Dig in at Home - 21 October

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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Dig In at Home - 14 October

Parable of the Prodigal Son - Luke 15:11-32

Jesus tells a story about a son who leaves home to live a wild life. When the son’s money runs out, he repents and comes home. Before he can apologize, his father runs and embraces his long-lost son. Like the father in this story, Jesus loves us no matter what.

Family Together Time

Do a fun science experiment to show that Jesus’ love lifts us up!

- Get some raisins or Craisins.

- Pour a glass of clear soda.

- Have everybody drop a raisin or Craisin in the glass.

- What happens to the raisins?

- Talk about how no matter what, we can count on Jesus’ love to lift us up.

Talk About This…

- What makes you feel loved in our home?

Watch and Discuss

Today we’re learning about a father who loved his son even though his son had done some bad things. It’s a story Jesus told to show that he loves us no matter what.

- Tell about someone who loves you no matter what. Share your own example first.

We’re going to see a video where a grandfather shows his grandson that kind of love.

Watch “Back in the Day.”

- What did you think of the way Opa reacted when his grandson broke his gavel?

- The man kept the broken gavel as a reminder of Opa’s love. What reminds you of Jesus’ love?

Opa loved his grandson so much! He loved his grandson way more than he loved his gavel. He wouldn’t let a broken gavel come between him and his grandson. That’s how the father in our Bible story was. He didn’t let his son’s mistakes hurt their relationship; he just showed him love! Jesus’ love is the same way—Jesus loves us no matter what.

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Dig in at Home - 7 October

Parables of the Lost Sheep and Lost Coin - Luke 15:1-10

Jesus tells two stories, called parables, to teach a deeper truth. In one, a shepherd loses his sheep and goes to find it. In the other, a woman loses her coin and searches until she finds it. Jesus told these stories to show that Jesus looks for us.

 

Family Together Time

Have fun looking for each other to better understand how Jesus looks for us.

Wait until it’s dark outside.

Turn off all the lights.

Play a fun game of Hide-and-Seek—in the dark!

For more fun, invite friends or neighbors to join you.

After several rounds, talk about the best hiding spots people found.

Talk about why it was fun to look for the people who were hiding, and remind your family that Jesus looks for us because he wants to be with us forever!

 

Talk About This…

·        Tell about something you’d hate to lose, and why.

 

Watch and Discuss

We’re learning that Jesus looks for us. That means that when we don’t know where Jesus is, we know he’ll always find us and be there for us! Jesus told stories about a lost sheep and a lost coin to show how people look hard for things that are important to them.

Tell about something you’d be really upset to lose.

We’re going to see a video where a mom and her son lose something very important to them—each other! Let’s see how they look for each other.

Watch “Isaac’s Story.”

What would you do if you got lost in a store?

What do you think your parents would do?

Isaac was very important to his mom. And Isaac’s mom was very important to him! When they lost each other, they didn’t stop looking until they found each other. That’s how it is with Jesus! Jesus looks for us.

 

 

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Dig in at Home - 30 September

Jesus Claims to Be God’s Son - John 10:22-42

People ask Jesus to tell them plainly if he’s the Messiah. Jesus says he already has told them who he is: Jesus is God’s Son. He says the people don’t believe him, and they try to throw stones at him. Jesus stops them, once again saying that he’s God’s Son.

 

Family Together Time

Try a fun experiment to remember that Jesus is God’s Son.

• Put about ½ cup of cornstarch in a large bowl.

• Pour in up to ¼ cup of water, a little bit at a time.

• Reach in and feel the solid clump under the water.

• Pick the solid clump out. When you pull it out of the water, does it stay solid?

• Talk about how the mixture could be both a solid and a liquid.

• Talk about how Jesus can be both human and God’s Son.

 

Talk About This…

• Find ways the people in your family look alike, talk alike, or act alike.

 

Watch and Discuss

We’re learning that Jesus is God’s Son. When Jesus said that, it was a pretty extreme thing to say! But Jesus said he had evidence: the works and miracles that he did.

• What evidence can you think of that Jesus is God’s Son?

We’re going to watch a video where someone thinks he has good evidence of who he is. You be the judge!

Watch “Who’s Lyin’?”

• How convincing was Peanut’s evidence that he was a lion?

• What would convince you that Peanut is, in fact, a lion?

Biscuit had a lot of proof that Peanut wasn’t who he said he was. Peanut tried to produce evidence he was a lion, but it just wasn’t enough! He was simply a dog in a lion costume.

Jesus is different, though. He wasn’t in some kind of costume, pretending to be something he wasn’t. Jesus is God’s Son, and he gave a lot of evidence of who he was

 

 

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Dig in at Home - 23 September

Jesus Heals a Blind Man - John 9:1-41

Jesus heals a man who was blind from birth. To heal him, Jesus makes mud with spit and dirt and rubs it on the man’s eyes. Some people are amazed, but the religious leaders get mad and ask questions about the healing. Everyone learns that Jesus has the power to heal.

 

Through the Week

• Think of someone you know who’s sick.

• Talk about some ways you could encourage that person, such as making a small gift.

• Say a prayer for that person at mealtimes or as you’re driving around town.

• If you have the person’s phone number, send him or her a few brief texts or fun pictures throughout the week.

 

Talk About This…

• Tell about someone who helps you feel better.

 

Watch and Discuss

Today we’re learning about a man who was blind. But with Jesus’ help, he could see! Jesus has the power to heal. Let’s look at this story from his perspective.

Watch “You’ll See.”

• What do you think it would be like to be blind?

• When the blind man could see, he saw Jesus! If you could see for the first time, what would you want to see first?

If you’ve been able to see your whole life, you might take it for granted. But when you see our Bible story from the blind man’s perspective—when he goes from total blackness to seeing light and shapes and finally to seeing clearly—you can see how amazing it is that Jesus has the power to heal.

 

 

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Dig in at Home - 16 September

Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman - Luke 13:10-17

One Sabbath (God’s special day), Jesus heals a woman who can’t stand up straight. The religious leaders get mad at Jesus for healing on the Sabbath. Jesus says that helping others on the Sabbath is the right thing to do. Jesus does what’s right—no matter what.

Family Together Time

Have some fun as a family. Take a mystery trip to remember that Jesus knows the right thing to do, and he helps us know—and do—the right thing, too.

Go for a family walk or drive.

Give two people each a coin, and have them flip the coins just before arriving at each corner or intersection. 

If both coins are tails, go left. 

If both coins are heads, go right. 

If one coin is a tail and one is a head, go straight.

Talk about how the coins showed you the right way to go. Then talk about how Jesus shows us the right thing to do: Share God’s love.

Talk About This…

When (if ever) is it okay to break our family rules?

Watch and Discuss

In today’s Bible story, Jesus healed a woman even though some people thought he shouldn’t heal anyone that day. Jesus knew the right thing to do was to heal her, so he did! Jesus does what’s right—no matter what.

Tell about a time it was tempting to do the wrong thing. Share your own example first.

Sometimes, the wrong thing to do is so much easier! Jesus wouldn’t have had to deal with all that criticism if he hadn’t healed the woman! But he did the right thing even though it was a hard choice. Let’s watch a video where a boy has to make a choice.

Watch “Do Right.”

What options did the boy have in this video?

Why do you think he chose to return the wallet?

It was definitely tempting for the boy to take the wallet. He did at first! There was a lot of money in there, and most of us would love to have a lot of money. But it would’ve been wrong for him to keep money that didn’t belong to him. Instead, he did the right thing and returned the wallet. When we’re having a hard time doing the right thing, we can turn to Jesus. Jesus does the right thing—no matter what.

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Dig in at Home - 2 September

Jesus Forgives a Woman

John 8:1-11

Some men catch a woman doing something wrong and decide to punish her by killing her! Trying to trick Jesus, they ask Him what to do. Jesus tells them whoever hasn’t sinned can be the first one to hurt her. They all leave without hurting her, and Jesus forgives her.

Through the Week

•     During your kids’ bath time, use shaving cream to write or draw on the tub or shower wall. Then wash the shaving cream away, or

•     Write in the steam on the bathroom mirror and watch it disappear, or

•     Use a white board marker or chalk paint pen on a white board, glass or mirror.

•     Talk about how erasing what you write/draw reminds you that Jesus forgives.

Pray and thank Jesus that he forgives us

 

Talk About This…

•     Tell about a time you asked someone to forgive you. How did you feel afterward?

 

Discuss and Watch

In this Bible story, Jesus forgave a woman when everyone else wanted to punish her. Jesus forgives us, too!

•     Talk about a time it was really hard to forgive someone.

Forgiving can be hard! Let’s watch a story about a boy who had to decide whether to forgive his younger brother.

Watch “Philip and Timothy’s Story.”

•     Do you think Timothy deserved forgiveness? Explain.

Philip said, “Carrying a grudge is like carrying an anvil on you. Eventually, if you carry it for too long…you’re going to fall on your back and it’s going to crush you. It’s easier to just let it go, move on.”

•     Talk about a time holding on to a grudge made it feel like it was going to crush you.

Philip also said, “You want to forgive people because if you don’t forgive them, they can move away from you. You’ll have a very bad relationship with them, and that can end up hurting you.”

•     Explain whether you agree that not forgiving someone can hurt you.

Timothy said it felt really good to be forgiven. But it felt good for Philip, too! We can feel good knowing that Jesus forgives us. And we can feel good when we show Jesus’ love and forgive other people.

 

 

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Dig in at Home - 26 August

Disciples Argue About Who Will Be the Greatest

Matthew 18:1-6; Mark 9:33-37; Luke 9:46-48

Jesus’ disciples argue about which of them is the greatest. Jesus tells them that the way to be first is to take last place and serve others. He points them to a child to show what great humility looks like. That’s how Jesus shows us what it means to be great.

 

Through the Week

Watch for opportunities to serve each other without anyone knowing.

Look for servant things to do like setting the table or feeding the dog, and try to do them secretly before someone else can.

At dinner, share ways someone served you that day. Talk about how to humbly say thank you when someone compliments you for doing good.

 

Talk About This…

Tell about your favorite way to serve others.

 

Watch and Discuss

We’re learning that Jesus shows us what it means to be great. Being great means serving others rather than trying to impress others. Let’s watch a video to see a father doing something pretty great.

Watch “A Father’s Love.”

What acts of greatness did the father in this video do?

Tell about a time someone did something to serve you. Share your own example first.

In our video, the father wasn’t worried about being the best or the greatest. He was focused on serving his son so that Patrick could show his talents. The way this father acted is a great example of what Jesus meant when he talked about being last in order to be the greatest. Jesus shows us what it means to be great.

 

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