Christian Education Corner

November 22, 2020 Post

“Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in
all the persecutions and trials you are enduring."
 (2 Thessalonians 1:4

 

Greetings!

I hope you and the family are adjusting well to the new three week state mandates. Ironically, this week’s lesson is on faithfulness.  To be “faithful” means to be reliable or trustworthy. For the Christian, our faithfulness is specifically to the Savior who redeemed us. Christian faithfulness is continued and consistent submission and obedience to the same Spirit who provides the ability for us to be faithful – regardless of current circumstances or situations.

I hope your child/ren will join us for the Zoom at noon Sunday School lesson.  If they are unable to do so, today’s lesson is provided below.  If you should have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

May the Spirit fill you and yours with the fruits of His Spirit as we grow together in His Word and walk together in His Ways.

Peace, Blessings and Love,

Pastor Schalm

 


 

The Fruit of the Spirit is FAITHFULNESS Kids

Activities

Looking for ways to point your kids to Jesus? The Fruit of the Spirit is FAITHFULNESS Kids Activities pack is full of simple ideas to teach kids what faithfulness is in an engaging way. This hands on study of Galatians 5:22-23 is aimed to help your family connect, play, learn, and grow in God’s Word together.

Have you ever stopped to think about how incredible it is that the sun rises each and every day? It’s something that I often take for granted. God has promised us that, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” [Genesis 8:22, ESV] What a magnificent promise and just a glimmer of His faithfulness to His children. This week is all about how God will never stop loving us or break His promises. What hope we have in that!

 


 

Faithfulness is being dependable, trustworthy, and loyal in our relationship with God and other people. I am so thankful that God models perfect faithfulness to us in every season of our lives.

For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. [Psalm 33:4, NIV]

God is faithful in word and action. He will never stop loving us or break His promises. We can be faithful to Him and other people because He perfectly shows us how! I think it’s incredible that He doesn’t leave us on our own. He wants to walk with us and cultivate faithfulness in our hearts, thoughts, and actions.

READ THE STORY OF NOAH’S ARK – Genesis 7-9

 


 

Here’s the Supplies You’ll Need:

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  • Hands on: Faithfulness Necklace
    • String
    • Beads
  • Create: God Always Keeps His Promises Rainbow Craft
    • Rainbow Printable (FREE download below)
    • Cardstock
    • Q-Tips
    • Paint
    • Plate
  • Make: Rainbow Fruit Pizza
    • Your Favorite Sugar Cookie Dough (Can use pre-made or homemade—this is our favorite recipe)
    • Cream Cheese
    • Butter
    • Vanilla Extract
    • Powdered Sugar
    • Fresh Fruit of Various Colors (for topping)
  • The Jesus Storybook Bible (Optional, but the Fruit of the Spirit is Faithfulness pack includes the story suggestion)

 


The Fruit of the Spirit is Faithfulness Activity Instructions

Hands On: Faithfulness Necklace

 

  • Supplies: String, Beads
  • Instructions:
  1. Read Proverbs 3:3 together. “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.”
  2. Invite your kids to make a necklace of faithfulness with you. With each bead that is strung you can talk about a time that God has been faithful to your family. This is also a great time to talk about what faithfulness is, examples of God’s faithfulness in the Bible, and why it’s so important to be faithful in our relationship with God and other people.

 


 

Create: God Always Keeps His Promises Rainbow Craft

 

  • Supplies: Rainbow Printable, Cardstock, Q-Tips, Plate, Paint
  • Instructions:
  1. Print out the God Always Keeps His Promises Rainbow PDF (FREE download below) on to cardstock. http://thelittlesandme.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/camplittlesandme_FAITHFULNESS.pdf
  2. Squeeze paint onto a plate.
  3. Use Q-Tips to dot the paint onto the rainbow.
  4. Dry completely before hanging up.

 


 

Make: Rainbow Fruit Pizza

 

  • Supplies: Your favorite sugar cookie dough (can use pre-made or homemade—this is our favorite recipe), 8 oz. Cream Cheese, 5 TBSP Butter, 1 TSP Vanilla Extract, 2 Cups Powdered Sugar, Fresh Fruit (of various colors)
  • Instructions:
  1. Form your sugar cookie dough into balls and follow the instructions on your recipe for baking time & temperature.
  2. Allow the cookies to cool completely before frosting.
  3. To make the frosting, cream the butter and then add the cream cheese and mix until smooth. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and mix until fully combined.
  4. Frost cookies with cream cheese frosting and top with fruit.

 


 

As you count the ways that God has been faithful to your family I pray that you will have a new sense of awe and wonder of our awesome Father. That our lives may echo His faithfulness to the world around us and that our lips would declare the powerful truth that, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases his mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” [Lamentations 3:22-23, ESV]

CLOSE IN PRAYER

 


 

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November 15, 2020 Post

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
~ Galatians 6:9

Greetings!

I hope you and your family are doing well as we work together to keep this resurgence of the Covid 19 virus from spreading further.  Despite having to wear mask and social distance, it is a blessing to be able to get out and meet in small groups.  While it may not be ideal or what we are accustomed to, giving a little so that we can maintain a little is better than being locked down.  Let’s work together to keep one another healthy.  It’s simply the Christian thing to do.

Let us remember that while Covid 19 safety measures are temporary, God’s love is eternal.  Let us do our part to create lasting “good” memories during this “not-so-good” time by showing kindness and being gentle with one another.

Following is this morning’s Sunday School curriculum.  If you have any questions or if you need any supplies please contact Pastor Schalm.

Peace, Blessings and Love,

Pastor Schalm

 


 

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON

The Fruit of the Spirit is GENTLENESS

Intro: Hands On: Ball Object Lesson

  • Supplies: Balls, Large Bucket (for the balloons)
  • Instructions:
  1. Hand each child two balls. Place a bucket away from where they are standing. Ask them to try to get the ball in the bucket by tossing it in as hard as they can. After they’ve thrown the 1st ball hand them a 2nd one and tell them that this time they should try to get the ball in the bucket without by gently placing it in the bucket.
  2. Just like the ball that we weren’t careful with, when we are harsh or careless with our words we can really hurt other people & make them burst. But when we are gentle with our words and actions it shows that we care about others and want to treat them in a kind and loving way.
  3. Ask the children to give examples of how they can be gentle with others.
  4. Have children write GENTLENESS and their NAME on the pineapple and tape to tree.

What comes to mind when you think of gentleness? For me it’s telling a child to be gentle when they are around a baby, toddler, or puppy. While gentleness definitely means using soft touches it also goes much deeper than that. Gentleness means being loving, tender, calm, & humble in the things we say and do.


STORY: JESUS THE SHEPHERD

Ask Questions relative to the story.  How was Jesus gentle with the people?  Did He show hatred or love?  Did He use gentle or harsh words?  Was He kind or mean?

MAKE SURE TO STATE that as Christians, as God’s children, we are to behave like Jesus did.

BIBLE VERSE:
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. [Proverbs 15:1, NIV]
Go over Bible verse with the children.

 


 

CRAFT: Gentle Word Jar

  • Supplies: Mason Jar or Plastic Jar/Container, Craft Pom Poms (or Cotton Balls, Gentle Answer Printable, Cardstock, Glue, Scissors, Rocks, Baking Sheet
  • Instructions:
  1. Print out the Gentle Answer Printable, cut around the tag with scissors and glue to the container.
  2. First let’s talk about the difference between harsh and gentle words. Pull out a baking sheet and invite your kids to drop the rocks (harsh words) on the baking tray and then have them drop the pom poms (gentle words) on the baking tray. Ask them what type of words they like to be spoken to them—harsh or gentle?
  3. Show your kids the gentle words jar. Tell them that over the next week it’s their mission to fill up the jar with gentle words and actions (aka pom poms). Every time someone in your family shows gentleness in the things they say or do put a pom pom in the jar. Watch your jar fill up over the week!

Color Gentleness Sheet in Book



JOURNAL about Goodness (last week) and gentleness

  • Draw or write ways you can show goodness and gentleness


CLOSE IN PRAYER

 


 

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November 01, 2020 Post


“I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!”
~ Psalm 27:13

 

Greetings!

Here we are on the first day of November already!  Where oh where does the time go?  I hope you and your family had a safe and fun Halloween.  This Sunday in Sunday School we will be talking about the Fruit of the Spirit, Goodness.  Goodness is so much more than just being good.  It’s doing good and encouraging others to do good.  Simply put, it’s taking time to notice and acknowledge God’s goodness and then imitating it.

May the Spirit fill you and yours with the fruits of His Spirit as we grow together in His Word and walk together in His Light.

Peace, Blessings and Love,

Pastor Schalm

 


 

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON

Goodness Bible Lesson (Fruit of the Spirit)

The Fruit of the Spirit is GOODNESS Kids Activities


Looking for ways to point your kids to Jesus? The Fruit of the Spirit is GOODNESS Kids Activities pack is full of simple ideas to teach kids what goodness is in an engaging way. This hands on study of Galatians 5:22-23 is aimed to help your family connect, play, learn, and grow in God’s Word together.

 

In what ways have you tasted and seen that the Lord is good? I love how God doesn’t just tell us that He is good. Instead He gives us daily reminders that are active and tangible. There’s so many ways to see God’s goodness especially when we look at the reflection of who He is that’s displayed in creation. Today I’m so eager to share with you the Fruit of the Spirit is Goodness pack. In case you missed love, joy, peace, patience, and kindness you can find them HERE This week is all about how God is good and loving to us all of the time and only His power working in us can create goodness in our heart.

 

If you don’t want to go through the hassle of downloading each packet and want everything in an organized PDF you can purchase The Fruit of the Spirit Bible Pack for $12 HERE in my shop. It’s designed to make it extra easy for you, plus it includes a TON of extra resources to help your family dive into the Fruit of the Spirit.

 

 

Goodness models Christ’s actions of love, humility, and forgiveness. It shows integrity, honesty, and compassion towards others. It is only possible through God’s power at work in our heart. I love the reminder in our verse this week that it is God at work in us that fulfills His good purpose. It’s all Him, not us.

For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. [Philippians 2:13, NIV]

Not only can we see God’s goodness displayed through the way He loves, guides, and cares for us, but we can also see it everyday in creation. Creation reflects God—His nature, character, and goodness. Creation points us to the Creator.

 

 

Here’s the Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Hands on: Goodness on the Inside Banana Object Lesson
    • Bananas (When picking the ripeness, be sure to consider when you are going to do the object lesson. You’ll want them to be yellow with no brown spots for the lesson).
    • Pens or Sharpie Markers(Depending on your kids ages and your bravery level with letting them use permanent markers).
  • Create: Taste & See Citrus Stamped Painting
    • Taste and See Printable (Free Download Below)
    • Cardstock
    • Lemons, Limes, Oranges, or Grapefruit
    • Paint
    • Plate
    • Knife (to cut fruit in half)
  • Make: Blueberry Smoothie
    • Frozen Blueberries
    • Vanilla (or plain) Greek Yogurt
    • Your Favorite Milk
    • Optional: Honey & Frozen Banana
    • Blender
  • The Jesus Storybook Bible (Optional, but the Fruit of the Spirit is Kindness pack includes the story suggestion)

 

 

The Fruit of the Spirit is Goodness Activity Instructions

Hands On: Goodness on the Inside Banana Object Lesson

 

 

  • Supplies: Bananas, Pens or Sharpie Markers
  • Instructions:
  1. Pass out a banana to each member of your family.
  2. Instruct everyone to decorate the outside of their banana.
  3. Once everyone is finished decorating, peel open the bananas. Talk about how what we see on the outside appearance of a person doesn’t show us what is on the inside (in their heart). Only God sees our hearts & only the Holy Spirit working inside of us can create goodness in our heart. If someone opens up a banana that has brown spots, that’s a great opportunity to reiterate how what’s on the outside doesn’t always show us what’s on the inside.

 

Create: Taste & See Citrus Stamped Painting

 

 

  • Supplies: Taste & See Printable (Free download below), Cardstock, Lemons, Limes, Oranges, or Grapefruit, Paint, Plate, Knife (to cut fruit in half)
  • Instructions:
  1. Print out the Taste & See Printable on cardstock.
  2. Cut the citrus fruit of your choice in half.
  3. Squeeze paint onto a plate.
  4. Dip the fruit in the paint and then stamp it on the paper.
  5. Let dry completely before hanging up.

 

Make: Blueberry Smoothie

 

  • Supplies: 1 Cup Frozen Blueberries, 1/2 cup Vanilla (or plain) Greek Yogurt, 1 Cup of Your Favorite Milk, Optional: Honey & Frozen Banana (to taste), Blender
  • Instructions:
  1. Add all of the ingredients to the blender.
  2. Blend together for a delicious blueberry smoothie!

If you love smoothies, be sure to check out some of our other favorite smoothie recipes.

 

 

CLOSE IN PRAYER

 


 

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October 18, 2020 Post

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.” ~Psalm 37:7-9

 

Greetings!

I hope you and your family have had a great week and that you are staying healthy and well.  This week in Sunday School we will be talking about the Fruit of the Spirit, PATIENCE.  For certain, during these times of unrest and uncertainties we could all use a heavy dose of patience.

May the Spirit fill you and yours with the fruits of His Spirit as we grow together in His Word and walk together in His Way.

Peace, Blessings and Love,

Pastor Schalm

 


 

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON

Patience Bible Lesson for Children (Fruit of the Spirit)

This is the fourth Bible lesson in our series based on the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5. Each particular lesson plan explains a specific character quality that God creates in us through his Spirit. These lessons are designed to accompany the printable Fruit of the Spirit coloring book from our website.

  1. Kindle Curiosity (5 minutes)
  • Have oranges to pass out to the class (or whatever fruit you would like, or another type of snack. You can shape this idea to fit your class). Slowly, slowly begin to pass out the oranges. Take your time! Lots of time! When you notice them becoming impatient,
  • ASK: Can anyone tell me what patience is? (Allow time for response and different ideas.) The dictionary tells us patience is the bearing of pain, misfortune, or annoyance without anger, irritation, or complaint. Bearing is like holding something very heavy. When you are going through something difficult, it can feel like you are carrying something very heavy everywhere you go. So patience is going through something very hard, or just something very annoying, without getting angry or complaining.
  • ASK: What is the opposite of patience? (Impatience!) Did it make you irritated when I was taking so much time to pass out the oranges to you? What are some things you go through each day that make you impatient? (Write their thoughts on the board.)
  1. God Revealed (15 minutes)
  • Begin by reading together Galatians 5:22-23.
  • SAY: The Bible tells us in this passage that patience is a fruit of the Spirit. If we are saved, the Holy Spirit is living inside of us, and we can be patient people. This does not mean that we will be patient all the time! But as we come to know God more and more, we change! Patience becomes part of the kind of person we are. With the Spirit living inside of us, He gives the power to be patient!
  • Ask: In order to know all about patience, what do we need to do? (Look in the Bible!) God’s Word is our ultimate source of truth!
  • READ NOAH AND THE ARK / Talk about the patience Noah and his family had while on the ark.  It must have been miserable at times being locked up on the ark with all those smelly animals.  Imagine not being able to go out and play or to run around.  It must have taken a lot of patience for them to wait on God to fulfill His promise. But they waited and they did what God told them to do and then God did what He said He would do.  The flood lifted and they were able to leave the ark and enter a cleansed world free (at the time) of evil.  God then sent a rainbow as a promise never to flood the earth again.
  • SAY: There are four different parts of patience we are going to read about today. ASK: What do we learn about patience based on these verses? (Discuss each verse individually. Use the paragraph below as a guide, but let them give their thoughts on each verse.)
  • Proverbs 19:11 reminds us that a wise person is patient. When someone wrongs them, they patiently forgive that person. Also, it is really tough to be patient sometimes, but Colossians 1:11 tells us that God’s glorious power gives us strength to be patient. Not only does God give us strength to be patient, but He also shows us how to be patient. Second Peter 3:15 explains that Jesus is patiently waiting to come back to earth so that all people will have a chance to know Him and be saved (in context). So, God is patient in a general way with all people, but also in a very specific way with each of us. In I Timothy 1:16 Paul says that he was shown mercy so that God’s perfect patience would be put on display. Paul, like all of us, did not deserve to be saved. He had offended God badly over and over again, but God was patient with him and still saved him.
  1. Personal Pursuit (10 minutes)
  • SAY: Each day we will face situations that test our patience. These can be small things, like someone taking their time when you are in a hurry or very big things, like waiting on God to heal a family member. As we learn to be patient in the small things, God will prepare us to go through the bigger things.
    DRAW OR WRITE IN JOURNALS about a time when you had to be patient.
  • Activity: MARSHMALLOW RAINBOWS

  • ADD PATIENCE FRUIT TO CHARACTER TREE/ Say: When we are struggling to be patient with another person, we should remember God’s patience toward us. As sinners, we have offended God. The Bible says that we have even hated Him. So, God had every right to be angry with us, but instead He showed just how awesome His patience is by saving us! If someone hurts you and you really just want to explode back at them, think of all the things you have done against God. Think of how He could have punished you, but instead in His patience poured out His mercy and love. This is not just when we are saved either. Every day we still wrong God and He still is patient with us. So, may that truth sink deep into our hearts and motivate us to be patient with others!
  • PRAY: Spend time in prayer together. Remember the specific situations your children are going through. Invite them to share their needs and praises. Praise God for the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the patience we are able to have because He lives within us.

 


 

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October 11, 2020 Post

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.
The Lord be with all of you.”
~2 Thessalonians 3:16

 

Greetings!

I hope you and your family are doing well as we work together to keep a resurgence of the Covid 19 virus from happening.  Despite having to social distance, it is a blessing to be able to once again meet for Sunday School.

While Covid 19 safety measures are temporary, God’s peace and love are eternal.  Let us do our part to display and share both.  God is good.  As His ambassadors, let us too be good.

Peace, Blessings and Love,

Pastor Schalm

 


 

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON

Peace Bible Lesson for Children (Fruit of the Spirit)

CRAFT ITEMS CAN BE SECURED BY CONTACTING PASTOR SCHALM.  THIS LESSON SERVES AS AN OUTLINE FOR THE IN-HOUSE SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON BEING TAUGHT ON 10/11.

  1. Kindle Curiosity (5 minutes)

Begin by reading together Galatians 5:22-23.

  • Hold up a picture of the peace sign. Ask: What does this mean? Allow them to answer and discuss. Continue holding up the pictures and lead it into a discussion about the world’s view of peace.
  • State: The world’s view of peace includes an end to war or conflict, inner peace with yourself, and/or a state of complete relaxation (being at a beach or spa). All people long for peace in one way or another, whether it is just to experience a break from the worry of life or to end all wars. But the peace the world offers only lasts for a short while. War will never end on earth (until the peaceful reign of Christ) no matter how hard people try. A spa will never take all of the stress away forever. Meditation does not grant real peace.
  • State: But Christians have God’s peace available to them, a peace that is greater than anything the world offers. Peace is a fruit of the Spirit, and as we abide in Christ, we can experience the perfect peace that comes only from God.
  1. God Revealed (15 minutes)
  • You may want to write down each aspect of peace in bold on the board you are reading in Scripture as you are teaching them.
  • Ask: In order to understand true peace, what do we need to do? (Look in the Bible!) God’s Word is our ultimate source of truth. We are first going to look at some verses that will define what peace is. Let’s turn together to Philippians 4:4-7. Would anyone like to read these verses? (If they are new readers, pick several children to take one verse each so it is not too much for one child, or read it aloud together.) The following is combined NASB and ESV. This may be helpful for you to read aloud if your children cannot yet read:
  • Philippians 4:4-7, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near; do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.”
  • State: What can we define about peace based on these verses? (It comes from God, it comes as a result of prayer, it is the opposite of anxiousness, and it goes beyond our understanding. List out their answers on the board.)
  • It is definitely clear from Scripture that peace comes directly from God! Many of the books in the New Testament are actually letters written to different churches. In many of the letters, the writer begins and ends the letter with a blessing of peace. For example, 2 Corinthians 1:2, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Second Thessalonians 3:16 states, “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.” (See also Romans 15:33, 2 Corinthians 13:11, Philippians 4:9, Romans 15:13, 2 John 1:3.)
  • Ask: So why should we have peace as Christians? (Allow time for thoughts.) Let’s turn to Romans 5:1. Would someone like to read this for us? “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” A huge part of biblical peace is the fact that because of Christ we have been declared righteous before God and no longer have to pay the penalty for our sin (justification). Our relationship with God is one of peace and not of wrath. (See also Ephesians 2:14, Colossians 3:15).
  • State: Peace ultimately comes from God, has been made through Christ, and is available to us daily through the Holy Spirit’s work inside of us (John 14:27, 16:33; Romans 8:6, Galatians 5:22).
  • State: We are also called to live in peace with others. Romans 12:18 states it simply, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” (See also Hebrews 12:14, Ephesians 4:2-3, 2 Corinthians 13:11.) This is part of the fruit the Holy Spirit is producing in us as we abide in Christ. We have the ability through Him to live in peace with everyone.
  • READ MARK 4:35-41  JESUS CALMS THE STORM
  1. Personal Pursuit (10 minutes)
  • State: Let’s go back and focus on Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” I want to share with you a story from my life that really displays the truth of this verse. (Share story that demonstrates how a believer can experience God’s peace in such a way that goes beyond our understanding.)
  • State: Peace is such an amazing result of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives! Our days can often be filled with worry and stress and fear. Biblical peace is completely opposite of all of these feelings! It is the absence of stress, worry, fear, and chaos. It is the resting and quieting of our souls before God as we remember who He is and trust in Him completely.
  • State: How is biblical peace different from the peace the world offers us? (It never ends, it is real, it comes from our God of peace, it is always available to us as we trust in Christ, it is expected of us as believers, etc. List their answers on the board.) There is nothing in the world that could ever compare to the perfect peace of God!
  • Option: If you have time, have them draw or write out situations in their own lives where they want to experience the peace of God. They could also draw two contrasting pictures: a picture of chaos verses a picture of stillness and peace that comes when we trust in God.)
  • State: We are also commanded to live in peace with one another. What does the verse mean when it says “As far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone” (Romans 12:18)? (Doing everything in our power to live at peace with the people around us. This could mean putting aside your own feelings and opinions for the sake of promoting peace.) Are you a peace-maker in your home? Why or why not? What are ways you can change?
  • State: We can experience the peace of God through the storms of life when we remember who He is, that He keeps His promises, He is in control over every part of our lives, and we have His Spirit within us who is producing the fruit of peace. I am going to start a beautiful song called Still that declares trust and stillness (peace) in God through the storms of life. Sing along as you learn the lyrics or just listen to the truth and beauty of their words.
  • Still by Hillsong, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6Fw8DgvTQA&feature=related
  1. Daily Knowing (7-10 minutes)
  • State: I want us to memorize together John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (NIV). These are the very words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! We know we can trust and believe His Words are true. Let’s memorize this together now. (Use hand motions or write it on the board, erasing one word at a time until everyone is able to say it together without seeing it.)
  • State: When you are going through worry, stress, fear, or just a chaotic day, I want you to remember these words of Christ, be still, and remember who your God is. Trust in Him, and you will experience His peace that surpasses all understanding.
  • Spend time in prayer together. Remember the specific situations your children are going through. Invite them to share if they haven’t already. Praise God for the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the peace we are able to have because He lives within us.
  • CHILDREN WILL MAKE BACKYARD BOATS TO DEMONSTRATE PEACE, ADD PEACE TO THE CHRISTIAN CHARACTER TREE AND WRITE / DRAW IN THEIR JOURNALS WHAT WORLDLY PEACE VERSE GOD’S PEACE LOOKS LIKE.

 

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October 04, 2020 Post

Greetings!

As we continue to witness and to be plagued with things that continue to divide our nation, let us remember whose team we are on.  Regardless of what surrounds us, we can know and experience Joy through God, His Son and the Holy Spirit. Thus, let us joyfully stand together to combat evil, to care for the sick, and to spread God’s message of love to all people.

Let us not lose hope nor forsake our faith.  Through our example, may others come to know joy during these days of chaos and uncertainty.

Peace, Blessings and Love,

Pastor Schalm

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON

Following is the Sunday School lesson offered on October 04th.

JOY Bible Lesson for Children (Fruit of the Spirit)

Please contact Pastor Schalm with any questions or if you need any supplies.

 

  1. Kindle Curiosity (5 minutes)
  • After all of the children have arrived, sit together and ask: Can anyone tell me what joy is? (Allow time for discussion, but it is okay if they do not yet completely understand what joy is.)
  • State: Today I want us to learn a song together that expresses joy. In our lives here on earth, we will always have sorrow and tears. Because of sin, we will never be able to experience a life without sadness. But when we repent from our sin and turn to Christ for our salvation, we receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit allows us to produce the fruit of joy. This song is called Blessed be the Name of the Lord. It is a song about praising God through the wonderful times and the sorrowful times of our lives.  Even in our sadness, we can choose to have joy and praise God, saying “Blessed be Your name, O Lord”. Let’s learn this song together!
  • Blessed be the Name of the Lord by Matt Redman:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NL3NFhmxQxs
  1. God Revealed (15 minutes)

Bring the children back around you on the floor or at a table. State: So because we have the Holy Spirit, we can have joy. Let’s read together Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” If joy is a fruit of the Spirit, what do we already know about joy? (If we have the Spirit, we can have joy, no matter what.)  Remember that after we believe and trust in Jesus Christ, He gives us the Holy Spirit, who lives within us. It is the Spirit who produces this fruit in us as we abide in Him. (Have children add joy to the Fruit of the Spirit Tree).

  • State: Where can we look to discover what joy truly is? (God’s Word!). There are many verses that talk about joy in the Bible. Since His Word is our truth, it is the first place we should turn to learn more about this fruit of the Spirit.
  • State: Let’s turn together to Psalm 43:4. (Help the children find this verse.) Would someone like to read this for us? “Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.” What can we discover about joy from this verse? (God is our joy!). Not only did the psalmist say that God is his joy, but his exceeding joy, joy that goes above and beyond even regular joy!
  • State: Now let’s turn to Psalm 119:111. Would someone like to read this verse for us? “Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.” The psalmist is talking about God’s Word. He is saying that God’s Word is his forever, and it is joy of his heart. Why do you think God’s Word is the joy of his heart? (Discuss.) As we read God’s Word, we discover more and more of who He is.  We learn about His promises to us and all that He has done. We can experience joy when we read and know God’s Word, just like the writer of this psalm!
  • State: We know that we can have joy through the Holy Spirit producing His fruit within us. We also know that God is our joy and that we experience joy through His Word. James tells believers to consider it joy when they go through difficult times in their lives. How is it possible to have joy, to praise God, in difficult times? (Allow them time to think and offer explanations.) Joy is very different from happiness. Happiness cannot be present when someone is sad. But joy can always be present, even at the same time as sadness.
  • State: Now let’s look at another verse to find out how joy can be present at the same time as sadness! Turn to Proverbs chapter ten verse 28 (help them find the passage). Would anyone like to read this verse for us? “The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked brings will perish.” If we are Christians, we have something the rest of the world does not: the hope of eternal life with God. After we die, we know we will live forever with God. He will wipe away every tear from our eyes and there will be no more sorrow. When we understand that we have this to look forward to, it gives us joy! We know that the hard times we experience on earth will not last forever because of Christ. Knowing this truth allows us to have joy even in the midst of sadness and sorrow.
  1. Personal Pursuit (10 minutes)
  • State: Have a mother come and talk to the class, describing the pain and difficulties experienced in pregnancy, but the joy she has at the same time, knowing that she is suffering for her baby and that it will not last forever. At the end of her short period of suffering, she will have a precious baby to hold in her arms and spend each day with.
  • The mother herself can draw the connection or you can after she shares her story. In a similar way, we can have joy when we go through suffering in our lives because we know who we are suffering for, Christ, and He is worth it! We also know that one day we will be with Him for eternity and never experience suffering again.
  • Pass out blank sheets of paper to each child (Use journals). Explain that you would like them to listen to the song Blessed be the Name of Lord again. The song states, “Blessed be your name in the land that is plentiful…Blessed be your name when I’m found in the desert place…” Have them draw what they think this means. Discuss it as you go along, since this concept may be too abstract for the younger children. The “land that is plentiful” is a time of happiness, like making a new friend or going on a family vacation. The “desert place” is a time of sadness and/or suffering, like losing a pet or a family member, moving away from your home, divorce, etc. If you have time, you can go into a deeper discussion of why the song writer chose these descriptions. You could let them list the differences between each place. For example, a land that is plentiful has water, food, growth, and everything you would ever need.
  • State: The Bible tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength in sadness (Nehemiah 8:9). When we go through these desert places, the joy we have within us through the Holy Spirit is our strength. He holds our hands and walks with us every step of the way. Psalm 56:8 says that God holds our tears in His bottle. He is never far when we suffer, but right by our sides.
  • Praise God together again with the song Blessed be the Name of the Lord. Allow them to move around freely, maybe making up motions to go with the song.
  1. Daily Knowing (7-10 minutes)
  • State: So we can experience joy when we know God. He is our joy, and the more we know Him, the greater our joy becomes. We can experience joy when we read God’s Word. In His Word we discover His truth, His promise, and who He is. We can experience joy when we remember how much Christ suffered for us and how He is worth suffering for now. And we can experience joy when we remember the hope we have of spending all of eternity with God without suffering or sadness. However, if we are not abiding in God (coming to know Him more each day and living for Him), we cannot expect to have the fruit of joy produced within us. It would be like taking away the water and sunlight from a fruit tree. The fruit will die and no more will be able to grow.
  • State: If we are abiding in Christ, we will have the fruit of the Holy Spirit, and we can say, “I am going through suffering, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation” (Habakkuk 3:18, ESV). This is our memory verse for this week, “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.” Let’s work together to memorize this verse!

 

  • 5. Craft

6. Color Page in Book

 

  1. Spend time in prayer together. Remember the specific situations your children are going through. Invite them to share if they haven’t already. Praise God for the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the joy we are able to have because He lives within us.

 



 

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September 27, 2020 Post


"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs."  ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

 

Greetings!

I hope you all had a good week.  The Fall has settled in nicely, bringing with her some cooler weather and shorter days.  God is good! He has blessed us with numerous sun filled and glorious ones as well.  I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy this colorful season and to fill it with fun, family and social-distanced friends.

Following is the Sunday School lesson offered on Sunday, September 27th.  If you are in need or want of any supplies/crafts offered in our face to face class please contact Pastor Schalm. May God bless you with a productive, safe and healthy week.

Peace, Blessings and Love,

Pastor Schalm

 


 

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON

Following is the Sunday School lesson offered on September 27th.

"All About Love"  from Matthew 22:34-46

Opening Activity – All About Love – Love Messages
In this variation of Telephone, the kids will send messages 3 different ways.

  1. Phone Call – Have the kids sit in their chairs (6 feet apart). Have one child say through their mask one of the following messages until each child repeats it and it returns to him/her. See if the message changed.
    1. I love to show love to the people I love.
    2. You love me and I love you, but who’s going to love the kangaroo?
    3. O.V.E. that spells love for you and me.

Lesson – All About Love
Before we get started, there are a few actions you need to know.  When I say ‘LOVE’ I need you to cross your arms over your chest like your giving yourself a great big hug.  When I say ‘HEART’ I need you to make a heart shape with your hands.  When I say ‘SOUL’ I need you to point both thumbs at your chest.  When I say ‘MIND’ I need you to put your hands on your head.  And when I say ‘NEIGHBOR’ I need you to point at anyone else in the room.  Now let’s get started.

The Bible has a lot to say about LOVE.  It tells you God LOVES you.  It tells you that God wants you to LOVE him.  It tells you to LOVE your NEIGHBOR.
There is so much in the Bible about LOVE that some people call it a LOVE letter.
A long time ago when Jesus was on earth, people thought the Bible was just about rules.  Do this.  Don’t do that.  Say this.  Wear that.  Go here.  Worship there.
Rule after rule after rule.

There was a little bit about LOVE, but there were so many rules that was all people cared about. But LOVE was all Jesus cared about.  He came here to show each one of us just how much He LOVES us.  He LOVES us so much that even died for our sins so we can live with Him forever and always.

There were a whole bunch of people who really liked Jesus’ message of LOVE, but there were also a bunch of people who really liked the rules.  They thought following the rules was all that mattered, but they forgot that everyone makes mistakes sometimes and disobeys those rules.  And then what?!?  Is that it?  One broken rule and it’s all over?

No way!  Jesus came so that even when we make mistakes, He can save us.  It’s such an amazing way to show just how much He LOVES us.

One day the rule followers wanted to know what Jesus thought was the most important one of all.  If we could only ever follow one single rule, which one would it be?  They expected Jesus to say one of the 10 Commandments; like obeying your parents, or keeping the Sabbath a day only for God.  But Jesus had an even better one.  The best rule of all, and it’s all bout LOVE.

Jesus said, “LOVE the Lord your God with all your HEART and with all your SOUL and with all your MIND.  This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: LOVE your NEIGHBOR as yourself.  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:37-40 NIV

Jesus turned all of those rules into just two simple ones.  LOVE God.  And LOVE others.

When you keep the Sabbath as a day for Jesus, that’s a way of loving Him.  And when you obey your parents, that’s a way of loving them.  Every single rule can fit into one of those two.  It was so simple.

Now what do you think it means to LOVE God with all your HEART, SOUL, and MIND?  It really just means that you LOVE Him completely.  So you can’t just say you LOVE God, or just put money in the offering, or just listen to the sermon; you need to LOVE God all the time and in every way.

And thankfully, Jesus LOVES us so much that forgives us when we forget to LOVE Him and our NEIGHBORS like we should.  Which is great news, because everyone could use a little more LOVE.

Hook:

  1. “What is a neighbor?” Children give various answers.
  2. “When we say we live in a neighborhood, what does that mean?”  Children give various answers.
  3. “How does God want us to treat our neighbors?” Children give various answers.

 Activity A – All About Love – Bible Verse Challenge
Verse – Matthew 22:37
Pass out Bibles to students.  Bibles should be closed and sitting on the table face up in front of each child.  When you say go, have the kids look up this week’s Bible verse.  As each child finds the verse, have them stick one finger on the verse and quietly raise their other hand.  The first one to find the verse gets to read it to the rest of the class.
Help younger kids and new kids find the verse by following these steps.

  1. Look in the Table of Contents for the book you are looking for.  Make an effort to show them if it is found in the Old Testament or New Testament to help them in the future.  Then open the Bible to the page number listed in the Table of Contents.
  2. Show them the large numbers in the text, known as the chapters.  Flip through pages until you find the large chapter number you are looking for.
  3. Then scan through the text with them pointing out the smaller verse numbers until the correct number is found.

Activity B – All About Love
Supplies – Journals

Have children write in their journals: “Loving God” on one page and “Loving Others” on the second page.  Then have them draw/color each of the following body parts while you come up with ways that you can use them to show love.  Then see if they can think of another body part they can use to show love.

  • Ears (example: listening when others are talking, listening in church)
  • Eyes (example: paying attention to others needs, reading the Bible)
  • Nose & Mouth (example: singing hymns and praise music, speaking kind words)
  • Mind (example: learning about Jesus, thinking of new ways to help)
  • Heart (example: praying to God, telling your parents you love them)
  • Hands (example: holding the door, cleaning up the sanctuary)
  • Feet (example: going on mission trips, walking with someone to their car)

 Look:

  1. “There are a lot of verses about loving our neighbor.  With so many verses in the bible about this, I know loving our neighbors is important to God.  How does He say we should love them?”  Children answer.
  2. “God wants us to love our neighbors like we love our self.  What do you think God means by that?” Children answer.
  3. “You want to keep yourself happy, right?  And you take care of what you need.  When you are thirsty you drink water and when you are hungry you eat food.  We show love to others by helping them be happy and by taking care of their needs.”

 DECORATE MASK

Fruit of the Spirit / Strawberry:

  • Have children write Love on the strawberry with their name

 Color Sheets

 


 

 

 

CLOSING PRAYER

 

Dear God,

We thank you for loving and forgiving us and for knowing us by name. Help us to share the love of Christ with one another, especially those who struggle or are less popular. ~ Amen

 


 

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September 20, 2020 Post

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted,  forgiving one another,  as God in Christ forgave you.
~Ephesians 4:32

 

Greetings!

I hope the cooler weather finds you and your family healthy and well.    While the month may not consist of all that we anticipated and expected with the return to school and full activities, the SON still continues to shine and His love to warm the hearts of those who love Him. May His light shine upon you as we witness His splendor in transforming summer into fall.

 

Peace, Blessings and Love,

Pastor Schalm

 


 

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON

Following is the Sunday School lesson offered on September 20th.
Kindness Bible Study for Kids

Relevant Scriptures Pertaining to Kindness: Galatians 5:22-23; Proverbs 3:3; Micah 6:8; Ephesians 4:32; Titus 3:3-5a

Learning Objectives: After this lesson, the children will demonstrate:

  1. An understanding that kindness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.
  2. An understanding that kindness is modeled most greatly by our God and is made possible through Christ.

Bible Verse to Memorize: Ephesians 4:32: “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (ESV)

Items Needed:

  • Bibles (plus extras for children who forget to bring one), dry erase or chalk board with Galatians 5:22-23 written out, eight pieces of paper with one letter written on each: K, I, N, D, N, E, S, S
  • Necklaces prepared ahead of time(see instructions at the end of this lesson): cardstock or poster board, yarn or twine, marker, scissors
  • Fruit of the Spirit Kindness coloring pages found at www.Ministry-To-Children.com, crayons
  • Piece of paper for parents with Ephesians 4:32 printed on them, one for each family; on the back, instruct parents to ask their children what five acts of kindness they are going to do this week

 

Optional Activity: For the fruit of the Spirit lessons, make a tree for the wall labeled “Believer” or “Christian.” (On a poster board or large piece of paper, draw or use construction paper.) Make paper “fruits,” each labeled with an attribute of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Each week add the particular attribute you are teaching about. This week, you would add “kindness,” allowing a child to place it on the branch of the tree. Use only one type of fruit, for though there are several virtues produced by the Spirit, they are all one type of fruit: the fruit of the Spirit.

Bible Lesson

Kindle Curiosity (5 minutes)

  • Prior to children arriving, write Galatians 5:22-23 on the board. Then hide each letter of KINDNESS around the room. After all the children arrive, explain to them that there are eight letters hidden around the room that spell the fruit of the Spirit you will be learning about today.
  • Now have them search for the letters. After they have found all of the letters, see if they can discover which fruit it is on their own by looking at the verse on the board. Give them clues if they are unable to figure it out. Then have them spell out KINDNESS by looking at the board and arranging the letters in the right order on the floor or tape them to the board underneath the verse.

Can anyone tell me what kindness is? (Allow them to respond.)

Kindness can be shown with our thoughts, our actions, and our words. How many of you are kind all of the time? (Allow time for response.) None of us are kind all of the time! It is very easy to be unkind to our family and our friends because we are sinners. How can we discover more about kindness? (By reading God’s Word!) Let’s go to His Word now!

God Revealed (15 minutes)

  • Begin by reading together Galatians 5:22-23.

The Bible tells us in this passage that kindness is a fruit of the Spirit. If we are saved, the Holy Spirit is living inside of us, and we can be people who overflow with kindness! This does not mean that we will be kind all the time. But as we come to know God more and more, we change. Kindness becomes part of who we are. With the Spirit living inside of us, He gives us the power to be kind! This is only possible if you have believed and trusted in Christ for your salvation.

  • Read Titus 3:3-5a.

This verse helps us to discover one of the most important things about kindness – God  is our example! He is a God of great kindness, and one of the main ways we see His kindness is through His forgiveness. What picture can we draw to help us remember where kindness comes from? (The cross.)

  • Read Ephesians 4:32.

This verse commands us to be kind! It tells us to be kind as God is kind to us through His forgiveness! What could we draw a picture of to help remind us to be kind to one another? (Hands for doing kind works.)

  • Read Proverbs 3:3.

We are supposed to bind kindness around our necks and write it on our hearts! This means kindness is supposed to be part of who we are! It is with us wherever we go. What can we draw to help us remember this verse? (A heart.)

  • Read Micah 6:8.

We are not supposed to be kind just because we are commanded to, but we are to love kindness, to think of it with joy! We are to want to be kind! What could we draw to help us remember this verse? (A brain for knowing that we should want to be kind.)

What do we learn about kindness based on these verses? (Allow them to give their thoughts.) Kindness is what we do, what we say, and what we think. We are to be kind, to love kindness, and to learn kindness from our only perfect example, our God!

Personal Pursuit (10 minutes)

We are going to come up with five kind things we can do this week! They can be things to do at home, at school, or at church. (As the children come up with real ideas they can do this week, write them on the board. Encourage them to think of things they can do in secret, so that only they and God know. This is the ultimate display of humble kindness, when we do not seek a reward for it.)

  • Use the fruit of the Spirit coloring page for kindness found at www.ministry-to-children.com. Act out the scene depicted in the picture, or the acts you discussed as a group. Emphasize that as God produces kindness in our hearts, we begin to see other people as more important than ourselves. Remind them of Christ, who humbled Himself, coming down from the throne, making Himself a weak human in order to save all of mankind. We are to emulate Him!

When we are struggling to be kind to another person, we should remember God’s great kindness toward us. As sinners, we have offended God. The Bible says that we have even hated Him. So, God had every right to be angry with us, but instead He showed just how great His kindness is by saving us! When you really want to respond to someone with unkindness, think of how God could have punished you for your sin. But instead, in His kindness, He offers everyone here complete forgiveness! Every day we still sin against God, and He continues to be kind to us. Let’s show the kindness to others that God has shown to us! This is possible only if we abide in Him, if we get to know Him more and more through praying, learning His Word, and following Him.

Daily Knowing (7-10 minutes)

I want us to memorize together Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (ESV) (Use hand motions to help them memorize or write it on the board, erasing one word at a time until everyone is able to say it together without seeing it.)

Closing Activities (5-10 minutes)

  • Now spend time in prayer together. Remember the specific situations your children are going through. Invite them to share their needs and praises. Praise God for the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the kindness we are able to have because He lives within us.
  • Encourage parents to work on this week’s verse with their children. Send home the paper with the verse printed on it with instructions to ask the children about the five acts of kindness they will do this week.

 

Craft: Make Kindness Necklaces

This idea is based on Proverbs 3:3. Draw a heart on a piece of cardstock or poster board like the example below. You can make them as big as you want! Write Proverbs 3:3 and Kindness on the inside. Punch a hole and loop through a length of twine or yarn. Tie a knot to make a necklace. If there’s time, let your children decorate their necklaces at Sunday school or they can do it at home.

 


 

WEEK’S CHALLENGE

 

 1.) We are designating this week as “Good Deeds Week.”  Come up with five creative ways to do good and kind deeds. Surprise your parents with a kind note placed under their dinner plate or pillow.  Do the dishes, fold the laundry or clean the basement.  Make them lunch or breakfast.  Be creative.

 

 2.) Make Thank You cards for our healthcare workers, police officers, EMT and first responders, teachers or someone else that serves to help others.

 

Good Deeds can always be done!  Let me know what you come up with.

 

 

 


 

CLOSING PRAYER

Dear God,

Thank you for loving us. When you ask us to do something, it’s hard sometimes. Please help us remember to follow your commands, even when we don’t understand all of your plans. Help us learn to listen to you, and to be kind to all people.

Amen

 


 

 


 

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September 06, 2020 Post

GREETING

Greetings,

I hope this morning’s blog finds you and your family enjoying the holiday weekend and the last blast of summer.  It’s now time for scarecrows, bon-fires, apple cider and raking leaves!  For certain, each season brings with it a new set of joys and opportunities.

Let us all pray for a peaceful and united Fall.  While experiencing God’s magnificent changing creation, may we all be reminded of His awesome and limitless power.

I continue to miss you and to look forward to the day when we will gather together again.   Until then, take good care of one another and stay healthy and well.

Peace, Blessings and Love,

Pastor Schalm

 


 

THE STORY

Bible Lesson: Belshazzar’s Banquet

 

Prelude: Nebuchadnezzar was a powerful king that many followed. However, he was full of pride and not of God.  So God of heaven punished him because he became proud and arrogant.  King Nebuchadnezzar was made to crawl around for seven years like a wild animal.

 

What lesson do you think you could take from this story and put into practice in your life?  (Acknowledge that the Lord God is ruler over all and he punishes pride and arrogance.)

Today in our story Daniel, a prophet of God is about 90 years old.  He had been living in Babylon for a very long time.  In all those years Daniel remained faithful to the Most High God.  He had an excellent reputation.

At this point in Daniel’s life Nebuchadnezzar was no longer living.  His grandson Belshazzar was ruling Babylon.  Belshazzar doesn’t worship the One, True God.  He is a very prideful and arrogant man.  He also knows about how the God of heaven punished his grandfather for pride and arrogance.  It didn’t seem to change the way Belshazzar lived his life though.

Belshazzar had built walls around his kingdom so enemies could not invade and attack.  The walls were about 8 stories high and they were wide enough to be a six lane high way.  Chariots could be ridden around on the top of these walls. Belshazzar had made a passage way under the wall for the Euphrates River to flow in to the city so the people could have water and be secure inside the closed walls.  He made sure that there was enough food inside the walls so his kingdom could stay inside the closed walls for a very long time.

Belshazzar was quite proud of himself.  He thought his plan to protect his kingdom from being invaded was perfect.  No one could ever defeat him and take away his kingdom.  He knew that there were enemies outside trying to invade and attack him but he was very confident they would never get to him or his kingdom.

King Belshazzar decided to throw a great feast or banquet to show how confident and relaxed he was that he was safe from his enemies.  He invited 1000 of his most important leaders.  He had lots of food and wine for all his party guests.  The more he and his guests drank the wine the more they became under the power of the alcohol.  Alcohol causes you to not be able to be in complete control of your thinking and actions.  Belshazzar and his guests were celebrating and drinking and were becoming drunk with wine.

If you are a follower of Christ we are told in God’s Word to be controlled by the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18)  As believers we should never put anything into our bodies that doesn’t allow the Holy Spirit to have complete control over our actions.  Belshazzar was already proud and boastful before he was drinking.  As he became drunk with wine it made him even more arrogant.  He came up with what he thought would be a brilliant idea that would show the greatness and power of his kingdom.

He remembered the greatness of his grandfather Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom and how he had invaded the land of Jerusalem and captured the Jewish people.  His soldiers had taken many of the very special articles that were in the temple where the Jews worshiped their God.
Belshazzar thought that on that special night when he believed he was safe from his enemies to have some of the special cups that had been taken from God’s temple brought to his party so they could fill them with wine and praise their gods.

God is holy.  That means He is completely perfect.  When the Jewish people built the temple God gave instructions how to build the temple.  He also gave instructions for all the items that were to be placed in the temple.  All the things that were made were to be treated special because they were made to worship a Holy God.
God does not allow anyone to treat the things He has made only to worship Him in a disrespectful way.  He punishes anyone even His own people if they try to go into the temple and disobey His instructions of how to properly worship Him.

The special cups were brought to Belshazzar and he had wine poured into them.  Belshazzar the prideful king lifted God’s special cup and began to praise gods that weren’t even god at all.  He praised the gods of gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood and stone.

Pride is sin because it causes a person to think they are great because of their own wisdom and power.  Pride focuses on self and not on the God who created all and has power over all.  Belshazzar did not learn from the punishment his grandfather Nebuchadnezzar experienced.  God would not allow this king to treat His special cups in such an arrogant prideful way.  As Belshazzar and all his guests are laughing and having a great time, a human hand appeared in the banquet hall.  On the wall a hand began to write a message near a lamp stand. Belshazzar saw the hand writing a message on his wall.

Belshazzar’s rosy pink cheeks drained of all color and his face was as white as snow.  His body began to tremble and he was so afraid that his knees began to knock together.  He said in a loud voice, “Quick bring someone to me that can tell me what the writing on the wall means!  Whoever tells me what this writing says, will receive a purple robe, a gold necklace and will be the third most important person in my kingdom!”

All of the king’s wise men were brought in.  They looked at the writing on the wall.  As they looked and looked at the writing they were puzzled.  They said the king, “We are sorry your majesty, but we have no idea what this says.”

This frightened Belshazzar even more.  He and all his party guests were very confused.  This was not an ordinary occurrence for anyone so they knew that this message written with a human hand was important. King Nebuchadnezzar’s wife was still living at this time and she had heard the chaos and confusion taking place and came to talk to Belshazzar her grandson.

She told him about a man named Daniel. “Belshazzar, this man has an excellent reputation.  He has the spirit of the gods in him.  He is able to tell people what their dreams mean.  You should call for him immediately so he can tell you what this writing means.”

Belshazzar sent for Daniel.  As Daniel stands before him he tells him of the awards he will receive if he can tell him what the writing means.  Daniel didn’t need awards from a wicked king to be obedient to God.  He told the king he could keep his awards and he would tell him the message on the wall. Before Daniel told Belshazzar what the writing meant he reminded him of how God had worked in his grandfather Nebuchadnezzar’s life.

Daniel said, “You have known all these things and yet you are full of pride.  You have not humbled yourself and worshiped and praised the Most High God.  You have bragged about your power and not thanked God for giving it to you.  If that wasn’t enough you used His special cups to worship and praise the gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood and stone.  You cannot even see these gods because they aren’t gods at all.  They cannot hear you or understand you.  You have not worshiped the God who gave you your very life and all that you have.  The Most High God has sent you this message:
“Mene, Mene, Tekel, Peres.  Here are the meanings of these words:  Mene-God has numbered the days of your kingdom and has put an end to it.  Tekel-God has seen all that you have done and you are not righteous.  Peres-God has divided your kingdom and the Medes and Persians will take over your kingdom.”

This was not good news for Belshazzar.  God had seen his pride and arrogance and was going to punish him.  That very night the Medes and Persians had entered through the place where the Euphrates River came into the kingdom.  They attacked and invaded Belshazzar’s kingdom and killed him.

Belshazzar chose to ignore the lesson he heard about his grandfather Nebuchadnezzar.  He chose to live a prideful and arrogant life.  God punished his sin and he lost his life and his kingdom.
God is merciful and shows everyone kindness.  When we have been shown His truth and we do not turn from our sin we will be punished.  If we turn from our sins and ask God to forgive us He does.  When God forgives us for our sins He also gives us the power to live a life that pleases Him.

As we close let’s not ignore the lesson God has taught us from the life of Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar.  Let’s live humbly before Him acknowledging that He is the ruler of all and deserves all our praise.

 

God’s Wonderful Words to You

 “But you his (Nebuchadnezzar) son, O Belshazzar, have not humbled yourself, though you knew all this…..But you did not honor the God who holds in His hand your life and all your ways.”
~Daniel 5:22, 23

 


 

MESSAGE

 

Discussion Questions:
1. What gods did King Belshazzar and his nobles praise? (They praised gods of gold and silver.)
2. While they were drinking, what did they see writing on the walls? (Fingers of a human hand.)
3. Why did the king ask Daniel to come to him? (He hoped Daniel could tell him what the writing meant.)
4. Why was the sin of Belshazzar even greater than his father? see verse 22-23. (Although he knew the truth, he chose not to humble himself, and even fought against the Lord.)
5. How did Daniel describe the things that the king was praising? (They couldn't see or hear or understand.)
6. What did the writing on the wall say? (The king's reign is at an end and his kingdom will be given away.)
7. What is the difference between being boastful and being humble? (Allow for discussion.)

 


 

LOVE LETTER FROM GOD

Dear___________________________, 

It makes me so happy to give you gifts and talents and good things.  Remember though, I give you these things and entrust you with these things so that you can share them with others.  While it pleases me greatly when you use and develop your talents and use the things I give you in good ways, it saddens me when you become boastful and conceited.  I love all my children and never want one of them to think that they are better than another.  You are so special to me, just like all my children are.

 

With So Much Love,

God

 


 

ACTIVITY

You will need : Paper plate, construction paper, paint, marker or ink pen.

Humble plates

Little kids love to color. Allow them to spark their creativity with paper plates. Provide little kids with plates, markers, paints, etc. On the plate, the kids should draw or create something that is more powerful than them.

Trash Mosaic

This is a craft that allows older kids to clean up the community. Have kids collect trash from around their house, community, park, etc. After washing the trash, they should use it to create a mosaic of a humble figure.

Humble Comic Book

Older kids love comic books. Allow them to create one on humility. Staple 5-10 pieces of paper in the center and fold them into a book. Children should use crayons and markers to create a story that shows humility. Little kids might create a superhero story.

 


 

WEEK’S CHALLENGE

 

  • To have a reputation for being humble, we must constantly honor and give thanks to God for all things. There will be many times in our lives that we will have more than someone else, have a newer toy than the kid down the street, or get a better grade than our friend, but we must never look down on someone else because they are less fortunate. Likewise, we should never think that whatever it is we have is because of something we did. All good things come from God, and He alone is worthy of our praise.  Write down your own short prayer. Your prayer should be one of humility, not boastful or proud. Write down what would be pleasing to God.

 

  • ADOPT A GRANDPARENT. Write a letter, or color a picture to one of our elderly church members twice a month.  That’s all you have to do to brighten someone’s day.  Have mom or dad email, call or text be for a name and address.

 

We can all do something to lighten the load of others during this time.  Be creative and share your ideas!

 

Pastor Schalm (734) 255-0935  / cschalm@stpaulucctaylor.org

 


CLOSING PRAYER

 

Dear God,

 We thank you for the stories in the Bible and for being taught them.  Please help us to learn from them.  Help us too to be humble and kind and not big-headed and mean.  Keep us and all your children safe this week and help us to reflect Your love and light.

~Amen

 


 

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August 30, 2020 Post

GREETING

“Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.”
~1 John 5:3

Greetings,

I hope this morning’s blog finds you and your family enjoying the final days of summer.  Despite the different and unusual circumstances of this summer, it none-the-less has flown by.  Many of our young people have returned to school whether in class or virtual, with others looking to begin within the coming weeks.

Without question, there are many uncertainties surrounding the remainder of the year.  However, just as this week’s story and lesson reiterates, God remains the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.  We can count on His goodness and faithfulness regardless of our circumstances.  When we follow Christ, our God will never leave us nor forsake us.

I continue to miss you and to look forward to the day when we will gather together again.   Until then, take good care of one another and stay healthy and well.

Peace, Blessings and Love,

Pastor Schalm

 


 

THE STORY

The Ten Commandments -

Moses walked through the mighty storm, up the mountain towards God.
The children of Israel watched the lone figure staggering into the blackness, as the thunder and lightning raged.

God said: “I am your God, come to me.”
Moses got to the top, and God told him ten things to remember. They were the ten things that make a good or bad person. They were called ‘The Ten Commandments.’

“The first thing to remember
When you are being good,
Is have no other Gods but me
I don’t see why you should.
The second thing is simple.
Whatever else you do,
Don’t worship models made of clay
Don’t make an idol in that way,
I’d get annoyed with you.

In the third commandment
You mustn’t ever say
God, Lord or Heaven in a joke,
For that would spoil my day.
The fourth thing you must never do –
Upset my Sunday rest.
I’ve given you the other days
To do your work in many ways
On Sunday you can have a laze
And wear your Sunday best.

Number five’s a good one,
Remember what I say,
Don’t ever upset Mum and Dad
In any little way.

The sixth commandment sure makes sense,
I know that when I say
No killing is allowed, but then
You wouldn’t would you? Even when
You get annoyed with other men
And don’t get your own way.

If you are getting married
The seventh rule is this,
Don’t try and love another
Or give the girls a kiss.
At number eight there’s something
I’m sure you’d never do,
Don’t steal a thing, at any time
From anyone, for any rhyme
Or reason – as it is a crime,
And they would capture you.

The ninth one to remember
If you do as you’re bid,
Don’t blame a man for stealing
Unless you’re sure he did.
With all the people in the world
Your neighbor is a friend.
So don’t be jealous even when
You want his goat or horse or hen,
For that’s commandment number ten,
It’s at the very end.”

Moses listened open mouthed as God told him all about the commandments. “Can you say it again?
I didn’t have time to write them down.”

God’s Wonderful Words to You

And this is love, that you walk according to my commandments; this is the commandment,  just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. ~2 John 1:6

 


 

MESSAGE

The Ten Commandments are familiar to most people. Sometimes, people believe they are going to heaven just because they have not broken any of the commandments. But the truth is, they probably have. Using the name of God in the wrong way, desiring to have what someone else has, making fun of parents in front of friends, and lying are all breaking one of the commandments. Unfortunately, we all have broken at least one. Everyone has failed one time or another. However, what makes us Christians is placing our faith in Jesus. Through Jesus, our sins are forgiven. Because He died on the cross for us, we have everlasting life with God.

Discussion Questions:
1. Why do you think, "You shall have no other gods before me" is the first commandment?
 (God wants us to put Him above all things. Before our toys, TV, even before our friends.)
2. What does "You shall not misuse the name of the Lord" mean?
(The Lord is holy. Using his name in an unholy manner brings judgment to that person.)
3. What is an idol?
(Anything that keeps you from spending time with God.)
4. "Honor your father and Mother" must be important because it too is on the list. Why?
(Parents want what is best for their children, so they teach and guide them. Children are still learning and really don't know everything yet.)

5. What does covet mean?
(It is having a strong desire to have what belongs to someone else.)

Take each Commandment, and have the children give an example of what someone might do that would be breaking that commandment. For example: Honor you father and your mother. A response from a child might be: You are not honoring your father or mother when you talk back to them.

 


 

LOVE LETTER FROM GOD

Dear___________________________,

It makes me so happy when you obey my commands.  I have given you the commandments in order that you will have a good and fulfilling life.  As you continue to grow up, I want you to continue to obey them and to teach them to others.  I want you to listen to me and to do what I tell you.  You can always trust me.  I will always watch over you and help you to obey.

With So Much Love,

God

 


 

ACTIVITY

 

Ten Commandments Finger Reminder

You will need : A piece of construction paper, paint, marker or ink pen.

  • Put paint on your hands and place on construction paper.
  • After it dries, write the one of the commandments above each finger.
  • Hang your Ten Commandment Finger Reminder in your room to remind you of God’s commands.

 


 

WEEK’S CHALLENGE 

 

  • Commandment Check  Take one commandment a day and write down why you think God gave us that commandment.  Then think about and write down ways in which you could break that commandment if you are not careful.  Then write down ways you can keep from breaking it.

 

  • ADOPT A GRANDPARENT  Write a letter, or color a picture to one of our elderly church members twice a month.  That’s all you have to do to brighten someone’s day.  Have mom or dad email, call or text be for a name and address.

 

We can all do something to lighten the load of others during this time.  Be creative and share your ideas!

 

Pastor Schalm (734) 255-0935  / cschalm@stpaulucctaylor.org

 


 

CLOSING PRAYER

Dear God,

Even though we want to be good and obey all your commands all the time, sometimes we mess up and do what makes you sad.  When we make mistakes help us to trust in those that love us.  Give us courage to confess our mistakes and to repent and to say we are sorry.  Thank you for your promise to always forgive and love us.  Help us to always follow and obey You.   ~ Amen

 


 

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