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5 Minute Devotional: Daniel and His Friends Obeyed God (Daniel 1)

Josh RobertsComment

Dear Parents,

This week we began a 3-session story arc spanning much of Daniel’s life. After taking God’s people from Israel to Babylon, King Nebuchadnezzar called for the best young men to be trained for service in the palace. Among these teens were Daniel and three of his friends.

(3 minutes) READ Daniel 1

Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah stayed faithful to the one true God and refused to make themselves unclean by eating the king’s food.  Daniel chose to obey God no matter what, and God blessed Daniel and his friends. In an even greater way, Jesus always obeyed God. He came to earth and followed God’s plan to save sinners. Jesus never sinned, but He died the death we deserve. Jesus rose from the dead, and those who trust in Him receive God’s forgiveness and blessing.

Help your kids understand that obedience is not always easy, but we trust God to give us strength to obey Him. Point out that Daniel lived about 600 years before Jesus—the perfectly obedient promised One. We can trust that Jesus will return someday to set up His kingdom forever.

(1 minute) REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: How can we obey God? We trust God to give us strength to obey Him.

Northstar Catechism: Why do we give? We can give because everything we have is a good gift from God

Memory Verse: Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. Daniel 2:20-21

(1 minute) PRAY and ask him to help us obey His commandments.

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 16 - Session 1.

5 Minute Devotional: Ezekiel Told About a Future Hope (Ezekiel 37)

Josh RobertsComment

Dear Parents,

God gave Ezekiel a vision. In this vision, God showed Ezekiel a valley of dry bones. The bones represented Israel. Ezekiel prophesied that God would put tendons, flesh, and skin on the bones. He would put breath in them so they would come to life.  We too are dead in our sin. (Eph. 2:1) Sin separates us from God because He is holy. We are apart from God’s presence. But God does not delight in our death. He is patient and wants us to repent and live!

(3 minutes) READ Ezekiel 37

God showed Ezekiel a valley of dry bones. The dry bones remind us what we are like when we sin. God showed Ezekiel His power to make dead people alive. We see God’s power at the cross. Jesus died to save sinners. God raised Jesus from the dead, and He gives us eternal life.

Help your kids understand that God is the author and giver of life and just as He pictured bringing dead bones back to life, He brings us to life when we trust in Jesus.

(1 minute) REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Why should we obey God? We obey God because He loves us.

Northstar Catechism: Why do we give? We can give because everything we have is a good gift from God

Memory Verse: See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1a

(1 minute) PRAY and thank God for giving us eternal life.

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 15 - Session 4.

Kids Choir Music at Sojourn East

Josh RobertsComment

Come sing with us! 

All children ages 4 and up are invited to participate in a Christmas children's choir at Sojourn East. Our kids will sing Christmas carols with the Sojourn Music team during special services. Find out more and register your children here.  

At Sojourn East, the children will sing on Sunday, December 18th. Here are the songs we will be singing:

Kids Choir Music at Sojourn J-town

Ashley StevensonComment

Come sing with us! 

All children ages 4 and up are invited to participate in a Christmas children's choir at Sojourn J-town. Our kids will sing Christmas carols with the Sojourn Music team during special services. Find out more and register your children here.  

At Sojourn J-Town, the children will sing on Sunday, December 11. Here are the songs we will be singing:

5 Minute Devotional: Judah Was Taken Into Captivity (2 Chronicles 36:1-21)

Josh RobertsComment

Dear Parents,

Warnings had come from the prophets for decades. God patiently waited for His people to turn from their sin but the people of Judah did not change their ways. The time of judgment had come. God used Nebuchadnezzar—the king of Babylon—to deport the people from Judah to Babylon where they would live in exile for 70 years.

Nebuchadnezzar showed no mercy to the people of Jerusalem. The Babylonians set fire to the Lord’s temple and the king’s palace. They destroyed the wall around Jerusalem. Nebuchadnezzar’s armies carried most of the people away to Babylon as prisoners; only poor farmers were allowed to stay and work the land. The people were held captive in Babylon, serving the king for 70 years.

(3 minutes) READ 2 Chronicles 36:1-21

God was right to punish His people for their sin, but He kept His promise to provide a king through David’s family. Ultimately, God punished our sin through His Son, Jesus, and made Him our King forever. 

Help your kids understand that God did not abandon His people. The prophet Jeremiah told what would happen next: “The days are certainly coming … when I will restore the fortunes of My people Israel and Judah” (Jer. 30:3). God was going to save His people from captivity and raise up a new King—a forever King—from the line of David. (Jer. 30:9)

(1 minute) REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Why should we obey God? We obey God because He loves us.

Northstar Catechism: Why do we give? We can give because everything we have is a good gift from God

Memory Verse: See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1a

(1 minute) PRAY and thank God for not abandoning us.

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 15 - Session 3.