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17 November, 2018

Jesus Meets Zacchaeus - Luke 19:1-10

A tax collector named Zacchaeus can’t see Jesus over the crowd, so he climbs a tree. Jesus calls Zacchaeus down for lunch. People are mad because Zacchaeus cheats people! But Zacchaeus changes, because when we spend time with Jesus, he changes us.

 

Through the Week

This week, be more intentional about including Jesus in your family activities.

  • Talk to him as you drive to sports practice.
  • Talk to him as you clear dishes from the table.
  • Talk to him during TV commercials.
  • Think of other ways you can remember to spend time with Jesus as you go about life.

 

Talk About This…

  • Tell about someone who’s changed you.

 

Watch and Discuss

We’ve been learning about Zacchaeus. There are a lot of things we know about Zacchaeus from today’s Bible story. But what’s really the point?

  • What do you think is the point of Zacchaeus’ story?

Let’s watch a video and think about what really matters about Zacchaeus’ life. Watch “Get to the Point.”

  • At the end of the video, Bob asks, “If you were Zacchaeus, would you come down out of your tree?” How would you answer that question?
  • Do you think one encounter with Jesus can still change someone’s life today? Explain.

We don’t know if Jesus and Zacchaeus ever hung out again. If they did, the Bible doesn’t talk about it. But we do know that hanging out one time was all it took for Zacchaeus’ heart to be changed! When we spend time with Jesus, he changes our hearts.

 

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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.

Through the Week

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?

God is special, and he has the ability to change us. He’s so special that the more we get to know him, the more we want to be like him! God is loving, kind, and forgiving, and he changes our hearts to be more like him.

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

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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.

Through the Week

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.

- Challenge your family to find the snacks, and remind them that the Israelites gathered the food God provided.

- 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.

In our Bible story, the Israelites doubted God’s loyalty. He promised to give them enough manna and quail every day, but they collected extra just in case he wasn’t loyal. In our video, Matt doubted his friends’ loyalty, too. But just as God came through for the Israelites, his friends came through in a big way!

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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?

Watch and Discuss

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

Today we’re learning that God shows grace, and he showed grace by making bitter water sweet when the Israelites complained. Let’s watch a video that shows what might’ve happened if they’d used that idea to make up a cool invention.

Watch “Sweet-a-Stick.”

- Why do you or don’t you think this really happened in the Bible?

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

A Sweet-a-Stick would be a fun invention, but it’s not real. The stick Moses used was just a regular stick, not a special invention. It made the water sweet by God’s power because God shows grace and wanted to give his people something that would help them.

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