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Healthy environment, cheerful heart

Who doesn’t want to live in a healthy environment? More important is to have a clean and healthy heart. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God,” Jesus said (Matthew 5:8). That is a cheerful heart!

Back in July I received a greeting from one of God’s tiny messengers, who posed himself on my Bible. I love sitting outside reading my Bible, something I can only do in the summer. I was thinking about my daughter who has been with God for 16 years; I miss the conversations and the times of prayer we had. Then came the little messenger—a frog! Of all the creatures God would send me for comfort I would never have imagined a frog.

I posted a photo on Facebook and a friend sent me a greeting saying that frogs and bees reveal that the environment is healthy. Thank God, that I have a healthy environment.

I’m glad it was just a single frog and not a plague, as the Egyptians had when Pharaoh didn’t let the people of God go to worship the Lord in the desert. That plague was probably not of tiny frogs. Just imagine having frogs all over, even while cooking in the kitchen (see Exodus 8:1-11).

Today’s story is about the people of Israel crossing the Jordan River. Read Joshua 2 through 4.

Joshua admonished the people to consecrate themselves, because God was going to do wonders. They bathed and washed their clothes, to show on the outside what they wanted God to do on the inside.

God calls us to be a holy people. Just like it is wonderful for the body to live in a healthy environment, there is nothing so beautiful for the soul as living in holiness.

1 Peter 1:15

But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct. (ESV)

Instead, be holy in all that you do, just as God who called you is holy. (GNT)

But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do. (NIV)

Dear Friend, I wish you a healthy environment and a happy heart. Whatever your circumstances, the Lord Jesus can fill you with joy.

A happy grandfather sharing the miracles of the long journey.

Welcome to read the story of the miraculous crossing of the Jordan.

THE PROMISED LAND #3: Crossing to the Promised Land

TELL ME YOUR STORY

I would love to hear from you. It would be so interesting to know who is reading the stories. Please send me a short note. That would make my heart very happy.

Blessings!

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.

 

 

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