Parent Connection (October 9, 2016)

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Today’s lesson... King Solomon dedicated the temple and asked God to be present in the temple and hear God’s prayers. 2 Chronicles 7:1-3 says, “... fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. And the priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord filled the Lord's house. When all the people of Israel saw the fire come down and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed down with their faces to the ground on the pavement and worshiped and gave thanks to … [Read more...]

Parent Connection (October 2, 2016)

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Today’s lesson... The building of the temple is underway! David had been very involved in the planning and execution of the temple, but he eventually died. His son, Solomon, was a wise ruler and businessman and God had equipped him for the task of seeing this project through. First, he needed supplies. Many supplies came from the spoils of the wars David had fought as well as his own wealth. Supplies were also gathered from gold, silver and precious stones donated by the people. A small car weighs about a ton. The Bible says Solomon collected 4050 tons of gold and 38,000 tons of silver! … [Read more...]

Parent Connection (August 21, 2016)

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Today’s lesson... At this point in David’s life, he’s been running from Saul for about seven years! He was tired and broken. Read about it in Psalm 55:1-7. Sometimes, when we’re overwhelmed, we forget to turn to God and we do really dumb things. Instead of returning to God like he had been, David decided he would flee to the Philistines! Goliath was a Philistine! What was David thinking? He packed up his entire family, the 600 men in his army and their families, and set up shop with the enemy. You might assume that the king of the Philistines would kill David, but as far as King … [Read more...]

Parent Connection (August 14, 2016)

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Tips for talking to your child about today’s lesson Today was Game Day, so we didn’t have a lesson, but we spent a lot of time having fun reviewing lessons and challenging our books of the Bible skills! Since there’s no lesson to summarize for you, I thought I’d instead give you some ideas for talking with your kids after church about their lesson. Immediately after church, in your car, read the “Today’s Lesson” section of the Parent Connection. Then, ask your child questions. I’m using last week’s Parent Connection as an example… How do you think Saul felt when … [Read more...]

Parent Connection (July 5, 2016)

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Today's Lesson... Well, as we all do, Samuel gets old. Israel knows that one day he’ll die, and they wanted a replacement to lead them. Apparently, God wasn’t a good enough CEO. The Israelites told Samuel that they  wanted a king, just like the other nations around them. 1 Samuel 8:6 says, “But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, ‘Give us a king to judge us.’ And Samuel prayed to the Lord. “ Remember that Israel has never had a king before. They had a leader who spoke for God, but they never had a king because God wanted to be their King. He told Samuel to warn the … [Read more...]