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Posted 10/22/14 at 8:56 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Dumb Ducks

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Alex pointed to some painted wooden ducks on the workbench. "What are you going to do with those?" he asked as his older brother Steve got ready to go duck hunting.

Steve picked up one of the fake ducks. "These are called decoys," he told the younger boy. "No self-respecting duck will come near if he sees me standing around with a gun in my hands. So I hide, but I put these guys out to float on the lake.

From the air, they look real, and when ducks fly overhead, they see them. They say to themselves, If that's a good spot for those ducks to land, it must be a good place for me.' Then down they come. I jump out of my hiding place and before they know it, I've got dinner."

"Humph!" Alex grunted. "What dumb ducks!"

That evening, Alex and Steve watched a football game on TV. During a commercial break, Steve opened a magazine, but he noticed his younger brother intently watching the commercial. Seeing Steve frown at him, Alex shrugged. "Why does Dad think drinking liquor is so bad?" he asked. "The people in that ad look like they're having fun." FULL POST

Posted 10/21/14 at 9:35 AM | Children's Bible Hour

The Guardrail

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Six-year-old Heidi pressed her nose against the car window and looked down the mountainside. "It's a long way to the bottom!" she squealed.

"I know. I'll drive very carefully," Dad promised.

"There's a guardrail to keep us from going over if Dad happens to slip off the road, Heidi," said her brother Gabe. He sighed. "I still wish you had let me stay with Luke instead of going on this boring picnic way up on the mountain."

"Your aunt and uncle weren't going to be home," Dad reminded him. "You know you're not allowed to stay with your cousin when an adult is not home."

"You treat me like a little kid," Gabe grumbled. "Rules, rules, rules!"

"Rules are boundaries for your safety and protection," Dad explained. "We all need them--just like drivers need the protection of that guardrail."

"Besides, picnics aren't boring!" protested Heidi. "And Daddy says you can fish there." Gabe just sighed and stared out the window. FULL POST

Posted 10/20/14 at 12:47 PM | Children's Bible Hour

Moody Mary

"Good morning, honey." Mary's mother reached out to give her daughter a hug.

"Morning," Mary mumbled, sitting down quickly to avoid her mother's embrace. Mom looked puzzled but said nothing.

After school that afternoon, Mary burst through the door. "Hi, Mom! I had a great day!" she exclaimed and surprised her mother with a big hug.

The next day, Mary's brother Jason came into the kitchen wearing a frown. "I just met a grizzly bear!" he exclaimed. "Mary sure is grumpy!" Just then the phone rang, and he answered it. "It's for Grizzly," he muttered, going to the door to call his sister.

Mary came in and snatched the phone from her brother. "You could have brought it to me," she growled. She cleared her throat. "Hello," she said sweetly. She listened for a moment. "Oh, I'm fantastic!" she said, laughing.

"Did she say she's fantastic?" murmured Jason in surprise. "How can she be so grumpy one minute and so happy the next? She sure is moody!"

A few days later, Mary hummed happily as she helped her dad get the grill ready for hamburgers. But when her little sister wanted to help, Mary angrily shooed her away. Then she checked the grill. "The fire is out," she said and picked up the fuel starter. "I'll squirt some of this on the coals." FULL POST

Posted 10/16/14 at 8:32 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Crowded Out

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At the breakfast table, Michelle plopped down across from her brother Anthony. "I had another nightmare last night," said Michelle with a sigh.

Anthony looked up from his cereal. "The one about a giant, hairy bat with a gazillion bulging eyes--like the creature in that book your class had to read?"

"Yep," Michelle said, wearily. "That's the one."

"What's the big deal, Michelle?" asked Anthony. "Why don't you just forget that thing? You shouldn't think about it right before you go to sleep. In fact, if I were you, I wouldn't think about it anymore at all!"

"Are you sure about that, Anthony? Let's try something," said Mom. "Right now, I want you to not think about . . . about a walrus wearing a red, polka-dot swimsuit." She paused. A moment later, she asked, "What are you thinking of?"

"Well, I . . ." Anthony hesitated, but figured he'd might as well tell the truth. "In my mind, I see . . . um . . . well, a fat old walrus splashing around in the water and wearing a really funny-looking swimsuit," he admitted. FULL POST

Posted 10/15/14 at 8:58 AM | Children's Bible Hour

The Treasure Hunt

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The music stopped, and Sally frantically tried to sit down on the chair she had just passed. She was too late, and she laughed with the other kids when she saw she was out of the musical chairs game. Wearing brightly colored paper hats, the kids were having a great time at their Bible club party.

"Okay, kids. We have just one more game--a treasure hunt," announced Mrs. Weston. "There will be a prize for the first one to find a gold star."

The kids ran all around the yard, looking for the star. They scanned the trees, poked around the flowerbeds, hunted in bushes, and searched the lawn. There was no star anywhere. Suddenly, Annie squealed in delight. "Oh, I see it!" she cried. "I see the star!" She laughed as the kids came running to see what she had found.

"I see it, too!" yelled Darrin after a moment. "It's really in plain sight."

Sally glanced at Annie and Darrin, who seemed to be looking over her head. As she turned around to see what it might be, Paul ran up from behind her. "I still can't find the star," she said. "Do you see it, Paul?" FULL POST

Posted 10/14/14 at 9:59 AM | Children's Bible Hour

The Right Clothes

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Child with watermelon tiara

Rachel and Tyler were excited about the costume party their youth group was going to have. There was going to be a prize for the best homemade character costume.

"I hope I win first prize," said Rachel.

Tyler shook his head. "I'm going to win," he declared. "Look at the cool hat I just finished making for my Robin Hood costume." He proudly displayed his handiwork. "You don't have a chance."

Rachel grinned. "We'll see," she said. "Did you see my jeweled tiara?" Rachel showed Tyler a little paper crown decorated with many beads.

When they got dressed for the party later that week, Mom looked them over. "You both look great," she said. "I'd give each of you a prize."

After the party, Rachel and Tyler rushed into the house. "Guess what?" shouted Tyler. "We both won. The judges couldn't decide which costume was best, so they said it was a tie!" FULL POST

Posted 10/13/14 at 9:06 AM | Children's Bible Hour

A Gift to Share

Picture of hands holding a small gift.
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Scott stood in his front yard, tossing a baseball into the air. He grinned as his friend pulled up on his bike. "Hi, Bryan!" Scott greeted him.

"Hey!" Bryan stopped and kicked the bike stand into place. He handed Scott a small present. "Happy birthday!"

"Thanks!" Scott grinned. "I also got this new mitt from my grandparents! No balls are going to get away from me now."

"Cool," said Bryan. "I could really use a mitt like that."

"And my brother gave me this baseball, and Mom and Dad gave me a skateboard."

"Wow!" Bryan let out a long whistle. "I could use all those things."

Scott laughed. "Sorry, but we can share them." Suddenly, he remembered he had never shared with his friend about another gift he'd recently received--the gift of eternal life. I should tell Bryan about that, he thought. It's a gift he can have, too. FULL POST

Posted 10/10/14 at 8:56 AM | Children's Bible Hour

A Good Messenger (Part 2)

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As Trent walked down the driveway, his friend Daryl called to him from across the street. "Hey, Trent! Where ya going?"

"Next door," Trent replied. "My sister is there, and Mom wants her to go get some groceries."

Daryl kicked up his skateboard and caught it in his hands. He walked over to Trent. "Some of the guys are going to the park after school to skateboard," he said. "You in?"

Trent shook his head. "No," he said. "Maybe some other time." I should tell him I have Bible club tomorrow and ask if he'll come with me, Trent thought. Instead, he shrugged and asked about the skateboard trick Daryl was practicing.

Soon, Trent's mother called him back into the house. "You're supposed to be mowing the grass," Mom said. "And did Amy leave for the store right away when you gave her the list? I need those groceries."

"Oh, no! I forgot to give her the list!" Trent smacked his forehead with the palm of his hand. "I got so busy talking to Daryl that it just slipped my mind." FULL POST

Posted 10/9/14 at 9:39 AM | Children's Bible Hour

A Good Messenger

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"Trent, I need Amy to run to the store for me, but she's next door," said Mom. "Take this shopping list and money over to her, and then I want you to start mowing the lawn."

"Okay," agreed Trent. He looked down at the list. "A carton of sour cream, vanilla, two dozen eggs, five pounds of flour," he read. That doesn't sound very interesting, thought Trent. An idea popped into his mind, and he chuckled to himself. After Mom left the room, he found a pencil with an eraser and changed the list to read: a half-gallon of ice cream, a bottle of root beer, two dozen cookies, a large bag of candy. That's more like it! thought Trent as he put the list in his pocket. I'll see what Amy says; then I'll change it back.

When Trent turned to go, he was surprised to see his mother standing in the doorway, watching him. "What are you doing?" Mom demanded. "Let me see that list." Reluctantly, Trent handed it over. Mom read it and looked up at Trent. "What right did you have to change what I had written?" she asked. FULL POST

Posted 10/8/14 at 10:15 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Not Funny

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"Hey, guys . . . did you hear about the elephant with a wooden leg?" asked Nate when some of his friends were hanging out at his house. He proceeded to tell a joke he'd overheard at school--a bad one he knew he shouldn't repeat, but he wanted to impress his friends. They thought it was hilarious. As they roared with laughter, Nate's dad walked past the room. Oh, no! thought Nate as he saw Dad frown. I hope Dad didn't hear that joke!

After his friends left, Nate wandered into the kitchen. "Hey!" he yelled, staring in horror at a poster he was working on for history class. It was on the table, and his little sister Sarah had colored green mustaches on the faces he had carefully drawn. When she saw Nate looking at it, she started to giggle.

"It's not funny!" Nate roared, but Sarah kept on laughing. "Mom!" called Nate. "Look what Sarah did!" But it was Dad who came to see what the trouble was. "Dad, look at what Sarah did!" repeated Nate furiously. "And she thinks it's funny!" FULL POST

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