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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Week 7 - Psalm 86:11,13

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 Our Response to God's Love  

This week, our memory verse is Psalm 86:11,13:

"Teach me Your way, O Lord, and I will walk in Your truth;
Give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name.
For great is Your love toward me..."

This verse has been shortened for those who are memorizing at levels 1 & 2.

During the past weeks we have learned that God made the world and everything in it. We were reminded that He has carefully formed each one of us. We read about His great love for us. We have addressed the issues of sin and forgiveness. We've recognized that we are sinners, but we have been offered hope through the forgiveness God extends to all who are willing to receive it through Jesus Christ.

Because God made us, we are His. We are precious to Him. He loves us. God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, and whoever believes in Him will not perish, but will have everlasting life [John 3:16].

This week's verses direct us to consider what our response to God's love should be. He deserves our undivided hearts. He is worthy of our determined commitment to learn what it is He desires for us to do with the life He has given to us and to honor Him with it. How does He teach us His way? Through His Word, the Bible.

As we continue to study God's Word, we will learn more about who God is, who we are and what God's plan is for us. As we learn His way and choose to follow Him and "walk" in it, we will glorify His name with our lives.

           Notes to parents:         


Words to know:

undivided  

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Discussion Questions:

These questions are merely suggestions to encourage further consideration and conversation.

- How do we learn God's way?

- What does it mean to "fear Your name"?

- What was God's response to us because of His love? [See week 5, Ephesians 2:4-5.]

- What should be our response to His love?

- What is the importance of living in the truth? [Continue discussions on honesty and/or relativism from week 6.]

- How can we "glorify His name"?

- How can we have an "undivided heart"?

- What are some things that might divide our hearts? What are some actions we can take to guard our hearts from division?

- If He has delivered us from the "depth of the grave", why do we still die? [See full context of the verses: Psalm 86:11-13.]

- Read Psalm 86:11-13. "I will praise You, O Lord, my God with all of my heart..." Explore the significance of genuine worship and the effect it will have on our whole life. [Is worship a religious act, a state of our hearts...both...or something else?]

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

- Seeds Family Worship [not associated with this blog] has put these verses to music. You can listen online and purchase their CD's on their website. Psalm 86:11-13 can be found on their CD, Seeds of Praise [Volume 3]. It is the 11th track, titled: Undivided Heart. This is a fantastic resource for Scripture memorization!

- Visit our companion site, Grow Little Seeds, for more activities and ideas and free printable pages as you study Psalm 86:11, 13.

- Be sensitive to His Spirit. He may provide opportunities to encourage your children this week as they are faced with decisions to "walk in His truth" or go their own way.  You may be faced with similar choices. Consider how you might use that situation to teach your family.


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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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This is a graphic and thought provoking video on the subject of life.

Please take 30 minutes to consider what this man has to say...

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Week 6 - 1 John 1:8-9

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  Transparent People and a God who Forgives  

"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us
our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
- 1 John 1:8-9




           Notes to parents:         


Words to know:

claim, sin, deceive, confess, faithful, just, forgive, purify, unrighteousness  

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Discussion Questions:

These questions are merely suggestions to encourage further consideration and conversation.

Do not be afraid of addressing the 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, like adults, 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. 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 does it mean to confess my sins?
 
- Does God forgive everyone?

- Have you ever been forgiven for something? Have you ever forgiven someone?  What was that experience like?

- Does God always forgive us when we confess our sin?

- What does it mean now that I am forgiven?
 
- Do others need God's forgiveness?
 
- What is the importance of truth? Consider various angles of this question, i.e. honesty or relativism. Why is it important to be honest about ourselves? Why is it important to recognize absolute truth as we develop our worldview?

- If the God is faithful to forgive us, 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. 

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

- 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 1 John 1:8-9.