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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Week 4 - Psalm 103:11-12

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  So Great is His Love  

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is His love for those who fear Him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed our transgressions from us."
– Psalm 103:11-12

source: learnersdictionary
Last week we learned about sin. This week, we will be learning about forgiveness and love - specifically the love and forgiveness that God offers to us.

Romans 5:8 tells us that God demonstrated His love for us by taking the punishment for our sins upon Himself...even while we were still sinning. He did not wait until we stopped doing wrong things. He did not wait until we chose to love Him.

"This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins." - 1 John 4:10

source: bibletimenews
Psalm 103 describes God's love toward those who honor Him: His love is measureless, "as high as the heavens are above the earth".  This chapter also describes His forgiveness: He removes our sins as far as the east is from the west; they are gone.  God showed us His love when Jesus took the punishment for our sins and died in our place. When we accept what Jesus did for us, God removes our sin...we no longer need to pay the penalty ourselves. [Romans 6:23].

As you memorize your verse this week, remember to thank God for His great love and for the forgiveness He shows to us.


           Notes to parents:         


Words to know:


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Discussion Questions:

Do not be afraid of addressing this issue of sin with your children. They already know that they do wrong. And at a very young age children begin to feel and express emotions such as anger and frustration at others when they are treated unfairly and shame and remorse when they do something wrong. Children need to know that they can be forgiven. They need to learn how to forgive others. Even before our children are able to talk, we can witness in them the result of this ugly thing called sin.

Remember that in many ways, you as the parent, are the example to your child of who God is and what He is like. The way you deal with issues of sin and forgiveness within your own family will certainly impact everyone within your home. Are you compassionate and gracious? Are you slow to anger or quick to accuse? Do you hold bitterness inside or remind your children over and over of past wrongs or mistakes they have made? Do you forgive each other? Do you insist on giving one another "what you deserve"...or do you balance training and discipline with grace and love? Consider how you can reflect God's character as you interact with your children this week.


- How much does God love us? Can His love for us be measured?

- How far is the east from the west?

- How high are the heavens above the earth?

- If God removes our sin from us, why are we still punished for the wrong things we do? [Why do people go to jail...or time-out?]

- What does it mean to "fear" God?

- If God forgives us, how should we respond when other people do wrong?

- How can we love and forgive someone who has done wrong to us? Does this mean that we allow people to continue doing wrong things to us?

- God will forgive me, so does it really matter if I choose to sin?

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Additional Resources:
Please review all links before sharing them with your children. 

- Read the context. Read Psalm 103

- Learn more about God's plan of salvation at Blue Letter Bible.org

- Read the account of Adam and Eve in Genesis 2:15-3:24. What lie did they believe that made them decide to disobey God?

- Here are some verses that may help you as you study and discuss questions regarding sin: Romans 3:23-24, Romans 7:18-25, James 4:17, 1 John 1:8-10, Romans 5:6-8, and Romans 10:9-10.

-Here are some verses that may help you as you study and discuss questions regarding forgiveness: Colossians 3:13, Matthew 6:14-15, Matthew 18:21-35, Psalm 130:2-5, John 8:2-11, Psalm 32:1-5, Luke 6:27-40, Ephesians 3:12, Titus 3:3-7.

-Here are some verses that may help you as you study and discuss questions regarding God's love: Psalm 107:1, 43, 1 John 4:8-21, 1 John 3:1, 1 John 3:16-18, Psalm 136, Zephaniah 3:17, Romans 5:6-8, Romans 8:35-39,

- Visit our companion site, Grow Little Seeds, for more activities and ideas and free printable pages as you study Psalm 103:8-10.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Week 3 - Psalm 103:8-10

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  A Thing Called...Sin  

“The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will He harbor His anger forever;
He does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities."
– Psalm 103:8-10


source: wikipedia
We have looked at God as our Creator, as the designer of the earth and heavens and as the maker of each one of us. We've explored a bit of His creativity and wisdom. Over the next two weeks, we will be learning and memorizing verses from Psalm 103. We will learn more about God's character, His attitude toward us and in today's post, we are going to talk about a thing called sin.

In order to begin to truly understand and appreciate the compassion, grace, patience and love that God has for us, we will need to first recognize and acknowledge our sin and catch a glimpse of His holiness. Once we understand our desperate need, His forgiveness comes alive and with it blooms hope and freedom. This is not merely a kind act from a nice God. His forgiveness is the most spectacular expression of the greatest love this world has ever experienced.

The Bible uses different words for sin: iniquity, transgression, trespass, wrongdoing - sin is anything we do that violates God's law. What is God's law? Jesus summed it up this way in Luke 10:27, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"

Have you ever violated God's law?

source: wikipedia
When people break the laws of their government, they often have to pay a fine or fulfill a sentence to community service or time in prison. It is fair and right for people to be punished when they do something that is wrong. Justice is the quality of being fair and reasonable. God is just. He is fair and reasonable. When people break God's law, it is fair and right for them to be punished.

In our justice system, we punish wrongdoing at different levels. If you park your car where you should not park your car, you may need to pay a small fine. If you hurt someone else purposefully, you may spend many years in prison. Both wrong actions have a consequence.

Sin is very serious. The Bible tells us that the punishment for sin is death and separation from God. When we violate God's law it is a serious offense and deserves a serious punishment. But there is good news - Psalm 103 tells us that God does not treat us as our sins deserve. Romans 6:23 says that even though our sin should be paid for with death, God's gift to us is eternal life in Christ Jesus.

How can this be fair? If the punishment for sin is death, is it fair for God to give us life instead?

Do you remember that we learned that God made us, that He knows us and that He loves us? When sin came into the world, God was very sad. He loved the people he had created and He did not want them to be separated from Him. God had a plan.

John 3:16 says that God so loved the world that He sent His son and that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but will have eternal life. Someone needed to pay the fine and serve the sentence for our sin. Jesus was born on the earth, He lived a life without sin, then He let men take His life and when He did, He paid the price for our sin, so that we would not have to be punished.

1 John 1:9 tells us that if we confess our sins, He is just [fair and reasonable] and will forgive us. It is fair for Him to forgive us, because someone has already paid the price for our sin.

God is compassionate and gracious. He is slow to anger. He is full of love. Even though we are guilty of sin [breaking God's law] and deserve death and separation from God, He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. Instead, He died in our place and rescued us from the punishment that our sins deserve.

Three days after Jesus died, an amazing thing happened - He rose again! He is alive! Jesus paid the price for our sin, and then He conquered sin and death.

source: kevinpierpont
As you study and memorize Psalm 103:8-10 this week think about the wonderful thing that God did for you - that He paid the price for your sin. He took the punishment for you.

Has your brother or sister, cousin or friend ever done something wrong? Have they ever been unkind to you or treated you unfairly? Were they punished? Have you ever offered to take the punishment for them? Most people don't ever think of being punished for someone else. Jesus loved you so much that He received all the punishment for you, so that you would not need to be separated from God. He loves you and you are His because He made you. He has a purpose for you. He does not want you to be separated from Him. He provided a way for you to be forgiven and to have a friendship with Him.

Ask God to help you understand how big His love for you is. The Lord is full of love! Confess to Him the wrong things you have done and ask Him to forgive you. Know that He is faithful and just and will forgive you.



           Notes to parents:         


Words to know:


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Discussion Questions:

Do not be afraid of addressing this issue of sin with your children. They already know that they do wrong. And at a very young age children begin to feel and express emotions such as anger and frustration at others when they are treated unfairly and shame and remorse when they do something wrong. Children need to know that they can be forgiven. They need to learn how to forgive others. Even before our children are able to talk, we can witness in them the result of this ugly thing called sin.

Remember that in many ways, you as the parent, are the example to your child of who God is and what He is like. The way you deal with issues of sin and forgiveness within your own family will certainly impact everyone within your home. Are you compassionate and gracious? Are you slow to anger or quick to accuse? Do you hold bitterness inside or remind your children over and over of past wrongs or mistakes they have made? Do you forgive each other? Do you insist on giving one another "what you deserve"...or do you balance training and discipline with grace and love? Consider how you can reflect God's character as you interact with your children this week.


- What is sin?

- Do you sin?

- What was God's plan to save us from the punishment of sin?

- Does God punish all sin?

- What can we learn from Psalm 103:8-10 about the character of God?

- If the Lord is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, full of love and forgiving, then how should you and I treat one another?
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Additional Resources:
Please review all links before sharing them with your children. 

- Read the context. Read Psalm 103

- Learn more about God's plan of salvation at Blue Letter Bible.org

- Read the account of Adam and Eve in Genesis 2:15-3:24. What lie did they believe that made them decide to disobey God?

- Here are some verses that may help you as you study and discuss questions regarding sin: Romans 3:23-24, Romans 7:18-25, James 4:17, 1 John 1:8-10, Romans 5:6-8, and Romans 10:9-10.

- Visit our companion site, Grow Little Seeds, for more activities and ideas and free printable pages as you study Psalm 103:8-10.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Week 2 - Psalm 139:13-14,16

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Before reading this post with your children, we suggest you review it yourself and then discuss with them some words they may not understand. We have linked to definitions, pictures and/or other information about the "Words to Know" below, in the "Notes to Parents" section of the post for your convenience.
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  Wonderfully Made  

“For You created my inmost being;
You knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
...Your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me were written in Your book
before one of them came to be."
– Psalm 139:13-14, 16


source: Soul Shepherding
David was a young man who lived in Israel a long time ago. He was the youngest of eight brothers. David was a musician, among other things, and he played the harp very well. David wrote many of the songs and poems found in the book of Psalms. Psalm 139 is one of David’s works.

Psalm 139 is a written reminder to us that God is involved. He designed us and formed us before we were born. He knows us. He see us – when we sit and when we get up. He understands our thoughts before we ever say a word. He is. And we cannot escape His presence.

This can either be comforting to us, or uncomfortable. If we love God, and we believe that He loves us, knowing that He is familiar with us and is near to us is a great encouragement. However, if we do not have confidence that He views us with eyes of grace, compassion and love, this knowledge of His nearness can be unnerving to our souls.

source: Wikipedia
It is a wondrous thing to consider that the God who designed the universe, who formed the sun, moon and stars, who made the world and everything in it [Acts 17:24-25], also made each one of us. Psalm 139 says that He knits us together and that His eyes saw our unformed bodies.

In another Psalm, [Psalm 8:3-4] David writes:

“When I consider Your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which You have set in place,
what is man that You are mindful of him…?”

source: Wikipedia
We are so small and seemingly insignificant in comparison to the enormity of the earth and heavens around us…why does God notice us? Why does He pay attention to us? Why did he make us?

Because God made us, He knows everything about us. He knows how our bodies function. He knows what we need to work properly. He designed you. And every part of you has a purpose. Remember in Acts 17:26, we read that God determined the exact times and places for people to be born? Everything about you – how you look, where you live, the period of time you were born into, what each day of your life holds [Psalm 139:16] – God knows it all.

This is one reason why it is important for us to obey God. God loves us and God made us. Because He loves us, we can trust that when He gives us a rule, it is for our good. Because He made us, we can trust that He knows what we need.

source: vinemedia
God knew all about David too. And God had a plan for David. God sent a man named Samuel to anoint one of Jesse’s sons as King of Israel. David was Jesse’s youngest son, and because he was the youngest, no one thought he was the one God would choose to become king.

Yet God said, "Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." And God chose David to lead His people, Israel. God gave David everything he needed to do the job He had prepared David for.

And God does the same thing for you and me. He gives us everything we need to do the things He has made us to do. He determined the exact place and time for you to be born. He used wisdom and care as He created each part of you. And He has a purpose for your life. He has jobs for you to do.

You may think that there are things about you that you don’t like, or that make it hard for you to do things you want to do. You may wonder why God made you different than someone else. Maybe a part of your body doesn’t look like you want it to or work the way it should. Yet, nothing about you goes unnoticed by God.  Everything about you has either been purposefully designed or lovingly allowed by your Creator. You have been wonderfully made.

Sometimes, we don’t understand why He made us the way we are; or, we may think it is unfair. The truth is that God is good. And life, in whatever form we may see it, is the work of an extraordinary artist – and nothing short of miraculous. If we believe that God made us and that God loves us, we must know that every part of us has been carefully crafted by both His wisdom and His care. We can thank Him for the life He has given us and ask Him to show us how we can use our bodies to honor Him.

Each of us is unique and God has prepared us to do different jobs. David's job was to become a king. Samuel's job was to anoint David as the king. Even though Samuel's job may not seem as important as David's job, it was a very significant responsibility. Even though God may not have 'ordained' any of your days to be spent serving as royalty, the responsibilities He has for you now and is continuing to prepare you for are significant.

God does not see us the way others may see us…or even the way we see ourselves. God looks at our hearts. Our bodies are the shell that holds our soul; the person we truly are inside. Psalm 139:13 tells us that He "created our inmost being".

Often in the Bible we read stories of people God used, not because of their talent or ability, but because they loved God and were willing to do what He asked them to do.

We can learn from Psalm 139 that we are precious. God made you with wisdom and love. We can also learn to recognize that God has created all those around us. If God carefully designed them, with wisdom and love – they are also precious to Him. And if each of us is precious to God, then we should think about both ourselves and each other respectfully and treat each person as something precious. We should learn to be wise and loving with each other, just as God is wise and loving toward us.

We are known and loved by our Creator. We have been purposefully designed. Even in this big, big world - full of billions of other people, God knows who you are. You are significant because He made you and you are precious to Him. 



           Notes to parents:         


Words to know:


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Discussion Questions:

- We are so small in comparison to the big, big world around us. Why does God notice us? Why does He pay attention and care about us?

- What are some wonderful things about you?

-What are some things you dislike or do not understand about yourself? How can God use these things?

- God has jobs for each of us. What are some jobs you know God has for you to do?

- What are some reasons that it is important for us to obey God?

- If God makes each one of us, how should we view and treat one another?

- God said that "Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." [1 Samuel 16] What does this mean?

-What does it mean to be "fearfully and wonderfully made"?

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Additional Resources:
Please review all links before sharing them with your children. 

- Read the context. Read Psalm 139:1-18.

- Read the story of Samuel anointing David. You can find it in 1 Samuel 16:1-13. 

source: mommytopics
 - You may want to show your children images, or video of babies in the womb and see how babies grow. This video clip from In the Womb, produced by National Geographic, shows 3-D and 4-D ultrasound images. Baby Center's illustrated images show baby's monthly growth in the uterus. 

Consider discussing bioethics issues with your older children. Conception, abortion, genocide, euthanasia, and suicide may all be topics to consider as you explore what the Bible has to say about creation, and specifically, God's design and care in the creation of humanity.

- Learn how amazing your body is with the movie Body in Numbers, produced by Malcolm Brinkworth. This film worth watching explores some amazing facts about our bodies: "More advanced than a computer yet more versatile and resilient than any machine is the amazing miracle known as the human body." This video will fascinate children and adults alike, however, some segments of the film may not be suitable for all ages [For example, parts of the video discuss facts of human sexuality.] Although it is not written from a biblical perspective, the film can be a useful tool as you learn more about the complexity of our bodies and the wise Creator who designed us. View a clip from Body in Numbers here. Check your local library for availability.

- Here are some verses you may find helpful as you consider why God might cause or allow us to experience difficult things: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Romans 9:20-21, Job 5:17-18, Hebrews 12:1-15 and John 9.

- These verses list some jobs God has already given to us: Luke 10:27, Ephesians 6:1, Ephesians 6:4, Mark 16:15, James 1:22 and Proverbs 14:31.

- For some information on the translation of the word "fearfully" [in Psalm 139] into the English language, reference the Blue Letter Bible site [see the 3rd paragraph down].

- Visit our companion site, Grow Little Seeds, for more activities and ideas and free printable pages as you study Psalm 139:13-14,16.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Week 1 - Acts 17:24-25

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[Please note: Because this is our first week, you will find additional explanations of how the Sow Little Seeds posts are designed, which will not normally be found on our weekly memory verse posts. The detailed explanations may also be read on our "getting started" page. Please reference this page as often as you need to.]

Before reading this post with your children, we suggest you review it yourself and then discuss with them some words they may not understand. If you are teaching very young children, you may want to limit your vocabulary discussion to just a few words [2-7 words, depending on their comprehension level]. We have linked to definitions, pictures and/or other information about the "Words to Know" below, in the "Notes to Parents" section of the post for your convenience.


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  The God Who Made Us 

“The God who made the world and everything in it
is the Lord of heaven and earth
and does not live in temples built by hands.
And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything,
because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.”
– Acts 17:24-25

source: albertmangus.org
When Paul was in Athens he took note of the many idols and objects which were worshipped by the Athenians. He even noticed an altar with the inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Paul stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and began to tell the men of Athens about the GOD they did not yet know: the Lord who made them.

Paul was a Jewish man who had zealously worshipped God – or so he thought. Paul was very religious and did everything he thought he should to serve God faithfully. But at one time, Paul did not understand who God really was. 

Paul was on his way to a place called Damascus to imprison Christian men and women because of their faith. While he was on his way there, God spoke to him. When Paul realized that he was wrong about who God was, he stopped doing the things he had been doing and began to teach others about who God is, what God had done for them and how others could love and serve God the right way.

When he was visiting the city of Athens, Paul noticed that the people there were religious, just like he was, but that they did not yet know about the one true God – just like he did not understand God before. So, he began to tell them about Him.


source: gardenofpraise.com
 He said, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.”

The people of Athens worshipped things that they had made with their own hands and called these things “gods”, but Paul explained that instead of us making “gods”, God made us – and everything around us. He made the earth and everything in it. He is the Lord and we belong to Him. He does not need anything from us, but we depend on Him for everything. He provides us with air to breathe, food to supply energy and nourishment for our bodies and everything else that we have – it comes from Him. He designed our bodies and He is the author of life. Life is a gift that God gives us.

Paul went on to explain that God determined when we would be born and exactly where we should live. God did all these things for us because He loves us and desires for us to seek Him. But God is not far from any of us. He is the one who made us and it is because of Him that we can live, do things and be who we are. We belong to Him. We are His workmanship, we reflect who He is.

When you draw a picture or write a story, your art tells others a little bit about who you are and what you are like. Many famous artists can be recognized by their artwork. People who study art can sometimes tell who made a painting or sculpture just by looking at it, because that piece shows the artist's style and technique. In a similar way, because God made you, you display His artwork everywhere you go…you reveal a little bit of His style and technique; you are a testimony of His love and His wisdom and His power.

The human body is so amazing. It is such a complex machine that scientists still do not understand everything about how we work. God is a very intelligent maker – He created our bodies.

source: weather.gov
Think about the powerful displays we see in the natural world such as lightning storms, hurricanes or the heat of the sun - which warms us from 93 million miles away! God holds the world in His hands. He is more powerful than all of these things. Our God is strong and mighty [Psalm 93, Psalm 147:4-5].

This God who is stronger than a hurricane and brilliant enough to design the whole world cares about you. He planned when and where you would be born, he knows all about you – better than you even know yourself. God’s love is different than any other love we can feel. God’s love is perfect.

Paul’s life was changed when he met Jesus and understood who God really was. Paul wanted to tell the people in Athens so that they could know God too. God gave us the Bible so that we could read about who He is and know Him.

Many people have different ideas about who God is, but there is only one true God. It is important for us to learn who God is and what he wants us to do. Before Paul really knew God, he did many bad things, but he thought what he was doing was good. We can become confused about who God is if we do not know the truth. We can learn the truth about God from the book He gave us to learn about Him – the Bible.

source: bmius.org
This is why we are studying and memorizing the Bible, because it is God’s Word to us to teach us who He is and what He made us to do. We do not need to be like the people in Athens who made their own “gods”. We do not worship an “UNKNOWN GOD”. We can learn the truth about who God is and worship the true God, who made us and who loves us. This is good news!


           Notes to parents:         


Words to know:

Athens, idols, worship, altar, inscription, Aeropagus, zealous, Jewish, religious [also see James 1:27],  Damascus, Christian, realize,
faith [also see Hebrews 11:1], Lord, temple, depend, energy, nourishment, design, author, reflect, perfect, artist, sculpture, technique, hurricane, memorize, testimony, complex, scientist, intelligent
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Below are some ideas of questions to spark family discussion and investigation into different topics related to this week's memory verse. These are simply suggestions - you may decide to discuss this verse from a different perspective, or invite your children to ask their own questions. However you start the dialog is up to you.

We think it is beneficial for the whole family to engage in conversations about the verses they are learning and hope that you will make time to encourage your children to consider the verse[s] they are learning and help them process any questions that arise. In the "Additional Resources" section below, you may find Bible verses to help direct you as your family talks about these questions and seeks out answers together.

As always, we are happy to help if we are able to. You are welcome to e-mail the Sow Little Seeds team at sowlittleseeds@hotmail.com with any questions your family has and we will gladly provide Biblical answers or help you research the topic. Check out our "Branching Out" section on our Grow Little Seeds blog for a list of resources we suggest. 

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Discussion Questions:

- What kinds of things did God make?

- How can we know who God is and what He is like?

- Did God really make the world?
   If He created the world, where does evolution fit in?

- God made us. What are the implications of this? [Who do I belong to?]

- God "is not served by human hands as if He needed anything from us".
   Why does He involve people in His work?

- God "does not live in temples built by human hands".
   Where does God live?

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In this next section you will find a list of additional reading materials, links to helpful websites and information on topics specific to this week's verse. Often, you will find additional Bible verses to assist you as you explore answers to the discussion questions provided in the previous section.

You may find more resources and activities for this week on our companion blog, Grow Little Seeds.

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Additional Resources:

- Read the context of this week's verse. Here is the story of Paul in Athens: Acts 17:16-34

- Seeds Family Worship is an excellent resource for Bible memorization. Their Scripture music is fun for kids, AND enjoyable for parents to listen to as well. This is a great tool to teach your family God's Word. You can listen to their songs and purchase CDs online [and in various Christian bookstores]. Read about their vision for sharing CDs - we think this awesome! You may select "Seeds of Purpose [Vol. 4]" in the drop down menu on their media page to listen to track 1, "Life and Breath" [Acts 17:24-25].

- Learn more about Paul [who was first called, Saul]. Read Acts 6:8-7:1, Acts 7:51-8:3 [The end of Stephen's lengthy response and Saul's participation in Stephen's death.] These verses will give a background story of Saul as he was involved with the stoning of Stephen and began to persecute the Christian church in Jerusalem. Then read Acts 9:1-31. This is the story of Saul's conversion and the change in his actions after he learned who Jesus was.

- Read the account of creation in Genesis. This may be helpful in answering the question: What kinds of things did God make? Read Genesis 1:1-2:3. You can also read more verses about God's creation: Nehemiah 9:6, Jeremiah 10:12, and Isaiah 45:18-22.

-While the information presented in this film does not share a Biblical perspective, the Planet Earth video series, produced by BBC can be a fantastic resource in exploring the wonders of God's creation. These videos are full of breathtaking footage of God's creation. We strongly suggest previewing and/or watching these videos with your children. Some natural scenes are intense, suspenseful and/or graphic and you may want to guide your children as they weigh what the narrator says against what God's Word teaches us. In the videos you will see images of spectacular events and incredible creatures that most people will never have the opportunity to personally witness.

-Answers in Genesis is a site that offers much information on the subjects of creation and evolution.  Click on "Get Answers" to access a wide variety of articles related to Creation and the Bible. This site also offers a new section called Kids Answers which provides fun articles, videos, and activities for children. 

-You may also find useful information regarding creation and evolution in these articles, written by Don Stewart on the Blue Letter Bible website. The articles address such questions as:
     - "Does Genesis provide any scientific information regarding the formation of the universe?",
     - "Does the Genesis creation account allow for the theory of evolution?" and
     - "Are there mythological elements in the genesis creation account?"

- Here are some verses that may be helpful in answering the question: How can we know who God is and what He is like? Read Romans 1:19-20, Acts 10:43, 1 John 5:9, Psalm 103, and 2 Timothy 3:14-16.

- Here are a few verses that may help you as you explore this question: God "does not live in temples built by human hands". Where does God live? Read 1 Corinthians 3:16, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 2 Corinthians 6:16 and Revelation 21 [especially verses 1 and 22-27].

-You may want to watch some fun videos on the subject of creation vs. evolution: Incredible creatures that defy evolution by Exploration Films. These can be viewed online: herehere and here.

- These verses may help you answer question #4: God made us. What are the implications of this? Read Psalm 100:3, Psalm 24:1-2 and Psalm 95:3-5.

- Explore God's world this year with the fun and simple My Calendar Book, by Christian Light Publications. This coloring and activity book, intended for elementary age children, provides a new activity each month to be completed each day [such as observing the weather or recording the shape of the moon]. You can purchase this book or view sample pages here. You may also be interested in Christian Light Publications' Science Workbooks, which are written from a Biblical perspective.

- Visit our companion site, Grow Little Seeds, for more activities, ideas and free printable materials as you study Acts 17:24-25. Take a nature walk. Choose a bug-themed craft to complete with your kids. Make stand-up paper animals. View videos on the subject of creation. Choose from several earth-themed activities.