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Supplement To Arrows Bible Study “Our Great Shepherd”

Applying Bible Verses To My Life

1. Psalm 23 NKJV

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

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2. John 10:11-16 NKJV

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father, and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.”

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3. Psalm 5:8 NKJV

“I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

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4. Luke 12:7 NKJV

“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

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5. Psalm 37:25 NKJV

“I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.”

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6. Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

“You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.”

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7. John 10:3-5 NKJV

“To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”

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8. Psalm 32:8 NKJV

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.”

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9. Hebrews 13:5 NKJV

“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ ”

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10. Psalm 145:8-9 NKJV

“The Lord is gracious and full of compassion,

Slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all,

And His tender mercies are over all His works.”

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11. Romans 6:23 NKJV

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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12. Titus 1:2 NKJV

“In hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began”

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Paul Praises God In Prison

paul praises God in prisionMemory Verse: Acts 16:26

Life Application: Others are effected by our worship to God.

Bible Text:

Acts 16:22-25

Ephesians 5:19-20

Colossians 3:16

Isaiah 26:3

Psalm 5:11-12

Psalm 94:22-23

Psalm 18:6

Psalm 56:3-4

Psalm 118:10-11

2 Timothy 4:17-18

Psalm 118:14-18

Isaiah 12:2

Psalm 118:19-21

Psalm 118:22-24

Psalm 118:25-29

Acts 16:26

Paul and Silas had been arrested, beaten and thrown into jail. The jailer was instructed to keep them securely locked up. He put them in the inner prison and fastened their feet in stocks.

Acts 16:22-25 NKJV

“Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods. And when they had many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.”

From the deepest, darkest part of the prison at the darkest time of the night, a song of praise and honor unto God arose. Paul and Silas began singing a hymn to God. Not about God, but to God. They were ministering to the Lord in their time of need. They were desperate men. They knew what they facing. But they also knew that they were not alone – God was with them.

Ephesians 5:19-20 NKJV

“…speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”

Paul was no stranger to praising God in every situation and in every circumstance. In Ephesus he encouraged the Christians to sing (and say) psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. In his letter to the church at Colosse, Paul instructed them to teach and admonish each other in psalms, hymns and in spiritual songs.

Colossians 3:16 NKJV

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

Paul had an intimate relationship with God. He knew that the Holy Spirit was living in him and that he was God’s dwelling place. He was at perfect peace, knowing that God was with them, even in the midst of their troubles

Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

“You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.”

God delivers His people from bondage and He provides for their needs. He gives salvation and physical blessings. Paul knew and believed beyond a shadow of doubt that God was able to deliver them with miraculous intervention, just as He had in the past. Paul was committed to the Lord and he placed his trust solely in Him.

Psalm 5:11-12 NKJV

“But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You: Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name

Be joyful in You. For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.”

Like Paul, we must place our trust in God alone. God protects and cares for His people. He is our help, refuge and shield.

Psalm 94:22-23 NKJV

“But the Lord has been my defense,

And my God the rock of my refuge. He has brought on them their own iniquity,

And shall cut them off in their own wickedness; The Lord our God shall cut them off.”

We should praise God because He is our shelter and protection. Paul was able to praise because he knew that the Lord was his shelter and protection from danger and trouble.

Psalm 18:6 NKJV

“In my distress I called upon the Lord,

And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple,

And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.”

The Lord hears our cries and our prayers. God always meets the needs of His people. When we are surrounded by the enemy, and overtaken by trouble and sorrow we must remember to cry out to the one who can deliver us.

Psalm 56:3-4 NKJV

“Whenever I am afraid,

I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word),

In God I will put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?”

We should praise God because He is on our side. Paul was able to praise because he knew that God was on his side, that God was for him and not against him. He praised God for who He was, despite being locked up in a dirty, dark dungeon. Even though it might have seemed that they was all alone, Paul and Silas knew that God was there with them.

Psalm 118:10-11 NKJV

“All nations surround me,

But in the name of the Lord I will destroy them. They surrounded me,

Yes, they surrounded me; But in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.”

We should praise God because He will triumph. Paul was able to praise because he knew that the Lord would triumph. The Lord will destroy our enemies. Even when we are completely encircled by our enemies, we can rest in the peace of knowing that our Lord will triumph over our enemies. Our help comes from the Lord. Because of His help we will triumph.

Psalm 118:12-13 NKJV

“They surround me like bees; They were quenched like a fire of thorns; For in the name of the Lord I will destroy them. You pushed me violently, that I might fall,

But the Lord helped me.”

We should praise God because He is our help. Paul was able to praise because he knew the Lord as his help. No matter how difficult the circumstance, God will empower us and give us strength to triumph over our adversary. Throughout Paul’s life, God continually empowered him and gave him strength to preach the truth.

2 Timothy 4:17-18 NKJV

“But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and forever. Amen!”

We should praise God because He is our song of strength. Paul was able to praise because he knew the Lord was his song of strength. He was able to praise God and rejoice because he knew that the Lord would deliver him and that he would live to declare the works of the Lord.

Psalm 118:14-18 NKJV

“The Lord is my strength and song,

And He has become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation

Is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly. The right hand of the Lord is exalted; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly. I shall not die, but live,

And declare the works of the Lord. The Lord has chastened me severely,

But He has not given me over to death.”

Exodus 15:2 NKJV

“The Lord is my strength and song,

And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will exalt Him. My Father’s God, and I will exalt Him.”

Isaiah 12:2 NKJV

“Behold, God is my salvation,

I will trust and not be afraid; For YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song;

He also has become by salvation.”

We should praise God because He is our salvation. Paul was able to praise because he knew that the Lord was his salvation.

Psalm 118:19-21 NKJV

“Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go through them,

And I will praise the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord,

Through which the righteous shall enter. I will praise You,

For You have answered me, And have become my salvation.”

He was able to praise because he knew Jesus as his Savior. He knew that Jesus was the gate or door to salvation. We can praise God because we know that Jesus saves us from the penalty of sin and He rescues us from an eternity separated from God.

We should praise God because He is our Chief Cornerstone. Paul was able to praise because he knew the Lord was his chief cornerstone.

Psalm 118:22-24

“The stone which the builders rejected

Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.”

He was able to praise because he knew that God can turn rejection into direction. When people refuse to believe you or believe in you, God can turn the situation around. When faced with rejection for Christ’s sake we can still rejoice because we know that God will use it for His glory, if we keep our eyes on Him.

We should praise God because He is God and worthy of our praise. Paul was able to praise because he knew the Lord was God and that his praise blessed the Lord. He declared in the chains of the enemy that the Lord God was his God, and that he was going to exalt His name. Nothing was going to stop him from honoring and lifting up the name of the Lord. Paul glorified the Lord even in his darkest hours. He knew that the mercy of God never runs out.

Psalm 118:25-29 NKJV

“Save now, I pray, O Lord; O Lord, I pray, send now prosperity.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! We have blessed you from the house of the Lord.

God is the Lord, And He has given us light; Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horn of the altar. You are my God, and I will praise You: You are my God, I will exalt You. Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!

For His mercy endures forever.”

As Paul and Silas began to minister to God by telling Him what He meant to them and how much they loved Him, power was released. Power to break chains and shackles, power to open doors, power to save, power to heal, and power to restore. Our praise (blessing the name of the Lord) not only has an effect on us, it effects those around us. Through praise, chains and shackles are broken, doors are opened and freedom (salvation) comes.

Paul and Silas were not the only ones in the deep, dark dungeon. There were other men there also. It is quiet possible that many of them had lost all hope. Not only were the other prisoners physically in bondage, but they were also in emotional and spiritual bondage. They were depressed and oppressed by the enemy – they were in the chains of the enemy. When Paul and Silas began to pray and to sing a song of praise to God (hymn) the other prisoners were listening. As they sat there in the dark listening to Paul and Silas minister to God their faith was renewed. Hope began to replace despair. Even though everything around them still looked dark, the light of God began to fill the place.

Acts 16:26 NKJV

“Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.”

In the Light of God, evil cannot stay. Doors will be opened and chains will be broken. Not only will we be set free but those that are depressed and oppressed will be set free also.

Review

1. From the deepest, darkest part of the prison Paul and Silas began singing a hymn to God – not about God, but ____ ______.

2. Paul and Silas were ______________________ to the Lord in their time of need.

3. Paul and Silas were desperate men. What does desperate mean?

4. Paul had an _______________ ___________________________ with God.

5. God was with Paul and Silas even in the ____________ of their troubles.

6. God delivers His people from bondage, _________________ for their needs, gives _____________________ and physical blessings.

7.Does the Lord hear your prayers?

8. Does God always meets the needs of His people?

9. God is on your side -He is for you and not __________________ you.

10. The Lord will ________________ your enemies.

11. We can rest in peace knowing that our ___________ comes from the Lord.

12. No matter how difficult the circumstance, God will _________________ us and give us strength to triumph over our adversary.

13. What does deliver mean?

14. Jesus is the gate or door to salvation. What does that mean?

15. God can turn ___________________ into direction.

16. When faced with rejection for Christ’s sake we can still rejoice because we know that God will use it for His ______________.

17. As Paul and Silas began to minister to God what happened?

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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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A Song Of Praise

A SONG OF PRAISE

Memory Verse: Mark 14:26

 

Life Application: I should offer worship to God, even when facing uncertain times.

 

Bible Text:

Matthew 26:30

Mark 14:26

Psalm 113

Psalm 114

Isaiah 26:3

Psalm 115

Proverbs 3:5

Psalm 94:22-23

Psalm 116

Psalm 18:6

Psalm 117

Psalm 100:5

Psalm 118:1-9

Psalm 56:3-4

2 Timothy 4:17-18

Psalm 118:14-18

Exodus 15:2

Isaiah 12:2

Psalm 118:22-24

 

 

The word “hymn” is mentioned very few times in the Bible. Hymn means a song of praise or honor to God, also to praise or to extol (praise highly, commend.) A hymn is addressed directly to God. Psalm 113-118 are known as the hallel. Hallel is the Hebrew word for praise. The word hallelujah comes from the word hallel. Psalm 113-118 were sung as a hymn at every Passover and parts of these Psalms were sung at other Jewish holidays. Jesus would have sung these Psalms at the Passover prior to going to the Mount of Olives on the night of His arrest. Like Jesus, when I am facing difficult situations and uncertain times, I too, should offer worship to God.

Matthew 26:30 NKJV

“And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”

Mark 14:26 NKJV

“And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”

 

Psalms are a collection of songs, prayers and poetry, plus other psalmlike poems.. The Psalms were the “songbook” of the early church. The Psalms express praise to the Lord. Hymns are compositions addressed directly to God. Not about God, but TO God. Spiritual songs are songs about your Christian experience. They are also songs that praise God. As we offer hymns to God we must acknowledge who God is, how we feel about Him, and His authority. When we look at the hallel (Psalm 113-118) we see that the Lord‘s name is above all names, that He is always with us, that He is trustworthy, that He will deliver, that He is worthy of praise, and that He is the Great I Am.

THE LORD’S NAME IS ABOVE ALL NAMES.

Psalm 113 is a praise to God’s for His greatness and His grace.

Psalm 113 NKJV

“Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord,

Praise the name of the Lord! Blessed be the name of the Lord

From this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its going down

The Lord’s name is to be praised. The Lord is high above all nations,

His glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God,

Who dwells on high,

Who humbles Himself to behold

The things that are in the heavens and in the earth? He raises the poor out of the dust,

And lifts the needy out of the ash heap,

That He may seat Him with princes- With princes of His people.

He grants the barren woman a home,

Like a joyful mother of children.

Praise the Lord!”

During Biblical times there was a close association between a person’s name and their identity. When you praise (bless) the name of the Lord you set your thoughts upon His character. The Lord is King of all. He has supreme power and authority. He is the God over all. He is not limited to a certain group of people or a certain area. He is supreme over all the earth and over all the heavens. There is no one or nothing that compares to the Lord God. God does not have to draw close to us, He chooses to draw close to man. Desperate people (the poor, needy, lost and sorrowful) have a special place in God’s heart. In the natural realm a good father will stoop down and pick up his child when it is hurting. God is a good Father to each of us. When we are hurting, He stoops down and picks us up. God always hears the cries of His children. The Lord will always respond to injustice and religious persecution of His people. God will avenge His people, in His time.

THE LORD IS WITH US

Psalm 114 is a praise to God’s for His deliverance with miraculous intervention. No matter what we are facing, God is with us. We are not alone.

Psalm 114 NKJV

“When Israel went out of Egypt,

The house of Jacob from a people of strange language,

Judah became His sanctuary,

And Israel His dominion. The sea saw it and fled; Jordan turned back.

The mountains skipped like rams,

The little hills like lambs. What ails you, O sea, that you turned back?

O mountains, that you skipped like rams? O little hills, like lambs?

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,

At the presence of the God of Jacob,

Who turned the rock into a pool of water,

The flint into a fountain of waters.”

The presence of the Lord is more important than “things”. When God’s presence is with us nothing else matters. Nothing else is more important. God is in the midst of His people no matter where they are or what they are going through. We do not serve a God that is far away or that is sometimes present. He is with us always. He lives with us, and His protection can always be counted on. He is our defense. God can step into every situation and change it. His presence is truly awesome. He is our refuge. We can have peace knowing that God is present with us.

Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

“You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.”

Believers have a special relationship with God. The Holy Spirit is living in them and they are God’s dwelling place. We can be at perfect peace, knowing that God is with us, even in the midst of troubles. God delivers His people from bondage and He provides for their needs.

 

THE LORD IS TRUSTWORTHY

Psalm 115

“Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, But to Your name give glory, Because of Your mercy, Because of Your truth.
Why should the Gentiles say, “So where is their God?”
But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases.
Their idols are silver and gold, The work of men’s hands.
They have mouths, but they do not speak; Eyes they have, but they do not see;
They have ears, but they do not hear; Noses they have, but they do not smell;
They have hands, but they do not handle; Feet they have, but they do not walk; Nor do they mutter through their throat.
Those who make them are like them; So is everyone who trusts in them.
O Israel, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield.
O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield.
You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield.
The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron.
He will bless those who fear the Lord, Both small and great.
May the Lord give you increase more and more, You and your children.
May you be blessed by the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; But the earth He has given to the children of men.
The dead do not praise the Lord, Nor any who go down into silence.
But we will bless the Lord From this time forth and forevermore. Praise the Lord!”

Psalm 115 is a prayer to God to vindicate His honor by delivering His people. The Lord is the only true God and the only God deserving of our praise and worship.

Proverbs 3:5 NKJV

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding.”

The Lord is worthy of out trust and He will always bring salvation and deliverance to people who put their trust in Him. Believers we must place their trust in God alone. God protects and cares for His people. He is our help, refuge and shield.

Psalm 94:22-23

NKJV “But the Lord has been my defense,

And my God the rock of my refuge. He has brought on them their own iniquity,

And shall cut them off in their own wickedness; The Lord our God shall cut them off.”

THE LORD IS OUR DELIVERER

Psalm 116 is a praise to God for prayers answered in the past and for deliverance from imminent danger of death.

Psalm 116 NKJV

“ ‘I love the Lord, because He has heard

My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live. The pains of death surrounded me,

And the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow.

Then I called upon the name of the Lord: O Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul!” Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; Yes, our God is merciful

The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.

Return to your rest, O my soul,

For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. For You have delivered my soul from death,

My eyes from tears,

And my feet from falling. I will walk before the Lord

In the land of the living.

I believed, therefore I spoke,

I am greatly afflicted.’ I said in my haste, ‘All men are liars.’

What shall I render to the Lord

For all His benefits toward me? I will take up the cup of salvation,

And call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord

Now in the presence of all His people. Precious in the sight of the Lord

Is the death of His saints. O Lord, truly I am Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant; You have loosed my bonds. I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving,

And will call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord

Now in the presence of all His people,

In the courts of the Lord’s house,

In the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!”

The Lord hears our cries and our prayers. God always meets the needs of His people. When we are surrounded by the enemy, and overtaken by trouble and sorrow we must remember to cry out to the one who can deliver us.

 

Psalm 18:6 NKJV

“In my distress I called upon the Lord,

And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple,

And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.”

We must determine in our heart to praise the Lord at all times. Praise Him for the times that He has delivered you in the past and for the deliverance that He is providing in your present situation.

Psalm 146:1-2 NKJV

“Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!

While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.”

THE LORD IS PRAISE WORTHY

Psalm 117 is a praise to God for His love and His truth.

Psalm 117 NKJV

“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you people!

For His merciful kindness is great toward us,

And the truth of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!”

We are to “laud” or to speak well of God. Also we are to praise and extol God. As Christians we are to sing a song or hymn of praise to God. Paul knew of God’s great love and merciful kindness toward him. He had experienced firsthand God’s faithfulness to His covenant promises. He knew the truth about God. He knew that God is our loving creator and that He deserves our worship and praise.

Romans 1:18 NKJV

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.”

God’s Word always remains true. If God has told you that He will do something for you, He will. His Word is truth.

 

Psalm 100:5 NKJV “

For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting,

And His truth endures to all generations.”

THE LORD IS THE GREAT I AM

We must recognize the Lord for who He is. He is the Great I Am. Whatever you need, He is it. Whatever you have need of, the answer is found in Him. We must acknowledge that God is our true source. Our help is not found in man, only in our God, our Father. With God Almighty on our side what do we have to fear? Even when we are surrounded with impossible circumstances, we can proclaim with confidence, “the Lord is on my side!”

 

Psalm 118:1-9 NKJV

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let Israel now say, ‘His mercy endures forever.’ Let the house of Aaron now say, ‘His mercy endures forever.’ Let those who fear the Lord now say, ‘His mercy endures forever.’ I called on the Lord in distress; The Lord answered m and set me in a broad place. The Lord is on my side;

I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is for me among those who help me; Therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me. It is better to trust in the Lord

Than to put confidence in man.”

With God on our side what can man do to us? When our trust is in the Lord, we do not have to fear the enemy. When storms are raging all around us and even when we are in the chains of the enemy, we can have an abiding confidence that God is on our side.

 

Psalm 56:3-4 NKJV

“Whenever I am afraid,

I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word),

In God I will put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?”

God is not against us. Even when it might seem like we are alone, God is still with us. The Lord will destroy our enemies. Even when we are completely encircled by our enemies, we can rest in the peace of knowing that our Lord will triumph over our enemies. Our help comes from the Lord. Because of His help we will triumph. No matter how difficult the circumstance, God will empower us and give us strength to triumph over our adversary.

 

2 Timothy 4:17-18 NKJV

“But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and forever. Amen!”

The Lord is our song of strength. He will deliver us and that we may declare the works of the Lord.

 

Psalm 118:14-18 NKJV

“The Lord is my strength and song,

And He has become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation

Is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly. The right hand of the Lord is exalted; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly. I shall not die, but live,

And declare the works of the Lord. The Lord has chastened me severely,

But He has not given me over to death.”

Exodus 15:2 NKJV

“The Lord is my strength and song,

And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will exalt Him. My Father’s God, and I will exalt Him.”

Isaiah 12:2 NKJV

“Behold, God is my salvation,

I will trust and not be afraid; For YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song;

He also has become by salvation.”

The Lord is our chief cornerstone. God can turn rejection into direction. When people refuse to believe you or believe in you, God can turn the situation around. When faced with rejection for Christ’s sake we can still rejoice because we know that God will use it for His glory, if we keep our eyes on Him.

 

Psalm 118:22-24

“The stone which the builders rejected

Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Review

1. Hymn means a song of _____________ or _______________ to God.

 

2. A hymn is addressed directly _______ God.

 

3. As we offer hymns to God we must __________________________ who God is, how we feel about Him, and His authority.

 

4. Psalm 113 is a praise to God’s for His _____________________ and His grace.

 

5. During Biblical times there was a close association between a person’s _________________and their identity.

 

6. God is _____________________ over all the earth and over all the heavens.

 

7. Desperate people have a special place in God’s __________________.

 

8. Psalm 114 is a praise to God’s for His deliverance with ______________________ intervention.

 

9. God is in the __________________ of His people no matter where they are or what they are going through.

 

10. What does Isaiah 26:3 say about peace?

 

11 The Lord is trustworthy. What does that mean?

 
12. We should trust God with all our heart and lean not on our own ___________________________.

 

13. What is a refuge?

 

14. Give some examples of when God has delivered you from various situations.

 

15. We must recognize the Lord for who He is. Who is God to you?

 

16. What does confidence mean?

 

17. God can turn rejection into direction. Have there been times that you have been rejected by man?

 

 

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

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The Truth Shall Set You Free

THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE

Memory Verse: John 8:34-36

 

Bible Truth: Jesus Christ sets us free.

 

Through Jesus we are free from the fear of death, free from our sins, free from being alone, free to have a new life.

John 8:34-36 NKJV

“Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.
And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.
Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

I. WE DO NOT HAVE TO FEAR DEATH

There are people that have not heard the truth about God’s hope for today and tomorrow – His Son, Jesus Christ.

John 3:16 NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”

They do not know that their sins can be removed so they live under the weight of their transgressions. Spiritual darkness and dread on their final day is their existence, never understanding that freedom from sin comes through faith in Jesus Christ and that death isn’t to be feared.

Acts 4:12 NKJV

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Believers don’t fear the One who takes away sin. Instead, they look to Jesus Christ for their salvation, knowing that through Him their wrongdoings have been pardoned at the cross. We can have forgiveness and hope beyond the grave. When the end comes for believers they will be welcomed into the presence of their loving Lord; instead of an end, it is a beginning.

Questions and Fill-In The Blanks – Part I.

1. Why do you think some people are afraid to turn to Jesus for salvation and help?

 

2. Read John 3:16. How do we receive everlasting life?

John 3:16 NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”

3. Read John 3:36. What happens to a person that does not believe in Jesus Christ, God‘s one and only Son?

 

 

John 3:36 NKJV

“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

4. What does redeemed mean?

 

5. Read 1 Peter 1:18-21. We have not been redeemed with corruptible things. What were we redeemed with?

 

 

1 Peter 1:18-21 NKJV

“knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you
who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.”

6. Read Hebrews 12:2. Why did Jesus endure the cross?

 

 

Hebrews 12:2 NKJV

“looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

7. Read Romans 10:9. How does Romans 10:9 apply to your life?

 

Romans 10:9 NKJV

“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

8. Read John 1:29. Who is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world?

John 1:29 NKJV

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

9. How should believers feel about death in regards to someone‘s passing?

 

13. How has Jesus taken the fear out of death?

 

14. According to John 14:1-3, why should we not be afraid of death?

 

John 14:1-3 NKJV

““Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
In My Father’s house are mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also”

II. WE ARE FORGIVEN THROUGH JESUS CHRIST

The Bible tells us that only Jesus Christ has the authority to forgive sins; that God sent His Son into the world not to condemn but to remove the burden of sin and the shame. Sadly, this truth is lost on many people – young and old. There no sin is so great that God will not forgive. When a person asks for forgiveness their soul is flooded with relief. God promise, “Come to Me and I will give you rest” is available to every one. Even though there may be hidden sins that create a burden of guilt, God is ready to offer forgiveness and fill our heart with peace. All we have to do is ask.

 

Questions and Fill-In The Blanks – Part II.

1. Many people carry a heavy burden of guilt because of sin. Why do you think they refuse to reveal their sin to God?

 

2. What does condemned mean?

 

3. Read John 3:17-18. Why did God send His Son to this world?

 

John 3:17-18 NKJV

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God”

4. Read John 8:12. What does Jesus mean in John 8:12?

 

John 8:12 NKJV

“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

5. Read 1 John 1:9. When we confess our sins to God, what will He do?

 

1 John 1:9 NKJV

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

6. Read Romans 5:1. We can have __________________ with God through Jesus.

 

Romans 5:1 NKJV

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”

7. Why do you think we should want others to hear the gospel?

 

 

8. Read Matthew 11:28 and Isaiah 26:3. Christ has promised to take our burdens on Him. When we are heavy laden, He will give us _______. He will keep us in perfect __________________.

 

Matthew 11:28 NKJV

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”

III. GOD IS WITH US ALWAYS

Being a child of God doesn’t guarantee that we won’t face trouble in our lifetime. However, God’s comfort and loving-kindness is in the midst of our hardship. So when trials happen – and they will – God promises to be with us now and forever. But whatever the crises – serous illness, financial loss, domestic abuse, or impending death – God promises to be at our side.

 

Matthew 26:36-45 NKJV

“Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.”
And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.
Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”
He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?
Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.”
And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.
So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
Then He came to His disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.”

When we pray, God hears our pleading just as He heard Jesus’ prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane. Nonetheless, Christ obeyed His Father’s will and faced the cross knowing that God’s love surrounded Him.

 

Questions and Fill-In The Blanks – Part III.

1.In the past, what did you do to overcome fear, and how did your faith in God help?

 

2. Jesus faced a night of intense emotional anguish before being arrested. Hoe did Jesus handle this situation?

 

3. God is with us when we face challenging times. Read Hebrews 13:5-6. What reassurance does Hebrews 13:5-6 give?

 

 

Hebrews 13:5-6 NKJV

“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

4. Read Romans 8:38-39. What reassurance does Romans 8:38-39 give?

 

Romans 8:38-39 NKJV

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

5. Read Psalm 23. What reassurance does Psalm 23 give?

 

 

Psalms 23 NKJV

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.”

6. Read Psalm 46:1-3. What reassurance does Psalms 46:1-3 give?

 

 

Psalms 46:1-3 NKJV

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah”

7. Read Psalm 118:6. What reassurance does Psalms 118:6 give?

 

 

Psalms 118:6 NKJV

“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

IV. A NEW LIFE IN CHRIST

Instead of seeking God as a pathway to forgiveness, there are many that turn to myths and New Age philosophies. These cults present ideas as truth that do not agree with the Bible but are adhered to by many, including prominent figures. These people never acknowledging their evil deeds or truly repent. We only have to look at news accounts of groups who have followed beliefs that took control of their lives. In each account their belief system and leader failed them. Instead of myths and New Age philosophies, we need to base our belief system on God’s Word. There we learn that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. And when we accept God’s gift of salvation, we are changed, made whole, and given a new purpose. It’s a new way of living – one that is filled with joy.

 

Questions and Fill-In The Blanks – Part IV.

1. Reflect on some of the false beliefs that exist today. How are these New Age philosophies or cults incongruent with the scriptures?

 

2. What tragic news- making events have occurred in the past because of untruths disguised as religion?

 

3. Read Ephesians 5:1-2. Believers in Jesus Christ must _________________ Him and they must ______________ in love.

 

Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV

“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.
And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”

4. What does imitate mean?

 

5. Read Psalm 89:1. Believers in Jesus Christ must make known God’s ________________________ to everyone.

 

Psalm 89:1 NKJV

“I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.”

6. Read Colossians 3:23. Whatever a believer in Jesus Christ does, it must be done as if they are doing it for the _______________.

 

Colossians 3:23 NKJV

“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men”

7. Read 1 John 3:18. Believers are to love in their words and in their ________________.

 

1 John 3:18 NKJV

“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth”

8. Read John 13:34-35. How will people know if you are a disciple of Christ or not?

 

John 13:34-35 NKJV

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

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A Special Peace

A SPECIAL PEACEA Special Peace

Memory Verse: Psalm 29:11

Life Application: God will give His people peace.

Bible Text:

Philippians 4:6-7

1 Peter 5:7

Psalm 85:8

Isaiah 26:3

Psalm 29:11

John 14:27

 

When we receive salvation through Jesus it brings a special peace to us. Peace is described as a calm and quiet state, free from disturbances  or a state of mental calm and serenity, with no anxiety.

God doesn’t want His people to be fearful or full of worry. He wants us to come to Him, our Father, in prayer about any and every circumstance that we face.  He doesn’t want us to worry or fret over them. Instead, He wants us to commit them ( or to hand them over) to Him, believing that He will provide our rescue (our deliverance or release). When we do this God will give us a peace that we never knew existed.

 

Philippians 4:6-7  NKJV     “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

            We need to present all our worries and problems to God so that He can calm our fear and help us. As we pray our worries are replaced with God’s peace.

 

1 Peter 5:7  NKJV    “…casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.”

            When we have God’s peace we are filled with a calmness and quietness. We have freedom from struggles in our mind and heart.

 

Psalm 85:8  NKJV    “I will hear what God the Lord will speak,

For He will speak peace

To His people and to His saints; But let them not turn back to folly.”

            As we pray to God about our worries and problems we must listen for His voice. As God speaks peace to us concerning our situation we must keep our eyes on Him.

 

Isaiah 26:3  NKJV     “You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.”

Psalm 29:11  NKJV     “The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.”

            The peace that God gives us is not the same as the peace that the world has to offer. God’s peace is superior in every way, in every situation. It drives away fear, terror, and uneasiness because God is in control of every situation and circumstance.

 

John 14:27  NKJV     “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Review

1. When we receive __________________ through Jesus it brings a special peace to us.

2. What is peace?

 

3. Does God want us to worry?

 

Why do we worry?

 

4. God wants us to ________________ our cares to Him and _______________ that He will provide our rescue.

5. We are not to be anxious for anything, but in everything by _______________ and supplication, with thanksgiving, make our ________________ known to God.

6. As we pray our ________________ are replaced with God’s peace.

7. We must always remember that God for He ________________ for you.

8. When we are filled with God’s peace what will it do?

 

9. As we pray to God about our worries and problems we must _____________ for His voice.

10. Is the peace that God gives the same as the peace that the world has to offer?

 

11. How is the peace that God gives different than the peace that the world has to offer?

 

12. God is in __________________ of every situation and circumstance.

 

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Wells Of Peace

WEEK 5  Wells Of Peace

Memory Verse : Isaiah 26:3

Bible Truth : God gives perfect peace.

 

1. Open in prayer

 

2. Introduction – From The Wells Of Peace

When we receive salvation through Jesus it opens up the well of peace to us. God doesn’t want His people to be fearful or full of worry. He wants us to come to Him, our Father, in prayer about any and every circumstance that we face.  He doesn’t want us to worry or fret over them. Instead He wants us to commit them ( or to hand them over) to Him, believing that He will provide our rescue (our deliverance or release). When we do this God will give us a peace that we never knew existed.

Philippians 4:6-7  NKJV        “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

       We need to present all our worries and problems to God so that He can calm our fear and help us. As we pray our worries are replaced with God’s peace.

1 Peter 5:7  NKJV       “…casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.”

       When we have God’s peace we are filled with a calmness and quietness. We have freedom from struggles in our mind and heart.

Psalm 85:8  NKJV      “I will hear what God the Lord will speak,

For He will speak peace

To His people and to His saints; But let them not turn back to folly.”

       As we pray to God about our worries and problems we must listen for His voice. As God speaks peace to us concerning our situation we must keep our eyes on Him.

Isaiah 26:3  NKJV        “You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.”

Psalm 29:11  NKJV     “The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.”

       The peace that God gives us is not the same as the peace that the world has to offer. God’s peace is superior in every way, in every situation. It drives away fear, terror, and uneasiness because God is in control of every situation and circumstance.

John 14:27  NKJV     “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. ________________________________

2. ________________________________

 

4. Memory Verse

Isaiah 26:3  NKJV     “You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.”

 

5. Jesus Speaks Peace To The Storm

Matthew 8 26  NKJV     “But He said to them, ‘Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?’. Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.”

     One evening, after ministering to a large crowd, Jesus told His disciples that He wanted to go to the other side of the lake. After they began to cross the lake Jesus laid down on the bottom of the boat and went to sleep. While asleep, a big storm came up and the boats were tossed to and fro. Large waves began to come into the boat that Jesus and His disciples were in.

The disciples were afraid and they woke Jesus up. When they told Jesus that they were about to die He asked they why they were afraid. Jesus arose and rebuked the wind. As soon as Jesus said, “Peace, be still,” everything was calm,  the storm was over. The disciples were amazed at the power of Jesus.

 

6. A Mother Has Peace Through Trials

2 Kings 4:23  NKJV     “So he said, ‘Why are you going to him today? It is neither the New Moon nor the Sabbath.’ And she said, ‘It is well.’”

     As a gift of gratitude for making him a place to stay  (a room on the top of their house), the prophet Elisha gave a Shunamite woman a promise that she and her husband  would have a son. Within a year his prophesy came true – she had a baby boy. One day, years later, while the boy was out in the field with his father his head began to hurt. The father told one of the servants to carry the boy to his mom. When the servant brought the boy to his mom she held him in her lap. Around noon the little boy dies in her arms. The woman knew that God had promised her a son so she did not accept the boy’s death a final. She got up out of her chair and carried her son and laid him on Elisha’s bed and closed the door. Then she went to tell her husband that she was going to see the prophet Elisha. He was surprised that she wanted to see Elisha right away. When he asked her why she responded to him, All is well.”

When the woman found Elisha she told him what had happened to her son. Elisha returned with her to her house. He went into his room where the dead boy ay on his bed. Elisha prayed and through the power of the Holy Spirit he breathed life back into the boy. During this time the mother had peace given to her by God.

 

7. Game –Dividing The Sheep From The Goats Relay

The greatest peace that we can ever have comes from knowing that we are ready to stand before Jesus! One day Jesus will divide all the people in the world.

The saved will be placed on His right hand side and the unsaved will be placed on His left hand side. Those on the right hand side, the one’s that have been washed by the blood of Jesus, will be allowed to go to heaven.

Those on the left side, the unsaved, will be thrown into the Lake of Fire.

The choices that we make while we are alive will determine where we will spend eternity. Our choices determine if we will be placed on the right or on the left.

Need: 10 white balloons, 10 colored balloons, 2 large baskets or boxes, and 2 large trash bags.

Blow up balloons and equally divide them into two sets, placing each set in an empty trash bag. Divide the group into two teams. Each team must form a line. Place a basket at the end of each line.

The first person in the line will be given a bag of balloons . At the signal the first person on each team will pass a balloon to the person behind them.

White balloons must be passed over the heads and other balloons must be passed between the legs. The person on the end must put the balloons in the correct baskets. The first team to divide all the balloons correctly will be the winner.

 

8. Paul Has Peace During A Storm

Acts 27:34  NKJV     “Therefore I urge you to take nourishment, for this is for your survival, since not a hair will fall from the head of any of you.”

      Paul had been arrested and he was to appear in court in Rome, so  King Agrippa sent Paul to Rome by ship along with many other prisoners. It was just before winter which was not a good time for sailing. During the winter the winds were very strong and they made it difficult and dangerous to travel by ship. After they had traveled for 130 miles the weather began to change. The wind was so strong that they could not land (dock) where they wanted to. They were forced to sail further southward. Finally they were able to dock at a small town.

Because of his experience with sailing and boats, Paul knew that they should stay where they were and not travel any further until winter was over. He told the owner of the ship and the sailors, however they did not listen. They wanted to go on so that they could stop for the winter at a larger town about 60 miles away. Several times Paul tried to tell them that it was too dangerous, but each time his advice was rejected. The next morning the sea was calm and a slight breeze was blowing so the ship set sail, staying close to the shoreline for protection. Suddenly a violent storm hit the ship. The wind pushed the ship south of a small island. The sailors were afraid and they began to take measures to try to save the ship. They attached ropes around the ship in order to try to hold it together and let down the anchor. They hoped that the anchor would slow them own some so when it didn’t they let down the life boats.

Paul told them that if they didn’t stay on the ship they would die. Finally they listened to Paul and they cut the ropes to the life boats. The next morning Paul told they that they needed to eat some food. They had been in the storm for about 2 weeks and during this time they had not eaten properly. God had assured Paul that not one of them would die. As Paul broke bread he gave thanks to God for His hand of protection. After everyone ate they lightened the ship by throwing the cargo overboard. They could see a small island not far away so they let go of the anchors and raised the sail. As they approached a the island the ship got stuck on a sandbar and the waves crashed violently against them.

The soldier’s were afraid that the ship was going to break apart. Their thought was to kill the prisoners then try to swim to safety. However, the commander liked Paul and he did not want them to kill him. He told everyone that could swim to jump overboard and swim to the island. Those that could not swim were to float to the island on a board or some other part of the ship. Just like God had promised no one died -they all were saved. Throughout the entire time Paul had peace given to him by God.

 

9. Game – “Pass the Boat Memory Verse Relay”

Need : 2 cardboard boat cut outs or 2 small toy boats.

Divide the children into two teams. Each team is to line up in a row. Hand a boat to the first person on each team. They are to pass the boat to the person behind them and so on. When the boat gets to the last person in each row they are to run to the front of the line and say the memory verse, then pass the boat  to the person behind them and so on. When the original first person is back in the front of the line the game is over. The team that finishes first is the winner.

 

10. God’s Peace Should Rule The Believer’s Heart And Mind

Philippians 4:7  NKJV     “…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

      God’s peace can guard our hearts and minds. It (the peace of God) protects the mind and heart from untruthful, bad, evil, and wicked influences and it keeps us focused on God’s truth.

Colossians 3:15  NKJV     “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”

      God’s peace should guide and rule the actions of the believer.  When it doesn’t we should pray to God and ask Him to fill us with His peace.

2 Thessalonians 3:16  NKJV     “Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.”

      Before Jesus returned to heaven He gave a farewell to His followers. He told them that He was giving them His peace. His peace would be different than that of the world. The peace that Jesus gave them, and us, banishes fear and dread from the heart because He is in control of everything – all situations and all circumstances.

John 14:27  NKJV     “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you: not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

11. Game – Where’s My Shepherd?

Need: A blindfold for every child playing, except two children.

Divide the group into two teams. Each team will have a shepherd and the remaining players will be the sheep. Name each team a color.

Blindfold the sheep. Place the shepherds away from the sheep. At a signal the sheep must find their shepherd by the shepherd’s voice. The shepherd may repeat their team color over and over. The sheep must crawl to their shepherd. The first shepherd that gets all their sheep to come to them will be the winning team.

 

12. When Jesus Is Our Shepherd 

    Psalm 23:1  NKJV      “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

      We should not fear when Jesus is our Shepherd. Sheep can trust their shepherd in every situation. When the sheep are hungry, the shepherd takes them to pastures where they have plenty to eat. When the sheep are thirsty, he leads them to a quiet stream where they can drink. When the sheep are in danger of being eaten by wild animals, the shepherd is their protector. The sheep can trust the shepherd in every situation.

Psalm 23  NKJV        “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sakes. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surley goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.”

      Jesus is our shepherd and we can trust Him in every situation. We must cast our cares on Him because He truly cares for us and He is in control of all our situations and circumstances.

 

13. Game – Gather The Sheep Memory Verse Relay

Isaiah 26:3  NKJV       “You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.”

Need :Sheep cut-out with the memory verse written on each one – one per child, two poster boards – draw a fence on the edges of each one, and two rolls of tape.

Divide the class into two teams and have them line up in two lines. Place a poster board coral a short distance from each team. Give each child a sheep with the memory verse on it. Give the first person on each team a roll of tape. At the signal  the first person on each team will run to the poster board and tape their sheep on it and say the memory verse, then run back to their team. The next person in line will run to the poster board and repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

 

14. Worship Song – ______________________________

 

15. Challenge and Altar – “Believers Should Live In Peace”

2 Corinthians 13:11  NKJV        “Finally, brethren, farewell.. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”

     Peace means the absence of hostility, strife, and disorder. It is also the condition and sense of being safe and secure. Peace describes a state of physical and/or spiritual well-being. As a believer, our peace come through Jesus.

In his writing to the Corinthians, Paul encouraged the believers to live in peace. In order for them to do that they need God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. They need grace from Jesus, the love of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. When believers have grace from Jesus, the love of God and communion with the Holy Spirit they will live in peace – peace will rule their lives. Instead of fighting and living in conflict they will walk in love, harmony, unity, and encouragement.

Have you accepted the peace that comes from knowing Jesus as your personal Savior?

Are you allowing God’s peace to rule in your life?

Is there conflict in your life that you need to take to Jesus?

16. Crafts

 

17. Refreshments or light meal

 

18. Dismissal

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The Wells Memory Verses

MEMORY VERSESThe Well  Memory Verses

Week 1 – “ Wells Of Salvation”

Memory Verse: Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”     Isaiah 12:3

Bible Truth: We can joyfully draw water from whatever well we thirst for.

 

Week 2 – “Wells of Living Water”

Memory Verse: “On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.’ ”     John 7:37  NKJV

Bible Truth: Jesus is living water.

 

Week 3 – “Wells of Faith”

Memory Verse: “Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”   Mark 9:23

Bible Truth:  All things are possible with God.

 

Week 4 – “Wells of Power”

Memory Verse: “So he answered and said to me: ‘This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.’ ”   Zechariah 4:6  NKJV

Bible Truth: Our power comes from the Holy Spirit.

 

Week 5 – “Wells of Peace”

Memory Verse: “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”

Isaiah 26:3  NKJV

Bible Truth: God gives perfect peace.

 

Week 6 – “Wells of Love”

Memory Verse: “We love Him because He first loved us.”   1 John 4:19  NKJV

Bible Truth: God loved us first.

 

Week 7 – “Wells of Blessings”

Memory Verse: “Because he has set his love upon Me, Therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.”   Psalm 91:14  NKJV

Bible Truth: God blesses His children.

 

Week 8 – “Wells of Healing”

Memory Verse: “Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.”   Matthew 9:35  NKJV

Bible Truth: God is concerned about out physical and emotional health.

 

Week 9 – “Wells of Wisdom”

Memory Verse: “Now we have received, not from the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.“   1 Corinthians 2:12  NKJV

Bible Truth: God gives wisdom

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Peace – Second Night

Peace – Second Night

We can let our light shine through peace. Peace is an inner quietness of the heart, mind, and soul that comes from our relationship with God. When we learn to trust God and keep our thoughts on Him we are filled with perfect peace.

Isaiah 26:3  NKJV     “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”

God desires for us to seek peace with Him and with others.

Psalm 34:14  NKJV     “Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.”

     Knowing that our sins have been forgiven through Jesus is the first step to experiencing God’s peace. We cannot experience the peace of God until we experience peace with God. To His believers, Jesus promises a very special peace.

John 14:27  NKJV     “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

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 the inner quietness of our hearts, minds, and souls that comes from our relationship with You. By the power of the Holy Spirit may we trust You, O Lord,  and keep our thoughts on You. Fill us with Your perfect peace. May we seek to walk in peace with You and others everyday of our lives, and may we refrain from evil. Thank-you that we have peace through Jesus which keeps us from being trouble or afraid.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(Light 2 candles)

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