contacting them during the week. Tell them to look for a text or e-mail that will say:

    Pray without ceasing!

    This will serve to remind them to pray for the thing they wrote down on the paper and spend a minute or two quiet time with God.

    The bible tells us:

    Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
    Proverbs 22:6 KJV

    This is your time to make a difference. Don't miss out.

    The power of prayer and quiet with God is amazing. You and your Sunday school class will begin to see this as you practice this each week.

    May God bless you.

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    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

    In this free bible story of Moses in the River, you'll find all you need to teach a full Sunday school lesson. This lesson is perfect for all ages up to about 10 years of age. Of course, you can add more details and facts to make it great for pre-teens and teens, as well.

    Remember, even small children as young as one or two years old love hearing bible stories along with playing games. For this lesson, we've added a link to a fun game (bottom of the page).

    As an added bonus: You can print off the bible story picture below to use as a visual.


    Bible Verse for This Lesson

    Proverbs 3:5 KJV
    Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;

    Moses in the River Sunday School Lesson

    Our bible story today comes from the book of Exodus chapter 2.

    In Egypt, there was a not-so-nice Pharaoh who was afraid of the people of Israel. He thought that the more Israelites there were, the easier it would be for them to take over his kingdom.

    To make himself more safe, he made the Israelite people into slaves. But, that wasn't all.

    He also decided that there were too many Israelites. So, he made a very bad cruel law. This law said that when a baby boy was born to an Israelite family, the baby was to be thrown into the river and drown.

    How horrible!

    During this time, there was a mommy who had a baby boy. She didn't want the Pharaoh to take him, so she decided to hide him secretly. She hid him in their house for three months.

    When she could no longer hide him, she made him a basket out of reeds and sealed it with a special tar to help the basket float.

    River Reeds
    Photo courtesy of Philip Halling, Wikimedia
    Then, she put the little baby boy inside the basket and took it to the river (Nile River).

    There in the tall reeds on the riverbank she set the basket to float. The little baby's sister stayed nearby to watch over him and the basket. Her name was Miriam.

     We don't know how long the baby was safe in the basket in the river. But, we do know that his sister stayed watch over him.

    One day, the Pharaoh's daughter came down to the river to take a bath. Can you imagine how Miriam must have felt. Here she was watching over her small baby brother when the mean Pharaoh's daughter came near?

    Or maybe, she was hoping his daughter would find her brother? Perhaps she was a nice kind princess and the baby's mother, Jochebed, hoped she would love her baby enough to save it?

    What Happened to the Baby?

    So, what do you think happened to the little baby in the basket floating in the river?

    When the princess saw the basket, she sent one of her servant's to get it. When she opened it and found the little baby, she knew right away it must be an Israelite baby. The bible tells us that the little baby was crying when she found it.

    Instead of staying hid, Miriam stepped out to talk to the princess.

    She asked, "Do you want me to find someone to take care of the baby for you?"

    Secretly, Miriam was going to get her very own mother.

    You can see Miriam hiding
    in the reeds if you look closely.
    Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.
    When the princess agreed, Miriam ran to find her mother, Jochebed. When Jochebed came to the princess, the princess said, "Take the baby with you and take care of him."

    Think about how relieved his mother and sister must have been. Even though, when the baby grows older, he will go and live with the princess, they got to spend the next few years with him and made sure he was safe.

    Once the little boy grew old enough, Jochebed took him to live with the princess where he grew up.

    Does anyone know what the princess named this little baby?
    Wait for answers.

    She named him Moses because the name Moses means 'to draw out' and that's what she did - drew him out of the water.

    Watch the Story of Moses

    This is the Disney movie of the life of Moses which won an Academy Award!
    If you have time, you can show this whole movie to your Sunday school class or even break it down into two weeks, if needed.

    Play the Find Baby Moses Game

    For some extra fun on Sunday morning, check out this FREE Sunday school game we call - Finding Baby Moses!

    It's similar to hide-and-seek and easy or hard enough for all ages!

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    Monday, January 6, 2014

    For a quick Sunday school lesson, try using this Sunday school game. This is especially great if you are short on time or need to add a little extra something to your lesson.

    You'll have to prepare in advance for this one, but don't worry. It only takes a few minutes.

    What you'll need:
    • tape
    • markers or crayons - 4 different colors
    • paper or index cards
    • scissors
    10 Commandment Sunday School Game and Lesson
    Photo courtesy of Jimmy_Joe, Wikimedia

    10 Commandment Sunday School Game

    We like to call this game Holy Name Scramble.
    Before class, cut out 18 small squares. We used 3 x 2 inch squares for ages 4 to 7, but for older kids you could make the squares a bit smaller or for smaller kids make the squares a bit larger. The size is totally up to you.

    On the squares, you'll need to write the words "God", "Jesus", "Christ", and "Lord".

    Use one letter for each card. Each word will need to have it's own color (see picture below). We used purple, blue, green, and red. The picture below isn't very good. I took it with my phone, but you get the idea.

    Next, we hid the letters along the walls and hallways using tape. We lined the kids up against one wall. On the count of three, the kids took off running to find the letters.

    Tip: Since we have small children, we told the kids to only find 2 letters each. This allowed all of the kids to find letters without feeling left out. Once everyone found two letters, we let them go search again.

    When the kids found the letters, they raced back to the table to unscramble the words. Since each word was one color, it was easier for them to figure out each one.

    Tip: For older kids, use only one color and let them figure out what each word is. This will take longer and often they will find they have missed a letter and will have to go searching for it.

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    10 Commandments Word Search
    Object of this Game/Lesson

    The object for this game is to teach kids about the holy names of our Lord and Savior and how precious these names are. Talk to your Sunday school class about how these names aren't meant to be used when we are angry or thrown around in everyday language for no reason at all.

    Ask the kids, "Have you ever heard anyone say, Oh, my and then add God's name to it?"

    Then ask, "Did you know that was a sin?"

    Refer to the Commandment number 3 and explain how keeping God's name holy is one of the 10 Commandments we are to follow.

    If we use the Lord's name in vain, how can we be witnesses to others?

    As Christians, we need to set an example and not act or talk like the world.

    Extra! Extra! Print this Out

    To finish off this lesson, print out one of these 10 Commandment coloring page for the kids to color.


    Saturday, December 28, 2013

    Bible stories are great to teach your Sunday school kids about the word of God, but teaching them facts along the way are great too!

    It's amazing how often I set down to study my Sunday school lesson for my young class only to find I've learned two or three things I didn't know myself.

    I'm sure you've been there too.

    During this lesson, I hope you learn something as well as teaching your children in Sunday school this week.

    First Kings of Israel

    First King of Israel

    The people of Israel wanted a king, so God gave them Saul. One of the cool things about Saul was that he was secretly anointed by Samuel.

    The bible tells us that Saul was tall and handsome. When I think of a king, I think of a tall, handsome man, do you?

    Ask the kids in Sunday school what they think a king might look like. Wait for answers.

    If you have a crown or kingly clothes (maybe from a Christmas play), you could let the kids dress up like kings during the lesson or after. You could even play the "The King Game".

    When Saul was made king, the people were not sure if this was the king they really wanted. Over time, Saul proved to be an able king and the people accepted him.

    Of course, being a king is hard and sometimes kings make bad decisions.

    Ask the kids, "Do you remember David who killed the giant Goliath?"

    When Saul was upset, David would play a musical instrument called the lyre to sooth him. After David killed Goliath, David began to become popular with the people and Saul became jealous.

    Saul became so jealous he wanted to get rid of David. Jealousy is a bad thing and never leads to anything good.

    Ask the kids, "Have you ever been jealous?"

    We've all been jealous at one time or another of someone else. Think about it - maybe you've been jealous of someone's grade on a test. What about the clothes they were wearing? Maybe your friend plays football, but your parents won't let you? You could also be jealous of a brother or sister not getting in trouble when you think they should have.

    Jealousy comes in many forms and you have to watch out for it. Whenever you feel like you are jealous, stop and pray that God will help you.

    A Final Note on the Second King of Israel

    After many years, David became the second king of Israel. He was a great king and wrote many psalms in the bible. David not only killed Goliath and played the lyre, he also had seven older brothers which means he was the youngest.

    In most cases, when someone becomes king, it is the oldest son - not the youngest.

    In David's case, he was not only the youngest, but his father wasn't a king either. How could David have become king when his daddy wasn't a king?

    Wait for kids to answer.

    The answer is through God. As you've leaned before...for with God, nothing shall be impossible!

    David was king for 40 years and died when he was 70 years old.


    Monday, December 2, 2013

    So many Christmas traditions surround the holidays that often the true meaning of Christmas gets lost in the shuffle. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Christmas? Is it the lights, the presents, the hustle and bustle of Black Friday deals, getting together with family, Santa Claus, Christmas music, or old Christmas movies?

    The list could go on and on, but the first thing that should pop into our heads (and stay there) is the birth of Jesus.
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    Before beginning the Christmas story with your kids, set the scene a bit. Maybe you could say something like this:

    Imagine, it's a dark night and you are alone in your bed. You are awoke by a bright light. As you look around, you see someone in your room whom you've never seen before - an angel. You are scared. What should you do? Should you run or scream?

    The angel begins to speak to you and you calm down and know that this angel is bringing you a message from heaven - a message from God.

    This is what happened to Mary, Jesus' mother. She was scared, but thankfully she didn't run away.

    The Christmas Story

    Just like the scene above, Mary received a surprise visit from the angel Gabriel. The angel had come with a message from God.

    Gabriel first told Mary, 'Don't be afraid. I have good news for you'.

    You see, Mary was very special to God and needed her to be the mother of Jesus. Gabriel had come to tell her the news. Imagine - out of all the women (or girls) in Israel, Mary was the chosen one.

    Mary didn't understand how she could have a baby right now.

    Gabriel said, 'For with God, nothing shall be impossible!' (Luke 1:37 KJV)

    Mary didn't argue or say she didn't want to right now. Instead, she said, 'Whatever you say, I'll do.' (Luke 1:38 KJV)

    If only we would say, "Yes Lord, whatever you say, I'll do it." It can be hard especially if it means being nice to another child at school, minding mom or dad, or even not arguing with your brother or sister. We should all try to be more like Mary and do what God needs us to do.

    Gabriel also told Mary that her cousin, Elisabeth, was also going to have a son. This was also a miracle because Elisabeth was old and had never had any children. The bible tells us that Elisabeth's son was to be called John (later known as John the Baptist). His job from birth was to tell others about the coming Messiah (Jesus).

    Mary wanted to visit her cousin Elisabeth and set out on the journey to see her. Mary stayed three months before journeying back home to tell Joseph about the coming baby.

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    What Will Joseph Do?

    When Mary told Joseph about the angel's message from God and about the coming baby, Joseph was unsure of what to do.

    Should he still marry her?

    Joseph worried. One night while Joseph slept, Gabriel came to him in a dream. The angel told him not to be afraid to make Mary his wife. This dream was all it took for Joseph to marry Mary. You see, Joseph was to help Mary raise Jesus.

    The Road to Bethlehem

    During this time, Caesar Augustus decided that everyone that was under his rule should come to Bethlehem to be counted so that they could be taxed. (Be prepared to explain this if children ask what taxing or counted means.)

    Inside Bethlehem
    Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

    So, Joseph and Mary set off on their long journey to Bethlehem.

    When they arrived at the city, it was crowded because of all the other people who had traveled there to be counted. Every place was full. The bible tells us that there was no room for them in the inn.

    Where would they sleep? It was time for Mary to have baby Jesus. There were no hospitals. There wasn't even a room inside a house where she could lay. What would they do?

    Because there was no room in the inn, Mary delivered baby Jesus, wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger. We don't know if she was in a stable or a cave of some sort which was where stables normally were in those days. We believe this may have been the case, but the bible does not say. She may have given birth out under the stars.

    What We Can Learn

    The story of the birth of Jesus is surrounded with many wonders which goes along with the wonders of the Christmas holidays. There is so much we can learn, but for younger kids stick to the basics (below). For older kids, you can dig a little deeper into the story.

    We learn that no matter how scared we are if God needs us, we should be willing to obey - just like Mary. We also find that Jesus wasn't born in a fancy house or expensive hospital. He was born and laid in a manger. A manger is a place where the animals eat their food. It probably was dirty and smelt bad.

    Mary didn't have a warm soft blanket to wrap Jesus in either. Instead, she wrapped him in swaddling clothes. Swaddling clothes are strips of cloth that often were used to wipe down the animals with. Jesus didn't have expensive clothes. We often think we have to have the best clothes or the newest styles. If Jesus didn't have to have expensive clothes, we sure don't either.

    This holiday season, don't focus on how many toys or clothes you get. Instead, focus on the birth of Jesus and how many people you can tell the story to.