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Posted 7/23/14 at 9:18 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Balancing the Account

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Steven burst into the family room. "Mom, Melissa hit me!" he yelled.

"He hit me first." Melissa followed close on Steven's heels.

"I owed you one from last time," Steven roared. "The Bible says if someone hits you, you have the right to hit him back!" He glared at his sister. "In the Old Testament it says, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.' I read it myself."

"That passage isn't talking about personal vengeance," said Dad. "It was a civil law to ensure justice in the nation of Israel. People who return blow for blow find the score is never settled. Their actions are never balanced. Someone always owes someone else a blow. It's like . . . like your mother's checkbook and the bank statement." All heads--including Mom's--turned to him in surprise. FULL POST

Posted 7/22/14 at 9:13 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Broken Things

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 At bedtime, Toby listened, wide-eyed, as Mom read a chapter in a story about Jon, a boy who was Toby's age. "Jon was delighted when Mr. Rand, a gardener, agreed to let Jon do some work for him. These are special plants, Jon,' said Mr. Rand, pointing to some flowers. Hoe around them very carefully.' Jon nodded, but a few minutes later, he carelessly stepped right on one of those flowers." Mom paused to show the picture of the broken plant to Toby and his brother Seth.

"Did he get fired for breaking it?" asked Toby. "Read what happened, Mom."

Mom smiled and continued reading. "As Jon stared at the plant in dismay, a young man walked up to him. What's the trouble, bud?' the stranger asked. Jon told him what had happened. It will be all right--I promise you,' said the young man. Keep busy with your work, and I'll check on you later.' Jon sighed and got busy again, but he was sure he'd be punished when Mr. Rand heard about it. FULL POST

Posted 7/21/14 at 9:09 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Ask Then Act

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"After Sunday school today, Logan accepted Jesus as his Savior," Greg excitedly told his family on the way home from church.

Dad smiled. "That's great!" he exclaimed.

"Wonderful!" added Mom enthusiastically. "Your prayers have been answered."

But Greg's sister Erin frowned. "Why doesn't God answer my prayers, too?" she wondered. "I pray for my friend Lynn, but I'm not sure it does any good."

"Don't be discouraged," advised Dad. "Sometimes it takes a long time before a person will accept Christ."

"Yeah. I talked to Logan and invited him to Sunday school a whole year before he ever came at all," Greg reminded Erin. "It's only just lately that he's been coming regularly."

Mom nodded. She turned to Erin. "What kind of response do you get from Lynn when you talk to her about the Lord?" she asked. FULL POST

Posted 7/18/14 at 9:07 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Iron Shoes

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"I need new gym shoes--my old ones are all worn out," announced Kurt after dinner one evening.

"I know they are. I noticed the holes in them," said Mom. "I declare--I believe you go through more shoes than a centipede!"

Dad laughed. "Maybe you should have shoes like Asher's," he suggested.

"Who's Asher?" Kurt asked.

Dad took the Bible from a shelf and handed it to Kurt. "You can read about him in Deuteronomy Thirty-three," said Dad. "Why don't you look it up."

Kurt found and read the passage. He grinned. "Asher's shoes were made of metals--iron and bronze!" said Kurt. "I'm sure he couldn't run very good in those!"

Dad smiled. "Actually, a lot of translations refer to iron and bronze bolts or locks on city gates instead of iron and bronze shoes," he said.

"That makes more sense," said Kurt. He sighed. "My shoes are really the least of my problems. Everything's going wrong lately. I can't understand math, I have to sit between two girls in band, and my friend Ian is moving away. Worst of all, Riley--my best friend--is still in the hospital. They think he might have something serious." Kurt was near to tears. FULL POST

Posted 7/17/14 at 8:51 AM | Children's Bible Hour

A Good Name

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"I just hate my name," Edna told her grandfather one day.

"Well now, I think Edna is a pretty name," replied Grandpa. "Your mom named you after your great-grandmother, whom she dearly loved."

"But I have to go to school with kids who have names like . . . like Griffin and Jacob," complained Edna. "I wish I had a name that wasn't so old-fashioned!"

"A lot of babies are being given old-fashioned names these days," Grandpa told her. "Take the name Jacob, for instance. That's a popular name now, but it's a very old one. Remember Jacob in the Bible?"

Edna sighed. "Yes, but I still wish I had a different name. I think I'll change it someday. After all, even the Bible says a good name should be chosen rather than riches, and I want to choose a good name!"

Grandpa smiled. "Oh, honey, that verse isn't talking about changing your name!" he said. "It's talking about what people think of you when they hear your name and think of your character." FULL POST

Posted 7/16/14 at 9:11 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Uncommon Sense

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"You should have seen all the turtles and frogs down at the pond," said Kyle when he and Janae returned from a walk on their grandparents' farm.

Grandma smiled. "It's fun to see the things in nature that God created, isn't it?" she said. "All the living creatures and the flowers and trees and other plants."

"Mr. Watson, my science teacher, says everything began with a big bang-- some kind of big explosion," said Kyle. "He says there isn't any God."

"Does it make sense that everything just fell into place?" asked Grandma.

"We-e-ell, probably not," replied Kyle. "I don't know."

"Let's try an experiment," said Grandma. She gave small cards to each of the kids. "Write all the letters from A to Z on these--one on each card."

When they were finished, Grandma took the cards. "Okay, Kyle," she said as she pulled a chair out from the table. "I want you to climb up on this chair." FULL POST

Posted 7/15/14 at 9:40 AM | Children's Bible Hour

The Umbrella

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"Mommy, I want that brella," pleaded four-year-old Hannah, pointing to a brightly colored umbrella on display in the children's department.

Mom laughed. "Well," she said, "the way it's been raining lately, it might be a good idea for you to have your own umbrella. We'll see how much it costs." The price was reasonable, and the saleslady showed Hannah how to put the umbrella up and down and how she could carry it by a strap over her wrist when it wasn't raining. Hannah walked proudly from the store, merrily swinging the umbrella back and forth.

To Hannah's delight, it rained the next day. "I want to go outside with my new brella," she said. Amused, her mother helped her eager little daughter get dressed to go outdoors. Mom also helped Hannah put the umbrella up.

When Mom looked out a little later, Hannah was hurrying up the front walk, her new umbrella swinging on her arm while the rain pelted down on her head. Mom hurried to the door. "Why aren't you using your umbrella?" Mom asked. FULL POST

Posted 7/14/14 at 9:39 AM | Children's Bible Hour

The Way to Work

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"Brandon, please take Speedy outside," said Mom as she rinsed the dog's water bowl. "He needs some exercise." Brandon sighed. He thought walking the dog was boring, but he snapped the leash onto Speedy's collar. "Keep him on the leash and out of Mr. Grayson's yard," Mom added.

"Sure, okay, Mom," murmured Brandon. "I know what to do."

As Brandon led Speedy out to the sidewalk, his friend Tyler, who lived two doors down, waved. When Brandon waved back, the leash slipped from his hand.

"Wha' cha doin'?" Tyler called. "Havin' more fun than me, I hope." He pointed to a garbage can. "Mom made me wash these today. Can you believe it?"

Brandon laughed. "What for?" he asked. "Garbage will be going right back in them."

After talking a few minutes, Brandon looked around for Speedy. "Uh-oh!" he exclaimed. "Gotta go, Tyler. Speedy is in Mr. Grayson's yard!" Even as he spoke, Brandon heard a garbage can tumble over next door. He groaned as he imagined the trash all over the yard. FULL POST

Posted 7/12/14 at 8:41 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Down the Drain

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"Want to go swimming now, Lana?" Megan asked after lunch. Her cousin had come to spend the week with her.

"You girls can swim after you help with the dishes," said Megan's mother. "It won't take you long. Just rinse them and put them in the dishwasher. Then wash the counters and table and clean the sink, and you may be on your way."

"Okay,"agreed Megan, taking plates to the sink. "Gross!" she exclaimed as she set them down. "There's soggy lettuce and potato peelings in the sink. Yuck!"

"Yeah, and there are noodles and bits of hamburger, too!" added Lana.

"Mo-o-om," groaned Megan, "will you please clean the sink for us?"

Mom laughed. "I meant to rinse that stuff down before we ate, but I obviously forgot," she said. "I'll do it now and let the garbage disposal take care of it. But then I don't want any more complaints about doing dishes this week!" FULL POST

Posted 7/11/14 at 9:16 AM | Children's Bible Hour

Whose Plans?

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Dad gently shook Todd's shoulder. "Time to go," whispered Dad. "Fishing is best in early morning, you know." Todd groaned but rolled out of bed, and soon he and Dad were pushing off in a rowboat.

The sky was growing lighter, but a heavy mist hung over the still waters of the lake. Todd yawned. "We can't even see where we're going," he complained.

"What happened to all the enthusiasm you had yesterday?" asked Dad. "I heard you tell your friends you were going to catch the most fish."

Todd sat up straighter. "Yeah, and I am, too," he declared. "You'll see."

Dad was the first to reel in a good-sized bass, and then he caught several others. Todd snagged a small sunfish--so small he had to throw it back into the water. Soon the sun came out and the mist disappeared.

After a few hours in which he caught little, Todd was discouraged. "I'm ready to quit," he grumbled. "I've gotta call Bill. We want to toss a few balls before our baseball game today." He looked at his father. "Are you coming to the game? I'm gonna knock the ball right out of the park!" FULL POST

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