Dig in at Home - 14 April

God Comforts Elijah - 1 Kings 19:1-18

Here’s what happens…

Elijah is tired. He feels defeated, scared, and alone. God gives him rest and food and then speaks in a gentle whisper, addressing Elijah’s concerns. God is comforting, and he helps Elijah see that he’s not going to lose, he has nothing to fear, and he’s not alone.

Bible Point

God is comforting,so we comfort others.

Family Together Time

- Get comfortable! Put on your most comfortable jammies, gather a lot of pillows and blankets, and bring your favorite stuffed animals. (This might be a great bedtime activity!)

- Once you’re all comfortable, talk about problems or troubles your family has faced before. What did God do to comfort you in those times? (Remember, God may have used other people to bring you comfort.)

- Read 2 Corinthians 1:4 in the box above.

- Brainstorm together a way your family can comfort someone you know based on the comfort God gave you during your hard time.

- Do it! Comfort the person you discussed using the ideas you came up with.

Talk About This…

- What’s the most comfortable place you can think of?

Discuss and Watch “Big & Tall”

We’re learning that God is comforting, so we comfort others.

- Tell about a time you felt really discouraged. Share your own story first.

- What did other people do to comfort you?

Let’s see how a bee comforts a flower in our video.

Watch “Big & Tall.”

- What did you notice about the way Buzzly comforted Flowery?

When Flowery needed comforting, Buzzly tried kind words, then thought of a way to help Flowery solve his problem. Those are two great ways to comfort others! God is comforting, so we comfort others.

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Holy Week - Palm Sunday 14 April

Holy Week

Today, Palm Sunday starts Holy week. ‘Holy’ means ‘set apart’ and so this week, Christians set apart time to prepare themselves, their hearts and minds for Easter. This week, you might like to read and act out scripture, or have special meals with friends and family. Whatever you do, remember that this week is about remembering why Jesus came to Earth, what he did while he was here, and what that means for us today.

- Why do you think it’s important to celebrate the special time of Holy Week?

- How will you get your heart and mind ready for the mystery of Easter?

Following are some readings, activities and discussion questions you can use this week to help you in this Holy Week. I pray that you as you use them with your family, you will be blessed and encouraged.

Palm Sunday – Luke 19:29-44

On Palm Sunday, we remember that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. Unlike the big parades that Kings would ordinarily have with lots of guards, soldiers and horses.

Imagine that you are Jesus in this part of His story…

- How do you feel knowing that these same people who are celebrating you today will be condemning you at the end of the week?

- If you could the people one thing to do, what would it be?

Imagine you are the people in the crowd or one of the disciples?

- What do you think it means for Jesus to be the King?

- How do you feel knowing that Jesus has told you that he will die soon?

- If you could ask Jesus anything, what would it be?

Jesus the King showed a better way of being human, by being humble.

- What do you think this passage saying to you? What are you going to do about it?

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Dig in at Home - 7 April

God Provides Food for Elijah and A Widow Shares Her Last Bread - 1 Kings 17

Here’s what happens…

There’s a drought for several years that makes food scarce. But God sends ravens to Elijah to bring him meat and bread twice a day. Elijah also has water to drink from a brook. When the brook goes dry, God sends Elijah to a poor widow. She’s down to her last meal’s worth of food and has nothing to give, but she generously gives to Elijah anyway. God is generous as well and continues to replenish the widow’s food supply for as long as she needs.

Family Together Time

• When you go grocery shopping this week, make it a point to buy at least one extra nonperishable item to donate. (If that’s a stretch for you financially, ask God to help you trust him as you give generously.)

• If your kids don’t normally go shopping with you, you might involve them by having them list some ideas of what to buy to donate. Or you could make a special trip where each child chooses one item within your budget.

• Donate the items together, either to a food pantry your church offers, a homeless shelter, or a community food pantry.

• Before you drop off the food, hold the item (or items) and pray for God to reveal his generous heart to whoever receives your donations.

Talk About This…

• What’s the best thing God has provided for you?

• Give an example of what it means to give generously.

Discuss and Watch “A Widow Shares”

We’re learning that God is generous, so we’re generous.

• What’s the most generous thing you’ve seen someone do?

Let’s see how God and the widow showed generosity.

Watch “A Widow Shares.”

• Tell about a time you felt really hungry. Share your own story first.

• Imagine I’d asked you for food during that time. How would you have felt?

The widow wasn’t merely hungry; this was the very last bit of food she had. But she still shared! That’s generous. She did it because she trusted that God would be generous, too. And he was! She always had enough food because God is generous.

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Dig in at Home - 31 March

David Is Kind to Mephibosheth - 2 Samuel 9

Here’s what happens…

King David finds Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth. David shows kindness by inviting him to the palace, feeding him a meal, and letting him eat at the palace regularly. God was kind to David, and David passed it on. God is kind, so we’re kind.

Bible Point

God is kind, so we’re kind.

Family Together Time

Choose one or two people outside of your household, and overwhelm them with kindness by showing them an act of kindness each day this week! Here are some ideas.

- Help around the yard or house.

- Make food for them.

- Draw pictures for them.

- Make cards for them.

- Write heartfelt letters to them.

- Make a video for them.

- Text them with encouragement.

- Call to pray with them.

- Use your talents to come up with your own kind ideas!

Talk About This…

- What’s the kindest thing someone has ever done for you?

Discuss and Watch

In our story, David showed kindness to Mephibosheth. But what happens when we’re not quite sure how to be kind? Let’s see what happened to Carl when he tried to be kind.

Watch “Carl the Kind.”

- Why were Carl’s first efforts to be kind not actually kind?

- Tell about a time you had good intentions but just messed something up. Share your own story first.

- Is it still kindness if your heart is in the right place? Explain.

Carl’s heart was in the right place. He wanted to help! But he was so focused on doing something impressive that he wasn’t paying attention to what people actually needed. In the Bible, David took care of Mephibosheth’s needs. We show kindness when we see what will truly help others and show them God’s love. God is kind, so we’re kind.

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Dig in at Home - 24 March

David Celebrates - 2 Samuel 6

Here’s what happens…

King David leads a parade to bring the Ark of the Lord back to Israel. It’s a big celebration, with music and dancing. David is wearing clothes that make him not look like a king, and his wife isn’t happy. But David knows that God is praiseworthy, so we celebrate him.

Bible Point

God is praiseworthy, so we celebrate him.

Family Together Time

Throw a party to celebrate what God has done for your family.

- Hang balloons.

- Bake a cake.

- Think of gifts you can give to God.

- Make signs thanking God for what he has done and for who he is.

- Play party games.

- Play worship music and dance along.

Talk About This…

- Tell about the most fun celebration or party you’ve ever been to.

- What were you celebrating?

Discuss and Watch “Dance & Praise”

David knew God is praiseworthy, and he celebrated God by singing and dancing.

- What do you like to do when you’re celebrating?

Let’s watch a video about a girl who celebrates and worships God by dancing.

Watch “Dance & Praise.”

- Jaedyn says that dancing is an act of worship because God gave you the bodies to dance, so you’re supposed to give it right back to him. Do you agree with that? Explain.

- Jaedyn learned about God through dancing. What’s something you do that helps you learn more about who God is?

- This video says that “worship is treasuring God above all things.” When you think about worship that way, how could you worship God?

God is praiseworthy, so we celebrate him! We can celebrate him through dancing, like David and Jaedyn, or we can celebrate him through focusing on him, making sure he’s the most important, and showing our love for him. Let’s celebrate God all week!

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Dig in at Home - 17 March

David Values Saul’s Life - 1 Samuel 24; 26

Here’s what happens…

Saul is chasing David and trying to kill him. Finally, David has two opportunities to kill Saul; once in a cave and once when Saul is sleeping. Both times, David chooses to spare Saul’s life because he knows God values people.

Bible Point

God values people, so we value people.

Through the Week

Tell people they’re valuable to God!

- Text someone to say, “God values you, and I do, too!”

- Call someone to share what you value about that person.

- Each day, tell your friends and family members one thing you value about them.

- You can even tell people you don’t know, “God values you!”

Talk About This…

- What do you think God values about you?

Discuss and Watch “The Chance for Revenge”

In today’s Bible story, David had the chance to get back at Saul. Saul was chasing David and trying to kill him—and a lot of people who were in David’s shoes would’ve wanted revenge.

- Tell about a time you wanted a chance to take revenge on someone. Share your own story first, demonstrating how to avoid mentioning any names.

Let’s watch some pets and see what happened when they faced a situation similar to the one David and Saul were in.

Watch “The Chance for Revenge”

- What do you think about the way Lexy treated Spike?

- What do you think of Marty the fish’s advice to Spike?

- What can you learn from the way Spike—and David—treated their enemies?

- How is this story like David and Saul’s?

Marty suggested that Spike could hurt Lexy with his quills. That’s kind of like David’s army suggesting David kill Saul. But instead, Spike found a way to make peace by showing Lexy he wouldn’t hurt her, even if he could. Spike showed that he valued a friendship with Lexy more than revenge, and David showed that he valued Saul’s life more than he wanted revenge. God values people, so we value people…even if we have a chance for revenge.

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Dig in at Home - 10 March

An Idol Bows to God’s Ark - 1 Samuel 5:1-5

Here’s what happens…

The Philistines capture the Ark of God, a holy box that represents God’s presence. They put the Ark in a temple with an idol named Dagon, and Dagon keeps falling before the Ark! This demonstrates that God is real and the idol isn’t.

Bible Point

God is real, so we believe he’s the one true God.

Through the Week

The idol falling before the Ark of God was evidence that God is real and the idol wasn’t. This week, find modern-day evidence that God is real.

- Look for God Sightings—evidence that God is real.

- God Sightings might include a sunset, a kind word, an answer to prayer, or a good day.

- Share your God Sightings with each other in the car, at a meal, or at bedtime.

Talk About This…

- If you could make one fake thing become real, what would you choose and why?

Discuss and Watch “What’s More Important?”

- If someone who didn’t know you walked into your room, what would that person think is most important to you?

In the Bible in 1 Samuel 5:1-5, some people didn’t know God was real. They thought a fake god, an idol, was more important! But God showed that he’s the one true God by making the idol bow to the ark that represented God’s presence. Let’s watch a video where you’ll decide what’s more important. Get ready to move!

Watch “What’s More Important?”

- How did you decide which was more important in each choice?

- Were there any that were really hard to choose between? Why?

- Think about that last choice: Based on what you pay the most attention to in your life, what would others say is most important to you? What are your thoughts on that question?

None of the things in our video were bad. You might like soccer, your phone, kittens, and straight A’s. Those can all be good things! But they can also become idols if we let them be more important than God. God is the only true God, so he deserves the most of our attention.

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