The Joy of Serving Jesus

Maybe you wonder about the purpose of the Salt and Pepper stories with Daisy and the good neighbor Beatrice. Most of all, I wish for children to know the Lord Jesus and to love Him with all their hearts, to feel the joy of His presence.

It all started when I wanted to write a story to inspire children to watch their speech. It’s not something I have planned for a long time. The stories are born from one week to another. A fire in Lima, Peru led me to write about Elijah and the fire of heaven. Then one story followed another, and after writing about Elijah it was natural to continue with Elisha. Each week I ask the Holy Spirit to inspire me so that something that something I write can touch the heart of a child.

A picture to inspire children to read God’s Word

The following weeks we will have stories about salvation. Nothing in the world is more important than finding salvation in Jesus. Zacchaeus, Nicodemus, and the Samaritan woman will be examples of people who said Yes! to Jesus. Sadly, not everyone accepted Jesus’ offer of salvation. The rich young ruler turned away sad, because he valued his riches more than following Jesus.

We are starting a new year. It’s always exciting, like writing on a clean canvas. I’ve chosen for my theme of the year to Serve and Obey, like the people answered Joshua when he challenged them to chose who they would serve.

“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

The people answered,

“The Lord our God we will serve, and his voice we will obey.” Joshua 24:24

May you have a blessed year. I challenge you to serve and obey Jesus as never before. May this be your best year so far.

In a couple of months we will take a break from the Treasure Club stories and have a series about the adventures of a boy and a girl when they leave Egypt and start the desert journey to the Promised Land. Moses, their leader, sets a perfect example of service and obedience to the Lord.

Let us serve and obey Jesus!

I wish you abundant blessings and the joy of serving Jesus!

Your friend, Kerstin

Welcome to read this week’s story:  #20 THE HAPPIEST DAY

 

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Happy New Year

Dear Friends,

Since we last met here unexpected things have happened in my life. On the same day, right after Christmas, my father was called to his heavenly home and I was hit with a severe case of the flu.

Today was my father’s funeral in Sweden. Because of the flu I could not travel. I have written some memories of my hero father. See kelund.wordpress.com

I am doing better and hope to continue with our Salt and Pepper stories by the end of the week.

Blessings and wishes for a wonderful year of 2018!

Your friend, Kerstin

The Double Portion Prophet

During the past few weeks we have seen some of the many miracles that God did through his servant Elisha. In the Bible there are 10 miracles that God did through his servant Elijah, and there are 20 that are attributed to Elisha. Surely there were more, but those are the ones registered.

We have prepared cards for a review of Elisha’s miracles. Each miracle has two cards. You can print them at size or do multiples on a page for a smaller size. On each card is the Bible passage it features.

In today’s story the children are partying at Miss Beatrice’s house. They have competitions and review what they have learned. Would you like to have a party with the children and celebrate these studies (or other topics)?

Try making a target, as in the story. That would be exciting! Write questions on strips of paper and roll them up; put them in balloons and then inflate to a size you feel comfortable with. Another suggestion for review is that you have match boxes and put a question in each box. Hide the boxes for the children to find them and answer the questions.

An extraordinary miracle that catches our attention is what happened after Elisha’s death. The spirit of the “double portion prophet” remained powerful, even after his death.

See 2 Kings 13:20,21.

Powerful bones!

The Bible verse chosen for this week encourages children to love the Word of God and to keep his statues to the end. Like the psalmist, let’s pray,

Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes;
and I will keep it to the end. Psalm 119:33 ESV

Welcome to read this weeks story #19: A Big Surprise for Salt

SEE THE CHRISTMAS PAGE FOR ART, ACTIVITIES AND STORIES.

 

The Treasure Club stories
are taking a break during December.

In 2018 we will continue following Salt and Pepper and their friend Daisy.
We will also meet some new friends.

Four Lepers Bring Good News

Four lepers saved a city from dying of hunger! That’s today’s story. This biblical passage deserved to be highlighted. In the next issue we will have Daisy’s party and rest of the miracles God worked through Elisha.

Today’s Bible text has beautiful teaching for our life, especially the message of the memory verse.

“What we’re doing is not right.
This is a day of good news and we are keeping it
to ourselves.” 2 Kings 7:9 NIV

Ben-hadad, king of Syria, had mobilized his army to make war against Joram, the king of Israel. The city of Samaria was besieged. There was s little food there, that the head of a donkey cost eighty pieces of silver, what a worker earned in a month, and so desperate were some that they ate their children.

“I’m going to cut off Elisha’s head,” said the king. He blamed the Prophet for their desperate situation. God revealed to Elisha what the king planned to do and also that the following day there would be plenty of food.

The messenger the king had sent to cut off his head did not believe it. “Even if God opened windows in the heavens, that would not be possible,” was his reaction. Elisha told him that he would see it; but he would not eat of it. So it was! The king put him at the city gate and there he was run over. He saw the food; but he did not eat, just as Elisha had said.

Read the story in 2 Kings 6:24–7:20. It’s amazing that God used four lepers to give the good news that the Syrian army had fled.

“What we’re doing is not right. This is a day of good news
and we are keeping it to ourselves.”

The limited space of a single page for the story does not allow for all the details. I would have liked to widen the topic of the good news that we have:

  • for children who do not know the Lord, that they may believed the Gospel.
  • for believing children, to inspire them to spread the good news of salvation.

The Holy Spirit will guide each teacher to apply what their students need. This Bible passage also has a message for each one of us. The “party” in heaven is closer every day. Together with Jesus we will celebrate the wedding feast of the Lamb. The moment our Father decides that it’s time, He will sound the trumpet and Jesus will come in the sky. “This is a day of good news…” Are we proclaiming the news?

Enjoy this good news story with the children.

Salt and Pepper Story #18: Good News for Samaria

The Invisible Power

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you
in all your ways.
Psalm 91:11

2 Kings 6:8-23

Today we have the wonderful story of the invisible army that surrounded Elisha. The king of Syria had sent an army searching for Elisha, to capture him. Why? Elisha divulged the war secrets of the king of Syria, so that they could not attack Israel. The prophet Elisha even knew what the king talked about in his private chamber. God revealed it to him! This is why the king of Syria was looking for Elisha.

When the King heard that Elisha was in Dothan, he sent a large army there. Elisha’s servant woke up one morning and saw the whole city surrounded by the enemy army, and he was afraid. But Elisha calmed him, because he saw the invisible. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them,” are the biblical words that highlight this lesson.

The servant saw nothing. There was not even a soldier to defend them! What did the Prophet see? The invisible army! A mountain full of horses and chariots of fire surrounded Elisha!

Elisha asked God to open the eyes of his servant. Later he prayed to God that the Syrians would be blinded. And in their blindness, he directed them to Samaria. As soon as they arrived, Elisha prayed again. This time God gives them back their sight. Surprise! Surprise! They were in the middle of the city of Samaria! Where their archenemy lived!

There, by recommendation of Elisha, instead of killing the soldiers, the king ordered a large party for them. They ate and drank; then the king dismissed them. The Syrian soldiers returned to their land, and stopped bothering the Israelites.

It is amazing to see the miracles that God did through Elisha. Just as God was with his servant thousands of years ago, he still watches over his children.

If God is for us, who can be against us? A whole army of horsemen and chariots of fire surrounded Elisha! Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world. God is our defender. The angel of the Lord encamps around us, and defends us. Read these passages and rejoice:

Psalms 27:1; 34:7; 118; Romans 8:31; 1 John 4:4; 2 Corinthians 10:4-6; Hebrews 13:6.

Welcome to read the story #17: The Invisible Army

An invisible army surrounds Elisha

The Syrian army is blinded

The Syrian army in Samaria, their eyes opened

The King of Israel offers a feast to the Syrian army

Hospitality in Shunem

One day Elisha went on to Shunem, where a wealthy woman lived, who urged him to eat some food. So whenever he passed that way, he would turn in there to eat food. And she said to her husband, “Behold now, I know that this is a holy man of God who is continually passing our way. 10 Let us make a small room on the roof with walls and put there for him a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp, so that whenever he comes to us, he can go in there.” 11 One day he came there, and he turned into the chamber and rested there. 2 Kings 4:-11

Today we have the story of a wonderful act of kindness. A woman who often had the Prophet Elisha as a guest, suggests to her husband that they make a Guest Room for him.

Hospitality is a beautiful thing. Use this story to teach the children to be kind and considerate to one another. They are not able to offer hospitality like the woman in Shunem, but they can be friendly, especially to children who are bullied. Teach them also to be good friends to new children in their school and neighborhood.

My assistant in Peru, Cristina Alvarez, has made patterns to make furniture for Elisha’s Guest Room.  We also have a PowerPoint you can use to teach the lesson.

Welcome to this weeks story, #16: A Guest Room for Elisha