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Posted 11/21/13 at 10:00 AM | Children's Bible Hour
Dad's a servant of Jesus because he's a preacher, thought Amber, remembering the Bible verses her father had read that morning. Uncle Robert and Aunt Claire are God's servants, too. Her aunt and uncle were missionaries. But I'm only eight. How can somebody my age be His servant? Amber wondered.
Amber's thoughts were interrupted by her teacher's voice. "Will someone please stay in during recess and help me with the bulletin board?" Mrs. Powell asked. The kids often liked to help their teacher, but this time no one volunteered. Somebody should help, thought Amber, who had been looking forward to jumping rope with the other girls. I can jump rope at noon recess, she decided, so she raised her hand.
At noon, Mandy asked Amber to stay inside and help her learn the spelling words. Amber hesitated for a moment but stayed in to help her friend.
When Amber got home, Mom was relieved to see her. "Davie's asleep, and I need you to stay with him while I take Amy to the doctor's office. She's running a high fever," said Mom. "Mrs. Scott said to bring Davie next door to her if he wakes up." Amber nodded, glad to be able to do something to help.
After dinner that evening, Amber washed the dishes and then rocked Amy while her mother put Davie to bed. When both the little ones were asleep and the toys were picked up, Amber decided to ask her mother the question that had been on her mind all day. "Mom, how can I serve God?" she asked. "Daddy's a preacher; Uncle Robert and Aunt Claire are missionaries; you're the church organist; but I'm not anything. What can somebody my age do to serve Jesus?" FULL POST
Posted 11/20/13 at 9:46 AM | Children's Bible Hour
"It looks like these tomatoes will be just perfect for the fair next week," noted Mom. "You certainly have worked hard in this garden, honey."
Kara smiled. "It was fun most of the time," she said as she moved the hose. "I wonder how Becky is doing on the quilt she's making for the sewing exhibit."
"I'd like to see it sometime," said Mom, picking up a weed she had pulled from the garden. "She's such a sweet girl. Has she enjoyed coming to Sunday school with us?"
"I think so," replied Kara. She sighed. "I thought if Becky heard Mrs. Carson explain about Jesus, she'd trust Him as her Savior, but she hasn't yet."
"The Bible says that every time we tell someone about Jesus, it's like planting a seed," answered Mom. "Do you remember planting the vegetable seeds and then waiting for them to start growing?"
Kara nodded. "Some seeds sprouted almost right away," she remembered, "but others didn't come up for days--even weeks! I was beginning to wonder if they ever would."
"You didn't stop watering them though, did you?" asked Mom.
Kara shook her head. "No way!" she exclaimed. "After all the work of planting them, I wasn't going to give up! But it sure took a long time for some of them to get started." FULL POST
Posted 11/19/13 at 4:53 PM | Children's Bible Hour
Tim was excited as he skated out onto the ice for his first hockey practice. I'm glad I've been skating since I was just a little kid, he thought. I'm already a good skater, so it shouldn't take me long to learn to play hockey.
After teaching the boys some exercises and watching them skate for a while, Coach Thomas called them together. "We're going to practice hitting the puck," he said. Tim was eager to try it.
SMACK! Tim's stick hit the ice hard. THUMP! His feet shot out from under him, and down he went. "Try again, Tim," called Coach as he skated over. "Put your hands on the stick like this." Tim followed the coach's directions and managed to hit the puck a short distance.
By the end of the practice time, he was discouraged. "It's a good thing I could already skate," he told his dad, who had been watching them practice. "Otherwise, I don't think I'd ever get the hang of this. I'm still not sure I will." FULL POST
Posted 11/4/13 at 7:53 AM | Children's Bible Hour
"Hey, Dad, I saw the eye doctor today, and he said my vision is 20/20," announced Mason one evening. "That's exactly what it should be!"
Dad smiled. "Good. I think . . ." he began, but loud voices, slamming doors, and squealing tires next door interrupted him.
"Poor Mrs. Miller," murmured Mom when it was quiet again.
Dad nodded. "Yes, I'm afraid Chad is worrying her to death," he said.
"I don't know why everybody's on Chad's case," protested Mason. "I like him! When I was walking to school today, he stopped and gave me a ride on his cycle."
"He did!" exclaimed Mom in dismay.
Dad frowned. "I'm sure he meant well, but you are not to get on his motorcycle again," he ordered sternly.
"Aw, Dad, he's okay," argued Mason. "He's really nice to me."
"Maybe so, but we certainly can't approve of his behavior lately," said Mom.
"No." Dad shook his head. "Like I said, Mason, you're not to ride with him again. He's had several tickets for reckless driving--and one for drunk driving, too." FULL POST
Posted 11/1/13 at 9:53 AM | Children's Bible Hour
"Fetch, Rocky!" yelled Adam as he threw the ball across the yard. Rocky raced after the ball. He caught it after only one bounce and returned to Adam, dropping the ball at his feet. "Great job, Rocky," said Adam as he knelt down and rubbed the dog's ears. "Ready? Here goes another one!" Adam threw the ball again and watched as Rocky dashed after it. This time the dog caught it in midair and proudly brought it back to Adam.
"Wow!" exclaimed Dad, who was watching from the patio. "Maybe Rocky could join a major league baseball team. How is he at batting?"
Adam chuckled. "He's not so good at batting--nor at throwing," he replied.
"You should teach him," suggested Adam's sister Paige, giggling. "You said it was easy to teach Rocky to catch."
"Yeah, it was," Adam replied. He grinned as he added, "Even without batting, I figure he's a little bit like me now--not a sissy dog who walks around with ribbons in his hair like Mrs. Gibbons' poodle." FULL POST
Posted 10/31/13 at 7:26 AM | Children's Bible Hour
Kim looked at the planter hanging from the porch ceiling. "What's the matter with your plant, Mom?" she asked.
"My plant?" Mom turned to look at it. "Wow! It doesn't look very happy!" she exclaimed. "I've been so busy with all the company we've had lately that I forgot to water it! I'll do it right now."
The next day, Kim noticed that the plant looked healthy again. Its leaves were no longer droopy. "Mom, look at your plant now," she said.
Mom nodded. "Inoticed that it perked right up after I watered it." She looked fondly at her plant. "I enjoy tending plants," she added. "Maybe that's because they're something like Christians."
"Like Christians!" Kim laughed. "You make the funniest comparisons, Mom! How are plants like Christians?"
"Well, in a couple of ways,"replied Mom. "For example, they both need a good root system, and both need proper care and food." FULL POST
Posted 10/30/13 at 10:02 AM | Children's Bible Hour
"Derek!" called Mom. "Come in and do your Sunday school lesson. You've been working with King for almost an hour!"
Derek frowned. "If I don't train King every chance I get, he won't be ready for the dog show next week," he told his mother. "Besides, I already looked at my lesson. It's just the story about Daniel and the lions. I don't need to study that. I've already heard it a million times!"
Mom laughed. "I don't think it's been quite that many," she said. "Just get to it. You may be surprised--you might learn something new."
"I doubt that!" Derek grumbled to himself as he went in and plopped down at the table with his Sunday school book and his Bible. Fifteen minutes later, he was out the door yelling, "I'm done, Mom! I'll be working with King!"
That evening, Derek couldn't stop talking about his dog and how well he was learning. "I've been teaching King to obey ever since he was just a little puppy," he said thoughtfully, "and I've made him do things over and over until he got them right." FULL POST
Posted 10/29/13 at 9:30 AM | Children's Bible Hour
"Hi, Jill," Carla greeted her friend at the church entrance. "I've been waiting for you and Shannon. Are you nervous?"
"Yeah," admitted Jill. "I could hardly sleep last night." The girls were excited because for the first time, they were going to sing as a trio in the morning church service.
Just then Shannon's brother Doug walked by. "Where's Shannon?" both girls asked at once.
"You don't know?" Doug seemed surprised. "Our neighbors called yesterday and invited Shannon to go camping at Trout Lake with them. She decided to go, and she won't be back until tomorrow. I thought she called you."
Carla and Jill looked at each other. "How could Shannon do this to us?" moaned Carla as they hurried to find Miss Andrews, the pianist. FULL POST
Posted 10/28/13 at 10:11 AM | Children's Bible Hour
The family car swung from the curb after dropping off Mrs. Shrively. As the old lady climbed the porch steps, little Annie waved to her.
"Whew!" exclaimed Sarah. "I'm glad Mrs. Shrively's gone. I wish we didn't have to give her a ride to church all the time. She just about drives me crazy."
"Yeah," echoed her brother Ayden. "Her laugh is the pits."
Sarah agreed. "Her hair sure looks funny--and her dresses . . ." Sarah giggled. "They're as big as tents!"
"Kids!" Mom's voice showed her disapproval. "You both know better than to talk like that! Mrs. Shrively loves the Lord and is a fine Christian woman."
"But she bosses me around all the time," said Ayden, "and then she quotes Scripture to back up what she says. I wish she'd just leave me alone."
"I like her," declared Annie.
"Mrs. Shrively embarrasses me in front of my friends," complained Sarah. "She acts like I'm her special friend. She makes it sound as though I like to spend lots of time with her." FULL POST
Posted 10/25/13 at 9:22 AM | Children's Bible Hour
"Oh-h-h," groaned Heather. She sank back in the seat as they drove home from a family reunion. "I think I ate too much of Aunt Margie's apple pie. It was so good!"
"And I think I played too much baseball. I'm getting too old to be running around the bases," said Dad, laughing heartily.
"I really didn't feel much like going today," Katie said, "but it was a lot of fun. It was cool to see all those great aunts and uncles, too. I didn't know we had so many relatives! I hope we have a family reunion again next year. "
"You know what I liked?" Heather asked. "I liked hearing the stories some of the older people told us. They were really interesting."
"I've heard Mom tell some of the same stories," said Katie, "but it's even more fun to hear them from the people they actually happened to."
"I'm thinking of another family reunion we'll be attending someday," said Dad. FULL POST