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November 15, 2020

Good morning my friends!

 today's lesson:

“every home a house of praise”

Your home, a place of heavenly encounter and a mission from heaven to earth!

 

REAL REST: LET’S YOU BE YOU AND GOD BE GOD!

 

So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. For all who have entered God’s rest have rested from their labours, just as God did after creating the world. So let us do our best to enter that rest. Hebrews 4:9-11

Bible Story: Read

Acts 27 to 28:10 -Paul Ship wrecked, Jesus magnified!

November 22, 2020

Confident: 

God wants you to live your life in Christ and let Him do what only He can do.

First, soak to "Eye of the Storm" by Ryan Stevenson.

THEN: Play charades. When it's your turn come up with an example of how God wants you to live your life then act it out.

Examples are pray, lend a hand... etc.......

Connected:   

Our biggest “job” on earth is to stay connected with God!

Let's build a ship like in today's story. First start by printing out the ship template below

Instructions for building the sailing ship:

1. First, color the boat. Put your name on the bottom of the boat. Do not color where it says, "Glue"

then you can color the fish or go right to step 2.

2. Cut out the boat and both sail parts on the heavy lines. It's pretty easy.

3. Fold both the sails on all the dashed lines.

4. Put glue on the rectangle that says "glue"

5. The 2 sail pieces will become one sail: Overlap the matching end piece from the other sail all the way to the dashed line. This makes the bottom of the sail.

6. Put glue on the 2 triangle flaps that say "Glue"

7. Match the very top of the mast back-to-back from each side. Bring the matching unglued triangle flap over the glue on each side. Do it carefully. (there should be a slight space between the tops of the masts.)

8. Stand up the sail. If the sail leans, pull up the flaps and match them together better. (This is a good reason to use white glue instead of a glue stick)

9. Fold the boat base on all the dashed lines
10. Check that your folds are good-(for crisp folds, after you have folded it once, pinch your fingers along the fold and gently pull the paper through.).

11. Punch the hole in the bow and the hole in the stern
(back end and front of ship)

12. Glue the 4 flaps on the boat base

13.The rounded "Bow" flaps go under the sides at the front. The squarish flaps go under the sides at the back of the boat.

14. Get the sail. Put a little glue on the bottom of the sail - the part that it stands on. Put the entire sail in the boat! Center it side-to-side for good balance.

15. Get your string - at least 6 feet of it (maximum 9 feet) . Put the string through the bow, run it through the sail, and out the stern: Knot a loop at the end of the string out the stern. (To hang onto and keep from falling back through the ship)

  1. Glue 2 pennies in the boat, as shown, which can be said to be cargo, but they balance the ship. Center the pennies from side-to-side


     

17 Tape the Stern (Front)end of the string to the end of the table.

18. Crumple used paper into "Rocks" . Pile the reef rocks at the string at the table's end.

19. Pull your boat back to the loop end of the string.

20. Raise the string (The higher you raise it, the faster it will go)

Try to knock the rocks off the table.

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God does powerful things in our lives when we let go and let God.

Soak first to "Storm" by Jeremy Camp", then:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let's play charades again but with a twist. This time when it's your turn, ask God “how do you want to move in their life” (meaning the person your playing against) then act it out. Prophetic charades

For parents: November 22, 2020

Reflection:

Every home a house of praise!

 

What if God wants to do more for us than he wants us to do for Him? I’m going to risk saying religion makes us think its about us working for God. What if instead of us working for God, God is looking for the opportunity to work in and through us—for us.

 

Sometimes I think we struggle with how “normal” our lives are. The enemy of our soul condemns us, you should do more”. We get up, some of us eat, then go to work, or clean the house or care for the kids…once again… the day ends, we’ve worked hard, we eat, perhaps have energy for “one more” thing—then we are exhausted and ready to sleep, so we can do it all over again tomorrow. Where is the glory in that?

 

The glory comes from our relationship with Jesus! His Presence can fill our everyday. What if our biggest joy is to remain “in Him”? To enjoy Him. Talk with Him. Receive visions, little missions and experiences “in the spirit” that shape the world around us. May our relationship with Jesus be a source of glory amidst the daily routines —whether we sense it or not—make living in the spirit a priority and I know God will begin to move and reveal Himself in ways we never dreamed possible. Make Him our priority amidst the routine of our daily life. … COME ON, GETTER DONE—God wants to do great things just for YOU!

November 15, 2020

Good morning my friends!

 today's lesson:

“every home a house of praise”

Your home, a place of heavenly encounter and a mission from heaven to earth!

 

REAL REST: Real Honest with God.

 

So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. For all who have entered God’s rest have rested from their labours, just as God did after creating the world. So let us do our best to enter that rest.

Hebrews 4:9-11

Bible Story: Read

Peter Lives Life “real” honest with Jesus.

Confident: Because of Jesus we are free to be “real” honest with God!

Here is a great children’s story about being honest. As you tell this story, have someone come to stand beside you and have them hold the end of a piece of string or yarn. Each time Ben tells a lie in the story, have that person turn around once making the string wrap around them.

THE LIE

Once there was a boy named Ben. One day Ben’s parents were away. Ben was babysitting his little brother, Austin, who was two years old. All of a sudden Ben began to feel hungry. He looked around for something to eat. His mother kept nuts and chocolate chips on a shelf in the cupboard. She had told Ben that he must never get into things that were on her “baking shelf.”

When his mother returned, she noticed that her chocolate chips were half gone! “Ben, did you get into the chocolate chips?” she asked. Ben felt uncomfortable. He knew if he told the truth he would be punished. Ben needed a way out of this mess.

Ben said, “No, mother, it was Austin. I am sorry I didn’t watch him more closely.” Ben’s mother said, “There will be no cookies for either of you this week. I am sorry this happened.” (WRAP THE STRING)

Ben ran outside to play. He felt relieved. He needed a way out, and he had found one. The lie had saved him from being punished.

In the next few weeks, Ben used lie after lie to help him avoid trouble, but he never felt right.

One day Ben broke a rule by going to the store during recess. He was late getting back to class. “Where have you been?” asked Ben’s teacher. “Nowhere,” said Ben. Emily giggled, “I bet you went to the store.” “I did not,” said Ben. “I lost my bouncy ball and I was trying to find it!” (WRAP THE STRING)

In the days that followed, Emily began to tell on Ben when he did things wrong. He lied more and more often. (WRAP THE STRING)

One day he said, “All of my troubles are Emily’s fault. I wish she would keep her mouth shut!” (WRAP THE STRING) Now Ben was lying to himself.

Ben was always in trouble. “Everyone picks on me,” he thought. (WRAP THE STRING) He felt sorry for himself.

Ben’s self-pity justified many things. He teased Emily and called her ugly names. (WRAP THE STRING) He stole some money from the pocket of a first grader’s coat. (WRAP THE STRING) He copied Julie’s paper during a test at school. (WRAP THE STRING) Ben felt more and more unhappy.

MORAL OF THE STORY: One lie always leads to another. How quickly we can become trapped by our lies.

If we do find that we have lied, we need to quickly repent and make things right.

*Optional: Ask what Ben could do to make things right and as answers are given, unwrap the string from around the person

Connected:   Your willingness to be real honest with Jesus will keep you connected with God.

Honesty Dice Game: Get a dice. Take turns rolling it. Match up the number you roll to the sheet below. Then answer the matching question. Take turns rolling the dice and answering questions.

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Powerful:  Live life real honest with Jesus and God will use Holy Spirit to free your heart and life to become more and more like Jesus’… wow! (being transformed)

 

Option #1:At the top of a blank peice of paper, write:

Jesus Disciples Homework Sheet

“come and follow me,” Jesus said, “and i will make you fishers of men” Matthew 4:19

 

This week I am going to follow Jesus by:

 

 

~then brainstorm and make a list of all the ways you can. Examples are pray for someone/help someone/tell a friend about God

 

Option#2

print out and do the maze below

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For parents: November 15, 2020

Reflection:

Every home a house of praise!

 

I love Peter in the Gospels. This is someone who lives honest with Jesus throughout the pages. His honesty makes his relationship with Jesus real.Jesus rebukes him, challenges him, LOVES HIM! And Jesus loves you too!!! So know you too get live “real honest” with God—folks this is real rest, no pretending necessary…none at all.

 

This is not to say, it’s always easy to “live honest” with God and others. Above i highlight some of Peter’s honest moments. But it wasn’t always easy for him either. Peter struggled, so will we. Don’t give up, stay honest and let Holy Spirit do what only He can do, make your heart more like Jesus’.

 

This week let’s read Galatians Chapter 2 and Philippians Chapter 1and 2!

November 8, 2020

Good morning my friends!

 today's lesson:

“every home a house of praise”

Your home, a place of heavenly encounter and a mission from heaven to earth!

 

REAL REST: BRINGS HEAVEN TO EARTH!

 

So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. For all who have entered God’s rest have rested from their labours, just as God did after creating the world. So let us do our best to enter that rest.

Hebrews 4:9-11

 

In Christ, your life is a gateway to the kingdom heaven, an open door a heavenly portal, an open heaven….

 

Bible Story: Read

 Acts 12:1-16 Peter’s escape from prison…..

Confident: 

Your relationship with Jesus brings heaven to earth.

 

Opportunity: take a moment to soak to House of Miracles:

Powerful: 

What Jesus gives me from heaven is exactly what I need to live my life on earth!

Take a moment. Say “God I trust that you will provide EXACTLY what I need right NOW!!!

Play the song “on earth as it is in heaven” by Red Rocks Worship:

As the song is playing run around the house finding random craft supplies or things you could use for a craft. Even if it doesn't make sense right now, just grab them. When the song is over, use the supplies to make a craft or a picture of something that you NEED. God provides!

Connected:   Jesus connects your world to His to his world->Heaven!

 

If you have the “connect four” game at home, pull it out and play. As your putting the chips in the top, think of it as God inserting things from heaven and letting them “drop down” to earth. If you don't have the game at home no sweat! Print out the game below and play that way. Instead of just thinking about what he's dropping from heaven, you can write them on the spots!

For parents: November 8, 2020

Reflection:

Every home a house of praise!

 

If your a reading a chapter a week from Colossians, read, ponder and talk to God about Chapter 3 this week.

 

Many years ago i used a phrase that i think helps us understand today’s message. In Christ, you are “a glory magnet”. Your faith in Him attracts the kingdom of heaven. Your relationship with Jesus opens you up to the Heavenly realm (Hebrews 10:20-22). Read Colossians 3 and allow Holy Spirit help you to “set your eyes on the realities of Heaven!”

 

Spend time in His Presence and remember:Your relationship with Jesus brings Heaven to earth, Jesus connects your world to His world->Heaven. What you get from Heaven is what you need for life on earth,!

November 1, 2020

Good morning my friends!

 today's lesson:

“every home a house of praise”

Your home, a place of heavenly encounter and a mission from heaven to earth!

 

REAL REST: BRINGS REAL FREEDOM!

 

So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. For all who have entered God’s rest have rested from their labours, just as God did after creating the world. So let us do our best to enter that rest.

Hebrews 4:9-11

if the son sets you free, you are free indeed! John 8:36

 

Bible Story: Read

Acts 9:3-19 Paul’s Conversion moment

Confident: 

Knowing Jesus we trust God to turn bully’s into buddy’s.

 

Opportunity: take a moment to soak to House of Miracles:

Connected:   When God makes a bully a buddy you can share your God stuff together.

 

Opportunity: Know any bully’s? Write a “Prayer for a Bully”. One day you might share God stuff with a former bully.

Powerful: God uses Jesus and heavenly power to ruin a bully into a buddy.

 

Opportunity: Let’s invite God to do in the lives of bully’s what he did for Paul. Take the prayer you have written.Place in in the centre of you room.  Close all the blinds. Stand by the light switch.Turn off the lights. And in thedark pray something like this: God just like you showed Paul how amazing and powerful your love is, Jesus will you meet and bless this bully with your love!   Then “turn on the light!!!!” Just like God did for Paul.

 

 

EXTRA ACTIVITES:

Print the little story book of todays story (see attachment). Cut them into cards and place them face down. Mix them up and then put them back in order. If you have a parent or a sibling around, try to challenge them by taking turns and seeing who can get them in the correct order first.

Then, try doing the same thing but this time have someone hold a peice of wax paper up in front of your face. Just like the Scales on Sauls eyes.

For parents: November 1, 2020

Reflection:

Every home a house of praise!

 

What God did for the Christian community with Paul, God can do for you, make a bully a buddy. God has done this probably more than once in my life. I can remember two moments in particular one in Grade 3 and one as an adult. Trust me when God makes a bully become a buddy, that’s real rest, real freedom.

 

My prayer is that all of us would begin to grasp the magnitude of the freedom Jesus has bought for us on the cross. There is a “new” life to be lived as “children” of God.  Paul learned this first hand. And Jesus, not Adam, is our model.

 

For your own personal devotions this month read a chapter from Colossians 1 per week or 1 chapter every day for the next 4 weeks. Or dive into the book of Hebrews! (Read Colossians 1&2 this week)

 

Invite Holy Spirit to take you deeper into the truth of who your are in Christ and what that means for your prayer life. Trust me, go joyfully into the presence of God in prayer and you will begin to experience the glory of God in your everyday life.   And the everyday people you meet will know God’s glory too!  Simply because they know you!

October 25, 2020

Good morning my friends!

Happy September, today's lesson:

“every home a house of praise”

Your home, a place of heavenly encounter and a mission from heaven to earth!

 

Real Rest: “You were made for this!”

 

So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. For all who have entered God’s rest have rested from their labours, just as God did after creating the world. So let us do our best to enter that rest. Hebrews 4:9-11

 

Bible Story: Read

Luke 10:38-42 Story of Mary and Martha. Mary’s priority—“listening to what [Jesus]” has to say...

Confident: 

God loves spending time with you and real rest comes from spending time with God.

Make a GOD space: Use cushions, lights, drapes and even a pop up tent! Get comfy!!!!

.In your “god space” grab a journal and pen, something to listen to music with..........

Soak to :

I am they-”lift my eyes “

Just lay there and listen to what he has to say. Feel free to journal or just soak.

Connected:  

Live on the other side of the cross, live in God’s presence everyday….

family leap frog to “get to the other side”. Take turns “leaping” over each other. Before you leap over each member of your family think of an obstacle that's tried to stop you. Then as you leap over them, picture yourself as you have come to the other side of the obstacle....and stayed there.

Powerful: 

Jesus believes your willingness to spend time with Him is one of the best things you can do with your time!

 

To help us focus, let's make Reflection bottles!

You will need:

empty water bottle

glitter glue (or glitter and WARM water)

 

*Pour some glitter into a plastic bottle and fill the bottle with water. Put the lid on TIGHTLY
Shake the bottle and watch! Sometimes it’s hard to sense God’s presence. Our prayer is that you will discover how much joy God experiences when you spend time with Him. But for when God seems far away and in those times when it’s hard to sense how much God is delighted to be with you, go get your reflection bottle. Take it to your God space, maybe that's your room. Make sure to grab a flashlight. Then turn off your lights, shake the bottle and shine your flashlight at the bottle. Watch the water swirl and the sparkle! And as you watch, remember it is you who stirred up the water and who chose to light up the heavenly sparkles.  It’s you who causes God to “dance” with joy! Yes, you, spending time with Him makes Him sparkle and dance with Joy! Heavenly joy!

For parents: October 25, 2020

Reflection:

Every home a house of praise!

 

As mentioned last Sunday, Donna’s message sets the stage for our message series over the next few weeks.  Her message title again was, “AT THE CROSS. BEYOND THE CROSS. NO RELIGION!

 

Today we want to celebrate the fact that in Christ you are made for God’s Rest. There is a “special rest” talked about in the book of Hebrews that is just for you!

 

In different ways over the years I have tried to help my kids learn how to rest, to be still and to just “be” in God’s presence. For a season I’d take the kids to a favourite camping spot once a year. I love the big cliffs overlooking a lake you can’t see across. The vast expanse of blue always helped me to connect with the eternal nature of God. And so i’d encourage them to sit silently on the cliff’s edge and be still. Two things I hoped they would learn. One, how to just value and appreciate the wonder of God’s creation. I also hoped they would learn what I consider to be an essential life skill. To have a “tool” for the days ahead that will help them find supernatural courage, strength, clarity, and peace of mind amidst the business and often chaotic hard to understand realities of life. What life skill or “tool” am I talking about? Learning how to rest. And I would add, learning how to rest in God’s Presence.

 

By rest we are talking about doing life in God Presence, trusting fully in what he has accomplished for us in the Cross of Jesus. What God has desired for us, before the foundation of the world, Jesus makes possible through his life, death, resurrection, ascension and the out pouring of the Holy Spirit.

 

Let’s go deeper, let’s go beyond the cross! We say “beyond the cross” because sometimes we can get stuck in the necessity of the cross. By stuck we simply focus on the power of sin and the need to overcome it. We then forget that the necessity had a purpose. It was necessary to deal with the power of satan, sin and death. But once that is accomplished “once and for all time” what’s next? We’re saying, “life beyond the cross”, or on the other side of the cross. In short, doing life in God’s Presence.

 

With the notion of “every home a house of praise” God is extending an invitation to all of us to let our homes be places where we help our family learn what it is to rest. Because when we learn to Rest, we discover it’s God’s pleasure to move mysteriously in our lives to advance His Kingdom. This rest is key to fulfilling the mission Jesus gives us to bring Heaven to earth, allowing others to experience His goodness.

 

What a privilege we have as parents to set the stage for a life lived in the presence of God. Let’s continue as best we can to instil the priority that Jesus and the author of Hebrews point to —choose to value God’s Presence amidst our everyday lives and the everyday people we rub shoulders with… everyday.

October 11, 2020

Good morning my friends!

Happy September, today's lesson:

“every home a house of praise”

Your home, a place of heavenly encounter and a mission from heaven to earth!

 

What inspires Jesus to give thanks?

Bible Story: Luke 10:17-24 The return of the Disciple from a Jesus Mission.

Confident: Father God, Holy Spirit, your faith in Jesus, impossible   

                          situations and the cross all inspire Jesus to give 

                          thanks to God!

 

Hey what are things that inspire you to give thanks to God?  

 

Why do you think your faith in Jesus makes him give thanks to God?

Connected:  Where in the Bible do we see and hear Jesus gives 

                                thanks to God?  Get connected, read His Word!

 

Here are the moments in Scripture that Jesus gives thanks:

 

  1. Thanking the Father: “because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes” (Mt 11:25).

 

2. Saying this same phrase again with thanks in (Lk 10:21).

 

***Note: Some versions use “praise” instead of “thanks” for these first two.

 

3. Before feeding the 4000 (Mt 15:36)(Mk 8:6).

 

4. Before feeding the 5000 (Jn 6:11).

 

5. Before raising Lazarus from the dead (Jn 11:41).

 

6. Before sharing wine at the Passover meal (Lk 22:17-18).

 

7. Before breaking bread (Lk 22:19), and sharing wine (Mt 26:27)(Mk 14:23) at The Last Supper.


Family Conversation:  What are ways that we make our home a house of praise, a 

                                  place of giving God thanks?

Powerful: Thank God for the Cross!  Yes, the Lord’s supper is a 

     powerful thing!

 

Take Communion Together and Thank God for what Jesus did on the cross!

 

The Truth about the cross that we thank God for:

 

Jesus carries our weaknesses and the stuff that makes us sad.

 

He was Pierced for our rebellion

 

He was Crushed for our sins

 

He was Beaten so we could be made whole.

 

He was Whipped so we could be healed.

 

“the Lord laid on him, the sins of us all….”   Isaiah 53:4-6

 

Communion Thank God for what Jesus did on the cross!  Knowing how God was going to use Jesus death, Jesus gave God Thanks!  Knowing God did what Jesus knew He would do, is cause for celebration!  

 

Take time this thanksgiving to share communion with one another and be inspired to thank God, just like Jesus!

 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

3 Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart…   Hebrews 12:1-3

 

 

May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  Colossians 1:11-14.

For parents: October 11, 2020

Reflection:

Every home a house of praise!   

 

 

Have you ever wondered what inspired Jesus to give thanks?  

 

This Thanksgiving, connect with God’s Word to see what inspired Jesus to give God thanks.  As you take time in the Word, take time to reflect on these things.  Knowing what inspired Jesus to be thankful, do the same, just like Jesus, give thanks to God!

September 27, 2020

Good morning my friends!

Happy September, today's lesson:

“every home a house of praise”

God has “God people” who are just for you!

 

 

“God people”  =  are the people God puts in your life to help you live for Him!

Confident: God has “God people” just for you!

 

Read:   Acts 12:1-17   Peter and his God People!

 

What is God teaching you about “God-People” in this story?  (kids give their own answers)

 

 

God People in a hat:  

 

-Get a bunch of scrap pieces of paper.

-Have kids draw a picture or write the name of one God Person in their life.

-Parents do the same.

-Pass the hat around to each person and each person gets a paper with a name on it .

-Once everyone has a piece of paper take turns reading the name on the paper.

-Have your group try to guess whose God Person it is.    

-Ask the person who drew the picture or wrote the name to share examples of how God has used their God Person to help them keep them living for God.

-Then whoever pulled the name out of the hat, say a prayer for the person on the paper.

-Take time throughout the week to pull a name out of the hat and pray for that person.

Connected:  Parents can be your “God People” too!

 

Opportunity to connect:  Have a little family chit chat around this question.

 

Do you think God wants parents to be “God People” for their kids?   Why? or Why not?

 

Scripture Treasure Hunt:  

 

On sticky notes (or equivalent)  place some or all of  these Scriptures {the book, the chapter and the verse(s)}  in different rooms around the house.

Deuteronomy 6:7-9

Luke 18:15-16

Ephesians 6:1-3

Luke 2:48

Ephesians 6:4

Psalm 78:5-8

Deuteronomy 4:9-10

3 John 4

Proverbs 22:6

Acts 2:39

Joshua 4:21

Luke 1: 30-31 & 38

Matthew 1:20-21

Malachi 4:6

Proverbs 17:6

 

 

-Parent(s) and Kid(s) team up some way, grab a bible and a personal journal and go on a treasure hunt:

 

-See how many of the scriptures you can find throughout the house.

 

-When you find the sticky note or paper in the room with the bible verse on it - find it in your bible, read it out loud, then write it in your journal.

 

-When all the scriptures are found.  Ask the question again, “do you think God wants parents to be “God People” for their kids.  Why? or Why not?

Powerful: God does amazing things when your God 

                 People pray for you! 

 

Break Through — get a newspaper and have Parent’s Hold it wide open —- say a prayer for “break-through” for their kids and then let them “break-out” through the paper!

 

It’s a prophetic act of the power of God people praying for you.

 

Make sure yo take a picture of your child’s “break-through” moment and save it for the family “album”.

For parents: August 27, 2020

Reflection:

Every home a house of praise

 

 

“God people” …. God puts people in our life.   “God People are those people God uses to help you and I  

                            live for  God every day!

 

As I write this, I am preparing to take my future son-in-law to meet the men who lead me to Jesus Christ 37 years ago.   I want him to meet and know as many of my God People as he can.  Why?  Because I pray he too will experience the value of having God People in your life.  I consider it an essential blessing. These people are a blessing to our lives.  If we steward it well, having them in our lives will allow us to experience the fullness what it is to do life in Christ throughout all our days!  

 

Plant the seed today in your family, “God People” are important.   Peter in the story we read from Acts knew the value of God people.  Where was the first place he went after being miraculously set free from prison?   He went to see his God People.   And what had his God people been doing before he got there?   Praying for him!   

 

Wouldn’t it be amazing if all our kids could see how God would love for them to have God People in their lives.  Even more amazing, that one day they too can see and experience that parents can be part of  their “God-People” too …  The Scriptures above reveal to us this is God’s heart!

 

Reflecting on Deuteronomy 6:7-9 Bill Johnson says this,

 

You teach your children when you sit, walk, lie down and rise up.  In other words, the time to teach is when you are experiencing life together.   Instead of only creating a slot of teaching time, make life itself a lesson.  A word of warning—preachy-type instruction gets old fast.   But when we embrace the adventure called life and we discover it together, every occasion is the perfect occasion for learning insight and skills.  p. 39  Raising Giant Killers.

 

Just like God gives us faith to believe, God People are the people God gives to us to help us live for Him.  How do we find them?  Keep the eyes of your spirit open.  Pay attention to who God puts in your path.  Be aware of what God is saying to you throughout the day as people come and go.  Then get to know, pray for and become a God Person to these God People.  Doing this will not only be a blessing to them, it will become a blessing to you!

 

Just a closing thought, if it true what Bill says, that “every occasion is the perfect occasion”,  then perhaps every person might be a person God can use to help us draw closer to Him and live in Him more deeply …. hmmm.   :)   Bless your week!

September 20, 2020

Good morning my friends!

Happy September, today's lesson:

“every home a house of praise”

Connected:  Jesus loves to bless young people!

Opportunity to connect: With your parent(s) take a moment to read our Bible Story today! Read: Mark 10:13-16

 

A time of Blessing!

 

Parents take some time to share with each of your children, how God uses them to reveal the Kingdom of God (God’s ways, God’s truth and God’s life)! Help them understand how valuable they are to you and to God

Powerful: Kid’s lead the way into the Kingdom of God!

 

 

Opportunity to lead:Kid’s take a moment to share with your parent (s) how they help you become a child of God! See Romans 14:17.

 

How do you parents make you laugh?

 

How do you parents comfort you when you are sad?

 

How do you parents nurture and strengthen you when you make a poor choice?

 

Take a moment to bless your parent (s), thanking God for how they help you to be a child of God..

Confident: Trust Jesus and God will use your life to teach adults about the Kingdom of God!

 

  Set up an obstacle coarse around your house. Then get your parent or sibling to close their eyes. Next, using only your words guide them through the coarse (examples: take 3 small steps, take 2 big jumps). The person your leading has to trust you as you “teach” them the right steps. To make it even more of a challenge, you could put a few objects that can help teach us about God (like a bible, music, etc..) in the obstacle coarse that they have to pickup and guess what it is by feeling it.

For parents: August 20, 2020

Reflection:

Every home a house of praise! Your greatest opportunity for growth…valuing children!

 

Reflect on these thoughts Bill Johnson provides in his book about raising children. Next spend some time chatting with God about these things. Invite Holy Spirit to bless your heart as you too seek to enter and live-in the Kingdom life God that wants for you.

 

We pay attention to those we lead, and at times we follow them. We hear, feel and value their perspective on things. But Jesus took this concept to a whole new level, as He intensified significantly the instruction for us to operate in humility. He exalted the role of children in the eyes of all who follow Him. ….

 

Jesus taught his disciples that they had to become like a child. Their ability to lead was connected to their ability to follow. And while they were obviously followers of Jesus, He directed their attention to follow the lead of children…..

 

Parents who are unwilling to learn from their children are missing their greatest opportunity for growth. Pride and arrogance often work to keep us from our God moments in disguise. Parents with Pride and arrogance issues are usually the mostly likely to create an atmosphere where they are the boss and in charge, but no one is following joyfully….

 

Children love adventure, easily forgive, are resilient, have an insatiable appetite for learning, value simple things, laugh throughout the day, imitate others without inhibition and are humble. These traits bring them into the highest place of honour, as Jesus says, they are the greatest in His Kingdom…..

 

This really is astonishing. God’s Kingdom is filled with extremes in beauty, wonder, excellence and heroes. And yet the greatest in that lineup are children.

 

 

The beautiful thing is that everyone has access to this kind of greatness. It is the greatness of heart …

 

Jesus also taught us the importance of receiving children, which is to accept, value and celebrate them.There are two fruits or benefits to receiving a child that are worth noting.

 

First of all, …. if we receive a child, we receive Jesus. … Perhaps the more of Him we long for is found in the measure we receive children. ….

 

The second time He mentions children, (Mark 10), He connects it to our entrance into the Kingdom. …. We enter (the Kingdom) through this unusual door called, “welcoming and celebrating children into our lives.” …..

September 13, 2020

Good morning my friends!

Happy September, today's lesson:

“every home a house of praise”

First- lets start off by reading the Key Verse. Read it out loud once, then whisper it the second time. :

 

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.   Rev. 3:20   

Confident:   

Jesus sees your hunger for him.

 

He wants to come to your house today!  

 

And Jesus like the Father sends Jesus to your House. 

 

Jesus will send you to someone so they too can have Jesus in their home!

 

And just like Jesus, when a home becomes a house of praise, it’s time to celebrate!

 

Task 1:   Create your own House “fort”!!!!  

 

-from your own home, grab pillows, blankets, chairs… and make a house fort.

 

-once your fort or “house” is ready, invite your parent(s) into your “house”!

Connected: 

Jesus wants to see your house become a house of praise! 

 

Task 2:   With your parent(s) take a moment to read our Bible Story today!

 

Read:   Luke 19:1-10.  Jesus to Zacheaus, “I must stay at your house today!” v.5

 

Questions: 

 

-What are some questions that you have when you read the story?

 

-How did Jesus know Zacheaus’ name?

 

-Why did people think Jesus shouldn’t be with Zacheaus?

 

-Why did Jesus go to Zacheaus’ house?

 

-Jesus didn’t tell Zacheaus’ to do anything…why did he do what he did once Jesus visited him?

 

-Do you think the houses Zacheaus’ went to became houses of praise?

 

-Ask your parent(s), how has your encounter with Jesus changed you?

Powerful: 

Jesus celebrates the fact that when your house becomes a house of praise, it means someone else house is going to become a house of praise too!!!!

 

Task: PRAY TOGETHER!

 

Celebrate in some way, how Jesus has make your home a house of praise!

 

Tell God, with all that you are, you want to be like Zacheaus and do whatever it takes to be see Jesus in your life!

 

Then take a moment to prayerfully tell God, you are more then willing to see who it is you want to us to love and honour so that their house too, can become a house of praise!

For parents: September 13, 2020

Reflection:

We begin this fall with a reminder that Jesus People are a people on a mission.   People on a Mission with a God that wants to use their “home” as His mission Centre!   God wants to meet with us in our home.  And when He does, next thing we know God is using us to to see the world outside our doors begins to change!!!!   Why?   It’s all because God left the comfort of His home to come to our home so we might know Jesus!  

 

This all ties in with Jesus’ prayer in John 17.   I pray every family will continue to reflect on and talk to Jesus about John 17…   

 

How cool it is to be reminded of God’s heart for us to be one “in spirit” with God just like Jesus!  And to carry the same glory Jesus does as he sends us out into the world.  All the while trusting that others will experience and come to believe in Jesus as we reveal Jesus with others through Holy Spirit inspired acts of kindness.

 

To simplify what it is to be sent into the world as the Father sent Jesus we will be introducing this CCSC.   

 

Jesus invites us to “follow him”.  So let’s follow him as he teaches us to:

 

Call the Body of Christ to serve Pre-Christians like He does.  (Jn17:20-21)

 

Cultivate an infectious Holy Spirit filled lifestyle that flows from intimacy with God-FSHS!

 

Send people into the world to reveal the Father’s love just like He does!  (jn17:18)

 

God using our lives and the lives of the people who know us to reveal Jesus to others, 

         especially Pre-Christians.  (Acts 2)

 

Celebrate who God is and what God does!  (Lk10:21) 

 

 

To show the CCSC pattern in Jesus ministry I will begin by making the connection with the Story of Zacheaus from Luke 19:1-10.  

 

Jesus calls-  Zacheaus, “let’s go to your house”!

 

Jesus cultivates - a Holy Spirit inspired relationship, by responding to God’s call to go 

                            to Zacheaus’ house.   There he let’s Z be the host, loves on Zacheaus,       

                            valuing him, receiving from him for who he truly is, honouring him,   

                            etc, —

 

Without even saying a word, Jesus Sends: Zacheaus into the “world”. 

Zacheaus’ encounters Jesus and it’s obvious that Holy Spirit inspires him to love the world “outside” his house.  In turn Zacheaus reveals the Fathers love to the world!!!!

 

 

This totally thrills Jesus as we see him celebrate who God is and what God does in and through Zacheus’ life... “Salvation has come to this house today!”

 

 

Keep hungry for Jesus!  And stay ready for Holy Spirit to give you some to bless!

 

 

EVERY HOME, A HOUSE OF PRAISE!

August 30, 2020

Good morning my friends!

Happy Summer, today's lesson:

Becoming the people Jesus prays for!

First- lets start off by reading the Key Verse. Read it out loud once, then whisper it the second time. :

 

John 17:9

“My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. 

 

Now, let's read the Bible Story:

John 17!   

Confident:   JESUS IS PRAYING FOR YOU!!!

Watch the  Aug 30th video as Jeff has some actions to help you remember some “key ingredients” in Jesus’ prayer for us.   

 

See if you and your kids can use the actions to memorize this simple version of the prayer found in John 17.

 


1) Jesus is praying for you and I.

 

2) Jesus prays people become become one with God, Jesus & Holy Spirit!  Just like Him!

 

3) Jesus Prays that by the power of Jesus in us, we will be protected from the evil one.

 

4) Jesus prays that we will be filled with His Joy!

 

5) Jesus prays that we, will go into the world, to love people, just like he did!

 

6) Jesus prays not only for us, but for those who will believe because of us!!!!

 

7) Remember, 

 

Jesus gives us the same glory, God gave Him, so we can be one with God, Jesus, Holy Spirit!

 

That’s a good prayer!!!!!

Connected: BECOMING ONE WITH GOD, JESUS, HOLY SPIRIT!

Take 5-10 minutes and go around to everyone in your family and ask them what they think in response to this question:

 

Why do you think Jesus wants us to become one with God, to have God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit live “in us”? …..

Powerful: JESUS IS IN YOU TO GIVE!  

Let’s take all these ingredients.  Mix them together and make them one!   Then make little clumps of cookie dough on a tray.  Put them in the oven.  And “VOILA” - THE ULTIMATE FOOD: 

 

 

 

Jebus People Cookies

 

1/2 cup butter or margarine

1/4 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup chipits

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or coconut (Optional)  

 

Cream butter with white and brown sugar, till fluffy.

Add egg and vanilla and mix

Stir in flour, soda, salt

Stir in chipit and optional walnut or coconut

Bake @ 350degrees for 8-10 minutes

 

 

Take them out.  Let them cool!  Share them with others in your huggable circle!

 

Remember, JESUS IS IN YOU TO GIVE!  

 

SERVE OTHERS AND LET GOD REVEAL JESUS TO THEM THROUGH YOU!

For parents: August 9, 2020

Reflection:

I was 15 when I made the choice to say yes to Jesus! My Grandmother always said, “seek first the kingdom of God….”. Let’s try to encourage our kids to see the beautiful side of submission to a loving caring God. The truth is we will give our lives (submit) to something-toys, friends, family, peer pressure, greed, etc. … I think this story emphasizes that nothing and no-one has eternal value like what can be found in a life lived in relationship to Jesus. The Disciples knew this, my prayer is that so do we. Let’s pass it on.

 

 

John 6:68

Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life.

 

Hebrews 12:9

Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever?

 

Matthew 6:33

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

August 16, 2020

Good morning my friends!

Happy Summer, Today's lesson:

becoming submissive

First- lets start off by reading the Key Verse. Read it out loud once, then whisper it the second time. :

James 4:7-8a

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Come near to God and he will come near to you.

Now, let's read the Bible Story:

John 6:45-69. People in this story find Jesus teaching too hard - and so they leave. Those who remain “submit” to Jesus. They let Jesus have first place in their lives and decisions.

Confident: 

Surrendering our lives (submitting) to the love and power of God is a good thing.

Live for God Game: The point of this game is to teach children that if they want to live for God, then they need to be like Christ. Their lives should mirror Jesus’ life. Pair the children up and have them stand face to face with their partner. One child will be the leader and the other is the mirror. The mirror must try to mimic any movement that the leader makes. Challenge the children be a mirror as long as they are possible able. Say, right now we are just mirroring our friends, but in life we should try to be like a mirror of Jesus’ life. We should try to do what He did. Have the children switch places and play again.

Connected: 

My willingness to say yes to God keeps me in relationship with God.

 

Think of a time when you had something really hard to say “yes” to like riding a bike.

Take a blank piece of paper and draw a picture of yourself doing that, or write about it,but only use about half of the paper.

 

Next think of something you've done to keep your relationship with God like reading your bible, then draw a picture of it/write about that on the other half of the paper.

 

Then, to join the pictures, write the word YES or the phrase “I said YES” between the two

Powerful: 

Knowing Jesus, his words give eternal life.

Song suggestion: “God so Loved” by Hillsong Worship

During a time of soaking, ask God to give you “life giving” words. He has only GOOD things to say about you. Write them down. This week, try to remind yourself of these life giving words. Perhaps a parent could speak the words over you?

For parents: August 9, 2020

Reflection:

I was 15 when I made the choice to say yes to Jesus! My Grandmother always said, “seek first the kingdom of God….”. Let’s try to encourage our kids to see the beautiful side of submission to a loving caring God. The truth is we will give our lives (submit) to something-toys, friends, family, peer pressure, greed, etc. … I think this story emphasizes that nothing and no-one has eternal value like what can be found in a life lived in relationship to Jesus. The Disciples knew this, my prayer is that so do we. Let’s pass it on.

 

 

John 6:68

Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life.

 

Hebrews 12:9

Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever?

 

Matthew 6:33

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

August 9, 2020

Good morning my friends!

Happy Summer

This weeks lesson topic is: 

Becoming a Tongue Tamer

First- lets start off by reading the Key Verse. Read it out loud once, then whisper it the second time. :

James 1:26 “

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.”

Confident: 

God want us to use our tongue (speech) to speak into being the things of God.

Using apple slices(lips), mini marshmellow's (teeth), fruit roll up (cut into shape of tongue), and peanut/wow butter or icing (holds it together) make the mouth below.

As your making your mouth snack, think of different things in your life that didn't seem like “something of God” (example:yelling at your parent). Can you think of different ways God would have wanted you to act? What would he have wanted you to say??

Connected: 

Words that build up reveal our connection to Jesus, our Heavenly Father and Holy Spirit.

Ever played scrabble? Perhaps you've done a crossword. Think of words that build our connections, then insert them into the puzzle like the one I've started below

 

 

                                    h

                                    o

                                    l

                                    y

                                    s

                                    p

                       j             i

h e a v e n l y f a t h e r

                      s              i

                     u              t

                     s

Powerful: 

We want the “power of life” to flow from our tongue, the words we speak.

First draw a face shape onto a piece of paper. Next draw your eyes and nose.

Next make a long strip of paper about 2” wide.

Think of powerful or life giving words (such as strong, kind, caring) and write them down the strip of paper.

Once it's full, tape the end to where your mouth would go.

Next, use a pencil to roll the paper up (this will help to make it curl.)

Now you can gently unroll the tongue- see the power of life!!!!!!!!

For parents: August 9, 2020

Reflection:

James doesn’t necessarily paint a very pretty or hopeful picture of the power of the tongue. His words do stress the importance of learning to “control” the tongue The passage from proverbs reminds us that the tongue can however be a source of blessing and life.That’s my prayer. God may the words from my mouth bring life not death!

 

 

Proverbs 18:21

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

 

Colossians 4:6

Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.

 

Ephesians 4:29

29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

James 1:26

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.

 

James 3:1

[ Taming the Tongue ] Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

 

 

James 3:5

Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.

 

James 3:6

The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

 

James 3:8

but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison

 

1 Peter 3:10

 For the Scriptures say,

“If you want to enjoy life

    and see many happy days,

keep your tongue from speaking evil

    and your lips from telling lies.

 

 

Proverbs 10: 19

 

Proverbs 15:4

 

Proverbs 12:18-19

August 2, 2020

Good morning my friends!

Happy Summer

This weeks lesson topic is: 

Becoming wise / becoming a doer combined with encouraging, teaching, leading

First- lets start off by reading the Key Verse. Read it out loud once, then whisper it the second time. :

James 3:13

If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.

Now let's READ it!!

Bible Story:

Matthew 7:24-29 House built on a solid foundation

Confident: 

It’s wise to do what Jesus teaches us to do.

To help us remember the story we just read, and the remind us to have a “rock solid base”, try to go on a nature walk and pick a rock. As you are looking, think of all of the things that you can do to get a rock solid base for your faith (reading the bible, going to church). When you've found a rock, take it home and decorate it if you'd like using paint, stickers, etc... Then find a string or ribbon and wrap it around the rock, then make the cord long enough to be a necklace. Wear it to help you remember the story. Use the pictures below to help you get ideas

Powerful: 

God will bless you for doing it, “looking carefully into the perfect law that sets you free!”

While listening to the song and  do the worksheet below

Connected: 

To know Jesus, is to trust Jesus, is to follow in his footsteps and live like him.

Have you ever played “the floor is lava”??????? It's a game where you run and jump from spot to spot pretending that the floor is lava, and if you touch it.... ouch........ Let's play!!!!! find some pieces of paper. Write on each piece of paper one of the ideas you came up with on your nature walk for building your faith. Once done, space them out far enough you have to leap to each paper. As you land on the paper, yell out the example written on it. Remember the space between the paper is lava!!!!! Once you've been able to do it once without touching the floor space out the papers a bit more and try it again.

For parents: August 2, 2020

Reflection:

James 1:22-25

22But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

 

James 3:13-18

13 If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. 15 For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. 16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.

17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. 18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

 

Reflection:

To know Jesus is to trust Jesus. I think there is something powerful in that last sentence. Why do we do what Jesus “commands” us to do. Because we trust him. How do we keep growing in faith and faithfulness (obedience), the more we know him, the more we trust him. Makes me think of three old Hymns. The first proclaims “t’s so sweet to Trust Him”. There other tells me “there is no other way, than to trust and obey”. And lastly, “Jesus I need they every hour”. Yes to know Jesus, is to trust Jesus, is to follow in His footsteps. One more Hymn, “just a closer walk with Thee”. What a joy to pass on these truths to others that they too may follow in footsteps of Jesus as they learn to know him through know us.

 

Jesus is praying for you on this one: see John 17:20

July 26, 2020

Good morning my friends!

Happy Summer

This weeks lesson topic is: 

The Body of Christ

Laurie Langdon is continuing his message on The Body of Christ this Sunday and highlighting Holy Spirit’s Motivational Gifts.  He has provided another “Doodle Sheet” to challenge us.  I hope everyone is able to down load the attachments and get hints from Laurie’s message to solve his puzzle.

July 19, 2020