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Hidden Flaws (Monday)
Read: Psalm 32:1-5
As Eva and her friend Addison walked through the dining room, Eva pointed to the shelves that held her mother's prized teacup collection. "Mom only uses these when she has company," said Eva. "Otherwise, we're not allowed to touch them. I'll show you my favorite one." She took a cup and held it out to Addison. But Addison backed away, and when Eva let it go, the delicate cup fell to the table and the handle broke off. Both girls gasped in horror.
"I...I didn't do that," Addison said quickly. "You took it off the shelf."
Eva looked at the break. "I can fix this. Dad has glue he says works like magic. I'll fix it right now before Mom gets home. She'll never know."
Several days later, Eva's mother hosted her book club at their house. Eva recognized Mrs. Sloane, an antique store manager. "You have a lovely cup collection," Mrs. Sloane said. "I'm something of an expert when it comes to these." She examined Eva's favorite cup--the one she had repaired. "This one is lovely," declared Mrs. Sloane, "even though the handle has been glued on."
"What do you mean?" asked Mom.
"Haven't you ever noticed it?" Mrs. Sloane showed Mom a tiny crack at the bottom of the handle.
Eva blushed and quickly left the room when her mother glanced at her. She knows I did it, Eva thought.
After everyone left, Mom asked Eva what had happened, and Eva admitted she had dropped the cup. "Both disobeying and trying to hide what you did are wrong," Mom said.
"I know," Eva said. "I'm so sorry."
"I forgive you," Mom said, giving Eva a hug. "But there's another lesson here that I want you to learn." Mom looked at the cup. "The flaw in this cup was hidden from me, but not from someone who knew more about antiques. And it's the same with our sin--we can't hide our wrongs from God. Even if I had never found out about the cup, God knew what you did. Instead of trying to hide our sins from Him, we need to confess them to Jesus. He will forgive us and then help us admit our sins to those we've wronged so we can ask their forgiveness too." Ruth I. Jay
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Have you tried to hide or cover up a sin? Maybe your parents or teachers don’t know about a wrong thing you’ve done, but there is no way you can hide it from God. He sees everything. Confess your sin to Jesus and ask Him to forgive you. Then trust Him to help you be honest with Him and others.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Psalm 69:5 (KJV)
O God, You know my foolishness; and my sins are not hidden from You. (NKJV)
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Restoration Project (Tuesday)
Read: 2 Corinthians 5:15-17
Dad didn't look happy when he picked up his son from the principal's office. Jerry silently followed his dad out to the car. He knew he was in trouble. Again.
On the way home, they saw a man hauling an old dresser to the curb. Dad pulled his truck to the side of the road. "Excuse me," he said to the man. "If you're getting rid of that dresser, may I have it?"
"Take it," said the man. He helped Dad load it into the back of the truck.
"Why do you want a junky piece of furniture?" asked Jerry as they drove away.
"I'll tell you later," said Dad. "First let's talk about your behavior at school."
Jerry gave all the excuses he could think of for getting into trouble. Dad only frowned. "I get into arguments because I can't control my temper," Jerry finally admitted.
"At one time, I couldn't control mine either," said Dad. "When I was your age, I got into plenty of fights. I tried to change my behavior, but all my efforts failed. Finally, I trusted Jesus to be my Savior. Since then, I've been a different person. I still had to work through my anger--even now I struggle with it sometimes--but Jesus helped me change the way I thought about people. He helped me control my anger out of love for them."
When they got home, Dad said, "There's something I want you to see." He led Jerry to his workshop and pointed to a beautiful antique table.
"Wow! Where did you get that?" asked Jerry.
"Your Uncle Bill gave it to me," said Dad.
"You're kidding!" said Jerry. "Is that the same table he had stored in his barn?"
"That's right," said Dad. "When I first saw the table, it was in bad shape, but I knew I could restore it to something useful. And Jesus is doing the same for you. He's made you a new person, and He's given you the Holy Spirit to help you so you can respond to others in a way that shows them His love. Like this table, Jesus can make you into more than you ever dreamed possible."
"You really think so?" asked Jerry.
"I know so," said Dad. David J. Belleau
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you have bad habits or negative attitudes you feel you can’t overcome? If you want to change, the first step is to go to Jesus for salvation. When you trust in Him, He makes you a new person. Along with obtaining God’s forgiveness, you receive His Spirit. As the Holy Spirit works in your life, His power will change you from the inside out and shape you into the person He wants you to be.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Romans 6:18 (KJV)
Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living. (NLT)
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The Name Craze (Part 1) (Wednesday)
Read: Revelation 20:12-15; 21:2, 27
Kenda used to be glad her name was different from everyone else's at school--but not anymore. Some of the girls had pencils and notebooks with their names on them. Sophie even had a bike license plate with her name on it.
"I want something with my name printed on it too," Kenda told her mother while they were out shopping. They looked in several stores, but they didn't find anything with the name Kenda on it.
"I'm sorry, Kenda," said Mom. "But I don't think you're going to find anything with your name on it in any of these stores."
Kenda sighed. "You should have named me Kendra. Then I'd be able to find something." She looked at her mother. "Does my name have a meaning, Mom?" she asked. "Sophie's name means wisdom.' I'd like to at least know what my name means."
"When I found your name online, the meaning I read was child of clear, cool water,'" Mom replied. "But really, your dad and I just liked the name, so we gave it to you." Mom chuckled. "Child of clear, cool water. Maybe that's why you like to swim so much."
Kenda ignored the joke. "I just wish I could find a notebook with my name on it. I'd love to have one like Emily does."
"I know, sweetie," Mom said. "But there's another book--a much more important one--with your name."
Kenda looked at her mother in surprise. "There is? Where is it?" Kenda asked. "I want to see it!"
Mom smiled. "You've trusted Jesus as your Savior, haven't you?" Kenda nodded. "Then your name is written in heaven--in the Book of Life," Mom said. "And that's important, because only those whose names are written in that book will have eternal life with Jesus."
Kenda took a moment to ponder what Mom had said. Then she grinned. "You're right. That's much better than having my name on things like notebooks or key chains. Those things won't last, but having my name in God's Book of Life is forever!"
Raelene E. Phillips
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you have things with your name printed on them, like pens, stickers, or notebooks? It’s fun to find your name on things like that, but there’s a far more important place you want your name to be found—in the Book of Life. The Bible says only those whose names are written in the Book of Life will live with Jesus forever. Is your name there? You can have it written down today by putting your trust in Jesus. (To learn more, click the "Good News!" button in the right column of this page.)
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Luke 10:20 (KJV)
Rejoice because your names are written in heaven. (NKJV)
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The Name Craze (Part 2) (Thursday)
Read: Isaiah 49:13-16; 53:5-6; John 20:24-27
Kenda nudged her mother as they waited for the church service to start. "Look, Mom!" She pointed to the church bulletin. Mom smiled when she saw the title of the pastor's sermon: "The Name Craze."
Kenda listened closely when Pastor Davis began his message. "Our names are important to us," he said. "We all are alert to the sound of our own names. We even like to see them in print and have them written on things we own."
Just like me, Kenda thought. But Mom and I can't find anything with my name printed on it.
"Names are important to God too," Pastor Davis continued. "In Isaiah 43:1, God says, I have called you by your name; You are Mine.' And in John 10, Jesus is talking about Himself when He says the shepherd calls His own sheep by name. The fact that God knows each of us by name shows how much He loves and cares for us. In Isaiah 49:16, He even says our names are engraved on the palms of His hands. Have you ever written something on your hand so you would remember it?"
Kenda looked down at her hands and smiled. There was a faded reminder on one that said "math test" so she would remember to study.
"When God said our names were engraved on His hands, He meant it literally," said Pastor Davis. "When Jesus rose from the dead, He bore scars on His hands from where He was nailed to the cross for our sins. Those scars will be there for all eternity as a reminder of His great love for us."
After church, Mom told Kenda she had a surprise for her. Kenda gasped when Mom handed her a package with an assortment of pens and notebooks with the name Kenda on them. "Mom! Where did you find these?"
"I found a website where you can print any name you want on an item," Mom said. "I wanted you to have something with your name on it."
"Thanks, Mom!" Kenda picked up a pen with her name on it. "The first thing I'm going to do with this is write myself a reminder." On the palm of her hand, she wrote the words Jesus loves me. Raelene E. Phillips
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Are you aware that names are important to God? He knows you by name, and He loves you so much He sent His Son to die for you. Jesus bears scars on His hands and feet where He was nailed to a cross to take the punishment for your sins. Thank Him for His great love and the sacrifice He made for you. Always remember that your name is written on the palms of His hands.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Isaiah 49:16 (KJV)
See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands. (NLT)
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No Dad (Friday)
Read: Psalm 68:3-6
Jack slowly pulled on his socks. I wish I didn't have to go to school, he thought. The guys will all be talking about what they did with their dads over the weekend, and I'll be left out again. Jack used to talk about the things he and his dad did together, but now Dad was gone. Without warning, Dad had left home and moved to another state. Jack hardly ever saw him anymore.
Just as Jack expected, many of the boys at school talked about their weekend activities. Some had gone to a game, some had gone camping, and it seemed to Jack as though all of them had done something with their dads. He pretended he didn't care.
As Jack got ready for bed that night, his heart was heavy. All my life I've been taught that prayer can change things, he thought. Well, I've prayed lots and lots, but nothing's changed. Dad's still gone. What am I doing wrong?
Kneeling beside his bed, Jack began to pray again--shyly at first, and then with more confidence. He prayed for his dad and mom and for his whole family. Then he prayed for himself, telling God how he felt. For the first time, he didn't just ask God to make his dad come home. He also asked for help to accept not having Dad there. He asked God to comfort him and his mother and sisters.
As Jack climbed into bed, he felt much calmer and more peaceful than he had in a long time. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, he thought. After all, because I trust in Jesus, God is my heavenly Father. Mom keeps reminding me of Bible verses that say He's a father to the fatherless. It's not like He's going to play baseball with me, but He does take care of me--and I can talk to Him whenever I want.
The next time Jack heard kids at school talking about their dads, he reminded himself that he had a Father too--God--and he was able to laugh at a prank one of the boys had played on his dad. Jack still missed his dad, but he had something new--a peace in his heart that came from knowing his heavenly Father was with him. Deborah Staten
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Are you a member of a one-parent family? Do you feel an emptiness inside your heart? If you know Jesus as your Savior, God is your heavenly Father, and you can tell Him exactly how you feel. He cares about you and wants to give you peace. Share your fears and troubles with Him. He understands what you’re going through, and He’ll always be there to comfort you and meet your needs.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Psalm 10:14 (KJV)
You [God] are the helper of the fatherless. (NKJV)