Treasures in Heaven

Hi all! Welcome back! This month we are learning about the things Jesus taught.

Today’s lesson is from Matthew 6:19-24. This is also from Jesus’ sermon on the mount.

Jesus told the people, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where things die, break and are destroyed. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” Don’t focus on having the most money or the best THINGS because things break. Instead, think about what’s REALLY important, like loving God, loving other people and telling other people about God!

He said “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” What you think is the most important thing is what you will give your attention to. If you think money or toys are really important, then you’ll spend all your time trying to get money or toys. BUT, if you think God and telling others about Him is what’s really important, then that is where your heart will be and you’ll spend your time loving God and others.

Jesus warned the people, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Jesus said, you have to pick. You can’t love your things and love God. Which one will be more important to you? The things of this earth that will break and be gone when you die? Or God and loving others? Then when you die, you’ll be with God forever, and maybe, if you’ve told someone else about God, they’ll get to be with you in heaven forever too! Isn’t that a REAL treasure!?

This video by Titus Ting is a musical version of these verses.

This is the song by Burlap and Cashmere.

 

For our craft today we made treasure chests from a rectangle and a 1/2 circle piece of brown construction paper. We drew on some lines and a lock and then glued on bits of confetti and gold and silver paper. (You could also draw money, or find gold trinkets at your local craft store, money scrapbook paper or even use play money from the dollar store.)

Our text reads: “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matt 6:20-21

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Thanks for joining us! Love to you all!

The Beatitudes

Hi all! This month we are learning about the thing Jesus taught.

Today’s lesson can be found in Matthew 5. (In full disclosure, much of the verbiage used today is from “Jesus Calling Bible Storybook” by Sarah Young. I don’t get any kickback for mentioning that, but it’s a great resource we use often…very nice pictures by Carolina Farias and simple versions of Bible stories.

 

So one day Jesus was teaching and this particular speech is called His “sermon on the mount.” There are a lot of things Jesus taught the people that day; today we’ll just be talking about one of the things, called the beatitudes.

WHAT are beatitudes? The first part of the word “be-a-tus” means happy or blessed!

Jesus was teaching the people 8 reasons they could feel happy and blessed!

Jesus said, “Those who say, ‘I am a sinner,’ will be part of God’s family.

Those who are sorry for their bad choices will be comforted by God.

Those who obey God will live forever with Him.

Those who want to do the right thing, God will help them do it.

Those who forgive others will be forgiven by God.

Those who ask God to live in their hearts will see Him.

Those who help others find peace with God will be called His children.

Those who tell others about God, even if people are mean to them, are part of God’s family.”

 

This video features the Beatitudes song by Brook Hills music performed by Jess Chamblee.

This video posted by Outside da box is probably better geared towards older elementary/middle school students, but gets the point across nicely.

 

For our craft today we made a bouquet of blessings. We used various geometric shaped pieces of card stock and construction paper and just glued them together to make any shape flower we wanted. (Each child and I made a set of 8, so our bouquet features 24 flowers). I wrote one beatitude on each flower (so 3 of each). Then we taped a straw to the back of each one (you could also use pipe cleaners).

 

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Now we have a lovely bouquet of blessings on our table to remind us of God’s goodness!

Thanks for joining us today! Love to you all!