Monthly Archives: September 2017

God Knows How to Encourage Us

Today we see a discouraged prophet. After the great victory that Elijah had when God sent fire from heaven, and when the Lord answered his prayer for rain, this intrepid servant of God got discouraged. To such a degree was his despair that he wanted to die. Queen Jezebel had threatened him, and he fled.

Elijah was so lonely and desperate that he thought he was the only one who had not bent his knee to Baal. But God told him that there were seven thousand who had not followed the false god!

It’s good for children to learn that we are all prone to temptation and discouragement. Sometimes we put the servants of God on a pedestal; but we must remember that no one is exempt from temptation. Pastors and leaders need a lot of prayer to stay strong.

God was merciful to his servant Elijah, as he is to us all, and He sent him an angel with food. Elijah was tired. His encounter with the prophets of Baal was very emotional, and it exhausted him. Elijah rested and the angel fed him. Read it all in 1 Kings 19.

Parents and teachers, I love you with all my heart. If you are discouraged, don’t despair. Even Elijah had a “low” moment; but God sent his angel to lift him up. May God send an angel to lift your spirits! The truth is that it will probably be an angel without wings; a brother or sister in the faith that encourages you. Never forget that God has a merciful heart.

Now let me tell you about an angel that God sent yesterday evening to encourage me! I’m amazed at God’s timing and how He has every detail in his care. I wasn’t discouraged but very tired and wondering about the next step to take in this “story-telling” ministry, especially as it pertains to the Spanish, which is the core of my ministry to the Lord.

The Freemen’s, if you know who they are, were having a performance at Calvary Church in Tahlequah. Oklahoma. I was excited to be going there, asking the Lord that it would be a “picker-upper” for me. We had a van going from Fort Gibson, that’s why I could go. My eyesight is not working for night driving.

I quickly made some cards to take with me, hoping to meet someone to promote my Salt and Pepper stories. My assistant in Lima was working on a professional version, but I just did a quick home-made one. See here!

See what Cristina came up with!

 

 

 

 

Having such awesome helpers, like Cristina (she’s my right hand in art matters) in Peru and Absalom in Costa Rica (he does the pictures), is a gift from God. Without them, and precious Nancy (who does the English version) in Alabama there would be no Treasure Club stories!

This past week I have felt very overwhelmed. Maybe one reason is that I’m getting used to a big change. I have a teenage boy that spends early mornings and afternoons with me. His High School is in the town where I live. If you ever heard of Words with Friend, he and I have 19 games going! I love this boy to pieces but it’s an intense relations hip that drains me of some energy. But I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Let me get back to the part of God’s encouragement. Just the detail of where I took a seat is important. There was a break in the service and I stepped out to buy some CD’s. When I came back a lady was admiring the “box” that I put my feet on. I have to have them elevated because I have lost some lymph nodes (that’s a story for another day!). We talked and I asked her if she would take one of my cards. It turns our she is a daycare worker and she works in Sunday school. To make a long story short, meeting her was such an uplifting experience that I got a “push” to keep going. If you have ever been in a race, and getting close to the finish-line seems like and unsurpassable task, the little extra push you give yourself at the end can make the difference between winning or losing. Pat, the lady I met, gave me that “push” that I needed. I went home from the concert uplifted and ready to continue writing stories!

When I opened my files, and realized what story was next, about God encouraging his Prophet with “Angel food,” I marveled once again at God’s timing. It’s these kinds of details that speak to me, and I have seen many of them lately.

Could I ask you to pray with me these next few days for a special visit I’m having on Tuesday and Wednesday? I have a cousin from Sweden coming to visit. She does not know Jesus and she doubts there is a God. Pray with me that the love of Jesus will shine on her through me. This might be my only opportunity to show her “Jesus with skin.”

I hope you are enjoying the stories. If time wasn’t in such short supply I would give you all the helps we have in Spanish. Let’s pray I find another helper. We have PowerPoints for every lesson and a Bible activity. If you speak Spanish check them out at misperlitas.wordpress.com.

Have a blessed week. Be encouraged! God might have a new and exciting assignment for you. Stay tuned to the “still small voice” daily!!!

Read story #10: Angel Food for a Discouraged Prophet

Angel Food for Elijah

A 40-day walk to the Mountain of God

God wasn’t in the wind nor in the earthquake or the fire

God speaks with new assignments

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Earnest and Powerful Prayer

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. James 5:16b-18

Elijah was no super hero. He was like us; but he believed in the God who does wonders. He prayed fervently that it would not rain, and it did not rain. Again he prayed, that it would rain, and it rained! That is the theme of today’s story.

When Israel was in crisis, due to the influence of the evil Queen Jezebel, who had brought the country to worship Baal and Asherah, God raised up a bold prophet. It’s no small thing to do what Elijah did–to go to the king and say that there will be no rain, unless by his word. That required fervent prayer!

Elijah prayed fervently that it would not rain, and it stopped raining for three and a half years. Then he prayed again, and it rained! Before that rain, there was the experience we had in last week’s story, when God sent fire from heaven.

An interesting detail, which we illustrated in the picture that goes with the story, is when Elijah ran before King Ahab’s chariot, all the way from Mount Carmel to Jezreel. In my calculations it was more than 20 miles. What amazing strength God gave his servant! Ahab traveled in his chariot, but Elijah ran in front of him, and arrived in Jezreel before the king!

God has not changed. The Lord is the same yesterday and today, and forever. The God of Elijah is your God. The God of Elijah is my God. The God of Elijah will work with us as we trust in Him.

What is your need today? Pray earnestly!

You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4:2,3

Pray for God’s Kingdom to come! Pray for His will to be done!

Believe Jesus’ promise, that we can ask and receive.

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:13,14

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. John 15:16

In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete… In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. John 16: 23,24,26

Read the story #9: The Prophet that Prayed for Rain

Elijah warns the King that it will not rain

Ravens bring bread and meat to Elijah

A widow feeds Elijah

Elijah prays for rain

Running in front of the King

 

 

The God that Answers with Fire

We serve an almighty God. There is nothing impossible for Him. My greatest desire is that the seeds I sow in the hearts of children will produces abundant fruit. They are the church of today and the hope of tomorrow.

Today we begin a mini-series about the ministry of one of the most powerful prophets. The account of the day he asked for fire from heaven is amazing.

Last week we had the story of the three young men who refused to worship a statue. Amid the fire God showed His good pleasure. It’s awesome to think that Jesus was with the young men in the fire!

Today, the story is about Elijah, when the people were limping between two different opinions. Instead of serving the Lord they followed the false god Baal. Then Elijah asked for fire from heaven!

I love this drawing my artist Absalom has made, showing what happened when God had sent the fire, and there was only a big hole left!

Close your eyes and meditate on this. The power of God is the same today. He wants to pour His fire into our lives. John the Baptist said that Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. How I want the fire of the Holy Spirit to envelop us! Yes, exactly that. Envelope us!

Think of a gift, wrapped in beautiful paper. Your life is a gift. Would you like it to be “wrapped” in the Holy Spirit? It is wonderful to be filled to the brim with the Spirit and His power. I have no words to explain it!

As the fire consumed the burnt offering, the wood, the stones, the dust, and even licked the water, the fire of God can consume everything in our lives that does not please Him. Ask God for His fire to consume you, to envelop you…

Read the story of Elijah. Take note of the wonders God did through this his faithful servant. When the angel announced the birth of John the Baptist, he said that he would go before Jesus “in the spirit and power of Elijah.”

But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15 for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. 16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, 17 and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” Luke 1:13-17

God wants to raise up new “Elijah’s” –men and women who fight the hordes of wickedness. Read 1 Kings 17 through 2 Kings 2. At the end of his days came chariots of fire and horses of fire to escort him home. And he went to heaven in a whirlwind! What a home-going!

May we be 21st century “Elijah’s,” filled with the Holy Spirit of God!

READ THE SALT AND PEPPER STORY #8: The Fire that Licked up Water

 

The prophets of Baal crying out for fire. No answer!

Pouring water on the altar of sacrifice

God answers with fire

Four Men in a Fiery Furnace

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
Isaiah 43:1-3

One of the most inspiring accounts of the Old Testament is found in the book of Daniel. Three young men dared defy the command of Nebuchadnezzar, the great and mighty king of Babylon. They did not hesitate to obey God’s command about not bowing down to any image or statue.

The statue that king Nebuchadnezzar had commanded was impressive; a gold statue about 90 feet high and 9 feet wide.

The shepherd boy David in his time beat the giant Goliath, 9 feet tall. The size of the king’s statue was like putting nine “Goliaths” on top of each other. It was like a seven-story building. Imagine the crowd of people bowing to the statue and three young men standing tall. What a sight!

In his wrath the king had the furnace heated seven times more than usual. How dare these young men disregard his order? The soldiers who threw them into the furnace were killed by the heat of the flames. But inside the furnace the young men were walking. And with them was someone who had the appearance of a “a so of the gods.” Jesus was with them in the fire!

“ When you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” The promise was fulfilled in them. And the king decreed that anyone in his kingdom who spoke against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego should be torn limb from limb and their houses laid in ruins.

Stop a few minutes and mediate on this. If you go through fire, God will be with you. What a beautiful lesson to teach children!

Enjoy the story # 7: Bow or Burn

Sparks of Kindness

Today’s story was inspired by a fire in the center of Lima, Peru. The fire was in a commercial area and lasted several days. Today we want to show the great fire that our words can cause.

Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. James 3: 5,6

Instead of concentrating on all the bad things that our words can do, we want to focus on the positive, like “SPARKS OF KINDNESS.”

Miss Beatriz suggested to the children that instead of starting a fire of lies, they should send “sparks of truth” flying from their mouths through the good words they say.

She taught them a saying to help them initiate a “fire of truth” that never goes out. One of the treasures of the club will be kindness. May it be the same in our lives!

Welcome to read the story #6: The fire that wouldn’t g out

 

Don’t miss out on the memory verse

We offer i big size, that can be displayed, and also a smaller version to cut out and give each student one to take home and practice and learn.

To make sure that you get the right size for your paper, we offer letter size and A4. If you have a different size in your country, send me a note and I might be able to do the verses in the size, too.

Nothing is more important than to hide the Word of God in our heart!!!

Have a blessed week making sparks of kindness fly!