Special Creation

TODAY'S SPECIAL: Read: Genesis 1:24-2:2 TO CHEW ON: "So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them." (Genesis 1:27) This is a detail from a painting by Michelangelo called "The Creation of Adam." It is Michelangelo's idea of God (on the right), reaching out to touch Adam with the spark of life. How are people different from other things God created? 1. They walk upright?2. They talk?3. God created them in His image? Did you pick 3? But what does it mean to have God's image? When God created the first humans they they were pure and sinless. That’s part of having the image of God. But even after the first man and woman sinned, God’s image was still in people. It set them apart from the rest of creation. Here are some ways: - People have creativity. They can draw, sing, build....

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From Moons to Mollusks

TODAY'S SPECIAL: Read: Genesis 1:14-34 TO CHEW ON: "...And God saw that it was good.... And God saw that it was good." (Genesis 1:18 & 21) Not only can God make something out of nothing. He is also full of original and interesting ideas. There is variety in the planets, stars, galaxies, moons and meteors of space. Think about the assortment of birds and animals that live on land. And then there’s the teeming life in the sea. Can you name these fishy creatures? (Use the pictures below)...

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...haven’t I seen this before?

HAPPY NEW YEAR! If you've been following Kids Bible Maps in the past, you'll notice that the posts are the same. In other words, January 1, 2017 is the same as January 1, 2016. Maybe one of these years I'll write some more new devotions for kids. Until then, I hope you enjoy the second (and third) helpings!...

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Create!

TODAY'S SPECIAL: Read: Genesis 1:1-13 TO CHEW ON: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." (Genesis 1:1) What does it mean to create:1. Arrange things in an original way?2. Cause something to come into existence?3. Change something so it doesn’t look like the original thing? I’m sure you’ll agree it’s 2. We do call people who put things together in interesting ways creative, but to create means to bring something into existence which didn’t exist before. People explain how the sun, moon, stars and earth came into existence in different ways. Some believe it was through the big bang – a cosmic explosion – and that all life evolved from a single-cell after that. (In order for this explanation to make sense, we need to go back to that first step and ask who made the things that exploded and that single cell in the first place?)...

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Your Story

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Acts 22:1-21 TO CHEW ON: “Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense.” Acts 22:1 About a week after Paul got to Jerusalem he was arrested. Some Jewish leaders from the cities he had traveled to earlier saw him in the Jerusalem temple. Now they set the whole crowd against him. Soon there was another riot as bad as the one in Ephesus. The crowd became so violent Roman soldiers had to rescue Paul or he would have been killed. The soldiers tied him up with chains. They thought someone who got the crowd so angry must be a very bad person. Then they carried him to jail. Just before Paul was taken into the jailhouse, he asked for permission to talk to the angry crowd....

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Your Best

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Ephesians 6:6-9 TO CHEW ON: "Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does." Ephesians 6:7,9 “No TV until your room is clean,” Mom announces one Saturday morning. Your room is a total mess. After you spend a few minutes trying to tidy it, you know it’s hopeless. So you take everything that’s cluttering up your floor and desk, and either slip it under the bed or pile it in the closet. Once you’ve closed the closet door and made your bed, your room looks great. Everyone is impressed - until Mom inspects it. In no time you’re back in your room and hard at work! Though we may sometimes get away with doing a half-hearted job for people, we can never fool God. He sees our attitude and knows if we’ve really done our best. When we do our best, we may not get compliments and thanks from people. But God sees and someday He’ll reward us for jobs well done. Knowing He is watching is the best reason to do our best in everything....

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Yoked Together

TODAY’S SPECIAL: 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 TO CHEW ON: "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?" 2 Corinthians 6:14 In Bible times, teams of oxen were used to do farm work, like pull a plow. A heavy wooden yoke was placed on the necks two oxen. The yoke was attached with leather straps to the plow. Together the oxen pulled the plow, while the plowman walked behind them working the plow parts and breaking the ground. This yoke kept the oxen moving and pulling in the same direction....

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Yes Lord!

TODAY’S SPECIAL: 1 Kings 18:1-15 TO CHEW ON: "After a long time, in the third year, the word of the Lord came to Elijah: 'Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land.' So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab." 1 Kings 18:1,2 Obadiah had a tough job and an evil boss. His job was to be in charge of the palace in Samaria, where Ahab and Jezebel ruled. What made this especially hard was the fact that Obadiah loved and obeyed God. His boss, Ahab, didn’t. Because Obadiah loved God, he did a dangerous thing. When Queen Jezebel was killing all the prophets of God, he sneaked one hundred of them away and hid them so they were safe. The last while had been hard for King Ahab. Three years passed from when Elijah came to him and said there would be no rain. By now the land was completely scorched, the grass yellow, the plants brown and shriveled. This day Ahab sent Obadiah out to look for any patches of grass left where animals could graze....

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X-ray Book

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Hebrews 4:12,13 TO CHEW ON: "For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." Hebrews 4:12 You have just fallen off your skate board. But even after you cleaned up your scraped arm it keeps hurting. Then it begins to swell. What do you do?- Take a pain pill to make the pain go away?- Wrap it in a sling and keep it very still?- Go to the doctor for an examination and an x-ray? You may do the first two. But chances are if the pain doesn’t go away, you’ll do the last one too. Though a pill and keeping your arm still may help make the pain less for a little while, those things don’t tell you the reason for the pain so you can fix the cause. An x-ray picture, on the other hand, will show the doctor what happened inside your arm. If it shows your arm is broken, the doctor can move the bone pieces back together (set it), and put your arm in a cast to protect it and help it...

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Wise Wish

TODAY’S SPECIAL: 1 Kings 3:5-15 TO CHEW ON: "The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this." 1 Kings 3:10 Suppose one day God came to you and said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” What would you ask for? This very thing happened to young Solomon. It was in the beginning of his reign. He was about twenty years old and he didn’t have much experience. Every day he realized more what a big job it was to be king. One night he had a dream. In that dream God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Think of all of the things for which Solomon could have asked. Can you list some?...

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Wise Child

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Luke 2: 39-52 TO CHEW ON: "And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom and the grace of God was on him." Luke 2:40 Jesus’ family spent a few years in Egypt. One night God told Joseph in a dream that it was now safe to go back home. So Joseph, Mary and Jesus traveled back to live in Nazareth where Joseph and Mary had lived before Jesus was born. Every year, Jesus’ family went to the temple in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. The year Jesus was 12, his parents were already on their way home when they realized Jesus wasn’t with them or their friends. When they went back to Jerusalem, they found Him in the temple. 4. He was __________ (gnitlsnei) and 5. ___________ ( isgkan) questions. (Luke 2:46) “Why did you look for me?” he asked his anxious parents. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” Of course, they didn’t understand that the Father He was talking about was God."Jesus Found in the Temple" (Standard Bible Story Readers Book One) After this, though He knew He had a special job to do on earth, He went home and obeyed His earthly parents...

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Wisdom Search

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Proverbs 2:1-15 TO CHEW ON: "For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:6 In the Bible book of Proverbs we have many of Solomon’s wise sayings. They help us learn the wise thing to do in all kinds of times and places. Many proverbs are about speech. Others tell us how to treat people. Still others give advice on how to handle money and possessions. Today’s reading in Proverbs 2 talks us about wisdom itself and explains where true wisdom is found. Where? Choose one (Proverbs 2:6)...

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Wisdom

TODAY’S SPECIAL: James 1:5-8TO CHEW ON: "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." James 1:5 wis-dom n. [ˈwɪzdəm] 1) The power of true and right discernment2) Good practical judgment; common sense. Who wouldn’t want wisdom? We all need it for the big and little things which come up in everyday life. Which things, below, do you need wisdom for (can you think of more)? Who wouldn’t want wisdom? We all need it for the big and little things which come up in everyday life. Which things, below, do you need wisdom for (can you think of more)? A. How to make friends.B. How to study.C. How to introduce friends to Jesus.D. What spare-time activities to get involved in.E. What to do when teased or bullied.F. What to do when someone else is being teased or bullied. 1.)Who will give you wisdom for these things if you ask for it (James 1:5)?...

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Who’s At the Controls?

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Romans 8:5-11 TO CHEW ON: The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6 Most vehicles, machines and toys have controls. Can you match the object with its controls? 1. Car ____ 4. Bike ____ 2. Computer ____ 5. Video Game ____ 3. Canoe ____ The controls on most things are small. But the results of how those things are controlled are big. It’s the same way with our lives. We determine who and what controls our lives in small ways. It's in the choices we make every day. We can make selfish choices and try to control our own lives. Or we can choose to let God the Holy Spirit control our lives. The consequences of both are huge....

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Who Is Jesus?

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Colossians 1:13-20 TO CHEW ON: For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him. Colossians 1:19 You are a real person who lives on earth, right? Describe yourself:Who are you?What do you look like?What have you done? Jesus was a real person who lived on earth too. He could have written a description of himself much like yours. It could have told us about His family, what He looked like, where He went to school, what His grades were like, all the things He had learned to do."The Transfiguration" - Titian, 1560-1565 But Paul in Colossians 1 tells us that Jesus was and is far more than someone who just lived on earth a long time ago. Let’s build a description of Jesus....

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When God Says “No”

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Matthew 26:36-46 TO CHEW ON: “'My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.'” - Jesus, Matthew 26:39 After Jesus and His disciples had eaten the Passover meal they went for a walk. They walked to a garden called Gethsemane. But it was not a relaxing, enjoyable time for Jesus. He knew what was ahead of Him.1. Choose the words that describe how He felt: (Matthew 26:37,38) Happy Sorrowful Giddy Troubled Relaxed Sleepy Overwhelmed Angry It’s easy to think of Jesus as someone who was so God-like that He wasn’t affected by sadness, dread or wanting His own way. But here, in this garden, we see Jesus praying, and begging His heavenly Father for something.2. What does He ask for? (Matthew 26:39) _________________________________. Jesus praying in the Garden - Artist unknown...

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When God says “Go”

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Acts 9:10-19 TO CHEW ON: "But the Lord said to Ananias, 'Go.'” Acts 9:15 Saul had a reputation. Followers of Jesus (Christians) knew him as someone who showed no mercy. Imagine Ananias’s (not the same Ananias as “Ananias and Sapphira”) surprise when God told him, in a vision, to go to Straight Street in Damascus and pray for Saul, his dangerous enemy. At first Ananias argued, “God, You can’t mean that! Don’t you know who this man is?” But God’s answer to Ananias was “Go.” For God knew what had happened to Saul three days before. He didn’t tell Ananias that it would be safe. He just asked Annanias to obey. So Annanias went."Saul and Ananias" by Benjamin West (1738-1820) When he got to the house, Ananias didn’t meet the dangerous persecutor Saul he expected. Instead he met the blind and helpless baby Christian Saul. Ananias put his hands on Saul’s shoulders. “Brother Saul,” he said, “the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit." Immediately something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes. He could see again! He asked to be baptized, ate some food...

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What’s wrong with grumbling anyway?

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Numbers 21:4-9 TO CHEW ON: "But the people grew impatient on the way; they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, 'Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!' ” Numbers 21:4,5 Have you ever grumbled about any of these things: food, clothes, the weather, too much to do, not enough to do, the things you have, the things you don’t have? I have to admit, I have – and I’d be surprised if you haven’t as well. Grumbling and complaining are pretty common ways people react to things they don’t like. And that’s what the Israelites did as they continued their travels. They complained about God, Moses, the food, no water. Instead of trusting in what God had said about their future, they doubted and wailed, “We’re going to die in this desert.” So God sent poisonous snakes among them. These snakes bit them and many of the people died – just for complaining! The only way they could be saved after they had been bitten was to look at the bronze snake Moses had mounted on a pole in the...

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What’s Really Important?

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Acts 20:17-24 TO CHEW ON: "However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace." Acts 20:24 What’s important to you?- Winning the championship?- Getting an A on the test - or even just a pass?- Pleasing your parents?- Hanging out with friends?- Going on a holiday? Though these things are good and should be important to you, there is something even more important. It is discovering and doing the job Jesus has for you."Paul's farewell to the Ephesians elders" - Artist unknown As Paul said farewell to the Christians in Ephesus, he knew that some not-so-nice things might be ahead for him. The Holy Spirit had warned him that a]____________ and b]______________ awaited him (Acts 20:23). But that didn’t make him want to stop serving God....

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What’s Faith?

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Hebrews 11:1-12 TO CHEW ON: "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1 Think about some of the ways you show faith every day.If you jump from the third step, you have faith that you will land, not on the ceiling or against the wall, but on the floor.If you plug in an iron and turn it on, you don’t touch the bottom, because you have faith that it will be hot.If the light turns green in traffic, your mom drives through the intersection with faith that the people who would be coming across your path will have a red light and will stop. In the same way that we have faith in invisible things like gravity, electricity, and people, God wants us to have faith in Him. In order to please God, what two things must we believe? (Hebrews 11:6):1.2. If we have faith in God, we will show it by doing the things He tells us to. Hebrews 11 names some people who had faith. They proved it by what they did. Match each person with the faith act he did (check the references if you’re not sure):...

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What Would Jesus Do?

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Luke 5:27-31 TO CHEW ON: "Jesus answered them, 'It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.'” Luke 5:31,32 One day Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi (also called Matthew) sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him. So Levi left his tax booth and went with Jesus."The Calling of Levi" - James Tissot, 1886 - 1896 Levi liked Jesus so much he wanted others to meet this new friend. He prepared a banquet and invited all his tax collector friends and Jesus. Not everybody would have been comfortable at Levi's dinner. Most people hated tax collectors. One reason was they collected taxes for the Roman rulers. The Jews hated the Romans ruling over them. Even worse, tax collectors usually asked for more than the Romans charged. Then they kept the extra to get rich themselves. People called them thieves and thought of them as sinners. When the Pharisees and religious teachers saw Jesus at Levi’s party, they criticized Him. If He was such a wise teacher, how could He not know these men were sinners?...

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What time is it?

TODAY’S SPECIAL: 2 Peter 3:3-13 TO CHEW ON: "But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day." 2 Peter 3:8 How long is it from one Christmas to the next? From this summer holiday to next summer holiday? From your 10th birthday to your 11th? You know it’s only a year, yet it seems like a long time. So when we read in the Bible that a thousand years is like one day to God, we realize that He’s in a different time zone than we are altogether. The idea of a 1000-year day makes the year which feels long to us only a few minutes to God! The people in Bible times were a lot like we are. Forty years after Jesus had gone back to heaven and still hadn’t returned, people said, “Where is this ‘coming’ He promised?” Now it’s 2000 years later and though Jesus has still not returned, we know that He will keep his promise. After all, in the way God looks at time, it hasn’t been that long at all – only two days and a few minutes! He could return any...

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What Are the Chances?

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Esther 6:1-14 TO CHEW ON: "That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him." Esther 6:1 King Xerxes was tired of tossing and turning and trying to fall asleep. “Bring the record books and read to me,” he commanded. A servant began reading to him and soon came to the part that told about Mordecai telling about the plot to kill him. “Has anything been done to honor him for that?” Xerxes asked. “No, nothing,” the servant replied. Just then there was a sound in the courtyard. It was Haman. “Call him in,” the king commanded. Haman was excited. He had just finished building a 75-foot gallows in his yard and was on his way to get permission from Xerxes to hang Mordecai on it. But before he had a chance to say anything, the king asked, “What should I do for the person I’d like to honor?” Who would the king want to honor more than me, Haman wondered. And so he told Xerxes the best thing he could imagine. “That person should wear a royal robe,” he said. “He will be put on the king’s...

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What Do You Have?

TODAY’S SPECIAL: 2 Kings 4:1-7 TO CHEW ON: "Elisha replied, 'How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?''Your servant has nothing there at all,' she said, 'except a small jar of olive oil.'” 2 Kings 4:2 Elisha became a leader among the prophets like Elijah was before him. One day the wife of a prophet who had died came to Elisha with a big problem. “My husband owed a man some money,” she said. “Now that man says if I don’t pay back the debt, he’ll make my sons his slaves.” “What do you have in your house?” Elisha asked. “Only a little oil,” the woman replied. “Here’s what to do,” Elisha said. “Send your boys out to gather oil containers. Collect as many as you can. Then close the door of your house and fill all those containers with the oil you have.” How would she ever fill even one container with the little bit of oil she had, the woman wondered. Yet she did as Elisha said. After her sons had collected bottles, jugs and jars of all shapes and sizes from the neighborhood, they began to fill them. And an amazing thing happened. The oil never ran...

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Well Pleased

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Mark 1: 9-13 TO CHEW ON: "And a voice came from heaven: 'You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.'” Mark 1:11 One day Jesus came from Nazareth to the desert where John was preaching and asked John to baptize Him.Jesus comes to John - Artist unknown John didn’t feel he was good enough to baptize Jesus. But Jesus insisted.Jesus asks John to baptize Him - Artist Unknown So he did it.John baptizes Jesus - Artist unknown At the baptism wonderful things happened. The Holy Spirit in the form of a dove came to rest on Jesus. Then a loud voice from heaven said, “You are my Son whom I love; with You I am well pleased.”...

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Wedding Emergency

TODAY’S SPECIAL: John 2:1-11 TO CHEW ON: "His mother said to the servants, 'Do whatever he tells you.'" John 2:5 Have you been to a wedding? Which things would you find there? beautiful clothes celebration sad music smiling faces coffin camera tears hearse flowers graduation cap & gown birthday cake party good food decorations happy music Jesus, His disciples and His mother were invited to a wedding in Cana. I’m sure it was a joyful time like our weddings are today. But suddenly there was a wedding emergency. What embarrassing thing happened? (John 2:3) ________________ When Jesus’ mother found out there was no more wine, she told Jesus. Then she said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.” Even though Jesus had done no miracles up till then, His mother had faith He would know how to help. "Wedding at Cana" - Artist unknown...

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Water please

TODAY’S SPECIAL: John 4:4-15 TO CHEW ON: "Jesus answered her, 'If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.'” John 4:10 Which of these statements is true? ~ Water is the single most important substance on earth. ~ Our bodies are made up of 70% - 75% water. ~ Our bodies lose water when we sweat and go to the bathroom. ~ We can die from lack of water. Yes, they’re all true. Jesus was hot, tired and thirsty on His walk from Judea to Galilee. So it’s no shock He asked for a drink when he stopped at the Sychar well. But what is surprising is that he asked a woman, and a Samaritan woman at that (Jews hated Samaritans)....

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Washing Feet

TODAY’S SPECIAL: John 13:4-17 TO CHEW ON: “Now that I your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.” (John 13:14) Imagine walking barefoot in sandals along the hot dusty roads of Palestine. Are you thinking dusty, sweaty, grimy feet? When people arrived at someone’s house after such a journey, they wouldn’t walk all over the clean floors with their dusty feet. Instead a servant would be at the door, ready to wash the guests’ dirty feet. When Jesus and His disciples gathered in an upstairs room to eat the Passover meal, there was no servant there to do this job. Then while the disciples were eating (with dirty feet) an unusual thing happened. The most important person in the room, the leader and teacher, Jesus, took off His outer coat. He wrapped a towel around His waist, poured water into a basin and, one by one, washed His disciples’ feet."Jesus Washes His Disciples' Feet" - Artist unknown After that, He told them they should wash one another’s feet, like He had washed their feet....

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Warning Words

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Joshua 23:1-16 TO CHEW ON: “But if you turn away and ally yourselves with the survivors of these nations that remain among you and if you intermarry with them and associate with them, then you may be sure that the Lord your God will no longer drive out these nations before you. Instead, they will become snares and traps for you, whips on your backs and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land, which the Lord your God has given you.” Joshua 23:12,13Joshua speaks to the people - Artist unknown Years passed. Joshua led the people in many battles. They won most of them and were now living in their new homes in Canaan. When Joshua was an old man he gathered the leaders to hear his final words. Here are some of the things he told them. Cross out the one thing he did not say: 1. Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the book of the Law of Moses. 2. Associate with the survivors of these nations; pray to their gods and swear by them. 3. One person can beat a thousand because God fights for you. 4. If you are good...

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Unwelcome News

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Jeremiah 38:1-6 TO CHEW ON: "This is what the Lord says: ‘Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine or plague, but whoever goes out to the Babylonians will live. They will escape with their lives: they will live.’" Jeremiah 38: 2 None of us likes to bring unwelcome news. Yet when God told Jeremiah to say things that were opposite of what everyone wanted to hear, he said them even though it got him into big trouble. It was now about sixteen years after Jehoiachim had burned Jeremiah’s scroll. Jehoiakim had died. Babylon was getting stronger every day. Its king Nebuchadnezzar had made Zedekiah king of Judah. But Nebuchadnezzar really wanted Judah for himself. When he came with his army and surrounded Jerusalem, King Zedekiah asked Jeremiah if God had any message for him. “Yes,” Jeremiah told him, “the Babylonian army will capture the city and burn it down.” Zedekiah and his officials didn’t like the sound of that, so they put Jeremiah in prison. But he had more to say. “Give yourselves up to the Babylonian army,” he told everyone who came to see him. “If you stay in this city, you’ll die.” Jeremiah’s words enraged Zedekiah’s officials. “He’s...

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