God Sends Plagues Against Egypt - Exodus 7:14-10:29

The word of the Lord is sure.

Yesterday morning our kiddos learned:
    1.    God cannot be stopped
    2.   Pharoah's heart continues to be hard
    3.   God means what he says, whether blessing or judgment

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Where is Jesus?

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

Read Hebrews 3:4-6.

Notice how these verses compare Moses to Jesus. Once again we see that the life of Moses points to the life of Jesus. Moses led his people and taught them. As we will see later, he also delivered them from bondage. In this way, Moses' life illustrates and proclaims the coming Savior. Just as Moses was a faithful deliverer, so Christ is a faithful deliverer and redeemer.


In the home

We are on week 30 which starts on page 197 in the Long Story Short devotional. We all have a story but our stories won't ever find true fulfillment unless we become a part of God's redemptive story. Will you pass on the redemptive story this week and invite your family to live in light of what Jesus has done for us?

If I had one good sit down with my family to open up the bible I would focus on day 3. These are the questions you'll find:

  • When God was saving Israel, who was he thinking about?
  • Since we know God is powerful enough, why didn't He use one big plague to force the Egyptians to let his people go?
  • Why did God include this story in the bible?

Pray about it! Thank God for including us in His story of redemption.


Scripture memory for the month of January

Check out January's bookmark below to see what our kiddos are quoting this month! We will recite the highlighted portion on Sunday February 4th in our Gathering.

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Moses Confronts Pharaoh - Exodus 4:18-7:13

God patiently saves despite unbelief.

Sunday morning our kiddos learned:
    1.    Moses arrives in Egypt
    2.   God's voice encourages Moses
    3.   Moses confronts Pharaoh with a demonstration of God's power

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Where is Jesus?

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

Read Romans 9:15-18.

Moses asked Pharaoh to allow God's people to go into the desert to worship and hold a festival to God. Pharaoh refused. As we will see later, Pharaoh kept on refusing even after miraculous signs and nine horrible plagues. The Bible says that this happened because God hardened Pharaoh's heart and because Pharaoh hardened his own heart. Both are true.

This is another way in which Moses presents a picture or a foreshadowing of Jesus. Moses was a prophet who brought the word of the Lord to Pharaoh. Jesus was the prophet who brought the word of God to all of us. In Jesus' day, the Hebrew rulers rejected him despite his miracles. So, just as Pharaoh hardened his heart against God's words, many people, then and now, harden their hearts against the good news of Jesus.


In the home

We are on week 29 which starts on page 190 in the Long Story Short devotional. This is a great week to emphasize the importance of having a softened heart that says yes to God. When we have hardened hearts we are rebelling against God are are left cold, harsh, bitter, irritated, and resentful.

If I had a couple of sit down this week with my family, I'd focus in on combining days 1-2 and covering day 4. Days 1-2 expose our tendency to complain just like the Israelites who are not trusting in God. Day 4 calls your family to see God's power and look within to see our response to Him. Is our heart hard towards Jesus and His truth? Or is it soft, allowing Him full access, and wanting to obey Him?

Pray about it! Ask God to help you not complain when things don't go the way you want them to. Ask God to soften your heart so you won't say no to God.


Scripture memory for the month of January

Check out January's bookmark below to see what our kiddos are quoting this month! We will recite the highlighted portion on Sunday February 4th in our Gathering.

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God Calls Moses - Exodus 2:11-4:17

God called his servant Moses to deliver his people from bondage.

Yesterday morning our kiddos learned:
    1.    God's plan requires God's timing
    2.   God reveals His plan to Moses
    3.   God works salvation through the hand of a man

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Where is Jesus?

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

Read Hebrews 11:23-26.

Verse 26 tells us two things. First, Moses believed that God would send the world a Savior through the Israelites. This Savior was Jesus, who was born more than thirteen hundred years later. Also, the verse tells us that Moses wanted to be part of God's plan of salvation more than he wanted all the pleasures and riches he could have in Pharoah's household.

God gave grace to Moses to see these things. So to Moses, all the earthly treasures of Egypt were meaningless.


In the home

Welcome back to the Long Story Short devotional! We are on week 28 which starts on page 183. The whole week has great questions that bring your kids into the story of God's continued faithfulness and our tendency to not trust in Him.

Pray about it! Ask God to help each member of your family place their faith in Jesus and not be drawn to the pleasures of this world.

Advent Week 3

In the family devotional this week...

The main passage you'll be in this week with your family is Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 2:1-7. No, you don't have to stay here but it is intentional in placing us in the narrative of the Christmas story. Below are some additional questions and passages to go deeper as you spend devotional time with your family.

Day 18

  • Read Luke 2:13-14 as a family.
  • What does it mean to give God glory? Does it happen just on Sunday morning? What would it look like to give God glory today?
  • Sing with your family! Click the video below for a version of "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" and "Born is the King."

Day 19

  • Read Luke 2:15-20 as a family.
  • Luke writes that as the shepherds told them of what had taken place all who heard it wondered.
  • What does it mean to be in wonder of something? (to be filled with awe).
  • How many times today did you say the word "awesome?" What was it towards?
  • What is awesome about the Christmas story? Can you name 1-2 things that makes you wonder?
  • Sing some more!

Day 20

  •  Read Luke 2:21-40 as a family.
  • How was Simeon described? What was said of him? (Look at Luke 2:25 - He was holy, righteous, devout, waiting, and the Holy Spirit was upon him)
  • What was Simeon waiting for? How did he know about this Messiah? (good spot here to cover some of the OT prophecies that spoke of Christ's first coming - Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2)
  • Let your family follow in Simeon's adoration by singing this song together:

Day 21

  • Read Matthew 2:1-2 as a family.
  • God used a unique star to bring wise men from the East. These wise men must have been doing some serious research and observing the night often.
  • Why do you think the star is important?
  • The bible says in Psalm 19:1 that "the heavens declare the glory of God." What in nature reminds you of the creativity and power of our Creator?
  • Sing together!

Day 22

  • Read Matthew 2:1-12.
  • The bible doesn't really tell us there were only three wise men but that there were three gifts. Regardless, they made a long journey to worship Jesus. Do you think you would have been that dedicated to see Jesus?
  • It is said of these wise men that they were from the east. This means that they were not from Israel. Why do you think God would include them in witnessing the King of the world born? Who may we include into the Christmas story?
  • Sing together!

Day 23

  • Read Matthew 2:1-12 as a family.
  • These wise men brought Jesus precious gifts. What gift would you give to Jesus? It doesn't have to be material. What about obedience to your parents? Giving a gift to someone in need? Letting your brother or sister play with your toys? Sharing the Christmas story with someone at school?
  • What can we be praying about as a family?
  • Sing together!

Scripture memory for the Month of December

Take a look at the highlighted portion below to see what scripture we're memorizing for the month of December. Kids will be called up to quote Luke 2:10-11 on January 7th in our gathering.

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Advent Week 2

In the family devotional this week...

The main passage you'll be in this week with your family is Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 2:1-7. No, you don't have to stay here but it is intentional in placing us in the narrative of the Christmas story. Below are some additional questions and passages to go deeper as you spend devotional time with your family.

Day 11

  • What Old Testament passage spoke of Jesus' name before he was even born according to Matthew 1:23? (In Isaiah 7:14, 500+ years before). Why is prophecy a big deal?
  • What does your kid's names mean? Tell the story of why you gave them the name you did.
  • Did you know Jesus' name has meaning? His name means "God saves" and in His coming He is "God with us." In order for Him to be with us he must first save us. How have you experienced Jesus' saving and Him with you?

Day 12

  • Among all the people in the city, God had a plan for Joseph and Mary. Do you find yourself lost among a lot of people in school or in other activities? Or do you feel like you have gone unnoticed in this family?
  • Read Psalm 139 together as a family. Point out how God knows exactly where we are and see us so therefore we have not gone unnoticed in His eyes.
  • Ask you family, "What is your response after hearing God created us, knows us intimately, and is always present? What does this say about God? (Answer: He wants a relationship with us). Do you desire to enjoy and know Him more?

Day 13

  • Did you know Bethlehem means "house of bread"? Jesus also calls Himself the bread of life later in John 6:35.
  • Speak of the feeding of the 5,000+ and Read John 6:26-40. Emphasize verse 35. How is that possible, to never go hungry or never thirst again?!
  • What does bread do? Does it fill you up? In the same way, how does Jesus fill you up? If we don't find our joy and "filling" in Him we will look under the Christmas tree for it. Where do you go to find most joy and most happiness?

Day 14

  • How do you think Mary and Joseph responded when they were told there was no room in the inn for them? (nervous, scared, in panic...).
  • Luke writes, it was "the time for Mary to give birth"... What timing huh?! God had a specific time for Jesus to be born that wasn't Mary's or Joseph's. Yet the bible doesn't mention any complaining on their end. When you are inconvenienced or don't want to do something your parents are asking you to do, how do you respond?
  • How do we need to prepare Jesus room in our hearts today?

Day 15

  • Above all places, Jesus was born among livestock and placed in a feeding trough. This was the most unlikely spot for the Savior of the world to be born. God uses the unlikely and lowly and uses it for His glory.
  • Mary and Joseph could of easily thought, "Both of us and Jesus deserve better!" But they humbly submitted to where they were and trusted God for the results.
  • Read Luke 14:11. What does Jesus mean?
  • Where in your life do you think you deserve better? What does it look like to live a humble life? (serving others, thinking of others more, sharing, helping mom and dad around the house, etc)

Day 16

  • Read Mark 15:33-47 together, especially verse 46. Jesus was laid in a manger and would later be laid upon a wooden cross. Jesus was born to die for our sins to bring us into a relationship with Himself.
  • What connection can be made between the cloth Jesus was wrapped in at His birth and at His burial? Because Jesus came and was wrapped in linen we could be wrapped in His righteousness. How can we rest in what Jesus has done for us? Is there an area in our life where we are motivated by our own desire to be right rather than making much of Jesus?

Scripture memory for the Month of December

Take a look at the highlighted portion below to see what scripture we're memorizing for the month of December. Kids will be called up to quote Luke 2:10-11 on January 7th.

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