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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Dig in at Home - 3 March 2019

God Speaks to Samuel - 1 Samuel 3:1-21

Here’s what happens…

One night, Samuel wakes up to someone calling his name. He thinks it’s Eli, the priest, but it’s not. By the third time Samuel hears his name, Eli realizes it’s God. Samuel listens to God’s message and passes it along. God speaks, so we listen for him.

Bible Point

God speaks, so we listen for him.

Family Together Time

Play this fun game to practice listening with your family!

- Play a game of Hide-and-Seek with a twist.

- When the Seeker calls out “I’m listening!” the Hiders must make noises. They can be whistles, knocking, tongue clicking sounds, kissy noises, and so on.

- The Seeker will listen carefully for sounds until he or she finds everyone.

- Play several rounds so everyone can be the Seeker!

- Talk about what you did to listen carefully in the game.

- Talk about what you can do to listen carefully to God.

Talk About This…

- What’s something you’d love to hear God talk to you about?

Discuss and Watch

Today we’re learning that God speaks, so we listen for him.

- What are some ways God speaks?

Let’s listen to God as we see a lot of different ways he speaks. Think of this video as a prayer, and listen for God as you watch.

Watch “Are You Listening?”

- How did you hear God as you watched this video?

- How have you heard God as you experienced one of the things from this video in real life?

God speaks through all kinds of normal, everyday things. He spoke to Samuel while he was sleeping! Samuel didn’t think it was God at first, but soon he learned to listen for God’s voice. God speaks, so listen!

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Dig in at Home - 24 February

God Makes the Sun Stand Still - Joshua 10:1-15

Here’s what happens…

The Israelites fight against five armies to defend another population, the Gibeonites. In turn, God defends the Israelites, sending their enemies into a panic and causing the sun to stand still so they have time to defeat their enemies. God is our defender, too.

Bible Point:

God is our defender, so we defend others.

Through the Week

Defend each other with prayer throughout the week!

- Find a round object, such as a coin, for each person in your family.

- Each person will pick up a coin and share about a current battle he or she is facing. For example, a battle could be a stressful test, worries about a friendship, or stress at work.

- Pray for each other right away.

- Carry the round objects all week to remind you of the sun and how God defended the Israelites by causing the sun to stand still.

- Whenever you feel the “sun” in your pocket, stop and pray for the battles your family members are facing.

- Be sure to support each other in your battles so you know your family is always on your side.

Talk About This…

- What superhero would best be able to defend you right now? Why?

Watch and Discuss

Today we’re learning that God is our defender, so we defend others.

- Without naming any names, share things you’ve seen a bully do.

Let’s see what happens in our video when some kids have to deal with a bully.

Watch “The Bully.”

- After seeing what the kids in this video did, what are some tips you can use to deal with a bully?

- What are some good ideas you have for defending others from a bully?

At first, Sophia let the bully win. But when she saw that the bully was keeping a lot of kids from enjoying the playground, she decided to be a defender. Even though Sophia was a lot smaller than the bully, that was okay, because she didn’t need to fight. She went with a group of kids to talk to the bully, told the bully that what she was doing was wrong, and showed the bully compassion. God is our defender, so we defend others using kindness and compassion.

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Dig in at Home - 17 February

Moses Sees God’s Holiness - Exodus 33–34

Here’s what happens…

God meets with Moses in a tent, passes by as Moses hides in a mountain crevice, and meets with Moses in a cloud. Moses’ face glows, reflecting that he has spent time with God. Moses’ experiences show us that God is special.

Bible Point:

God is special, and he has the ability to change us.

Through the Week

Moses had a special place to meet with God: the Tent of Meeting. Make your own special place!

- Build a blanket fort or tent in a place everyone in your family can get to.

- Try to choose a quieter place in your home.

- Whenever anyone wants to spend time with God, he or she can enter the tent to pray or read the Bible.

- Make sure you spend some time with God together in your special place.

Talk About This…

- What’s special about God?

Watch and Discuss

Today we’re learning that God is special, and he has the ability to change us. In the Bible, spending time with God changed the way Moses’ face looked! Let’s see what can change about us when we spend time with God.

Watch “You Choose.”

- What differences did you notice in the girl’s day?

- What differences have you noticed in your own life when you’ve spent time with God and when you haven’t.

- What do you think it is about spending time with God that changes us?

God is special, and he has the ability to change us. He’s so special that the more we get to know him, the more we want to be like him! God is loving, kind, and forgiving, and he changes our hearts to be more like him.

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Dig in at Home - 10 February

God Sends Manna and Quail - Exodus 16:1-35

Here’s what happens…

While the Israelites wander in the desert, they need food. They complain about how hungry they are and wish they’d never left Egypt. But God is loyal and sends them food from the sky—manna (a mysterious bread like substance) and quail.

Through the Week

Gather your “manna and quail” to prepare for meals this week.

- When it’s getting close to a snack time, hide packaged or bagged snacks around the house.

- Challenge your family to find the snacks, and remind them that the Israelites gathered the food God provided.

- When it’s nearing time to prepare dinner, hide the packaged ingredients. For example, if you’re making spaghetti with marinara, hide the box of spaghetti and the jar of sauce.

- After your family finds the items, work together as a family to prepare the food. Thank God for loyally giving you food!

Talk About This…

- Give an example of something a loyal friend would do.

Watch and Discuss

Today we’re learning that God is loyal, so we’re loyal.

- What are things loyal friends would do?

- What would a loyal friend do on your birthday?

Let’s watch a video about a birthday boy and his friends.

Watch “The Birthday.”

- Tell about a time someone let you down, like Matt thought his friends had.

- Tell about a time your friends surprised you with something great.

In our Bible story, the Israelites doubted God’s loyalty. He promised to give them enough manna and quail every day, but they collected extra just in case he wasn’t loyal. In our video, Matt doubted his friends’ loyalty, too. But just as God came through for the Israelites, his friends came through in a big way!

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Dig in at Home - 3 February

God Makes Bitter Water Good - Exodus 15:22-27

Here’s what happens…

After the Israelite's escape Egypt, they travel in the desert for three days without finding water. When they finally find some, it tastes bitter. They complain and doubt God’s plan, but God shows grace by providing a piece of wood that makes the water good!

Family Together Time

Celebrate God’s grace with your favorite beverages.

- Let everybody choose his or her favorite thing to drink, whether that’s a soft drink, coffee (for Mom or Dad), juice, milk, hot chocolate, or something else.

- You might even go to a fast food or ice cream place for soft drinks and milkshakes!

- As you enjoy your tasty drinks, talk about all the good things God has given you that you don’t deserve. That’s grace!

- Talk about how you can show grace to other people, too.

Talk About This…

- When is it hardest for you to show grace to other people?

Watch and Discuss

- Think of a cool invention you wish existed. What would it be?

Today we’re learning that God shows grace, and he showed grace by making bitter water sweet when the Israelites complained. Let’s watch a video that shows what might’ve happened if they’d used that idea to make up a cool invention.

Watch “Sweet-a-Stick.”

- Why do you or don’t you think this really happened in the Bible?

- If a Sweet-a-Stick was real, would you buy one? Why or why not?

A Sweet-a-Stick would be a fun invention, but it’s not real. The stick Moses used was just a regular stick, not a special invention. It made the water sweet by God’s power because God shows grace and wanted to give his people something that would help them.

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