Entries in hero of the month (12)

Friday
Jul262013

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Esther

Note to parent or teacher: This lesson plan on the life of Esther (which can be broken into shorter parts) highlights the following lesson objectives:

ŸLearn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible. (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a)

ŸLearn of historical characters who displayed great courage in the face of fear or seemingly insurmountable odds. (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c)

ŸUnderstand that justice is fairness and equality; it is rewarding good work and punishing evil; it is standing up for what is right and doing one’s best to right wrongs. (Character Building: Social Skills: Justice-2b)

ReadSeptember Hero of the Month: Queen Esther.”

Listen to or read “The Story of Esther, Part 1.” (Runtime: 7:55)

Read the following facts on the history and background of the story of Esther:

ŸThe book of Esther spans ten years, 483–473 BC.

ŸGo here for a world history timeline chart that depicts other major world events occurring during this time period. (After following the link, click on the “history” link that should appear on the left-hand side, then click on “500 BC – AD 1” that will appear on the right-hand side under other historical time period links.)

ŸThe book of Esther takes place in the area that is present-day Iran. Find Iran on a map or globe, or go to Google Maps and search Iran.

 

ŸKing Ahasuerus was also known by his Greek name, Xerxes.

ŸFor more on the Persian civilization, read “Persian Empire for Kids” or “Persian Empire” for a comprehensive article on this ancient civilization.

 

Listen to or read “The Story of Esther, Part 2.” (Runtime: 9:39)

Discuss how God can use those in government positions to help perform His plan. See if your child can list seven characters (including Queen Esther) in the Bible who held positions in foreign governments that God used to perform His will. (Answer: Queen Esther, Daniel, Joseph, Nehemiah, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.) God can use each of us in whatever place we are in. Look up 1 Corinthians 7:20. "Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him" (NIV).

Listen to or read “The Story of Esther, Part 3.” (Runtime: 10:52)

Talk about how sometimes doing the right thing is difficult. Queen Esther, probably still in her late teens or early twenties when this story takes place, knew that seeing the king to plead for the life of her people could cost her position and even her life. So she fasted for three days and asked her people to do the same. She knew this enterprise would require courage—courage that she alone did not have. When we are called on to act courageously, we can ask God for help through prayer, and ask others to pray for us so that we can make the right decisions.

ColorHero of the Month Coloring Page: Esther.”

DoHero of the Month Quiz: Esther.

Additional resource:

Ÿ    “Bible Word Search: Esther

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c; Character Building: Social Skills: Justice-2b

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Friday
Jun282013

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Daniel

Note to parent or teacher: This lesson plan on Daniel highlights the following lesson objectives: “Learn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible; learn of historical characters who displayed great courage in the face of fear or seemingly insurmountable odds.” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c)

ReadHero of the Month: Daniel.”

Have an impromptu discussion on what your children know of Daniel’s life.

Listen to “Daniel” from Great Adventures 2.

Read the story of Daniel, either from the Bible (see below for the more well-known stories from his life) or from an adapted retelling of the story (a children’s Bible, etc.). You could read a chapter a day for the next week, or otherwise space them out according to what works best for you.

  • Ÿ   Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and the king’s food: Daniel 1
  • Ÿ   Daniel interprets the king's dream: Daniel 2
  • Ÿ   The fiery furnace (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego): Daniel 3
  • Ÿ   Daniel interprets the writing on the wall: Daniel 5
  • Ÿ   Daniel in the lions' den: Daniel 6

Listen to “An Audio Bible Adventure: The Humbled King” (runtime: 12:59).

Discuss how Nebuchadnezzar's greatest sin was pride, but we don't have to be the king of a world empire and live in extravagant luxury to be proud. Look up the following verses and discuss them: James 1:17; 1 Corinthians 4:7; John 3:27; Proverbs 16:18; James 4:6.

Read, paraphrase, and explain “Daniel” from Meditation Moments. (Or, if your children are older, an audio recording is also available.)

DoHero of the Month Coloring Page: Daniel.”

DoHero of the Month Quiz: Daniel.”

Additional resources:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c

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Friday
May242013

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Nehemiah

Note to parent or teacher: This lesson plan on Nehemiah (this can be broken into shorter parts) highlights the following lesson objectives: “Learn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible. Understand that when one perseveres, great things can be accomplished; if one gives up when things begin to get difficult, nothing great would ever be accomplished. (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Perseverance-2a)

Have an impromptu discussion on what your children know of Nehemiah’s life.

Watch The Fabulous Bentley Brothers: Nehemiah.”

ReadJuly Hero of the Month: Nehemiah.”

Listen to “Audio Bible Adventure: The Man Who Built a Dream.” (Audio runtime 10:40.)

Highlight how four months elapsed between the time Nehemiah heard of the disrepair of Jerusalem and when the king inquired why Nehemiah looked downcast. These four months were not wasted. Nehemiah fasted and prayed with his friends; he had also prepared a plan for the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls that he was able to immediately present to the king when an opening presented itself.

Read Nehemiah 4:7–23. These verses recount how Nehemiah prayed to God for protection and deliverance, but also did his part in arming his men. Ask your children how this concept of prayer plus practical effort is played out in our daily lives. Discuss examples of things we should pray for, where God might also expect us to do our part.

Listen to “Audio Bible Adventure: In Defense of the Poor.” (Audio runtime 9:59.)

Talk about times when we must do what we know to be right, and encourage others to do the same, even if everyone around us is behaving differently. 

Here are some interesting facts to talk about with your children before or after listening to the Audio Bible Adventures on Nehemiah:

ŸThe book of Nehemiah takes place roughly twenty-nine years after the events in the book of Esther, and twelve years after the last account in the book of Ezra.

ŸThe books of Ezra, Esther, and Nehemiah each recount, in their varying ways, the Babylonian captivity of the Jews, and the return of the Jewish people to the land of Judah. Read or paraphrase “Introduction to Nehemiah” found on page 2 of this article, which gives an overview of that time period.

ŸKing Artaxerxes, King Ahasuerus’ son, is the reigning monarch in the book of Nehemiah. (King Ahasuerus, also known as Xerxes I, is the monarch that Esther marries in the book of Esther.)

ColorHero of the Month Coloring Page: Nehemiah.”

Take theHero of the Month Quiz: Nehemiah.”

Additional resources:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Perseverance-2a

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Copyright © 2013 The Family International

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Saturday
Mar302013

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Elijah

Note to parent or teacher: This lesson plan on Elijah highlights the following lesson objectives: “Learn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible; learn of importunity in prayer, and how there are times when God expects one to persevere in prayer before He brings the answer.” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Christian Life and Faith: A Personal Connection with Jesus: Prayer-2d)

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ReadHero of the Month: Elijah.”

Listen to “An Audio Bible Adventure: Make Me a Cake” (runtime: 6:13). The widow of Zarephath had been gathering wood so she could cook one last cake of bread for herself and her son before their food ran out. But when God's prophet told her to bake him a cake first, God was testing her to see if she'd be willing to put Him first. Discuss how even if you don't have much to give, God will bless a giving heart, no matter how small the gift. Look up the story of the widow’s mite in Mark 12:41–44.

Listen to “An Audio Bible Adventure: Fire from Heaven” (runtime: 10:34). It probably wasn’t easy for Elijah to confront King Ahab and the prophets of Baal on Mount Caramel for a showdown, but Elijah expected God to do a miracle. Where do you think Elijah’s courage and conviction came from? (Through prayer and spending time with God.)

Read of some of the other miracles that Elijah performed:

  • Ÿ   The ceasing of rain for three and a half years (1 Kings 17:1)
  • Ÿ   The food brought by ravens (1 Kings 17:4)
  • Ÿ   The miracle of the barrel of meal and cruse of oil (1 Kings 17:14)
  • Ÿ   The resurrection of the widow's son (1 Kings 17:22)
  • Ÿ   The calling of fire from heaven on the altar (1 Kings 18:38)
  • Ÿ   The causing of rain after the drought (1 Kings 18:45)
  • Ÿ   The parting of the Jordan (2 Kings 2:8)
  • Ÿ   The prophecy that Elisha should have a double portion of his spirit (2 Kings 2:10)

DoHero of the Month Coloring Page: Elijah.”

DoHero of the Month Quiz: Elijah.

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Christian Life and Faith: A Personal Connection with Jesus: Prayer-2d

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Friday
Feb222013

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: King David

Note to parent or teacher: This lesson plan on King David highlights the following lesson objectives: “Learn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible; learn of historical characters who displayed great courage in the face of fear or seemingly insurmountable odds.” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c)

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ReadHero of the Month: King David.”

Read 1 Samuel 16:1–13 for the story of Samuel anointing young David to be the future king of Israel.

Listen to “An Audio Bible Adventure: A Giant’s Challenge” (runtime: 7:48).

Talk about how God likes to use people who are lowly in their own eyes to show His greatness. Can your child think of other instances in the Bible where this was shown? (Gideon and his band of three hundred, Jaal defeating a general, Mary and Joseph as Jesus’ earthly parents, Jesus’ fisherman disciples, etc.)

Listen to “An Audio Bible Adventure: To Win an Enemy” (runtime: 07:01).

Listen to “An Audio Bible Adventure: Exploits of a King-to-Be” (runtime: 6:20).

Highlight the fact that while King David was a great king, he was not perfect. In fact, at one point he committed a very bad sin (see 2 Samuel 11, 12:1–15). However, he repented with a great repentance, and accepted God’s punishment in humility. And then later, knowing that God had forgiven him for so much, it became easier for him to have compassion and forgiveness for others. King David once said of God, "Your gentleness has made me great" (Psalm 18:35).

Listen to “Psalm 34,” a Psalm of David.

DoHero of the Month Coloring Page: King David.

DoHero of the Month Quiz: King David.

Additional resources:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c

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Copyright © 2013 The Family International

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Saturday
Jan262013

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Gideon

Note to parent or teacher: This lesson plan on Gideon highlights the following lesson objectives:“Learn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible. Learn of historical characters who displayed great courage in the face of fear or seemingly insurmountable odds.”(Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c)

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ReadHero of the Month: Gideon.”

Listen to “An Audio Bible Adventure: A Pitcher, a Torch, and the Sword of the Lord” (runtime: 10:47).

Discuss
the following points together:

  • As with Gideon, the humble son of a farmer, God frequently uses weak, seemingly unqualified people, who are more dependent on Him. Brainstorm other instances in the Bible or from history where this is illustrated. (Some ideas are the following: Joseph, Moses, David, etc.)
  • When God asks something seemingly impossible of someone, God provides the supernatural power equal to the task at hand. How do you see this played out in the people you discussed previously?
  • Large numbers don't mean anything to God; in fact, often He seems to work with the weak and the few in number so that it will show His strength and not our own.
  • As this story brings out when the men were sent to drink water, often the Lord tests us when we don't even know that we're being tested. Use a personal story or a story from the Bible or history to illustrate this point.

DoHero of the Month Coloring Page: Gideon.”

DoHero of the Month Quiz: Gideon.”

Additional resources:

  • Illustrated Bible stories of Gideon for younger children
  • Answer questions about Gideon and then find the matching hidden pictures.

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.


S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c

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Friday
Dec282012

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Joshua

Note to parent or teacher: This lesson plan on Joshua (can be broken into shorter readings) highlights the following lesson objectives, “Learn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible. Learn of historical characters who displayed great courage in the face of fear or seemingly insurmountable odds.” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c)

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Have an impromptu discussion on what your children know of Joshua’s life. Point out the events that led up to the time when Joshua became leader of the Israelites (i.e., the Israelites had been enslaved by the Egyptians, God anointed Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses appointed Joshua to be the next leader, etc.)Also, point out that the people who lived in the land of Canaan at the time were worshippers of Baal, Moloch, and other idols which involved many evil practices.

ReadDecember Hero of the Month: Joshua.”

Look at this map to show the route Joshua and the people of Israel took as recorded in the book of Joshua. Explain that Canaan is now modern-day Israel. Look up Israel on a map.

Listen to An Audio Bible Adventure: A New Leader and His Undercover Agents”(runtime: 7 min), a retelling of Deuteronomy 34 and Joshua 1 and 2.Highlight how this story shows God is faithful to keep His promises. He had promised His people a homeland, and they were now entering to possess it. However, it wasn't handed to them without effort on their part; God required that they do their part in order to gain what He had given them. And when Israel did so—God was with them, helping them supernaturally and miraculously to claim the land God had promised to their forefather, Abraham.

Listen toAn Audio Bible Adventure: Highway Through the River and a Most Unconventional War”(runtime: 9 min), a retelling of Joshua 3, 4, 5, and 6.Discuss how we are oftenprone to equate greatness with bigness and numbers with power, whereas none of this is necessarily true when it comes to God’s power. God doesn't go for bigness after the manner of this world. He's seldom for the strong, but almost always for the weak. (Look up Isaiah 55:8 and 1Corinthians 1:27.)

Read The Wall of Jericho Did Fall!” Scientists confirm this famous Bible story.

Listen to “Audio: Around the Walls,” and—for those children who would like to do so—color “Hero of the Month Coloring Page: Joshua.”

Listen to An Audio Bible Adventure: The Hoax of the Moldy Bread and the Day the Sun Stood Still”(runtime: 10 min), a retelling of Joshua 9 and 10.

Take theHero of the Month Quiz: Joshua.

Here are some other links to Joshua’s story retold for children:

Note: If you do a verse-by-verse reading of the book of Joshua, you could divide the reading into several sittings, reading one or two chapters at each sitting. The following are key events from the book of Joshua:

  • Ÿ   God speaks to Joshua, and Joshua takes command: Joshua 1
  • Ÿ   Joshua sends spies to Jericho and they are saved by Rahab: Joshua 2
  • Ÿ   The Jordan River dries up to allow the Israelites to cross on dry land: Joshua 3
  • Ÿ   The Israelites build a memorial to commemorate God’s providence: Joshua 4
  • Ÿ   The captain of the Lord’s army visits Joshua: Joshua 5
  • Ÿ   God gives Joshua a battle plan, Joshua carries it out, and the walls of Jericho fall down after seven days: Joshua 6
  • Ÿ   God stops time so that Joshua and the Israelites can fight during daylight: Joshua 10:11–1 4
  • Ÿ   Joshua chapters 7 to 12 continue the story of Joshua’s conquering of Canaan, chapters 13 to 21 detail his division of the land, and chapters 22 to 24 describe the tribes’ commitment to staying in Canaan.
  • Ÿ   Note: The story of Joshua and Caleb scouting out the land of Canaan is found in Numbers 13 and 14, and will be touched on in an upcoming lesson plan on Caleb.

Additional resources:

 Ÿ   Here’s a crossword on the story of Joshua and the walls of Jericho.

Ÿ   Here’s an activity page maze around the walls of Jericho.

Ÿ   Video: Books of the Bible: Joshua.

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you. 

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c

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Friday
Nov092012

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Caleb

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a lesson plan on Caleb, which highlights the following lesson objectives: “Learn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible. Learn of historical characters who displayed great courage in the face of fear or seemingly insurmountable odds.” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c)

ReadJune Hero of the Month: Caleb.”

Listen or readAn Audio Bible Adventure: There Are Giants in the Land!

Here is a link to Caleb’s story retold for younger children:

Exploring Canaan”: retold in story format, with a couple of illustrations. [Note: Good for younger audiences.]

ColorHero of the Month Coloring Page: Caleb.

Take theHero of the Month Quiz: Caleb.”

Additional resources:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2012 The Family International

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Saturday
Oct272012

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Moses

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a lesson plan on Moses, which highlights the following lesson objective: “Learn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible.” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a)

Part 1: Moses’ early life
Using a whiteboard, blackboard, or piece of paper
, have your children help you draw a rough timeline of Moses’ early life based on what they know. Then continue to fill out and refine this timeline as you read the following articles.

Read May Hero of the Month: Moses.”

Read Adventures in Hebrews, Part 3,” pages 2–4: a brief version of the early part of Moses’ story, as relayed in Hebrews 11.

Watch
the music video “Baby in a Basket,” or read “The Beautiful Baby Who Was Found in a River” for the early part of Moses’ life.

Ask your children if they think that God had a plan for Moses’ life from before he was born. If they answer “yes,” then ask what makes them think so. Discuss God’s miraculous protection in saving Moses from the Nile, and His great foresight and planning in having Moses grow up as the son of pharaoh’s daughter, and how that might have prepared him for the role God would have him play later on in life.

ReadWhy Moses Lived in the Wilderness.

ReadThe Voice from the Burning Bush.

Ask your children why they think God used a burning bush to talk with Moses. Discuss how God wants to communicate with us all the time, but often we are too busy to listen, and so He sometimes uses miracles or He allows things to happen that help us be still and listen to His voice. If you have a personal account that illustrates this point, tell your children of it.

Additional material:

  • Read of Moses’ early life from The Picture Bible or another illustrated Bible book.
  • Watch select portions of The Prince of Egypt (1998)
  • Other lesson plans on Moses’ early life



Part 2: Moses, Israel’s deliverer
Listen
to “An Audio Bible Adventure: The Plagues of Egypt.”
Listen to “An Audio Bible Adventure: Walking Through the Sea.

Discuss the following thought-provoking point in the above audio: “What if instead of raising his rod over the sea in obedience to God’s command, he had chosen to turn back, because of his own people’s foolish desires of the moment, and also in fear of the oncoming enemy forces? It would have been a completely different story with tragic consequences.”

ColorHero of the Month Coloring Page: Moses.” (Children can color this coloring page as they listen to one of the above stories.)

ReadChariots in the Red Sea,” a news article on recent discoveries that provide evidence regarding the Bible story found in Exodus 12 to 15.

Listen to “An Audio Bible Adventure: Winning a Battle with Lifted Hands.

Ask your children why they suppose God told Moses to “Write this story on a scroll for a remembrance and make sure Joshua hears it” (Exodus 17:14, paraphrased). [Answer: So that Joshua would be humble and remember that it was God who gave the victory.]

Take the “Hero of the Month Quiz: Moses.”

Additional material:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a

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Copyright © 2012 The Family International

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Friday
Sep142012

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Abraham

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 30-minute lesson plan on Abraham, which highlights the following lesson objective: “Learn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible.” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a)

Discuss what your children know of Abraham’s life.

Watch the music video “Abraham.”

Read November Hero of the Month: Abraham.”

Read this article, for a brief background on Abraham’s life.

Read the story of how Abraham allowed Lot to choose grazing land in Genesis 13, or in the following retold from “Lot’s Choice.”

Discuss how Abraham allowed Lot to choose the choicest piece of land for himself. It would have been easy for Abraham to claim the best land for his own family, which was his right as the top elder of the entire clan, and the one who had initiated the journey from their former home, and the one who had invited Lot to join him. But Abraham preferred his nephew, and God rewarded his generosity.

Read Adventures in Hebrews, Part 2,” pages 5–6: Abraham following God to a land of promise; God’s covenant with Abraham concerning his descendants.

Read of the great sacrifice God asked of Abraham in Genesis 22:1–18, or the first page of “Adventures in Hebrews, Part 3” for a short recap.

Reflect with the children on the above story, thinking about it from Abraham’s point of view. Describe how Abraham had waited for many years for God to fulfill His promise of having many descendants, and after he finally had a son, God asked Abraham to give the son back to Him. What compelled Abraham to obey?

Discuss why Abraham is called “the father of faith.”

Look up 2 Chronicles 20:7, Isaiah 41:8, and James 2:23. Each of these verses describes Abraham as a “friend of God.” Brainstorm components that good friendships are made of (e.g., trust, loyalty, openness, spending time together, etc.). Discuss how this was what Abraham’s relationship with God was like, and what our relationship with God can be like as well. Also look up John 15:14.

Color Hero of the Month Coloring Page: Abraham.”

Take the “Hero of the Month Quiz: Abraham.”

Additional material:

  • Read Abraham’s story from The Picture Bible or another illustrated Bible book.
  • Watch Abraham (1993)

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a

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Copyright © 2012 The Family International

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Friday
Aug242012

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Jeremiah

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a lesson plan (that can be broken into shorter parts) on the prophet Jeremiah, which highlights the following learning objective: “Learn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible.” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a)

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Have an impromptu discussion on what your children know of the prophet Jeremiah.

Ÿ“Questions and Answers about Jeremiah”: some points on the book of Jeremiah, main events of Jeremiah’s life and which Bible chapters to find them in, and a few stories.

ŸIf you have an illustrated Bible available, read about Jeremiah’s life from it.

Discuss the following with your children.

  • Jeremiah did not want to be a prophet. He thought he was too young and had little skill at speaking. God told Jeremiah that He had chosen him to be His prophet before he was born (see Jeremiah 1:5). Once Jeremiah accepted God’s call, his life became a testimony to how God anoints and empowers His followers to perform His will. It’s good to remember that even if we may not feel that we are good at something, God can anoint us for what He asks us to do.
  • ŸIn the book of Jeremiah, we see the people of Judah frequently disobeying and ignoring God. It’s easy to wonder at their folly in doing so, but we can ask ourselves if we are doing what God tells us to do and what we know to be right and godly based on what the Bible tells us.

ColorHero of the Month Coloring Page: Jeremiah.

Take theHero of the Month Quiz: Jeremiah.

Additional material:

  • ŸLook at a timeline of the rulers and prophets of Jeremiah’s time on page 217 of this document.
  • Look at this chart and discuss how Jeremiah, Daniel, and Ezekiel all lived during the same time period and how God was speaking to all three of them. Read the “What’s interesting” section at the bottom of the web page.

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2012 The Family International

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Saturday
Jul282012

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Deborah

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a lesson plan on Deborah (can be broken into shorter parts), which highlights the following lesson objective: “Learn more about the lives of the great men and women of the Bible.” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a)

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ReadApril Hero of the Month: Deborah.”

Have an impromptu discussion on what your children know of Deborah’s life. Read and discuss the following background points:

ŸMoses and Joshua had led the children of Israel to the Promised Land, and the Israelites were now living in Canaan (Israel).

ŸAfter Joshua died, the people of Israel were led by a series of “judges” who helped the people settle disputes and reminded them to obey God’s laws. (See Judges 2:18.)

ŸThe judges of Israel up to this time had all been male.

ŸRead “The Judges of Israel” or this chart, which goes into greater detail about the individuals who served as Israel’s judges during this time.

Read the story of Deborah, either from the Bible, or from an adapted retelling of the story. Here are some links to Deborah’s story retold for children:

Ÿ“The Story of Deborah”: a dramatized audio of Deborah’s story. [Note: good for both older and younger audiences.]

Ÿ“The Story of Deborah”: retold in story format, with illustrations. [Note: good for older audiences.]

Note: The story of Deborah and Barak’s victory over Sisera can be found in Judges 4. Judges 5 is a song of praise to God that Deborah and Barak sang after the victory was won.

Look at this map showing the various places that are mentioned in Deborah’s story.

After reading the story of Deborah, discuss the following with your children.

ŸGod likes to use unlikely heroes to save the day in order for His strength to be shown: Deborah and Jael were women and not military leaders. Can the children think of any other unlikely heroes that God used as saviors for His people? (For example, Moses was a shepherd, David killed Goliath when he was only a boy; Jeremiah was young and shy, etc.)

ColorHero of the Month Coloring Page: Deborah.

Take the “Hero of the Month Quiz: Deborah.”

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2012 The Family International

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DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Deborah (Spanish)
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