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Bad Reception (Monday)
Read: Jeremiah 29:12-13; Romans 8:26-27; 1 Peter 3:12
"I can't hear you, Grandma!" Tania exclaimed into the phone. Static hissed into her ear, releasing her grandmother's voice in spurts: "Storm…after…call…"
"Grandma!" exclaimed Tania as the line went silent. "Daddy, Grandma's in the middle of a storm!"
Dad placed his homemade bread on a cooling rack before tossing his oven mitts on the counter. He hurried over and took the phone. "Mom?" he asked. He dialed and listened again. Shaking his head, he disconnected the line. "The phone's out."
Tania's lip trembled. "She said she'll call after the storm…or maybe she wants me to call. I'm not sure what she meant. Some words were missing." Tania blinked back tears. "We didn't get to say goodbye."
"She probably tried," said Dad, taking Tania into his arms. "But you couldn't hear because of the bad reception." When Tania's eyebrows furrowed into a puzzled expression, he added, "Bad reception happens when something interferes with the message, so you can't hear it clearly or some words get blocked."
"Should we call her again, Daddy?" asked Tania.
"I know it seems scary that Grandma can't reach us, but let's wait until the storm passes. It's probably like the one on our last visit to her cottage, remember?"
Tania nodded. "The thunder was scary…and the lightning. Grandma made us hot cocoa." She hugged her father. "I hope she's okay."
"Me too," Dad replied. "Let's pray for her."
"Okay, but we'd better hurry," Tania said, clasping her hands together. "What if the storm comes here and God can't hear our prayers?"
"God always hears us. Even if our message gets jumbled the way Grandma's words came out on the phone, God still understands what we're trying to say."
Tania raised her eyebrows. "No bad re…recep…"
"Reception?" Dad shook his head. "Never. The Bible tells us God knows what's in our hearts before we even ask for it. Even when we don't know what to pray for, our Father in heaven knows our needs and promises to help us."
Tania smiled, and they started to pray. When they finished, Dad asked, "How about I make us sandwiches, and we'll call Grandma after lunch?"
Tania's stomach grumbled loudly.
"I heard you loud and clear," said Dad, and they both laughed. -Elena Dee
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Have you ever had trouble hearing someone over the phone? Did hearing only part of a conversation create a misunderstanding? Without the full message, it’s easy to be confused or get the wrong idea, but God always understands us, no matter what. He knows exactly what we need before we ask Him. Bring all your needs to Him in prayer. He hears you and promises to help.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Matthew 6:8 (NKJV) (KJV)
For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.
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What One Cow Taught Two Brothers (Tuesday)
Read: Psalm 37:3-4; Hebrews 13:5
The bus stop seems to get farther away every day," Miles complained to his brother Noah. Together they trudged down a long dirt lane to meet the school bus. Noah nodded, then Miles offered another complaint. "And this backpack…I think it gets heavier every day."
As the brothers trekked to the bus stop, they passed a field of cows. Most of the cattle grazed on grass in the pasture. One cow, though, had found other vegetation to eat.
"Look!" Noah pointed. "That cow's head is sticking through the fence!"
"Yeah," said Miles. "But she's not stuck. She pushed her head through those wires to reach grass outside the fence." Puzzled, the brothers continued observing the cow's long tongue as it plucked the blades of grass just outside the field.
"Why do you think that cow wouldn't eat the grass in the pasture? There's plenty of it," Miles mused. Noah shrugged. "Maybe cows are like people sometimes."
"Huh?" Miles said.
"Well, God promises to provide everything we really need, right? I mean, He even sent Jesus to die in our place so we could become His children."
"Okay," Miles answered slowly, still not understanding. "Well, that cow has everything she needs, but it seems like it isn't enough for her. Maybe she thinks the real good stuff is outside the place where she lives," Noah said.
"I get it," Miles replied. "Like how I wish I could live in the city so I wouldn't have to walk so far to catch the bus while lugging this backpack?"
"And like how I wish we had a bigger house so I wouldn't have to share a room with you." Noah nudged his brother, and they both laughed.
"Let's see," Miles said. "God loved us enough to send His Son to save us from our sins. He'll never leave us. He'll give us what we need, and we can be satisfied."
"Yeah," Noah said. "Because it's Jesus who brings us satisfaction, not living in a city or having a bigger house." As the bus braked in front of the boys, they smiled at each other and climbed aboard. --Allison Wilson Lee
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you struggle to be satisfied with what God has provided in your own pasture? Life will sometimes feel disappointing; sometimes we will long for what we don’t have. But God is our faithful provider. He gave us His Son, Jesus, and only in Him can we be truly satisfied. When we trust that He loves us and He’ll never leave us, we can be content with what we have.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Psalm 37:3 (NKJV) (KJV)
Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
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Still Sour (Wednesday)
Read: Luke 18:9-14; Romans 3:10-12
"Yuck!" Londyn made a face, hurried to the sink, and spit out her milk.
"Londyn! What on earth…"
"Mom, this milk tastes terrible!" Londyn exclaimed. "There's something wrong with it!"
"There is?" Mom checked the milk. "It's starting to go sour. I'll get a fresh gallon when I go to the grocery store."
"But I want milk now," Londyn pouted. She had an idea. "It isn't very sour. If I make it into chocolate milk, the sweet chocolate should cover the sour taste."
"I don't think that will work," said Mom, but when Londyn insisted, Mom said she could try it. So Londyn spooned some sweet chocolate powder into the milk, then sipped a little of the mixture. "It still tastes awful!" she groaned.
In Sunday school later that morning, Londyn listened carefully as Mrs. Wilson shared a story Jesus had told His disciples. "Two men went into the temple to pray," Mrs. Wilson began. "One was a Pharisee--a man who focused on all the good things he did, but he didn't believe he needed God's grace for forgiveness. The other man was a dishonest tax collector who had cheated people out of their money. The Pharisee prayed first, telling God he was glad he was a good person and not bad like the other man."
Mrs. Wilson paused for a moment. "The tax collector," she continued, "didn't even lift up his head. He just cried out to God, pleading for forgiveness of his sins. And do you know what Jesus told His disciples? He said the tax collector--not the Pharisee--went home justified, or forgiven. Do you know why?"
Londyn remembered the sour milk and understood that good things don't cover up the bad. "Was the Pharisee trying to cover his sins with good deeds?" she asked. "But the tax collector knew only God could take sin away?"
"That's right," said Mrs. Wilson. "The Pharisee wasn't really a good man at all. He was a sinner just like the tax collector--and just like everybody! Good deeds didn't change his sinful heart, and they can't change ours either. We all need Jesus to save us from sin and forgive us. That's the only way we can be good in God's eyes."
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you go to church? Obey your parents? Treat others with respect? Do you feel like you’re a good person? It may seem that way to you, but God says you’re a sinner. None of the good things you do can cover up the sour taste of your sin. Only Jesus can do that. Trust Him to forgive your sin and save you today. (To learn more, click the "Good News!" button in the right column of this page.)
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Luke 18:13 (CSB) (KJV)
But the tax collector…kept striking his chest and saying, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner!”
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Fruit of the Vine (Thursday)
Read: John 15:5-8; Galatians 5:22-23; Philippians 2:13
Leigh Ann patted down the earth around the small vine she had planted. A wooden trellis stood behind the plant so it would have something to support it as it grew tall. She wiped the dirt from her hands onto her old jeans and sat back on her heels. "I can't wait until the vine grows and gets those little white flowers. Confederate Jasmine makes the best smell ever!"
Adam, her stepdad, smiled. "You know it will take another year before you see any blooms." "That's okay," said Leigh Ann. "I can wait."
Adam and Leigh Ann watered the vine then put away the small spade and the hose. After finishing their work, they sat on the porch glider to enjoy the warm afternoon sun. Leigh Ann's mom brought out some lemonade and cups.
"Pastor Rick talked about Jesus being a vine," Mom told Leigh Ann. "Do you remember?" "Yes," Leigh answered. "But I didn't really understand. How is Jesus a vine?" "Let me ask you this," said Mom. "Can there be little white Jasmine flowers without the vine?"
"No, of course not."
"So," said Mom, "the vine produces the sweet-smelling flowers, and Jesus, our vine, produces the good fruit in us."
Leigh Ann was still confused. "What do you mean, good fruit?"
Adam explained. "The good fruit Jesus grows in us is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. When we produce good fruit, we are showing others that we belong to Jesus and that His Holy Spirit lives inside us."
"So, Jesus planted His Spirit in me when I trusted Him as my Savior last month," Leigh Ann said. "And now He helps me show love and patience and all that nice stuff."
"That's right," said Mom. "But, like the vine you planted, it takes care and pruning for beautiful flowers or fruit to be produced."
Leigh Ann grinned. "I guess that means you need to give me lots of time before expecting any good fruit."
"Oh, I can already see some fruit growing in your life," said Adam. He picked up the watering can. "But we can still water you more often!" He ran after a squealing Leigh Ann, sprinkling water over her head. -Bonnie Carr
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you see God’s fruit growing in your life? Just like a vine grows flowers, grapes, or berries, Jesus produces good fruit in us—qualities like love, patience, and kindness. His Spirit works in our hearts, patiently caring for us and pruning us so good fruit will grow for others to see. As you grow in your faith in Jesus, others will see His goodness in you.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: John 15:5 (NIV) (KJV)
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
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Bought Back (Friday)
Read: Ephesians 1:3-8; 1 Peter 1:18-19
Rory was almost in tears when she got home from a shopping trip with her older sister. "You won't believe what I saw at the thrift store!" she told her mom. "My doll!"
"Your doll?" asked Mom.
"Yes! My doll! The one Grandma gave me. I know it's mine--it has a scribble mark on one arm and an eye that sticks shut."
Rory's sister Skylar nodded in agreement. "It was Rory's doll, all right. I could pick that thing out of a lineup!"
"How did it end up at the thrift store?" asked Mom. "I haven't donated anything lately."
Rory shrugged. "I don't know. I think I took it to Scarlet's house not too long ago…or was it Freida's house?" Rory threw up her hands. "I can't remember! But I must have left it somewhere and it accidentally got donated."
"Well, let me call the store and explain the situation," said Mom. She got out her cell phone and made the call. "I'm sorry, Rory," she said a few minutes later, "but the clerk told me they aren't allowed to give back items once they're for sale in the store."
Rory burst into tears. "But it's my doll! They can't sell it to someone else."
Mom sighed. "Well, if you really love that doll, you may have to buy it back."
"She shouldn't have to pay for something that's hers," said Skyler. But Rory ran to her room and began shaking coins out of her piggy bank.
Skylar agreed to drive Rory back to the store. When they returned, Rory came skipping into the house, the doll nestled tightly in her arms.
Mom sighed with relief. "You redeemed her," she said, smiling.
"I what?" asked Rory.
"Redeemed her--bought her back. You did for your doll what Jesus did for us," Mom explained. "He made us for Himself, but when Adam and Eve sinned, it put them--and all the people who came after them--under Satan's power. So Jesus paid the price to redeem us."
"He did that when He died on the cross, didn't He?" asked Rory.
Mom nodded. "He bought us back with His own blood. When we trust in Him, our sins are forgiven and we become God's children."
-Violet E. Nesdoly
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Did you know that Jesus paid the price to redeem you—to buy you back from the control of sin and Satan? Because Jesus shed His blood for you, you can become God’s child and have eternal life with Him! Have you accepted His gift of salvation, or does Satan still own you? If you haven’t trusted Jesus as your Savior, do it today! Then you’ll belong to Him. (To learn more, click the "Good News!" button in the right column of this page.)
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Ephesians 1:7 (NKJV) (KJV)
In [Jesus] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.