Archive for May, 2011

Peter Walks on Water

May, 15 2011

Matthew 4:22-33

Peter Walks on Water

This weeks memory verse:

Psalm 105:4 “Look to the Lord and his strength.”

This week we discussed Peter walking on the water.  Peter asked the impossible and it was frightening.   Think of some things you can do this week for God.   They might seem impossible or even scary.   Here are a few things to try and talk about with your family.

1) Telling my friends about Jesus

2) Inviting my neighbor to church

3) Praying before I eat lunch at school

4) Being a friend to someone who doesn’t have many friends

Can you think of other things that God might ask you to do that seem impossible?

God wants you to do things that seem impossible, just like Peter walked on the water. The secret to doing impossible things is to keep your eyes on Jesus. He can help you do anything! Remember our bible verse for this week says, “Look to the Lord and his strength” (Ps. 105:4 NIV).


Leaving a Lasting Legacy

As any parent would say I have the best kids.  I am proud of my kids and love how greatly different they are.  My son Dakota, is a compassionate, humble, and caring individual.  He shows great leadership in the sports he plays.  Sydney is a funny, witty, and artistic little girl.  She is all about the moment, and lives life hard.

Watching my children get older,  I see bits of myself and my wife in their personalities.  Mostly the good ones.  I believe as parents we want that, we want to see our children become the best parts of who we are.  It’s the drive to pass on a legacy, not just an inheritance or material possessions,  but an inner core of who they are, a lasting legacy built on Godly values.

Recently, a young teen in my church was in some trouble at school.  He was punished and remorseful about his actions.  After spending a few days away from school his parents asked if he needed to pray about the situation.  Quickly, his brother stepped in and informed them that he had already took time to pray with his brother about what had happened.   Most siblings would have ignored it or even used the situation to tease, but not in this case.  This is an example of leaving a true lasting legacy.  These boys see prayer at work at home, not just a token comment before a meal, but really getting what prayer is about.  Their parents are leaving a lasting legacy.

So as you watch your children grow, what part of yourself do you see in your own children?  What are you doing to leave a lasting legacy?  I would love to hear what you are doing.

Jesus Calms the Storm

May, 8 2011

Luke 8:22-25

Jesus Calms the Storm

This weeks memory verse:

Psalm 127:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?”

For today’s Home Study you will need the following:

 Rubbing Alcohol

 Mineral Spirits

 Food Coloring

 Water Bottle

Fill half of the bottle with rubbing alcohol. Then put two or three drops of blue food coloring in the bottle and shake it.  Fill the remainder of the bottle with mineral spirits. Add this to the top of the rubbing alcohol and don’t shake!

Next hold the bottle horizontally until clear. Now for the fun part, you can raise and lower the ends to create waves.

Hint: You can use a 2-liter bottle for a bigger ocean so it’s easier to see.

Rock the waves back and forth. Have your children shout “Be Still” to stop the waves.  Discuss that how Jesus proves that he is God’s Son with this miracle, that “even the wind and the waves obey him.”