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‘Added Blessings’ 원본으로 듣고 싶으신 분들은 홈페이지 www.keysforkids.org 들어가시면 Keys for kids Daily Devotional <July 1, 2019>에서 다시 들으실 있습니다.**

 

Added Blessings

Read: Psalm 103:1-5 

 

Paige rubbed her eyes hard. Don't be a baby, she told herself. So you won't go to summer camp this year. That's no reason to cry. She stuffed the camp brochure into her pocket, closed the mailbox, and went into the house.

 

"Is that you, Tom?" called her mother.

"No, it's me," Paige said as she walked into the room.

"I thought it might be your dad. He's gone to interview for a job."

"Won't do any good," Paige said. "He's interviewed for a bunch already."

"Sooner or later he'll find one," Mom replied.

 

Paige dumped the mail onto the coffee table, then took the camp brochure out of her pocket. "Why doesn't God give Dad a job? We're God's children. I thought He took care of His children."

 

"He does, Paige," said Mom. "The bills are paid. We have our home and each other. There may not be money for extras like summer camp this year, but God has given us many benefits."

 

They both looked up as Dad came in. "Well, the interview went well!" he said with a smile. "The pay is good, and the benefits are great! Let's pray that this will be the right job for me."

 

"We'll definitely pray about that!" said Mom.

"What are benefits?" asked Paige.

 

"They're things like medical insurance, a retirement plan, paid holidays, and sick leave," Dad explained.

 

Paige looked puzzled. "Well, what did you mean when you said God has given us many benefits, Mom? He doesn't give us insurance and sick leave."

 

"Job benefits are things businesses offer their workers in addition to the wage they earn at their jobs," Mom replied. "When it comes to us and God, we don't earn anything--our salvation was paid for by Jesus on the cross. But along with the free gift of eternal life, He gives His children additional blessings--love, joy, peace, His promise to supply all our needs, things like that. Even though we may go through hard times, we can remember the blessing of salvation and all the other benefits He gives us."

 

Paige thought it over. "I guess I need to remember all the blessings He's given me," she said, "whether Dad gets this job or not." Barbara J. Westberg

 

HOW ABOUT YOU?

Have you thought about all the benefits—the added blessings—God gives you? Or are you so busy looking at what you don’t have that you forget to be thankful for what God has provided for you? God has given you eternal life through His Son, Jesus, and blesses you with benefits every day. Make a list of at least five blessings God has given you. Then stop and thank Him for them.

 

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Psalm 103:2 (KJV)

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. (NKJV)

 

** Daily Devotional 에서 방송된 내용의 줄거리입니다. Daily Devotional Keys for kids Ministries에서 지원받은 프로그램입니다. ‘Truth and Love’ 원본으로 듣고 싶으신 분들은 홈페이지 www.keysforkids.org 들어가시면 Keys for kids Daily Devotional <Feb 28, 2020>에서 다시 들으실 있습니다.**

 

Truth and Love (Tuesday)

Read: Proverbs 12:18-19; Ephesians 4:20-25

Chris had his flashlights ready and the sleeping bags set up before the doorbell rang. "I'll get it, Mom!" Chris opened the door wide and grinned at his friend Miles. "Want to play a game?" Chris asked.

"Sure!" Miles hugged his mom before she left, and the boys headed off to Chris's room.

An hour later, Chris found Mom folding laundry. "Mom, can I talk to you for a moment?"

"Sure," Mom said in surprise. "Is something wrong?"

"Well, a little bit ago Miles started saying some really mean things about a kid who goes to our school. I told him I didn't want to hear them, but he told them to me anyway. Now I can't get them out of my head!"

Mom looked in her son's eyes. "You did the right thing by telling Miles you didn't want to hear those things, but I'm sad he didn't listen to you and said them anyway."

"What should I do, Mom? I know he loves Jesus, and I still want us to be friends, but I don't like it when he says things like that."

"It's not always easy to speak the truth," Mom said thoughtfully. "I have trouble with that too sometimes. I don't want to hurt people's feelings or risk changing the relationship I have with a friend, so sometimes I keep quiet when I really need to speak the truth. Ephesians 4:15 says we're supposed to speak the truth in love.' That means we need to tell others the truth in a loving way, especially other Christians who are doing something hurtful. We need to build each other up by speaking the truth of God's Word."

"Thanks, Mom. I'm going to go talk to Miles. I can be truthful and encourage him to say nice things about other people. I'll ask Jesus to help me speak the truth in love."

 

"I'm proud of you, Chris." Mom smiled. "The next time I let my fear get in the way of God's truth, you can lovingly remind me that truth and love go together...it doesn't have to be one or the other!"

"Just like milk and cookies!" said Chris. "Speaking of which, is it snack time?" Savannah Coleman

 

HOW ABOUT YOU?

Do you ever find it hard to speak the truth? It’s not easy to tell someone that something they’re saying or doing is wrong, but the Bible tells us that because we belong to Jesus, we need to be truthful. When you speak the truth in a kind and loving way, you help others know the truth and love of Jesus. Trust Him to help you not be afraid to speak the truth in love.

 

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Ephesians 4:15 (KJV)

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. (NLT)

** Daily Devotional 에서 방송된 내용의 줄거리입니다. Daily Devotional Keys for kids Ministries에서 지원받은 프로그램입니다. ‘Special Candles’ 원본으로 듣고 싶으신 분들은 홈페이지 www.keysforkids.org 들어가시면 Keys for kids Daily Devotional <March 4, 2020>에서 다시 들으실 있습니다.**

 

Special Candles (Wednesday)

Read: Matthew 5:14-16; Romans 8:35-39

 

Naomi could hardly sit still as she waited, eyes closed, for Mom to bring in her birthday cake. Even with her eyes shut, she could tell that the overhead light had been turned out. "Okay, sweetie! Open your eyes!" said Dad at last. Naomi blinked as her eyes adjusted to the light created by the glowing candles on top of a beautiful birthday cake.

 

"Okay, make a wish and blow the candles out," said her brother, Colby. "And you gotta get 'em all out or you don't get your wish, you know."

 

Naomi nodded and closed her eyes again, but she knew getting a wish didn't really have anything to do with whether or not candles were burning. I wish...uh...I wish every day would be as happy as this one. She opened her eyes, blew out the candles, and reached for the cake knife. "Oops!" she said when every candle started burning again. "I thought I blew them out, but they all started back up!"

 

Dad tried not to laugh. "Better blow them out again, Naomi."

 

"I'll blow harder this time." Naomi took a deep breath and blew extra hard. Once again all the candles went out, but one by one they sparked and soon were burning again. Naomi was speechless.

 

Colby burst into laughter. "Gotcha, Naomi! We put special candles on your cake! No matter how hard you try to blow the light out, it will always come back!"

 

"Cool!" Naomi exclaimed. Then she jokingly glared at him. "But I better still get my wish even if the candles didn't stay out!"

 

Naomi, Colby, and Dad all tried to blow the candles out a few more times and laughed as the lights kept coming back.

 

"While you're all just having fun," said Mom with a smile, "I'm thinking of a lesson those candles can teach us. They're sort of like the light that glows within us when we know Jesus as our Savior."

 

"So are we special candles for God?" Naomi asked.

 

"Something like that," said Mom. "No matter how hard Satan tries to blow out our lights, Jesus never lets him succeed. As He teaches us to trust in Him and show others His love, we shine brightly for Him." Myra J. Luetje

 

HOW ABOUT YOU?

Do you trust Jesus as your Savior? If so, He is making you shine like a light. You’re like a special candle that shares His light with others. You do this by telling people about Him and showing them His love through your words and actions. Satan would like to put your light out, but he can’t. Jesus won’t let anything separate you from Him. Let your light shine brightly for Jesus!

 

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Philippians 2:15 (KJV)

Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. (NLT)

 

 

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‘Lady Liberty’ 원본으로 듣고 싶으신 분들은 홈페이지 www.keysforkids.org 들어가시면 Keys for kids Daily Devotional <July 4, 2019>에서 다시 들으실 있습니다.**

 

Lady Liberty

Read: John 8:31-36

 

Isaac closed his eyes and let the cool breeze of the New York Bay wash over his face. He turned to his sister, Hannah, who was standing next to him on the ferry headed toward Liberty Island. "I can't wait to see the Statue of Liberty up close! My friend Zack said she's as high as a twenty-two-story building!"

 

"Wow!" Hannah squealed as she craned her neck to see around her brother and catch a glimpse of the statue. "And just think, tonight Lady Liberty will be surrounded by fireworks!"

 

"That's right," Mom said. "It's even more special that we get to see the Statue of Liberty on the Fourth of July. Today is a very special day in our country. Do you remember why?"

 

"Yes," Isaac answered. "It's Independence Day! In school we learned that on July 4, 1776, America declared that we would be a new nation and no longer be ruled by the British. We wanted to be a nation where people could come and be free."

 

"Just imagine if we were new immigrants coming to America and we were seeing Lady Liberty for the first time," Hannah chimed in. "It would be so exciting to know we were starting a new life!"

 

Mom smiled. "I'm glad to hear you've been paying attention during your history lessons. The Statue of Liberty is a beautiful symbol of freedom, and it makes me think of another symbol of freedom--the cross."

 

"The cross? Like the cross Jesus died on?" Hannah asked. "What does the cross have to do with freedom from the British?"

 

Mom gently laughed and said, "The cross doesn't give us freedom from the British, but it does give us a different kind of freedom. When Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, He freed us from the bondage of sin. The cross reminds us that we have freedom and a new life in Him."

 

"Oh, I get it!" said Isaac. "The cross is a symbol of freedom for Christians."

 

"And if I'm a follower of Jesus, then I'm a little lady of liberty!" Hannah said with a giggle.

 

"That's right," Mom said. "We have two kinds of freedom we can celebrate on Independence Day!" Rachel Vruggink

 

HOW ABOUT YOU?

When you see a symbol of the cross, do you think of the freedom you have in Jesus? If you trust in Him, then you are no longer a slave to sin. You are free to live your life in a way that pleases God. If you know Jesus, thank Him today for the freedom He’s given you. If you don’t, you can celebrate freedom from sin today by trusting in Him. (To learn more, click the "Good News!" button in the right column of this page.)

 

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: John 8:36 (KJV)

Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. (NKJV)

 

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‘Playing Christian’ 원본으로 듣고 싶으신 분들은 홈페이지 www.keysforkids.org 들어가시면 Keys for kids Daily Devotional <July 2, 2019>에서 다시 들으실 있습니다.**

 

Playing Christian

Read: Ephesians 2:1-9 

 

"I am the king!" four-year-old Bryce said majestically, putting on the glittery cardboard crown he'd just made. He took his mother's broken wooden spoon for his scepter and climbed into Dad's big leather chair. "Now you have to do whatever I say, Caden," he told his foster brother.

 

Caden laughed, then bowed dramatically. "Great sir, I am your humble servant," he said solemnly. For a few minutes Caden let Bryce boss him around, then he said, "Well, enough of this, kiddo. I've got homework to do, so I'd better get busy."

 

"But you have to obey me," Bryce insisted. "I'm the king!"

 

"Oh yeah?" Caden swooped Bryce up from Dad's chair and tickled him.

 

"That's not how you treat a king!" Bryce said, giggling. He broke away and scampered off.

 

"Bryce's game reminds me of our conversation yesterday," said Mom, who was sitting on the couch with her laptop.

 

Caden grabbed his backpack and plopped down next to Mom. "Which conversation is that?"

"The one where you said you didn't see any need to give your life to Jesus."

 

Caden shrugged. "I've been going to church every week with you guys, and I haven't been getting into trouble like I used to before I came to live here. My social worker even told me she's proud of how much better I've been acting. Isn't that good?"

 

"Yes, of course it is," said Mom. "But doing good things doesn't make you a Christian. You have to trust in Jesus to really be one. Otherwise, you're just like Bryce. He said he was the king, and he went through what he considered to be kingly motions. But did it really make him a king?"

 

"No," replied Caden, frowning. "He was just playing."

 

"And it's possible for someone to play Christian without really being one," Mom said. "Only Jesus can save us from our sin and make us new people. We can't make up for the wrong things we've done ourselves. That's why we need to trust in Him--so we can be forgiven and start a new life."

 

"I guess I never thought about it that way before," Caden said. "Maybe you'd better tell me more." Jessica Dorfsmith

 

HOW ABOUT YOU?

Are you a real Christian, or are you just playing? Going to church and doing good deeds won’t save you. The only way to truly become a Christian is to trust in Jesus and accept His gift of salvation. So examine your heart—are you trusting Jesus? If not, become a real Christian by trusting in Him today. (To learn more, click the "Good News!" button in the right column of this page.)

 

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 2 Corinthians 13:5 (KJV)

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. (NKJV)

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