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Feeding the Birds (Monday)
Read: 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
"Grandma, why do you have so many different kinds of bird feeders?" Kenneth asked as he and his grandmother filled the bird feeders in her yard. "Wouldn't one be enough?"
"Well, Ken, if every bird were the same, one kind of bird feeder would be enough. But God, in His wisdom and creativity, made all kinds of birds for us to enjoy, and He created them with different needs and preferences. Finches, for instance, usually like to perch on bags filled with black thistle seed. Bluebirds like to feed from trays or dishes. And hummingbirds like the sweet sugar nectar we fill their feeders with."
"Wow," said Kenneth. "That's really cool!" He went to his school library the next day to check out some books on birds.
Later that week, Kenneth and his grandmother discussed the pastor's sermon on their way home from church. "What did he mean when he said we need to tailor the gospel to meet our neighbor's needs?" Kenneth asked.
"Well, remember when we were filling the bird feeders and talked about each bird's needs?" asked Grandma. "Sharing the gospel with our friends is a lot like feeding birds--you can't just throw out one kind of seed and assume that's what all of them can eat. Just like you need to learn how God created each bird and what they like to eat, you have to listen and learn what's important to your friends--such as what they like to do or what their fears and hurts are. Are all your friends the same?"
"No," Ken said. "Some do sports, and some like band or theater. Some have divorced parents, or someone in their family is really sick and in the hospital."
"Exactly," said Grandma. "You can share the good news of Jesus, which never changes, by taking an interest in the things your friends like or where they are hurting. Remember how Jesus often taught in parables? He shared God's truth through stories about farmers, housewives, and shepherds, because that was what people knew."
"I get it!" Kenneth said. "Tomorrow I'm going to tell my friend who's feeling lonely that Jesus wants to be his friend forever."
"Good for you, Ken! Now let's go fill some bird feeders." -Joni Spears
HOW ABOUT YOU?
How can you share the gospel with your friends? Even though the good news of Jesus never changes, the way you share it might. Do you have a friend who likes sports? Tell them Jesus is the best coach they could ever have. Do you know someone who’s going through a hard time? Let them know Jesus cares simply by listening to them and pointing them to the hope He offers. When you know what people need, you can share Jesus in a way that speaks to them.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 Corinthians 9:22 (KJV)
I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. (NIV)
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Fainting Goats (Tuesday)
Read: Deuteronomy 1:26-32
Kayla watched as her dad herded two baby goats into the family's goat pen. They looked so cute as they started eagerly exploring their new surroundings, curious about all the other goats in the pen.
"Can I go in and pet them, Dad?" asked Kayla.
"Sure!" Dad said. "Just be careful not to startle them. These goats are sometimes called fainting goats because--"
Before Dad could finish his explanation, their dog Buster bounded into the yard and started barking excitedly at the new arrivals. Immediately, the baby goats stiffened their legs and fell over.
"Oh no!" exclaimed Kayla. "I think something's wrong with the baby goats!"
"They're fine," Dad reassured her as he calmed down Buster. "I was just going to say that these are called fainting goats because when they get startled, their legs stiffen and they tumble over. They don't really faint. They actually have a medical condition that causes their muscles to stay tense longer than usual when they get scared. That's why they fall."
Kayla hurried into the pen to check on the babies. Soon they relaxed and were back on their feet, roaming around the pen as usual. Kayla started feeding them grain pellets from her hand. "I know exactly how they feel! I felt like fainting when I had to give my speech in front of my whole class last week. I was so scared!"
Dad smiled. "I know you were extremely nervous, but you didn't let fear paralyze you."
"I asked God to help me," said Kayla. "When it was time to give my speech, I took a deep breath and said a quick prayer. I felt more confident walking up front because I knew God was with me."
"There are a lot of verses in the Bible reminding us not to be afraid because God is with us," Dad said. "It's okay to feel nervous and scared sometimes, but we don't want to let that stop us from doing what we need to do. Jesus promises to always be with us, so we never have to face any situation alone. We can have courage because He is with us even when we feel scared."
Kayla grinned. "I'll remember that the next time I feel like a fainting goat!"
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Have you ever felt so afraid about a situation that you thought you couldn’t go through with it? Maybe it was giving a speech, taking a test, going to a new school, or going to the doctor. God promises to be with us through every hard time. When you feel overwhelmed, remember that He has given you His Spirit, who is always with you. Trust Him for help and courage when you feel afraid.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (NKJV)
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A Different Viewpoint (Wednesday)
Read: Proverbs 17:17; Colossians 3:12-17
"Look there behind you, Mom," said Evie as she and her mother picked raspberries. "Down low. There are some berries you missed."
"Oh, I see them," said Mom. "They're nice ones." She bent to pick the berries.
"There are more in the bush behind those," Evie told her.
Mom looked toward the berries Evie was pointing out, but she shook her head. "No, those aren't ripe enough yet--but I see some hiding in the center of the bush you just finished."
Evie laughed as she turned to pick the berries Mom saw. "I guess we should pick each other's bushes." After a moment, she said, "Remember when Nayori and her mom used to come and pick raspberries with us?"
"Yes." Mom sighed. "How is Nayori doing since her parents got divorced?"
Evie frowned. "Not too good. She's always whining and saying she'd rather live with her mom than with her dad. I can't see why. After all, this way she's still in the same house and the same school--and her friends are all here."
"I guess it all depends on your viewpoint," Mom replied. "It's like these berries--we miss some ripe ones and think others are ready when they're not. It depends on what direction we see them from. We need to remember that people see things in life in different ways too."
Evie nodded slowly. "I guess so."
"You see Nayori's problems from a distance," Mom said. "From your viewpoint, there are good reasons for her to live with her dad. But don't forget that she can see things you can't see. From her viewpoint, being with her mom may outweigh other things. I'm sure Nayori misses her a lot."
"Yeah, I think she does," Evie replied. "Nayori used to say she could tell her mom anything."
"I think she needs understanding more than she needs criticism," Mom said. "Perhaps Jesus can use you to help her through this. He understands exactly what she's going through, and He'll help you be a good friend and show her His love and compassion."
Evie nodded thoughtfully. "I'll try to see the situation more from her viewpoint. Maybe…oops!" She pointed to a bush Mom had finished. "You missed some more, Mom," she said with a grin. -Agnes Livezey
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you get annoyed when your friends talk about their troubles? Do you feel like things aren’t as bad as they make them out to be? Remember that you’re seeing their situation from a different viewpoint. Even if you don’t understand everything they’re going through, Jesus does, and He’ll help you be kind and understanding like He is. Trust Him to help you show compassion and offer encouragement to friends who are struggling.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 Kings 3:9 (KJV)
Give to Your servant an understanding heart. (NKJV)
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A Strong Hand (Thursday)
Read: John 10:14-15, 27-30; Romans 8:38-39
"Want this quarter, Madison? You can have it if you can get it." Madison's older brother Tobias held out his hand, palm up, with a quarter in it.
Madison hesitated, knowing how her big brother loved to tease, but Tobias just stood smiling at her. She walked slowly toward him. When she was close, she made a sudden, quick lunge for his hand. But just as quickly, Tobias's fist closed over the quarter, and the battle was on.
There was a lot of laughing and squealing as Madison tried to open Tobias's fist. "I got two fingers up," she panted in glee. "I'm gonna get it!" But a moment later, Tobias's fingers were down again. The quarter was as secure as ever.
"Okay, you two," their mom said at last. "I don't think you're going to get that quarter, Madison. And Tobias--you shouldn't be teasing your sister."
"Teasing her?" Tobias slapped his forehead in mock dismay. "I'm not teasing her. I'm just teaching her an important lesson like any good brother would do."
"Oh yeah?" said Madison. "What lesson would that be?"
"Well, you know the verse we talked about in church last week--the one about nobody being able to snatch us out of God's hand?" Tobias grinned. "I just gave you a demonstration of what a safe place a hand can be."
"Hey, not bad!" said Mom. "Tobias is a lot stronger than you are, Madison, and God is much stronger than anybody or anything. You couldn't force Tobias's hand open, although there are lots of people who could. But nobody--not even Satan--is strong enough to open God's hand." She smiled at Tobias. "That was a great illustration of how those who belong to Jesus are safe and secure in God's hand."
Tobias grinned at his sister. "And to show you what a good brother I am--here!" He started to toss the quarter to Madison, but stopped. "No. Wait a minute. Giving you the quarter would ruin my illustration of how safe you are in God's hand--because Jesus won't ever give you away." He paused. "But…" He took a bill from his pocket. "Here's a dollar instead."
"All right!" said Madison. "That's even better!" -Hazel W. Marett
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Aren’t you glad God holds His children securely? You may get discouraged about things that happen, but Jesus loves you and holds on to you. He won’t ever let you go. You are His. When you do something wrong or go through hard times, Satan may tell you God doesn’t love you anymore, but that’s not true. God loves you, and if you know Jesus as your Savior, you’re His forever. He will always keep you safely in His hand.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: John 10:29 (KJV)
My Father, who has given them [believers] to Me [Jesus], is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. (NKJV)
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Johnny Hurricane (Friday)
Read: Psalm 84:11; John 16:33; 1 Corinthians 3:10-11
CRASH! "Sorry!" Johnny said. SMASH…SPLASH! "Oops, sorry again!"
Amanda grinned at her mom. "Sounds like Johnny's home."
"I'm okay," Johnny said when Mom and Amanda found him standing in a watery mess. "I broke two flower vases."
As the three of them cleaned up the mess, Johnny said, "At school the kids call me Johnny Hurricane. Something always tips over or gets broken when I'm around. I'm telling you, I've got bad luck. It follows me everywhere!"
"There's no such thing as bad luck," Amanda said.
Johnny wrung water from a towel. "I think you're wrong. At school we learned about the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It was built to be a cathedral bell tower. They had great builders, but the tower started leaning after it was finished." Johnny shrugged. "See? Bad luck."
"It's not bad luck that it leans," Mom said. "There's a reason. When they built the tower, the foundation was laid on soft, marshy ground which couldn't support all that weight--so it leans. The builders should have known, but they were in too much of a hurry to build it."
"Oh," Johnny said. "So it wasn't bad luck--it was the foundation."
Mom filled the dustpan with broken glass. "Exactly right. Sometimes bad things happen--or go wrong when we aren't careful. But instead of calling it bad luck, we need to do what those builders failed to do and look at our foundation."
"How do we do that?" asked Johnny.
"We need to remember who our foundation is--Jesus. He died and rose again to save us from the worst thing that could ever happen--being separated from God forever because of our sin--and He is in control of everything. Even when He allows bad things to happen--things much worse than breaking a vase--we have hope because our lives are built on Him, not luck."
Johnny smiled. "So no more blaming things on bad luck." He grabbed the broom. "And I've decided to be more careful and slow down. I'm starting tomorrow!"
As he spun around to run the broom back to the closet, the broom handle bumped the lamp. Amanda caught it just before it toppled off the table.
"Hey, Johnny Hurricane." Mom gave him a hug. "How about you start right now?
HOW ABOUT YOU?
When things go wrong, do you blame it on bad luck? Luck—good or bad—is not a good foundation to build your life on. Let Jesus be your foundation. He has control over everything that happens, and He died for your sins so you could have eternal life with Him. Because we’re imperfect people who live in a broken world, bad things still happen, but you can stand firm in the hope of Jesus.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 Corinthians 3:11 (KJV)
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ. (NLT)