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Posted 8/28/14 at 8:50 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Fire!

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As fire swept through the wheat field, Paige watched in horror. "We've lost the crop, haven't we, Mom?" she asked in a shaky voice.

Mom nodded. "Yes," she said, "I'm afraid so. The firefighters believe the fire started in a vacant field. They think some kids were playing with matches. One little match used carelessly certainly can cause a lot of damage."

"I'm just thankful we were able to keep the fire from spreading any more than it did--to other fields or to the buildings," commented Dad.

"I hope the police find out who started it and punish them," Paige stated angrily.

That evening as the family discussed the events of the day, the phone rang. Paige answered the call. After telling her friend Rachel about the fire, the girls talked about a new girl in their class at school.

When Paige hung up the phone, Mom looked at her thoughtfully. "The fire this afternoon was pretty destructive," said Mom, "but I'm afraid you may have started--or added to--a fire that could become even worse." FULL POST

Posted 8/27/14 at 9:02 AM | Children's Bible Hour

No Taking Back

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Heather makes me so mad! Tami fumed as she walked home from Heather's house. The two friends had argued, and now Tami thought of more things she wished she had said to Heather--and they weren't nice. Well, I'm not going back there. I'll text her and tell her what I think of her, she thought. All the way home, Tami planned what she'd say.

"That'll fix her," muttered Tami after sending an angry note to her friend. But as she headed for the kitchen, she felt bad. Heather had been her best friend for a very long time.

Mom was preparing dinner when Tami sat down on a stool at the kitchen counter. Mom glanced at her. "Problems?" Mom asked. "You don't look happy."

"I . . . I . . ." began Tami, and the story came out. "I shouldn't have sent that message," she said. "Maybe she didn't see it yet. How can I get her to not read it?" FULL POST

Posted 8/26/14 at 9:05 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Lost Grades

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"Mom, guess what happened?" called Mike as he rushed into the house after school. "My teacher is so mad!" He tossed his baseball cap on a chair and reached for an apple. "Ken and Rod think it's funny. Maybe they're the guilty ones." Mike took a bite and headed for his room.

Mom stopped him. "Whoa!" she said. "Guilty of what?"

"Stealing Mrs. Cook's grade book," said Mike. "She had it this morning, but it disappeared and she's sure somebody took it. She looked in every drawer of her desk and under every pile of papers. If she finds out who took it, that person's gonna be in big trouble." He stopped, out of breath. "Just think! All our grades are lost!" Mike rolled his eyes, took another bite of apple, and went to change clothes.

During supper, Mike again talked about the missing grade book. "I heard some kids laughing about that," said his sister Andrea. "They think it's funny and that if Mrs. Cook doesn't find it, they won't get report cards showing their bad grades." FULL POST

Posted 8/25/14 at 9:25 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Merry-Go-Round

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Paul and DJ munched on caramel corn as they and their parents wandered around at the fair. "Can I go on the merry-go-round?" Paul asked eagerly.

"Okay," said Dad. "How about going along with your brother, DJ?"

"Aw, Dad, that's for babies," protested DJ. He sighed, then agreed. "I guess I can go with him once, but it'll be boring."

When the attendant opened the gate, Paul found a handsome horse to ride. He jiggled the reins and bounced in the saddle as the merry-go-round turned and picked up speed. The ride ended all too soon for him. "That was fun!" Paul exclaimed as he and DJ rejoined their parents. "I want to ride it again."

"Are you sure you wouldn't like to try something else?" Dad asked. "Maybe the Ferris wheel or bumper cars?"

"No, I just want to ride on the merry-go-round," Paul insisted. "I can go on by myself." So with his parents' permission, he got another ticket. FULL POST

Posted 8/24/14 at 8:17 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Homework Assignment

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"I'm in trouble," murmured Scott as he and his sister Olivia walked home from school one day. "I didn't turn in a couple of my homework assignments, and Mr. Briggs says I have to stay in every recess until I get my work caught up. Even worse, he sent this note home for Mom and Dad." He handed Olivia a paper.

"Wow!" she exclaimed after reading it. "You are in trouble!"

As expected, Scott's parents were very displeased when they read the note. "Before you went out to play yesterday, I asked if your homework was finished, and you told me it was," said Mom. "How do you explain that?"

"Uh . . . I guess I thought Mr. Briggs wouldn't really care if it was done or not," murmured Scott, "but now I have to stay in at recess."

"In addition, you're grounded the rest of the week for lying to your mother," said Dad sternly. Scott sighed and nodded. FULL POST

Posted 8/23/14 at 12:53 PM | Children's Bible Hour

Gold Fever

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Bodie, California is a ghost town that was built during the California gold rush.

The mining cars rattled along the tracks as Theo and his family peered ahead into the dimly lit interior of the old mining shaft. "Do you think we could still find gold down here?" Theo asked excitedly.

The tour guide chuckled. "You have a little gold fever?" he asked.

"Gold fever?" asked Theo's sister Alexa with a puzzled expression. "What's that? Do you get sick when you mine for gold?"

"No," the guide answered. "Gold fever is a term that was used years ago to describe someone so eager to find gold that he devoted his entire life to the search. People who found a vein of gold became wealthy. When that happened, it often seemed like gold fever was a contagious disease. Others caught it and wanted to become rich, too." FULL POST

Posted 8/22/14 at 9:15 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Candy Apple

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Lexi excitedly walked her first two-wheeler bicycle from the store to the car. "We'll put the training wheels on when we get home," Dad said as he loaded it into the back of the van. "I'll help you learn to ride, too."

"I don't need training wheels! I can ride my bike all by myself," protested Lexi. "I'll name it Candy Apple because it's red." Then she grinned. "Since I can't have a horse, I'll pretend my bike is one," she declared, picturing herself zooming around the block.

As soon as they got home, Dad unloaded the bike before going into the house. "I'll be right back," he said as Lexi wheeled the new bike to the front sidewalk. Impatient, she didn't wait for Dad. She put one foot on a pedal and shoved off. She lifted her other foot, but she started to tip over and quickly put her feet back on the ground. Lexi tried to ride again, but the bike kept tipping over. FULL POST

Posted 8/21/14 at 8:43 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Who Knows Best?

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Angela angrily dropped her books on the kitchen table. "What's wrong?" asked Mom, looking up from brushing Lori's hair. "Looks like you're angry about something."

Angela's eyes filled with tears. "I prayed so hard to win a place in the art show, but I didn't make it," she murmured.

"I'm sorry." Mom studied Angela as she picked up little Lori. "Maybe you need to get your mind off your disappointment. I have to run some errands and buy a few things. Why don't you come along with me?"

Angela sighed. "Okay," she agreed.

At the store, Lori saw a toy she wanted. Angela studied the package. She saw a warning that said, "Not for small children." It indicated that the toy was for children five years old and over. Angela put the box back on the shelf. "Sorry, Lori," she said. "This is for older kids. Maybe you can have it when you get bigger." FULL POST

Posted 8/20/14 at 9:00 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Light Needed - Part Two

Flashlight in the dark
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"Can you sleep at our campsite tonight?" Josh asked his friend Ben after spending the evening with Ben's family. "My mom says it's okay with her."

"Can I, Mom?" Ben looked over at his mother. "Then I won't wake you when I get up early to go fishing."

Ben's mother laughed. "Okay," she agreed, "but it's already dark, so get going. Take your sleeping bag and run along."

The boys grinned, and Josh snapped on his flashlight as they started out. "Last night I left this thing in my pocket all the way home, but I'm not going to make the same dumb mistake twice!" he said.

When they came to a narrow stretch of the path, Josh led the way and Ben followed behind him. "Can you see okay, Ben?" Josh turned back to light Ben's path. As they walked along, Josh continued to leave the beam of light on the path behind him, making sure Ben could see. "Last night I fell over a tree root," began Josh, "and I don't want . . . oops!" Down he went, and the flashlight went flying into a bush. FULL POST

Posted 8/19/14 at 9:29 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Light Needed

Flashlight in the dark
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"It's so dark out," said Kathy as she and her brother Josh stumbled along the path through the woods. They had been visiting some friends who were camping just a short distance from their own campsite.

"At least we don't have far to go," said Josh. "We're almos . . ." His words were cut off as he caught his toe on a tree root and fell. "Ow-w-w!" he yelled.

Kathy reached down to help him up. "Are you hurt?" she asked.

"Not much . . . but I think I skinned my knee. It hurts," said Josh. He began to brush himself off. "We better not go quite so fast," he added. Kathy agreed, and the two of them moved slowly and carefully along until they reached the campsite where their parents were waiting for them.

"We could hear you two coming," said Mom. "We heard a yell. Are you okay? Did one of you fall?" FULL POST

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