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Impact Kids - Impact Your Home 3.20.16

Bible Focus:
Ruth 2:2-12; Matthew 10:28-31

Discovery Point:
God cares about our problems.

Key Verse:
“So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows” (Matthew 10:31).

God Cares About Our Problems

TAKE CARE

As a family, read Ruth 2:2-12 and Matthew 10:28-31. Discuss how God cared for Ruth and Naomi and how God has cared for your family. Then make bird feeders for your backyard following the steps below. As you work, talk about times God has helped your family with problems.

Here’s what to do:

Find a pine cone outside or buy one at a craft store. Tie a string to the top so the cone can be hung up. Use a spoon to smush softened lard into the cone. Roll the cone in oatmeal and birdseed—a real feast for birds! Hang the cone from a tree to help take care of your feathered friends.

Before you hang your bird feeders, pray together and thank God for caring about your family.

FAMILY CHALLENGE:

Every evening at bedtime, meet together to give your problems to God. Let each person write or draw a problem on a sheet of paper. Put all the papers in a pile. Pray together, asking God to help with each problem and thanking him for caring about our problems. Crumple the papers one by one and put them in the trash. Then get a good night’s sleep, knowing that God is handling your problems!

Impact Kids - Impact Your Home 2.14.16

Bible Focus:
Matthew 21:1-11

Discovery Point:
We show our love through praises.

Key Verse:
“Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord!” (Psalm 150:6)

We Show Our Love Through Praises

Parade of Praise

Everyone loves a good parade! With your family, read Matthew 21:1-11 to learn about a special parade.  The people in Jerusalem had a parade-like gathering to express their love for Jesus through praises. What can your family do to express your love for Jesus through praises?

Think of a few ways, and write them here.

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Now, using the ways to praise Jesus that you came up with, plan a family praise service—and practice so you do your best for Jesus! 

ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS:

  • Why do you think the people in Jerusalem got so excited praising Jesus?
  • When have you seen people get excited as they praise Jesus?
  • Why does Jesus deserve our praise?
  • How can our family praise Jesus at home?

FAMILY CHALLENGE:

  • Discuss ways that you can praise God as a family, such as pray together, have -family devotion time, and sing together. 
  • Choose one of the ways you come up with, and do it together as a family at least three times this week.
  • Come together at your scheduled time and place for your family praise service. 
  • Praise Jesus together!

Impact Kids - Impact Your Home 1.31.16

Bible Focus:
Matthew 14:13-33

Discovery Point:
God wants us to know his love.

Key Verse:
“But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God…” (John 20:31a).

God Wants Us to Know His Love

KNOW HIS SWEET LOVE

God wants us to know his love.

Not just know about his love like we know about famous people or the stars in the galaxy. But really experience his love like we experience the power of gravity or the goodness of our favorite dessert.  God wants us to know his love so much that he does a lot to help us experience it. Do this activity with your family to think about how God goes to “great lengths” so you can experience his sweet love.

Here’s how it goes:

Pour some of your favorite candy in a bowl. Put the bowl of candy in a room on one side of your house.  Start at the other side of your house. Have one family member touch the wall and stay connected to it. Then everyone work together to stay connected and reach the bowl of candy. You can use articles of clothing, shoelaces, and anything you pass on your way to the bowl. The rule: You have to stay connected to the person who’s touching the wall, either by touching each other or by having something between you.  When you reach the bowl, bring it back so everyone can enjoy it.

ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS:

  • What was hard about reaching the bowl of candy?
  • How is that like or unlike the way God went to “great lengths” to reach out to us?
  • How has God shown your family his sweet love this year?

God loves you more than anything! And he wants you to know his love the way you experience the goodness of your favorite candy. He’ll stretch across great lengths to make sure that happens.

FAMILY CHALLENGE:

This week, give some candy to a friend with a note that says “God loves you, and his love is sweeter than this candy!”