Nature Walk: Determined Salmon
Salmon are amazing fish. They lay their eggs upstream. Then, when the baby salmon are born, they easily swim downstream to the ocean where they spend their life. When it is time to mate and lay eggs, salmon go back to the place they were born. This is a very hard journey. Swimming upstream means that salmon have to constantly fight the current of the water. Sometimes, they have to jump over water falls to keep going up. There are many predators along the way that try to catch and eat them. Salmon refuse to give up. Check out this awesome video of their life cycle.
Salmon remind me of the Bible verse, Galatians 6:9, which says, "We must not become tired of doing good. We will receive our harvest of eternal life at the right time. We must not give up" (ICV)! If God can help those salmon never ever give up in their journey home, He can help us to not give up, too! Don't ever get tired of doing the right thing, even when it seems so hard. The Holy Spirit is always ready to help us obey. During the 3 years of no rain in Israel, prophet Elijah did not give up his hope in God. Water everywhere dried up, but he determined to trust God to take care of him, and God did.
Memory Mastery: God's Special Book
We have been learning important facts about God's special book, the Bible. Can you help your child answer these questions? Listen along to the lesson with a Bible in hand.
Mission Helper: Emila's Answered Prayers
Emila lives in Finland. When she was very little, her liver stopped working. She had to have a liver transplant that saved her life. Her parents could not keep up with her care and gave her up for adoption. Emila was adopted by a Christian family who taught her about Jesus' love. Emila and her family moved so she could go to a Christian school. God answered their prayers to find a home quickly. Emila realizes that Jesus saved her life, gave her a family that loves her, and gave her a new school. Emila wants to live for Jesus. Do you?
Bible Story: A Kind Widow Helps Elijah
Reference: 1 Kings 17
Prophet Elijah was hiding from King Ahab. When the water at the Brook Cherith dried up, God told prophet Elijah to go to Zarephath near Sidon. "There is a woman there who will take care of you."
The woman's husband was dead, and she had one son. She was out picking up sticks to make a fire to cook her last meal when Elijah talked to her. "Would you bring me some water and bread, please?" prophet Elijah asked the woman. "I only have enough food to feed me and my son one more meal, and then we will die of hunger," she answered. Prophet Elijah said, "God will not let your flour and oil run out until He sends rain again. Only, please bring me something to eat first."
The woman brought Elijah some bread and water. Then, she noticed that there was still flour and oil in her cupboard. God continued to give the woman oil and flour, and the woman continued to feed prophet Elijah.
One day, the woman's son became so sick that he died. The woman said to prophet Elijah, "You are supposed to be a man of God. Has God let my son die to pay me back for my sins?"
Prophet Elijah carried the boy up to his room and laid him on the bed. Then, Elijah stretched himself over the boy 3 times and prayed, "Lord, please bring this boy back to life!"
One, two, three,...suddenly, the boy started breathing again! The woman hugged her son tightly. She turned to Elijah and said, "Now, I know that you really are a prophet of God, and that God speaks through you."
Our prayer verse is Psalm 50:15, which says, "Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me." Elijah knew he could call upon God to help the woman's son. When you have trouble, do you pray and ask God for help? He wants to deliver us.
Dear Father God, Thank You for helping me in my troubles. I want to always remember to call upon You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.