Have your kids ever seen a well? Do they understand how they work? Have they ever tried to carry a bucket of water from a well to provide water for some need? Today’s urban and suburban culture means many kids have never even seen a well.
Not understanding the importance of wells and the difficulties in using them means quite a few Bible stories lose their meaning for your kids.
Today’s devotional allows you to choose between three different Bible stories featuring wells. Use only one Bible story or look at all three for a more complete understanding of wells and the Bible stories about them.
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Grapes are often a favorite fruit of children and adults. Today you can enjoy grapes and (if you are brave enough!), a fun activity with grapes. In the process, you can also teach your kids a story from the Bible and the lessons they can learn from it. Our devotional is flexible because you choose which Bible story and application principle you want your kids to learn.
So let’s get started!
Supplies: grapes, optional large bowl and ingredients to make a food containing grapes
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There is something about royalty that fascinates kids. Why not take advantage of that interest and have fun with your kids – teaching them about the Bible at the same time? This fun family devotional has several “regal” activities your kids may enjoy. Best of all, you get to pick out the royalty from our three stories you think your kids need to learn about the most.
So let’s get started.
Supplies: varies, but look for things around your house that could be used to make crowns (like paper or cardboard or even dress up toys your kids already have), royal robes and capes, scepters – even a throne, you may also want to have “fancy” food like cucumber cream cheese sandwiches, lukewarm “hot” tea – even “fancy” cookies
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We spend a lot of time in Christian education and parenting circles talking about the importance of exposing your kids to the Bible. We give you all sorts of tips on helping your kids transition to independent Bible reading. Your kids may be hearing a lot of Bible stories at Church or perhaps at a Christian school. Some of you may have children that could easily beat the average adult in a Bible trivia contest.
All of those things are wonderful. Except for one thing. Do your kids only know Bible facts or do they know how to take those stories and use the principles and commands in them to live a Christian life? Sadly, for the majority of kids and teens, the answer is “No”. Not because they don’t know what is in the Bible. It’s because they haven’t been taught what to do with all of that information floating around in their heads.
Without understanding what they need to be learning from Bible stories and the skills to put it into practice, it’s little wonder so few Christian young people are living a godly life. Some of it is indeed rebellion, but much of it is because they don’t even know what living a Christian life means or how to do it. To them, Christianity is that pretty church building where they worship and not much more.
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Have you ever noticed how many boats there are in the Bible? Using boats to help your kids understand the Bible can be a lot of fun – especially as the weather gets warmer! As always, our devotionals are flexible – you pick the Bible story and application principle you believe your kids need the most.
So let’s get started!
Materials: Bible, various materials that could be used to make model boats – aluminum foil, paper, etc., large container of water, pennies
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