How One Voice Can Influence the Many

 

Do you ever look around and wonder how you can make a difference?

Do you ever wonder if you’ve made a mark on mankind?

Think about the people who made Stonehenge. They created something that everyone knows about and thousands go to visit every year. Those ancient people created something that lasted.

Have you ever been a part of something much greater than yourself?

Now that I am almost to my mid-forties, these are the questions that swirl around my head at times. Usually when some life-shattering event happens.

On Tuesday, March 21, something life-shattering happened. A blogging friend of mine, Mandy Kelly, lost her life in a house fire along with her husband and two of her four children. Mandy owned the blog Worshipful Living and she shared her thoughts on Special Needs Ministry here on FFS.

When I found out about her death I sat stunned and scrolled down, down, down through my Facebook feed as other blogger friends found out the news. Continue reading

Samuel, the Ark, and the Philistines Object Lesson

 

Samuel, the ark, and the Philistines Object LessonDo you ever blow the dice before a game? Does your favorite team rub a rock before charging down a hill to play football? What habits of “luckiness” exist around you? In this Samuel, the Ark, and the Philistines Object Lesson children will learn that God is not a good luck charm and that blessings come from obedience.

Focus Scripture: 1 Samuel 3-6

Materials: a “lucky” item, like a rabbit’s foot, or a ball cap

{The Bible Atlas and Companion is a fantastic resource. It has beautiful maps; and for this lesson there is a map and a picture of the ark of the covenant.}

Geography: Shiloh, Ebenezer, Ashdod, Gath, Ekron, Beth Shemesh

Background: During the years of the judges, there was great sin and darkness. Once Joshua died there was no leadership, no king, and no government. Each tribe did it’s own thing. The people fell into gross idolatry and gross immorality to the point that “everyone did what was right in their own eyes.” BUT God did not forget His promise to Abraham and He was at work through a young Moabite lady named Ruth. Through Ruth, God would bring about a king and THE King.

The Israelites had the tabernacle where the priests and levites ministered to God. But even there, God’s voice was silent because of the amount of sin in the land.

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The Book of Judges Object Lesson

 

The cycle of sin. What is it and how do we deal with it? This Book of Judges Object Lesson explains the cycle of sin and compares the Israelites’ cycle with our own.

JudgesScripture Focus: Judges 2:7-23

Materials: Paper plate (see images for labeling); Scissors; Print out 3-4 M.C. Escher pictures. I copied the image and then pasted it into a Word document. Because of copyright, I cannot give you those images. {This link takes you to the Escher Gallery.}

Geography: Israel

Background: Joshua and the Israelites were to take the Promised Land by entering westward over the Jordan River and then dividing the land in half. Then there would be a southern campaign and then a northern campaign to conquer all of the cities and peoples. Before he died, Joshua gave the nation a farewell address. He told the people to finish conquering the Canaanites. And to remember everything that they had seen the Lord do for them. He encouraged them to be strong and to obey the Lord. And then he warned the people to get rid of the idols in the land. In conclusion, Joshua challenged the people to choose: “Choose this day whom you will serve. As for me and my house we shall serve the Lord.Continue reading

Christian Parenting: The Remnant of Righteousness

 

I did not win the prize for Christian parenting this week. How about you? I lost my temper…again. I forgot to do morning devotionals with my kids…again. And I’m sitting here typing this on my computer instead of dealing with some relationship squabbles among my kids.

menant of righteousnessSome days it is easier to hide from the world than adult.

I wonder if Moses and Joshua felt that way when dealing with the Israelites? I bet they did. Moses struck a rock out of frustration one day instead of speaking to it as God told him to. He probably wanted to crawl into a hole after that.

Joshua? I think he focused on winning battles instead of dealing with people.

I find it encouraging to know that the men and women of the Bible had issues.

And WOW does the Book of Judges show us the sin issues of humanity!

Once Joshua and the elders died, the people turned away from God. All it took was one generation of not teaching the children about the Lord and BOOM, and the next generation did not know God.

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Follow Jesus Object Lesson

How do we follow Jesus? We look for the signs! God has given us several tools so that we can hear His voice and have a personal relationship with Him. Unfortunately, there are lots of things that can distract us. Our job is to discern what is distracting us and focus on the voice of God.

Scripture Focus: Begin your lesson by reading this verse straight from the Bible. “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 ESV

* If you are doing this lesson with older students, you may want to discuss this verse in depth. Today’s society thinks there are lots of ways to get connected to God. You could make a list of them and discuss why they are actually not the true way to connect to God. This may take a bit of research and knowledge of world religions. If you choose to use this lesson at the beginning of a unit on following Jesus, this will give you more time to research.

Materials:

  • Things that represent drawing closer to Jesus {bibles, memory verse cards, church bulletins, hymnals, Bible journals, pictures from Bible stories, etc.}
  • Things that might represent drawing away from Jesus. {These things don’t have to be inherently evil, just things that might draw our attention away from God if we let them—pretend money, technology items, different kinds of music, popular magazines, candy, clothing, or anything else that could distract a child.}
  • A Jesus Sign–This can be “Jesus” written on a piece of paper or even a picture.

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