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Philip and the Ethiopian Object Storytelling & Crossword Puzzle

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

(based on Acts 8:25-40) Supplies: Large bag or basket with the following items: Angel Road map Crown and coins Toy wagon Paper Dove Running shoe/sneaker Small Bible Toy sheet Cross Heart Water Party Hat (write rejoice on hat) Philip was an early believer in the church. Using these objects will help tell what happened with Philip and the Ethiopian. Explain that for every story part, there’s an object to hold up. Enjoy this and then make up your own Bible story object lessons. The early church chose Philip to be a deacon. After that Philip’s life took off in new directions. Philip became a great preacher, amazing even his friend, Simon, with signs and miracles that took place wherever Philip went. Many people listened to Philip and believed in Jesus. Wow! Now it was Philip’s turn to be amazed....

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Hooray for God’s Brown Earth!

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

It’s spring and the time of year when seeds are planted, grass turns green, and plants sprout and bloom. God created the earth and made it a place where plants grow to supply food for us. So much grows up from the soil. Take a closer look at dirt and you’ll make lots of discoveries. In Numbers 13:20, God told Moses to check the land and discover if the soil is good or poor. Why do farmers need good soil? How does fertilizer make soil richer? See what’s in your soil. Dump dirt into a jar about 1/3 full. Add water to fill 2/3 of jar. Stir well. Let it sit one hour. Study the layers formed. Stones fall to the bottom. Sand also goes to the bottom. Silt is next with clay on top of the silt. Then...

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God’s Love

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Jesus came to save us. Lent and Easter remind us that Jesus had a purpose when He came to earth. John 3:16 says that God loves the world so much that God the Father gave His only Son, Jesus, so that we could have life everlasting. That means God sent Jesus so we could live forever. God knows everything and he knew Jesus would die and also that he would rise and live again. A little after that verse, the Bible says that God knows men often choose darkness instead of light. That means that people choose to do bad things instead of good things. Sometimes kids make choices that break God’s rules. Sally chose to say unkind things and hurt a friend. Billy chose to ignore his mom and not clean his room. Those two kids chose darkness....

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Healthy Hearts

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

February is American Heart Month as well as the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day. The second week of the month is also International Friendship month. Love helps keep our hearts healthy and happy. God made you, including your heart fearfully and wonderfully. You are a marvel! For a healthy heart, be sure to exercise, especially aerobic and cardiovascular exercises that get your heart beat going. Take family walks and take turns leading some calisthenics. Hold a dance night to get hearts pumping and laughter going. Play some wii sport games that get everyone moving. Also chat about the importance of a good diet for the heart. Avoid too much salt and experiment with spices and seasonings to add flavor to foods. Eat more fresh produce and less packaged foods. Visit a farmer’s market and let kids choose fruits and...

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Snow Fun

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

White fluffy snow is a sign of winter. The Bible also talks about snow. It tells us that God sends the snow and even keeps storehouses of snow (Job 37:6, 38:22 and Psalm 147:16). Jesus’ face and clothes glowed white as snow (Matthew 28:3 and Revelation 1:14). A mother who buys or makes warm clothing for her children does not fear snow (Proverbs 31: 21). And best of all, the Bible tells us that no matter how bad a sin, God will clean us and make us white as snow (Isaiah 1:18 and Psalm 51: 7) Each snowflake is unique if you study them under a microscope. You are unique too! Have fun in the snow: ¨     Make snow angels. ¨     Enjoy a snow treat by pouring maple syrup over clean snow and eating it. ¨     Make a snow...

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Prepare Hearts for Christmas

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Advent, the four weeks before Christmas, begins the weekend of Thanksgiving. It’s hard to believe that Christmas is around the corner. Get ready for focusing on Christ at Christmas with daily books, music, and videos. Gather all the Christmas books, videos, and CDs you can find. Giftwrap and count them. Place them in a basket. Then start unwrapping them on the first Sunday of advent and enjoy them with your family. Do one every few days or so, depending on how many you wrap. Plan to do the last one just before Christmas. Read Bible verses as you open the gifts. Check the list below of some Bible passages to read before unwrapping the day’s gift. Chat about them. Some are about prophecies long before the birth of Jesus and others describe what happened the first Christmas. If you’re...

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