Nature Window: California Poppies
There is a special orange flower common in California that likes to keep a schedule. It's called the California Poppy. When night comes, they close their petals. When daytime comes, they open their petals. Everyday they do this. If it is sunny, they open their petals really wide.
Poppies remind me of the Bible verse, Psalm 55:17, which says, "Evening, and morning, and at noon I will pray and cry aloud. And He shall hear my voice" (NKJV). Just like poppies have a regular schedule of opening and closing their petals, we should have a regular schedule of praying and spending time with God. Our Bible story today is about prophet Daniel who prayed to God three times a day every day.
On your nature walk today OR looking out your nature window, can you count how many flowers you see? Do you see any orange flowers that remind you of the California poppies? God made so many different kinds of flowers. Each one reminds us of how special we are to Him.
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. Let's say it and do our hand motions.
(This poem is the actual memory mastery project we will memorize as a class.)
Mission Trip: A Secondary School for Libreville, Gabon
Don't forget to bring your coins to Sabbath School! We are collecting them for our 13th Sabbath mission project - a new Seventh-day Adventist secondary school in Libreville, Gabon.
Most of Gabon is covered in tropical rain forest. Learn more interesting facts about the tropical rain forest in the video below.
Bible Story: Daniel in the Lions' Den
Reference: Daniel 6
After Babylon, a new kingdom, called Medo-Persia, came to power. King Darius was so impressed with prophet Daniel's wisdom and leadership in Babylon that he wanted to make Daniel the lead president over all the rulers in the land.
Prophet Daniel continued to worship and obey the God of Heaven. Even though he had a lot of duties to keep him busy, he knelt by his window to pray three times a day.
Some of the rulers in Medo-Persia got very jealous of prophet Daniel. They didn't want Daniel to rule over them. They tried very hard to find something wrong in Daniel's work to accuse him before King Darius, but Daniel always did what was right.
Then, Satan gave them a terrible idea. They went right a way to King Darius to tell him about it. "King Darius, all of us leaders agree that you should be honored in a special way. Let's make a new law that cannot be changed. Everyone in the kingdom cannot pray to any god except to you, King Darius." King Darius liked the new law and signed it. The evil rulers quickly went to Daniel's house to watch him.
Daniel was sad that the king would sign a law like that. "I will only pray to the God of heaven," he said to himself, as he continued his custom of kneeling by his window to pray to God. The evil rulers watched Daniel all day. Three times Daniel knelt and prayed to the God of heaven. Three times he broke King Darius' new law. They quickly went back to the king.
"King Darius," they cried, "we found someone who already decided to break your new law." "Who is it?" said the King. "It is Daniel, one of the Hebrew captives," they said. "Now, you must throw him in the den of lions because he refused to pray only to you!" King Darius was mad with himself now. He liked Daniel. He realized that the evil rulers tricked him. The laws of Medo-Persia cannot change. He had to throw Daniel in the lion's den.
When the evil rulers brought Daniel before King Darius, the king said, "I am sorry I have to throw you in the lion's den. I hope your God is able to save you." Then, the soldiers put Daniel in the lion's den and closed the pit. The king spent the whole night worried about his friend Daniel.
Early the next morning, the king rushed to the lion's den. "Remove the stone," he ordered to his soldiers. The king leaned in and called out, "Daniel are you still alive? Did your God save you from the lions?" Daniel called back, "yes, King Darius, I am fine. My God sent his angel to shut the lions' mouths, because He knows that I have done nothing wrong to deserve this." The soldiers pulled Daniel out of the pit.
King Darius was so happy that his friend was okay. He told his soldiers to throw those evil rulers and their families into the lion's den. Then, he wrote another law that said that nobody could say anything bad about Daniel's God.
Our prayer verse is Psalm 55:17, which says, "Evening and morning and at noon
I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice" (NKJV). It didn't matter if Daniel was very busy. It didn't matter if Daniel might lose his life. Nothing could keep Daniel from spending time with God in prayer. Do you take time to pray and talk to God? He wants to hear from you.
Dear Father God, I want to spend regular time with you in prayer and reading my Bible. Thank You for hearing my voice. In Jesus' name, Amen
Let's play a game called Stop and Pray. As you listen to this song, move around the room. But whenever the music stops (randomly), you have to stop whatever you are doing and put your hands together like you are praying. When the music plays again, move around. Daniel always made time to pray, even if he was having a busy day. Do you take time out of your day to pray?