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23 February, 2019

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.

 

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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