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is the first day of Lent, and starts this year on February 10th. Many people will place ashes on their heads as a sign of sorrow for sinning against God. The practice of placing ashes on people's heads to show they're sorry for sinning dates back to Old Testament times.
The Bible tells us the punishment for sinning is death (Romans 6:23). In the Old Testament (before Jesus came to earth), people sacrificed animals--they put them to death--to take their punishment for sinning. They would then use ashes from the animal sacrifices and place it on their heads as a sign of sorrowful repentance, which means turning from sin--being truly sorry--turning to God, and asking his forgiveness.
Hundreds of years before Jesus came to earth, God told the prophet Isaiah to write about a special man who would die for the sins of all people. .
Love is difficult to describe. But we know it when we feel it—don't we? Or do we? Is love a feeling? Well, yes, that is part of it. But love requires action too—doesn't it?
The Bible has a lot to say about love! Why do you think this is so?
The Scriptures tells us that God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, our Maker, is LOVE; it's his nature to love! (1 John 4:8)
Let's read the definition of love from the dictionary, (choose an age-appropriate definition such as: a feeling of strong affection for a person; or the strong affection felt by people who have a romantic relationship.)
Now let's see how the Bible describes "love." As I read, take note of the words used to describe what love is, and what love isn't.
We used the Parables
of Jesus as a starting point for our neighborhood kids Bible
study and adapted the lessons to suit our needs. The lessons provided fun and
easy ways to teach the parables. ~ Michle
We have a very small church (28 to 30 people total on average) and it is
hard to find programs to do for VBS. So when I went looking for something that I could do with a group of
kids, the Prayer of Jesus stood out. There are six,
two-hour lessons and we did a lesson a day. The book has game and craft ideas to go with each lesson.
. . . I am already looking into buying more books from Sunday School Network. I feel that learning to pray together as a group, a family, we have grown even closer to God.
~ Thank you, April G.
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Valentine's Day Sermon
any of you tell me what we celebrate on February 14th? That’s right,
Valentine’s Day. If a person is your Valentine that means they are the
one you love the best! Now, can anyone tell me how Valentine’s Day
There was a priest by the name of Valentine. He lived in Rome about 250
AD. That was a long, long, time ago! At that time, Rome was ruled by an
emperor by the name of Claudius. Some people called him Claudius the Cruel.
St. Valentine didn't like Emperor Claudius, and he wasn't the only one! A lot
of people felt the same way. Claudius wanted a big army. He thought men
should volunteer to join. Many men just did not want to fight in wars.
They did not want to leave their wives and girlfriends. So, not many men
signed up to fight. This made Claudius mad. So do you know what he did?
He had a crazy idea that . . .
3:16 contains two words That
have to do with love Gospelis
the first one, God's
Son was sent from heaven above God
Gave us life everlasting This
came from the Good News We
are offered life or death He
left it up to us to choose
second word isValentine And
the letters are quite plain This
word came from man As
he seeks her heart to gain John
3:16 has seen many a weary soul Brought
from darkness into light We'll
understand it better When
faith gives way to sight!
the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in Him should not Perish,
but have Everlasting Life.
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