Family Connection Week 21


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Today’s lesson – Jesus is Tempted

Challenge Verse
John 14:15
Weekly Verse
Matthew 4:11

Temptation is something we ALL deal with. When Jesus was tempted by the devil, he recited the verses to the devil to overcome what was being presented to him. When Satan was finished tempting Jesus, Jesus was attended to by angels.

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Family Connection Week 20


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Today’s lesson – Jesus is Baptized

Challenge Verse
John 14:15
Weekly Verse
Matthew 3:17

Baptism. It’s a crazy thing to think about as a kid. Getting dunked under water as a sign of your belief in Jesus. Take a moment and think about the symbolism of it: being put under water and then raised again, cleaner than before; Jesus’ death and resurrection.

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Family Connection Week 19


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Today’s lesson – Jesus at CHURCH

Challenge Verse
John 14:15
Weekly Verse
Luke 2:49

Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple, just as it was commanded in the Law, to present him to the Lord. They traveled far to go the temple to learn from the teachers there. Could you imagine traveling by foot to go to church? Imagine if you as family had to travel far to worship. What would you bring? Would you be excited to go?

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Family Connection Week 18 - Christmas 4


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Today’s lesson – They are WISE

Challenge Verse
Luke 2:52
Weekly Verse
Matthew 2:2b

The wise men were from a land far away! When they noticed the star, they immediately got together and traveled towards it! We’ve been talking a lot about travel these past couple of weeks. Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, and now three guys from the East! Crazy! But they all traveled for Jesus!

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Family Connection Week 17 - Christmas 3


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Today’s lesson – They are TOLD

Challenge Verse
Luke 2:52
Weekly Verse
Luke 2:10a

So Gabriel has frightened Mary, Joseph, and now the Shepherds! Nobody was expecting Jesus. They were living their lives as if they had forgotten. When the angel appeared, they all got scared. But then they realized how cool it was! Discuss a time when you weren't expecting something but were pleasantly surprised.

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Family Connection Week 16 - Christmas 2


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Today’s lesson – Jesus’ Birth

Challenge Verse
Luke 2:52
Weekly Verse
Luke 2:7

Traveling can sometimes be hard, loud, crazy, fun, exciting, and sometimes an everyday thing. Imagine what it would be like to travel from one city to the next on a donkey. Talk about how long that might take and how the anticipation might fade or get stronger.

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Family Connection Week 15 - Christmas


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Today’s lesson – The angel told Mary

Challenge Verse
Luke 2:52
Weekly Verse
Luke 1:31

Mary was told about her pregnancy. She was engaged to Joseph but not yet married. She was afraid when the angel told her that she was carrying God’s child. What a surprise! What a scary, positive, awesome surprise!

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Family Connection Week 14 - Isaiah


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Today’s lesson – Isaiah’s Prophecy

Challenge Verse
Luke 2:52
Weekly Verse
Isaiah 53:4a

Isaiah was a prophet, one who spoke and led the people of Israel. He foretold the coming of the Messiah. 400 years before Jesus was born Isaiah told the Israelites of his birth. That gave them something to anticipate. But the timing also gave them some time to forget.

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Family Connection Week 13 - 1 Samuel


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Today’s lesson – David and Goliath

Challenge Verse
Ephesians 1:4-5
Weekly Verse
1 Sam. 16:7b

The HIS-story of David is one we might be familiar with. God chose David to be king after Saul. David showed his trust in the almighty God by facing a giant! David gave God the glory after defeating the giant. Discuss in the car how we can rely on God in “giant” circumstances. Try to pick out some scenarios dealing with your destination (school, home, church, sports, etc.).

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Family Connection Week 12 - Exodus


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Today’s lesson – Samson

Challenge Verse
Ephesians 1:4-5
Weekly Verse
Judges 16:28a

Samson is a HIS-story of strength! Talk about the different types of strength there is, e.g. muscles, will power, knowledge, etc. While driving, try to find things that are strong and things that are not.

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Family Connection Week 11 - Exodus


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Today’s lesson – Moses frees God’s people

Challenge Verse
Ephesians 1:4-5
Weekly Verse
Exodus 7:6

Discuss freedom. What does it mean? We are free to do a lot in our country. The Israelites were NOT free. They could not travel and they could not have any job they wanted. Talk about what your kids want to be when they grow up.

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Family Connection Week 10 - Exodus


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Today’s lesson – Moses is born and called

Challenge Verse
Ephesians 1:4-5
Weekly Verse
Exodus 3:14

Being born is a time of joy! Discuss the time when your child(ren) was (were) born. Tell them details and explain your feelings. During the time that Moses was born Pharaoh wanted all baby boys dead. His mother, on the other hand, did not want that, so she hid him in a basket and sent him upstream. Pharaoh's daughter found him and kept him!

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Family Connection Week 9 - Genesis


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Today’s lesson – Joseph forgives his brothers

Challenge Verse
Psalm 139: 13-14
Weekly Verse
Genesis 45:7

Discuss forgiveness while driving. Did somebody cut you off? Somebody run a red light, forcing you to slam on your breaks? Somebody speed by, making you feel uncomfortable? Talk about how to forgive them, to look at it from a different angle. What if they didn’t see you, they are hurrying to the hospital, etc.?

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Family Connection Week 8 - Genesis


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Today’s lesson – Joseph’s Dreams

Challenge Verse
Psalm 139:13-14
Weekly Verse
Genesis 37:21

Discuss day dreaming. What are some things you can imagine happening outside of the window? Ask what was imagined. This is what it must have felt like when Joseph was telling his dreams to his brothers - a bit unbelievable.

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Family Connection Week 7 - Genesis


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Today’s lesson – Abraham & Isaac

Challenge Verse
Psalm 139:13-14
Weekly Verse
Genesis 22:1

Sacrifice-it’s something we all struggle with. Discuss with the family some simple sacrifices. Like giving somebody the opportunity to go in front of you in traffic or waving somebody through the stop sign.

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Family Connection Week 6 - Genesis


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Today’s lesson – Genesis 15:1-21; 17:1-9

Challenge Verse
Psalm 119:73
Weekly Verse
Genesis 15:1b

Explain a covenant. Making a promise to do something as long as the other person keeps their promise too. An agreement or contract. Driving is just like that. When we drive on the road we have an agreement with the other drivers to not bump into their cars.

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Family Connection Week 5 - Genesis


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Today’s lesson – Genesis 6-9:17

Challenge Verse
Psalm 119:73
Weekly Verse
Genesis 6:22

Look at the different cars on the road - big ones, small ones. Discuss how many people could fit comfortably in your car. Talk about how many could SQUEEZE into your car. Discuss how God gave Noah exact measurements for the ark so that Noah and his family, along with two of every animal, would be able to fit, just like your car is built for an exact amount of people.

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Family Connection Week 4 - Genesis


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Today’s lesson – Genesis 4:1-16

Challenge Verse
Psalm 119:73
Weekly Verse
Genesis 4:7a

Discuss reactions when you’re in a hurry and have to stop at a red light or when somebody cuts you off. We usually get frustrated, and sometimes we react in ways we shouldn’t. Talk to your child(ren) about how to react in a proper manner. Talk about how other drivers or passengers might feel that day. Maybe they look nervous, in a hurry, or happy- as they sing along with a song on the radio.

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Family Connection Week 3 - Genesis


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Today’s lesson – Genesis 3

Challenge Verse
Exodus 20:11
Weekly Verse
Genesis 1:27

Discuss driving and making mistakes. Talk with the family about driving rules and that they are in place to protect us and everyone else. Pick out a rule like stopping at a red light and how the traffic lights are designed to allow everybody a chance to go through the intersection. Discuss what might happen if you broke the rule.

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Family Connection Week 2 - Genesis


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Today’s lesson – Genesis 2:4-25

Challenge Verse
Exodus 20:11
Weekly Verse
Genesis 1:27

Have the family look at people that are passing by in cars, walking on the sidewalk or neighbors in your neighborhood. Ask them if they think God made those people too. Discuss with them that God made each and every one of us! And He loves us all!

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Family Connection Week 1 - Genesis

Challenge Verse: Exodus 20:11

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Today's lesson - Genesis 1-2:2

Have the family look out their windows and pick out a couple of things they see. After they choose something ask if it’s something God created? Talk with them about the difference between what is manmade and God-made.

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Unit 31, Session 5: Paul’s Letters to Church Leaders

Dear Parents,

As the early church expanded outside Jerusalem, new churches were planted in various cities. Each church needed godly leaders to help it grow and stay true to the gospel. Paul understood this need, which is why he wrote letters to some of the leaders in the church. Two of these leaders were Timothy and Titus. Timothy was Paul’s friend. He had traveled with Paul and helped him. Now Timothy was a leader at the church in Ephesus.

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Unit 31, Session 1: Paul Confronted Peter

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Peter—one of Jesus’ original disciples—had grown up in a culture where the Jews believed that God only cared about them, not the Gentiles or non-Jews.
Most of the Jews looked down on the Gentiles and refused to even associate with them because Jews believed Gentiles were unclean; Gentiles didn’t live the right way to please God. Any Jew who did associate with Gentiles did so at the risk of being ridiculed by his own people.

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Unit 28, Session 2: Peter Healed a Beggar

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With the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Jesus’ disciples were empowered to carrying out Jesus’ mission for them—to take the gospel to all the nations. More and more people believed in Jesus. They met together at the temple to praise and worship God, and the first church began.

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Unit 28, Session 1: The Holy Spirit Came

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When Jesus ascended to heaven, He instructed the disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come upon them. So the disciples went back to Jerusalem, where they waited and prayed.

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“I wanna go back” (Simpler Times)

I was driving this morning and a song came on called “I wanna go back” by David Dunn. The lyrics resonated with me as he sang, “I wanna go back to, ‘Jesus loves me, this I know, for the bible tells me so”. He refers to a simple Sunday school song, one I used to sing in Sunday school and now sing to my babies.

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