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10 November, 2018

Jesus Heals Blind Men - Mark 10:46-52; Matthew 20:29-34; Luke 18:35-43

Jesus is walking down the road when he hears a blind man named Bartimaeus crying out for help. People tell Bartimaeus to be quiet, but he keeps calling out. Jesus stops, asks the man to come to him, and then heals his blindness. Just as Jesus heard Bartimaeus’ cries, Jesus hears us.


Family Together Time

Try this fun family activity to practice listening!

  • Clean two empty tin cans or get disposable plastic cups. Remove the labels and tape sharp edges.
  • have an adult a hammer and nail to poke a hole in the bottom of each can or cup.
  • Cut a 10-foot piece of string and poke each end through the bottom of the cans. Knot the ends so the string stays in place.
  • Have two people each hold one end and stand as far apart as they can so the string is taut. One person will talk into the can, and the other person will listen through his or her can.
  • Experiment with it! What happens if you use a wire instead of string? What happens if you just tape the string to the bottom of the cans instead of poking holes? What if the string is longer or shorter? See how you can use this device to be the best listener.
  • Talk about how it’s like or unlike Jesus listening to us.


Talk About This…

  • What’s something you want to talk to Jesus about more?


Watch and Discuss

We’re learning that Jesus hears us. Jesus always hears us perfectly. But sometimes we don’t listen as well. Let’s practice listening.

Ask kids to each find a partner and make a noise that imitates an animal, machine, or something else. Then partners can guess what the noise is.

All right…now that you’ve practiced with each other, let’s see if you can tell two different animals apart—just by listening!

Watch “Name That Critter.”

  • Which animals were the hardest to tell apart by sound? Why?

Jesus doesn’t just hear two people at once—he hears everyone who’s praying. He could hear the blind man calling out over a crowd of people. Jesus hears us all…and he knows just who is praying about what.

  • How do you think Jesus can hear everyone talking at once?

Jesus hears us, so we can go to him anytime. He’ll always recognize our voices!



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Watch “God Is Faithful.”

- What did you learn about God’s faithfulness from these stories?

- When has God been faithful to you?

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