Brainwashed

It is a difficult time to be a Christian. It is not because we find ourselves under persecution, but because we are considered extremists for having traditional beliefs.

It is so important that we teach the truth and authority of Scripture to children. I such felt a huge burden yesterday to teach the kids this, that I actually preached it twice! (Kids Worship and Grapple). As you sit down with your children and use these Conversation Starters or just your own devotion, please help them understand that the Bible is our only standard.

Yesterday’s sermon was about Daniel and his three pals. If you missed Jerry’s sermon, you can listen to it here.

Although they were young, captured, taken from their families, and spent three years learning about a culture that was unfamiliar and pagan, they never lost their faith in God.

Science project: Yesterday I took celery and placed it in water with food coloring. After letting it sit all night, the veins of the celery began to change. Because of that, the celery looked different. (If your child was not in Kids Worship, please do this project with your kids.) (The celery is us. I used red dye for worldly things, and I used green dye for God. The green dye helps the celery become the color it is supposed to be, and therefore looks healthier.)

This project shows that the celery (us) will begin to soak up whatever is around it (colored water). This relates directly to us. So, here are the Conversation Starters:

  • Ask them about the story of Daniel and his three amigos. If they don’t remember the story, then help them out.
  • What did King Nebuchadnezzar try to give Daniel and the three amigos? (Meat and Wine)
  • What did Daniel do then? Read Daniel 1:8.
  • If Daniel was ok with them changing his name and teaching him about their culture, why don’t you think he would eat with them? (Because if he eats with them, he is saying that their pagan beliefs are ok.)
  • Did Daniel get really mad at them and start screaming?? (No. He remained faithful to God without causing a ruckus.)
  • When someone at school is doing something wrong, should you participate in whatever they are doing? (Examples: bullying, cheating, not sharing, cussing, etc.)
  • If you participate in whatever they are doing, what does that show them about what you believe?
  • Should you scream at them and tell them they are awful people? (NO!) What should you do instead?

 

Enjoy and tweak the questions to fit your needs!

Unthinkable Sin Demands Unbelievable Justice

What an exciting Easter weekend it was! Good Friday, Journey To The Cross, Easter Eggstravaganza, and all four services yesterday made for a monster celebration of our risen Savior.

This week as Pastor Jerry and I prepared our Easter sermons, I wondered if the kids would be able to handle our One Main Idea: Unthinkable Sin Demands Unbelievable Justice. As it turns out, they can. If you were not able to make it to any of the services yesterday, please go listen to the sermon via Podcast or click here.

I love the idea of streamlining Pastor Jerry’s sermon with mine. We are also going to start conversation starters on the blog the following Monday. For all parents of children, here are the conversation starters:

  • When you are at school, and you see someone being bullied, what do you do?
  • Do you ever see a bully get away with their actions? Do they not get in trouble?
  • Do you think that is fair?
  • Read Habakkuk 1:1-4. Should Habakkuk speak to God in this way?
  • Have you ever felt like Habakkuk? A bully not getting in trouble? A sibling not getting in trouble?
  • What is Unthinkable Sin? (In Kids Worship we talked about all sin being “unthinkable.” For Habakkuk, there was violence and destruction. For us, it’s everyday sin. To God, there is no distinction. Sin is sin.)
  • Read Habakkuk 1:5-6. God is about to raise up a people for the sole purpose of destruction. Are the Israelites getting what they deserved?
  • What is Unbelievable Justice? 
  • If the Chaldeans were raised up to bring justice to the Israelites, who was raised up for us?
  • Do we get what we deserve? Does Jesus deserve it? (Illustration: If your sibling took a spanking that you deserved, how would that make you feel?)
  • Can God really love us so much, that he would send his only son to die for us? Yes.

 

Feel free to adjust accordingly with these questions. These are skeleton questions to help pursue meaty conversation with your children. Enjoy!