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Posted 2/2/15 at 10:45 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Pattern for Life

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The rain pattered against the window next to Mandy as she curled up on the sofa. Her mother knelt on the floor, surrounded by colorful fabric, pattern pieces, scissors, and pins. "What are you doing, Mom?" Mandy asked.

"I'm making a shirt for myself," replied Mom as she pinned a pattern piece onto the fabric.

Mandy watched as her mother carefully cut along the printed lines, removed the pattern piece, and opened up the sewing machine. "I don't know how you do it, Mom," she said. "I don't see how you can make all those pieces come together and look like the picture on the pattern envelope!"

Mom smiled. "You could do this, too, if you wanted to," she said.

"Oh, sure!" grunted Mandy. "I'm a great seamstress."

"Really," insisted Mom. "You just have to follow the directions. If I do that, my shirt will turn out like the one in the picture."

"That's because you're good at sewing," Mandy answered. As she watched her mother stitch pieces together on the sewing machine, she asked, "Mom, do you think God has patterns for our lives?" FULL POST

Posted 1/30/15 at 9:17 AM | Children's Bible Hour

A Helping Hand

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"Clumsy! Can't you even stand on your own two feet?" Kim heard jeering voices as she lay on the sidewalk, pain shooting through her skinned knees and hands. Her bulky, corrective shoes made it difficult to go down steps, and she had tripped and fallen. Several girls glanced back as Kim lay sprawled on the ground. Then, except for one, they all ran away to the playground.

"Are you all right?" asked the girl who stayed. Kim nodded bravely but was too winded to answer. "Let me help you up," offered the girl. "Give me your hand. My name is Michelle. What's yours?"

Kim extended her hand. "K-K-Kim," she gasped, finally able to get her breath. "Thanks for helping me, Michelle. You're a real Good Samaritan."

"Good Samaritan? What's that?" asked Michelle as they went into the school so Kim could wash up.

Kim smiled at her new friend. "We learned about him in Sunday school," she said. "Do you go to church and Sunday school?" FULL POST

Posted 1/29/15 at 9:51 AM | Children's Bible Hour

The Binoculars

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Alex eagerly tore the wrapping paper off the birthday present his Dad had given him. "Oh, wow! Binoculars! Thanks!" He quickly pulled them out of the box, then went to the window and scanned the yard. "Cool!" he exclaimed as he looked at a bird near the top of a neighbor's tree. Alex turned to his Dad. "Can we go to the state forest?" he asked. "It has some good lookout points where I could try these out.

I bet I could see a long way."

"Sounds great!" agreed Dad. "Let's go!"

Dad, Alex, and six-year-old Tyler hurried to the car, and before long, they stood on one of the lookout points and took turns checking the view through the binoculars. As Alex took a turn, he silently watched something for a moment. "Dad! I see a doe and twin fawns," he whispered quietly. "They're so cute! Look!" Dad took the binoculars and soon located the animals. "Aren't they cool?" whispered Alex. FULL POST

Posted 1/13/15 at 3:37 PM | Children's Bible Hour

Pearls of Wisdom

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Elise and Julia rummaged through a large jewelry box as they helped their grandmother sort things in preparation for a garage sale. "Look at this pretty necklace," Elise exclaimed. "Is it real gold, Grandma?"

Grandma rubbed her thumb gently over the shiny metal. Then she peered at her thumb. "No, honey," Grandma said. "This is just cheap jewelry."

"How do you know?" asked Julia. "It looks like gold."

Grandma held out her hand. "See the black that rubbed off on my thumb?" she asked. "Real gold wouldn't tarnish like this."

"Is this a diamond ring?" Julia asked.

Grandma took the ring and inspected it. "Well," she said, "I'm not really sure about this one. It's probably only cut glass, but I guess it could be a diamond."

"Then you should keep it," said Elise quickly.

"Elise! Grandma said it's probably fake," scoffed Julia. "Let's sell it."

"But she can't sell it at a garage sale if it might be a real diamond," protested Elise. FULL POST

Posted 12/22/14 at 9:10 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Danger: Anger

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There was a dull boom in the distance, and the Taylors' house trembled. Joella put her hands over her ears and ran to her father. "What was that noise, Dad?" she asked anxiously. "I heard it a few times earlier today."

Dad led Joella to the window. "See that column of smoke?" he asked. "A construction crew is using dynamite to make a tunnel through the mountain."

"I wish they'd quit exploding that stuff!" said Joella. "It makes me afraid."

"It is noisy, isn't it?" agreed Dad.

"We saw on TV how men used dynamite to break up big rocks, remember?" asked Joella. "Those rocks just crumbled! But the dynamite won't hurt us, will it?" She scooted closer to her father. "I'm scared!"

Dad slipped his arm around her. "It's not going to hurt us, honey, as long as we stay away from it," he said. "You're perfectly safe here at home." FULL POST

Posted 12/19/14 at 9:43 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Don't Judge

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"Do you mean that new kid at school?" Juan leaned on the window sill as he talked on the phone. "No way!" Dad, who was working on the lawn just outside the window, could hear the conversation. "Yeah, but he's short. We don't want him on our team," Juan continued. "He doesn't look like a basketball player to me. He doesn't even speak good English!" He paused for a moment. "Well, I'd say to forget him." Juan hung up the phone and went to find his father, who had now started the lawn mower. "Hey, Dad! You were going to teach me to play golf," called Juan above the noisy motor.

Dad stopped the mower. "I changed my mind, Juan," he said.

Juan looked puzzled. "Why?" he asked. "Can't we mow the lawn later?"

Dad nodded. "Yes, we could--but you don't look like a very good golfing prospect. You're not dressed like a golfer, and you don't talk like one, either. You don't look like a golfer to me." FULL POST

Posted 12/17/14 at 9:59 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Song of the Wild

early bird
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"Look!" exclaimed Tyson as he ran into the house. "I found a bird that can't fly. Can I keep it, Mom? I found this old cage in the garage."

Tyson's mother looked closely at the bird. "It's a sparrow, Tyson," she said.

"I suppose you can keep it a few days to see if its wing will heal."

"Okay." Tyson nodded. "I'll let it go soon. Do sparrows sing?"

Mom smiled. "Oh, they cheep and twitter," she replied.

"Well, I'll put it right next to Biddy's cage," Tyson decided. "Biddy has a beautiful song. She can teach the sparrow to sing."

A few days later, the sparrow's wing seemed fine. "Good thing," Tyson told his mother as he took it out to release it. "Instead of this bird learning to sing like a canary, Biddy's been starting to sound like the sparrow!"

That afternoon, Tyson's friend Landon called. After hanging up, Tyson went to find his mother. "Can I go to the mall with Landon?" asked Tyson. FULL POST

Posted 12/16/14 at 11:15 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Drop the Oars

"Colton can't come over this afternoon," said Travis. "He has to go with his mom on door-to-door visitation and pass out church fliers and stuff."

"Really?" Mom was interested. "Are Colton and his family Christians?"

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Travis shrugged. "I don't know. They talk about faith in Jesus, but they don't believe He's God. That doesn't make sense to me. They seem to think they have to do a lot of good works to be saved--like handing out the church fliers. I don't understand it. I don't think Colton does, either, but he does whatever he's told--says it can't hurt."

Dad cleared his throat. "It sounds to me like he needs to drop the oars and catch hold of the rope," he said.

"What do you mean?" asked Travis.

"There's a river with a big waterfall near the town where I grew up," said Dad. "Just above the falls, the water is very wild and dangerous. It's unsafe for boating, and I remember one time when a man in a rowboat got caught in the swift current." Dad paused, remembering. FULL POST

Posted 12/15/14 at 8:48 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Time to Learn

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"You know, Mom," said Alexa as she helped her mother clear the table and put food away after dinner one evening, "I'm confused."

"About what?" Mom asked.

"Well, Courtney acts like she's better than some kids at school, and she says mean things to them," replied Alexa. "She told me she accepted Jesus as her Savior recently, but if she really did, she should be nicer. We've been studying the fruit of the Spirit in Sunday school, but she acts like she never heard of it."

As Alexa loaded the dishwasher, her grey kitten jumped up on the counter, causing a big mess. "Coco! Get down!" scolded Alexa, and Coco jumped down and walked calmly away. "Now I have to clean up this mess!" Alexa sputtered.

Mom laughed. "Yes, you do," she agreed.

"Well, sometimes I wish I didn't even have a cat. He can be such a pain!" grumbled Alexa as she wiped the counter. When she finished, she stomped outside and sat down on the porch. FULL POST

Posted 12/12/14 at 10:56 AM | Children's Bible Hour

A Special Place

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"Where are you and Joshua going for lunch today?" asked Allison. Her sister Carmen's fiance had arrived, and they were ready to leave.

"We're going to that little restaurant called Your Special Spot," he said with a grin, "only we call it Our Special Spot."

"You go there a lot, don't you?" asked Allison. "Why do you always go there?"

"We don't always go there, but it is our favorite place," replied Carmen. "It's cozy and quiet--a good place to talk."

"We went there on our first date," Joshua said, squeezing Carmen's hand.

"And that's where Joshua proposed to me," added Carmen. "We love spending time together in our special place."

After they left, Allison wandered into the living room. "Carmen and Joshua spend a lot of time together," she murmured to herself. She grinned. "I guess that must be because they love each other." FULL POST

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