The Holy Spirit Comes

Hi all! This month we’ll be learning the stories after Jesus went back to heaven and we’ll begin some of the teachings of the New Testament. Today’s story is from Acts 2.

10 days after Jesus went back to heaven to be with God, the disciples and some other people who loved Jesus were all together in a house celebrating the feast of weeks (called Pentecost) when a big wind came and what looked like fire came and rested near each of them and they were able to each speak new languages.

They started telling all the people who had come for the celebration about Jesus and everyone could understand them. The people were so confused and said “how do these guys know how speak so many languages?! have they gone crazy?”

Then Peter stood up and said “no! these guys aren’t crazy! This is just what Jesus said would happen! Even from the beginning of the Bible, it was said that a Savior would come and that He would die for us. Jesus is that Savior! He came and loved us and died for us and He rose again, and now His Spirit has come to us. Be sure of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah. Believe in Jesus, tell Him you are sorry for your bad choices and you TOO can have Jesus live in your hearts like He has come to live in ours.”

“We are able to say these things because we have God’s power in us. His Spirit helps us do this!” (Remember: God can do ANYTHING! And when His Spirit lives in you, you can do amazing things for God too! He shares all He has with you!)

Lots of people believed that day and became followers of Jesus. They all lived together and studied the Bible together. They shared what they had and did just what Jesus said…they told everyone about Him and made disciples of all the nations.

If we too choose to believe in Jesus and ask Him to forgive our bad choices, then He will forgive us and live in our hearts too.

For our craft today we made hearts with fire. We cut out hearts from red construction paper and two layers of fire from yellow and orange paper (you could also use tissue paper if you wanted).


THIS is an exceptional video from the “Whats in the Bible” series (from the makers of Veggie Tales).

Thanks again for joining us. Love to you all!


Hi all!  We are doing our Easter lesson today! He is Risen!

This story can be found in the Bible in Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24 and John 20.

It was now Sunday morning. Jesus had died on the cross on Friday. The leaders who wanted Him dead were laughing and happy He was finally gone! The people who loved Jesus missed Him terribly and even though He had told them LOTS of times that He would die and be alive again 3 days later (Matt 17:22, Mark 8:31, John 2:19, Matt 12:39-40, Matt 16:21, John 10:17, 18, see also: Isaiah 53:5-12, Psalm 35:19, Psalm 69:4, Psalm 22:16, Zech 12:10, Psalm 22:1, Psalm 16:10, Psalm 49:15) …they didn’t really understand and they were very sad AND they were scared the leaders would come after them next.

After Jesus died, the soldiers and leaders remembered Jesus saying He would live again and they set up guards in front of the tomb (kind of like a cave) where Jesus’ body was put after He died. They put a HUGE stone (bigger than your dad!) in front of the tomb…it would take a LOT of people to move it. They kept watch day and night because they thought the disciples would try to come take Jesus’ body and pretend He was alive. (They didn’t believe Jesus would REALLY live again!)

That Sunday morning, a few of the women who loved Jesus went to the tomb. They were going to put oil and spices on His body and pray. But, one of God’s angels came, rolled back the stone and sat on it. The guards were so scared they fainted!

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; HE HAS RISEN, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid but SO EXCITED, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my disciples; I will see them soon.”

This is THE story of the Bible. God is all powerful. He is perfect. He made all things and is in all things. He is stronger than anything, even death. God has the power over life and death. Our sin keeps us from God and we should die forever in hell away from God. But God sent His son Jesus to die in our place so we don’t have to. We know Jesus died and lived again and because He did that for us, when we die, we will live again in heaven if we believe He died for us and make Him king of our hearts.

Jesus dying AND living again shows God accepted Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf. It proves that God has the power to raise us from the dead. It shows that those who believe in Christ will not remain dead, but will be resurrected unto forever life.



Today we made a diorama (or dino-rino as my kids called it). Basically a little theater and characters to tell the story.


We used two pieces of green and 2 pieces of blue construction paper to make the grass and sky in our box. We cut out a sun and taped it to the ceiling with a string. We cut out a tomb and folded under the end to tape to the floor of our box. Then we crumpled up a piece of brown paper to be the stone. We also made a flat empty bed inside the tomb.


The guards are guarding the tomb. (We drew them scared).


The women are coming to visit the tomb.


The angel is on the rock, inside the tomb is empty. The guards have passed out and the women are listening to the angel. Jesus is waiting to see them!


Thanks for joining us today. Love to you all! Happy Easter!


Hi all!

Today we will be briefly touching on the book of Revelation (the last book in the Bible). Then in June, we will be studying all about living a Godly life (mostly the teachings of the new testament). I think in the future i may add more studies to this and expand it a bit, but this is an introductory lesson.

So John, one of Jesus’ disciples had spent his life serving God and telling others about Him. But, like Paul and Peter, the leaders weren’t happy that John was telling people about Jesus and they sent him away to a lonely island.

While he was there, he had a vision (a dream, a revelation). God showed him the end of everything. John saw Jesus and he looked shiny and bright and an angel told John to write everything down so we could read it and know what God wanted us to know about when He comes back for us.

Some of the things in this book can be confusing, but thats ok. God is in control and He will help us understand when the time comes..

Back before there was any sin, just after God created the earth and everything in it, there were some bad angels. One of them, Satan, was the leader and he lied to Adam and Eve and talked them into making bad choices and sinning. Ever since then, he has been called the “prince of the world” (But don’t worry, he’s NO MATCH for God!)

Satan and his helpers like to make trouble and get people to do bad things. They are so happy when people sin and are separated from God. But Jesus showed John that in the end, Satan and every form of sin and evil and bad things would be thrown away and gone forever.

Jesus also said, He is coming back to earth! To be with us! And He will make a NEW earth, a perfect earth! With no sadness or sickness or loneliness or ouchies. It will be a perfect place for those who love Jesus and the Bible says we get to spend FOREVER together!

The Bible describes this new earth as a wonderful place. It will be beautiful! (What kinds of things do YOU think will be there? What are some of the prettiest and best things you can think of?)

John asked when this would happen? When would Jesus come back and when would sad things be gone? But Jesus said “Only God knows. But He wants you to be ready for when He does come.” John wrote down some of the ways we will know it’s getting closer, but God wants us to love Him and to love others until Jesus comes back.

We just discussed what heaven/the new earth might look like. You could have your child draw a picture or cut out pictures from a magazine to show what it would be like.

I’d love to see your comments about this study and what your children might say about heaven! Feel free to share below. Love to you all.


From Acts 27

So, our friend Paul who was busy traveling and telling people about Jesus had AGAIN been arrested for talking about Him. The leaders took him from judge to judge to judge…to all the big leaders, but nobody really knew what to do with him?? Finally, it was decided he would go on a boat to Rome to see Caesar who would decide his final fate.

Paul joined over 200 other people on the boat but he warned them it was not a good time to sail a boat. The captain didn’t listen. Soon, there was TERRIBLE weather, lots of  storms and the boat rocked and rocked and creaked and rocked. The wind and rain were breaking the boat and the people were scared! They even had to hold the boat together with ropes!

Paul went and prayed and asked God to keep then safe. An angel came and told Paul no one would even get one little hair hurt as long as they trusted God and believed Paul. Paul rushed to tell them the good news.

Well the storms kept going and the people were scared and some of the guards were about to sneak away in a special rescue boat, but Paul reminded them they would only be safe if they obeyed God and stayed on the boat.

Soon, the boat got closer and closer to land and SMACK! The boat crashed near an island, but not one person was hurt. Everyone made it safely to the land.

Paul was able to show the people on the island of Malta some of Gods power. He was bitten by a snake and wasn’t hurt and he helped sick people be well. Then he told them all about Jesus.

Even though the shipwreck was scary, God had a big plan for Paul…God used Paul to show the soldiers and people on the boat that God is real and He cares for us. And He used Paul to tell the people on the island the good news about Jesus dying on the cross and living again for us!

Sometimes scary things may happen in our lives, but God wants to take care of us and He wants us to obey Him. He also has BIG plans for you and wants you to help others.

For our craft, we drew some water and sand (you could glue real sand to your paper). Then we drew some happy people (yay! we didn’t die!) and then cut out a boat. Finally, we glued some broken popsicle sticks and toothpicks for the broken wood.

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Next time we’ll learn about John and his vision then we’ll wrap up the New Testament stories and start with “living in God’s love” (the teachings of the New Testament) in June.

Love to you all!

Eutychus Saved

This story is from Acts 20:7-12.

Paul was traveling around telling everyone about Jesus. One day he was at a house talking to everyone there. The people were having communion (where we remember Jesus dying for us and living again). He planned to leave for a new city the next day so he stayed and talked really late. It was past bedtime, the sky was dark, the moon was out.

A young man named Eutychus was sitting in an open window upstairs listening to Paul. God’s word is not just for grown-ups…He loves when kids and teenagers listen to what He has to say. But poor Eutychus, he started to get very sleepy and fell out the window! He died from falling too far, but Paul wasn’t mad he fell asleep…he rushed down, laid on him, hugged him and by God’s power Eutychus was ok! Paul said “don’t worry! He’s alive!” The people took him home and were so happy he was ok.

Just as the people sat around and celebrated Jesus dying and living again, they celebrated this young man being able to live again by God’s power.

For our craft, we cut out the center of a paper to be our window. Then we drew sleepy Eutychus and taped a pipe cleaner to his back to the window so he could fall back out of the window and be lifted up again.

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We’ll have more stories in a few days. Love to you all.

Acts 18-Loving those that serve

Our story today is presented a bit differently than what we’ve been covering. It comes from Acts 18 and is about Paul and some of his friends. For this story, I drew and added to our picture as the story was told. Here is our finished product: image

Paul (centered) was busy telling everyone about Jesus. Some people didn’t like that, but some people were happy and wanted to help. Two of those people were Aquila and his wife, Priscilla.

In our house, Daddy has to work make money so we can buy things like a house to live in and food to eat. Paul’s friends let him stay at THEIR house and shared their food with him so he could spend his time telling people about Jesus. They also met a man named Apollos, who loved God, but didn’t know the whole story of Jesus. So, Aquila and Priscilla brought him to their house and taught him everything they knew.

Some people tell their friends about Jesus at school or while they go to work. You can tell people about Jesus right where you live and play, just like Aquila and Priscilla did with Apollos.

Other people spend their time serving God and telling others about him…like Pastors or missionaries (who go to far away places to serve God). (If you support any missionaries, this is a good time to tell your kids about them..where they live and what they do.) Each week we give money to our church to help God’s house and to help the Pastor(s) be able to spend their time serving God. We also send money every month to the people we know who are missionaries around the world. This helps them be able to live and have a house and food.

Sometimes, God wants us to tell people about Him. Sometimes, He wants us to serve Him right where we are; and SOMETIMES, He wants us to help OTHER people who are serving Him.

The Bible tells us that everyone who loves God is in a family…and that we can all work together like all the parts of your body work together. Some people work far away, some work right here. Some people are like the mouth who tell people about Jesus and some people are the hands…giving and making things. There are LOTS of ways to serve God and to help other people who are serving Him. The Bible also tells us one way is not more important than another way. What are some ways YOU can help serve God? What are some ways you can be a helper to OTHER people who are serving God?

We are wrapping up in Acts–2 more stories, then we’ll focus on John’s vision, then we’ll be ready for June’s lessons. Thanks everyone. Love to you all!

Paul and Silas in Jail

Hello again! Our story today comes from Acts 16.

Paul and Silas were going around telling everyone about Jesus, and helping people who were sick. Some of the people didn’t like that, so they put Paul and Silas in jail and hooked chains on their arms and legs and said the guard had to keep VERY good watch over them. If they escaped, the guard would be in BIG trouble.

That night, Paul and Silas were singing songs to God. Even when things seemed hard and yucky, they trusted God and told the other people in jail about Him. About midnight (the middle of the night), an earthquake came and shook the whole place. The floors and walls shook. The chains that were keeping Paul and Silas in place fell off and the gates busted open. BUT…they stayed. The guard was VERY worried and said “oh no! The gates are open! The prisoners are gone! I will be in SO much trouble!”

But Paul said “Don’t worry! We are all right here!” The guard immediately asked them what he must do to be saved.

Paul answered “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.”

The guard took Paul and Silas back to his house and everyone there believed in Jesus that night.

Paul and Silas obeyed and stayed in the jail even when they could have escaped. That showed that they trusted God and that they cared for the guard. God loves everybody and wants everybody to know about Him and His son, Jesus. Paul and Silas could have run away and saved themselves, but instead they stayed and saved the guard and his whole family.

For our craft, we drew Paul, Silas and the guard and made a chain link. We drew the jail and the earthquake.

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We also found this youtube video:

We’ll continue in Acts next time. Love to you all!

Peter Saved From Jail

Today’s story is from Acts 12.

Peter had been telling all the people about Jesus and the leaders put him in jail. They put a LOT of guards around him and then locked the door. After Peter went to bed that night, he was woken up by an angel.

The angel said “Peter, get up!” Peter thought he was dreaming, but he got up and followed the angel. The chains on his hands and feet fell off, the doors opened, no one stopped them and they walked right out of that jail! The gates opened for them and then when they got into the street, the angel left him and Peter suddenly knew it was NOT a dream! God had sent a real angel and he was really free!

He went to a house where he knew some  other believers were and knocked on the door. The servant there was SO excited to see Peter that she ran back into the house to tell everyone and didn’t even let Peter in! Ha! They let him in and then he told them ALL what had happened.

The next day the guards were all VERY confused and the leaders were very angry that they let Peter get away.

Sometimes, even when we follow God, sad things happen to us. BUT, we can trust that God is always in control and that NOTHING is too scary or too hard for God. There is nothing impossible when God is on your side.

For our craft, we drew Peter and the angel and made gates from pipe cleaners.




More from Acts soon. Love to you all!

Peter Visits Cornelius

Hello again!

The story today can be found in Acts 10.

There was a guard in  who loved God, named Cornelius. He was not Jewish, but he loved and God and God was pleased with him. God told him one day to send for Peter, so he sent his servants to find Peter and bring him to his house.

The next day, Peter went up to his roof to pray and he had a vision (like a dream). He was a giant blanket come down from heaven and it had all kinds of animals on it. A voice said “Peter, get up and eat” but Peter said “No! I only eat the food God told us we can eat! This food is dirty”

But the voice replied, “Do not say anything is dirty if God made it!”

He saw this three times and then Peter sat there confused…trying to figure out what the dream meant.

Then the servants came and asked for Peter. God told Peter not to be afraid and to go with the servants…so he did.

When they got to Cornelius’ house, Peter told him (everyone he had invited–it was a LOT of people) all about Jesus. And THEN Peter understood…Jesus dying on the cross wasn’t just for God’s people…it was for ALL people. God made ALL people and He loves EVERYONE!

Everyone there believed in Jesus and the Jewish people were amazed that God would give His gifts to even these people!

We can remember that God made everyone and He loves everyone and He wants EVERYONE to know Him!

(You can be any color, any height, any disability, even any bad choice! and God will STILL love you and He STILL wants you to know Him!)

Galatians 3:26-29 says:  “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

And Romans 2:9-11 says “There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism.”

For this story, we acted it out with my kids’ toys. I had two toys be Peter and Cornelius and i took a small blanket with some of their plastic animals so we could act out the story.

Then we cut out pictures from magazines of all different kinds of people and made a page to remind us that God loves EVERYONE!


We will continue in Acts next time. Love to you all!

Saul Follows Jesus

Our story today is from Acts 9.

In our last Bible story we learned about Saul. He was one of the leaders and he did NOT like Jesus or His followers. He was even happy when Stephen was killed for telling people about Jesus.

One day, Saul was on his way to Damascus to capture more of Jesus’ followers and put them in jail. As he was waking, all of a sudden a very bright light shone down and said “Saul! Why are you hurting me?!”

Saul said “who is this!?”

The voice answered, “It is Jesus! The one you are being mean to! Now get up and go to the city.”

So Saul stood up, but he realized he couldn’t see anything! Scales, almost like a fishes scales, we’re covering his eyes! So some of the men traveling with him helped him up and took him to the city.

When they got there, God sent one of His helpers to Saul. He put his hands on Saul and the scales fell off his eyes and he was able to see! Immediately God filled him with His Holy Spirit and Saul (who also got a new name, Paul), began to learn from the disciples and then he too told everybody about Jesus!

All the people were amazed that this guy who once HATED Jesus was now telling everybody about Him!

God can change anyone’s heart and He has big plans for us if we will let Him use us. Isn’t it wonderful to know that even the people who make the worst choices can still be loved by God?

The next few stories will be about Peter and Paul’s various missions.

For our craft we traced a bowl to be Saul’s head and then we put some tissue paper scales over his eyes.



Thanks for reading, love to you all.