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20 October, 2018

Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead - John 11:1-44

Jesus learns his friend Lazarus is sick. He waits to go heal him, and Lazarus dies. Lazarus’ sisters are upset, but Jesus waited on purpose so that they could see Jesus has power over death. Jesus brings Lazarus back to life.


Family Together Time

Do a fun science experiment to see power at work!

  • Fill cups about halfway with water, one for each person.
  • Get pieces of cardboard that are bigger than the tops of the cups. You could cut up food boxes.
  • Place the cardboard over the top of the cup. Hold it tightly against the lip of the cup as you turn the cup over. (You might want to try it over a bowl or sink first.)
  • Now let go! The air pressure in the cup has so much power, it keeps the water from falling out. It’s stronger than gravity!
  • Talk about how the power of the air pressure is like Jesus’ power.
  • Feeling brave? Go outside or stand in the bathtub to try this experiment over each other’s heads.
  • Talk about how trusting the air pressure’s power when you’re under the cup is like trusting Jesus’ power.


Talk About This…

  • What are ways you’ve seen Jesus’ power? 


Watch and Discuss

When Lazarus died, it seemed like the end of the story for Mary and Martha. But Jesus has power over death. Let’s watch what happened.

Watch “Lazarus, Come Out!”

• What do you think about the fact that because Jesus waited so long, Lazarus died?

• Tell about a time you thought it was the end of the story. What happened next? Share your own example first.

Jesus waited to come until after Lazarus died so that he could show his power over death. If he’d come earlier, he could’ve healed Lazarus before he died. Instead, he showed that he has power over everything—even death! It’s never too late for Jesus to work in our lives, because Jesus has power over death.


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Here’s what happens…

David writes a psalm, or song, about how God created us and knows us. David says God made us wonderfully complex! He sees everything we do, he knows our thoughts, and he’s with us wherever we go. He wove each of us together with a special purpose.

Family Together Time

- Read Psalm 139:13.

Grab some paper, yarn, pencils, and glue.

- First, each person in your family will draw a simple picture that shows something unique about how God made him or her. Try to avoid a lot of detail. (Writing a word in large cursive works, too.)

- Next, glue yarn to the pencil lines to make a fun yarn picture. You can use different colors of yarn for extra pop!

- Show each other your pictures, and talk about how the way God wove you together can be used for a special purpose.

Talk About This…

- What’s the best thing about you?

Discuss and Watch

God is our creator, so we live out our purpose. But sometimes, we’re not sure what our purpose is!

We’re going to find out the purpose of some really old tools. Get ready to guess!

Watch “What’s the Purpose?”

- What surprised you about the purpose of the tools you saw?

- What were some purposes you guessed for the tools?

- How can it help you to know that you have a purpose, even if you don’t know what it is?

God is our creator. He created each of us with a special purpose! When figuring out that purpose feels like guessing the purpose of the old tools, we can turn to God and ask him to show us what our special purpose is.

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God Is Faithful to Nehemiah - Nehemiah 1–2

Here’s what happens…

Nehemiah is in exile when he hears that the wall around Jerusalem is in ruins. He cries out to God for help. God is faithful to provide Nehemiah with all the supplies, protection, and courage he needs to rebuild the wall. Nehemiah is faithful to do what God has called him to do.

Through the Week

- In the Bible story, the king wrote letters to support Nehemiah’s mission. Write letters to each other to show support and encouragement.

- Include examples of how God has been faithful to the people you’re writing to.

- Include examples of how they’ve been faithful.

- Include a prayer for them to continue to be faithful.

- If you have younger kids who can’t yet write, they could either draw encouraging pictures or dictate a letter for an older family member to write.

- Have a Letter Exchange Day at the end of the week where you give all your letters to each other.

Talk About This…

- Tell about someone you consider to be faithful.

Discuss and Watch “God Is Faithful”

We’re learning that God is faithful, let’s see what other kids said about how God has been faithful.

Watch “God Is Faithful.”

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

- When has God been faithful to you?

- Why can you trust God to be faithful?

God is faithful. Life might not always go the way we want, but we can trust God to stick with us and take care of us!

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Here’s what happens…

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- Whenever you eat dinner this week, discuss the place that food represents. (For example, spaghetti represents Italy; Chinese food represents China; Idaho potatoes represent Idaho.)

- Talk about the fact that when we say God is everywhere, we don’t just mean God is around us. God is in Italy, China, and Idaho!

- If you know any international stories of God at work, share them.

- Pray for the people in the countries whose food you’re eating.

Talk About This…

- Tell about a place it’s hardest for you to see God.

Discuss and Watch “All Around the World”

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Watch “All Around the World.”

- Which story from our video was the most amazing to you? Why?

- What does it tell you about God to see him at work all around the world?

God is everywhere, so we look for him around us. And we can look for him in other countries like Peru, Zambia, Thailand, and Norway!

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