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Wishing you a Blessed Christmas

Dear Friends,

I wish you all blessings and well-being. I’m sorry that I will have to postpone the stories until after Christmas. I have come down with cough and a respiratory infection.

Here you will find the stories and helps I have for Christmas:   Christmas

The Lord  be with you!

Kerstin

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The Punishment for Greed

Today’s story highlights a very sad incident and the consequence brought on because of greed. The punishment for the sinner and his family because of an act of greed and disobedience were devastating. God taught his people a hard lesson. Achan’s greed brought defeat to Israel, the death of 36 warriors, in addition to his own death and that of his entire family.

Read the story in Joshua chapter 7.

There are some dramatic stories in the Bible, when unacceptable behavior was punished to show what it means to disobey the Lord.

  • The sad fate of Adam and Eve, a consequence that we pay for even today. Their relationship with God was broken, and life in the beautiful garden of Eden came to an end. (Genesis 3)
  • The flood, punishment for the evil of men, but “Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” (Genesis 6 to 9; 6:5-7)
  • The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham interceded for these cities; but not even ten righteous were found there. (Genesis 18:16 to 19:19)
  • The death of the firstborn in Egypt because of the hardened heart of Pharaoh, who did not let the people of Israel go. (Exodus 11 & 12:29-36)
  • Miriam came down with leprosy. She and her brother Aaron murmured against Moses and that displeased the Lord. (Numbers 12)
  • Israel had to wander 40 years in the desert for murmuring and not trusting the Lord to take them triumphant to the Promised Land. (Numbers 14:26-38)
  • The rebellion of Korah. Because he revolted against Moses and Aaron the earth swallowed him and his family alive. 250 men who were burning incense were consumed by fire. There was a plague and 14,700 died. (Numbers 16)
  • Achan’s sin was greed. God said to destroy everything in Jericho. By keeping something for himself, he and his family paid with their lives the sin of greed. (Joshua 7)
  • Saul disobeys and does not fulfill the Lord’s command to destroy Amalek. He was rejected as king. (1 Samuel 15)

    Samuel said, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.  For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has also rejected you from being king” (1 Samuel 15:22,23).

  • Uzziah was punished with leprosy for burning incense on the altar, something that was the priest’s responsibility. (2 Chronicles 26:16-21)
  • Ananias and Sapphira fell down dead because of lying to the Holy Spirit. I believe that in the early days of the church God wanted to set a precedent. (Acts 5:1-11)

“It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God!” (Hebrews 10:31). God is holy, and seeks for himself a holy people, jealous of good works. If it is a horrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God, it is wonderful to feel the arms of love of our heavenly Father when we are faithful to Him and His Word.

In the midst of these sad realities, a redeeming light shines. Jesus came to undo the works of the devil. Greed and disobedience are works of Satan. We fall prey to his temptations, but it does not have to be so. That is what we should teach the children. Jesus came to give us victory over sin. He came to save us. Never tire of proclaiming that glorious truth.

Are you going through a difficult time. Let me encourage you with a word that has been a great comfort to me.

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,
and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger is but for a moment,
and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
Psalm 30:4,5

Welcome to read story #5, Achan and the Punishment for Greed, in The Promised Land.

 

Have a Blessed December and Christmas Season!

A Strong and Courageous Leader

Today we start some stories about Joshua and the conquest of Canaan. Distinctive of this leader is his strength and courage. Joshua was Moses’ servant from his youth. He had a close-up vision of the struggles this great servant of God went through. Thus, the Lord was preparing him for the great mission of leading the people into the Promised Land.

Aaron and Hur supporting Moses

Joshua’s first experience as a leader was when Moses entrusted him with the battle against the Amalekites. But Moses did not leave him alone. “I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands” was a very encouraging promise. With the staff Moses had appeared before Pharaoh; with the staff in hand the waters of the impressive Red Sea had been opened and closed.

Joshua and the men who went with him to fight against the Amalekites knew that at the top of the hill was their leader, raising the staff of God towards heaven. When Moses hands grew tired, Aaron and Hur held his hands up until sunset, when Joshua won the battle.

Read this story in Exodus 17:8-16.

What a beautiful example of the generations serving the Lord together! The younger men at the front of the battle and the older ones supporting them with their prayers. What an example of supporting each other in prayer! As leaders pray for the younger generation, children and young people can support their leaders in prayer. When some get tired in battle, others come forth to raise their hands and support them (as Aaron and Hur did for Moses).

Use today’s story of Joshua, the valiant warrior, to encourage children to trust the Lord and to support their leaders in prayer. Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! Together we move forward in God’s Kingdom.

The encouraging words that God said to his servant Joshua, are equally encouraging for us and the children.

The new kids on the block are Eliab and Elizabeth. We have made their faces in different sizes, for you to introduce them to the children. Choose the size that best fits you. Put them in your Bible, hide them somewhere in the classroom (have some fun looking for them), put them in your pocket, attach them to a fly swatter… Enjoy introducing them, the twin grandchildren of Eleazar and Raquel.

Here is my precious grandson David presenting the twins. A small Elizabeth (to put in your Bible) and Elizabeth on a fly swatter; Eliab is on the back.

Letter size:  Eliab Elizabeth CO     Eliab Elizabeth GR     Eliab Elizabeth BW

A4 size:  Eliab Elizabeth CO A4    Eliab Elizabeth GR A4     Eliab Elizabeth BW A4

In preparation for the stories of the following weeks, read the book of Joshua. Imagine that you are one of the millions of Israelites conquering the Promised Land. Think of your leaders. Support them in prayer! Teach the children to support their leaders. More than anything, we want everyone to be strong and courageous.

Blessings to all!

Read THE PROMISED LAND story #2: A Valiant Warrior

The Ten Commandments

Greetings!

I hope you are doing fine and are enjoying Summer (or Winter, depending on where you live). Where I live it’s been very hot and more heat is on the horizon.

I take advantage of early mornings to sit outside and enjoy God’s creation. The birds sing for me as I read my Bible. One morning God sent me a special visitor. A friend of mine said it was good that it was only one… could have been an invasion! This was a cute little one, not what probably invaded Egypt in the times of Moses. See Exodus 8:1-15.

Moses and millions of Israelites left Egypt (and all the frogs) behind. That’s what our stories have been about. When the big multitude came to Sinai, the mount of God, also called Horeb, the Lord gave Moses laws for the people. They had no laws of their own, because of having lived under Pharaoh in Egypt, obeying his laws. Now that they were a free people they needed laws.

Read about it in Exodus 19.

It was something spectacular when God spoke. There was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain. The mountain was covered with smoke, because the Lord descended in fire. The people trembled at a loud trumpet blast, that grew louder and louder. What an awesome experience it must have been!

God made a summary of the laws and wrote them on stone tablets, with his finger. We know them as the Ten Commandments, Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:1-22.

A fun activity, also a teaching tool.
(Modeling is my granddaughter Lana.)

My assistant Cristina and I have prepared several helps to teach the Ten Commandments. Find them HERE.

Welcome to read today’s story. The Great Escape # 11: Commandments Written in Stone

I wish you blessings. Next time, probably within two weeks, we’ll have the story about the 12 spies sent to explore Canaan.

 

 

God’s Orchestra in the Sky

When God called Abraham, he promised that his offspring would be more numerous than the stars in the sky. In today’s story we’ll see the greatness of the stars. God has galaxies of stars, and each star has a name.

Did you know that the stars sing? There are huge telescopes that capture the sounds of the stars. Some sounds are rhythmic; others are sounds like a violin.

Here is a links for YouTube where you can hear this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLDWKpAkRHs

The theme of stars is meant to celebrate Star, Daisy’s new friend. In The Treasure Club, Miss Beatrice played the video of God’s orchestra for the children. If possible, bring a laptop to class and let the students see the video. Just listen for one or two minutes, so the children have the experience of hearing to the stars. Too long might make them bored.

The purpose is to focus on the greatness of our God, who has created the stars, who orders them one by one, and who calls them by name. But the most wonderful thing is that God knows each person. I want the children to realize that God knows each one by name and cares about every detail of their lives. So great is His love and care that even the very hairs of our head are numbered (Matthew 10:30).

Our focus should always be on the redemptive work of Jesus. Praise his name!

If you have a child with disability in your class, make her feel loved and cared for. And speak to the children about showing love for those who are different.

Welcome to read story #27: Every Star has a Name

 

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