Nature Corner: White Blood Cells
Have you heard of white blood cells? They are in your blood and go everywhere your blood goes in your body searching for things that make you sick, like bacteria, viruses, allergies, and cancer. When they find a pathogen, they destroy it.
White blood cells remind me of what David said to Goliath in 1 Samuel 17:45, "I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel." Besides God's heavenly army of angels that surround us, God has placed an army of white blood cells inside of us to help us fight sickness. Let's remember to trust and thank God for all of His special armies!
Memory Mastery: God's Special Book
We are memorizing facts about God's special book, the Bible. As you listen along, look at a Bible. See if you can answer the questions below.
Mission Mail: Christmas for Everyone
Dear Patterson Kids,
My name is Martina, and I work for ADRA - our church organization that helps people around the world in practical ways. Last fall, we sent empty boxes to churches all around Austria, so people could pack them with Christmas gifts for children in Albania and Latvia, who are very poor. At Christmas time, do you remember the poor?
Bible Story: David and Goliath
References: 1 Samuel 17 and 18; PP 644-650
The wicked Philistines were bothering the Israelites again. For 40 days, they sent a mean giant out to scare the Israelites in the valley of Elah in Judah. The giant's name was Goliath. He said terrible things about the God of Israel. He told the Israelites to send one person out to fight him, but all the Israelites were scared.
Back in Bethlehem, Jesse told his youngest son, David, to go out to battle to see how his brothers were doing and to bring them some food. When David got to the battle, he heard the giant saying mean things about God. "Who is the wicked Philistine that says such terrible things about the God of heaven?" David asked. "His name is Goliath," they answered, "and King Saul wants a man to go out and fight him, but we are all too scared."
Then David went to King Saul and said, "God has helped me fight a lion and a bear who tried to hurt my sheep. God will help me fight this Philistine." So, David went back to the battle with his slingshot and grabbed 5 smooth stones from the brook nearby.
When Goliath saw David coming to him, the giant laughed and cursed God. David called out to him, "I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel. Everyone today will know that God wins the battle." David put one stone in his slingshot and flung it at the giant. The stone hit the giant in the forehead and he fell down dead. Then the rest of the Israelite army chased the Philistines away.
Our prayer verse, 1 Samuel 17:45, says, "I come to you in the name of the Lord of heaven's armies. He's the God of the armies of Israel" (ICV). David was not afraid of Goliath because he knew God would help him fight and God's army was with him. What are you afraid of?
Dear Father God, You have a big army of angels that surround me and help me. I will trust in You. In Jesus' Name, Amen