Jesus heals a deaf man

Hi all! This story today is from Mark 7:31-37. This is another miracle Jesus did. Remember a miracle is something only God can do. (Sometimes He uses people like Jesus or the disciples or maybe even you to do the miracle…but it is ALWAYS God’s power).

One day Jesus was traveling to a new place and some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk (because it’s hard to know how to talk when you can’t hear other people talking), and they begged Jesus to help him get better. “Please please please!” they said.

Jesus took him aside, away from the crowd, then He put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then He spit and touched the man’s tongue. He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Be opened!” Right away the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak! 

Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more He told them not to, the more they kept talking about it! People were overwhelmed with amazement. “Everything He does is AMAZING!!” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

The people were supposed to not make a big deal of it…but they couldn’t help it! They were so amazed by what Jesus had done, they just HAD to tell people. The man had his ears and tongue opened so he could hear and speak, but those watching had their minds and hearts opened–they could see now that Jesus was someone special…God’s son, the Messiah, the One who had come to save them not just from being sick or deaf, but Jesus had come to save their hearts.

 

For our craft today, we cut out a face shape and then made an upside down U cut out. (It serves as a flap so you can open and shut the mouth). We cut a strip of red paper and folded it up accordion style and glued in down inside the U.

Our text reads: “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak!” Mark 7:31-37

 

I struggled to find decent media for this one, but if I do, i’ll be sure to add it later

Thanks for joining us again! Love to you all!

Continuing on…

This week we are beginning the stories of Jesus’ life (master list found HERE)

We already covered Simeon and Anna.

We are also doing Jesus growing (with a new craft and links)

Jesus in the temple (with new craft and links)

and John baptizing Jesus. (with new media links)

 

Next week we hope to study Jesus calling his disciples, John’s story, and the transfiguration.  Thanks for studying the Bible with us!  Love to you all!

Master List

Below is our Master list for the year. This is the outline of every story we will cover with our kids–feel free to join along and do the crafts with us, or come up with your own!

bibleread(Disclaimer: I may change and move around a few things as we progress). You can now click on any lesson on the list and just do that one if you like (if it doesn’t have a hyperlink that means we haven’t done it yet…there are a couple of those).

If you do these at your own pace, there are about 20-25 per month so you can take Sundays off …and sometimes take another day off …we do Bible stories about 5 days a week.

ENJOY!

 

July (Genesis):

God Was Gen 1:1, John 1

Creation and HERE Gen 1-2:2

Adam and Eve and HERE Gen 2-3

Cain/Abel and here Gen 4

Noah and here Gen 6-8

Tower of Babel and here Gen 11:1-8

Abram Gen 11:27-12:9

God’s Promise Gen 15

Promise of a Baby and here Gen 18

Sodom/Gomorrah and here Gen 19

Isaac Gen 21

Abraham tested and here Gen 22

Isaac/Rebekah Gen 24

Jacob/Esau and here Gen 25/27

Jacob’s Dream and here Gen 28

Jacob’s children Gen 29-30, 35

Jacob meets Esau Gen 32/33

Jacob wrestles with God (new name) Gen 32:22-32, 35

Joseph’s Coat and here Gen 37

Joseph interprets Dreams Gen 40/41

Joseph in charge and here/Joseph and the famine Gen 41-46

Younger blessing Gen 48

Abraham’s Children Romans 4

 

August (Job/Exodus-Judges):

Job

Israelites Grow/Moses born and here Ex 1-2:1-8

Burning Bush and here  Ex 2:9-4

Let my people Go Ex 5-12

Passover Ex 5-12

Crossing the sea and here Ex 14

God provides and here Ex 15-17

Mt Sinai Ex 19-23

The Law  Ex 19-23 and Romans 3, 5, and 8

Tabernacle Ex 24-31, 35-39

Golden Calf and here Ex 32

Tabernacle/Cloud and here Ex 40

Overview of Leviticus

Israel prepares for the promised land Numbers 1-12

Delay to Promised land/Fear of Canaan and here Nu 13-20

God Provides in the wilderness and here Nu 17, 20, 21

Balaam’s Donkey and here Nu 22-24

Deut Overview

Moses-Joshua Deut 34

Joshua-Jericho Josh 5:13-6:27

Sun stands still Josh 10

Divide Land Josh 13-21

Rebellion/God’s response Judges 1-3:6

Deborah and Jael here Ju 4-5

Gideon and here Ju 6-8

Other judges Ju 3, 10-12

Samson and here Ju 13-16

Corruption Ju 17-21

 

September (Ruth-2 Samuel):

Ruth and here

Hannah and here 1 Sam 1-2

God speaks to Samuel 1 Sam 3

The Ark 1 Sam 4-7

Israel asks for a king 1 Sam 8-10

Jonathan attacks Philistines 1 Sam 13-14

Lord Rejects Saul as king 1 Sam 15

God chooses David and here 1 Sam 15-16

David and Goliath and here 1 Sam 17

Saul goes crazy/David and Jonathan and here 1 Sam 18-20

David spares Saul’s life 1 Sam 24

David Israel’s shepherd and here 1 Sam 29-2 Sam 7

Abigail 1 Sam 25

David spares Saul again 1 Sam 26

Saul dies/dividing of Judah 1 Sam 31/2 Sam 1-5

David defeats Philistines 2 Sam 5

David dances 2 Sam 6

Promise of a temple 2 Sam 7

Mephibosheth and video here 2 Sam 9

Bathsheba and David and Bathsheba 2 Sam 11-12

Psalm 51 (a song asking for God’s forgiveness)

Conquests/37 warriors 2 Sam 21-24

Census 2 Sam 24

Absalom Part 1 2 Sam 13

Absalom’s life  2 Sam 15-23

 

 

October (1 Kings-End of Old Testament):

Solomon’s wisdom and here 1 Kings 3

King Solomon part 2 1 Kings 4-11

Queen of Sheba 1 Kings 10

King Solomon Disobeys 1 Kings 11

Kingdom splits 1 Kings 12-22

A victory for Abijah 2 Chronicles 13

Elijah and the widow 1 Kings 17

Elijah and here 1 Kings 17-18

God whispers to Elijah and  video here 1 Kings 19

Obadiah 

Elisha and  video here 2 Kings 6

Israel Disobeys 2 Kings 17-18

King Josiah and here 2 Kings 22-23

Jonah

Amos/Hosea and here

Isaiah

Micah/Nahum/Obadiah/Zephaniah/Joel

Habakkuk

Jeremiah

Judah into Exile 2 Kings 24-25

Ezekiel

Daniel furnace Daniel 1-3

Daniel lions den Daniel 6

Daniel visions

Esther

Ezra

Nehemiah

Haggai

Malachi

Every word of God proves true Is 10:5-7, 44:28, 49:13-17, Jer 25:12, 32:44, Ez 34:13, 36:11, Hosea 8:9-10, Zeph 2:13-15

 

November (The Song Books):

***still working out my exact plan for this month***

Psalms

A Song praising God Psalm 8

A Song for when you’re frustrated Psalm 44

A Song to tell God “I’m Sorry” Psalm 51

A Song of thanksgiving Psalm 100

A Song about God’s faithfulness Psalm 23

A Song about trusting God Psalm 56

A Song of Wisdom Psalm 1

 

A Song of History Psalm 105

Proverbs:

Wisdom intro

The reward of wisdom

Trust in the Lord

Wisdom from parents

Being a good friend

Wisdom in giving to others

Communicating Well

 

Ecclesiastes

Lamentations

 

December:

Advent! See advent calendar

 

January (Jesus’ Life):

Simeon and Anna Luke 2

Jesus grew Luke 2

Jesus in the temple Luke 2

John baptizes Jesus Luke 3, John 1

Temptation of Jesus Luke 4, Mat 4, Mark 1

Jesus calls disciples Luke 5, 6:12-16, Mt 10, Mk 3, Jn 1

Call of Levi/Matthew Luke 5, Mt 9, Mk 2

John beheaded Mat 14

Transfiguration Luke 9, Mt 17, Mk 9

Mary/Martha Luke 10:38-41

Samaritan woman/many believe Jn 4

Jesus ruffles feathers Luke 11:37-53, Jn 6/7/10-11

Children to Jesus Luke 18, Mt 19, Mk 10

Zacchaeus Luke 19

Anointed at Bethany Mt 26, Luke 22, Mk 14, Jn 12

Jesus washes the disciples’ feet Jn 13

 

February (Jesus’ Miracles):

Water into wine Jn 2

Jesus drives out a bad spirit Mk 1:21-28, Luke 4:31-36

Man with leprosy Luke 5, Mt 8, Mk 1

Heals paralytic Luke 5, Mt 9, Mk 2

Centurion’s servant Luke 7, Mt 8:5-13

Widow’s son Luke 7, Mk 5, Jn 11

Calms the storm Luke 8:22-25, Mt 8, Mk 4

Drives out demon Luke 8:26-37, Mt 8

Heals dead girl, sick woman Luke 8, Mt 9, Mk 5

Feeds 5000 Luke 9, Mt 14, Mk 6, Jn 6

Healing of boy Luke 9, Mt 17, Mk 9

Crippled man healed on Sabbath Luke 13

Ten healed of leprosy Luke 17

Bartimaeus Luke 18, Mt 20, Mk 10

Heals deaf/mute Mk 7

Healing at pool Jn 5

Walks on water Mt 14, Mk 6, Jn 6

Lazarus Jn 11

Blind man healed Jn 9

 

March (Jesus’ Teachings):

Lord of the Sabbath Luke 6, Mt 12:1-14, Mk 2

Beatitudes Luke 6:17-26, Mt 5

Love your enemies Luke 6:27-36, Mt 5:39-42

Wise/foolish builders Luke 6:46-49, Mt 7:24-27

Parable of the sower Luke 8, Mt 13, Mk 4

Prayer Mt 6, Luke 11

Treasures in the heaven Mt 6, Luke 11

Don’t worry Mt 6, Luke 12

Good Samaritan Luke 10, Mt 27, Mk 12

1st last/last 1st Luke 14

Lost sheep/Good shepherd Luke 15, Mt 18, Jn 10

Prodigal son Luke 15

Lamp under a bowl Mt 5, Mk4, Luke 8

Unmerciful servant Mt 18

Ten minas Luke 18, Mt 25

Greatest Commandment Mt 22:34-40, Mk 12

Parable of the tenants Mt 21, Mk 12, Luke 20

God will return Jn 14/16

God so loved the world Jn 3

 

April (Easter/Life after Easter):

Triumphant entry (and HERE) Mt 21, Mk 11, Luke 19, Jn 12

Judas betrays Jesus Luke 22, Mt 26, Mk 14

Last supper (and HERE) Luke 22, Mt 26, Mk 14

Mt of Olives Luke 22, Mt 26, Mk 14, Jn 17

Jesus arrested Luke 22, Mt 26, Mk 14, Jn 18

Peter denies Jesus Luke 22, Mt 26, Mk 14, Jn 18/19

Jesus on trial Luke 22-23, Mt 26, Mk 14, Jn 18

The Crucifixion (and HERE) Luke 23, Mt 27, Mk 15, Jn 19

Burial Luke 15, Mt 27, Mk 15, Jn 19

RESURRECTION (and HERE) Luke 24, Mt 28, Mk 16, Jn 20

 

Jesus appears to His disciples Luke 24, Jn 20

Catch of fish Jn 21

Reinstates Peter Jn 21

Jesus’ ascension (and HERE) Luke 24, Mt 28

Pentecost Acts 2

Peter heals a crippled man Acts 3

Ananias and Sapphira Acts 5

Peter and Gamaliel Acts 5:17-42

Stephen Acts 6-7

God changes Saul’s heart Acts 9

Cornelius Acts 10

Peter freed from jail Acts 12

Lydia Acts 16

 

May (Life after Easter cont. and Living a Godly Life):

Paul and Silas in Jail Acts 16

Growing Together Acts 18

Paul’s Shipwreck Acts 27/28

John/Revelation

Romans 1-4, Gal 3

Romans 5

Nothing can Separate Rom 8:37-39

Not by works Rom 9-10

Living sacrifice Rom 12

Submit to authority Rom 13

Weak/strong/choices Rom 14

Body of Christ (and HERE) 1 Cor 12

Love (and HERE) 1 Cor 13

Looking ahead 2 Cor 4

Generosity (and HERE) 2 Cor 8/9, Gal 6:9

Thorn 2 Cor 12

Fruit of the Spirit (and HERE) Gal 5

Unity Eph 3-4, Jude 20-23

Armor of God (and HERE) Eph 6

Jesus’ humility (and HERE) Phil 2, Mt 20, Luke 14

Don’t complain Phil 2:12-18

Don’t be anxious Phil 4:6-7

Think about good things Phil 4:8

Pray Col 3:12-17, James 5:13-17, 1 John 5:13-21

 

June (Living a Godly Life cont.):

Don’t let anyone look down on you (and HERE) 1 Tim 4:12

Love of money 1 Tim 6

The Bible 2 Tim 2:22-26, 3:16-17, 4:1-5, Titus 3

Word of God Hebrews 4:12, John 1, Gal 1

High Priest Heb 4:14-5:9, 7-8

Holy of Holies Heb 9

Faith (and HERE) Heb 11, Rom 4

Discipline Heb 12

Trials James 5:17-12, 1 Peter 4:12-19, 2 Cor 1:5, Php 3, 2 Tim 3:12

Obey God’s words James 1:19-27

Favoritism James 2

Taming the tongue (and HERE) James 3

True beauty 1 Peter 3:3-4

Don’t repay evil with evil 1 Peter 3:8, Rom 12:17, 12:21

False Teachers 2 Peter 2, 1 John 2, 1 John 4

Walk in the light 1 John 1

Children of God 1 John 3, Rom 8:23, 9:4

Love one another 1 John 3:16, 4, 2 John

Angels/Demons Jude, Heb 2, 13

 

 

There you go! That’s an entire year’s worth of lessons…about 300 for you to study with your kiddos. Regular study of God’s word keeps His truths in their hearts and builds a good foundation of daily seeking God. It also helps US as parents ensure WE are seeking God every day. Some days may seem to go over your child’s head…and that’s ok. You can always modify a lesson to be more or less complex, but also trust that the truths you speak will sink into their hearts. God WANTS children to come to Him and to know Him and you may be surprised how much He helps them understand and remember and how much insight He gives them. Thanks for joining us this year!

Children of God

Welcome back! We took a week off for vacation Bible school and illness (whomp whomp), but will be finishing our lessons from the New Testament about leading a Godly life this week, then in July we’re back to Genesis! (We go through the Bible every year–repetition is good but also the word of God is alive and new every time we read!)

Today’s lesson is from 1 John 3 (and Romans 8).

Do you have a mommy or daddy that loves you very much? Do you know what the Bible says? It says God wants to be our Father! In 1 John 3, John reminds us that God loves us SOOO much He calls us His children!

Let’s think about that for a minute. What does your dad (or mom) do to show you they love you? God isn’t like a boss just telling us what to do, and He isn’t some scary guy up in the sky. He is like a Father. Like a daddy. Which means He loves you! He protects you, He knows all your favorite things. He knows how you feel and He knows what you need. He even knows how many hairs are on your head! He knows how to take care of you and He would do ANYTHING for you…even die for you!

In Ephesians 1 and Romans 8 the Bible talks about God adopting us. Do you know what adoption is? Adoption is when someone who wasn’t born in your family, becomes a kid in your family forever. Your mom and dad usually have to sign a lot of papers and tell a judge that they promise to take care of them and love them forever no matter what (just like they love and care for you no matter what).

The Bible says that when we accept Jesus and ask Him in our hearts that we get adopted too! God writes our name down–we get “marked” with the Holy Spirit–and that makes us God’s children FOREVER. We are now His children…just like Jesus is God’s son…we become is kids too! And that means that we get to live in God’s house (heaven) and be with Him forever and share in all the wonderful things He has made! Not only will He love us and help us here, but when we will get to be with Him forever in a perfect place and share in His treasures forever.

**If your mom or dad haven’t been very good examples of loving you, you can be sure God is NOT like that. He is the perfect example of a loving, good Father. Sometimes that means He lets us go through hard things. And sometimes He has to teach us things…but He is always good…He always loves us and He will never give up on you.

 

For our craft today we drew pictures of our Father God and us together. (Again, child produced art helps them think about what THEY think God looks like. Besides all the good brain stuff and fine motor practice, it helps them take time to identify how they perceive God and their relationship with Him.)

 

THIS SONG is from Third Day called “Children of God.”

THIS SONG is from Matthew West entitled “Hello, my name is”

THIS SONG from Godrockband is admittedly quite cheesy…but also…I’m afraid to admit…quite catchy.

 

Thanks for joining us again. Love to you all!

What is true?

Welcome back! Today’s lesson is from 1 John chapters 2 and 4.

What do you know that’s true? How about that your mom and dad love you. But how can you tell if something is true about God? Nobody on earth has SEEN God…so how can you know if someone says “God is 1 inch tall” or “God can’t do everything.”

How do you know if something is true or not? In the book of 1 John (John’s 1st letter) it says that we can know something is true if we check the Bible! We know God ALWAYS tells the truth, and the Bible is everything He wanted us to know. We can know if something is true by checking the Bible.

In this book, John also tells us to watch out. Some people will SAY they love God…but they might say some things that don’t SOUND like God…like maybe they would say “God loves you….IF you wear a certain kind of clothes. Or God only loves you IF you eat certain food.” If you aren’t sure if that’s true or not…you can check the Bible! (You can always ask a grown up to help).

AND, if anyone teaches about God, but doesn’t accept Jesus too, the Bible says that person is a liar who doesn’t really know God. When we love God, we love Jesus too. Jesus is God’s son, sent to save us from our sins. If we don’t believe in Jesus, then we don’t believe in God’s love…and God IS love! Anyone who teaches about God, but doesn’t believe in Jesus too is not someone who tells the truth.

If we want to know what is true about God, we can read the Bible. 1 John 4 says lots of people will try to tell you things that God doesn’t like. They sound really good…but they are not of God. Everything you hear, make sure God says it too. If you don’t know what to do, or if you should agree with someone or not…check the Bible! God gave us what He wants us to know in the Bible.

 

For our craft today we used 1/2 piece black construction paper, some slightly smaller sheets of white paper and a yellow piece of paper with a ‘V’  cut out of the end. We glued down the center of the black piece and added a white piece, then glued and layered another white piece, then glued and layered our yellow bookmark piece.

Our text reads: How do I know if something’s true? Checking the Bible’s what I should do! 1 John 2, 4

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Thanks for joining us, love to you all!

True Beauty

Welcome back!

Today’s lesson is from 1 Peter 3:3-4, written by Jesus’ friend Peter.

In these verses Peter tells us what makes someone beautiful. What do you think makes someone beautiful? Pretty hair? Make up? Fancy clothes?

The Bible says, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

That means it doesn’t matter WHAT the outside of you looks like. What matters is your heart. If you love God and other people THAT is the most beautiful thing. A gentle and quiet (that means not afraid…but trusting God) heart.

Can you wear jewelry? Sure. Can you do your hair in fun ways? Of course. Can you wear the latest, coolest clothes? Yeah. But what really matters is if you make good choices to love other people and trust God. That’s what REALLY makes someone beautiful. (Bigger kids may enjoy the story of Esther to further illustrate true beauty–there’s a veggie tales version as well for the younger crowd.)

In the book of Proverbs (wise sayings) 11:22 it says, “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout
is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.” That means if you put jewelry on pig….it would still be a muddy ugly pig. You can try to make the pig look fancy…but it’s still a pig. And when people make ugly choices, they look no better than that muddy ugly pig. You can have fancy clothes and jewelry all you want…but if your heart is ugly, it’s not real beauty. Real beauty is trusting God and loving others.

For our craft today we made some pigs with gold rings in their noses.

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I had the kids cut out the shapes above (a circle and two triangles). Then we glued the triangles near the top of the circle to be the ears. We drew on eyes and glued a pom pom for the snout.

Then we twisted a pipe cleaner and taped it to the back to be the tail. Lastly, we took a gold piece of ribbon and glued it on to be the nose ring.

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Thanks for joining us. Love to you all!

Controlling your tongue

Hi all! Welcome back…this lesson is from James 3.

HERE is our lesson from last year.

Do you know what self-control is? It’s when you can control yourself…when you can make good choices on your own. Do you know what the hardest part of your body to control is? The Bible says it is our tongue. (The words we say.)

When we get angry or sad, it is really easy to say mean, angry things…and hard to wait and NOT say something. When we use our words, we can make someone feel better, or feel sad.
Using our words to be nice to other people is one way to show God’s love. But sometimes we sing songs for God, and then later say mean things to our parents, sister, brother or friend. We can’t use our mouth and tongue to say “I love you God!” but then use our mouth in a way that DOESN’T show God’s love.

But God will help us! When we ask Him, He will help us use our tongues in a nice way–using nice words that bring people closer to God; words that make people feel better, not sad.

Do you know if you light a match it can start a great BIG fire?! If you use your tongue to tell a lie, sometimes that leads to more lies and more people get hurt or in trouble and before long, it’s like a big big fire too–lots of people being sad and in trouble, because you said one little lie.

The things we say last a long time. Have you ever had someone say something mean to you? You still remember that don’t you? When we use mean words with other people, it stays with them. That sadness stays with them. That’s not very loving is it?

The more time we spend reading the Bible and talking to God, the better we will be at using loving words and controlling our tongues. The Bible says no one can be perfect, but God will help us have self-control over our words.
So next time you feel angry, or scared and want to lie, or sad and want to say something mean.. you can take a break…ask God to help you use loving words, and control your tongue.

For our craft today we rounded up a paper plate, some googly eyes, a long strip of crepe paper and two strips of construction paper.

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We folded the paper plate in half, glued the eyes on top and stapled the strips to the bottom and top. Then we glued just the end of the crepe paper strip on the inside of the paper plate and it made a face with a loooooooong tongue.

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The construction paper becomes the handles for our hands to make a puppet.

 

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You can stuff the tongue into the face and then open the mouth and the long tongue falls out!

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Thanks again for joining us. Love to you all!