Dig in at Home - 11 November

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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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Here’s what happens…

God meets with Moses in a tent, passes by as Moses hides in a mountain crevice, and meets with Moses in a cloud. Moses’ face glows, reflecting that he has spent time with God. Moses’ experiences show us that God is special.

Bible Point:

God is special, and he has the ability to change us.

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Moses had a special place to meet with God: the Tent of Meeting. Make your own special place!

- Build a blanket fort or tent in a place everyone in your family can get to.

- Try to choose a quieter place in your home.

- Whenever anyone wants to spend time with God, he or she can enter the tent to pray or read the Bible.

- Make sure you spend some time with God together in your special place.

Talk About This…

- What’s special about God?

Watch and Discuss

Today we’re learning that God is special, and he has the ability to change us. In the Bible, spending time with God changed the way Moses’ face looked! Let’s see what can change about us when we spend time with God.

Watch “You Choose.”

- What differences did you notice in the girl’s day?

- What differences have you noticed in your own life when you’ve spent time with God and when you haven’t.

- What do you think it is about spending time with God that changes us?

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God Sends Manna and Quail - Exodus 16:1-35

Here’s what happens…

While the Israelites wander in the desert, they need food. They complain about how hungry they are and wish they’d never left Egypt. But God is loyal and sends them food from the sky—manna (a mysterious bread like substance) and quail.

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Gather your “manna and quail” to prepare for meals this week.

- When it’s getting close to a snack time, hide packaged or bagged snacks around the house.

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- When it’s nearing time to prepare dinner, hide the packaged ingredients. For example, if you’re making spaghetti with marinara, hide the box of spaghetti and the jar of sauce.

- After your family finds the items, work together as a family to prepare the food. Thank God for loyally giving you food!

Talk About This…

- Give an example of something a loyal friend would do.

Watch and Discuss

Today we’re learning that God is loyal, so we’re loyal.

- What are things loyal friends would do?

- What would a loyal friend do on your birthday?

Let’s watch a video about a birthday boy and his friends.

Watch “The Birthday.”

- Tell about a time someone let you down, like Matt thought his friends had.

- Tell about a time your friends surprised you with something great.

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God Makes Bitter Water Good - Exodus 15:22-27

Here’s what happens…

After the Israelite's escape Egypt, they travel in the desert for three days without finding water. When they finally find some, it tastes bitter. They complain and doubt God’s plan, but God shows grace by providing a piece of wood that makes the water good!

Family Together Time

Celebrate God’s grace with your favorite beverages.

- Let everybody choose his or her favorite thing to drink, whether that’s a soft drink, coffee (for Mom or Dad), juice, milk, hot chocolate, or something else.

- You might even go to a fast food or ice cream place for soft drinks and milkshakes!

- As you enjoy your tasty drinks, talk about all the good things God has given you that you don’t deserve. That’s grace!

- Talk about how you can show grace to other people, too.

Talk About This…

- When is it hardest for you to show grace to other people?

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- Think of a cool invention you wish existed. What would it be?

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Watch “Sweet-a-Stick.”

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- If a Sweet-a-Stick was real, would you buy one? Why or why not?

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