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21. Aug, 2016

All Fort SAND Kids will move to new groups this week (August 26). If you haven't received info about your child's group, please contact Bethany as soon as possible.

15. Nov, 2015

God Introduced Himself to Moses

Last week we learned about a baby boy. Does anyone remember his name? (Moses) This week we are talking about him all grown-up. Moses moved away from Egypt and was now married and had a family.

Moses worked for his father in law as a shepherd. He took care of sheep. care of sheep. (Make “baa” sound).  One day Moses was out in the fields with the sheep. (“baa”) As he was leading the sheep, (“baa”) they came to the mountain of God. All of a sudden Moses saw a strange thing. (Place your hand on your forehead like you are looking far away) Moses saw fire coming out of a tree—but the tree was still green. Nothing was burning up! 

Moses walked closer to get a better view. God saw that Moses was coming closer, so God called to Moses, “Moses, Moses!”

Then God said, “Stay where you are. Take off your sandals because this is holy ground.(Take off your shoes)

 God told Moses that He had seen how His people were being treated badly in Egypt.

He had heard their cries for help. God told Moses that He had a plan. And Moses was part of that plan to get the people out of their slavery. God told Moses to go and get His people.

Moses was afraid and didn’t think he was the right person for the job, but God told Moses that He would go with him. Moses asked God what he should tell the people and what he should tell the Pharaoh. God said, “tell them that I AM has sent me to you.” God gave Moses His name and told him to say that God is “I AM.” (have kids repeat “I Am” after you.”) 

God wanted Moses to know who He was and that He is in control. God wanted Moses to know who He is and that He is good. God wanted Moses to know who He is and that He had a great plan to rescue His people. 

Moses was still scared, but he trusted God and believed that God would rescue His people. Next week we’ll see the amazing things that God did to rescue His people and how He showed that He is powerful (strong arms), and loving (hug self) and good (2 thumbs up).


 MEMORY VERSE

  • For - - 4 fingers in the air
  • it is by grace- - arms crossed chest like the love sign
  • you’ve been saved,- - arms out to the side like a cross
  • through faith- - arms crossed chest like the love sign
  • and this not from yourselves, - - shake finger like saying NO
  • it is the gift of God- - hands out like receiving a gift
  • not by works, so that no one can boast.- - hands cupped around mouth like yelling 
  • Ephesians 2:8-9

Day 1 - Read Exodus 2:15- 3:6
What was Moses doing when God spoke to him? How did God first introduce Himself to Moses

Day 2 - Read Exodus 3:4-22
Write out what God told Moses to tell the people when they asked who He was. Flip through the book of John and notice some of the times that Jesus used the name “I Am” to describe Himself.

Day 3 - Read Psalm 98
Our challenge verse for the week tells us that God has made known His salvation. According to Romans 1:18-20, what else has God made known to all people?

Day 4 - Read John 18:1-11
Act out this story as a family. Talk about why the soldiers fell to the ground in verse 6. Who was Jesus saying He was when He said, “I am He?”

Day 5 - Read Luke 24:13-35
Our challenge verse says that God has made known His salvation. According to verse 17, how has God made this known? Talk through some of the ways that the law and prophets pointed to Jesus.

 

1. Nov, 2015

All Part of God's Plan (Joseph) 

Jacob had twelve sons. They took care of the sheep and goats. One son, Joseph, was Jacob’s favorite. Jacob loved Joseph the most. Jacob gave Joseph a very special coat. When his brothers saw the coat, they were jealous that their father loved Joseph most of all.

One night, Joseph had a dream that his brothers bowed down to him. After that dream, Joseph’s brothers didn’t want to be around him anymore. Soon after that, Joseph was sent to his brothers in the field. When they saw him coming they were very jealous and mad. “Here comes the dreamer,” said one of them. 

By the time Joseph reached his brothers, they had come up with a plan. They decided to get rid of Joseph. They caught Joseph, took his fancy coat, and dropped him into a well. Joseph couldn’t get out. They saw a group of traders coming their way. One brother said, “Why not sell Joseph to those traders? We’ll be rid of him and we’ll get some money too.” The brothers all agreed.

They took Joseph out of the well and they sold him. The traders took Joseph to Egypt as a slave. Jacob was very sad. He cried and cried because he loved Joseph very much. The brothers never told their father the truth.

Joseph lived in Egypt for many years. At first he was not happy. His brothers had been mean to him. They sold Joseph as a slave. But God was with Joseph and he helped him. In Egypt, Joseph became King Pharaoh’s most important leader. But now, no rain had fallen in Egypt. No food had grown. The people in Egypt were hungry. When they cam to Joseph, he sold them food to eat.

Joseph’s father and eleven brothers lived in Canaan. They were hungry too. They had no food to eat. So Jacob, their father said, “Go to Egypt and buy food for us.” Ten of the brothers left. When the brothers arrived in Egypt, Joseph saw them, but they didn’t know who he was. They did not know that Joseph was the leader of Egypt. Joseph was glad to see his brothers, but he remembered the mean things they had done to him. 

He said to them, “I am Joseph, your brother. Even though you were mean to me, I forgive you. God has brought our family together again!” 

The brothers were amazed and thankful. They were so glad that Joseph had forgiven them! All of Joseph’s brothers and his father and all of their family all came to live in Egypt. They praised God for using the bad plans that they had as part of God’s great plan and they remembered that God is in charge of the whole world!


 MEMORY VERSE

  • “Know therefore - point to the sides of your head
  • that the Lord - point up
  • your God - point to each other
  • is God; - point up
  • He is the Faithful God.” - cross arms over chest
  • Deuteronomy 7:9

Genesis 50 teaches us that God is wise

Day 1 - Read Genesis 37:1-11
This week you’re going to make a mural of Joseph’s life. Each day, read the text for the day and draw a picture~ then add it to the picture from the day before. Write one statement on each day’s page of how we see God’s wisdom in this part of the story...and how this account led to God rescuing His people.

Day 2 - Read Genesis 37:12-36

Day 3 - Read Genesis 39:1-6 & 16-23

Day 4 - Read Genesis 41

Day 5 - Read Genesis 45 & 50:15-26 

 


 God is Always in Control 

*** to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”

God is always in control, in control, in control
God is always in control. God’s plan is good.

God told Noah to build a boat, build a boat, build a boat. God told Noah to build a boat. God’s plan is good.

God told Abram to follow Him, follow Him, follow Him. God told Abram to follow Him.
God’s plan is good.

God gave Ab’ram a promised son, 
promised son, promised son. 
God gave Ab’ram a promised son.
God’s plan is good.

God chose Jacob over Esau, over  Esau, 
over  Esau. God chose Jacob over Esau.
God’s plan is good.

25. Oct, 2015

Chosen By God: Jacob

 

Do you remember the story of Abraham? God made a big promise to Abraham and said that he would have as many kids as the stars in the sky and that all people on the earth would be blessed through him. This promise from God was for Abraham’s family and would be passed down from father to son forever. God gave Abraham and Sarah a son named Isaac and that’s how He started to keep His promise.

Isaac grew up and he married a woman named Rebekah. After they had been married for a while, people thought that Rebekah would never have children, because she was getting old and didn’t have any kids yet. But, had faith in God, so He prayed to God and asked God to give them children. God answered Isaac's prayer and his wife became pregnant. She soon found out that she wasn’t pregnant with just one baby.... but with twins ~ 2 babies!

While the babies were growing inside of her, they started doing what all babies do and started moving around. Rebekah felt them moving around, but something didn’t feel right. It felt like her babies were fighting inside of her. So she asked God, "Why is this happening to me?"

Rebekah was worried about her babies. God answered her prayer and said, "Your babies are from 2 different nations and the older one will serve the younger one."

This was strange because usually in the Bible the older one is the leader. But in this case, God said that the older brother would serve the younger brother.

When the twins were born the first and oldest boy to be born was named Esau. He was red and hairy all over when he was born. Right behind him came his younger brother Jacob.

As the boys got older they liked doing different things.  Esau was good at hunting and loved doing things outside and Jacob liked to be close to home.

The things that God had said about them before they were born became true and instead of God’s promise to Abraham...and then to Isaac.... going to Esau.... God’s promise went to Jacob (the younger son). God chose Jacob to get the promise instead of Esau before either of them were born. God didn’t choose Jacob because he was good, but God chose Jacob because God chose to choose Jacob.


 MEMORY VERSE

  • “Know therefore - point to the sides of your head
  • that the Lord - point up
  • your God - point to each other
  • is God; - point up
  • He is the Faithful God.” - cross arms over chest
  • Deuteronomy 7:9

Genesis 25 & 27 teach us that God chooses His people

Day 1 - Read Genesis 25:19-26
For days 1-3 of this week, work together as a family to make a mural of Jacob and Esau’s story. Add to the picture each day. Discuss what God said to Rebekah and how this shows us that God chooses His people.


Day 2 - Read Genesis 25:27-34
Add to the mural. How do we see God’s words starting to be fulfilled in this story. What is a birthright and what happened to Esau’s birthright?


Day 3 - Read Genesis 27:1-40
Add to the mural. Compare Isaac’s blessing for Jacob (who he thought was Esau) with what God told Rebekah before the boys were born. How do you see God’s sovereignty at work in this passage?


Day 4 - Read Romans 9:10-18
These verses help us to make sense of the story of Jacob and Esau. Write verse 16 on your mural and talk about how this helps us to see that salvation is completely a work of God and never something we can do on our own.


Day 5 - Read Ephesians 1:3-10
This passage talks about how god saves His people through Jesus and how His plan to save His people began before the creation of the world. What is the big word in this passage that means that God chooses His people.

 


 God is Always in Control 

*** to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”

God is always in control, in control, in control
God is always in control. God’s plan is good.

God told Noah to build a boat, build a boat, build a boat. God told Noah to build a boat. God’s plan is good.

God told Abram to follow Him, follow Him, follow Him. God told Abram to follow Him.
God’s plan is good.

God gave Ab’ram a promised son, 
promised son, promised son. 
God gave Ab’ram a promised son.
God’s plan is good.

God chose Jacob over Esau, over  Esau, 
over  Esau. God chose Jacob over Esau.
God’s plan is good.

18. Oct, 2015

A PROMISED SON: ISAAC

Who remembers our story from last week? As Usual we looked into the Bible and discover big truths about who God is and what God is like. We started talking about a man named Abraham and how God made Abraham part of His big plan. 

Let’s review a bit.... God had a big plan. God told Abraham to follow Him. God promised Abraham that He would make Abraham into a great nation and that He would bless Abraham and his family. That’s what God said He was going to do and Abraham trusted God and knew that God is faithful.

Today’s story starts with how God kept His promise to make Abraham into a great nation. When God told Abraham that He was going to give Abraham a big family, He actually said that Abraham would have as many children as stars in the sky. 

This was a little bit of a confusing promise because at this point, Abraham and his wife, Sarah were very old and didn’t have any children. It seemed impossible, but God can do impossible things. God can do big things. 

When Abraham was 100 years old and his wife Sarah was 90 years old, God kept His promise and gave them a family. 

God gave Abraham and Sarah a baby named Isaac. 
God gave Isaac two sons - Jacob & Esau. 
God gave Jacob twelve sons. 

God’s special family was growing and growing. And it all started with the promised birth of one little boy.

But, this wasn’t the end of God’s promise. In fact, there would be another special baby that would fulfill all of God’s promises to Abraham. Many years later, God gave another special baby to the world. This baby was named Jesus. Jesus came to earth to rescue God’s family by dying on the cross. Jesus was the answer to all of the promises that God made to Abraham. Jesus was the blessing that would come into the world to rescue and save God’s special family.


 MEMORY VERSE

  • “Know therefore - point to the sides of your head
  • that the Lord - point up
  • your God - point to each other
  • is God; - point up
  • He is the Faithful God.” - cross arms over chest
  • Deuteronomy 7:9

 Genesis 12-22 teach us that Jesus is the Promised One.

Day 1 - Read Hebrews 11:11-12 & 17-19
How did Abraham show his faith in God in these 2 accounts? Look back at Hebrews 11:1 and review the definition of faith.


Day 2 - Read Genesis 15
In Genesis 12, God took Abram from his home and and led him to a new land and Abram follwed by faith. God had promised Abram that he would be the father of many nations, but he still din’t have any kids and Abram was starting to worry. Compare this 2nd promise from God to the 1st one in Genesis 12.

Day 3 - Read Genesis 18:1-15
What does this story teach us about God’s faithfulness? Abraham & Sarah waited for a long time for their promised son, but the wait was just beginning for “The Promised Son”.... read Isaiah 9:6-7. Who is this Son?

Day 4 - Read Genesis 22:1-18
God gave the promised son (Isaac) and then tested Abraham’s faith. How did Abraham respond?

Day 5 - Read Romans 8:28-39
God spared Abraham’s son (Isaac). Who did He not spare and why not? According to our challenge verse for the week, what will God give to those who believe in His Son?

 


 God is Always in Control 

*** to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”

God is always in control, in control, in control
God is always in control. God’s plan is good.

God told Noah to build a boat, build a boat, build a boat. God told Noah to build a boat. God’s plan is good.

God told Abram to follow Him, follow Him, follow Him. God told Abram to follow Him.
God’s plan is good.

God gave Ab’ram a promised son, 
promised son, promised son. 
God gave Ab’ram a promised son.
God’s plan is good.

God chose Jacob over Esau, over  Esau, 
over  Esau. God chose Jacob over Esau.
God’s plan is good.