Parent Connection (March 19, 2017)

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Jesus’ Birth and Early LifeYou may wonder why we’re teaching about Jesus’ birth in March. Our curriculum teaches chronologically so your child will understand how the Bible transitions. The topic of Jesus’ birth landed in March. Besides, any time is a good time to teach anything from the Bible, right? Eight days after Jesus’ birth, Mary and Joseph took Him to the temple and named Him. The name Jesus means “the Lord is my salvation.” BTW, your child learned this week and last week that the custom “back then” was to name a child when they were eight days old, not immediately, … [Read more...]

Parent Connection (March 12, 2017)

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God Breaks His Silence Imagine your husband or wife or parent giving you the silent treatment for 400 years. That’s how long God had been silent after the temple was finally rebuilt. Today, we learned how God broke His silence through Zacharias. Remember the story of Abraham and Sarah? Abraham was 100 years old when Sarah finally gave birth to their son Isaac. Well, Elizabeth, Zacharias’ wife, was also “too old” to have a baby, but God makes the impossible possible! In Luke 1, God sent an angel to Zacharias and told him Elizabeth would have a baby! Spoiler alert—this baby was … [Read more...]

Parent Connection (February 26, 2017)

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As you may know, we have been learning about the Bible in chronological order. Last week, we learned about the completion of the temple, and next week, we will dig into the New Testament. For some reason, our curriculum barely scrapes the surface of the Minor Prophets. Therefore, today, we watched What’s in the Bible, Volume 9, which did an excellent job of explaining the last books of the Old Testament.     Have you thanked a Volunteer today? Every week, when you walk into church, you’re surrounded by Volunteers. Volunteers open the door and greet you with a smile. … [Read more...]

Parent Connection (February 19, 2017)

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Today was a good lesson for teaching your child that God will accomplish His will no matter what. King Cyrus was on the throne, and he was a pagan king; however, he released God’s people to return to Jerusalem, 42,300 of the Jews (some stayed behind)! He even gave them thousands of items that King Nebuchadnezzar had stolen so they could get back home and begin work on the temple. The day they completed the foundation was a great celebration. In fact, our memory verse was Ezra 3:11, which tells of their hearts as they praised God. The work on the temple continued for about four years, … [Read more...]

Parent Connection (February 12, 2017)

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I love this story—not because it’s a feel-good story. It’s actually a violent and sad story, but I love how Esther shows her faith and trust in God as she risks her life for what is right. Last week, your child learned about the writing on the wall and how King Belshazzar and the Babylonians were captured that night. Now, Persia needs a new king, and that king is Ahasuerus. He needed a queen, and after a sequence of events, Esther, a Jew, was chosen. By the way, Ahasuerus didn’t know she was a Jew. One day, Esther’s Uncle Mordecai overheard two of the king’s men planning … [Read more...]