Daily Devos: GOD SAVES PAUL FROM THE SEA

PRAYER OF THE WEEK:

Dear God, we thank you for keeping Paul and his friends safe in the storm.  Please be with us, even through scary times.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK:

Download the Coloring Page here:  http://sundayschoolzone.com/activity/pauls-shipwreck-coloring-page/view/

Paul Shipwreck Coloring Page

BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK:  Acts 27:21-26, 39-44 NRSV

21 Since they had been without food for a long time, Paul then stood up among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me and not have set sail from Crete and thereby avoided this damage and loss. 22 I urge you now to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For last night there stood by me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, 24 and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before the emperor; and indeed, God has granted safety to all those who are sailing with you.’ 25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told. 26 But we will have to run aground on some island.”
39 In the morning they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a bay with a beach, on which they planned to run the ship ashore, if they could. 40 So they cast off the anchors and left them in the sea. At the same time they loosened the ropes that tied the steering-oars; then hoisting the foresail to the wind, they made for the beach. 41 But striking a reef, they ran the ship aground; the bow stuck and remained immovable, but the stern was being broken up by the force of the waves. 42 The soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners, so that none might swim away and escape; 43 but the centurion, wishing to save Paul, kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and make for the land, 44 and the rest to follow, some on planks and others on pieces of the ship. And so it was that all were brought safely to land.

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Tell about a time when you were on a boat.  What was it like?  Tell your best storm story.  How did God keep you safe in the storm?  What are some ways that you can encourage others when they are going through scary times in their lives?

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Family God Time: GOD SAVES PAUL FROM THE SEA: Acts 27:21-26, 39-44

For the next two weeks, we will be remembering what we learned in Bible School at the beginning of the summer. Have fun learning more about each story from your children; they are sometimes our greatest teachers!

Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)

Dear God, we thank you for keeping Paul and his friends safe in the storm. Please be with us, even through scary times. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story: Acts 27:21-26, 39-44

Read about Paul’s Shipwreck in a children’s Bible or online here:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+27%3A21-26%2C+39-44&version=ERV

Here is a video to show you Paul’s story:

Here’s a video about the shipwreck:

Questions to Ponder:

  1. Tell about a time when you were on a boat. What was it like?
  2. Tell your best storm story. How did God keep you safe in the storm?
  3. What are some ways that you can encourage others when they are going through scary times in their lives?

Song: Paul Was Sailing on the Sea

It is hard to believe, but I could not find even one song about Paul’s Shipwreck on Youtube! Instead, I found this song that goes to “Michael Row the Boat Ashore.” I taught the kids the melody of the second line, and we sang it as a call and response with actions.  It is from http://www.dltk-bible.com/paulwassailing.html

Paul Was Sailing on the Sea Song

 

Activity: Sponge Sailboats

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Since the main event of this story is a shipwreck, I thought I would be fun to make some simple boats of our own (and even wreck them). You can find easy instructions here: https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/sponge-sailboat-craft-for-kids/

Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)

God be in my head, and in my understanding.
God be in my eyes, and in my looking.
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking.
God be in my heart, and in my thinking.
God be at my end, and at my departing. Amen.

Daily Devos: GOD HEALS NAAMAN IN THE JORDAN RIVER

PRAYER OF THE WEEK:

Dear God, we thank you for your power to heal.  Work your healing in us, in those we know and love, and for all who need your care.  Amen.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK: 

Download the Coloring Page here:  https://craftingthewordofgod.com/2015/02/26/naaman-is-healed-coloring-page/

BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK:  2 Kings 5:1-4, 10-14 NRSV

Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favor with his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy. Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” So Naaman went in and told his lord just what the girl from the land of Israel had said.  10 Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean.” 11 But Naaman became angry and went away, saying, “I thought that for me he would surely come out, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and would wave his hand over the spot, and cure the leprosy! 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them, and be clean?” He turned and went away in a rage. 13 But his servants approached and said to him, “Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14 So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Tell about a time when you were hurt and needed healing.  What did you do?  Tell about a time when you did not believe something that you were told?  How did you learn that it was true?  How can you help someone who might not be nice to you?

Family God Time: God Heals Naaman in the Jordan River: 2 Kings 5:1-4, 10-14

For the next three weeks, we will be remembering what we learned in Bible School at the beginning of the summer.  Have fun learning more about each story from your children; they are sometimes our greatest teachers!

Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)

Dear God, we thank you for your power to heal.  Work your healing in us, in those we know and love, and for all who need your care.  Amen.

Bible Story:  2 Kings 5:1-4, 10-14

Read about Naaman in a children’s Bible or online here:

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Kings+5%3A1-4%2C+10-14&version=ERV

Here is a video to show you the story:

Questions to Ponder:

  1. Tell about a time when you were hurt and needed healing.
  2. What did you do?
  3. Tell about a time when you did not believe something that you were told.
  4. How did you learn that it was true?
  5. How can you help someone who might not be nice to you?

Song:  Peace Like a River

Since God healed Naaman in the Jordan River, and received the peace that only God can give, I thought this was the perfect song!

Activity:  First Aid Kit

Mobile-first-aid-kit

Since God worked healing in Naaman in this story, I thought it might be great to work together with my family to make a First Aid Kit for the car.  That way, we can be God’s hands and feet of healing in the case of an emergency.  There are some great ideas on how to do this here:  http://myfrugaladventures.com/2015/04/diy-car-first-aid-kit-be-prepared-this-summer/

Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)

God be in my head, and in my understanding.
God be in my eyes, and in my looking.
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking.
God be in my heart, and in my thinking.
God be at my end, and at my departing.  Amen.

Daily Devos: GOD’S PEOPLE ENTER THE PROMISED LAND

PRAYER OF THE WEEK:

Dear God, we thank you for always being with us, for making your home with us, and for leading us along life’s way.  Help us to always follow where you lead.  Amen.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK: 

Please download the coloring page here:   http://www.dltk-bible.com/t.asp?t=http://www.dltk-bible.com/bposterark.gif

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BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK:  Joshua 3:1-6, 13-17 NRSV

Early in the morning Joshua rose and set out from Shittim with all the Israelites, and they came to the Jordan. They camped there before crossing over. At the end of three days the officers went through the camp and commanded the people, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God being carried by the levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place. Follow it, so that you may know the way you should go, for you have not passed this way before. Yet there shall be a space between you and it, a distance of about two thousand cubits; do not come any nearer to it.” Then Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves; for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” To the priests Joshua said, “Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass on in front of the people.” So they took up the ark of the covenant and went in front of the people.
13 When the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan flowing from above shall be cut off; they shall stand in a single heap.”
14 When the people set out from their tents to cross over the Jordan, the priests bearing the ark of the covenant were in front of the people. 15 Now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest. So when those who bore the ark had come to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the edge of the water, 16 the waters flowing from above stood still, rising up in a single heap far off at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, while those flowing toward the sea of the Arabah, the Dead Sea, were wholly cut off. Then the people crossed over opposite Jericho. 17 While all Israel were crossing over on dry ground, the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, until the entire nation finished crossing over the Jordan.

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Tell about a time when you wanted to remember something that was very important.  How did you decide to remember it?  Where is a place that you know that God makes a home?  Where do you find God in your daily life?

Family God Time: God’s People Enter the Promised Land: Joshua 3:1-6, 13-17

For the next four weeks, we will be remembering what we learned in Bible School at the beginning of the summer.  Have fun learning more about each story from your children; they are sometimes our greatest teachers!

Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)

Dear God, we thank you for always being with us, for making your home with us, and for leading us along life’s way.  Help us to always follow where you lead.  Amen.

Bible Story:  Joshua 3:1-6, 13-17

Read about God’s People Crossing into the Promised Land in a children’s Bible or online here:  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua+3%3A1-6%2C+13-17+&version=ERV

Here is a video to show you the story:

Questions to Ponder:

  1. Tell about a time when you wanted to remember something that was very important.
  2. How did you decide to remember it?
  3. Where is a place that you know that God makes a home?
  4. Where do you find God in your daily life?

Song:  Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho

Once the people entered into the Promised Land, they had to fight several battles in order to get it.  The first one was at Jericho.  We did air boxing as we sang the words to this song.

Activity:  Home for God

Since the Ark of the Covenant was a home for God for many years, I thought it might be a good idea to set up a place for God to call home in our own home.  It will be a place on a shelf in our living room that we can see it all of the time.  It will include a cross, a candle, a Bible, a dish with prayer beads, and whatever else our kids might think that God would want in God’s home-away-from-home.  It might look like this:

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Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)

God be in my head, and in my understanding.
God be in my eyes, and in my looking.
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking.
God be in my heart, and in my thinking.
God be at my end, and at my departing.  Amen.

Daily Devos: God is with Moses in the River

PRAYER OF THE WEEK:

Dear God, we thank you for keeping baby Moses safe so that he could go on to do amazing things in your name.  Give us your power and protection.  Amen.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK: 

Please download the coloring page here:  https://whatsinthebible.com/activity-library/baby-moses/

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BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK: Exodus 2:1-10

Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river. His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him.

The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it. When she opened it, she saw the child. He was crying, and she took pity on him. “This must be one of the Hebrews’ children,” she said. Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Yes.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed it. 10 When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and she took him as her son. She named him Moses, “because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Tell about a time when you knew that God was protecting you.  How can you be a helper to someone who does not feel safe?