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16 March, 2019

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.

Digging Into the Heart of God. Copyright © Group Publishing, Inc. Permission to reproduce granted for local church use.

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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.

Digging Into the Heart of God. Copyright © Group Publishing, Inc. Permission to reproduce granted for local church use.

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