Doing Good

Reading: Luke 6:27-38

The following tale is an excerpt from the story “Metempsychosis.”  This tale can be found in the book, The Wonderful Pocket and Other Stories which was written in 1869 by Chauncey Giles.  Now out of print, the book can be read freely online.  It is an interesting story that encourages young boys and girls to do good to others.

METEMPSYCHOSIS

“O Father!” said little John Clive, “what is the meaning of this long, hard word?”

“What word?” asked his father.

“I cannot pronounce it. It is too long and hard for me,” said John… John brought the book to his father.

“That is metempsychosis.”

“Me-temp-sy-cho-sis,” said John, pronouncing it very slowly. “What a long, hard word! It must have a big meaning, I am sure. But I don’t see what they make such long, hard words for.”

“They make them to express ideas,” said his father.

“Well,” replied John,” metempsychosis must express a bigger idea than I ever had.”

“Very probable,” said his father; “but it contains a very interesting one, nevertheless; and when I have explained it to you, I will tell you a very strange dream I had about it last night.” Read the rest of this entry »

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The Beattitudes

Reading: Matthew 5: 1-12

How to Be Happy was written by Lydia Sigourney and published in 1833. It is now out of print but may be read freely online.

LOVE ALL MANKIND

It is easy to love the good. It is pleasant to love those who love us. It is possible to be kind to others, even if they are not kind to us. But we should try to love all human beings, because our Father in Heaven made them. They are his family. Read the rest of this entry »

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My Ways

Reading: Isaiah 55:6-11

One day when I was about 11 years old I determined that I was going to make myself a skirt. I found some fabric, cut it and started to sew it together just like that. But of course when I held the skirt up to myself, I noticed so many mistakes. My stitches could be seen, the pattern on the fabric was going the wrong way, and I had no idea how I was going to get into it, for I hadn’t thought of leaving myself room for a waistband or zipper. Read the rest of this entry »

Redemption in Christ

Reading: Isaiah 43:1-7

One sunny summer day Jonah and his Aunt Nina went out shopping together. Jonah had brought his own money so that he could buy his mother a birthday present.

“What do you want to get your Mama for her birthday?” asked Aunt Nina as they sat in traffic.

Jonah smiled. “Last month I saw a bracelet on sale at Mr. Clark’s jewelry store. Daddy helped me put it on layaway for Mama, and today I brought the money for it. Mr. Clark gave me a good discount because Daddy works with his wife.”

“That was good thinking, Jonah,” said his aunt.

“Well, we were there to get Daddy’s watch fixed, and when I saw that bracelet I knew that Mama would like it. Daddy already paid for part of it, and he said I could pay the rest when I came back.”

Aunt Nina nodded. “I’ll take you there today so you can do that. Did you bring your receipt?”

“Yes.” Jonah dug around in his pocket and found the piece of paper that his Daddy had given him. “Do I just give it to Mr. Clark?”

“Yes, with the rest of the money you owe. Tell him you’ve come to redeem your bracelet.” Aunt Nina smiled. “Do you know what that means?”

“That I’ve come to buy it?”

“It’s somewhat the same meaning. Mama’s bracelet is waiting for its new owner. It’s waiting in that little case in Mr. Clark’s store, and you’ve come to set it free. Mr. Clark is holding it for you until pay the rest of what is owed on it.

“You’ve heard of people holding prisoners for ransom? The one who pays the ransom is the redeemer. You are the bracelet’s redeemer. God calls Himself a Redeemer. Can you think of what God paid for us?”

Jonah nodded. “Christ died for the sins of man. He paid for all the bad things that men do. ”

“That’s right. Christ paid the price that man should have paid. Christ is our Redeemer. And if He was willing to do that for us, we should know that He would protect us as long as we followed Him.”

“I’ve always wondered why Christ would do that for people, even the baddest people who killed him,” said Jonah.

“Well, it was a gift. You are buying a gift today for your Mama because she’s precious to you. And God wants us to know that we’re precious to Him.”

For Further Study:

  • Redemption… atonement… salvation… these words all point to the sacrifice that Christ made on our behalf. Read Psalm 130. How much did Israel long for their Messiah?

 

  • Read Romans 3:21. Who needs redemption? How is redemption found? How complete is that redemption? Read Romans 6:3-7. How do we come into contact with the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ?

 

  • Read verse 7 from Isaiah 43. Did you ever consider that YOU were created for God’s glory? How are you glorifying God in your life? What else can you do to bring glory to His Name?
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Surviving Difficulty

Reading: Isaiah 17:1-8

As I write this Bible lesson, it is December in West Texas. This is a deceptive month, for some days it is bitterly cold, and some days it is as sunny and warm as an April morning. We may leave the house at breakfast in coats and jackets, then abandon them in the afternoon to play in the park; yet by nightfall, it is time to light a fire in the fireplace.

This is the time that our trees are losing leaves and the garden has been put to bed. Yet, one may see a few brave flowers in the fields. Birds that are flying south for the winter stop here to sing. We see these little reminders of the warm weather, before the January frost arrives. They remind me of these verses in Isaiah.

God says that difficult times will come for His people. Sometimes these include trials and distresses, persecution and wars. But God said He would strengthen His people, and that some would survive. Those are the “gleanings” left in the field, and the “four or five branches” left on the fruitful tree. Those are the ones whose faith remain intact. Could that be you? When things are difficult, will you be that brave little flower in the field, that bird still trilling his song into the gray December sky? Pray that your faith will grow in strength and wisdom, so that you can be a certain reminder of God’s love to those around you.

For Further Study:

  • The idea of a “remnant” is that God would allow some of the faithful Israelites to survive, because Christ was coming from this people (remember the theme of the Old Testament?). See Isaiah 1:9; Jeremiah 23:3; and Ezekiel 14:22. God gave these words to be a hope to His people Israel.
  • In a sense, Christians are a remnant as well. Do you sometimes feel like you’re in the minority because you serve God? There was a young person in the Bible who might have felt the same way, but who stayed loyal to Christ and His cause. Young Timothy traveled with Paul and “stuck with him” even when others didn’t. You can read about him in Philippians 2:19-23.
  • Talk to an older person this week about his or her life in Christ. What things have helped them remain faithful? What things have shaken their faith? What advice could they give you about staying true to God?
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Thank You God

This song teaches thankfulness for God’s many blessings.  It can be used with different props and pictures depending on the subject upon which you want to focus.

(Tune: Mary had a little lamb)

Thank you God for food to eat, food to eat, food to eat,

Thank you God for food to eat,

You gave me what I need.

(In place of “food to eat,” you can substitute: families to love, flowers that grow, birds that sing, all my toys, books to read, etc.)

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Songs about parents & grandparents

Here are some songs that our congregation has used in its baby Bible class for many years.  They were passed down from one mother to the next, so I’m afraid I no longer know who gets credit for them 🙂  But they are tried-and-true and well-loved.  While singing the songs, we show the children pictures of their parents & grandparents, and/or magazine clippings of families, and sometimes little dolls.

God Made Mommy/Daddy

(Tune: Are You Sleeping?)

God made Mommy, God made Mommy,

Yes He did, yes He did,

And we love her, and we love her,

Yes we do, yes we do.

(You can substitute “Daddy/him” in place of “Mommy/her”.  You can also substitute the names of members of the congregation)


Parents Bring Babies to Class

(Tune: The Bear Went Over the Mountain)

Parents bring babies to class,

Parents bring babies to class,

Parents bring babies to class,

Parents know what is best.

(In place of “Parents” you can substitute Mommies, Daddies, Grandmas, Grandpas, etc.)


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