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Wake Up to Grace!

UncategorizedJared KennedyComment

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VBS begins tomorrow, but you can begin talking with your kids about grace even before they arrive. Each day this week, I'll be posting a family devotional that corresponds with our daily lessons. These devotionals were developed by Timothy Paul Jones and Jonah Sage. Here is the first one...

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

 This Bible verse tells us that God loved us even when we were still sinners. That’s amazing love. God didn’t wait for us to clean ourselves up. He loved us even when we were his enemies. He showed his love by sending Jesus to die for us.

Work it out: Find a buried treasure

Take something your children would be excited about (a toy, piece of candy, etc.) and bury it somewhere in your yard. If it’s a piece of food, make sure to put in some kind of bag or container! Create a simple treasure map for your children. If you’re feeling especially creative, put some costumes on and then go hunt for your buried treasure. When you find your treasure, it will be covered with dirt. Take time to wash the treasure (or the bag it is in). After it is washed, you can enjoy it.

Read it:

Read Luke 15:1-10. Talk about how God hunts for us like treasure. When he finds us, he cleans us up and throws a party.

Talk about it:

  • Do you ever feel like a scallywag?
  • What does the Bible tell us that we were like when God chose to love us?
  • Do we have to make ourselves clean before God will love us?
  • How does God show us that he loves us?

Hide it in your heart:

Memorize this question and answer as well as the accompanying Bible verse.

Q&A: What is God’s grace?God’s love freely given to us in Jesus.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

Pray:

Father, thank you for loving us when we were still sinners. Thank you for sending Jesus to find us when we were lost. Amen.