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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

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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

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!

extraordinary-2017For the following month I will be busy preparing a move. God has provided for me a new home close to my daughter and grandchildren.

When I am settled in my new home I will continue providing new stories. May God bless you richly and give you a wonderful year.

Follow my personal blog to see updates about the move: kelund.wordpress.com