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Garrett’s Guilt (Monday)
Read: Hebrews 4:14-16
Garrett idly bounced a ball against the wall of the living room one Friday afternoon. Suddenly…CRASH! His father's glass-bottled ship lay shattered on the floor. Oh no! Garrett thought. That ship belonged to Dad's grandfather! And Mom and Dad said I'd be grounded for a week if I didn't stop throwing the ball in the house. But his parents weren't home from work yet, so he quickly swept up the pieces and threw them out.
That night, Garrett glanced at his Bible as he got ready for bed. He usually spent some time reading the Bible and praying each night before bed, but tonight he didn't feel like it. God's probably mad at me, he thought. So he jumped into bed and went to sleep instead.
At breakfast the next morning, Garrett tried to avoid his father's eyes. "How about a game of chess today?" Dad asked. Garrett shook his head. "Checkers?" asked Dad. "Or we could shoot hoops in the driveway."
Garrett couldn't keep quiet any longer. "You won't want to play with me when you know what I did," he said, his voice trembling. Then he told Dad how he had bounced the ball and broken the ship. "I'm sorry I disobeyed," Garrett said through tears. "Are you mad at me?"
"I'm not exactly happy about it," replied Dad. "But I'm glad you told me. When we sin, it gets in the way of enjoying our relationships with others--and also our relationship with God. Our heavenly Father loves us and wants to have fellowship with us, which is why He sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins. When we confess our wrongs to Him, He forgives us." Dad reached out and gave Garrett a hug. "And I forgive you too."
"Thanks, Dad," said Garrett. "I'm still grounded though, aren't I?"
Dad nodded. "Yes, but even so, I hope you'll always come to me, no matter what you've done, so that we can enjoy being together again. Nothing you do could ever keep me from loving you."
Garrett thought about how his guilt had caused him to avoid talking with Dad--and with God. I have a great dad, he thought. And an even greater God!
-Jan L. Hansen
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you sometimes avoid a person you’ve wronged? Have you ever avoided spending time with God because you feel guilty about something you’ve done? Don’t let sin keep you from going to God because you think He’s angry with you. He’s your loving Father who sent His Son to pay the price of your sin so you could be His child. Confess your sin to Him, and He will forgive you.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Hebrews 4:16 (KJV)
Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. (NLT)”
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The Servant (Tuesday)
Read: Mark 9:35; 10:45; Ephesians 2:10; 1 John 3:18
"Why do I have so many chores?" Madison complained as she pushed the vacuum cleaner down the hall. "I feel like a servant in this house!"
Madison's mom looked up from the dishes she was washing. "A servant? You talk as if that's a bad thing."
Madison stopped and stared at her mom as if she had lost her mind. "Of course it's a bad thing! Who would want to be a servant?"
"Jesus would," answered Mom. "He came to earth to serve, as well as to save."
"How was Jesus a servant?" Madison wanted to know.
"Well, He washed His disciples' dusty feet, and that was considered a very undesirable job--a job only a lowly servant would do."
"I guess so!" Madison wrinkled her nose at the thought of touching someone's
"Jesus also fed people when they were hungry. He comforted and healed the sick many, many times." Mom smiled at Madison. "And I imagine, if it was needed, Jesus would have vacuumed the house."
Madison laughed. "I'm pretty sure they didn't have vacuums in Jesus's time!"
Mom laughed too. "True. But think about it, Madison. Jesus, who is God, King of Kings, and Creator of everything that exists, lowered Himself to come to earth as a human and serve us! Our hearts were dirty with sin--dirtier than the disciples' stinky, dusty feet--so Jesus became a servant and died on the cross for the wrong things we've done so He could wash our sins away. If He hadn't done that, we would have no hope of eternal life."
Madison looked down at the vacuum and then back up at her mom. "I guess you're saying I should quit complaining and start vacuuming!"
"That's exactly what I am saying, because that's what Jesus would do," Mom replied. "And because we trust in Him, we're His servants. We serve Him by serving others and faithfully carrying out the responsibilities we've been given."
Madison put her ear buds in her ears, turned on her music, and started the vacuum. With a grin for her mom, she headed down the hall to finish her chores.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you ever feel like there’s too much you’re expected to do? Do you ever wish your parents, your teachers, or your coach wouldn’t ask so much from you? We all feel that way at times, and it’s important to have time to rest, but remember that Jesus calls those who trust in Him to be servants like He was. He served us by becoming human and sacrificing His life to save us. When we help others and do the tasks we’ve been given, we’re really serving Him.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Mark 10:45 (NIV) (KJV)
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
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Like It Never Happened (Wednesday)
Read: Isaiah 61:1-3; 1 John 1:9
Eyes bugging wide, Zachary stared at the laptop in shock. "What? NO!"
Xenia rushed into his bedroom. "What's the matter, Zach?"
Stammering, he gestured at the screen. "It…it was right there…and now it's gone!" Xenia looked at the document on the screen, blank except for one letter. She turned to her little brother in puzzlement. "T?"
Rising from his chair, Zachary flailed his arms. "It was my science report. I was almost done, but I read it over and noticed one place where I said news instead of newts. So I went in and typed T, and everything disappeared!" He choked on his words.
Patting Zachary on the shoulder, Xenia smiled. "Relax, I know what happened. You accidentally selected the whole document first. The computer thought you were replacing it all with T."
Zachary fought tears. "But I didn't mean to do that!"
"It's okay. Watch this." Holding down one key with her little finger, Xenia tapped another key with her index finger. As if by magic, "Our Amphibian Friends" reappeared, every last word.
Jaw dropping, Zachary gasped. "Whew, thanks! How did you fix it?"
Xenia pointed to the keyboard. "I pressed control-Z. That tells the computer to undo what you just did."
"Wow!" Awed, Zachary sat at his desk again and corrected the word newts. "My report's perfect now. It's like that never even happened."
"Yes, that's a lot like us." Xenia winked.
"Like us? What do you mean?" asked Zachary.
"Remember what we learned about Jesus at church?"
Zachary nodded. "You mean how He died and rose again so that we can go to heaven?"
"Right. We've all done things we'd like to take back--stuff a lot worse than erasing a science report. But we don't have to be stuck with these mistakes forever. Jesus paid the price for our sins, and when we trust in Him, all our sins are forgiven. So to God, it's like they never happened. We can be perfect to Him." "I get it," said Zachary. "Jesus pressed control-Z on my sins!"
Xenia chuckled. "Yes, and here's something else Jesus does that's like this computer." Xenia pressed control-S, saving the report. "He saves us!" -John Leatherman
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Have you ever done something you wish you hadn’t? Does it seem like you could never make it right? You can’t make yourself right with God, but Jesus can! He gave His life to pay for all your sins. When you trust in Him, your sins are forgiven, and God will accept you into His grace as if it never happened.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Isaiah 1:18 (KJV)
Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. (NKJV)
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A Little Fire (Thursday)
Read: Philippians 4:8; James 3:7-12
As Jena stopped in the middle of the mountain trail, her friend Olivia bumped into her. "Whoa!" said Olivia. "Why did you stop?"
Jena pointed to a hillside across the valley. "Mom said we'd see a place where there had been a forest fire--and that's it!"
"Wow!" exclaimed Olivia as the girls stared at the charred remains. When they moved on, she turned to Jena. "Did you know Blake cheated on a test and might get suspended from school?"
"Yeah. He says he didn't do it, but who's gonna believe that? And what about Omar? Maria thinks he stole money from her desk. He should be suspended too."
"Want some water?" Turning, the girls saw Jena's mom coming to join them. She held out a canteen, and they sat on a fallen log to rest.
"What caused that forest fire, Mom?" asked Jena, pointing to the hillside again. "It sure destroyed a lot of trees, didn't it?"
"The news report said it started from a little campsite fire," Mom replied. "When the weather is dry, just one stray spark can create a fire that quickly burns out of control." She took a sip of water from her canteen. "Did you know the Bible calls the tongue a fire? The things we say can have the same effect as that campfire. Our words can't destroy trees, but they can destroy friendships and damage lives. When we say unkind things, it can hurt people's feelings and their reputations."
"But it's okay to say things if we know they're true, isn't it?" Olivia asked.
"Not necessarily," said Mom. "While there sometimes may be a good reason to tell someone, it's important to think about our intention in doing so. Are we repeating that information because we want to help that person or hurt them?" Mom pointed toward the hillside. "Like a tiny spark, a small bit of gossip can spread and cause a lot of harm. And having a fiery tongue doesn't fit who we are as Christians. Jesus saved us and filled us with His love so we can build others up with our words like He does, not burn them down."
Olivia held up her phone. "I'll take a picture to remind myself of what a little fire--or a little gossip--can do." -Lovella Daoust
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Have you caught yourself spreading gossip about others? Has anyone ever gossiped about you? It’s hurtful and can be very damaging, can’t it? That’s not how Jesus calls us to treat others. Don’t start fires by spreading gossip. Instead, use your words to point others to Jesus and His love.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Proverbs 26:20 (KJV)
Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer, strife ceases. (NKJV)
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Seeing and Believing (Friday)
Read: John 20:19-20, 24-31
"Let's play hide-and-seek!" said Ethan. He was at his friend Jin's house where there were lots of great places to hide. "Mei can play too."
They found Jin's sister, who agreed to play. "I'll be it first," Jin volunteered. He covered his eyes and counted. "One, two, three, four…" As he continued counting, he heard Ethan and Mei running and giggling. Jin thought he heard one of them go to the basement. "Twenty-three, twenty-four, twenty-five!" Jin yelled the last number. "Ready or not, here I come!"
Jin headed toward the basement, watching and listening for any sign of Ethan or Mei. Suddenly he noticed the window next to the fireplace--and through the long curtain he could see the outline of a person! He recognized Ethan's red sweatshirt through the thin fabric and pulled back the curtain. "Found you, Ethan!"
"How did you know I was behind the curtain?" asked Ethan.
"I saw you," Jin replied. "This curtain is thin, and I could see your red sweatshirt through the fabric. That's how I knew it was you!"
"I guess seeing is believing," said Ethan.
"I guess so," agreed Jin. He grinned. "Hey! Remember our lesson at church last week from the book of John? Remember what happened after Jesus died on the cross?"
"Yeah," said Ethan. "A lot of people didn't think they'd ever see Jesus alive again."
"But He was resurrected--He rose from the grave," said Jin. "Before He went back to heaven, He appeared to a lot of His friends. When they saw Him with their own eyes, they knew He really did rise from the dead like He said He would and that He was the Son of God who came to save them."
"So for them, seeing was believing too," Ethan said. "And knowing that Jesus appeared to His friends helps us believe in Him too."
"Yep." Jin nodded. "And Mr. Michaels said that even though we can't see Jesus with our eyes like they did, we can see Him working in our lives."
Suddenly the two boys heard Mei's muffled voice from somewhere in the basement. "Hey!" she yelled. "I'm still hiding! What's taking you two so long?"
"Let's go find her!" said Ethan. -Jeanette Brooks
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you believe Jesus rose from the dead even though you can’t see Him with your eyes? After He rose, many people did see Him with their eyes. You can believe their testimony in the Bible. If you’re a Christian, you can see Him in your own testimony too. Have you seen evidence of His work in your life? How has knowing Him changed you? Yes, Jesus arose. Believe it!
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: John 20:29 (NKJV) (KJV)
Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.