Jesus Can Help Anyone!
In Mark 7:32-37 we catch a glimpse of Jesus’ healing power when He heals a deaf man. The way in which Jesus chooses to heal the man is interesting. But I think it’s valuable to note that “Jesus took him away from the crowd to be alone with Him”.
Why? Why would Jesus choose to pull him away from the crowd rather than heal him in the midst of them? We can assume from the text that follows that Jesus doesn’t want the news of the healing to spread so maybe He thought the seclusion would help Him.
But I walk away reminded that healing comes when I pull away from the crowd to be alone with Him. I believe that is a truth we want to embrace as parents and teach our kids as they grow. This week, Create a Rhythm, by making time to pull away from the busyness of life and be alone with your Heavenly Father. When your child sees this pattern in your life then they grow up understanding it’s value.
Elementary (K-3rd grade)
In this week’s Bible story, Zacchaeus was a thief and considered a traitor to his people (Luke 19:1-10) when he met Jesus. When Zacchaeus trusted Jesus, he decided to change to an honest life. But to earn his community’s trust, he had to make things right by repaying everything he had stolen, and then some.
When we admit we have not been truthful, we can earn back others’ trust. Our Bottom Line is: when you are truthful and make things right, you build trust. So often we think it’s going to pay to tell a lie and cost to tell the truth, but really it often costs to tell a lie and pays to tell the truth.
Our memory verse this month is:
“An honest person has respect for the Lord.” Proverbs 14:2a, NIrV
Often our relationship with God helps us realize the areas in our life where we need more honesty. Apologizing to others and working to make things right not only builds trust with others, it shows our respect for God.
This week, Make it Personal, by inviting God to reveal to you where He wants you to be truthful and make things right. Allow your child to watch how you strive to grow in your relationship with God and others.
Club 45 (4th & 5th grade)
King of Kings
Week 3: The Resurrected King
Jesus Conquered Death to bring You Life.
At the point that Jesus was arrested the people believed He had come to save them, and the begin a new kingdom in Jerusalem. His disciples had placed all their hope in Jesus, and now He’s dead! If you were on of the disciples, how do you think you’d feel at this point?
When Jesus died, his followers were distraught, disappointed and scared.
You can only imagine their amazement with the events that unfold over the next 3 days.
This week, Make It Personal, by reading Matthew 28 and consider, “What do you think the disciples were thinking and feeling when Jesus was laid in the tomb?”