Nature Window: Rotten Apples
Apples are yummy fruit. Have you ever forgotten about one and neglected to eat it? After a couple of weeks brown spots start, then those brown spots get soft and spread. Then, the brown spots develop black and green spots in them that get bigger and bigger. White spots also appear. Soon the whole apple is brown and covered in different colors of black, green, and white fuzzy stuff. Yuk!
We call that yucky process decomposition. It happens because tiny microorganisms of bacteria and fungi start eating the apple. Then they grow and multiply taking over the whole thing. We call apples that have turned brown, rotten. Nobody wants to eat a rotten apple. Check out this time lapse video of an apple going bad. The music is kind of sad, so you might mute it.
Rotting apples remind me of the Bible verse, Hebrews 3:12, which says, " So brothers, be careful that none of you has an evil, unbelieving heart. This will stop you from following the living God" (ICB). It's possible for us to develop a rotten heart and turn away from God. This is why we always have to try to stay close to Jesus. Our Bible story is about a king who followed God with all his heart when he was young. But, when someone special in his life died, his heart became rotten, and he didn't want to follow God anymore. How sad!
Memory Mastery Review: God's Special Book
Next Sabbath we will be presenting to the church what the children learned about God's special book, the Bible. Please look at a Bible while you listen along. Please make sure your child can answer the following questions.
We will also be singing the hymn, Standing on the Promises. Children should know the first verse.
Standing on the promises of Christ the King
Through eternal ages let His praises ring
Glory in the highest I will shout and sing
Standing on the promises of God
Standing on the promises of God my Savior
I'm standing on the promises of God
Memory Mastery: The Godhead
This quarter we are learning more about the Godhead. During our time, we will unpack a little of the mystery of God to help the children understand some important principles. At the end of our questions and answers, you will find a poem about the Godhead that I want the children to memorize.
Who is God?
Did God really make everything? What was there before Him?
Reference: Acts 17:24-28
Do you like to be alone all by yourself? Neither does God.
In fact, did you know God has his own family?
References: 1 John 5:7; Mark 1:9-11
Can we see God?
References: 1 John 4:12; John 6:46; Hebrews 4:14; John 15:26; John 14:7-9
Here is a poem I wrote to help us remember each person of the Godhead.
(This poem is the actual memory mastery project we will memorize as a class.)
Mission Trip: More for Jesus
Bonte is a 12-year old boy in Gabon, a country on the west coast of central Africa. He likes going to his Adventist School because he gets to learn about Jesus. His friends that live too far away to go to Adventist School go to public school. They say their teachers always have exams on Saturdays, and they get in trouble for skipping them because they go to church. Bonte hopes everyone will help give to the 13th Sabbath mission project, so there can be a new Adventist school where his friends live in Franceville, Gibon.
Bible Story: Joash Fixes God's Church
Joash was only 7 years old when he became king of Judah. Jehoiada the priest was like a father to him and helped him make good decisions for God.
King Joash decided he wanted to repair God's temple, but there was no money to hire people to help. King Joash had an idea. He put a big box outside the temple, so people could put money there when they came to worship. Soon, the box filled up with money. King Joash had it brought to the treasury, so he could pay workers to fix the temple.
Now there was enough money to fix God's house. King Joash hired stone workers and carpenters to fix God's house. He paid them money from the money that was collected in the big offering box. Soon, God's house was like new again! Priest Jehoida and King Joash were so happy to see God's house all fixed up.
Some time later, priest Jehoiada died. Other people gave King Joash bad ideas. King Joash decided he didn't want to serve God anymore. He started worshiping idols. How sad! God sent prophet Zechariah to warn King Joash of his sins, but King Joash did not listen. His heart was now evil.
Our prayer verse is Psalm 40:8, which says, "I delight to do Your will, O my God,
And Your law is within my heart" (NKJV). King Joash started out with a good heart that loved God's law. Then his heart became bad. We have to be very careful keep our hearts true to God. Let's give our hearts to Jesus right now.
Dear Father God, please put Your law in my heart. I want to love and serve You. I want Jesus in my heart today. In Jesus' name, Amen