Nature Corner: Egret Babies
The egret is a tall slender water bird. It catches fish by standing in low water, waiting patiently for fish to pass, then it pierces the fish with its sharp beak. Like other birds, it brings food back for its babies to eat. The egret builds its nest up high in the trees that are on small islands, so other animals cannot get to them. The little babies wait eagerly for their next meal.
One sad observation scientists have made about egret babies is that no matter how much food is available, the babies are still prone to fight each other. Do you fight with your brother or sister? It makes God sad because he wants you as brothers and sisters to help each other, not hurt each other. The Bible says in Ephesians 4:32, "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another even as God in Christ has forgiven you." Don't be like the baby egrets and keep fighting. Remember, that Jesus wants us to be nice and loving to each other.
Memory Mastery: God's Special Book
We have been learning interesting facts about God's special book, the Bible. Grab a Bible and listen along. Then, see if you can answer these questions below.
Mission Helper: A Walk in the Park
Dorota is originally from Poland, but she lives in Ireland now. One day, Dorota walked in the park with her daughter. She heard a woman talking in Polish and the woman heard Dorota talking in Polish to her daughter. The three women stopped and said hello. The kind woman invited Dorota to study the Bible and go to church on Sabbath. She introduced her to the Hope Channel on TV. Dorota had always loved God, but now she was finally learning more about the Bible and Jesus. She decided to be baptized and follow Jesus forever.
Bible Story: King David is Kind
Reference: 2 Samuel 9
David missed Jonathan his friend and asked Saul's servant Ziba if there was anyone left of the family of Saul to which David could show kindness. Ziba found Mephibosheth, Jonathan's son, who was lame. David brought Mephibosheth to his home to live and took care of him.
Our prayer verse is Ephesians 4:32, which says, "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving on another." David showed kindness to Saul's family, even though Saul was very mean to him. Do you show kindness to others when they are mean to you?
Dear Father God, Give me a heart of kindness for everyone, even for those who are mean to me. In Jesus' Name, Amen
Let's play an exercise game called Bible Fitness. I will read a verse and we will all do the action mentioned in that verse till I find the next verse. Ready? Listen carefully.
Every Part Matters
Moving around sure is lots of fun. What body parts outside and inside help us move around when we march or run? (Get ideas.) You know, if we didn't have toes we would not be able to balance correctly to stay upright. Our brain sends signals to our muscles so that they know exactly when they need to lift our legs up and put them down. Our heart works really hard when we move around. It sends blood to our muscles, so that our muscle cells get the oxygen and food they need to work. Yes, all of our body actually is working together to make it possible for us to move however we want. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 12:25, "God wanted the different parts [of the body] to care the same for each other." Our body is all connected and interdependent. If one part hurts, it keeps us from being able to do lots of things. If everything is healthy and well, we can do lots of things.
8 Special Laws
If we take care of our bodies, we will have the energy and strength to do all that God asks us to do. Do you know how to take care of the body that God gave you? Follow my actions as I share with you 8 ways to keep your body well.
As a family, which health laws do you think we do well at? Which ones do we need to work on? Let's pick one that we all will focus on together and decide how we will do it this month.
Nature Walk: Storehouse
There are different animals that store food to eat later on. Some you might see in your backyard include the squirrels, moles, mice, and chipmunks! Chipmunks are my favorite. God gave them elastic cheeks that stretch into big pockets to hold food that they haul from one place all the way to their burrow. During winter they have built up a huge storehouse of the best nuts and seeds to eat whenever they are hungry. Do you prepare for the future?
Chipmunks and other hoarding animals remind me of a Bible verse in 1 Chronicles 29:2, in which King David says, "Now for the house of my God I have prepared with all my might gold, ...silver, ...bronze, ...iron, ...wood, ...onyx, ...all kinds of precious stones, ...and marble." David did not get to build God's house, but during his time as king, he set aside all kinds of precious things for the time when his son Solomon would build God's house. Do you give God your very best?
Memory Mastery: God's Special Book
We are almost done working on God's special book, where we learn important facts about the Bible. Can you please review this with your child at home and make sure they can answer the following questions? We will present this information to the church along with the song, Standing on the Promises.
Mission Helper: Blind Hope
Marian is from Poland, and he was born blind. His grandmother read him the Bible, so he learned the 10 Commandments and many Bible stories. When he went to school, he learned to read using Braille, a raised dot system for the blind. In religion class, he asked his teacher why they didn't teach all the 10 commandments. His teacher told him that the Catholic Church had the power to change God's law. Marian decided that he would only follow the Bible. Now, Marian is a Sabbath School teacher. He likes to teach others the Bible and encourages them to follow Jesus all the way.
Bible Story: King David Wants to Build a House for God
References: 2 Samuel 7
After Saul died, David became the king of Israel. He remembered how good God was to him to protect him all those years that King Saul tried to hurt him. David decided he wanted to build a temple for God, but prophet Nathan told David that God would let David's son Solomon build the temple. God gave David the plans for the temple and helped David set aside money and special things for it.
God also gave David a very special promise. He told David that the throne of his family would last forever. In other words, He told David that Jesus would come from his family line.
Our prayer verse is 1 Chronicles 29:3, in which David says, "I have set my affection on the house of my God." David loved God so much that he dedicated his most precious things to God's house. We can show God love, too, by taking care of His house.
Dear Father God, I love You, and I want to show You love and respect by being careful with Your house. In Jesus' Name, Amen
Nature Corner: Fallen Trees
Have you ever walked in the woods and found a fallen tree? It will someday become dirt, but how? There are many bugs that will eat it and break it down. There is fungus, too, that eats it up. Soon, it will become so brittle it will break apart. As the bugs and microorganisms eat it, it will become dirt. Fallen trees remind me of the Bible verse, Genesis 3:19, which says, "For dust you are, and to dust you shall return." Just like trees that fall and die become dirt, God said people become dirt, too, when they die. Can dirt talk? Can dirt think? No. The same is true of dead people. Beware of anyone that claims to talk to dead people. They are really talking to evil angels.
Memory Mastery: God's Special Book
We are still working on memorizing important facts about God's special book, the Bible. Can you show your child a Bible while you listen along? Then, try to answer the questions below.
Mission Helper: Church at School
Iustina and Thea are best friends in Ireland. They go to the Adventist church on Saturdays. At school, they get to tell others about the Sabbath. Sometimes they go to the park with others from church and wear t-shirts that say, "Free Hugs." Their church meets in a school right now. Part of our 13th Sabbath offering will go to build a new church for Iustina and Thea.
Bible Story: The Last Days of Saul
Reference: 1 Samuel 28, 31
The Philistines wanted to attack Israel again, and King Saul was scared. He wanted to know what to do, but God would not answer him through the priests and prophet Samuel was dead.
King Saul decided to ask a medium for help. A medium is someone who works for Satan by calling Satan or his evil angels to pretend to be someone who has died. God says, we should never ask a medium for help. We should only pray to God for help.
"Who shall I call for you?" the medium lady asked King Saul. "Please call Samuel," he said. Then, an evil angel appeared and pretended to be Prophet Samuel. The evil angel said to Saul, "You and your sons will go to battle with the Philistines and you will all die." King Saul was even more scared now.
The next day, Israel battled with the Philistines and King Saul and his sons died. How sad that King Saul did not wait to seek help from God! How sad that he wanted to listen to the devil!
Our prayer verse is Ecclesiastes 9:5, which says, "For the living know that they will die; but the dead know nothing." Dead people are in their graves sleeping. They cannot hear, they cannot talk, they do not wake up until Jesus calls them at the end of time. We stay far away from mediums, witches and wizards who work for the devil. We only pray to God for help.
Dear Father God, I know the dead cannot hear anything. I will pray only to You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.