Please Pray for Future Bible Lessons

Dear Readers,

Do you know how much I appreciate you? No? Well, I greatly appreciate your comments, well wishes, and smiles. I love your hugs and pats on the back when things aren’t going as well. And because I know that there are some of you who are prayer warriors, I feel the need to share a burden that the Lord has placed on my heart.

I have a burden for the children.

Not just my children. But the children I teach in Awana and the children who will be touched by anyone who uses the Bible Lessons that I post on FFS. A large majority of the kids I teach are in public schools. And it bothers me that the church is quiet on the issue of apologetics when it comes to kids. Perhaps it’s a general weakness of the church, but the more I learn about kids, the more I live life, the more time I spend in God’s Word, the more I realize that the church (ME) is not doing half as much to change our kids as the world is. Continue reading

How to Live Life Before Jesus Returns ~ Romans – Revelation

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Geography: Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, Rome

Background:
The Holy Spirit came as a mighty rushing wind and The Old Testament, the Old Covenant, is over. Jesus began a New Covenant. The church age had begun and people were becoming believers  by the hundreds and thousands. Continue reading

The Beginning of the Church ~ Acts 2

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Geography: Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, surrounding nations

Background:
If you don’t know the facts of the gospel, then you won’t be able to tell someone the gospel when God places you in a situation to tell about Jesus. Choose to be knowledgeable:
1) We are sinners.
2) Jesus was born and lived on earth.
3) Jesus died on the cross.
4) Jesus became our sin and took our place, separating Himself from His Father.
5) Jesus was buried in a tomb.
6) Jesus was resurrected from the dead. Continue reading

Years of Silence, Then the Messiah Comes! (The Gospels) {*Gospel Presentation*}

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Geography: Israel, Galilee

Background:
At this point, the history of the Old Testament is over. The prophets had spoken. God’s glory had left the temple. God was now silent. Four hundred years would go by. During those years the Greeks took over the Persian Empire. Then the Romans took over the known world. What is God doing? Not all of the Jews moved back to Israel, which means there are Jews scattered all across the nations. They couldn’t go back to the temple, so they built synagogues. The Greeks brought about a common language, and the Romans built roads for travel. This would be important when the gospel started to spread. Political groups have formed: the Sanhedrin, Scribes, Sadducees, Pharisees, Publicans, and Zealots. Continue reading

The End of the Old Testament ~ Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther

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Geography: Judah, Assyria, Babylon, Persia

Background:
Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon descended upon Judah and Jerusalem. He destroyed the city and the temple. He took the people of Judah captive and they went into exile. The first group of people he took were all of the rich, intelligent noblemen. These included Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Nebuchadnezzar attacked a second time and took any craftsmen back to Babylon. The third time, any one who could be a servant was taken. Probably the only people left in Judah were those who were the poor, the crippled, and the elderly. And Judah was in captivity away from her land. Continue reading

Lessons Learned from a Pie in the Face

It seemed like a glorious idea. Our original idea fell through the cracks and never did seem to work out, so at the last minute we had to change the reward. And pies it was.

Let me back up a minute…pie2

My Awana kids are working on raising money for the Southern Baptist World Hunger Fund. They’ve been collecting money since January and for certain dollar amounts brought in, I would add animals to our barnyard so they could see how much they had brought in. They’ve added chickens, ducks, rabbits, and bee hives so far. So when March came around, the other Commanders and I wanted to increase the motivation a little and have some memorable fun. Continue reading

Divided Kingdom and Consequences ~ 1 Kings 16 – 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles

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Geography: Israel, Judah, Assyria, Babylon

Background:
Rehoboam, king of Judah, prepared for civil war as Jeroboam and ten tribes separated from his father’s kingdom. He wanted to fight, but God stopped him and said, “This thing is from Me!” Rehoboam obeyed and did not fight. Rehoboam was left with the lands of Judah, forming the nation of Judah. The GREAT NATION was divided. Jeroboam did not want people traveling to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices to God because then they might not return. So he built alters and temples to God and other gods in his nation. Jeroboam was not obedient to the Lord, and this began years of turmoil and consequences for these tribes.

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The Great Nation Divides ~ 1 Kings 11-14

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Geography: Israel, Judah

Background:
IF Solomon walked with God faithfully and was obedient, THEN God would establish his throne forever. BUT IF Solomon and his descendants turn from the Lord and worship idols THEN God will cut off Israel from the land and reject the temple and Israel will be a name of ridicule. Continue reading

Solomon the Great ~ 1 Kings 1-10 (Object Lesson)

Materials: a pair of eye glasses (not sunglasses)Solomon Object Lesson

Objectives:

Geography: Israel, Solomon’s kingdom Continue reading

A Great Nation Under King David ~ 1 Samuel 16-2 Samuel 11 (Object Lesson)

Materials: Candy box filled with yucky treats (onions, stinky socks…); yummy treats (optional)

Objectives:

Geography: Israel, David’s kingdom Continue reading