Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Redeemed

Redeemed
 Items needed: coupons
 Invite your kids to help you clip some coupons and redeem them at the store. Add up the amount saved with the coupons and use the money to buy a special treat (depending on the amount—ice cream, game, etc.) for your family.
 The company that made the product (Kellogg's, Proctor and Gamble, etc.) will redeem any coupons that have their name on them. They pay the amount printed on the coupon (25, 50 cents, or more) to the store. Then, the store pays that amount (or more, if your store doubles coupons).
 What does it mean to redeem something? (To pay money for it, to buy it back, etc.)
 The store redeemed our coupons by paying money for them.
 How did Boaz redeem Ruth? (He paid money to buy her family's land back so her family would have an inheritance)
 God made a rule that when a lady's husband died; his brother or other family member could marry her to keep the family name going (Deuteronomy 25:5-10). Boaz, who was related to her husband, was willing to pay whatever money was needed to be Ruth’s redeemer.
 Jesus Is Our Redeemer
 Items needed: slips of paper and a jar (to hold the slips)
 Make a new rule: Every time a child does something wrong, he or she must pay $10. If they don't have the money, they must put an IOU for $10 in the jar. Every time they disobey, talk back, act in unkind ways, fight, argue, complain, boast, steal, covet, lie, etc, make them put the money in or write their name on the IOU and put it in the jar. Probably by the end of the day, you will have quite a collection of IOU's!
 Gather everyone together and pour out the IOU's. Talk about how they broke the rule and should pay.
 We went our own way and sinned against God, so we had a big debt of sin to pay with no way to pay for our sins. God made the rule that sin had to be punished. He required that a payment had to be made for the sin of everyone in the world. The only way sin could be forgiven was if someone (who had never sinned) would give His life (blood) as the payment for sin.
 Who could (or would be willing) to do this? (Jesus)
 Rip up every IOU.
 God loves us and wanted to redeem us so He sent Jesus to pay the price for sin. Jesus was willing to give up His life to pay for our sins. He paid a very high price for us.
 Say a prayer of thanks to God for paying for our sins.

 Who Am I?
 Play the game “Who Am I?” to review characters from the Bible. (If your students use the D6 Curriculum, these will be the characters they have learned about this quarter.) Family members should take turns asking questions for the other members to guess the character.
 Joshua
1.   God chose me to be the new leader of the Israelites.
2.   I led the Israelites around the city of Jericho.
3.   I lived to be 110 years old.
 Rahab
1.   I helped some spies escape from the king's men.
2.   I knew God had given the land of Jericho to the Israelites.
3.   My family and I were the only survivors when the city of Jericho was destroyed.
 Achan
1.   Because of my action, 36 men died when the Israelites fought against the people of Ai.
2.   I disobeyed God by stealing things from the city of Jericho and hiding them under my tent.
3.   As a consequence for my disobedience, my family and I were killed.
 Gideon
1.   An angel appeared to me and told me I would be a hero.
2.   I asked for a sign that it was truly God speaking to me.
3.   I defeated the Midianite army with only 300 men.
 Samson
1.   I took a Nazarite vow.
2.   I am an enemy of the Philistines.
3.   I am a man of incredible strength.
 Delilah
1.   I am a woman.
2.   I am greedy and not very loyal.
3.   I convinced Samson to tell me the secret of his strength.

Ruth
1.   I chose to follow my mother-in-law.
2.   I was gathering food in a field when I met my future husband.
3.   After we married, we had a son whom we named Obed.
 Naomi
1.   My husband died so I decided to return to my homeland, Israel.
2.   I changed my name to Mara, which means bitterness.
3.   My daughter-in-law begged to stay with me.
 Boaz
1.   I own a large field.
2.   I am a kinsman-redeemer.
3.   I gave my sandal to my future wife's relative to show that I wanted to buy the property that belonged to her family.   

***If help is needed, write the names of all the people on a white board or piece of paper for them to look at and choose from.
**From the D6 Family**

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Animals in the Bible

Proverbs 12:10 tells us, "A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel."

        God made the animals, as well as man, on the sixth day of creation. When he was finished, He said that man was to reign over all the animals, fish, and every living creature that He had made. God brought the animals to Adam, and whatever name that Adam gave each animal, that was to be it's name. I think it's safe to assume that God is an animal lover.






  • Addax (Light-colored, large Saharan antelope) - Deuteronomy 14:5
  • Ant - Proverbs 6:6; 30:25
  • Antelope - Deuteronomy 14:5; Isaiah 51:20
  • Ape - 1 Kings 10:22
  • Bald Locust - Leviticus 11:22
  • Barn Owl - Leviticus 11:18
  • Bat - Leviticus 11:19; Isaiah 2:20
  • Bear - 1 Samuel 17:34-37; 2 Kings 2:24; Isaiah 11:7; Daniel 7:5; Revelation 13:2
  • Bee - Judges 14:8
  • Behemoth - (A monstrous and mighty land animal; Some say it's a mythical monster of ancient literature; Possible reference to dinosaurs.) Job 40:15
  • Buzzard - Isaiah 34:15
  • Camel - Genesis 24:10; Leviticus 11:4; Isaiah 30:6; Matthew 3:4; 19:24; 23:24
  • Chameleon - Leviticus 11:30
  • Cobra - Isaiah 11:8
  • Cormorant (large black water bird) - Leviticus 11:17
  • Cow - Isaiah 11:7; Daniel 4:25; Luke 14:5
  • Crane - Isaiah 38:14
  • Cricket - Leviticus 11:22
  • Deer - Deuteronomy 12:15; 14:5
  • Dog - Judges 7:5; 1 Kings 21:23-24; Ecclesiastes 9:4; Matthew 15:26-27; Luke 16:21; 2 Peter 2:22; Revelation 22:15
  • Donkey - Numbers 22:21-41; Isaiah 1:3; 30:6 John 12:14
  • Dove - Genesis 8:8; 2 Kings 6:25; Matthew 3:16; 10:16; John 2:16
  • Eagle - Exodus 19:4; Isaiah 40:31; Ezekiel 1:10; Daniel 7:4; Revelation 4:7; 12:14
  • Eagle Owl - Leviticus 11:16
  • Egyptian Vulture - Leviticus 11:18
  • Falcon - Leviticus 11:14
  • Fish - Exodus 7:18; Jonah 1:17; Matthew 14:17; 17:27; Luke 24:42; John 21:9
  • Flea - 1 Samuel 24:14; 26:20
  • Fly - Ecclesiastes 10:1
  • Fox - Judges 15:4; Nehemiah 4:3; Matthew 8:20; Luke 13:32
  • Frog - Exodus 8:2; Revelation 16:13
  • Gazelle - Deuteronomy 12:15; 14:5
  • Gecko - Leviticus 11:30
  • Gnat - Exodus 8:16; Matthew 23:24
  • Goat - 1 Samuel 17:34; Genesis 15:9; 37:31; Daniel 8:5; Leviticus 16:7; Matthew 25:33
  • Grasshopper - Leviticus 11:22
  • Great Fish (Whale) - Jonah 1:17
  • Great Owl - Leviticus 11:17
  • Hare - Leviticus 11:6
  • Hawk - Leviticus 11:16; Job 39:26
  • Heron - Leviticus 11:19
  • Hoopoe - Leviticus 11:19
  • Horse - 1 Kings 4:26; 2 Kings 2:11; Revelation 6:2-8; 19:14
  • Hyena - Isaiah 34:14
  • Hyrax (Coney or Rock Badger) - Leviticus 11:5
  • Kite - Leviticus 11:14
  • Lamb - Genesis 4:2; 1 Samuel 17:34
  • Leech - Proverbs 30:15
  • Leopard - Isaiah 11:6; Jeremiah 13:23; Daniel 7:6; Revelation 13:2
  • Leviathan - (Could be an earthly creature, crocodile; Some say it's a mythical sea monster of ancient literature; Possible reference to dinosaurs.) Isaiah 27:1; Psalm 74:14; Job 41:1
  • Lion - Judges 14:8; 1 Kings 13:24; Isaiah 30:6; 65:25; Daniel 6:7; Ezekiel 1:10; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 4:7; 13:2
  • Lizard - Leviticus 11:30
  • Locust - Exodus 10:4; Leviticus 11:22; Joel 1:4; Matthew 3:4; Revelation 9:3
  • Maggot - Job 7:5; 17:14; 21:26; Isaiah 14:11; Mark 9:48
  • Mole Rat - Leviticus 11:29
  • Monitor Lizard - Leviticus 11:30
  • Moth - Matthew 6:19; Isaiah 50:9; 51:8
  • Mountain Sheep - Deuteronomy 14:5
  • Mourning Dove - Isaiah 38:14
  • Mule - 2 Samuel 18:9; 1 Kings 1:38
  • Ostrich - Lamentations 4:3
  • Owl - Leviticus 11:17; Isaiah 34:15; Psalm 102:6
  • Ox - 1 Samuel 11:7; 2 Samuel 6:6; 1 Kings 19:20-21; Job 40:15; Isaiah 1:3; Ezekiel 1:10
  • Partridge - 1 Samuel 26:20
  • Peacock - 1 Kings 10:22
  • Pig - Leviticus 11:7; Deuteronomy 14:8; Proverbs 11:22; Isaiah 65:4; 66:3, 17; Matthew 7:6; 8:31; 2 Peter 2:22
  • Pigeon - Genesis 15:9; Luke 2:24
  • Quail - Exodus 16:13; Numbers 11:31
  • Ram - Genesis 15:9; Exodus 25:5
  • Rat - Leviticus 11:29
  • Raven - Genesis 8:7; Leviticus 11:15; 1 Kings 17:4
  • Rodent - Isaiah 2:20
  • Roe Deer - Deuteronomy 14:5
  • Rooster - Matthew 26:34
  • Scorpion - 1 Kings 12:11, 14; Luke 10:19; Revelation 9:3, 5, 10
  • Seagull - Leviticus 11:16
  • Serpent - Genesis 3:1; Revelation 12:9
  • Sheep - Exodus 12:5; 1 Samuel 17:34; Matthew 25:33; Luke 15:4; John 10:7
  • Short-eared Owl - Leviticus 11:16
  • Snail - Psalm 58:8
  • Snake - Exodus 4:3; Numbers 21:9; Proverbs 23:32; Isaiah 11:8; 30:6; 59:5
  • Sparrow - Matthew 10:31
  • Spider - Isaiah 59:5
  • Stork - Leviticus 11:19
  • Swallow - Isaiah 38:14
  • Turtledove - Genesis 15:9; Luke 2:24
  • Viper - Isaiah 30:6; Proverbs 23:32
  • Vulture (Griffon, Bearded, and Black) - Leviticus 11:13
  • Wild Goat - Deuteronomy 14:5
  • Wild Ox - Numbers 23:22
  • Wolf - Isaiah 11:6; Matthew 7:15
  • Worm - Isaiah 66:24; Jonah 4:7
Disclaimer: The below list  and articles are not my own, but from a site we use often called Christians Unite Kids
 
 A Note to Parents and Teachers: Each of these articles has a printable version, so that they can be used in Sunday School, homeschooling, or as a daily devotional. Choose the print icon http://kids.christiansunite.com/images/printfr.giflocated at the top right of each article page, to load a print version.







Building Christian Character in Kids



Do you want your children to mature into young men and women whose integrity makes them shine like stars? Do you want your kids to have great character — but you don't know how to help them become all that both you (and God) desire?

Remember little eyes are watching, so model by example

This is an excellent list of godly character qualities to use as you prayerfully
shepherd the hearts of your children to Christlikeness. These character qualities are a reflection of the regenerate heart and spirit. A new person being formed by God.  So as you see deficiency in your children we must point them to Christ for forgiveness and growth in grace. We want our children to realize that external character, obedience without a new heart is nothing but a works righteousness and legalism.

49 Godly Character Qualities

  1. Alertness vs.  Unawareness
    Being aware of that which is taking place around me so I  can have the right response to it (Mark 14:38)
  2. Attentiveness vs.  Unconcern
    Showing the worth of a person by giving undivided  attention to his words and emotions (Hebrews 2:1)
  3. Availability vs.  Self-centeredness
    Making my own schedule and priorities secondary to the  wishes of those I am serving (Philippians 2:20–21)
  4. Boldness vs.  Fearfulness
    Confidence that what I have to say or do is true and right  and just in the sight of God (Acts 4:29)
  5. Cautiousness vs.  Rashness
    Knowing how important right timing is in accomplishing  right actions (Proverbs 19:2)
  6. Compassion vs.  Indifference
    Investing whatever is necessary to heal the hurts of  others (I John 3:17)
  7. Contentment vs.  Covetousness
    Realizing that God has provided everything I need for my  present happiness (I Timothy 6:8)
  8. Creativity vs.  Underachievement
    Approaching a need, a task, an idea from a new perspective  (Romans 12:2)
  9. Decisiveness vs.  Double-mindedness
    The ability to finalize difficult decisions based on the  will and ways of God (James 1:5)
  10. Deference vs.  Rudeness
    Limiting my freedom in order not offend the tastes of  those whom God has called me to serve (Romans 14:21)
  11. Dependability vs.  Inconsistency
    Fulfilling what I consented to do even if it means  unexpected sacrifice (Psalm 15:4)
  12. Determination vs.  Faintheartedness
    Purposing to accomplish God’s goals in God’s time  regardless of the opposition (II Timothy 4:7–8)
  13. Dligence vs.  Slothfulness
    Visualizing each task as a special assignment from the  Lord and using all my energies to accomplish it (Colossians 3:23)
  14. Discernment vs.  Judgment
    The God-given ability to understand why things happen (I Samuel 16:7)
  15. Discretion vs.  Simplemindedness
    The ability to avoid words, actions, and attitudes which  could result in undesirable consequences (Proverbs 22:3)
  16. Endurance vs.  Giving up
    The inward strength to withstand stress to accomplish  God’s best (Galatians 6:9)
  17. Enthusiasm vs.  Apathy
    Expressing with my soul the joy of my spirit (I Thessalonians 5:16,19)
  18. Faith vs.  Presumption
    Visualizing what God intends to do in a given situation  and acting in harmony with it (Hebrews 11:1)
  19. Flexibility vs.  Resistance
    Not setting my affections on ideas or plans which could be  changed by God or others (Colossians 3:2)
  20. Forgiveness vs.  Rejection
    Clearing the record of those who have wronged me and  allowing God to love them through me (Ephesians 4:32)
  21. Generosity vs.  Stinginess
    Realizing that all I have belongs to God and using it for  His purposes (II Corinthians 9:6)
  22. Gentleness vs.  Harshness
    Showing personal care and concern in meeting the need of  others (I Thessalonians 2:7)
  23. Gratefulness vs.  Unthankfulness
    Making known to God and others in what ways they have  benefited my life (I Corinthians 4:7)
  24. Hospitality vs.  Loneliness
    Cheerfully sharing food, shelter, and spiritual  refreshment with those whom God brings into my life (Hebrews 13:2)
  25. Humility vs.  Pride
    Recognizing that it is actually God and others who are  responsible for the achievements in my life (James 4:6)
  26. Initiative vs.  Unresponsiveness
    Recognizing and doing what needs to be done before I am  asked to do it (Romans 12:21)
  27. Joyfulness vs.  Self-pity
    The spontaneous enthusiasm of my spirit when my soul is in  fellowship with the Lord (Psalm 16:11)
  28. Justice vs.  Fairness
    Personal responsibility to God’s unchanging laws (Micah 6:8)
  29. Love vs.  Selfishness
    Giving to others’ basic needs without having as my motive  personal reward (I Corinthians 13:3)
  30. Loyalty vs.  Unfaithfulness
    Using difficult times to demonstrate my commitment to God  and to those whom He has called me to serve (John 15:13)
  31. Meekness vs.  Anger
    Yielding my personal rights and expectations to God (Psalm 62:5)
  32. Obedience vs.  Willfulness
    Freedom to be creative under the protection of divinely  appointed authority (II Corinthians 10:5)
  33. Orderliness vs.  Disorganization
    Preparing myself and my surroundings so I will achieve the  greatest efficiency (I Corinthians 14:40)
  34. Patience vs.  Restlessness
    Accepting a difficult situation from God without giving  Him a deadline to remove it (Romans 5:3–4)
  35. Persuasiveness vs.  Contentiousness
    Guiding vital truths around another’s mental roadblocks (II Timothy 2:24)
  36. Punctuality vs.  Tardiness
    Showing high esteem for other people and their time (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
  37. Resourcefulness vs.  Wastefulness
    Wise use of that which others would normally overlook or  discard (Luke 16:10)
  38. Responsibility vs.  Unreliability
    Knowing and doing what both God and others are expecting  from me (Romans 14:12)
  39. Reverence vs.  Disrespect
    Awareness of how God is working through the people and  events in my life to produce the character of Christ in me (Proverbs 23:17–18)
  40. Security vs.  Anxiety
    Structuring my life around that which is eternal and  cannot be destroyed or taken away (John 6:27)
  41. Self-Control vs.  Self-indulgence
    Instant obedience to the initial promptings of God’s  Spirit (Galatians 5:24–25)
  42. Sensitivity vs.  Callousness
    Exercising my senses so I can perceive the true spirit and  emotions of those around me (Romans 12:15)
  43. Sincerity vs.  Hypocrisy
    Eagerness to do what is right with transparent motives (I Peter 1:22)
  44. Thoroughness vs.  Incompleteness
    Knowing what factors will diminish the effectiveness of my  work or words if neglected (Proverbs 18:15)
  45. Thriftiness vs.  Extravagance
    Not letting myself or others spend that which is not  necessary (Luke 16:11)
  46. Tolerance vs.  Prejudice
    Acceptance of others as unique expressions of specific  character qualities in varying degrees of maturity (Philippians 2:2)
  47. Truthfulness vs.  Deception
    Earning future trust by accurately reporting past facts (Ephesians 4:25)
  48. Virtue vs.  Impurity
    The moral excellence and purity of spirit that radiate  from my life as I obey God’s Word (II Peter 1:3)
  49. Wisdom vs.  Natural Inclinations
    Seeing and responding to life’s situations from God’s  frame of reference (Proverbs 9:10)
“WARNING SIGNS"
 
As parents, we must responsibly act on the authority that has been given to us. We are accountable to God for the proper discipline of our children. These are signs that indicate my child is not learning good character traits. They signal that I am losing control or not in authority in my home.

1. My child whines, cries, pouts when I say “no” to him.
2. I find myself reluctant to ask my child to help with any tasks because of his negative reaction and inability to complete a job. He usually responds by whining or answers, “I can’t…, “I don’t want to.”
3. There is an excessive amount of noise and confusion in my house: children bickering, crying, hitting, rough behavior with furniture, toys, screaming, etc.
4. I am unable to leave anything of personal value or foods snacks within my child’s reach.
5. I am unable to leave my child (aged 3 or above) out of my sight or unattended in another room for any period of time without being worried what he is up to.
6. I am embarrassed or afraid to take my child to other homes because he is so active (boisterous, silliness, fidgeting, knocking things over, touching everything).
7. My child is unable to sit quietly for any length of time in a place I specify.
8. Going shopping is a fiasco because my children run through the clothes racks or touch everything in the store or run away from me.
9. My child has a “smart mouth” (yells, uses abusive language, swears at me) or hits me.
10. My child throws tantrums, refuses to eat or do things he is asked to do.
11. My child takes things without asking, rummages through our drawers and cupboards.
12. My child does not come when called or respond to my voice from another room.
13. When I ask my child to do something I always have to explain “why,” first.
14. Most of my child’s toys are broken and he rarely puts any away, outdoors or indoors.
15. My child avoids doing what I ask by using flattering words, changing the subject or doing some other good deed instead.
16. My child gets my attention with loud, disrespectful demands. Example: “Hey, Mom! Get the … for me!” “I want…!” “Mom, come here!”
17. I find myself saying, “I can’t do that because Suzie won’t let me,” or “I can’t get Johnny to do that …”
18. When I discipline my child he pouts, responds in anger, or screams, or throws himself on the floor, slams doors, prolongs his crying, coughs, gags (or attempts to vomit).
19. As I talk on the phone or chat with others, my child constantly interrupts or acts naughty, demanding attention.
20. My child is constantly bored, discontent and looking for entertainment; wanting to play, he grumbles at his work.
21. I am ready to pull my hair out. My child drives me crazy. I am so worn out all the time that I can hardly wait to break from him at every opportunity.


A Note to Parents: How sharp is your Scripture memory? Can you think of a verse dealing with each of the above? These are examples of poor character qualities which are spoken of especially in the Proverbs.____________________________________
1/ “The Little Book of Christian Character and Manners,” William and Colleen Dedrick, Christian Tutorial Books, [Holly Hall Publications] 1992, pp. 63, 64
2/ TheologyGirl, Editor & Publisher, “Heavenly Notes,” ReformedWomen, from the original JoyPals/ReformedWomen study “Children of the Living God, Discipline of Children/Training in Righteousness,” Copyright 1997-2006, All Rights Reserved


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