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Tornado Thumbs (Monday)
Read: James 3:2-10
Felix walked into the house and flopped onto the couch. Some of the guys on his baseball team had told him that Jeremy, their classmate, was saying mean and untrue things about him. "If I were you, I'd tell him off!" one of Felix's friends had urged.
"Yeah," said another. "It's the only way you'll get him to stop saying stuff like
Felix figured they were right. He pulled out his phone and quickly typed a message to Jeremy. When he was finished, he read over the angry words and not-so-nice names he had written. This will make Jeremy think twice about spreading lies about me, he thought. As he was about to hit "Send," he suddenly remembered Jeremy telling him a few weeks before that he'd be interested in going to Vacation Bible School at Felix's church later that summer. Felix hesitated, his thumb hovering over the screen.
"Wow, look at that!" Mom pointed to a news report on TV. Felix looked up and listened as the reporter told about a tornado that had hit a town in another state, destroying many houses as it swept through. There were pictures of people wandering around their ruined yards and houses and turned-over cars. Their belongings were flung everywhere. The people looked stunned, like they didn't know what to do. "Just think," said Mom. "All that damage was done in just a few minutes."
"Yeah," said Felix. "But it will probably take years to rebuild that town."
"You're right," said Mom. "You just gave me an idea for my Sunday school class, Felix. This week's lesson is about how the words we say can cause a lot of hurt and damage and keep us from showing others the love of Jesus. This will help the kids in my class understand why we need to be careful not to have tornado tongues!"
Felix looked down at his phone. Or tornado thumbs, he thought. Saying mean things to Jeremy is only going to cause more damage, and it definitely won't help me get him interested in learning more about Jesus. He quickly deleted the words he had typed. "Mom? Is it okay if I invite Jeremy over?" he asked. "There's something
I need to talk to him about. Maybe you can help me choose the right words to say." Ruth I. Jay
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you choose your words carefully when you’re angry? Or do you say—or type— whatever mean, angry words come to mind? Words like that can cause a lot of damage, and they don’t show others the love of Jesus. Trust Him to help you deal with the situation in an honest yet loving way—and in some situations, it might be best to get an adult involved too.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Psalm 141:3 (KJV)
Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips. (NKJV)
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Faith of a Child (Tuesday)
Read: Matthew 18:2-4; Luke 18:17; Hebrews 11:6
Eight-year-old Ashley walked into the hospital, timidly holding her mom's hand. "I don't want grandma to die," she said.
Mom stopped walking and knelt down next to her. "I know you don't, honey. You love grandma very much. But she's been sick for a long time and hasn't gotten any better, so we need to be prepared." Mom squeezed Ashley's hand. "Remember what we talked about last night?"
Ashley nodded. "Since Grandma believes in Jesus, she will have eternal life with Him." She sighed. "I just don't understand why He won't make her better now."
"I don't either, but remember that Jesus will be with us too," said Mom. "Death is hard for everyone, but we can take comfort in God's truth because we have faith in Jesus. Let's trust Him to help us through this."
Ashley continued with Mom to Grandma's hospital room, where they visited and read the Bible with her.
The next morning, Dad came into Ashley's room and broke the news that Grandma had passed away during the night. Ashley buried her face in Dad's chest, and they shed a few tears together. "At least she's with Jesus now," Ashley said.
Dad nodded and wiped his eyes. "Thanks for the reminder, honey."
The day of the funeral, Ashley walked nervously into the church. As they went up to say their final goodbyes to Grandma, Ashley told her dad she wanted to tell everyone something special. Dad let her go up to speak.
"Even though my grandma isn't here anymore, I know she is with Jesus," Ashley stated proudly. "She trusted Him as her Savior, and because He died and rose again so we could live with Him forever, I know I'll see her again one day."
Everyone in the crowd smiled at her as she took her seat. Her parents dabbed their eyes as the pastor stood up.
"The Bible tells us we must have the faith of a child to enter God's kingdom, and today Ashley has reminded us what that looks like," said the pastor. "Even in the face of death, we know Jesus has given us life and we can trust Him to do what He has promised." Alexis Wohler
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Have you ever dealt with the death of a loved one? Or a divorce in your family? Or a parent losing a job? This world is full of painful experiences, and sometimes it’s hard to understand why God allows them to happen. But even when you face pain and loss, remember that Jesus loves you and promises to make everything right one day. Trust Him even when you don’t understand.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Matthew 18:3 (KJV)
“Truly I tell you,” [Jesus] said, “unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (CSB)
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Waiting to Hear (Wednesday)
Read: Matthew 28:18-20
Hadley checked the mailbox in front of her house for the third time. "The mail isn't here yet!" she told her mother. "It should have been here a long time ago. Dad
ordered me an early birthday gift online, and it's supposed to come today. He said I could open it when it came."
"Try to be patient," said Mom as Hadley sat down on the front steps.
A while later, Mom noticed Hadley still sitting on the steps. "I see you're still waiting," said Mom. "That reminds me of a story we heard from the missionary who visited our church last week." As she spoke, a vehicle rounded the corner.
"There's the mail!" squealed Hadley, jumping up. She ran to the road and took the mail from the mail carrier.
"My gift came," said Hadley, returning to the house. She began to open the package. "What story were you talking about?"
"The one where Christians were compared to mail carriers, remember?" said Mom. "Mail carriers deliver messages, and we should too. We have the most important message ever given, and God has appointed us to deliver it to the people of the world."
"I remember," Hadley said. "The missionary said people around the world are waiting for someone to come and give them God's message--like I was waiting for my package."
"Yes. But it's not just people living in far-off places who are waiting," said Mom. "People are also waiting here at home. They may not know they need Jesus, but often they're searching for meaning in their lives. In a way, they're searching for Jesus even though they don't know it." Mom sighed. "There are so many people who need to hear the good news of what Jesus has done to save them."
"Yeah," said Hadley. "I wonder if God will send me somewhere far away as a missionary someday." Then she grinned and held up what she had pulled from the package--a small leather Bible with pink and purple flowers on the cover. "But after waiting so long for this Bible, it will help me remember to share its message with those waiting to hear it at home too." Ruth I. Jay
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Have you delivered God’s message to someone? You don’t need to go to a foreign country to do it. There are people all over the world waiting to hear that Jesus loves them and died and rose again to save them—including people in your hometown. Be willing to carry His message wherever He sends you, whether it’s a far-off part of the world or your own neighborhood.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Mark 16:15 (KJV)
And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. (NLT)
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The Only Way In (Thursday)
Read: John 10:7-10
Devon frowned at his friend Amir. "You really believe there's only one way to heaven?" he asked. "My mom says there are lots of people following different ways to get there. She says anybody who does what they sincerely believe is right will go to heaven. Like...some people practice Buddhism. If they're sincere and try to make themselves better people, God will let them into heaven."
Amir shook his head. "They might be sincere, but they're wrong. The Bible says we have to trust in Jesus to be saved. He's the only door to eternal life. He said so Himself."
Devon shrugged. "Will you go over to school with me?" he asked, changing the subject. "I left my trumpet there, and I need it so I can practice."
"I doubt we can get in," said Amir. "The whole school will be locked by now." "I'm sure some doors will be open," replied Devon. "You coming?"
"Okay," Amir agreed, so they headed for the school. The boys first tried the main
entrance to the building, but it was locked. Then they tried other doors, but all of them were locked.
"Guess you were right," said Devon. "We might as well give up."
As they turned to leave, a janitor came out of the school. "Mr. Otis!" Devon exclaimed. "Can we get into school for a minute?" After explaining what he needed, Devon was allowed to get his trumpet.
"You really thought some of the doors at school would be open, didn't you?" Amir asked as they headed home.
"Yeah, I did," Devon answered. "Why else would I have gone back to school?"
"So, you sincerely thought you could get in by yourself, but you were wrong. The janitor was the only way for you to get into school. Does that remind you of anything?"
"Oh...you're saying there's only one way to get into heaven, just like there was only one way to get into school--that being sincere doesn't help if you're going the wrong way." Devon paused. "I get your point. I guess I'll have to think about it." Raelene E. Phillips
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you think you can get to heaven by being good? Do you believe anyone who sincerely does their best will be there? No matter how sincere you are, your best is not good enough. Jesus says He is the door to heaven—not a door, but the door. The only way to be saved and have eternal life is through Him. Trust in Him today. (To learn more, click the "Good News!" button in the right column of this page.)
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: John 10:9 (KJV)
[Jesus said,] "I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved." (NKJV)
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Clean it Away (Friday)
Read: Romans 6:11-14; 1 John 1:7-9
"Thanks for helping me with this," Mom said after she and Everly had finished dusting and vacuuming the living room. "It sure looks a lot better in here now."
Everly smiled and glanced around the newly cleaned room. The sun shone brightly through the window. "Oh no!" she said as she looked at the end table. "I missed a spot when I dusted this. It didn't show up until the sunlight hit it." She ran to get the dust cloth.
"You know something?" Mom said as Everly dusted the table again. "Our spiritual lives are a lot like that."
Everly stopped dusting and looked at her mom. "What do you mean?"
"We may think we're doing well--that we're living a good life and everything is all right," Mom replied. "But when the light of the Son--God's perfect Son, Jesus--shines on us, it shows us sin in our lives that needs to be cleaned away."
Everly grinned and waved the dust rag at her mother. "Want me to dust you too?" she asked.
Mom laughed. "No thanks. You can get rid of the dust on the table, but only Jesus can get rid of the sin in our lives."
"That sounds a lot like the verse we learned at church this week," Everly said. She recited it from memory. "First John 1:9--'If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.'" She looked closely at the table she had just dusted. "Jesus cleans away our sin, just like I cleaned the dust off this table!"
"That's right!" Mom said. "He frees us from both the punishment of sin--which is death--and also from the power of sin. Because the Holy Spirit is living inside us, we don't have to give in to the temptation to sin. We can do what's right instead."
Everly gave the table one last swipe. "There!" she said. "No more dust."
"Very good!" said Mom. She smiled. "And because of Jesus, God's Son, we'll be able to say that about our lives too." Ruth I. Jay
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Has something you’ve done that’s wrong been made visible to you by the Son—Jesus? When He shines His perfect light on us, it reveals sin in our lives that we need Him to get rid of. Confess your sin to Him so He can clean it away. Then live by the light of His Spirit and trust Him to help you do what’s right.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 John 1:9 (KJV)
If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. (NLT)