Family Connection – Jesus Is Tempted


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

Today’s lesson – Jesus is tempted

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 – Jesus Is Baptized


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

Today’s lesson – Jesus is baptized

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 – Jesus in the Temple


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

Today’s lesson – Jesus at CHURCH

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 a family, had to travel far to worship. What would you bring? Would you be excited to go?

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Family Connection – The Christmas Wise Men


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

Today’s lesson – They are WISE

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 – The Christmas Shepherds


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

Today’s lesson – They are TOLD

So Gabriel had 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 – The Christmas Birth


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

Today’s lesson – Jesus’ Birth

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 – The Christmas Angel


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

Today’s lesson – The angel told Mary

Mary was told about her pregnancy. She was engaged to Joseph but not yet married. Shewas 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 – Isaiah’s Prophecy


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

Today’s lesson – Isaiah’s Prophecy

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 – Josiah


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Challenge Verse
Jeremiah 29:11-12
Weekly Verse
2 Chronicles 34:33b

Today’s lesson – Josiah, the kid king

Today we talked about Josiah. Josiah was made king when he was only 8! But he was surrounded by good people to raise him in the correct ways. So much so that that when he was old enough to begin making important decisions, he decided to rebuild the temple.

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Family Connection – Nehemiah


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Challenge Verse
Jeremiah 29:11-12
Weekly Verse
Nehemiah 4:20

Today’s lesson – Nehemiah

Today we talked about Nehemiah. Nehemiah was a common man, the cupbearer to the king. He heard of how Jerusalem was being picked on, or destroyed, and the walls had been torn down. It made him extremely sad to hear that his hometown was being destroyed and he wanted to rebuild the walls.

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Family Connection – Esther


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Challenge Verse
Jeremiah 29:11-12
Weekly Verse
Esther 4:14

Today’s lesson – Esther

Today we talked about Esther. Esther was just a girl when she was adopted by Mordecai. Mordecai always wanted the best for Esther and raised her to follow the Lord. When the king called for a new queen, Esther was chosen! But it was unknown to the king that she was a Jew, a follower of the Lord. Esther was being placed as queen by God to make some big changes in the king’s life and in the kingdom.

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Family Connection – Daniel and the Lions’ Den


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Challenge Verse
Daniel 6
Weekly Verse
Daniel 6:16b

Today’s lesson – Daniel 6

Daniel was well known around Babylon as an honest man and a man of integrity. Daniel was known for these things because he stood out above the rest, and that was because of his faith in the Lord. As you drive around, can you see anybody driving well?

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Family Connection – Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego


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Challenge Verse
Daniel 3
Weekly Verse
Daniel 3:28a

Today’s lesson – Daniel 3

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were brought to Babylon as prisoners of war. They were chosen because they were strong men that would serve Babylon well. They served God well and He saved them from the fiery furnace. The three men eventually went on to be missionaries to other nations, sent by the king.

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Family Connection - Jonah


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Challenge Verse
Jonah 1-4
Weekly Verse
Jonah 1:9

Today’s lesson – Jonah 1-4

Discuss listening and recognizing. Disobedience is something that God does not take lightly. When He told Jonah to go to Nineveh and Jonah went the other way, God directed Jonah back to Nineveh by way of whale.

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Family Connection – Job


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Challenge Verse
James 1:2-3
Weekly Verse
Job 42:2

Today’s lesson – Job

God was strong in Job’s life. Job was chosen by God to be sifted like wheat. God exposed Job to Satan. Satan was looking for something to do and God offered up Job because He knew that Job would be strong, rely on God, and not forsake God. God tested Job’s faith.

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Family Connection - Eli and Samuel


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Challenge Verse
Deut. 7:9
Weekly Verse
1 Samuel 3:10b

Today’s lesson – 1 Samuel 1-3

Discuss listening and recognizing. There are a lot of sounds we recognize without seeing what made them. We even have game shows based on that idea, like “Name That Tune” and “Beat Shazam.” Talk about some sounds you hear while on the road, like railroad crossing bells, horns, etc. Samuel wasn’t familiar with God’s voice when God called to him in his dream.

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Family Connection - Ten Commandments


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Challenge Verse
Deut. 7:9
Weekly Verse
Exodus 19:15a

Today’s lesson – Exodus 19:1-20:17

Discuss preparation. God told Moses to prepare the Israelites to meet Him. God gave Moses a set of instructions for the Israelites to follow. God told them to change their clothes, take a bath, and not do bad things. These instructions seemed pretty basic, but there were thousands of Israelites! Not an easy task in three days.

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Family Connection – Abraham and the Three Visitors


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Challenge Verse
Deut. 7:9
Weekly Verse
Gen. 18:3

Today’s lesson – Genesis 18:1-19

Discuss recognizing things from a distance. We notice things from a distance when we are familiar with them. When driving home we know when we’re close because we notice the familiar objects around us, or maybe we can even see our house from a distance. Talk about how we recognize things like these because we’re so familiar with them.

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Family Connection – Cain & Abel


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Challenge Verse
Deut. 7:9
Weekly Verse
Gen. 4:7

Today’s lesson – Genesis 4:1-16

Discuss the differences between cars — your car vs. the car next to you. Talk about the color, the size, the ability of speed, etc. Have your child point out differences. As they point out differences, discuss the differences between Cain and Abel, like how they did different things (one was a shepherd and the other a farmer). God loved both equally and desired that they each do their best.

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Family Connection - Sin


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

Today’s lesson: Genesis 3

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 - Adam & Eve


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

Today’s lesson: Genesis 2:4-25

Have the family look at people that are passing by in cars and 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 - Creation


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Challenge Verse
Exodus 20:11

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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Family Connection - Ten Commandments


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Challenge Verse
Proverbs 9:10
Weekly Verse
Commandments 1-5

This week’s lesson: The Ten Commandments

The Israelites and Moses were traveling in the desert towards the Promised Land. The Israelites grumbled at Moses and the Lord about lack of food and water.

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Family Connection 2.7: The Golden Calf


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Challenge Verse
Proverbs 9:10
Weekly Verse
Exodus 32:11a

This week’s lesson: The Golden Calf

The Israelites were waiting for Moses to come back down from Mt. Sinai after his meeting with God. They had just been wandering through the desert after escaping from Egypt, and God invited them to the foot of Mt. Sinai to witness His presence and to wait for Him to chat with Moses.

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Family Connection 2.6: Jacob Wrestles God


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Challenge Verse
Proverbs 9:10
Weekly Verse
Genesis 32:28

This week’s lesson: Jacob Wrestles God

Jacob was on his way to meet his brother. He and his brother were at odds since Jacob stole Esau’s blessing AND Esau’s birthright. So, on Jacob’s way he met a man and wrestled him. When the man realized that Jacob wouldn’t relent, he blessed Jacob.

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Family Connection 2.5: Tower of Babel


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Challenge Verse
Genesis 11:5
Weekly Verse
Psalm 119:73

This week’s lesson: Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9)

The Tower of Babel was a building project meant for selfish goals. The text is filled with “ourselves,” highlighting the point that the people were working for themselves and not for God. They wanted to build a tower that reached the sky!

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Ministry Update from Mike Tackett

We have two great options for our children and families on Sundays.

9:45 AM - Family gathering for all families with worship, activities and lesson time. Come and join in the family fun!

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Family Connection Week 36

Memory Verse:
Philippians 2:4

Well, this week our allergies have just sent us to the moon! I don't know about you, but when the wind comes and my allergies are at their peak, my nerves get on edge! It feels like they are vibrating nonstop and nothing can get them under control. Usually when this happens, I tend to be a little on edge and get a little more angry at the people that are around me. Right now, I am around my family ALL the time, and we are playing a lot of games. When we play those games and I don't have my allergies under control, that is a bad mix! I tend to become a VERY SORE LOSER and not very easy to be around -- a little selfcentered, if you will.

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Family Connection Week 35

Memory Verse:
Philippians 1:18b

The weather is getting warmer and we are yearning to get outside, to go swimming in that frigid water or meander about shopping malls. These are the things we do when it gets warmer -- we go out and enjoy the warmth. Get outside, sit in the shade with your family, and talk about the first things you're going to do when this is all over. Speak on the positive things that the future will hold. In the meantime, try a new recipe, learn a new verse together, and keep your spirits lifted and focused on Jesus!

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Family Connection Week 34

Memory Verse:
Philippians 1:4

This week after Resurrection Sunday has been a fun one, reflecting on Jesus' gift of salvation and peace! I pray that you are doing well during this time and are getting some fresh air, as the weather is bright and sunny. I know many of you are missing your friends and that physical relationship with them. I just want to say that we are here for you. Send us a message so that we can pray for you. We are in this time together. Though some have different circumstances, we are all a part of this uncharted journey. I know some are having a hard time with missing students and friends. Remember, we are here for you!

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Family Connection Week 33

Memory Verse:
John 14:6

It's Resurrection Sunday, and a DIFFERENT one at that. We can't meet with our families, our traditions might look a little different this year, and maybe we didn't have to dress up in that stifling shirt and tie that we don a couple times a year for those special occasions. And that can create a feeling of insecurity. When things change so drastically so fast, we begin to feel insecure about what we know. Pastor Marc discussed that doubt in today's message. He talked about how doubting is part of the true nature of being human. But WHEN we have doubts, we need to give them to Jesus, because without a doubt, HE IS RISEN!! In John 14:6 Jesus says HE is the only way to the Father, because HE IS RISEN and sacrificed himself for us, showing us that nothing -- NOT even death on a cross -- can overcome Him

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Family Connection Week 32

Memory Verse:
Luke 18:33a

We have sheltered in our homes now for a couple of weeks, and I don't know about you, but I can feel my nerves on edge a little more often than normal. I can feel that cabin fever creeping in slowly from the background. I love being at home with my family, playing games with them, cooking for them, teaching them. But lurking in the background is this feverish edge and every now and again it seeps out. This seems to be happening with all of us -- we give lots of love, but there are some days that it seems we need a bit of extra space and a ton more grace.

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Family Connection Week 31

Memory Verse:
Psalm 90:1

We have sheltered in our homes as families for about week now and I can surely say it has felt like fooorrreeevvveerrr. I was chatting with somebody about the date and I was fully convinced that this past Wednesday was April 1st and that we had been in our homes now for 2, possibly 3, weeks. NOPE - I was completely wrong. It's only been 1 WEEK! Pastor Marc talked about how God is an eternal God, never changing or wavering, for our sake. He is the standard by which we live. Because He is unchanging and eternal, we have a connection to those before us, with us, and those that will come. He brings us a constant that we can lean on for stability. During these times where time seems to pass without notice, God is there with a full understanding and vivid view of what's happening.

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Family Connection Week 30

Memory Verse:
Proverbs 17:17

We are in a bit of some uncharted waters and our children can feel the uneasiness, excitement or any other feelings we might have during this time. As Pastor Marc discussed today, these times bring out our need for relationships. Our children need us to simply explain these times and how it affects them. They are probably really excited about their parents being home and being away from school, but this will only last for a moment until they begin to miss their friends and get bored with the things they have at home. This is when “cabin fever” sets in and our relationships can become very fragile.

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Family Connection Week 29


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Challenge Verse
Psalm 119:18
Weekly Verse
John 11:40

This week’s lesson: Jesus raises Lazarus

Jesus was a couple days’ travel away from Lazarus when he heard that his friend was sick. When Jesus heard this, he didn’t stop his teaching — he finished and then travelled to his friend. He knew that it was going to take a long time to get to his friend and I’m sure he thought about it while he was headed there. It wasn’t a happy trip but a necessary one.

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Family Connection Week 28


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Challenge Verse
James 1:22
Weekly Verse
Matthew 14:19a

This week’s lesson: the feeding of the 5,000

Jesus was saddened and wanted to be alone for a moment. He had just heard some terrible news about John the Baptist. He travelled on a boat so that he could pray. Sometimes when we travel, we think about things. It helps clear our heads. Sometimes in the car when it’s silent, our mind is able to play, think, and we can begin to express our feelings. I know sometimes I day dream in the car because my mind is able to wander. Not while driving, of course.

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Family Connection Week 27


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Challenge Verse
James 1:22
Weekly Verse
Luke 15:32

This week’s lesson: the parable of “The Lost Son”

When I drive around town, I end up passing a farm. The smell from the farm usually makes me wince or lose my breath. I sometimes think of the prodigal son and what it must have smelled like to be feeding those pigs. Stinky! That must’ve been the point that he realized that “I could work for my father,” the stinkiest point in his life.

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Family Connection Week 26


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Challenge Verse
James 1:22
Weekly Verse
Luke 10:37b

This week’s lesson: the parable the good Samaritan

While talking to those who were the experts of religion, Jesus was asked a very important question: Who was their neighbor?

Talk about neighborhoods as you drive. Discuss that neighborhoods are made up of people who live near one another. Talk about pride that goes into keeping your neighborhood clean and safe.

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Family Connection Week 25


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Challenge Verse
Matthew 13:23a
Weekly Verse
James 1:22

This week’s lesson: the parable of the sower

Jesus explained the kingdom of heaven in many ways so that we can understand. The parable of the sower talks about different ways people hear and accept the Gospel.

Talk about throwing a seed out the window while driving. Where would it land? Talk about doing this in different places, like near a farm with good soil, or on the sidewalk, etc.

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Family Connection - Week 24


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Challenge Verse
John 4:13-14
Weekly Verse
Luke 10:42b

Martha was always in a hurry. She was excited and wanted everything to go perfectly for Jesus’ visit to her house.

Have you ever been in a hurry? Rushed out the door to get to church on time? Sometimes we are like Martha — we get in such a hurry we forget to focus on the excitement of our destination. Being in a hurry and getting flustered can overtake the feeling of excitement we should have when setting out for our destination.

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Family Connection - Week 23


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Today’s lesson – Jesus and the woman at the well

Challenge Verse
John 4:13-14
Weekly Verse
John 4:14a

Jesus traveled a lot with his disciples. This one time when Jesus was traveling, he got thirsty like we ALL do, especially on road trips. While he stopped to get water, he preached to a young Samaritan woman.

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Family Connection - Week 22


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Today’s lesson – Jesus chooses his disciples

Challenge Verse
John 4:13-14
Weekly Verse
Matthew 4:19

Jesus traveled with his disciples. They traveled in a large group like a caravan. They would go to a town together and preach to that town.

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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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