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Thanksgiving Series – Moses and Miriam were thankful

This Sunday Discovery Point:  Thanksgiving Series – Moses and Miriam were thankful Today we began our Thanksgiving lessons by learning why Moses and Miriam were thankful to God and how we can follow their examples of thankfulness. Moses and Miriam showed thankfulness to God through songs, worship, and by playing musical instruments. And we can show our thankfulness in the same ways! Music is one of the most familiar ways we can express our thankfulness, and God is pleased when we sing and praise Him with thankful hearts. (Scriptures used: Exodus 15:1-21)

Memory Verse: “The Lord is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.” Exodus 15:2
Sing the verse to the first part of the music in the hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is our God” to learn the verse with your child: The Lord is my- - strength and my defense He has become my sal- -vation He is my G-od and I will praise Him My father’s God And I’ll exalt …

Special Old Testament Places - Babylon

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Special Old Testament Places - Babylon Over the last several weeks we have learned how God used special places like Egypt and the Promised Land to fulfill promises to His people. Today we learned about a place called Babylon (a pagan, or unbelieving nation) and how God allowed some bad things to happen so the Israelites would turn from their evil ways and once again have a right relationship with Him. God brought judgment on the Israelites because they refused to obey His warnings for their sins. The Babylonian King, Nebuchadnezzar, enslaved the Israelites, destroyed their land, and was used by God to discipline His people. We learn from the Israelites’ disobedience that unrepentant sin always has consequences, especially as children of God. Scripture used: Jeremiah 25:1-14
Memory Verse: “Flee from Babylon! Run for your lives! Do not be destroyed because of her sins. It is time for the Lord’s vengeance; he will repay her what she deserves.” Jeremiah 51:6 NIV…

Special Old Testament Places - The Promised Land

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Special Old Testament Places -  The Promised Land Last week we learned about a special place called Egypt and how God used Moses to rescue His people from slavery. Today we learned about another special place that God had promised to His people for many generations. This place was incredibly special because it would provide everything the Israelites would need to live for God and serve Him. God’s people received the Promised Land after forty challenging years in the desert. The Promised Land was rich in resources and gave the Israelites everything they needed. God used this special place to provide stability and prove His trustworthiness to His people. And, because God has always kept His promises, we can trust that His Word is true! Scriptures used: Joshua 1:1-6, 5:6, 18:5-7
Memory Verse: “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.” Joshua 1:6 NIV
Read the verse to your child an…

Special Old Testament Places - Egypt

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Special Old Testament Places - Egypt Egypt is spoken of many times in the early books of the Old Testament. It was a pagan country, meaning its people believed in false gods. However, God used this special place to reveal His plans to Abraham, Jacob, and Moses. Today we learned how each of these men found themselves in Egypt and what God did in their lives through this special place. Abraham, Jacob, and Moses all had encounters in Egypt (some were good, some were bad). However, God used this special place to set His people on a very specific plan for the future. Even though Egypt was originally a place for shelter and food during hard times, God allowed the circumstances to take a turn for the worse, so He could continue setting events in motion to reveal His perfect plan for mankind: Salvation through Jesus Christ! Scripture used: Genesis 12:10-20, 47:11-13, 28-31, Exodus 3:7-12, 13:3
Memory Verse: "I rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians. And I d…

Psalm 91 - God is a Refuge

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Psalm 91 – God is A Refuge Today we continued our discussion about God’s protection. Last week we learned that God is our Mighty Fortress, or shield, between us and evil. Psalm 91 also tells us that He is our refuge during times of trouble. We learned that God is very active in our lives and gives us promises when we choose to follow Him. The Lord promises to help us and even send His angels to guard us from harm. God is very interested in being a part of our lives and is ready to answer us when we are in need. Isn’t it awesome to know that the King of the Universe provides for us? He truly is our trustworthy Refuge. Scriptures used: Psalm 91:9-16

Memory Verse: “If you say, ‘The Lord is my Refuge,’ and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no harm will come to your tent.” Psalm 91:9-10 NIV

To prepare, read the verse with your child and then write 3-5 words on a single piece of paper until both verses are written. Then shuffle the p…

Psalm 91 - God is A Mighty Fortress

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Psalm 91 – God is A Mighty Fortress Today we learned about God’s protection. We certainly need physical protection from things such as the weather, sickness, and even invading armies, but how is our need for physical protection related to our even greater need for spiritual protection? Today we learned that the Bible teaches us that drawing near to God will result in His perfect protection. God acts as a Mighty Fortress, or shield, between us and evil. And when we trust in God’s protection, we don’t have to fear what could happen to us. As children of God who have accepted His free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, we can be assured of His ability to protect us from harm. Scriptures used: Psalm 91:1-8

Memory Verse: “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1 NIV 
Read the verse with your child. Then write each word of the verse on an index card. Next, shuffle the words, face-up, on a table. Chall…

I Wanna Be Just Like Jesus - A Living Sacrifice

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  I Wanna Be Just Like Jesus – A Living Sacrifice Today's lesson the children learned that to be just like Jesus, they must give their whole self to God and become a pleasing offering to Him. As Jesus sacrificed His life for our sins, so that we may have everlasting life, we must also become "Living Sacrifices", holy and pleasing to God. (Scripture used: Romans 12:1-21)

Memory Verse: "Follow God's example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV

Suggested Parent/Child Activity: This week, find a program in your church or neighborhood where you and your child can pitch in to help others in need, even if only for a few hours. Perhaps serving food to the needy, washing dishes, collecting clothes, etc. When finished, discuss with your child the blessings that were felt by serving others without ex…

I Wanna Be Just Like Jesus – Showing God's Love

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  I Wanna Be Just Like Jesus – Showing God's Loves The children are learing how they can be just like Jesus. Today's lesson was about how God loves them and how Jesus showed love while He was on earth. The children learned how important it is to show their love for God and how they can show Godly love to others. (Scripture used: 1 John 3:16, 4:7-12, 1 Corinithians 13:4-8a)

Memory Verse: "Follow God's example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV

Suggested Parent/Child Activity: Choose one or two family members or friends that you don't see very often. Perhaps persons who no longer live close by. Purchase greeting cards, or have your child make some of their own. Then have your child write words of encouragement, or kind words of love inside, and mail the cards this week.

Daily Prayer: Dear Lor…

I Wanna Be Just Like Jesus - Depending on Jesus

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  I Wanna Be Just Like Jesus – Depending on Jesus The children are learing how they can be just like Jesus. Today's lesson was designed to help them understand how they must depend on God in the same way Jesus depended on His father in Heaven. (Scripture used: John 15:1-8) 

Memory Verse: "Follow God's example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV

Suggested Parent/Child Activity: Take a walk in the park, or in a nearby botanical garden. If possible, find a place to get close to a grape vine. Discuss how the grapes depend on the vine for nurishment, and how the branches that bear the fruit must be attached to the vine. Finish by having a glass of fresh grape juice.

Daily Prayer: Dear Lord, I can do nothing without You. You gave me life, and everything around me. Help me lord to remain in You, as a child …

I Wanna Be Just Like Jesus - A Humble Servant

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  I Wanna Be Just Like Jesus – A Humble Servant For the next few weeks, the children will be learning how they can be just like Jesus. Today's lesson was about being humble, just like Jesus was humble when he washed his disciples’ feet. (Scripture used: John 13:1-17)

Memory Verse: "Follow God's example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV

Suggested Parent/Child Activity: The opposite of being humble is pride and being boastful. Being selfish is also not being humble. This week, help your child understand the meaning of being humble. As you watch television, go shopping, etc. play a game to see how many times each of you can point out someone who is being humble, or the opposite of being humble.

Daily Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to be just like Jesus. When something good happens to me, let me not become bo…

Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit Teaches Us

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit Teaches Us  One of the Holy Spirit’s most important jobs is to teach us more about God. When we trust Jesus as our Savior, the Spirit begins teaching us things we wouldn’t be able to learn any other way. And He is the best teacher! He tells us what we need to know to obey God. Living for Jesus can be difficult at times, but the Holy Spirit teaches us how to be like Him. When we listen to the Spirit’s guidance and obey His teachings then we will have a closer relationship with God and truly learn how to love others. Scriptures used: 1 Corinthians 2:6-16
Memory Verse:
“When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” Luke 12:11-12 NIV
Suggested Parent/Child Activity:
Gather various coins and ask your child to identify the worth of each coin. Then combine two or three coins togeth…

Holy Spirit - Pentecost

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Holy Spirit - Pentecost The disciples were the beginning of the early Church, and as they were gathered together one day something amazing happened: Jesus’ promise to send a helper came true at Pentecost! While some people mistakenly thought the disciples were drunk, most people recognized that Holy Spirit was an amazing gift. The Holy Spirit fills us with joy of the Lord’s presence and guides us to live obediently. (Scriptures used: Acts 2:1-28)
Memory Verse:
“You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.” Acts 2:28 NIV
Suggested Parent/Child Activity:
While playing outside, blow some bubbles together. Point out the different sizes of the bubbles and how they are guided by the air or wind. Compare this experience to the guidance of the Holy Spirit: even when we feel we have little faith (represented by the little bubbles), the Spirit is our guide. Similarly, no faith is too big for the Spirit. Encourage your child…

Holy Spirit - Jesus promises a helper

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Holy Spirit - Jesus promises a helper Jesus gave His disciples a wonderful promise – that a helper would come and show them how to obey God! Jesus also told them what the helper would do and what He would give to those who believe. The Holy Spirit is the promised helper, and He works in our lives as believers: He testifies about Jesus, helps us live an obedient life, gives us peace, teaches us how to love like Jesus, and guides us in the truth. And because the Holy Spirit lives inside believers, we should share with unbelievers that they too can experience the joy and peace of the Holy Spirit by trusting in Jesus. (Scriptures used: John 14:15-21, 25-27, John 15:26-27, John 16:12-15)
Memory Verse:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 NIV
Suggested Parent/Child Activity:
Guide your child while taking a walk, making a challenging craft, or tryin…

The Character of Easter - Jesus

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  The Character of Easter - Jesus Easter is a celebration of the new life we have in Jesus Christ. Without His death (crucifixion) and resurrection, we wouldn’t have the hope of salvation, the opportunity to have a personal relationship with Him, or the gift of eternal life in Heaven. Today we learned about the major events that God ordained to bring salvation to mankind through His Son, Jesus, whose death paid the penalty for our sins and resurrection proved that He is God’s Son. Jesus’ sacrifice provides salvation to those who choose to believe in Him and repent from their sins. And while salvation is available to everyone, we must decide if we will personally have faith in Him and become a Christian. Scriptures used: Luke 23:26-34, 44-49, 24:1-9, 36-48
Memory Verse:
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galati…

The Character of Easter - The Disciple

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  The Character of Easter - The Disciple When Jesus began His ministry, He picked twelve men, or disciples, to follow Him. The disciples were ordinary men with common flaws, but Jesus lovingly poured wisdom and biblical teachings into their hearts and minds. In today’s lesson, the “Character(s) of Easter” are the disciples who most closely followed Jesus. The disciples’ overall desertion of Jesus at His crucifixion teaches us to guard our hearts from sin and to take an honest look at our own faith. Even though the majority of Jesus’ disciples did return to fellowship with Him after the resurrection, we learn from their initial examples that sin weakens our relationships to the Lord. Scriptures used: Matthew 26:36-46, 69-75, Mark 14:10-11, John 19:25-27, Luke 23:48-49
Memory Verse:
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23 NIV
Suggested Parent/Child Activity:
Give the following scenarios to your child. With each scena…

The Character of Easter - The Crowd

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  The Character of Easter - The Crowd Before Jesus was crucified, He encountered crowds with drastically different responses to His position as God’s Son. Even though Jesus taught with Godly authority and had performed many miracles and healings, the people He encountered constantly changed their opinions of Him. Today’s “Character(s) of Easter” are the people who were easily swayed by the jealous, Jewish leaders: the crowds who witnessed Jesus’ final entrance into Jerusalem and ultimately sent Him to the cross. We learned to think about our motives when we respond to others. Because of peer pressure, instead of actual guilt, Jesus was crucified. However, God allowed these things to happen because He knew it would lead to Jesus’ resurrection (and victory over sin and death). Scriptures used: John 12:12-19 and Matthew 27:11-26 
Memory Verse:
“Jesus is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for th…