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 →
to describe how all the families in the world have been blessed
to describe the purpose of the expository letters
to list some of the events that will take place when Jesus returns
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 →
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 →
to list different political groups that formed during the years of silence
to describe how the influence of the Greeks and Romans would help spread the gospel
to describe the events of the gospel
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 →
to explain that Ezra went back to rebuild the temple and Nehemiah rebuilt the wall
to describe the events surrounding Esther
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 →
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…
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 →
to explain the reason why Israel and Judah were conquered
to list a few of the kings and prophets during this time period
to describe the events surrounding the fall of Jerusalem
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.
to list the first three kings of Israel in chronological order
to describe the condition of Solomon‘s heart toward God and the results
to explain the events surrounding the dividing of Israel
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 →