Advent 2017 is a Coming!

Click the video below to catch a glimpse of what is in store for your kiddos this advent season.

I know it, it's not even Thanksgiving, but we can't hold it in any long. How we prepare now will best serve our kids later as we point them to the Savior this Christmas season.

Access "Truth in the Tinsel" family devo immediately!

I failed to mention in the video that there is an online ebook already available if you click the picture below. Also, it is available on the Grove app under the "coming up" tab at the top right of the home screen. Good stuff to come!

God Provides in Famine - Genesis 41:46-44:34

God's promise is preserved in drought and sin.

Yesterday morning our kiddos learned:
    1.    Joseph had faith in God's plan
    2.    Joseph's brothers won't repent
    3.    Joseph's brothers keep on lying

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Where is Jesus?

How does today's Bible story fit into God's greater plan of redemption?

Read Acts 7:9-10.

The story of Joseph's kidnapping, slavery, and imprisonment is tragic. But in it all, God was at work saving His people. Because of Pharoah's dreams, Joseph knew Egypt needed to store grain for the coming famine. This is the grain that Joseph's brothers came to Egypt to purchase, so that Abraham's descendants would not die off. That way, one day Jesus could be born as one of Abraham's far-off great-grandchildren.

Story after story points to God as a God who saves. Through Jesus, God would ultimately save His people from spiritual hunger and death. Jesus offered Himself as the "bread of life" (John 6:35) to all who are spiritually hungry.

In the home

We are on week 25 in the Long Story Short family devotional (starting on page 163). By looking at Joseph's brothers this week, we see an invitation to come out of hiding to be open to the Lord and to others. By looking at Joseph we see how to show mercy. Good questions on day 3:

  • What does it mean to show mercy to someone?
  • How did Joseph show mercy to his brothers?

Pray about it! Ask God to help you share your sins and not hide them like Joseph's brothers did and extend mercy to those who have wronged us.

Memory Verse for November

November's memory verse is Psalm 121:1-2. Check out the highlighted portion below to see what your kids will quote on December 3rd.

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Watch it!

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A couple weeks ago we showed a clip of this movie to the elementary kids and they loved it. They were glued to the screen with little to no noise! If you haven't already, I highly encourage the  family to watch it!

Joseph Interprets the Dreams - Genesis 39-41

God works all things together for our good.

Sunday morning our kiddos learned:
    1.    Joseph is in the Lord's hand
    2.    Josepeh does not forget the Lord
    3.    Joseph directs Pharaoh to God

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Where is Jesus?

How does today's Bible story fit into God's greater plan of redemption?

Read Genesis 41:1-14.

Can you imagine staying in prison for 2 whole years for something you didn't do? That's what happened to Joseph. But God had a plan to get Joseph out of prison because God has something very important for Joseph to do. He planned to use Joseph to save Israel from a terrible famine. Saving Israel was important because Jesus would one day be born into the family of Israel.

To get Joseph out of prison, God gave Pharaoh a dream that only Joseph could interpret. In a flash Joseph was out of prison, told Pharaoh the meaning of the dream, and before you know it, Joseph was freed from prison and put in charge of Egypt. Through Joseph, God saved Israel from terrible famine. This allowed Jesus to be born so that one day we too could be saved.

In the home

We are on week 24 in the Long Story Short family devotional (starting on page 157). If I had one good sit down this week I would focus on day 3 because it exposes suffering in light of God's plan.

Joseph suffered unjustly, yet God was with Him, working behind the scenes, to produce a good that was much bigger than he could realize or manufacture on his own (Gen. 50:20). In the same way, Jesus suffered unjustly, so that we could be brought into a relationship with the Father, for His glory and our ultimate good!

Memory Verse for November

November's memory verse is Psalm 121:1-2. Check out the highlighted portion below to see what your kids will quote on December 3rd.

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Joseph is Attacked by His Brothers - Genesis 37:12-36

God saved Joseph so that he might one day save us.

Sunday morning our kiddos learned:
    1.    Joseph's brothers plotted against him
    2.    Not all the brothers are equally guilty, but all are guilty
    3.    Sin produces more sin

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Where is Jesus?

How does today's Bible story fit into God's greater plan of redemption?

Read Matthew 27:17-23..

Joseph was treated unfairly by his brothers because of the brothers' resentment and jealousy. This is one of many OT stories that look forward to the life of Jesus.

Joseph was betrayed, bound, and sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. But later God would use Joseph to save his brothers. Like Joseph, Jesus was unjustly turned over to Pilate out of envy, which is very similar to jealousy. And later, Jesus would make a way of salvation.

When we look at the life of Joseph, we see a picture of Jesus who was betrayed, bound, and crucified by his own people because they were jealous of him and resented him.

In the home

We are on week 23 in the Long Story Short family devotional (starting on page 150). I would highly encourage you to lead your family through days 1, 2, and 4. These days covers the seriousness of sin and its tendency to hide, blame, and cover which results in more sin. The solution is Jesus. In Joseph we see a type that ultimately points to Jesus, who suffered unjustly, to bring us sanity and peace in the chaos within and without. 

Memory Verse for October will be quoted THIS Sunday!

October's memory verse is Proverbs 3:5-6. Check out the highlighted portion below to see what your kids will quote THIS SUNDAY!

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Joseph's Dreams - Genesis 35; 37:1-11

A man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps (Proverbs 16:9)

Yesterday morning our kiddos learned:
    1.    God fulfilled his promise to Jacob
    2.    Because Jacob favored Joseph, Joseph's brother hated him
    3.    God gave Joseph two dreams

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Where is Jesus?

Read Psalm 105:1-19.

We haven't read about this yet, but Joseph is about to find himself alone in Egypt after his brothers sell him as a slave. Verse 17, speaking of the Israelites, says that God "sent a man ahead of them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave." How did God "send" Joseph? He did it by arranging all the elements of Joseph's life. Every event, every day, was part of God's plan.

The most important part of God's plan was completed when Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead. But God's plan still continues today, in every event and every moment. Because of what Jesus did on the cross, even today God is continuing to bless all nations through the spiritual offspring of Abraham, who are now called Christians.

In the home

We are on week 22 in the Long Story Short family devotional (starting on page 143). If I was limited on days I would focus on the story of Joseph. The devotional bounces back and forth from Bethel to Joseph. If you cover it all great! But if time doesn't allow, I'd stick with days 2 and 4 in the devotional. I encourage you to read the story yourself and be thinking of your own questions to meet your family where they are.

Memory Verse for October

October's memory verse is Proverbs 3:5-6. Check out the highlighted portion to know what we'll be quoting on November 5th (NOT this Sunday, but next!).

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