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Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Ruth Is Loyal

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Memory Verse: James 1:12

Bible Truth: While running your race remain loyal.

 

When there was a famine in the land, Elimelech took his wife, Naomi, and their two sons, Mahlon and Chilion, to live in another country, where they would have food to eat. After a period of time Elimelech died and his two sons married Moabite women. The women’s names were Orpah and Ruth. After about ten years the two sons died. This left all three of the women widows.

Ruth 1:1-5 NKJV

“Now it came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem, Judah, went to dwell in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech, the name of his wife was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion—Ephrathites of Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to the country of Moab and remained there. Then Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons. Now they took wives of the women of Moab: the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth. And they dwelt there about ten years. Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two sons and her husband.”

One day, Naomi heard that the famine in Bethlehem was over. She decided to return to her homeland where she could be around relatives and friends. Naomi and her two daughter-in-laws, Orpah and Ruth, pack up and left for Bethlehem. While traveling Naomi stopped and told her daughter-in-laws to go back to their parent’s homes so that they might be able to find another husband and be happy again.

Ruth 1:6-9 NKJV

“Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had visited His people by giving them bread. Therefore she went out from the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah. And Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each to her mother’s house. The Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. The Lord grant that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband.” So she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept”

Naomi kissed both of them good-by but they told her that they would return with her to Bethlehem. Naomi told them that it made her very sad to leave them, but that there was no reason for them to go with her. She wanted them to be happy with their own families.

Ruth 1:10-13 NKJV

“And they said to her, “Surely we will return with you to your people.” But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Are there still sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands? Turn back, my daughters, go—for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, if I should have a husband tonight and should also bear sons, would you wait for them till they were grown? Would you restrain yourselves from having husbands? No, my daughters; for it grieves me very much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord has gone out against me!”

Orpah and Ruth began to cry. Orpah kissed Naomi good-by and she left. Ruth continued to cry and to cling to Naomi. She did not want to leave.

Ruth 1:16-17 NKJV

“But Ruth said: ‘Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you;

For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people,

And your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.’ ”

When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined in her heart to stay with her she stopped asking her to leave.

Ruth 2:10-12 NKJV

“So she fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him, ‘Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?’ And Boaz answered and said to her, ‘It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before. The Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.’’

Camp Challenge

Loyal is being true and faithful to love, to a promise, to a duty, or other obligation. It is also being faithful to those in authority over you. We are to be true and faithful to God. In our Christian walk, faithfulness is staying true to God in our thoughts, words, and actions.

2 Chronicles 19:9 NKJV

“And he commanded them, saying, “Thus you shall act in the fear of the Lord, faithfully and with a loyal heart”

Ruth is a good example of loyalty. She was determined to remain loyal to Naomi no matter what. God blessed Ruth for her loyalty. Ruth found favor in the sight of man because of her love and sense of duty toward Naomi. Later, God provided a new husband (Boaz) for Ruth.

If we demonstrate our love for God by remaining loyal to Him we too will be rewarded. A crown is promised to all who are faithful. Just as Ruth firmly declared her choice to follow Naomi, we must firmly declare our choice to follow God.

James 1:12 NKJV

“Blessed is the man who endures temptations; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”

Prayer Points

Ask God to help you be faithful to Him no matter what.

Ask God to help you to remain true to Him in your thoughts, words, and actions.

Ask God to help you act in the fear of the Lord.

Ask God to help you have a loyal heart.

Ask God to help you firmly declare your choice to follow Him.

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Fruit of the Spirit – Children’s Booklet

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control.”

Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV

 

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God’s Garden

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Memory Verse: Psalm 92:12

 

Life Application: I grow when I am in rightstanding with God.

 

Bible Text:

Psalm 92:12

John 15:1-6

Psalm 92:12-15

Deuteronomy 6:5

Deuteronomy 11:1

1 Samuel 15:22

John 14:15

Galatians 5:22-23

Matthew 28:19-20

Ephesians 2:10

 

God’s Garden

God wants us to bear fruit in His garden. The goodness or sweetness of our fruit will depend on how much time we spend with God – in prayer and in His Word.

John 15:1-6 NKJV

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”

We must abide in Christ if we desire to bear fruit. The Bible tells us that the righteous will flourish.

 

Psalm 92:12-15 NKJV

“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing,
To declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”

We are known by our fruit and our fruit will be judged.

Matthew 7:15-20 NKJV

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”

 

Fruit

God wants the fruit of our love toward Him.

We are to love the Lord with everything within us.

Deuteronomy 6:5 NKJV

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

Deuteronomy 11:1 NKJV

“Therefore you shall love the Lord your God, and keep His charge, His statutes, His judgments, and His commandments always.”

God wants the fruit of obedience in our lives.

Obedience is important to God. He tells us in His Word that obeying is better than sacrifices.

 

1 Samuel 15:22 NKJV

“So Samuel said:

“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,

As in obeying the voice of the Lord?

Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice”

Jesus tells us that if we really love Him we will obey His words.

John 14:15 NKJV

“If you love Me, keep My commandments.”

God wants the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.

Believers should have spiritual fruit in their lives.

Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

God wants the fruit of reproduction in our lives.

God wants us to win souls for Christ. As a Christian we should “produce” other Christians.

Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age”

We are instructed to go into all the world and make other disciples (followers of Christ), and we are to teach them to obey God’s commands, laws and words.

 

God wants the fruit of good works and deeds in our lives.

Works and deeds do not save us, however our works and deeds will show what we believe.

Ephesians 2:10 NKJV

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

Review

1. According to Psalm 92:12 the righteous will do what?

 

2. What does righteous mean?

 

3. The goodness or sweetness of our fruit will depend on how much time we ___________ __________ ________ .

 

4. We must ______________ in Christ if we desire to bear fruit.

 

5. We are known by our fruit and our fruit will be ________________.

 
6. A ___________ tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a _________ tree bear good fruit.

 
7. What will happen to a tree that does not bear good fruit?

 

8. We are to love the Lord with _______________________ within us.

 

9. What does Deuteronomy 6:5 mean to you?

 

10. What is obedience?

 

11. What did Samuel mean in 1 Samuel 15:22?

 

12. Jesus tells us that if we really ______________ Him we will obey His words.

 

13. Believers should have spiritual fruit in their lives. List the fruit of the Spirit.

 

14. We are instructed to go into all the world and make other disciples. What are we to teach them?

 

15. “For we are His _________________________, created in Christ Jesus for ____________ ___________, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 NKJV

 

16. What are some good works?

 

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Child’s Hanukkah Booklet – From One Christian’s Perspective

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What’s Growing

WHAT'S GROWINGWhat’s Growing

 

Memory Verse: Galatians 5:22-23

Life Application: My life needs to reflect love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Bible Text: Galatians 5:22-23

 

What is the fruit of the Spirit?

Our lives are like a tree or vine. As we draw closer to Jesus our lives will have certain “fruit”. This doesn’t mean that we will start sprouting fruit, but that the more time we spend getting to know Jesus, the stronger our spirit will become and the easier our fruit will be seen and like by other people.

The Bible tells us that there are nine fruits of the Spirit.

 

Galatians 5:22-23  NKJV

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

Love –  When we love people we will treat them the way we would want to be treated. Love is caring about others.

Joy- True joy comes from Jesus. When we know Jesus we will have true joy.

Peace- Having peace means not worrying about what might happen to you or the people you love.

Longsuffering- Willing to wait for things without getting upset.

Kindness- Being nice to others without expecting them to do something for you.

Goodness- Being honest and doing what we know is right.

Faithfulness- Doing what you say you will do.

Gentleness- Means being thoughtful or considerate of other people.

Self-control- Means we are able to control our actions and behavior.

Review

1. When we ________ people we will treat them the way we would want to be treated.

2. True joy comes from __________.

3. Having peace means not _____________ about what might happen to you or the people you love.

4. Willing to wait for things without getting __________ is longsuffering.

5. Being ________ to others without expecting them to do something for you is the fruit of kindness.

6. Goodness is being honest and doing what we know is __________.

7. Doing what you ______ you will do is faithfulness.

8. Gentleness is being thoughtful or considerate of __________ people.

9. We show self-control when we are able to ______________ our actions and behavior.

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Tu B’ Shvat – One Christian’s Perspective

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         Tu B’ Shvat is the Jewish New Year for trees, for the purpose of calculating the age of the tree for tithing. It is usually in January or February. One custom associated with this celebration is to consume those fruits which grow in the land of Israel. Before any food is eaten a blessing is said.

When we look at a tree in the winter it looks like nothing is happening inside it, but that is far from the truth. Trees (as well as us) have suffered through cold, dark days and nights. The sap is beginning to rise deep in the heart of trees. New life is starting to emerge. Many things are going on where the eyes cannot see. What looks dead and frozen over will blossom out with buds before long. All looks bleak, cold and lifeless, but there is a promise of rejuvenation.

Tu B’ Shvat is the point at which the trees stop being nourished by the waters of the previous year, and begin to be nourished by the new years waters.

In our lives many things are going on that we can’t see with our natural eyes. At times there are situations in our lives that look dead or hopeless. However, when all looks bleak, cold and lifeless we must remember that there is a promise of rejuvenation. We serve a God of restoration. There is nothing that He cannot restore.

Like the trees on Tu B’ Shvat, last years water supply is not enough. We too need fresh rain (fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit / fresh moves of the Holy Spirit).

Tu B’ Shvat has more to do with the tree’s fruit  rather than the tree itself. Just like a fruit tree our lives should produce.

Galatians 5:2-23  NIV    

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”

          As we look back over the past year, how was our fruit bearing? Did we bear fruit? There will be (or have been) times in our lives when everything looks bleak and there seems to be no sign of life (growth). During these times we must remember that many things are going on where the eyes can not see.

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Self-Control – Eighth Night

Self-Control – Eighth Night 

We can let our light shine through self-control. Restraint or the ability to control your own behavior is referred to as self-control.  Self-control is a choice which will keep a person from overreacting or reacting impulsively. A person with self-control chooses to stay in control of their thoughts, words, feelings, and actions. They will behave wisely.

1 Samuel 18:5  NKJV     “So David went out wherever Saul sent him, and behaved wisely.”

     Just as David behaved wisely and exhibited self-control, so should we. With the power that is given to us through the Holy Spirit we can exercise restraint instead of being controlled by our emotions, and our ups and downs. Self-control will help us live a life worthy of God and one that glorifies Him.

1 Thessalonians 2:10-12  NKJV    “You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe; as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.”

 

Father,      We thank-you for this time of the year when we can come together to remember all that You have done. Thank-you that you have given us the ability to control our behavior. By the power of the Holy Spirit may we not overreact or reacting impulsively. Fill us with a desire to stay in control of our thoughts, words, feelings, and actions. And may we behave wisely. Help us to live a life that glorifies You.     In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Gentleness – Seventh Night

Gentleness – Seventh Night

We can let our light shine through gentleness. Gentleness can be described as having a mild and kind nature or manner, orusing little force or violence. Gentleness starts with humility and respect. We must view ourselves and others through God’s eyes. Each and every person is valuable to God. One way we show gentleness is by appreciating (recognizing) the worth, or value, of others.

We can recognize and appreciate others through the Holy Spirit’s help. He will also help us treat others with the same gentleness as Jesus would.

Philippians 4:5  NKJV       “Let your gentleness be known to all men.”

     Those around us should be able to see God’s gentleness through us.

 

Father,      We thank-you for this time of the year when we can come together to remember all that You have done. We give You thanks for Your gentleness toward us. By the power of the Holy Spirit may we display the same gentleness toward others that has been shown toward us. May we treat others with humility and respect. Let us see ourselves and others through Your eyes.     In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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Faithfulness – Sixth Night

Faithfulness – Sixth Night

We can let our light shine through faithfulness. Faithfulness is unwavering in belief, believing firmly in something or somebody, consistently trustworthy and loyal, and correct. A faithful person is a person that can be trusted and relied upon. They are loyal, stable, dependable, responsible and committed.

God desires faithfulness. We don’t have to try and rely on our own strength to be faithful.

1 Thessalonians 5:24  NKJV     “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.”

     Through the Holy Spirit we can be faithful. He will make us the kind of person that others see as faithful and God will protect us.

Psalm 31:23  NKJV     “Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints! For the Lord preserves the faithful…”

Father,    We thank-you for this time of the year when we can come together to remember all that You have done. We give You thanks for Your faithfulness. You are trustworthy and loyal. Thank-you that we can rely on You. By the power of the Holy Spirit cause us to be faithful. May we be unwavering in our belief of You and in our relationship with You. May we be counted as trustworthy, dependable, and loyal. May we never waver in our faith in You or in Your Word.     In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Goodness – Fifth Night

Goodness – Fifth Night 

We can let our light shine through goodness. The definition of goodness is the quality of being good and virtuousness. It is also doing right. Our goodness is shown through our words, actions, works, character, and morals.

Philippians 4:8  NKJV    “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

     We know that only God is perfectly good, however we should strive to follow His example. When we allow the Holy Spirit to lead and control us it will show in our thoughts, words, and actions.

Psalm 52:1  NKJV     “Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The goodness of God endures continually”

     Like God, our goodness must continue on and on without interruption. With the help of the Holy Spirit we can show goodness every day.

Father,     We thank-you for this time of the year when we can come together to remember all that You have done. We give You thanks for Your goodness, which has no end and never stops. By the power of the Holy Spirit help us to show goodness every day. May it show in our words, actions, works, character, and morals. May we think only on things that are true, noble, just, pure, virtuous, things of good report, and things worthy of praise. Fill us with a desire to follow Your example and may we submit to the Holy Spirit’s lead and control.     In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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