A Lamb in the Arms of the Savior

My greeting today comes with the words of the apostle Paul, that we should rejoice. In the short passage of Philippians 4:4-8, there are many valuable teachings.

  •  Rejoice in the Lord always
  • Know that the Lord is at hand
  • Do not be anxious about anything
  • Pray about everything
  • With thanksgiving make your requests known to God

 And the peace of God will guard your heart!

  • Think about whatever is true
  • Think about whatever is honorable
  • Think about whatever is just
  • Think about whatever is pure
  • Think about whatever is lovely
  • Think about whatever is commendable
  • Think about whatever is excellent
  • Think about anything worthy of praise

And the God of peace will be with you!

All this will bring joy to your heart, and God wants you to have joy. He instructed the Israelites about certain feasts that they should celebrate annually. One of those was the feast of the harvest, when they celebrate a feast to the Lord for seven days. They would take tree branches and make tabernacles and live in them for one week. Thus they would remember how God brought his people out of Egypt. (See Leviticus 23:33-43.) The reason for their celebrations was to rejoice. What can you celebrate to be happy about?In today’s story the children found an abandoned lamb. I love this drawing of Eleazar carrying the lamb in his arms. It makes me think of Jesus’ parable of the lost and found sheep. In the Gospel according to Matthew 18,  Jesus tells the story of the lost and found sheep when talking about children and says that the heavenly Father does not want any one of them to be lost.

A lamb in the Savior’s arms is something wonderful. Read Matthew 18:1-14 and meditate on the deep meaning. In Luke 15 Jesus speaks of the joy in heaven for a sinner who repents.

Look at the picture of Eleazar and the little lamb. Imagine that you are the lamb in the Savior’s arms; then imagine yourself carrying in your arms that student in need of love. It can also be your son/daughter that you have close to your heart.

For today’s story I have pictures and a PowerPoint of the lost and found sheep, if you would like to use this parable. It’s an excellent opportunity to talk about the love of Jesus for each little lamb, and to make an invitation to the children to give their hearts to Jesus.

Find the story of the lost and found sheep here: Salvation page

I’ve started a page called SALVATION with the purpose of providing materials for this most important subject. We are all lost sheep in need of a Savior.

Keep in mind this week that God wants you to be happy. Rejoice in the Lord! Whatever problem you are going through, don’t worry. Take your need to God in prayer, with thanksgiving. The Lord will work in your life. If you’re anxious and concerned, think about yourself as a lamb in the arms of the beloved Savior.

Welcome to read The Great Escape, story #7: A Stop for a Rescue

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Marine Fauna and the Red Sea

Imagine how it would have been to walk along the bottom of the sea with walls of water on both sides. That was the experience of the millions who followed Moses on their way to the Promised Land.

Today’s story is about Eleazar and Raquel and their undersea adventure. Our artist Absalom made a drawing of the children looking at the fish inside the wall of water. How fun!

The world beneath the water is extraordinary. The colorful fauna is impressive, and the variety of fish, like everything else in Creation, points to the great and sovereign God we have.
Take the opportunity to chat with the children about the wonder of the underwater world. If you want to get images, search the internet under “marine fauna and flora.”

God’s servant Moses was the meekest man on earth. He had to have a lot of patience to guide the multitude of complaining Israelites. This series of stories will have some of the many adventures in the desert.

For today’s story read Exodus 14:21-31.

PowerPoints:

For those who have the possibility of using PowerPoints we offer a few images for each chapter. Sometimes we include more images than necessary, for an option to choose.

Flash-cards:

With these images you can make an exhibition of the whole story. Choose at least one for each story and decorate a classroom wall. If you don’t have the possibility of printing in color, have the children color the pictures. They will be happy to see their works of art exhibited.

Memory Cards:

The memory cards are an excellent way to help children hide the Word of God in their hearts. Give them the card for each week and inspire them to make a collection. Better than just keeping the cards as a collection is to commit the words to memory.

Welcome to read today’s story: The Great Escape #6: The Undersea Adventure

May God bless you and grant you the desires of your heart!

 

 

The Caravan that Left Egypt

Greetings from my granddaughter Sarah and me. On “Cinco de Mayo” we celebrated her birthday. See my blog: http://kelund.wordpress.com

It’s amazing how many people left Egypt under the command of their leader Moses. In Numbers 1:45,46 we read that in the caravan there were 603,550 men, twenty years or older, who were able to serve in Israel’s army.

Let’s do a calculation to get an approximate number. If for every man there was a woman and three children, this will be the number:

603,550 + 603,550 + 1,810,650 = 3,017,750

More than three million! The number has almost two million children! What a great Sunday school we would have had with them! No, with Moses in the desert it would have been a Saturday school, since their day of rest was on a Saturday.

Those who calculate conservatively think that it might have been two million.

Someone has figured out that if they had marched in rows of 50, the column would have extended for about 40 miles (65 kilometers) in the desert. At a modest pace of 2.5 miles per hour, it would have taken 16 hours for everybody to pass through the same place. The crossing of the Red Sea was something extraordinary! The caravan would have seemed endless.

Today’s story is about the crossing of the Red Sea, at least the beginning. In the story Eleazar makes friends with a girl that was lost.

There are flash-cards to go with the story as well as a PowerPoint. I hope they are useful.
God bless everyone. Write and tell me about how you use the story. Send me pictures. Your greetings inspire me to continue this labor of love.

Read Exodus and Numbers for a fresh view of this amazing story.

Don’t forget to pray for Israel. Rejoice with them for their return to the country rightfully theirs. God gave it to them. It started with Abraham, Genesis 12:1-3.

See story #5 in The Great Escape: Crossing the Red Sea

 

 

The Lord Will Fight for You

Five years ago, the words of encouragement that Moses spoke by the Red Sea took on a very special meaning for me. The Lord touched my heart with the certainty that I did not have to worry, that He would fight for me. It was then that I launched my ministry in English.

You might have wondered at the name of my blog: MX1414. It’s from Exodus 14:14.

  • M stands for Miracles—it’s all a miracle!
  • X stands for Exodus.
  • 1414 stands for 14:14, the verse that reminds me that the Lord is on my side, fighting my battles, providing day by day for my needs.

I’m still taking the first steps, but I hope that one day my stories will reach children from many countries where they speak English, and that they will be translated into other languages. That’s my vision. I’m crossing the sea!

What is your “sea”? What “impossibility” is there in your life? The Lord will fight for you!

Moses answered the people: “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today, you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:13,14 NIV

On the mirror in my bathroom I have a plaque in Spanish that reminds me of the powerful God I serve. Every time I look in the mirror I see it: “Is anything impossible for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14) No, there is nothing impossible for our God!

I imagine that arriving at the Red Sea was a terrifying situation for the Israelites. In front of them was the sea and behind came Pharaoh’s army. They were trapped! Then the angel of the Lord who had been traveling with them in the pillar of cloud moved and went behind, separation the Israelites from Pharaoh’s army. Moses received orders to raise his hand and stretch out his staff over the sea. Immediately the wind began to blow. The more it blew, the more miraculous it was. The waters separated! God opened the way through the sea!

The people had to exercise their faith. The Israelites must trust that the waters would not return to their place when they were in the middle of the sea. In today’s story we see Eleazar and his family ready to march through the sea. Read Exodus 14:1-22.

What path is open for you? Trust that God will guide you step by step. Even if there are enemies, God is there between you and any obstacle in your way. The Lord will fight for you!

As I sit working at my computer, every time I look up I see another plaque, and I’m reminded to be still and just trust God.

I wish you the same assurance!

Welcome to read today’s story The Great Escape # 4: A Path through the Sea

Hunger for the Presence of God

There is nothing more important than the presence and power of God in our lives. God’s servant Moses recognized this. Without God’s presence he did not want to move on.

“If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.” Exodus 33:15

Without God’s presence we are lost. God showed his presence in a glorious and visible way to the people of Israel, in pillars of cloud and fire. That’s what today’s story is about.

Read about the “pillars” in Exodus 13:17-22.

From the beginning of the journey to the Promised Land God guided his people with the pillars of cloud and fire. When the Egyptian army followed them, God made the pillar double-sided. In the story, Eleazar admires the cloud. He is amazed by what happens when the cloud separates Israel and Egypt. For Israel there was light, but for the Egyptians there was darkness (Exodus 14:19,20).

Israel had the presence of God visible in the cloud and the fire. Without the presence of God Moses did not want to move forward. “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here,” was his prayer.

The boys and girls that left Egypt with Moses saw the wonder of the pillars of cloud and of fire. How I wish that the boys and girls who are following The Great Escape story will desire to have God’s presence and power in their lives! I wish for us all to have hunger for God and his presence.

I have a burning desire in my heart to live continually in the presence of God, to the point that it shows. When Moses spent time with God on the mountain his face was shining, so much that he had to put a veil on (Exodus 34:29-35). Oh, that we may shine for Jesus!

In the New Testament, after the lame beggar had been healed and Peter and John were being examined by the Council, those authority people were astonished at their boldness, but then they recognized that Peter and John had been with Jesus (see Acts 4:1-22).

Oh, the presence of God! Oh, that people would see in us that we have been with Jesus! The pillars of cloud and fire was an unmistakable presence of God with the people of Israel. Today we have the continual presence of God through his Holy Spirit. May the Holy Spirit and fire ignite us to win the world for Jesus. Let’s be on fire for Jesus! Let’s hunger for the presence of God!

This month is the celebration of 70 years since Israel was declared a nation. The caravan of millions, guided by Moses and Aaron, were on their way to the country that now is Israel. I will be writing something about this on my personal blog: kelund.wordpress.com.

For today’s story there is an activity to do the pillars. There are pillars with the Bible verse and also blank, so the children can write the verse themselves.

Enjoy it!

The Cloud 1

Welcome to read the story. The Great Escape #3: The Double-Sided Cloud.

The Passover Lamb

Have you ever imagined yourself as being a slave like the Israelites in Egypt? The people cried out in anguish to God! When the Lord called Moses and commissioned him to go to Pharaoh, instead of getting better, things got worse.

And the plagues started. First the water was turned to blood; then there were frogs everywhere; later the gnats arrived. People must have felt more desperate each time.

After those initial plagues God made a distinction. When Egypt was filled with flies, in the land of Goshen, where the people of God lived, there were no flies. When a plague afflicted the cattle, nothing happened to the livestock of the Israelites. When hail fell, it did not hail in Goshen. When there was intense darkness for three days, so that no one in Egypt could move or see his neighbor, the Israelites had light in their rooms.

Then came the last plague, in which all first-born would die. That is where God instituted the Passover. His people were to kill a lamb without blemish and paint their door posts with the blood.

In preparation for the departure, Moses told the people to ask the Egyptians for gold and silver, jewelry and clothing. God gave them favor before the Egyptians and they gave them what they asked for. “So they plundered the Egyptians” (Exodus 12:36).

Find all the details in Exodus 11 and 12.

Those who obeyed, and painted their door posts with blood, saved the first-born. It was a night of agony like no other. The angel of death visited every home, from the palace to the humblest abode. From people and animals all first-born died.

Imagine being one of the Egyptians. After the plague of death of the first-born, they hurried to drive the Israelites out of the land of Egypt.

In our imaginary story, the boy Eleazar thinks about what happened, and how his father had painted the door posts of his house, and how that saved his life.

One day, many centuries later, Jesus the Lamb of God would die on the cross to save everyone who believes in Him. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7).

Memory Cards

For several months I have been putting the verse we use in the Bible story as little cards to cut out. I call them Memory Cards. I hope you take advantage of this resource. There is nothing more important than keeping the Word in the heart.

“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).

Print the sheet each week and cut out a small card for each student. Encourage them to take it with them during the week to review the verse. The ideal would be to collect them. Maybe you can do a contest to see who collects the most cards and learn the verses.

See what a teacher in Mexico did. She made little treasure boxes with craft sticks. All the parents were encouraged to do these boxes for their kids. One of the mothers helped her 4-year-old girl learn all the verses! This was when they studied about Elijah and Elisha (see Salt and Pepper stories).

Binders for the story

How about having a binder to collect the stories? That’s what this teacher has done and also encouraged the parents to provide binders for their kids. (The story-papers in Spanish are called La Perlita.)

PowerPoint and Flash-cards

My assistant Cristina, working in Lima, Peru, prepares a PowerPoint to go with each story. If you use the stories in a classroom setting it will be very useful. You can also use the PowerPoint’s at home with your children.

We also prepare flash-cards. The pictures illustrate the story. Maybe you can decorate the room with them. The artist for these pictures is Absalóm-León Sixco from Costa Rica. I’m very grateful for him and Cristina. We do this work as a labor of love for Jesus.

The flash-cards come in color (CO), gray-scale (GR), and pictures to color (BW). Have the children color the pictures and do exhibits.

The reason we provide the pictures in gray-scale is if you don’t have the possibility to print them in color. They will not turn out as dark as if you use the color pictures and print them with black ink.

Welcome to read today’s Great Escape story:

#2 Saved by a Lamb

 

Exciting Exodus Story

I’m happy to announce a series of stories based on the victorious and exciting exodus from Egypt. There will be flash-cards and a PowerPoint for each story.

Meet Eleazar, and later… Rachel. Both children have their own adventures at the crossing of the Sea. Share the stories with your children and grandchildren. Use them in the classroom. ¡Enjoy!

Welcome to read the first chapter:

Find the stories by going to the new page: THE GREAT ESCAPE.

May you be abundantly blessed!