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The First Judges (Judges 3:7-31)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

Below are some devotional helps to use throughout the week.  We'd love for you to use some or even all of these to review this week's story with your kids.

Dinner Time (Deep Dive)

READ the story together.  (Judges 3:7-31)

ASK some questions about the story.

  • Who were the main characters? (God, Enemy King, Israelites, Othniel, Moab, Ehud, Shamgar)

  • What are the main story beats? (God’s people sin and God sends them judges; God sends Ehud to be their judge; Ehud kills the king of Moab.)

  • What’s the main point? (God’s people turned from Him to worship idols.)

CONNECT it to the family.

  • As children of God we are going to sin. We are going to doubt what God has done for us and forget about him. We may even sometimes put things ahead of God in our lives. We must remember how much God loves us and that he always accomplishes his plan for his glory and our good.

PRAY together.

God, we thank you for this story in the Old Testament. We praise the fact that you God, always accomplish your plan for your glory and our good. Amen.

Drive Time (Quick Refresh)

ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (The First Judges)

  • See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.

REMIND them of the main point.

  • God’s people turned from Him to worship idols.

Bedtime (Soul Work)

ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.

  • What does this story teach about God or the Gospel?

  • How does God accomplish his plan in this story?

  • Can we trust God with our lives?

ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.

  • God came to the rescue of his people when they cried out for help. God can come to your rescue in that same way when you need him.

RELATE to them.

  • Mom and Dad love you so much and we want what is best for you. God loves you even more than we do and he not only wants what’s best for you, but he has a plan for your life. That plan will ultimately be for our good and for his glory.

PRAY for them before they go to sleep.

Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)

ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.

  • Be encouraged that God will be with you today – when things are easy and when things are hard!

PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.

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 does God accomplish His plan? God uses people for His glory and our good.

Memory Verse: Isaiah 33:22 - “The Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is he who will save us.”

Joshua’s Final Encouragement (Joshua 23:1-24:28)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

Below are some devotional helps to use throughout the week.  We'd love for you to use some or even all of these to review this week's story with your kids.

Dinner Time (Deep Dive)

READ the story together.  (Joshua 23:1-24:28)

ASK some questions about the story.

  • Who were the main characters? (Joshua, God, and His People.)

  • What are the main story beats? (Joshua charges the leaders; The covenant is renewed; Joshua encourages the people.)

  • What’s the main point? (Joshua encouraged the people to worship God alone.)

CONNECT it to the family.

  • We are to worship God and God alone. Things can come into our lives and act as gods. Things like video games, sports, and social media.

PRAY together.

God, we pray that we would worship you alone. We pray that all our actions would glorify your name. We love you Lord. Amen.

Drive Time (Quick Refresh)

ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Joshua’s Final Encouragement)

  • See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.

REMIND them of the main point.

  • Joshua encouraged the people to worship God alone.

Bedtime (Soul Work)

ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.

  • What does this story teach about God or the Gospel?

  • What is something you feel like you worship other than God?

  • Whom can we trust? We can trust God to take care of us.

ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.

  • We are commanded by God to worship Him.

RELATE to them.

  • God loves us and wants what is best for us. In return we should worship him with our entire lives.

PRAY for them before they go to sleep.

Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)

ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.

  • Be encouraged that God will be with you today – when things are easy and when things are hard!

PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.

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: Whom can we trust? We can trust God to take care of us. 

Memory Verse: Joshua 1:9 - “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Achan’s Sin and the Defeat of Ai (Joshua 7-8)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

Below are some devotional helps to use throughout the week.  We'd love for you to use some or even all of these to review this week's story with your kids.

Dinner Time (Deep Dive)

READ the story together.  (Joshua 7-8)

ASK some questions about the story.

  • Who were the main characters? (Joshua, God, and His People.)

  • What are the main story beats? (Israel defeats Ai; Achan sins;  Joshua renews the covenant.)

  • What’s the main point? (God punished Achan for his sin. Then God fought for His people at Ai.)

CONNECT it to the family.

  • God punishes his people and is keep to forgive. Our family should be quick to forgive. Mom and Dad will have to punish you, but we must be quick to tell you that we love you and share with you why you were punished. 

PRAY together.

God, we thank you for your rules. We thank you for your plan and your love for us. We love you lord. Amen.

Drive Time (Quick Refresh)

ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Achan’s Sin and the Defeat of Ai)

  • See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.

REMIND them of the main point.

  • God punished Achan for his sin. Then God fought for His people at Ai.

Bedtime (Soul Work)

ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.

  • What does this story teach about God or the Gospel?

  • What did Achan do to deserve God’s punishment?

  • Did God still show his love to his people despite what Achan did?

ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.

  • Obedience to God can be a form of worship to God.

RELATE to them.

  • God is a loving and wrathful God. His wrath can be seen, but his love is seen even more. 

PRAY for them before they go to sleep.

Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)

ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.

  • Be encouraged that God will be with you today – when things are easy and when things are hard!

PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.

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: Whom can we trust? We can trust God to take care of us. 

Memory Verse: Joshua 1:9 - “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

The Promised Land and Jericho (Joshua 2-4;6)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

Below are some devotional helps to use throughout the week.  We'd love for you to use some or even all of these to review this week's story with your kids.

Dinner Time (Deep Dive)

READ the story together.  (Joshua 2-4;6)

ASK some questions about the story.

  • Who were the characters? (Rahab, Joshua, God, and His People.)

  • What are the main story beats? (Rahab hides the spies; God remembers the 12 tribes; The Israelites conquered Jericho.)

  • What’s the main point? (God fought for His people and let them into the promised land.)

CONNECT it to the family.

  • As a family we are called to love and protect one another. We have a great example of that in today’s story. God protected his people and did whatever it took.

PRAY together.

God, we thank you for your love for us. We thank you for protection and provision. Amen.

Drive Time (Quick Refresh)

ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (The Promised Land and Jericho)

  • See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.

REMIND them of the main point.

  • God told His people how to build the tabernacle where He would dwell with them.

Bedtime (Soul Work)

ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.

  • What does this story teach about God or the Gospel?

  • How did God show he was faithful in this week’s story?

  • Whom can we trust? 

ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.

  • God loves us and will do whatever it takes to protect us.

RELATE to them.

  • God loves you and will protect you and be with you all your days.   

PRAY for them before they go to sleep.

Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)

ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.

  • Be encouraged that God will be with you today – when things are easy and when things are hard!

PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.

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: Whom can we trust? We can trust God to take care of us. 

Memory Verse: Joshua 1:9 - “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

The Bronze Snake (Numbers 20:1-20; 21:4-9)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

Below are some devotional helps to use throughout the week.  We'd love for you to use some or even all of these to review this week's story with your kids.

Dinner Time (Deep Dive)

READ the story together.  (Numbers 20:1-20; 21:4-9)

ASK some questions about the story.

  • Who were the main characters? (Moses, God’s People, and God.)

  • What are the main story beats? (God’s people complained, God sends fiery snakes, God instructs Moses to make a bronze snake to save God’s people.)

  • What’s the main point? (God told His people to look at the bronze snake to be healed.)

CONNECT it to the family.

  • As a family we are called to trust in God and to try our best to not complain when things do not go our way. We can learn from the Israelites in this week’s lesson on how not to react.

PRAY together.

God, we thank you for being a God who disciplines and loves. We love you Lord. Amen.

Drive Time (Quick Refresh)

ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (The Bronze Snake)

  • See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.

REMIND them of the main point.

  • The Israelites did not trust God to give them the promised land.

Bedtime (Soul Work)

ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.

  • What does this story teach about God or the Gospel?

  • Why is discipline necessary and helpful?

  • What have you been disciplined for?

ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.

  • God’s discipline is for our good and for God’s glory.

RELATE to them.

  • Mom and Dad have to discipline you when you disobey. We do that because we love you. God disciplines His people because he loves them and wants what’s best for them.

PRAY for them before they go to sleep.

Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)

ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.

  • Be encouraged that God will be with you today – when things are easy and when things are hard!

PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.

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: Whom can we trust? We can trust God to take care of us. 

Memory Verse: Joshua 1:9 - “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”