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.