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The Trumpet Will Sound

9-18-2014 5;49;55 AM

Memory Verse: Psalm 139:23

Life Application: I must allow God to search my heart.

Bible Text:

Leviticus 23:23-24

Colossians 2:15

Micah 7:19

Genesis 22:1-14

Hebrews 11:17-19

John 3:16

Romans 5:11

Matthew 5:8

Psalm 51:10

1 Thessalonians 4:16

1 Corinthians 15:52

2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Leviticus 23:23-24 NKJV

“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.’”

In Leviticus God instituted the Feast of the Trumpets or Rosh Hashanah. It is observed in the Jewish month of Tishrei. Rosh Hashana means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.“ It is sometimes referred to as the Jewish New Year. The Feast of Trumpets, points to the rapture, when the Messiah will appear in the heavens as a bridegroom coming for His bride, the church.

 

Sound The Trumpet

During this feast the shofar, trumpet, was to be sounded. The end of the shofar is curved and bent as a reminder to bend in respect of God. In Biblical times trumpets were sounded for several reasons. These same reasons can also apply to the bride of Christ -she must wake up and prepare to ascend into heaven to meet with God.

 

1.The trumpet was sounded when the people were about to meet with God.

Exodus 19:10-25 NKJV

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes. And let them be ready for the third day. For on the third day the Lord will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. You shall set bounds for the people all around, saying, ‘Take heed to yourselves that you do not go up to the mountain or touch its base. Whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death. Not a hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned or shot with an arrow; whether man or beast, he shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds long, they shall come near the mountain.” So Moses went down from the mountain to the people and sanctified the people, and they washed their clothes. And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not come near your wives.” Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.
Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly. And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice. Then the Lord came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. And the Lord said to Moses, “Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to gaze at the Lord, and many of them perish.
Also let the priests who come near the Lord consecrate themselves, lest the Lord break out against them.”
But Moses said to the Lord, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai; for You warned us, saying, ‘Set bounds around the mountain and consecrate it.’” Then the Lord said to him, “Away! Get down and then come up, you and Aaron with you. But do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the Lord, lest He break out against them.”
So Moses went down to the people and spoke to them.”

2. The trumpet was sounded to wake the bride up.

Matthew 25:5-10 NKJV

“But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming ; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.
And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.”

3. The trumpet was sounded when the people were ready to ascend up into the city.

Joshua 6:1-5 NKJV

“Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in.
And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor.
You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days.
And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.”

 

Services And Observances

During the Feast of Trumpets special services are held where the Scriptures are read and songs of redemption are sung. Psalm 93-100 are believed to have been composed for Rosh Hashanah.

A popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol for a sweet new year. The following blessing is recited before the apples are eaten:

“Blessed are You, O Lord our God. King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the tree.”

A custom still widely observed is the ceremony of Tashlikh. During the ceremony you throw bread crumbs into a river, lake, or large body of water. This symbolically represents your sins being cast away from you.

Micah 7:19 NKJV

“He will again have compassion on us, and subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”

 

A Memorial of God’s Grace

Genesis 22:1-14 NKJV

“Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.” So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together. Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

 

The blowing of the trumpets is also a memorial of God’s grace to Abraham when He substituted a ram to be sacrificed instead of Isaac.

 

Hebrews 11:17-19

“By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called,’ concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in figurative sense.”

Isaac is a type of foreshadowing of Christ. Just as Abraham offered his son on the altar, God offered His Son on Calvary’s altar.

 

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.”

Self-Examination

Romans 5:11 NKJV

“And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”

The Feast of Trumpets requires a preparing of the spirit. Each person is to take time to look back in self-examination over the events and emotions of the previous year. To be part of the rapture of the church also requires a preparing of the spirit.

Psalm 139:23-24 NKJV

“Search me, O God, and know my heart;

Try me, and know my anxieties;

24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,

And lead me in the way everlasting.”

Matthew 5:8 NKJV

“Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”

Psalm 51:10 NKJV

“Create in me a clean heart, O God,

And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

A person must know Jesus in an intimate way, have a personal relationship with Him, to be the Bride of Christ.

 

Matthew 7:21-23 NKJV

““Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”

Special prayers are recited during this festival. The prayers emphasize God’s mercy, benevolence and forgiveness. The prayers encourage us to reflect on our deeds. This is a time of offering forgiveness and seeking reconciliation with others.

 

2 Corinthians 5:18-19 NKJV

“Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”

It is a time that people should awake and correct their ways.

 

Christ’s Return

The rapture is associated in scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:16 NKJV

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”

Some Bible scholars feel that this feast will be fulfilled when Jesus returns to catch away His Bride (rapture).

 

1 Corinthians 15:52 NKJV

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

Review

1. What does Rosh Hashana mean?

2. Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year. It is also called the Feast of _________________.

3. Who is the Messiah’s bride?

4. Jesus is our armor because He ________________ Satan.

5..Why is the end of the shofar curved and bent?

6. A custom still widely observed is the ceremony of Tashlikh. During the ceremony you throw bread crumbs into a river, lake, or large body of water. What does this symbolize?

 

 

7. God substituted a ________ to be sacrificed instead of Isaac.

 

8. You must have a __________________ ________________________ with Jesus Christ to be the Bride of Christ.

9. Are there any people in your life that you need to offer forgiveness to?

 

10. What does reconciliation mean?

11. What sound will announce the return of Jesus?

12. Are you spiritual ready for Jesus’ return?

 

 

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Entire, Undivided, and Unimpaired

Entire, Undivided, and Unimpaired

Memory Verse: Psalm 119:10

 

Life Application: We should love and seek God with our whole heart.

 

Bible Text:

Deuteronomy 6:5

Psalm 9:1

Psalm 111:1

Hosea 10:1-2

Psalm 119:10

Psalm 119:10

Psalm 119:2

Psalm 24:3-5

Psalm 66:18

Matthew 5:8

 

People look everywhere for love. Some people turn to anything or anyone for what the world calls love. They try to fill the part of themselves that only God can fill. God desire for us to love, worship, obey, and serve Him with our whole heart. A whole heart is an entire heart, an undivided heart, and an unimpaired heart.

Entire Heart

One definition of whole is entire. An entire heart is one that leaves nothing left out. Without a question God absolutely must have every part of our heart. He desires to be close to us. Things or people will not draw us closer to God.

* We are to love God with our entire heart.

Deuteronomy 6:5 NKJV

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

* We are to praise and worship God with our entire heart.

Psalm 9:1 NKJV

“I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.”

 

Psalm 111:1 NKJV

“Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.”

 

Undivided Heart

A second definition of whole is undivided. An undivided heart is one that is in agreement with God and of one mind with Him. God created within each of us a “place” or “spot” that only He can fill with His love. The world, or the things of the world, can not fill the place that belongs to God. Trying to fill this spot with other things, or people, only bring heartache and sadness. Our hearts cannot long for God and the world at the same time.

Hosea 10:1-2 NKJV

“Israel empties his vine; He brings forth fruit for himself. According to the multitude of his fruit He has increased the altars; According to the bounty of his land They have embellished his sacred pillars. Their heart is divided; Now they are held guilty. He will break down their altars; He will ruin their sacred pillars.”

God had blessed Israel with many things. Instead of being thankful they failed to express or feel gratitude for all that God had done for them. Instead of worshipping God they turned to idolatry. The Israelites were untrustworthy and hypocritical. The people claimed to worship God, but their actions said something different. Their hearts longed for the things of the world more than they did God.

God want you to long for Him, and Him alone, and to seek Him with your whole heart.

Psalm 119:10 NKJV

“With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!”

 

Psalm 119:2

“Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!”

 

Unimpaired Heart

A third definition of whole is unimpaired. An unimpaired heart is a heart not marred by sin. God is holy and does not tolerate sin (impurities). When God created man (man and woman), they were pure. When sin entered the world man’s purity and innocence was lost. God had intended for us to be pure always, but because of sin we no longer were.

We are all born into sin – we have all sinned and been made impure. But, if we accept Jesus and His gift of salvation, He makes us pure again.

* If you have sin in your heart God will not bless you.

Psalm 24:3-5 NKJV

“Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.”

* If you have sin in your heart God will not hear your prayers.

Psalm 66:18 NKJV

“If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.”

* If you have sin in your heart, you will not see God, however if you are pure in heart you will.

Matthew 5:8 NKJV

“Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”

 

 

 

 

Review

1. People look everywhere for ___________.

2. Some people try to fill the part of themselves that only ________ can fill.

3. God desire for us to love, _______________, obey, and _____________ Him with our whole

 

4. What is a whole heart?

 

5. An entire heart is one that leaves ________________ left out.

6. Things or _____________ will not draw us closer to God.

7. We are to ________ God with our entire heart.

8. We are to ____________ and ______________ God with our entire heart.

9. An undivided heart is one that is in _________________ with God and of one mind with Him.

10. The world, or the things of the world, can not fill the _______________ that belongs to God.

11. Our hearts cannot long for God and the world at the _____________ time.

12. God wants you to long for Him, and Him alone, and to seek Him with your ____________ heart.

13. An unimpaired heart is a heart not marred by _________.

14. God is holy and does not ________________ sin (impurities).

15. We can have forgiveness when we _______________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________

 

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Wells of Blessings

WEEK 7Wells of Blessings

Memory Verse: Psalm 91:14

Bible Truth: God blesses His children.

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction – When We Have An Intimate Relationship With God He Will Bless Us

God will bless those that He knows and those who have an intimate relationship with Him. When we set our love upon God He will show us His favor and bless us by delivering us and setting us in a place of protection.

Because of our relationship with Him God will answer us when we call upon Him. In times of trouble He will deliver us and He will honor us. Our intimate relationship with God will also cause us to be blessed with a long life, and God will show us His salvation.

Psalm 91:14-19  NKJV     “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.

He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble;

I will deliver him and honor him.

With long life I will satisfy him,

And show him My salvation.”

      The blessings, favor, and benefits that we receive from God because of our relationship with Him are endless. He will provide for us in every area of our lives.

Deuteronomy 11:13-15  NKJV     “And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the Lord your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil. And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.”

      God will bless us spiritually, emotionally, physically and materially. A blessing is receiving something that brings comfort and joy. When we are blessed we are favored by God.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. _______________________________________

2. _______________________________________

 

 

4. Memory Verse

Psalm 91:14  NKJV     “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.”

5. The Beautitudes

Matthew 5:3-12  NKJV     ““Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

      A beatitude is a pronouncement of some blessing that we will receive when we follow Jesus’ example and allow God to shape our thoughts, words, and actions. It should bring joy to us when we know that God is pleased with us.

The world would have us to believe that we are blessed if we are happy and have a lot of things. But God says that we are blessed if we relinquish our pride, have a mindset characterized by meekness, and look to Him for spiritual significance. True blessings come from being like Jesus – gentle and humble. God will bless those who are poor in spirit, those who mourn, those who are meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, those who are merciful, those who are pure in heart, those who are peacemakers, and those who are persecuted falsely because of Him.

6. God Will Bless Those Who Are Poor In Spirit

Matthew 5:3  NKJV     ““Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

     When a person is poor they are lacking or in need. When we realize that we are poor in spirit and that we are dependent on God, His mighty power is available to us, and we find favor with Him!  God desires that we realize that we are dependant upon Him.

7. God Will Bless Those Who Mourn

Matthew 5:4  NKJV     “Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.”

     When we mourn we feel or express sorrow or grief.

Isaiah 57:15  NKJV     “For thus says the High and Lofty One

Who inhabits eternity,

Whose name is Holy:

‘I dwell in the high and holy place,

With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,

To receive the spirit of the humble.

And to receive the heart of the contrite ones’ ”

      Contrite means that we are broken in spirit by a sense of guilt. It also means showing deep regret and sorrow. When we are truly sorry that we have sinned against a holy God, God will receive us, comfort us, and forgive us. When we receive salvation the Holy Spirit (the comforter) comes to live in us. He will be our companion and help us in times of trials and troubles.

8. Game“God‘s Favor” Memory Board Match-Up Game

The Bible tells us that Daniel and his friends remained righteous by eating only the food that God wanted them to eat. They were determined in their hearts not to disobey God. God caused Daniel and his friends to receive favor when they asked not to eat the royal foods that the king wanted them to. God blessed Daniel and his friends for seeking righteousness.

The Bible gives us many examples of people who received favor / blessings from God.

1. Ruth

2. Ruth

3. Daniel

4. Daniel

5. Stephen

6. Stephen

7. Mary

8. Mary

9. God will bless us.

Shuffle up the cards and place them on the memory board. Divide the children into two teams. The teams will take turns turning over two cards. If the cards match they will remove them and earn a point for their team. If they do not match they will turn them back over. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

Correct Matches:

Ruth / Ruth

Daniel / Daniel

Stephen / Stephen

Mary / Mary

9. God Will Bless Those Who Are Meek

Matthew 5:5  NKJV     “Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.”

     When a person is meek they are not easily angered, are patient and are yielding. We must not get being meek mixed up with being weak. They are two totally different things. When we see ourselves the way that God sees us it will cause us to be meek. We will no longer focus on ourselves, instead we will focus on God and others. God will bless us when we put Him first.

Psalm 37:11  NKJV    “But the meek shall inherit the earth,

And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”

10. God Will Bless Those Who Hunger And Thirst For Righteousness

Matthew 5:6  NKJV     “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.”

     Righteousness means always thinking and acting in a way that is just, right, and good. When we have a very strong desire (need) to live in such a way that pleases God and brings glory to Him we will be filled. When we are filled with God and the things of God there will not be room for anything else.

When we hunger and thirst for righteousness we will want more of God. This desire will cause us to spend more time in prayer, reading the Bible and in worship.

2 Corinthians 5:21  NKJV     “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

1 John 2:29  NKJV     “If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.”

      When we receive Jesus as our Savior we receive His righteousness, and with it comes the power to live right (to think and act in a way that is just, right, and good).

11. Game – “Blessed Are Those…”

Need: 2 clotheslines made out of pieces of yarn, a clothes pin for each child playing and note cards.

Write the following on the note cards- one phrase per card. You might need to make identical cards depending on the size of the group.

Blessed are the poor in spirit.
Blessed are those who mourn.
Blessed are the meek.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.
Blessed are the merciful.
Blessed are the pure in heart.
Blessed are the peacemakers.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.

Divide the class into two teams and have them line up in two lines. Using tape  or thumb tacks, attach the clotheslines to the wall.

Give each child a note card and a clothes pin. At the signal  the first person on each team will run to the clothes line and pin up their card, then run back to their team. The next person in line will run to the front and repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

12. God Will Bless Those Who Are Merciful

Matthew 5:7  NKJV     “Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.”

      Mercy means not to punish someone when they deserve it. The dictionary describes mercy as more kindness than justice requires; kindness beyond what can be claimed or expected; kindly treatment; pity; something to be thankful for.

Merciful means having, showing, or feeling mercy; full of compassion. When we forgive others and show them kindness when they don’t deserve it we are being merciful.

God has been merciful to us by giving His Son Jesus to take our punishment for our sin. Because of the great mercy that was shown to us we must also be merciful to others, even when they disappoint us or hurt us. A person that is merciful will also reach out to help others in need.  When we show mercy to others we will be blessed with God and others being merciful to us.

2 Samuel 22:26  NKJV     “With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful;

With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless.”

13. God Will Bless Those Who Are Pure In Heart

Matthew 5:8  NKJV     “Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”

      Pure means not mixed with anything else, genuine, perfectible clean, spotless, without defects, correct, with no evil, without sin, or, chaste (virtuous, decent, or modest).

God wants us to be pure in heart. We cannot be pure in heart if we try to mix the things of God (and our relationship with Him) with evil or sinful things of the world. When we accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord we become the temple of God. God will not share His house with evil, therefore we must be pure in heart.  It is more important to be clean on the inside (pure heart) than it is to be clean on the outside.

Matthew 23:25-26  NKJV     “Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisees, first cleanse the inside of the cup and the dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.”

      People can only see us our outside, but God see us on the inside. Being clean inside where God sees and being clean outside where people see are both important to God.  He wants us to take good care of ourselves, but being clean on the inside where only God sees is most important to Him. No matter how good we try to be on the outside, without God’s forgiveness we are still dirty and impure on the inside.

1 John 1:9-10  NKJV     “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

      The first thing we need to do to become pure at heart  is to realize and admit that we are not. After we realize that we need to be pure at heart, all we have to do is ask God to forgive us ) and cleanse us. The Bible tells us that “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”. God will give a  pure heart if we ask Him to.

Psalm 51:10  NKJV     “Create in me a clean heart, O God,

And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

14. Game – Pass The Ball Memory Verse Game

Need: 1 small ball and music.

Have all the children stand in a circle. Give one of the children a small ball. Turn on some music and have the children pass the ball around the circle. Stop the music. Whoever has the ball when the music stops must say the memory verse. If they cannot they are out of the game. The game continues until only one person is left or until allotted time runs out.

15.  God Will Bless Those Who Are Peacemakers

Matthew 5:9  NKJV     “Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.”

      A peacemaker is a person who makes peace. The dictionary describes peace as freedom from strife of any kind; condition of quiet, calm, order, and security. Peace is also described as an agreement between contending parties.

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

      We have peace with God because of Jesus’ sacrifice. When we accept Jesus as our Savior we receive a special type of peace that only God can give and we become a child of God. We will put on  a spirit of calmness and tranquility because Jesus’ peace removes dread and fear from our heart.

As a child of God we can tell others how they can receive the same peace that we have. When we tell others that they can have peace with God through His Son, Jesus, we are being a peacemaker.

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

 

Hebrews 12:14  NKJV     “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.”

      Not only does God desire for us to live at peace with Him, He desires for us to live at peace with others. When a person is at peace with God and other people it will bring blessings.

16. God Will Bless Those Who Are Persecuted Falsely Because Of Him

Matthew 5:10-12  NKJV     “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

      Persecuted means to suffer repeatedly because of what you believe or because of your principles. There are people all over the world that are caused to suffer repeatedly, harmed, oppressed, annoyed and harassed for righteousness sake. When people oppress a child of God because of the stand that they take for God, He will bless them.

1 Peter 2:21  NKJV     “For to this you were called because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example , that you should follow His steps.”

      When we begin to feel like we are persecuted for righteousness sake we must remember that it (the persecution) will not last forever. We must also remember to follow Jesus’ example of handling persecution. The persecution and troubles that we face here on earth are nothing compared to our time in eternity with God.

Romans 8:18  NKJV     “For I consider that the sufferings of this present times are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

17. Game – “Blessed  Match-up”

Matthew 5:3-12  NKJV     ““Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Write the following on slips of paper – one phrase per paper. You will need to make a set for each team playing.

Blessed are the poor in spirit,

For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,

For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,

For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,

For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,

For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,

For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,

For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Fold all the pieces of paper and place in a basket. Divide the group into teams and line them up in rows. Place the basket with all the slips of paper in it a short distance from the teams. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the basket and get a slip of paper. They will take it back to their team and open it. The next person in line will repeat the process. If it is a duplicate phrase, they will have to take it back to the basket and get another one.

The team that correctly matches up the following sentences is the winner:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

18. Worship Song – _________________________________

19. Challenge and Altar –  Leper Gives Thanks

It is important to give God thanks for His many blessings.

Luke 17:15-16  NKJV     “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.”

      One day as Jesus was traveling through the middle of Samaria and Galilee on His way to Jerusalem He was met by a group of ten lepers. The lepers cried out to Jesus asking Him to have mercy on them. Because of Jesus’ compassion, He did have mercy on them. He instructed them to go to the priest so that he could declare them clean. As they were walking to show themselves to the priest they were healed of their leprosy.

When one of the ten men looked down and saw that his skin was well he turned to go back to thank Jesus for this wonderful blessing. He returned to Jesus and immediately began giving God glory for his healing. The blessing gave the leper comfort and joy.

Jesus asked him where the other nine men who were healed were at. When Jesus realized that only the one man, a Samaritan, returned to thank Him, He gave the man another blessing. Jesus made him well – he was made whole.  All the men were blessed with being cleansed (healed), however the one leper that thanked Jesus for His blessing received an even greater blessing.  Instead of just being cleansed, he was made well (whole).

Psalm 34:1  NKJV     “I will bless the Lord at all times;

His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

      All believers are to give thanks to God for His blessings. When we truly thank God for His favor and His blessings, He will bless us even more. The Bible tells us that we are to give thanks for everything, and that includes the blessings of God.

Ephesians 5:20  NKJV    “…giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…”

     God wants to bless each of us. When we receive salvation through Jesus it opens up the well of blessings to us.

20. Crafts 

21. Refreshments or a light meal 

22. Dismissal

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My Whole Heart

MY WHOLE HEARTMy Whole Heart

This event has a love or heart theme.

Memory Verse: Psalm 9:1-2 

Bible Truth: We are to love and praise God with our entire heart.

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction

People look everywhere for love. Some people turn to anything or anyone for what the world calls love. They try to fill the part of themselves that only God can fill. God desire for us to love, worship, obey, and serve Him with our whole heart. A whole heart is an entire heart, an undivided heart, and an unimpaired heart.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. __________________________________

2. __________________________________

4. Memory Verse

Psalm 9:1-2  NKJV     “I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.” 

5. Entire Heart

One definition of whole is entire. An entire heart is one that leaves nothing left out. Without a question God absolutely must have every part of our heart. He desires to be close to us. Things or people will not draw us closer to God.

1. We are to love God with our entire heart.

Deuteronomy 6:5  NKJV     “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

2. We are to praise and worship God with our entire heart.

Psalm 9:1  NKJV     “I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.” 

Psalm 111:1  NKJV     “Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.”

6. Game-  Musical Chairs

Need: music and chairs (1 less than the number of players)

God desire for us to praise Him with our whole heart. We’re going to play a game of musical chairs. The last person left person left in the game will represent someone who took time to praise, worship, and serve the Lord with their whole heart.

Have the children line up beside the chairs and march around them when the music starts to play. When the music stops each child is to find a chair to sit in. The person who is left without a chair is out. Repeat process until only 1 person is left in the game.

7. Undivided Heart

A second definition of whole is undivided. An undivided heart is one that is in agreement with God and of one mind with Him. God created within each of us a “place” or “spot” that only He can fill with His love. The world, or the things of the world, can not fill the place that belongs to God. Trying to fill this spot with other things, or people, only bring heartache and sadness. Our hearts cannot long for God and the world at the same time.

Hosea 10:1-2  NKJV     “Israel empties his vine; He brings forth fruit for himself. According to the multitude of his fruit He has increased the altars; According to the bounty of his land They have embellished his sacred pillars. Their heart is divided; Now they are held guilty. He will break down their altars; He will ruin their sacred pillars.”

     Our hearts should long for the things of God more than the things of the world. God desires for you to long for Him, and Him alone, and to seek Him with your whole heart.

Psalm 119:10  NKJV     “With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!” 

Psalm 119:2NKJV     “Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!”

8. Game – Pass The Heart Bible Verse  Relay

Need: 2 heart shaped pillow or balloon

Psalm 9:1-2  NKJV     “I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.”

     Divide the group into two teams. Each team is to line up in a row. Hand a heart to the first person in each row. They are to pass the heart to the person behind them and so on. When the heart gets to the last person in each row they are to run to the front of the line, say the Bible verse and pass the heart 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.

9. Unimpaired Heart

A third definition of whole is unimpaired. An unimpaired heart is a heart not marred by sin. God is holy  and does not tolerate sin (impurities). When God created man (man and woman), they were pure. When sin entered the world man’s purity and innocence was lost. God had intended for us to be pure always, but because of sin we no longer were.

We are all born into sin – we have all sinned and been made impure. But, if we accept Jesus and His gift of salvation, He makes us pure again.

1. If you have sin in your heart you will not receive all the blessings that He desires to give you.

Psalm 24:3-5  NKJV     “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.”

2. If you have sin in your heart God will not hear your prayers.

Psalm 66:18  NKJV     “If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.”

3. If you have sin in your heart, you will not see God, however if you are pure in heart you will.

Matthew 5:8  NKJV     “Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”

10. Review Game

Need: 15 index cards

Write the review questions on the cards, one question per card.

Divide the group into teams and line the teams up in rows. Place the question cards in a small box. The teams will take turns drawing questions. The first person from the first team will draw a question. If they can answer the question correctly their team will earn 1 point. If the answer is incorrect, place the card back into the box. The first person on the next team will repeat the process. Play until all questions are answered correctly or until time runs out. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

Questions and Answers

1. People look everywhere for ___________.

love

2. Some people try to fill the part of themselves that only ________ can fill.

God

3. God desire for us to love, _______________, obey, and _____________ Him with our whole heart.

worship    serve

4. What is a whole heart?

A whole heart is an entire heart, an undivided heart, and an unimpaired heart.

5. An entire heart is one that leaves ________________ left out.

nothing

6. Things or _____________ will not draw us closer to God.

people

7. We are to ________ God with our entire heart.

Love

8. We are to ____________ and ______________ God with our entire heart.

praise       worship

9. An undivided heart is one that is in _________________ with God and of one mind with Him.

agreement

10. The world, or the things of the world, can not fill the _______________ that belongs to God.

place

11. Our hearts cannot long for God and the world at the _____________ time.

same

12. God wants you to long for Him, and Him alone, and to seek Him with your ____________ heart.

whole

13. An unimpaired heart is a heart not marred by _________.

Sin

14. God is holy and does not ________________ sin (impurities).

Tolerate

15. We can have forgiveness when we _______________________________________________

13. Worship Song – ____________________________

14. Challenge /Altar

Where have you been looking for love?

Have you been looking to the world for love?

What have you been filling that place that belongs to God with?

Have you been loving, worshiping, obeying, and serving God with your whole heart?

Give the children time to pray alone and then pray for each one.

15. Refreshments or a light meal 

16. Crafts 

17. Dismissal

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I Will

I WILLI Will

Memory Verse: Psalm 9:1-2 

Life Application: Our lives must be an expression of admiration of and worship to God.

 

Psalm 9:1-2  NKJV     “I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.” 

     According to the above verse we should praise God with our whole heart, we should tell of God’s marvelous works, we should be glad and rejoice in God, and we should sing praises to God.

I. We should praise God with our whole heart.

A. Entire Heart

One definition of whole is entire. An entire heart is one that leaves nothing left out. Without a question God absolutely must have every part of our heart. He desires to be close to us. Things or people will not draw us closer to God.

1.) We are to love God with our entire heart.

Deuteronomy 6:5  NKJV     “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

2.) We are to praise and worship God with our entire heart.

Psalm 9:1  NKJV     “I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.”

Psalm 111:1  NKJV     “Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.”

B. Undivided Heart

A second definition of whole is undivided. An undivided heart is one that is in agreement with God and of one mind with Him. God created within each of us a “place” or “spot” that only He can fill with His love. The world, or the things of the world, can not fill the place that belongs to God. Trying to fill this spot with other things, or people, only bring heartache and sadness. Our hearts cannot long for God and the world at the same time.

Hosea 10:1-2  NKJV     “Israel empties his vine; He brings forth fruit for himself. According to the multitude of his fruit He has increased the altars; According to the bounty of his land They have embellished his sacred pillars. Their heart is divided; Now they are held guilty. He will break down their altars; He will ruin their sacred pillars.”

     God had blessed Israel with many things. Instead of being thankful they failed to express or feel gratitude for all that God had done for them. Instead of worshipping God they turned to idolatry. The Israelites were untrustworthy and hypocritical. The people claimed to worship God, but their actions said something different. Their hearts longed for the things of the world more than they did God.

God want you to long for Him, and Him alone, and to seek Him with your whole heart.

Psalm 119:10  NKJV     “With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!”

Psalm 119:10  NKJV     “With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!”

Psalm 119:2     “Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!”

C. Unimpaired Heart

A third definition of whole is unimpaired. An unimpaired heart is a heart not marred by sin. God is holy  and does not tolerate sin (impurities). When God created man (man and woman), they were pure. When sin entered the world man’s purity and innocence was lost. God had intended for us to be pure always, but because of sin we no longer were. We are all born into sin – we have all sinned and been made impure. But, if we accept Jesus and His gift of salvation, He makes us pure again.

1.) If you have sin in your heart you will not receive true and lasting blessings from God.

Psalm 24:3-5  NKJV     “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.” 

2.) If you have sin in your heart God will not hear your prayers.

Psalm 66:18  NKJV     “If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.” 

3). If you have sin in your heart, you will not see God, however if you are pure in heart you will.

Matthew 5:8  NKJV     “Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”

II. We should tell of God’s marvelous works.

God does many wonderful and marvelous things (acts and deeds.) We should proclaim to others what He has done. Tell means to relate events or facts, to give an account in speech or writing of events, express something, to express a particular thing in speech, inform somebody, to inform somebody of something, express something in words to somebody, to express thoughts or feelings to somebody in words

Works – acts. deeds or actions

Marvelous – amazingly impressive, extraordinarily wonderful,  extremely good

Deuteronomy 32:3-4  NKJV     “For I proclaim the name of the Lord: Ascribe greatness to our God.
He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.”

Isaiah 60:1-6  NKJV     “Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising. “Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to you; Your sons shall come from afar, And your daughters shall be nursed at your side. Then you shall see and become radiant, And your heart shall swell with joy; Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you. The multitude of camels shall cover your land, The dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; All those from Sheba shall come; They shall bring gold and incense, And they shall proclaim the praises of the Lord.”

Mark 1:39-45  NKJV     “And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons. Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” However, he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the matter, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter the city, but was outside in deserted places; and they came to Him from every direction.”

1 Peter 2:9-10  NKJV     “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”

III. We should be glad and rejoice in God.

Our attitude to God concerning His mercy for us and  the things that He has blessed us with should be gratitude.

Glad – delighted, happy and pleased, grateful, appreciative of or grateful for something .

Rejoice – be happy, to feel very happy or show great happiness about something.

Rejoiced in – have something desirable: to be lucky enough to have or own something.

Psalm 9:2  NKJV     “I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.” 

Psalm 31:7  NKJV     “I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, For You have considered my trouble”

Isaiah 25:9  NKJV     “And it will be said in that day: “Behold, this is our God; We have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the Lord; We have waited for Him; We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”

Revelation 19:7       Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”

IV. We should sing praises to God.

Everywhere we go, and in everything that we do, we should praise God. We must live a life of praise. Our lives must be an expression of admiration of and worship to God.

Tell – tell about something, to praise somebody or proclaim something, especially in verse, be happy: to rejoice or be extremely happy

Praises – expression of admiration, words that express approval or admiration, e.g. for somebody’s achievements or for something’s good qualities, worship and thanks to God.

Exodus 15:21  NKJV     “And Miriam answered them: “Sing to the Lord, For He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea!” 

1 Chronicles 16:23  NKJV     “Sing to the Lord, all the earth; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.”

Psalm 9:11  NKJV     “Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion! Declare His deeds among the people.”

Psalm 13:6  NKJV     “I will sing to the Lord, Because He has dealt bountifully with me.”

Psalm 135:3  NKJV     “Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; Sing praises to His name, for it is pleasant.”

Isaiah 12:5  NKJV     “Sing to the Lord, For He has done excellent things; This is known in all the earth.”

Isaiah 42:10  NKJV     “Sing to the Lord a new song, And His praise from the ends of the earth, You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, You coastlands and you inhabitants of them!”

Review

1. We should praise God with our whole heart, we should tell of God’s _________________  _________, we should be glad and _______________ in God, and we should sing praises to God.

2. God absolutely must have ____________ part of our heart.

3. Will things or people draw us closer to God?

4. God created within each of us a place that only He can fill with His   ________________.

5. When __________ entered the world man’s purity and innocence was lost.

6. What does Psalm 66:18 say about sin in your life and prayer?

7. We should ___________________to others what God has done.

8. What does tell or proclaim mean?

9. How can I personally tell or proclaim about God and His goodness?

What examples from my life can I give?

10. What should our attitude be toward God concerning His mercy and grace?

11. When and where should we praise God?

12. Our lives must be an ___________________  ______  ___________________of and worship to God.

13. What does entire mean?

How can I personally worship God with an entire heart?

14. What does undivided mean?

How can I personally worship God with an undivided heart?

15. What does unimpaired mean?

How can I personally worship God with an unimpaired heart?

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Let Us Grow In Purity

Let Us Grow In Purity

Purity is being clean inside and seeking to keep myself away from wrongdoing. Purity of heart brings blessings.

Matthew 5:8 NKJV    “Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”

      Christians are to be an example of purity. The dictionary defines purity as freedom from contaminants, the absence of anything inferior or unwanted,  innocence, or virtuous (moral integrity). An example is a person or thing to be imitated; model; pattern. We are to be a pattern or model of purity for the world to see and imitate. Not only are we to be an example to the world, we must be an example of purity to other Christians. Each of us must take heed to the ministry that God has called us to and be an example of Christ like purity. We must set ourselves away from all wrongdoing (words and actions).

1 Timothy 4:12 NKJV    “Let no one despise you your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

      We should desire and practice purity. Purity must be developed early in our Christian walk if we are to be an effective witness for Christ. We are not to allow the world to spoil our purity or to set the standards for our purity. God has never changed His mind about purity – it is very important to Him. God does not desire for us to be contaminated with the things of the world.

Titus 1:15-16  NKJV    “To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled. They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.”

      As Christians we are to keep ourselves pure. Our actions and words should bring glory to God, build up His kingdom and strengthen the body of Christ.

1 John 3:3  NKJV    “And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”

      Jesus is morally pure. If we desire to be like Him we too must strive to be pure also.

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