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Human Bouquet (Monday)
Read: Revelation 5:9; 7:9-10
"I love flowers! And you make such pretty bouquets and centerpieces, Mom," said Stella as she and her mother worked in the flower garden, selecting and cutting flowers for bouquets. "It's fun to help you with your florist business," Stella added. "You're so creative."
Mom smiled. "Thanks, honey," she said, looking at the wide variety of flowers in the garden. "I'm glad you like my arrangements and think I'm creative, but..." Mom paused and motioned to the flower beds all around them. "I'm not nearly as creative as God. Look at all the different kinds of flowers He made."
"Iknow," said Stella. "There are so many colors, and they're all so pretty! White and yellow daisies, red and pink dahlias--and the snapdragons and petunias and lilies come in all sorts of pretty colors."
"Yes," said Mom, "and it's not just the colors that are different. The petals are too. Lilies are shaped like trumpets, daisy petals look like teardrops, baby's breath is like little stars, and gladiola petals are all ruffly." She smiled. "God made people like that too."
"What--ruffly?" Stella teased.
Mom laughed. "No, but He made people with different colors of skin and hair and eyes. Even body shapes are different--people can be tall or short, round or thin. Their hair might be straight, wavy, or curly."
Stella grinned. "That makes them more interesting than if they were all alike."
"I think so too--I'm glad we're not all exactly the same as everybody else," said Mom. "We gather a variety of flowers for our bouquets, and the Bible says God will gather believers from every nation, tribe, people group, and language to worship Him in heaven. Won't it be wonderful to praise the Lord with believers from all over the world?"
Stella's eyes widened. "Like a human bouquet!"
"Now that's a lovely thought, Stella," Mom said with a big smile. "A beautiful human bouquet! God created each of us in His own image, and Jesus died for us all. Together we reflect the beauty of His love and grace." Emily C. King
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you wonder what it will be like to worship God with people from everywhere? In heaven, there will be believers from every nation, tribe, and language. What a wonderful time that will be! But don’t wait until then to appreciate people who are different from you. All people are created in God’s image and are deeply loved by Him. Enjoy His beauty in the huge variety of people He made.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Revelation 7:9 (KJV)
I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb [Jesus]. (NLT)
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After Death (Tuesday)
Read: 2 Corinthians 5:9-10, 14-15, 17-21
George stuck close to his father as they quietly walked into the church for Mr. Benson's funeral. The elderly man had lived two houses down the street from them, and George often helped him with yardwork. In fact, just last Saturday the two of them had cut and stacked wood for the winter. But Mr. Benson wouldn't be needing any wood now.
Only the soft tones of the piano broke the silence as George and his dad walked past the casket in the foyer. It seemed strange to see Mr. Benson lying there so still with flowers all around the casket.
George was glad when they were seated. While they waited for the service to begin, pictures of Mr. Benson were shown on the big screen up front. Some showed him as a boy, some as a young man, and several as an older person. George smiled. That was the Mr. Benson he knew.
During the service, Pastor Reed talked about many things Mr. Benson had done for the church and its members. He also mentioned other ways the elderly man had served the Lord. "And now he sees Jesus face-to-face," said Pastor Reed. "We'll miss him, but if you trust Jesus as your Savior, you'll be reunited with Mr. Benson again someday."
George was thoughtful on the drive home. "Dad," he said finally, "what does a pastor say if the person who dies isn't a Christian?"
"That's a sad occasion," Dad told him, "but we must remember it's not for us to judge who is saved and who isn't saved. Only God knows for sure. We should do what we can to make sure those still living know that Jesus died and rose again to save them. We can let them know that if they trust in Him, they don't have to fear death. But when a person dies without having made a public commitment to Christ, the only thing the pastor--or any of us--can do is leave it with God."
George nodded. "I'm glad Mr. Benson knew Jesus."
"Me too," said Dad. "Let's pray and ask God to use Mr. Benson's life--and ours--to help more people know what Jesus has done for them." Linda M. Weddle
HOW ABOUT YOU?
What would someone say at your funeral? Would they be confident you knew Jesus as your Savior? Would they talk about how you served God during your life on this earth? Everyone will die someday, but if you know Jesus, you don’t have to fear death. He promises salvation and eternal life to all who trust in Him. (To learn more, click the "Good News!" button in the right column of this page.)
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 2 Corinthians 5:10 (KJV)
We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ. (NKJV)
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The Masquerade (Wednesday)
Read: Genesis 3:1-7; Philippians 1:9-11
"What is a masquerade, anyway?" asked Lindsay, holding up a flier from school.
"It's just a fancy word for a costume party," replied Mom as she sifted through old clothes and random items from the attic. "I'm hoping we can find some costume ideas in this heap of forgotten treasures. What would you like to dress up as?"
"Maybe a panda...or an astronaut...or a butterfly?" suggested Lindsay. "I like costume parties because you can dress up and act like someone or something you're not."
Just then, Lindsay's dad burst into the room holding a plate of delicious-looking cookies. "The oven timer went off, so I pulled out your cookies. I went ahead and sprinkled on a little more sugar..." He looked at the cookies. "Okay, a lot more sugar," he said with a grin.
"Thanks, honey!" Lindsay's mom reached for a warm cookie and took a bite. Instantly, her face scrunched up, and she reached for a napkin to spit it out. "Sorry, dear, but I think you added salt instead of sugar on top of this batch."
"You're kidding!" Dad laughed. "It looked just like sugar in that clear container!"
"I guess those cookies were dressed up' as something different too," Mom said to Lindsay. "They looked good, but they tasted bad! What we saw was not what they turned out to be. It reminds me of a verse in the Bible that says Satan masquerades as an angel of light."
"What? He went to a masquerade party?" asked Lindsay in confusion.
"No," Mom said, laughing. "It's saying we need to be on guard against sin because appearances can be deceiving. Things that appear to be good can be rotten to the core. Think of how Satan tricked Eve in the garden. She knew God had said not to eat the forbidden fruit, but when Satan made her think it would be good for her, she disobeyed. That's why we need to be careful not to fall for Satan's tricks. He's only pretending to be an angel of light."
"Like he's wearing a costume!" said Lindsay. "He makes sin look like something it's not."
"Exactly," said Mom. "Sin is always bad, and Jesus has freed us from its power. We need to arm ourselves against Satan's tricks by remembering the truth of Jesus." Emily Rudolph
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do things you see in movies or online look good to you? Do things people say are okay sound harmless to you? Be careful. Anything that goes against what God says in the Bible is sin, and sin is always harmful. That’s why Jesus came to save us from it. Don’t be fooled by Satan’s tricks. Listen to Jesus and what He says in His Word, the Bible. He loves you and will guide you in the way you should go.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 2 Corinthians 11:14 (KJV)
Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. (NIV)
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Locker Trouble (Thursday)
Read: Proverbs 2:1-9
For what seemed like the fiftieth time, Mike twirled the dial on his locker and silently prayed it would work. He glanced around nervously, hoping nobody noticed how long he'd been trying to get the locker open. This is a lousy way to start middle school, he thought, his stomach tightening into an anxious knot. He sighed and tried the numbers again, but nothing happened. In frustration, he tugged the handle harder. He was startled when someone behind him spoke.
"What's wrong, Mike?" It was Spencer, a friend who was a grade ahead of him.
Mike leaned against the locker. "This thing won't open."
"Let me try," offered Spencer.
As Mike told him the numbers, Spencer flipped the dial this way and that. When he pulled on the handle, the door opened!
"How'd you do that?" Mike was astonished. "It wouldn't work for me!"
"Try it again, and I'll watch you," said Spencer. So Mike began turning the knob. "Whoa," said Spencer. "You have to go past that number and stop at it on the second time around." Spencer took the knob and demonstrated for Mike.
"Oh, right!" Mike shook his head. "I forgot about that."
Spencer laughed. "It's just like Pastor Burt said last Sunday. Remember?"
"You mean...in church?" Mike asked.
Spencer nodded. "You memorized your locker combination, but those numbers didn't do you any good because you didn't know how to use them. And memorizing Bible verses doesn't do us any good either if we don't use them. Just being able to recite a verse isn't enough--we need to know what it means and apply it to our lives."
Mike tried the lock one more time, and it opened right away. "All right! Thanks, Spencer!" he said. "And thanks for the reminder about Bible verses too," he added as he took out his book for his first class. "I know just the one I need to apply to my life right now."
Spencer gave him a thumbs-up, and Mike took a deep breath as he walked toward his classroom. "Be strong and courageous," he recited under his breath. "Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Kelly M. Schaefer
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you understand the meaning of Bible verses you have learned? Can you use them in your daily life? Think of one you can recite. Is it a verse that could comfort you in a difficult time? Warn you away from sin? Remind you of God’s unfailing love? If you don’t understand it, get help from a parent or teacher. Keep memorizing God’s Word and applying His truth to your life.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Psalm 119:27 (KJV)
Help me understand the meaning of your commandments, and I will meditate on your wonderful deeds. (NLT)
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Too Much Work (Friday)
Read: Philippians 2:13-16
Amelia put the last plate in the dishwasher and cleaned the kitchen sink. "I'm tired of doing all this work," she grumbled. "Dishes, laundry, cleaning the bathroom, straightening things up--there's no end!"
"Hey, you're not the only one who works around here," her brother, Patrick, reminded her. "Dad and I made dinner tonight. And, I might add, without griping about it."
"Well, I don't know why Mom had to go and get a job," Amelia said.
"You oughta know," said Patrick. "You're one of the reasons she went to work."
"Me? I didn't ask her to go out and find a job!"
"No, but the money she makes will pay for things you and I need--like food and clothes," said Patrick.
"Dad's always paid for all that," Amelia argued.
"Yeah, but he's been cut back to part time for now, and we don't know how long it will last," said Patrick. "Money's been tight, and when the chance came for Mom to take this job, she felt it was an answer to our prayers, so she took it." He frowned. "Mom's making all kinds of sacrifices for us. Can't you make a few for her?" With that, Patrick left the room.
Amelia thought about Patrick's words. Am I acting like a spoiled brat--grumbling just because I have to do extra chores? she asked herself. I don't mean to be, but...I guess I am. She felt ashamed. "Dear Jesus," Amelia murmured quietly, "please forgive me for being so selfish. Help me be willing to make sacrifices for others like You did for us. And please help me have a better attitude from now on. Thank You for all the good things You give us."
When Mom arrived home a little later, Amelia gave her a big hug. "Hi, Mom!" she said with a smile. Patrick looked at her in surprise.
"Hi, kids," said Mom. "How was your day?"
"Good," replied Amelia. "Want me to heat up your dinner? Dad and Patrick made beef stew, and it's delicious!" She giggled at Patrick's puzzled expression. So far, only she and God knew she had a changed heart. Ruth I. Jay
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you often need to help out at home because your parents work? Do you find it easy to complain if you have to do a few extra chores? Remember that your parents work to provide for you. They do it because they love you, and you can show them love in return by being willing to make sacrifices too. Thank God for your parents and for the work He has given them, and show them His love by cheerfully helping out at home.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Philippians 2:14 (KJV)
Do everything without grumbling or arguing. (NIV)