Nature Corner: Mushrooms
There are special people who go in the woods to find mushrooms you can eat. They are called mushroom hunters. Mushroom hunters have to very good at telling edible mushrooms apart from poisonous ones, so they train for a long time under experienced mushroom hunters until they can go out on their own.
For example, the very young green-spored parasol mushroom looks like the button mushrooms we eat, but it is poisonous. Many people end up in the hospital trying to eat them. The poisonous false morel mushroom looks like the edible morel mushrooms. Then, there is the toxic jack-o-lantern mushroom that looks like the gourmet, edible chanterelle mushroom.
The work of the mushroom hunter reminds me of the Bible verse, 1 Samuel 15:22, which says, "Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice." King Saul made bad decisions that he thought were good ones because he didn't obey the Lord EXACTLY. Imagine if he were out picking mushrooms with an experienced mushroom hunter and didn't want to listen to their advice. It is always better to obey God in every detail than to disobey in little things.
Memory Mastery: God's Special Book
We are learning all kinds of interesting facts about God's special book, the Bible. You can listen along at home right here, while you look at a Bible. Then, try to the answer the questions below.
Mission Mail: A Boy, a Book, and a Blessing
Dear Patterson Kids,
My name is Kylian, and I live in France.
One day, two young ladies came to visit my mother outside our house. They were smoking cigarettes, so I told them, "You shouldn't smoke. Smoking can give you cancer." They smiled at me and kept talking. So, I ran inside the house and found a book on taking care of your body. I gave it to the two ladies and went to go ride my bike. When the young ladies came by the next day, I asked them to go to church with us, and they said yes! They liked church, and now they want to be baptized and follow Jesus. Don't be afraid to share God's love with others, ok?
Bible Story: God Chooses a New King
References: 1 Samuel 16; PP 631-644
Samuel was sad that Saul had been rejected by the Lord, but the Lord wanted to find a new king that would listen and obey. "Go to Jesse's house in Bethlehem and anoint the man that I show you to be the new king over Israel," God said. So, Samuel went to Bethlehem.
Jesse had many sons, and introduced each one to prophet Samuel. When Samuel saw Eliab, Jesse's oldest son, he thought, "This must be the new king. He is so tall and strong." But God said, "Don't make a judgement about someone because of their appearance. I look at their heart."
When all the sons present passed by, Samuel asked Jesse if there were any more. So, Jesse sent for his youngest son David, who was out in the pasture taking care of the sheep. When David came before Samuel, the Lord said, "This is the one. He will listen to me and follow my directions. Anoint him!" So, Samuel poured oil on David's head, and the Holy Spirit filled him with power.
King Saul was very troubled by the evil spirit that bothered him. Someone suggested that he call for David who could play the harp and sing for him, and Saul agreed. When David played music for Saul, the evil spirit left him and he felt better.
Our prayer verse is Proverbs 8:33, which says, "Listen to my teaching, and you will be wise" (ICV). God chose David because he knew David would listen to the Holy Spirit who gives us wisdom to make good choices. Do you listen to the Holy Spirit's lessons in these Bible stories? God has also given us our parents to help us make good choices. Do you listen to your parents and obey?
Dear Father God, Help me listen carefully to Your instructions, so that I can stay safe and do what is right. In Jesus' name, Amen