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Posted 4/23/14 at 9:24 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Door to Heaven

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"Mom, may I go hike the nature trails with Jon?" Max asked.

"Sure," Mom agreed. "Maybe you'll be able to tell him about Jesus again."

"Maybe," Max replied. "He's a good kid, Mom, but he thinks it doesn't matter much what you believe as long as you live right and do good."

"That's too bad," said Mom. "Nobody's goodness is good enough to enter into God's presence. There's only one way to God, and that's through His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is called the door, you know--not a door, but the door."

"Yeah," said Max, "but Jon doesn't believe that. I'll try to tell him again."

Max went to meet Jon, and the boys rode their bikes to the state park where there were several nature trails. They parked the bikes in the parking lot, went through the entrance gate, and began their hike. FULL POST

Posted 4/22/14 at 9:39 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Crash Lesson

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"Mom!" screamed Brock, running toward her car. A truck had hit it as she began the turn into their driveway. "Please, God!" prayed Brock as he approached the driver's side. "Please let Mom be okay."

As Brock opened the car door, his mom gave him a shaky smile. "I'm all right," she assured him, stepping out of the car. "Everything is okay, Brock."

The truck driver got out, and he was uninjured, too. Brock gave a huge sigh of relief. That was too close, he thought, and he quietly breathed a prayer of thanks to God as his mom and the driver took care of reporting to the police and other necessary details.

Every once in a while during the rest of that day, Brock gave his mother a hug and said, "I love you, Mom."

"I love you too, Brock," she replied with a smile.

That night, as Mom was tucking him into bed, Brock hugged her again. "Mom, when I saw that car hit you, I was so scared!" he told her. "I guess I thought you'd always be here, but today I was scared you were hurt--and could even die." FULL POST

Posted 4/21/14 at 9:26 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Clean-up Day

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Kevin's dad sat in his easy chair reading the local newspaper. "I see that our city is going to celebrate Earth Day tomorrow," he said.

"Yeah." Kevin looked up from his book. "Mom mentioned that earlier today."

"The paper says the city will be planting trees, and it has also organized a Clean-up the Beach Day,'" said Dad. "Volunteers are needed to walk along the beach and pick up any trash they find. Our family can help with that."

"Yuck!" exclaimed Kevin. "Sounds like too much work!"

Mom looked up with a frown. "Remember what happened last winter to your bicycle?" she asked.

"Don't remind me!" exclaimed Kevin. "I'm trying to forget!"

But Mom went on reminding him. "You left it lying under a bush behind the garage, and by the time the snow melted, it was all rusted," she said. "We trusted you to take care of it. We told you if you didn't, we wouldn't buy you a new one." FULL POST

Posted 4/18/14 at 8:49 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Have To? Or Want To?

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Kelly hurried to catch up with her best friend. "Jenny, wait up," she called. "What's the big hurry? For days now you haven't had time to hang out or talk or anything."

"I know, but since my mom is sick, I need to get on home," Jenny replied. "She really needs my help. She's having chemotherapy to stop the cancer, but it makes her so tired."

"I'm sorry," said Kelly. "I just miss you and all the fun we used to have." She paused."Don't you hate having all that extra work?" Kelly asked. "It must be really hard for you. I know I'd hate doing so many chores!"

Jenny was stunned by Kelly's remark. "My mom is really sick, Kelly," Jenny emphasized. Tears pooled in her eyes and overflowed as she attempted to stifle a sob. "Mom has been there to take care of me my whole life. Now I want to be there for her and take care of her and do everything I can to make it easier for her. She's been the best mom ever, and I'm afraid of losing her to this awful cancer." FULL POST

Posted 4/17/14 at 8:51 AM | Children's Bible Hour

The Easy Route

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On clean-up day at church, Craig lingered behind while other kids went out to rake and clean the yard. I sure don't feel like helping with that, he thought. As he hesitated, the secretary came from the office with a box of bulletins.

"Is someone going to fold these?" the secretary asked pleasantly.

"I will," Craig said quickly. He began folding the bulletins, but he felt guilty for not helping with the harder work. Soon he finished the job. He glanced at the kids still busy outdoors, then left by a side door, ignoring his guilty conscience.

When Craig got home, his little brother met him at the door. "Hey, Cody, you said you'd help me with some of my work since I spent so much time helping you with your math," said Craig. "I want you to clean out my closet."

Cody shook his head. "I already helped you. I dumped your trash, so I've done enough," he declared triumphantly. FULL POST

Posted 4/16/14 at 9:28 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Tried and True

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Lori carefully measured a cup of sugar into a bowl. "I like making cookies," she said, "and Dad says my cookies are second only to yours." She cracked an egg as she grinned at her mother.

"You do a good job," agreed Mom, "and I appreciate your taking that task off my hands today. I need the extra time to prepare for my Bible study class."

Lori looked thoughtful as she stirred the mixture. "Mom, how do you know the Bible is true?" she asked. "I mean . . . couldn't it have some mistakes?"

Mom looked surprised. "No, it couldn't," she said.

"Well, Addie's father is a preacher, and they believe most of the Bible," said Lori, "but he says some of the things just couldn't have happened. Like the story of Jonah and some of the miracles. He says God has set up certain laws of nature, and those things don't fit in." FULL POST

Posted 4/15/14 at 9:37 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Real Darkness

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Inside the Jewel Cave

"How was this cave discovered?" Ryan's dad asked the tour guide as they took an elevator into the depths of Jewel Cave near Custer, South Dakota.

"It's an interesting story," replied the guide. "In 1900, two prospectors heard wind rushing through a hole in the rocks. When they enlarged the hole, they found a cave full of sparkling crystals. The Jewel Cave National Monument was established in 1908 to protect this beautiful cave."

The elevator stopped, and they stepped out. Following a paved, lighted pathway, they climbed up and down more than 700 steps. Ryan was fascinated with the colorful rock crystals hanging like giant icicles. Away from the light, deep darkness enveloped the caverns. "With many miles already mapped, Jewel Cave is one of the longest caves in the world, and more has yet to be explored," said the guide as the tour group stopped in one of the chambers. "In a few minutes, I'm going to turn off the lights, and you'll see what real darkness is like." FULL POST

Posted 4/14/14 at 9:25 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Secret to a Friendly Church

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"Once upon a time there were three Baars: Mr. Baar, Mrs. Baar, and their daughter, Merry." Jodi snuggled close as her mother continued reading from Jodi's favorite storybook. "One day while driving home from church, Mr. Baar growled, I'm never going back there again. No one spoke to me.'

"Mrs. Baar nodded her head until her curls bobbed. No one talked to me, either,' she declared.

"Merry Baar bounced up and down in the back seat. In her little, high voice she said, None of the kids talked to me.' So the Baars tried other churches, but they were always disappointed as they hurried in and then back out again after the service. All the Baars agreed that churches were very unfriendly.

"One day, the pastor from the last church they had visited came to their home. We were so pleased to have you with us last Sunday,' he said. We hope you'll come again. We have many fine people in our church.' FULL POST

Posted 4/13/14 at 4:56 PM | Children's Bible Hour

Where the Fish Are

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"Our Sunday school contest isn't fair," complained Stephen one morning. "It's called Fishing for Jesus. There will be some outreach activities--like to give out tracts and stuff--and we're supposed to bring visitors to our class. But my friends already go to Sunday school, so I don't have anybody to invite." Stephen sighed. "The prize is a fishing rod, and I sure could use that!"

"Hm-m-m," murmured Dad. He looked thoughtful. "Speaking of fishing, I hear they've been biting lately. Care to go?"

"All right!" exclaimed Stephen. "I'll get ready right now."

Dad nodded. "I'll get the fishing gear. Meet me out back when you're ready."

When Stephen ran out the back door a little later, he stopped short and stared. Dad was sitting in a lawn chair, holding his fishing rod. The hook lay on the grass, and Dad watched it intently. "What are you doing?" Stephen asked.

"Sh-h-h!" Dad cautioned him. "I'm fishing. Don't scare the fish away." FULL POST

Posted 4/12/14 at 8:56 PM | Children's Bible Hour

Pulling on the Leash

Labrador dog
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Amanda panted as she tugged and pulled to get her Labrador puppy to go into the house. Prince was only six months old, but he was strong.

Mom looked up from setting the table and smiled. "I'm not sure who took who for a walk," she said.

Amanda frowned. "Prince always wants to go for a walk, but when I take him, he pulls on the leash the whole way!" she complained. "He acts like he's the one who should decide which way to go."

"He's still just a puppy," said Mom.

"I know," grumbled Amanda, "but I wish he'd learn to listen to me. He should learn to heel like my friend Patti's dog does."

"Maybe we'll have to take him to dog obedience school," said Mom, "or at least start some dog obedience lessons on our own." Mom studied Amanda a moment, then said softly, "Sometimes people behave a lot like Prince. They pull and tug on their leashes, too. They think they should decide for themselves what's good for them, and they don't want to listen to God or to parents who really know best." She paused, then added, "Like last week when I wouldn't let you go to Jessica's party. I'm not sure you've quite forgiven me for that yet!" FULL POST

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