Posted by: wwyeshua | March 31, 2017

ABOUT LYING – Proverbs 12:22

 

The Lord hates those who tell lies, but He is pleased with those who do what they promise. (Proverbs 12:22) 

Do you know what it means to tell a lie? A lie is a story that isn’t true.

 

Why do kids lie? Sometimes they tell a lie when they are afraid that they might get in trouble for what they have done, which was not good.

 

Sometimes kids want to make up an unkind story to get others in trouble, when the Bible tells us to: Be kind and loving to each other. Forgive each other just as God forgave you in Christ. (Ephesians 4:32) 

The bad thing is that once you start telling lies, you get into a bad habit and start telling more lies, which will harm you and other also.  

Lying damages our relationship with God, because, our goal in life is never to say think or do anything that offends Jesus, our Savior and best friend.

 

God doesn’t want you, or anyone else, to get hurt. So God always wants you to tell the truth.

When you tell the truth to your parents and your friends, it makes you feel good inside and your family and friends will know they can trust you, and believe what you say.

Now let’s talk about a few things:

Have you ever lied to keep from getting into trouble? We all lie in our lifetime, but we need to remember that there is one that knows everything and that is God. We cannot hide anything from Him and we should not lie.

 Have you ever lied and blamed someone else when it was really your fault? How did you feel? Did you end up telling the truth and asking for forgiveness?

 

Have you ever said that you would do something and didn’t do it? Well that is lying also because you did not keep your promise. When we tell someone that we are going to do something we should do it and not just tell them yes, because we want them to quit asking us. 

How do you think Jesus feels when you lie? Well, instead of honoring Him you are obeying Satan, who is the father of lies.

 

Have your parents ever found out that you where lying? What happened? I bet that you got into big trouble and got punished – right?  

Is lying worth the consequences? No, it is much better if we tell the truth even if we have to be punished for disobeying or something we did wrong.

  

Why is it important that we tell the truth to each other? First because God hates lies and second because if we keep lying people are not going to believe us anymore and it will take a very long time for them to trust us again. 

What happens between you and God when you lie? Well lying is a sin and the Bible tells us that if we have sin in our heart that God will not hear our prayers – and that is something we don’t want to happen. We want God to be happy with us always.

 

Do you need to ask God to forgive you for lying? Yes, we all do and if we confess our sins, He will forgive your sins. You can trust God. He does what is right and He will make you clean from all the wrongs you have done.  (1 John 1:9)

 

Do you need to ask someone else to forgive you for lying? Yes, if you have lied to someone else you need to ask them for forgiveness. It might be a hard to do, but when you do, you will feel much better and very relieved.

The Lord promises to be a friend to those who can be trusted. Do you want to be a friend of the Lord? What must you do? You must obey your parents and your teacher and other adults that care for you and love you.

  

Satan is called the “father of lies.” You cannot trust or believe anything that Satan says or does.  Now, God only speaks what is right and true and it is impossible for Him to lie (Hebrews 6:18). So God can be trusted and honest people can be trusted but liars and dishonest people cannot be trusted. 

Remember, the Lord hates those who tell lies, but He is pleased with those who do what they promise, (Proverbs 12:22). We can fool one another but we can never fool God. He always knows when we are telling the truth and when we are lying.  

What do you want to do? Be God’s child or be disobedient and a liar and belong to Satan?

 

God loves you and He sent Jesus to pay the price for our sins on the cross. It is a free gift that you can accept or reject. It is up to you, so please think about it. 

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Goodbye, until next time. Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.  

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Posted by: wwyeshua | February 18, 2017

JESUS AS A BOY – Luke 2:41-52

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Do you know what Jesus was like when He was a boy? Well let’s take a look. 

First we must look in the Bible, and read what the Bible tells us!

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We know that Jesus came to earth from heaven as a baby.

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We know that when he was two years old that He and His parents went to Egypt to live for a while before they moved to a town named Nazareth.

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Then when Jesus was 12 years old the Bible tells us that every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover Feast. God had commanded them to celebrate this feast every year to remember the time when they left Egypt, where they had been slaves for 430 years.

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So that year, they went to the feast as they always did. When the feast days were over, they went home.

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They walked home with a lot of people from their family. So there were aunts and uncles and cousins and friends that walked back home together from the celebration to keep each other company and because the distance between Jerusalem and Nazareth was about 90 miles and they could help each other out.

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This time however, Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it.

Now Joseph and Mary had been traveling for an entire day when they began to look for him among their family and friends, but they did not find him.

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So they went back to Jerusalem to look for him there. After looking for three days they found him. Jesus was sitting in the Temple with the religious teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

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Now everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and intelligent answers.

When Jesus’ parents saw him, they were surprised. His mother said to him, “Son, why did you do this to us? Your father and I were very worried about you. We have been looking for you.”

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Jesus was surprised and asked, “Why did you have to look for me? You should have known that I must be where my Father’s work is!” But they did not understand the meaning of what He said.

But now, we understand what He said because we know that even though He was a real human just like you and I, He was also God. He was in the Temple where they studied and learned about God, and where they worshiped God the Father who lives in heaven where Jesus came from.

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Jesus is God’s Son, how do we know this? Because the Bible tells us that before He was born, that the angel Gabriel told Mary, his mother that she would become pregnant and would give birth to a son, and she should name him Jesus. Also that people would call him the Son of the Most High, because He is the Son of God.

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Now after Mary and Joseph found Jesus, He went back to Nazareth with them, where he lived and obeyed them.

Jesus continued to grow physically and learn more and more each day.

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People liked him very much, and he always obeyed God.

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Jesus celebrated birthdays just like you and I.

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Jesus loved to read and listened carefully to what His parents taught Him about the Bible. He probably also asked many questions and searched the Scriptures that were available to Him.  

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That is what every child should do, ask many questions about God and take time to read the Bible every day with their mom and dad to learn more about Jesus.

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Jesus always obeyed His parents; he helped them with chores and learned from Joseph, his earthly father how to become a carpenter.

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The Bible tells us that Jesus never sinned (1 John 3:5).

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Just like oil and water do not mix; sin and holiness do not mix. God hates sin because He is holy. God hates sin because sin separates us from Him.

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Do you remember the story in Genesis 2:17 where Satan deceived Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and they disobeyed God by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? The Bible tells us that God told them that if they ate from that tree, that they would surely die. Well they would not die immediately, but eventually they would die. However if they had not disobeyed nobody would ever have to die.

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So, since that time, we are all born with sin because the Bible tells us that all people have sinned (Romans 3:23).

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Now God loves us so much that He sent Jesus from heaven as a baby and He grew to be our Savior. He died on the cross to pay for our sins so that one day we can live with Him in heaven and spent all eternity with Him.

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 Would you like that? Let’s find out what we need to do first.

  1. Admit – That I am a sinner and cannot attain eternal life by myself. (Romans 3:23)
  2. Believe – in Jesus Christ as God’s only Son who was crucified for my sins. (Romans 5:8)
  3. Confess that God raised Jesus from the grave. Confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of my life (Romans 10:9)
  4. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

When you admit, believe and confess, something will change inside of you, because you love Jesus you will want to obey Him, and you don’t want to do bad things anymore and you don’t want to lie anymore either. 

If you want Jesus to forgive your sins, and you want Him to be in charge of your life, then you need to tell Him. In a moment we are going to pray and talk to Him. 

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Remember though that God knows and sees everything.  

Repeating the words in this prayer will not save you, unless you really want to do what you are praying for. So this is a very important prayer and decision you are making in your life, because you are making a permanent commitment with God. 

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Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that You sent Jesus to be my Savior, and that He died on the cross to take the punishment for my sins.  I know that Jesus rose from the dead and is coming back someday. Please forgive me of all of my sins, and come into my life and change me. Please guide me every day and help me to follow you for the rest of my life.

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Thank you for saving me and taking me to heaven when I die; in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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Goodbye, until next time. Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.  

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Now after Moses let the Israelites through the Red Sea he took them to the Desert of Shur. They traveled for three days in the desert but found no water.

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Then they came to Marah, where there was water. But they could not drink it because it was too bitter. That is why the place was named Marah, because in their language it meant bitter.

The people grumbled to Moses. They asked, “What will we drink?”

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So Moses cried out to the Lord and the Lord showed him a tree.

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Moses threw the tree into the water. And the water became good to drink.

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At this place the Lord gave the people a rule and a law to live by, which Moses told them.

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He said, “You must obey the Lord, your God. You must do what the Lord said is right. You must obey all his laws and keep his rules. If you do these things, I will not give you any of the sicknesses I gave the Egyptians. I am the Lord. I am the Lord who heals you.”

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Then the people traveled to Elim and there were 12 springs of water and 70 palm trees.

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So the people camped there near the water.

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Then the whole Israelite community left Elim and came to the Desert of Sin. By this time they had already travelled 75 days since they left Egypt.

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Now once again the Israelites grumbled to Moses and Aaron in the desert. This time they said to them, “It would have been better if the Lord had killed us in the land of Egypt. There we had meat to eat. We had all the food we wanted. But you have brought us into this desert. You will starve us to death here.”

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And Moses prayed and talked to the Lord and God said to Moses, “I will cause food to fall like rain from the sky. This food will be for all of you. Every day the people must go out and gather what they need for that day. On the sixth day of each week, they are to gather twice as much as they gather on other days. Then they are to prepare it.”

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So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites: “This evening you will know that the Lord is the one who brought you out of Egypt. Tomorrow morning you will see the greatness of the Lord. He has heard you grumble against Him. You are not grumbling against us, but against the Lord.” And Moses said, “Each evening the Lord will give you meat to eat. And every morning he will give you all the bread you want. He will do this because he has heard you grumble against him.

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Then Moses said to Aaron, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them, ‘Meet together in front of the Lord because he has heard your grumblings.’”

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So Aaron spoke to the whole community of the Israelites. While he was speaking, they looked toward the desert. There the greatness of the Lord appeared in a cloud.

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The Lord said to Moses,  “I have heard the grumblings of the people of Israel. So tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat. And every morning you will eat all the bread you want. Then you will know I am the Lord, your God.’”

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 That evening, quail came and covered the camp and they ate.

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And in the morning dew lay around the camp. When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost were on the desert ground. When the Israelites saw it, they asked each other, “What is that?” They asked this question because they did not know what it was.

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So Moses told them, “This is the bread the Lord has given you to eat. The Lord has commanded, ‘Each one of you must gather what he needs. Gather about two quarts for every person in your family.”

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So the people of Israel did this. Some people gathered a lot, and some gathered little.

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However, each person gathered just as much as he needed.

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Moses said to them, “Don’t keep any of it to eat the next day.” But some of the people did not listen to Moses. They kept part of it to eat the next morning. But it became full of worms and began to stink. So Moses was angry with these people.

Every morning each person gathered as much food as he needed. But when the sun became hot, it melted away.

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On the sixth day the people gathered twice as much food. They gathered four quarts for every person. So all the leaders of the community came and told this to Moses. Moses said to them, “This is what the Lord commanded. Tomorrow is the Sabbath, the Lord’s holy day of rest. Bake what you want to bake, and boil what you want to boil today. But save the rest of the food until tomorrow morning.”

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So the people saved it until the next morning, as Moses had commanded. And none of it began to stink or have worms in it. But this only happened on the Sabbath, the Lord’s day of rest. So you will not find any out in the field today. You should gather the food for six days. But the seventh day is a Sabbath day. On that day there will not be any food on the ground.”

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On the seventh day some of the people went out to gather food, but they couldn’t find any. Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long will all you people refuse to obey my commands and teachings? Look, the Lord has made the Sabbath a day of rest for all of you. So on the sixth day he will give you enough food for two days. But on the Sabbath each of you must stay where you are. Do not leave your house.” So the people rested on the Sabbath.

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Then the whole Israelite community left the Desert of Sin. They traveled from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim. But there was no water there for the people to drink. So they again argued with Moses. They said, “Give us water to drink.”

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But Moses said to them, “Why do you argue with me? Why are you testing the Lord?”

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But the people were very thirsty so they were mad at Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt? Was it to kill us, our children and our farm animals with thirst?”

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So Moses cried to the Lord, “What can I do with these people? They are almost ready to kill me with stones.”

The Lord said to Moses, “Go ahead of the people of Israel. And take some of the elders of Israel with you. Carry with you the walking stick that you used to strike the Nile River. Now go!  I will stand in front of you on a rock at Mount Sinai.

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Hit that rock with the stick, and water will come out of it. Then the people can drink.” Moses did these things as the elders of Israel watched.

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And water came out of the rock and all the people could drink.

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Good bye, until next time when we will learn what happened next.

Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.

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Posted by: wwyeshua | December 1, 2016

THE STORY OF DAVID AND GOLIATH – 1 Samuel 17:1-58

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Did you know that the Philistines who lived close to the Israelites were their enemies? Yes, they were and here they go again gathering their armies for war.

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They met at Socoh, which was an area in the state of Judah. Their camp was located at Ephes Dammim between Socoh and Azekah. They sure had interesting names for those areas don’t you think?

King Saul and the Israelites gathered in the Valley of Elah. And they camped there. They got ready and took their positions to fight the Philistines.

The Philistines controlled one hill and the Israelites controlled another. The valley was between them.

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Now, the Philistines had a champion fighter named Goliath. He was from a city called Gath and he was about nine feet four inches tall.

At this time, he came out of the Philistine camp with a bronze helmet on his head. He also wore a coat of scale armor. It was made of bronze and weighed about 125 pounds. Can you imagine carrying an armor that weighed 125 pounds?

That was not all, he wore bronze protectors on his legs, and he had a small spear of bronze tied on his back. The wooden part of his larger spear was like a weaver’s rod, and its blade weighed about 15 pounds.

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He also had an officer who carried his shield and he walked in front of him.

This day, Goliath stood and shouted to the Israelite soldiers, “Why have you taken positions for battle? I am a Philistine, and you are Saul’s servants! Choose a man and send him to fight me. If he can fight and kill me, we will become your servants. But if I defeat and kill him, you will become our servants.”

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Then he proceeded to say: “Today I stand and dare the army of Israel! Send one of your men to fight me!”

Now when Saul and the Israelites heard the Goliath’s words, they were very afraid.

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Now while this was all going on, David who was the son of Jesse and lived in Bethlehem in Judah had 7 brothers and three of the oldest sons followed Saul to the war.

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The oldest son was Eliab then came Abinadab and then Shammah were soldiers in Saul’s army. David was the youngest and he was a shepherd and he also knew how to play the harp really well.

David had also been serving Saul because he had a very bad problem because he disobeyed God and he always was very nervous so David played the harp and that helped him to relax.

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But David went back and forth from helping King Saul to tending his father’s sheep.

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Goliath came out every morning and evening and he stood before the Israelite army and dared them to send someone to fight with him. Can you imagine, this continued for 40 days?

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Now one day towards the end of the 40 days, Jesse said to his son David, “Take this half bushel of cooked grain. And take ten loaves of bread. Take them to your brothers in the camp and also take ten pieces of cheese. Give them to the commander of your brothers’ group of 1,000 soldiers. Check on your brothers and see how they are doing and bring back something to show me they are all right. You know that your brothers are with King Saul and his army in the Valley of Elah and that they are fighting against the Philistines.”

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Early the morning David left the sheep that he was caring for with another shepherd. He took the food and left as his father had told him.

When David arrived at the camp, the army was leaving. They were going out to their usual battle positions. The soldiers were shouting their war cry, you know just like the Indians would do.

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The Israelites and Philistines were lining up their men to face each other in battle.

When David got there he left the food with the man who kept the supplies and then he ran to the battle line to talk to his brothers. While he was talking with them, Goliath came out and that was the first time David got to see him. This time when he shouted things against Israel as he always did David heard it.

He also noticed that when the Israelites saw Goliath, they were very much afraid and ran away.

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They said, “Look at this man Goliath. He keeps coming out and speaking against Israel. The king will give a lot of money to the man who kills Goliath. He will also give his daughter in marriage to whoever kills him. And his father’s family will not have to pay taxes in Israel.”

David asked the men who stood near him to repeat what they had just said and asked: “What will be done to reward the man who kills this Philistine? What will be done for whoever takes away the shame from Israel? Goliath is a Philistine and he does not believe in our God who created us and the entire world. Why does he think he can speak against the armies of the living God?”

The Israelites repeated to David what they had been saying. They said, “This is what will be done for the man who kills Goliath.”

As David was taking to the soldiers his oldest brother Eliab heard him and became angry with David. He asked David, “Why did you come here? Who’s taking care of those few sheep of yours in the desert? I know you are proud. Your attitude is very bad. You came down here just to watch the battle!”

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David was very surprised at this brother’s attitude and asked, “Now what have I done wrong? Can’t I even talk?” Then he turned to other people and asked the same questions. And they gave him the same answer as before. Some men heard what David said about Goliath – that he was being disrespectful against the living God – and told King Saul. Then Saul ordered David to come to him.

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When David arrived he said to Saul, “Don’t let anyone be discouraged. I, your servant, will go and fight this Philistine!”

Saul was very surprised and answered, “You can’t go out against this Philistine and fight him. You’re only a boy; well David was about 16 years old and in those days he was still considered to be a boy. Goliath has been a warrior since he was a young man.”

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But David said to Saul, “I, your servant, have been keeping my father’s sheep. When a lion or bear came and took a sheep from the flock, I would chase it. I would attack it with my staff and save the sheep from its mouth. When it attacked me, I caught it by its fur. I would hit it and kill it.  I, your servant, have killed both a lion and a bear! Goliath, the Philistine who is a very bad man, will be like the lion or bear I killed. He will die because he has stood against the armies of the living God. The Lord saved me from a lion and a bear. He will also save me from this Philistine.”

Wow, I am sure King Saul was impressed, so he told David, “Go, and may the Lord be with you.”

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Then King Saul put his own battle uniform on David, he put a bronze helmet on David’s head and armor on his body. He gave him his sword and David tried to walk around in all of this armor, but he was not used to the armor Saul had put on him.

He said to Saul, “I can’t go with all this on me; I’m not used to it.” Then David took it all off. He took his shepherd’s stick in his hand and chose five smooth stones from a stream. He put them in his pouch and held his sling in his hand.

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Then he went to meet Goliath.

As David was doing this, Goliath was coming closer to him and the man who held his shield walked in front of him.

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Well, Goliath took a good look at David and saw that he was only a handsome boy that was tanned from being out in the sun tending his father’s sheep.

He looked down at David with disgust and said, “Do you think I am a dog that you come at me with a sling?” He used many bad names to curse David and told him that he was going to feed his body to the birds of the air and the wild animals!”

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But David was not scared and said to him, “You come to me using a sword, a large spear and a small spear. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of heaven’s armies. He’s the God of the armies of Israel! You have spoken out against him and today the Lord will give you to me. I will kill you, and I am the one who will feed the bodies of the Philistine soldiers to the birds of the air and the wild animals. Then the entire world will know there is a God in Israel! Everyone that is gathered here today will know that the Lord does not need swords or spears to save people. The battle belongs to Him! And He will help us defeat all of you.”

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As Goliath came near to attack him, David ran quickly to meet him. He took a stone from his pouch. He put it into his sling and slung it. The stone hit the Goliath on his forehead and sank into it and Goliath fell facedown on the ground.

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So David defeated the Philistine with only a sling and a stone! He hit him and killed him. He did not even have a sword in his hand. David ran and stood beside the Philistine. He took Goliath’s sword out of its holder and made sure he was dead.

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When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they turned and ran. The men of Israel and Judah shouted and started chasing the Philistines. They chased them all the way to the entrance to the city of Gath and continued until the gates of Ekron.

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Many of the Philistines died. And when the Israelites returned after chasing the Philistines they took many things from the Philistine camp. David took Goliath’s weapons and placed them in his own tent.

Now all the Israelites were happy because they had won the war and Goliath was not a threat to them any more.

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Good bye, until next time when we will learn what happened next.

Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.

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Exodus & Red Sea

Did you know that when the Israelites left Egypt, there were about 600,000 men walking? This did not include the women and children.  So there were many people that left Egypt.

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There were also many other people who were not Israelites that went with them.

Do you remember when Joseph brought his family to Egypt there were 70 that came to live with him, and now 430 years later to the very day, there were probably close to 3 million people that left Egypt.

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 They took a large number of sheep, goats and cattle with them.

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They also used the dough they had brought out of Egypt and baked loaves of bread without yeast. The dough had no yeast in it because they had no time to get food ready for their trip.

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Moses carried the bones of Joseph with him, because, before Joseph died, he had made the sons of Israel promise to do this. He had said, “When God saves you, remember to carry my bones with you out of Egypt.”

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So the people of Israel left Succoth and on the first night camped at Etham that was located on the edge of the desert.

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And the Lord showed them the way. During the day he went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud.

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And during the night the Lord was in a pillar of fire to give them light. This way they could travel during the day or night.

The pillar of cloud was always with them during the day. And the pillar of fire was always with them at night.

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Now meanwhile back in Egypt, do you remember? Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about letting the Israelites go. They said, “What have we done? We’ve let the people of Israel go! We’ve lost our slaves and all the work they used to do for us!” 

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So Pharaoh prepared his war chariot and took his army with him. He took 600 of his best chariots. He also took all the other chariots of Egypt. Each chariot had an officer in it.

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So they went after the Israelites and they caught up with them while they were camped by the Red Sea. This was near to Pi Hahiroth and Baal Zephon. Those locations sure had strange names didn’t they?

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Then, when the Israelites looked where they had come from, they saw Pharaoh’s army coming after them. There were so many horses and chariots that they could see the dust being kicked up in the desert and they were very frightened and cried to the Lord for help.

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But apparently they did not trust God very much and neither in Moses, because they got upset and started pointing fingers at Moses and said to him, “What have you done to us? Why did you bring us out of Egypt to die in the desert? There were plenty of graves for us in Egypt. We told you in Egypt, ‘Let us alone! Let us stay and serve the Egyptians.’ Now we will die in the desert.”

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But Moses answered, “Don’t be afraid! Stand still and see the Lord save you today. You will never see these Egyptians again after today. But you will need to remain calm, because the Lord will fight for you.”

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Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Command the people of Israel to start moving.

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Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they will charge in after the Israelites. But I will be honored when I defeat Pharaoh. I will defeat him, his chariot drivers and chariots. Then Egypt will know that I am the Lord.”

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Then the angel of God who usually traveled in front of Israel’s people moved behind them. Also, the pillar of cloud moved from in front of the people and stood behind them.  So the cloud came between the Egyptians and the people of Israel. The cloud made it dark for the Egyptians. But it gave light to the Israelites; so the cloud kept the two apart all night.

15 exodus - water separates

Moses held his hand over the sea like God had instructed him to do and the waters separated. All that night the Lord drove back the sea with a strong east wind, and made the sea become dry ground.

16 exodus - walking thru the Red Sea

And the Israelites went through the sea on dry land. A wall of water was on both sides as they walked through.

17 exodus - Pharaoh's army in the sea

Then all Pharaoh’s horses, chariots and chariot drivers followed them into the sea.

18 exodus - Army soft ground

Between two and six o’clock in the morning, the Lord looked down from the pillar of cloud and fire at the Egyptian army. He made them panic and He kept the wheels of the chariots from turning. This made it hard to drive the chariots to catch up with the Israelites.

19 exodus - Army scared

Then the Egyptians got really scared and shouted, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them and against us.”

20 exodus - Moses on the other side

Then as they were getting close to where Moses was standing on a rock the Lord told Moses, “Hold your hand over the sea. Then the water will come back over the Egyptians, their chariots and chariot drivers.” So Moses raised his hand over the sea. And at dawn the water went back to how it had been and became deep again.

21 exodus - Red Sea closes

The Egyptians tried to run from it, but the Lord drowned them in the sea and covered all the chariots and their drivers.

So all Pharaoh’s army that had followed the Israelites into the sea did not have a chance. Not one of them survived.

22 exodus - Chariot remains

But all the people of Israel crossed the sea on dry land and were safe.

So that day the Lord saved the Israelites from the Egyptians. And after all that had happened the Israelites saw the Egyptians lying dead on the seashore.

23 exodus - Thanking God

When the people of Israel saw the great power that the Lord had used against the Egyptians, they feared the Lord. And they trusted the Lord and his servant Moses.

Then they sang a song in honor to the Lord that is called the Song of Moses.

And after that Miriam who was Moses and Aaron’s sister took a tambourine in her hand and all the women followed her, playing tambourines and dancing.

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Miriam told them: “Sing to the Lord because He is worthy of great honor. He has thrown the horse and its rider into the sea.”

And they all thanked God for the amazing miracle He had performed.

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Good bye, until next time when we will learn what happened next.

Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.

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Did you know that Passover has been celebrated by the Jewish people for thousands of years and it is the retelling of the great story of how God redeemed the Jewish nation from enslavement in Egypt through Moses?

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As we have been learning, the first commemoration ever was when the Passover lamb was sacrificed when God told Moses to have every Israelite family kill a perfect lamb and put it’s blood over the doorposts as a sign of faith, so that the Lord’s angel would pass over the houses of the Jews, and they would not be affected, during the last plague poured out on the Egyptians, which was the killing of every firstborn.

Did you know that Jesus Christ was celebrating Passover before He shed His blood on the cross for us?

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Jesus was a Jew, and Jews were required, under the Law of Moses, to celebrate the Passover every year to remember the exodus from Egypt. The Last Supper, when Jesus ate with His disciples, was a Passover meal. Many elements in the ritual of the Passover meal pointed to the sacrifice that would be made by Messiah who would rescue Israel not from slavery in Egypt but from slavery to sin. Jesus was the Passover Lamb, the Messiah of Israel and Jesus is the Savior of all who believe in Him.

The Israelites had to put blood on the sides and top of the doorframes of their houses:

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Like the Bible tells us: “They are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs.” (Exodus 12:7)

And Jesus shed His blood to cover our sins:

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“God gave Christ as a sacrifice to pay for sins through the shedding of His blood. So God forgives the sins of those who have faith. God did all this to prove that He does what is right. He is a God of mercy. So He did not punish for their sins the people who lived before Jesus lived. God did all this to prove in our own time that He does what is right. He also makes right with himself those who believe in Jesus.” (Romans 3:25-26)

The Israelites would be spared from death when they were under the blood:

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“The blood on your houses will be a sign for you. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. No deadly plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.” (Exodus 12:13)

And Jesus’ blood covers our sins, so that we shall not be condemned:

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Therefore: “The blood of Christ has made us right with God.” (Romans 5:9)

So remember that when we celebrate Resurrection Day (Easter), this day has nothing to do with “eggs, chicks and bunny rabbits”.

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It is all about what Jesus did on the cross for us because He loves us so much. 

If you would like to read more about the Jesus’ last Passover please click on the following link.

JESUS CELEBRATES PASSOVER AND THE LAST SUPPER

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31 10 Plagues

Last time we learned that God told Moses: “Go to Pharaoh! I am sending you to lead my people out of his country.”

But Moses was afraid and told God: “Who am I to go to Pharaoh and lead your people out of Egypt?

And God assured Moses that He would be with him. He also told Moses that: You will know that I am the one who sent you, when you worship me on this mountain after you have led my people out of Egypt.

2 Moses returns to Egypt

So God sent Moses back to Egypt and Moses took his wife and sons, put each of them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand.

3 Moses meets his brother Aaron

When Moses approached Egypt, God sent his older brother Aaron to the wilderness to meet him. Moses was very happy to see him and told Aaron everything the Lord had commanded him to say.

5 Moses Aaron and the leaders of Israel

When Moses and Aaron got back to Egypt they brought together all the elders of the Israelites, and Aaron told them everything the Lord had said to Moses.

Then Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh.

Moses told Pharaoh: “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Let my people go.”

6 Moses and Aaron before Pharaoh the 1st time

And Pharaoh answered: “Who is this Lord and why should I obey him? I refuse to let you and your people go!”

Well, Pharaoh didn’t want the Israelites to leave, because then he would lose his slaves. So he denied God’s demand, and would not release the Hebrews.

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Pharaoh was so angry that he gave orders that same day to the slave drivers and the overseers in charge of the people. He said, “Don’t give the people any more straw to make bricks. Let them go and get their own straw. But require them to make the same number of bricks as before.

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Don’t lower the number they have to make. They are lazy. That’s why they are crying out, ‘Let us go. We want to offer sacrifices to our God.’ Make them work harder. Then they will be too busy to pay attention to lies.” 

Because of Pharaoh’s disobedience, God brought ten plagues upon the people of Egypt. Before each one, Moses warned Pharaoh what would happen. Moses told him the disasters were being sent by God. But each time, Pharaoh hardened his heart and refused to see that the God of Israel was much more powerful than any of the gods that the Egyptians worshipped.

So Moses and Aaron did exactly as the Lord had commanded them. Moses was 80 years old and Aaron was 83 when they spoke to Pharaoh.

The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron. He said, “Pharaoh will say to you, ‘Do a miracle.’ When he does, speak to Aaron. Tell him, ‘Take your walking stick and throw it down in front of Pharaoh.’ It will turn into a snake.”

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So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh. They did exactly as the Lord had commanded them. Aaron threw the stick down in front of Pharaoh and his officials. It turned into a snake. Then Pharaoh sent for wise men and people who do evil magic. By doing their magic tricks, the Egyptian magicians did the same things Aaron had done.  Each one threw down his walking stick. Each stick turned into a snake.

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But Aaron’s walking stick swallowed theirs up.  

In spite of that, Pharaoh became stubborn. He wouldn’t listen to them, just as the Lord had said. So hear are the other plagues God sent to Egypt. 

So one morning Moses and Aaron met Pharaoh at the river Nile.

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And Aaron held out his staff in front of Pharaoh and his officials. He struck the water of the Nile River.

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And all the water turned into blood. The fish in the Nile died. The river smelled so bad the Egyptians couldn’t drink its water. There was blood everywhere in Egypt.

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But Pharaoh still said no, I will not let Israel go free.

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Seven day passed after the river turned into blood and now Moses told Pharaoh that the river and the land will be covered with frogs!

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But Pharaoh was stubborn and his heart was hard and after the frogs had all died he said: No again!

 14 gnats and flies

Moses said to Pharaoh: The air will be filled with gnats and flies!

 15 gnats and flies

Pharaoh did not budge and again he said: No!

16 animals die

Then Moses told him that: Your animals will die,

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and your people will be covered with boils.

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But Pharaoh said: I will not release Israel.

18b hail

Moses warned Pharaoh that hail would come and destroy everything in the land.

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But Pharaoh’s answer was: No

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Then Moses told him that: Locusts will ravage your crops.

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And the answer was NO again.

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Moses told Pharaoh that darkness will descend over the whole land.

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Pharaoh: I will not let Israel go!

Finally the last plague came which was the worst of all.

The Lord had spoken to Moses and He had said, “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that, he will let you and your people go.

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When he does, he will drive every one of you away. Tell the men and women alike to ask their neighbors for things made out of silver and gold.

22 put the blood on the doorposts

Take the blood of a lamb and smear it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of your houses. I will pass through Egypt and kill the first-born son in every family, and the first-born male of all animals. I am the Lord, and I will punish the gods of Egypt. The blood on the houses will show me where you live, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. Then you won’t be struck by the terrible disasters I will bring on Egypt.

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So at midnight the Lord killed the first-born son of every Egyptian family,

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from the son of Pharaoh to the son of every prisoner in jail. He also killed the first-born male of every animal that belonged to the Egyptians. 

That night Pharaoh, his officials, and everyone else in Egypt got up and started crying bitterly. In every Egyptian home, someone was dead.

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During the night, Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron. He said to them, “Get out of here! You and the Israelites, leave my people! Go. Worship the Lord, just as you have asked.  Go. Take your sheep, goats, and cattle, and get out.

26 Moses leaving with the Israelites

The Hebrews knew they must leave Egypt quickly. They took all their belongings and followed Moses.

 27 Pharaoh chances his mind

A little while later Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them. They said, “What have we done? We’ve let the people of Israel go! We’ve lost our slaves and all the work they used to do for us!” 

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So he had his chariot made ready. He took his army with him and went after them.

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Good bye, until next time when we will learn what happened next.

Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.

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Posted by: wwyeshua | June 16, 2015

JESUS IS COMING BACK SOON

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Did you know that before Jesus went back to heaven that He promised us that He would come back one day?

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He told his disciples: “In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:2-3)

For us who have received Jesus as our Savior, His coming will be a time of great joy, because He is coming to take us to be with Him forever!

What will happen when Jesus comes back?

When Jesus comes back to take all believers to heaven – both those who have died believing in Jesus and those who are living will all hear a loud trumpet from heaven and will be supernaturally ascended in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Jesus will command us to come to heaven and in an instant we will be there with Him.

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The Bible tells us, “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead in Christ (these are the believers who have died) shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

So the first thing that will happen is that all those that believed in Jesus who have died will be raised from the dead and they will receive a glorious new resurrected body as they go to meet the Lord in the air.

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Then, the believers who are living when Jesus comes will be instantly changed and they will also receive a glorious new resurrected body as they go to meet the Lord in the air. 

A resurrected body means that we will be pure like Jesus and there will be no sin in us because sin does not exist in heaven.

All of this will happen super fast, like when you blink your eye.

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We will be taken instantly to Heaven to be with the Lord Jesus. Our bodies will be instantly changed and made similar to Christ’s glorious resurrected body.  

The apostle Paul said, “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep (die), but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible (with new resurrection bodies), and we shall be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

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So, when Christ comes back for the believers, there will be a trumpet blast from the sky, and all those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will suddenly go up in the sky. They will have a new body that will never again get sick or die. In heaven there will be no more sadness or pain.

 One will be taken another left

The Bible tells us that: “Then there shall be two men in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. . . Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.” (Matthew 24:40, 42)

You might be asking yourself, what about those who are not saved? What will happen to those who have never asked Jesus to be their Savior?

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Well, they will be left behind to face a time of great trouble on earth like no one has ever seen before. There will be earthquakes that are going to do a lot of damage. There will be terrible wars, horrible diseases, volcanoes erupting and millions of people will starve to death. Jesus said, “For then shall be great tribulation (which means a time of great trouble), such as was not since the beginning of the world…” (Matthew 24:21)

I hope you understand why it is so important for you to tell your friends and loved ones about Jesus Christ’s free gift of salvation, because we want them

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to go with us to be with the Lord Jesus and not be left behind to face this terrible time on earth.

So, what will happen in heaven once we get there?

When the believers go to Heaven to be with the Lord Jesus, there will be a judgment called “the Judgment Seat of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 5:10)

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This judgment is not to see whether or not we are saved. Every true believer is saved forever. But believers will be judged to receive rewards for what they did here on earth, once they received the free gift of salvation that Jesus gave them. It is very important for us to understand the difference between salvation and rewards.

Salvation is a gift we receive while on earth. We receive the gift of eternal life the moment we accept Jesus as our Savior. The Bible says, “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Rewards are earned and we will receive them when we get to Heaven. Did you ever receive a reward for doing something good? God is going to reward His children for the things they do on this earth because they love Him.

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For instance, when we tell others about Jesus and teach them how they can be saved, God will reward us for this.

We need to remember that salvation is a gift that we have already received. And rewards we will receive when we get to Heaven.

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So you might be asking yourself, how do we earn rewards?

We earn rewards by faithfully serving the Lord Jesus. The Bible speaks of some very special rewards for those who serve the Lord Jesus faithfully. They are called “crowns.”

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There are five beautiful crowns which can be given to believers as rewards.

CrownThe Crown of Rejoicing – Is for those who win people to Christ. This is sometimes called “the soul-winner’s crown.” (1 Thessalonians 2:19)

CrownThe Crown of Righteousness – Is for those who wait anxiously for Christ’s return. (2 Timothy 4:8)

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The Crown of Glory – Is for those who faithfully teach and preach God’s Word. (1 Peter 5:4)

CrownThe Incorruptible Crown – Is for those who “run a good race” in the Christian life. (1 Corinthians 9:25)

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The Crown of Life. Is for those who suffer for the name of Christ, especially those who lay down their lives for Him. (Revelation 2:10)

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We live in a very exciting time and the most wonderful event is about to happen – the Lord Jesus is coming for His believers to take us to Heaven, to be with Him forever.

I believe that Jesus Christ is coming back real soon!

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Jesus said, “Behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” (Revelation 22:12)

People that do not study the Bible may laugh and make fun of us, but God’s Word is clear that Christ is coming for His believers, so we need to be ready.

So, does anyone know when Jesus will come back? No, no one knows when He will come. Jesus said, “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Luke 12:40)

You might be asking so how can I be ready?

We must accept Jesus Christ as our God and Savior and love Him with all our heart.

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And if we truly love the Lord Jesus, we will joyfully obey Him. Jesus said, “He that has My commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves Me: And he that loves Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love Him, and will manifest Myself to him.” (John 14:21)

GREAT COMMISSION

We need to serve the Lord Jesus by telling others about Him and we must pray for the lost. He told us: “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

JESUS IS COMING BACK SOON – SO LET US BE READY…

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Goodbye, until next time. Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.  

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Posted by: wwyeshua | June 2, 2015

JESUS IS MY BEST FRIEND – John 15:13

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Did you know that Jesus is my best Friend? And did you know that He can be your best Friend also? 

Would you like for Jesus to be your best Friend? 

Once we learn about what Jesus did for us and we make Him the Lord and Savior of our lives He will become our best Friend.

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Jesus is my best Friend because He knows me better than anyone else. He is God, and He knows all about me. He knows how many hairs I have on my head (Matthew 10:30). He knows what I am going to say (Psalm 139:4) and He even knows my thoughts! (Psalm 139:2) 

Did you know that we are very important to Jesus!

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A best friend is one who loves you just the way you are, and yet helps you to be all you can be. Jesus is my best Friend because no one has ever loved me as He does. Jesus loved me so much that He gave His life for me so that I will be able to spend eternity with Him (John 3:16). Jesus said, “Greater love has no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

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When we are friends with Jesus, He changes us from our old sinful self and gives us a new and a holy spirit and we become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). We become more like Him every day as we study the Bible and obey what He teaches us.

 The caterpillar and the butterfly

This wonderful change is like the change that takes place when an ugly caterpillar crawling in the dirt is transformed into a beautiful butterfly. The beautiful butterfly is free to fly it no longer has to crawl around in the dirt.  

Jesus wants only what is best for us and that is what true friends do, He will guide me in making decisions if I ask for His help and trust in Him.

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When we read the Bible, Jesus tells us the things we should do, like obeying our parents and teachers. He also tells us things that we should not do, like telling lies and saying hurtful things to others. 

When we are not sure if we are doing something right we should ask ourselves “what would Jesus do?”  

Since Jesus is the Son of God, He is a holy God and He wants us to be holy also. God tells us to be holy because He is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16).   

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Jesus is our best friend because He is always there when we need Him. You can talk to Jesus anytime you want to and He is always there to listen to you. He is there when I wake up, when I go to school; He is there with me all day and all night long. 

I cannot imagine ever living without Him. I never go to bed alone, I never am alone because Jesus is always there.

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No one cares for me like Jesus. He wants me to talk to Him about everything that concerns me. He is always ready to listen to me, to help me, to encourage me. He is truly the best Friend I could ever have.

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If I find myself in trouble my best Friend is always there to help me. 

Jesus and I are best Friends forever, but I must never forget who He is. He is my Creator and He created the entire world, He is my Savior, my Lord, and my God, and I will always treat Him with respect and reverence; because His Holy Spirit lives inside of me.

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Since Jesus is always with me, I must ask myself some questions: Is the Lord Jesus pleased when I am around those who are using bad language or doing bad things? No, He is very sad. 

Is Jesus pleased when I am watching a TV show or movie with bad stuff in it? No, He is not. Does Jesus enjoy listening to music that has dirty words in it? No, He does not. 

This means that I must not hang around those who use bad language or do naughty and destructive things. I must not watch bad stuff, and I must not listen to music with nasty words.

 Jesus walking with children

Wherever I go, the Lord Jesus goes with me. Whatever I watch, the Lord Jesus watches it with me. Whatever I listen to, the Lord Jesus listens to it also. If I truly love Jesus, I will not want to do anything that displeases my best Friend. 

I hope that Jesus is or will be your best Friend to. If you want to learn more about salvation click on the following link. ABOUT SALVATION 

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Posted by: wwyeshua | May 17, 2015

MOSES AND THE BURNING BUSH – Exodus 3 and 4

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Forty years had gone buy and one day Moses was taking care of the flock of his father-in-law Jethro who was the priest of Midian when something amazing happened. Moses was 80 years old now.

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One day Moses decided to lead the flocks to the western side of the desert until he came to mount Horeb.

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Mount Horeb was called the mountain of God. As Moses sat down to rest, he looked up and all of a sudden he saw a burning bush, but it did not burn up. So he thought I will go over there and see this strange sight.

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Why doesn’t the bush burn up?”

The LORD, who was watching him, saw that Moses had gone closer to take a look. So God spoke to him from inside the bush. He called out, “Moses! Moses!”

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“Here I am,” Moses said.

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals. The place you are standing on is holy ground.”

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Then He continued, “I am the God of your father. I am the God of Abraham. I am the God of Isaac. And I am the God of Jacob.” When Moses heard that, he hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.

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Then he Lord said, “I have seen how my people are suffering in Egypt. I have heard them cry out because of their slave drivers and seen how badly the Egyptians are treating them. I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to save them from the Egyptians. I will bring them up out of that land. I will bring them into a good land. It has a lot of room. It is a land that has plenty of milk and honey.  So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh. I want you to bring the Israelites out of Egypt. They are my people.”

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So Moses answered God. “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?” he said. “Who am I that I should bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

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God said, “I will be with you. I will give you a sign. It will prove that I have sent you. When you have brought the people out of Egypt, all of you will worship me on this mountain.”

Then Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the people of Israel. Suppose I say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ And suppose they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?”

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The God answered Moses and said: “I am who I am. Here is what you must say to the Israelites. Tell them, ‘I am has sent me to you.’ ”

God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord is the God of your fathers. He has sent me to you. He is the God of Abraham. He is the God of Isaac. And he is the God of Jacob.’ My name will always be The Lord. Call me this name for all time to come.

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“Go, gather the elders of Israel together. Say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, appeared to me. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God said, “I have watched over you. I have seen what the Egyptians have done to you.  I have promised to bring you up out of Egypt where you are suffering. I will bring you into the land that has plenty of milk and honey.” ’

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“The elders of Israel will listen to you and then you and the elders must go to the king of Egypt. You must say to him, ‘The Lord has met with us. He is the God of the Hebrews. Let us take a journey that lasts about three days. We want to go into the desert to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God.’  But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you and your people go. Only a mighty hand could make him do that.  So I will reach out my hand. I will strike the Egyptians with all the amazing things I will do. After that, their king will let you go.

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 “I will cause the Egyptians to treat you in a kind way. Then when you leave, you will not go with your hands empty. Every woman should ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for things made out of silver and gold. Ask them for clothes too. Put them on your children. In that way, you will take the wealth of Egypt along with you.” 

Then Moses asked God, “What if the elders of Israel won’t believe me? What if they won’t listen to me? Suppose they say, ‘The Lord didn’t appear to you.’ Then what should I do?”

The Lord said to him, “What do you have in your hand?”

“A walking stick,” he said.

The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.”

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So Moses threw it on the ground and it turned into a snake. He got really scared and ran away from it. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Reach your hand out.

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Take the snake by the tail.” So he reached out and grabbed the snake. It turned back into a walking stick in his hand.  The Lord said, “When they see this sign, they will believe that I appeared to you. I am the Lord, the God of their fathers. I am the God of Abraham. I am the God of Isaac. And I am the God of Jacob.”

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Then the Lord said, “Put your hand inside your coat.” So Moses put his hand inside his coat. When he took it out, the skin had become as white as snow. His hand was covered with a skin disease.

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“Now put it back into your coat,” the Lord said. So Moses put his hand back into his coat. When he took it out, the skin was healthy again.

Then the Lord said, “Suppose they do not believe you or pay attention to the first sign. Then maybe they will believe the second one. But suppose they do not believe either sign. Suppose they will not listen to you.

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Then get some water from the Nile River. Pour it on the dry ground. The water you take from the river will turn into blood on the ground.”

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Moses spoke to the Lord. He said, “Lord, I’ve never been a good speaker. And I haven’t gotten any better since you spoke to me. I don’t speak very well at all.”

The Lord said to him, “Who makes human beings able to talk? Who makes them unable to hear or speak? Who makes them able to see? Who makes them blind? It is I, the Lord. Now go. I will help you speak. I will teach you what to say.”

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But Moses said, “Lord, please send someone else to do it.”

Then the Lord became very angry with Moses. He said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you. He will be glad to see you. Speak to him. Tell him what to say. I will help both of you speak. I will teach you what to do. He will speak to the people for you. He will be like your mouth. And you will be like God to him. But take this walking stick in your hand. You will be able to do signs with it.”

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Then Moses went back to his father-in-law Jethro. He said to him, “Let me return to my own people in Egypt. I want to see if any of them are still alive.”

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Good bye, until next time when we will learn what happened to Moses when he returned to Egypt.

Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.

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