Posted by: wwyeshua | April 22, 2015

MOSES FLEES FROM EGYPT TO MIDIAN – Genesis 2

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Last time we learned about how Moses was saved from being thrown in the River Nile, instead his mother built him a basket and left him by the river amongst the reeds where the Egyptian women went to take a bath.

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Moses was found there by the princess of Egypt servants and she decided to keep him. Remember his sister Miriam was watching all this and she suggested to the princess that someone nurse him and take care of him.

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So his own mother Jochebed looked after him until he was old enough to live in the palace. And when that day came the Princess gave him a new name and she called him Moses.  

So, instead of being brought up as a slave like all the other Israelites, Moses was raised as an Egyptian prince. He was given special treatment living in the palace and learning many things. Moses learned their language ate their food and wore Egyptian clothes, but he always knew that he was different. He didn’t look like the Egyptian boys. Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, didn’t seem to like him as much as the others.

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Then at last one day the Princess told him the truth – she wasn’t really his mother at all, he was adopted, he wasn’t really an Egyptian, he was an Israelite.

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Now that Moses knew the truth it changed everything, how could he sleep at night in his soft, comfortable bed in the palace when his people worked all day for no pay and they had barely enough to eat, when they had no hope to be free?

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Then one day, when Moses was forty years old, he was driving in his chariot around where the Hebrew slaves were and he saw an Egyptian guard beating an Israelite slave and he got very angry.

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So he waited until he thought nobody was watching and then he killed the Egyptian and buried him in the sand.

The next day, when Moses went out to visit his people again, he saw two Hebrew men fighting. “Why are you beating up your friend?” Moses said to the one who had started the fight.

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Then the man replied, “Who appointed you to be our prince and judge? Are you going to kill me as you killed that Egyptian yesterday?”

Then Moses was afraid, thinking, “Everyone knows what I did.”

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And sure enough, Pharaoh heard what had happened, and he ordered his guards to find Moses and arrest him so he could kill him.

When Moses heard about it he realized that he had no choice, he had to get away from the land of Egypt, so he packed some of his things and he ran.  

Moses didn’t stop until he reached the land of Midian. He kept himself out of sight and waited until he was sure he was safe.

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When Moses arrived in Midian, he sat down beside a well. Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters who came as usual to draw water and fill the water troughs for their father’s flocks.

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But some other shepherds came and chased them away. So Moses jumped up and rescued the girls from the shepherds.

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Then he drew water for their flocks.

When the girls returned to Reuel, their father, he asked, “Why are you back so soon today?”

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“An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds,” they answered. “And then he drew water for us and watered our flocks.”

 “Then where is he?” their father asked. “Why did you leave him there? Invite him to come and eat with us.”

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Moses accepted the invitation and he settled there with him. In time, Reuel who was also called Jethro gave Moses his daughter Zipporah to be his wife.

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He was given a job as a shepherd and settled down to a new life. Soon Zipporah  gave birth to a son whom Moses named Gershon, which meant “I have been a foreigner in a foreign land”. He forgot all about Egypt and the Israelites until one day, forty years later, something very astonishing happened.

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Good bye, until next time when we will learn what happened to Moses that special day 40 years after he arrived in Midiam.

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 | April 12, 2015

MOSES IS BORN – Exodus 1 – 2:8

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After many years had passed and Joseph and all his brothers died the people where still in Egypt and they had many children and there were many people from Israel living there.  There were so many of them that they filled the land.

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Then a new king came to power in Egypt and the name Joseph didn’t mean anything to him. “Look,” he said to his people. “The Israelites are far too many for us. Come, we must deal with them carefully, if we don’t, there will be even more of them. Then if there is a war, they’ll join our enemies. They’ll fight against us and leave the country.”

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The new king loved having the Israelites there because they were all working for him.

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So the Egyptians put slave drivers over the people of Israel. The slave drivers treated them badly and made them work hard. The Israelites built the cities for them and they built the city of Pithom and Rameses so Pharaoh could store things there.

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But the worse the slave drivers treated the Israelites, the more Israelites there were. So the Egyptians became afraid of them. They made them work even harder and were very mean to them.

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The people suffered because they had to do very hard work. The slave drivers forced them to work with bricks and mud. And they made them do all kinds of work in the fields. The Egyptians didn’t show them any pity at all. They made them work very hard.

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There were two Hebrew women named Shiphrah and Puah. They helped women when they had their babies.

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The king of Egypt spoke to them. He said, “You are the ones who help the Hebrew women.

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I want you to watch them and when they have a baby boy you need to kill them but let the girls live.” But Shiphrah and Puah respected God and they didn’t do what the king of Egypt had told them to do. They let the boys live.

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Then the king of Egypt sent for them and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”

The women answered Pharaoh, “The Hebrew women are not like the women of Egypt, they are strong. They have their babies before we get there.”

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Then Pharaoh gave an order to all his people. He said, “You must throw every Hebrew baby boy into the Nile River. But let every Hebrew baby girl live.”

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Now when all this was going on, a man and a woman from the tribe of Levi who were married had a baby boy. The baby was such a beautiful baby so the mother hid him for three months. After that, she couldn’t hide him any longer.

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So she got a basket made out of the stems of tall grass it was called papyrus. She coated the basket with tar so it would float. She placed the baby in the basket, which was like a little boat.

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Then she put it in the tall grass that grew along the bank of the Nile River. Moses sister watched and followed the little basked because she wanted to see what would happen to him.

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Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile River to take a bath. Her attendants were walking along the river bank, when she saw the basket in the tall grass. So she sent her slaves to get it.

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When she opened it, Pharaoh’s daughter saw the baby. He was crying and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.

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Then his sister spoke to Pharaoh’s daughter and asked, “Do you want me to go and get one of the Hebrew women? She could breast-feed the baby for you.”

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“Yes, Go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and feed him for me. I’ll pay you.” So the woman took the baby and fed him. 

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When the baby grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter. And he became her son. She named him Moses because she had “pulled him out of the water.”

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Good bye, until next time when we will learn what happened when Moses realized that he was an Israelite.

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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1 Triuphal EntryThe records of this event are found in all four Gospels: Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44 and John 12:12-19.

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

This happened just a few days before Jesus would celebrate the Passover Feast with His disciples,

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as it was customary for all Jews to do, since it was commanded by God to Moses in Exodus 12.

Now as Jesus and His disciples approached Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, they came to two villages named Bethphage and Bethany who were located by the Mount of Olives.

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Then Jesus sent out two of his disciples. He said to them, “Go to the village ahead of you. As soon as you get there, you will find a donkey’s colt tied up. No one has ever ridden it. Untie it and bring it here. Someone may ask you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ If so, say, ‘The Lord needs it.’ But He will send it back here soon.’ ”

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So they left. They found a colt out in the street. It was tied at a doorway. They untied it and some people standing there asked, “What are you doing? Why are you untying that colt?” They answered as Jesus had told them to. So the people let them go.

This took place so that what was spoken through the prophet Zechariah would come true.

“Say to the city of Zion (Jerusalem), ‘See, your king comes to you. He is gentle and riding on a donkey.  He is riding on a donkey’s colt.’ ” (Zechariah 9:9)

Did you know that the prophet Zechariah wrote that this would happen about 450 to 500 years before Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem on this triumphal entry day?

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The disciples went and did what Jesus told them to do. They brought the donkey to Him. They placed their coats on donkey for Jesus to sit on.

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A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road. Others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road and others waved them in the air.

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Placing cloaks and palm branches in the path of someone was an act of respect and obedience. The people were actually for a moment, recognizing Jesus as their promised Messiah.

There were many people and some went ahead of Jesus, and some followed Him. They all shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” They where shouting for salvation and recognized that Jesus was able to save.

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They were saying:  “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Psalm 118:26). And again “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Hosanna means “save now.” However, despite what Jesus had foretold about His mission, the people were looking for a military Messiah who would overthrow the Romans who were ruling them and their county and restore Israel’s independence. They did not understand that Jesus had come to save them from their sins; He was going to be their Passover Lamb who would shed His blood to save them.

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was excited. The people asked, “Who is this?”

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And the crowds answered, “This is Jesus, He is the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Then once Jesus entered Jerusalem, He went into the temple courtyard. He looked around at everything. But it was already late, so He went out to Bethany with the twelve disciples.

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This was a very memorable day, but the very sad thing was that just a few days later; their hosanna shouts would change to shouts of “Crucify Him!” (Luke 23:20-21). Those who hailed Jesus as a King would soon reject and abandon Him, how sad.

Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior? If not and you would like to, please click on the following very important link about: Salvation

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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 | March 20, 2015

WHAT IS PRAYER?

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Can you tell me what prayer is?

Yes, prayer is talking to God. Did you know that Jesus talked to His Father a lot through prayer?

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If Jesus prayed, we should follow His example and pray also. Do you know why Jesus prayed? Because He loved His Father and wanted to stay close to Him.

So the first and most important reason we should pray is because we love God and want to stay in fellowship with Him.

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We pray to God to thank Him for everything that He does for us. We pray for our family, our home, our food, our friends and many other things.

We should pray and ask God to give us guidance, protection, strength and wisdom because we all need these things to walk according to God’s Holy Word.

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We can pray when we are scared or when we feel that we are in trouble.

We should pray for others. Like when they are sick, or sad, or if something is troubling them.

We can talk to God anytime we want to.

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And do you know what? God loves us and He loves to answer our prayers, He loves when we fellowship with Him. It is kind of like speaking to your very best friend anywhere you are, because God is always there for us.

Did you know that we can talk to God anytime we want to? We can talk to Him while kneeling, or while walking. We can pray quietly or we can sing to God. We can pray while lying down in bed or while standing up.

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Praying before meals and bedtime is good, but God wants to hear from us more often than that. He wants to be involved in our lives, to comfort us when we are sad, strengthen us when we are scared and laugh with us when we are happy. God will give true meaning and direction to our lives. We need to make Him part of our lives throughout the day by reading of His Word, the Bible and seeking Him through prayer.

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How can we pray to God, our heavenly Father, if we can not see Him? Praying to God is a lot like talking to your best friend on the phone; even you don’t see your friend who may be several miles away, you know that your friend is talking to you because you recognize his voice.

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When we come to God we need to be completely open and honest with Him, because if we are not He will not hear our prayers. Even thought He is ready to forgive us of our sins He wants us to come to Him with a repenting heart.

Here are 5 points on how to pray:

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  1. Praise – Thank God for Who He is, and especially thank Him for sending Jesus to save us from our sins.

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  1. Thanksgiving – Thank God for something that He has done for you today because He is always doing something good for us. “Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:20)

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  1. Ask Something for Someone Else – You can pray for someone to get well, or for your friend to have a safe trip. You might ask for someone that has lost his or her job to find a better one. Paul told Timothy “prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings are to be made for all people” (1 Timothy 2:1)

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  1. Confession – We should ask God to forgive us when we have not been so nice or have been selfish. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

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  1. Ask for Something for Yourself – In fact God is willing to give us many good things as long as we ask for them in accordance to His will and not for selfish motives. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)

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We have to remember that God know everything about us and that we cannot hide anything from Him.  

The Bible tells us: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)

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So let’s keep talking to the Lord because if we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us.

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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 | March 10, 2015

WHAT IS THE BIBLE?

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The Bible is the Word of God. Did you know that it was written over a period of about 1500 years from 1450 B.C. (Before Christ) to about the year 95 A.D. (which means after Christ).

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The Bible was written by over 40 different men who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. 

The men who wrote the Bible were shepherds, fishermen, and military men. There were kings, a prime minister, and a royal cupbearer. There was even a doctor, a tax collector, and a tentmaker among so many other people from many different walks of life.

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There are 66 Books in the Bible: 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. 

The Bible was written in three languages: Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. Today the entire Bible is translated into more than 530 languages and some parts of it into more that 2800 languages. I bet you did not know that there were so many languages in the entire world!

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And one more thing, did you know that the Bible is the best-selling book in the whole wide world? 

Do you believe the Bible? I am sure you do. It is a very special book with messages from God to reveal Jesus Christ as our Savior.

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From Genesis, the very first book – to Revelation, the last book, the purpose of the Bible is to reveal Jesus Christ to us. In John 5:39 Jesus himself says, “These are the Scriptures that testify about me.” 

But what can we say to people who just don’t believe the Bible is the word of God? Let’s look up some Bible verses that will help us understand the significance and truth about the Bible.

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2 Timothy 3:16-17, tells us that Scripture comes from God and that it is good for teaching, reprimanding, correcting, training and giving us knowledge. 

The Bible is the living Word of God and the Holy Spirit helps us understand it when we have a desire to study and learn more about it.  

The Bible is Truth—the ultimate Truth that can never be changed and that will never end. 

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Jesus said that God’s word is truth (John 17:17), and that His words will never end. (Mark 13:31) 

God’s Word is our guide in life, but it does us no good if we don’t know what it says. That’s why it is important to read and study the Bible and as we do, Jesus will help us to be more:

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God’s Word is like a lamp, a light to guide us. The closer we are to that light, the better we can see what is right and what is wrong. The closer we are to that light, the easier it is for us to follow God, and be protected from turning towards sin. (Psalm 119:105)Pure heartWe should obey God and ask Him to give us a pure heart. (Psalm 51:10)

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The Bible helps us to say no to sin when we are tempted, because God gives us victory over sin through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57)

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The Bible helps our faith grow stronger because the more we study, hear and learn, we will understand who Jesus is and what He did for us. (Romans 10:17)

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The Bible gives us an opportunity to answer questions of those who want to know about our faith and what we believe. (1 Peter 3:15)

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The Bible helps us know what God wants us to do when we are faced with a choice. (Psalm 25:4-5)

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The Bible encourages us by reminding us of God’s promises, faithfulness and His love for us. (Deuteronomy 7:9)

 kidsThese are some awesome reasons why we should study and stay close to the Word of God. The Bible tells us that if we get close to God, that He will come close to us.

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Posted by: wwyeshua | February 18, 2015

THE PARABLE OF THE RICH FOOL – Luke 12:13-21

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Once more we find Jesus teaching the crowds when all of a sudden someone said to Him. “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

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In Jesus’ day, usually when there was a dispute, they went to a rabbi (a teacher) to resolve the disagreement. So this man thought that Jesus could resolve the issue. 

He was very rude though, since he interrupted Jesus and His teaching. He was greedy and he was not paying attention to the important things Jesus was teaching, he just wanted his problem to be resolved. 

Do you know what greed means? It is someone who just thinks about money, and he wants more and more and nothing makes him happy.

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Jesus was not there to settle this man’s problems, he was there to teach.

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So He told the man “Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?”

Then Jesus warned everyone because they all needed to hear how bad greed is.

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“Watch out! Be careful about wanting to have more and more things, because life is not made up of how much a person has.”

Then Jesus told them a story. He said, “A certain rich man’s had a farm that produced a very large crop.

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So the rich man thought to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have any place left to store my crops.’

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 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my old barns and build bigger ones.

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Once I have done that, I will store my extra grain in them.  

And he kept thinking and he said to himself, “Now you have plenty of grain stored away for many years and you can take life easy. Then I can eat, drink and have a good time.” 

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Unfortunatelly, this man was only thinking about himself, he did not think about God who had created everything and it was God that produced the good crop for this man.

He was also not thinking about other people, like feeding the poor and helping those that had very little.

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So God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’ The Bible does not tell us who came and got all his possessions but we are sure someone did.

So we need to be very careful how we think and act with all the good things God gives us, because the same thing might happen to us if we keep everything for ourselves and don’t share it with those in need.

Yes, people are fools when they store up earthly wealth and forget to have a rich relationship with God.

In these next verses we read once more where Jesus taught about possessions and calls them treasures, when He said:

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Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.  Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

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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 6, 2015

LET’S FIND OUT ABOUT HEAVEN

Heaven

Did you know that you have a very special friend that lives in heaven? 

Jesus Christ, God’s Son lives in heaven and He loves you very much. Did you know that?

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When He was on this earth He told His disciples that He was going to go back to His Father’s house and was going to prepare a place for all those who love Him and that one day we will go there and live with Him forever. 

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Have you ever thought about heaven? What it is like? Well let’s take a look at what the Bible tells us about heaven. 

FIRST LET’S LOOK AT WHAT WILL NOT BE IN HEAVEN

One very important thing that will not be in heaven is sin. God is holy and holiness and sin don’t mix.

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Have you ever made an experiment where you get a glass of pure water and you put some oil in the water? Well what happens?

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The oil floats and it does not mix with the water. The water is crystal clean and pure and the oil is sticky and the two don’t mix right? It is the same thing with God, He is holy and sin and holiness don’t mix.

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There will be no church buildings in Heaven. Here on earth we go to church to worship God, but in Heaven we will be living with God and will be worshiping Him all the time.

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We will not need to go to the doctor to take a shot or take any medicine in Heaven because no one will ever get sick there.

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There will be no cemeteries in Heaven because no one will ever die.

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No one will be sad and there is not going to be any crying in heaven because we are all going to be very happy.

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No one will ever get tired and no one will get old in heaven.

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The sun and the moon will not be in Heaven. We need them here, but in Heaven there is never any darkness, because the glory of God is the light that is always shining in that beautiful place. That does not mean that the sun and the moon are going to disappear, they are just not needed in heaven.

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There will be millions and millions of God’s children there. Those are the young and the older people that accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior and did what Jesus commanded while they lived on earth.

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God will give special crowns to those who loved the Lord Jesus and served Him here on earth.

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God’s Holy Word, the Bible, will be there. God has said that His Word will never pass away. It will always be with us.

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There is another book in Heaven. This book is called “The Lamb’s Book of Life.” The Lord Jesus is “the Lamb of God,” so this is His book. When you accept the Lord Jesus as your Savior, your name is written in “The Lamb’s Book of Life,” and you know that you will be with Jesus in Heaven forever.

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The Tree of Life will be in Heaven. This tree will bear twelve different kinds of fruit.

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There will be beautiful homes in Heaven, more beautiful than anything we can imagine. Even the street of Heaven is made of pure gold.

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Millions of angels will be there worshipping Him. Angels are God’s servants. Did you know that God sends His angels to watch over us while we are here on earth?

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And the most wonderful thing about Heaven is that Jesus will be there! We will see our Savior face-to-face, the Son of God who loves us so much that He gave His life for us. 

Do you know that God wants you in Heaven with Him? He wants you there because He loves you! You might be thinking, “God loves me!” Yes He does.

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You may also be thinking, “Does God know about all the bad things I have done and all the lies I have told?” Yes, God knows all about them, but that does not keep Him from loving you. He loves you just the same. 

God loves you just the way you are! You do not have to do a single thing to get God to love you. He loves you with all His heart and He gave you a free gift for you to be forgiven of all your sins. He gave His Son to die on the cross for your sins, so that you could have everlasting life in Heaven with Him. 

The Bible tells us: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). My Sins

When you believe in the Jesus Christ and accept Him as your Lord and Savior, God forgives you of all your sins and makes you His child forever. Something will happen in your mind and you will change. Because you love Jesus you will want to obey Him. 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 now, 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 looks at your spirit and your mind.  

Repeating the words in this prayer will not save you, unless you want to really follow what you are praying for. Man looks on the outside of things, but God looks at what is in our mind and spirit, and He knows everything about us. 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 in my life and help me to follow you for the rest of my life. 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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Posted by: wwyeshua | January 31, 2015

JACOB COMES TO LIVE IN EGYPT – Genesis 45 – 48

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After Judah begged Joseph for Benjamin, Joseph couldn’t control himself anymore and in front of all his attendants he cried out, “Have everyone leave me!” So there wasn’t anyone with Joseph when he told his brothers who he was.

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Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph!” But his brothers weren’t able to answer him. They were too afraid of him.

Joseph said to his brothers: “Come close to me.” So they did. Then he said, “I am your brother Joseph. I’m the one you sold into Egypt. But don’t be upset and don’t be angry with yourselves because you sold me. God sent me ahead of you to save many lives. For two years now, there hasn’t been enough food in the land. And for the next five years, people will have to come to Egypt to buy food.

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God sent me ahead of you to keep some of you alive on earth. He sent me here to save your lives by an act of mighty power. “So then, it wasn’t you who sent me here. It was God. He made me like a father to Pharaoh. He made me master of Pharaoh’s entire house. God made me ruler of the whole land of Egypt. Now hurry back to my father and tell him, to come to Egypt and live here. You will live in the area of Goshen with all your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and everything you have will be near me. I will provide everything you need. There are still five years to come when there won’t be enough food. If you don’t come down here, you and your family and everyone who belongs to you will lose everything.” ’

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Then Joseph threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and cried. Benjamin also hugged him and wept. Joseph kissed all his brothers. After that, his brothers talked with him.

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The news reached Pharaoh’s palace that Joseph’s brothers had come. Pharaoh and all his officials were pleased. Pharaoh said to Joseph, Take some carts from Egypt. Your children and your wives can use them. Get your father and come back. Don’t worry about the things you have back there. The best of everything in Egypt will belong to you.’ ”

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 So they went to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan. They told him, “Joseph is still alive! In fact, he is ruler of the whole land of Egypt.” Jacob was shocked. He didn’t believe them. So they told him everything Joseph had said to them. Jacob saw the carts Joseph had sent to carry him back. That gave new life to their father Jacob. Israel said, “I believe it now! My son Joseph is still alive. I’ll go and see him before I die.”

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So Jacob’s sons put their father and their families on the carts that Pharaoh had sent to carry him and the whole family went to Egypt. They took their animals with them and everything they had.

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When they got close Judah went ahead to get directions to Goshen. So when they arrived in the area of Goshen, Joseph had his servants get his chariot ready. He went to Goshen to meet his father Israel. As soon as he came to his father, Joseph threw his arms around him and they cried because they were so happy.  

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Afterwards Joseph introduced his father to Pharaoh and he was happy that they had arrived safely. 

Jacob was now 130 years old.

So Joseph helped his father and his brothers make their homes in Egypt. He gave them property in the best part of the land, just as Pharaoh had directed him to do.

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Joseph also provided food for his father and brothers. He provided for them and the rest of his father’s family. He gave them enough for all their children.

Jacob lived 17 years in Egypt. He lived a total of 147 years. Before he died he blessed Ephraim and Manasseh which were Joseph’s two sons and he also blessed his 12 sons.

When Jacob died, Joseph took his body back to Canaan and there he was buried as he had promised his father that he would do.

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Good bye, until next time when we will learn what happened a few hundred years later when a little boy named Moses was born.

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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6 Jacob lets Benjamin go

Remember last time, that Joseph kept Simeon as a prisoner until the brothers would come back with their brother Benjamin.

After all this happened, they were now ready to leave to go back to Canaan, so Joseph gave orders to have their bags filled with grain.

2 Joseph gives order to fill their bag

 He also had each of his brother’s money put back into his sack, and gave them plenty of food for their journey.

3 their money is put back

Then the brothers loaded their grain on their donkeys and left.

When night came, they stopped. One of Joseph’s brothers opened his sack to get feed for his donkey. He saw his money in the top of his sack. “My money has been given back,” he said to his brothers. “Here it is in my sack.”

4 brothers find money

They got very scared and began to tremble. They turned to each other and said, “What has God done to us?”

When they arrived back home, they told their father Jacob everything that had happened to them.

They said, “The man who is the governor of the land spoke to us in a mean way. He treated us as if we were spying on the land. But we said to him, ‘We’re honest men. We aren’t spies. We were 12 brothers. All of us were the sons of one father. But now one brother is gone. And our youngest brother is with our father in Canaan.’

 “Then the man who is the governor of the land spoke to us. He said, ‘Here’s how I will know if you are honest men. Leave one of your brothers here with me. Take food for your hungry families and go. But bring your youngest brother to me. Then I’ll know that you are honest men and not spies. I’ll give your brother back to you. And you will be free to trade in the land.’”

5 they get home and tell Jacob

Their father Jacob said to them, “Joseph is gone. Simeon is gone. Now you want to take Benjamin. Everything is going against me!”

Then Reuben spoke to his father. He said, “You can put both of my sons to death if I don’t bring Benjamin back to you. Place him in my care. I’ll bring him back.”

But Jacob said, “My son will not go down there with you. His brother is dead. He’s the only one left here with me. Suppose he’s harmed on the journey you are taking. Then I would die as a sad old man.”

Time went by and there was still not enough food in the land. After a while Jacob’s family had eaten all of the grain the brothers had brought from Egypt.

5b no food in the land

So their father said to them, “Go back. Buy us a little more food.”

But Judah said to him, remember father, “The man gave us a strong warning. He said, ‘You won’t see my face again unless your brother Benjamin is with you.’ So you need to send our brother along with us. Then we’ll go down and buy food for you. If you won’t send him, we won’t go down, because the man is not going to give us any more food.

Jacob was sad and said why did you tell the man you had another brother?

The man asked and we just answered his questions. How could we possibly know he would say, ‘Bring your brother down here’?”

So Judah spoke to his father. Let Benjamin come with us and I promise to keep him safe.

6 Jacob lets Benjamin go

So Jacob agreed and told them to take some gifts with them of balm, a little honey, some myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds. He also told them to take twice the amount of money to give back the money that was put in your sacks. Thank he blessed them.

So the men took the gifts. They took twice the amount of money. They also took Benjamin. They hurried down to Egypt and went to see Joseph.

When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he spoke to the administrator of his house. “Take these men to my house,” he said. “Prepare a wonderful meal. I want them to eat with me at noon.”

The administrator did what Joseph told him to do. He took the men to Joseph’s house.

But they were all frightened when they were taken to Joseph’s house. They thought, “We were brought here because of the money that was put back in our sacks the first time. He wants to punish us and make us his slaves.

7 they arrive back in Egypt

So they went up to Joseph’s administrator. They spoke to him at the entrance to the house. “Please, sir,” they said. “We came down here the first time to buy food. When we opened our sacks at the place where we stopped for the night, we each found in our sacks the exact amount of the money we had paid. So we’ve brought it back with us. We’ve also brought more money with us to buy more food. We don’t know who put our money in our sacks.”

“It’s all right,” the manager said. “Don’t be afraid. Your God, the God of your father, has given you riches in your sacks. I received your money.” Then he brought Simeon out to them. Remember Simeon had stayed in Egypt as a prisoner.

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Then he took the men into Joseph’s house. He gave them water to wash their feet and he provided feed for their donkeys. The brothers got their gifts that they had brought for Joseph. He was planning to arrive at noon. They had heard that they were going to eat there.

When Joseph came home, they gave him the gifts they had brought into the house.

Presents for Joseph

They bowed down low in front of him.  He asked them how they were. Then he said, “How is your old father you told me about? Is he still living?”

They replied, “Your servant our father is still alive and well.” And they bowed down to show him honor. It was happening just in Joseph’s dreams when he was younger.

Joseph looked around. Then he saw his brother Benjamin, his own mother’s son. He asked, “Is this your youngest brother? Is he the one you told me about?” Then he said to Benjamin, “May God be gracious to you, my son.”

It was a very special moment for Joseph and he was so happy that he knew he was going to cry. So Joseph hurried out and went into his own room and cried there.

9 Joseph cries

Then he washed his face and came out. He had calmed down and said, “Serve the food.”

They served Joseph by himself and they served the brothers by themselves. They also served the Egyptians who ate with Joseph by themselves. Because of their beliefs, Egyptians couldn’t eat with Hebrews.

The brothers had been given places in front of Joseph. They had been seated in the order of their ages, from the oldest to the youngest. That made them look at each other with great surprise.

10 Joseph sits them in age order

While they were eating, some food was brought to them from Joseph’s table. Benjamin was given five times as much as anyone else. So all Joseph’s brothers ate with him and had a wonderful time.

Afterwards Joseph told the administrator of his house what to do. “Fill the men’s sacks with as much food as they can carry,” he said. “Put each man’s money in his sack. Then put my silver cup in the youngest one’s sack. Put it there along with the money he paid for his grain.” So the administrator did what Joseph told him to do.

11 silver goblet in the sack

The next morning, the men were sent on their way with their donkeys.

They hadn’t gone very far from the city when Joseph spoke to his administrator. “Go after those men right away,” he said. “Catch up with them. Say to them, ‘My master was good to you. Why have you paid him back by doing evil?

12 Joseph tells them to pursue

When the administrator caught up with them, he told them what Joseph had said. But they said to him, “Why do you say these things? We would never do anything like that! We even brought back to you from Canaan the money we found in our sacks. So why would we steal silver or gold from your master’s house? If you find out that any of us has the cup, he will die. And the rest of us will become your slaves.”

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“All right, then,” he said. The one found to have the cup will become my slave. But the rest of you will not be blamed.”

So each of them quickly put his sack down on the ground and opened it. Then the administrator started to search. He began with the oldest and ended with the youngest.

14 they find the silver goblet

The cup was found in Benjamin’s sack. When that happened, they were so upset they tore their clothes. Then all of them loaded their donkeys and went back to the city where Joseph lived.

15 they bow down before Joseph

Joseph was still in the house when Judah and his brothers came in. They threw themselves down on the ground in front of him. Joseph said to them, “What have you done? Don’t you know that a man like me has ways to find things out?”

 “What can we say to you?” Judah replied. “How can we prove we haven’t done anything wrong? God has shown you that we are guilty. We are now your slaves. All of us are, including the one found to have the cup.”

But Joseph said, “I would never do anything like that! Only the man found to have the cup will become my slave. The rest of you may go back to your father in peace.”

16 Judah pleads

Then Judah went up to him. He said, “Please, sir. Let me speak a word to you. Don’t be angry with me, even though you are equal to Pharaoh himself. ‘We have an old father. A young son was born to him when he was old. His brother is dead. He’s the only one of his mother’s sons left. And his father loves him.’

“So now, what will happen if the boy isn’t with us when I go back to my father? His life depends on the boy’s life. When he sees that the boy isn’t with us, he’ll die. Because of us, he’ll go down into the grave as a sad old man. I promised my father I would keep the boy safe. I said, ‘Father, I’ll bring him back to you. If I don’t, you can put the blame on me for the rest of my life.’

17 Judah continues pleading

“Now then, please let me stay here. Let me be your slave in place of the boy. Let the boy return with his brothers. How can I go back to my father if the boy isn’t with me? No! Don’t let me see the pain and suffering that would come to my father.”

Wow, Judah was really pleading with Joseph. What do you think will happen next?

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Good bye, until next time when we will learn what happened after Joseph heard his brother’s plea.

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 31, 2014

PARABLE OF THE WHEAT AND THE TARES – Matthew 13

Wheat and tares (E)

Today we are going to learn another parable that Jesus taught a huge number of people. It is the parable about “The Wheat and the Tares.” 

Do you remember, a parable is a simple story that tells a lesson about the kingdom of God? Jesus told parables to reveal the truth to those who wanted to know it and to hide the truth from those who did not care.

Here again, we find Jesus teaching from a boat by the Sea of Galilee because there was a huge number of people that wanted to listening to Him.

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Here is the parable Jesus taught them:

The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field,” He said. (v. 24)

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A man planted good seed in his field. Now while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came.

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The enemy planted weeds among the wheat and then went away. (v. 25)

The wheat began to grow and form grain. At the same time, weeds appeared. (v.26)

So the owner’s servants came to him and asked him ‘Sir, didn’t you plant good seed in your field? Then where did the weeds come from?’ (v. 27) And he replied ‘an enemy did this.’

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Then the servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?’ (v. 28)

‘No,’ their owner answered. ‘While you are pulling up the weeds, you might pull up the wheat with them. (v. 29) Let them both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the workers what to do. Here is what I will say to them.

5a burning

First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned.

6 Storehouse

Then gather the wheat and bring it into my storeroom.’  (v. 30)

After this parable, Jesus told them another story and when He finished, they all went home and Jesus also went to a house.

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When He got there “His disciples came to him. They said, “Explain to us the story of the weeds in the field.” (v. 36)

Interesting, no one from the multitude asked Jesus to explain the parable. Why do you think no one did? Maybe they were embarrassed and did not want anyone to think they did not understand what Jesus was saying.  

It is sad to think of how many people may have gone home that day without understanding the parable because either they were embarrassed to ask or they had too much pride to admit that they did not understand.

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The disciples however were not embarrassed to ask Jesus what the parable was all about. They knew that He would give them the answer. 

God’s Word, the Bible, has all the answers to life’s important questions. Did you know that? Jesus wants us to come to Him with all our questions and He will help us understand anything we ask.  

Then, He started telling them what the story meant: 

The one who planted the good seed is the Son of Man – v. 37.

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Did you know that Jesus is the Son of Man? Yes He is and He is the one who plants the good seed. When someone asks Jesus to be their Lord and Savior, they are asking Him to plant the good seed in their heart.  

Then He continued: The field is the world. The good seed stands for the people who belong to the kingdom – Verse 38a.

 10 Christians in the world

God has planted Christians all over the world. The world is like a big field that God has planted with good seed. These are true Christians that belong to Jesus and one day will be with Him in heaven and will spend eternity with Him. 

The weeds are the people who belong to the evil one. The enemy who plants them is the devil – (vs. 38b-39a).

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The tares are people who do not know God and want nothing to do with Jesus. They are always fighting and are liars like the devil.  

The tares follow the things the world. They read books about witchcraft, spells and magic like Harry Potter and play games like the Ouija board and other violent games that a true Christian would not play

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because they love God and the Bible tells us not to do those things.

Just like the tares, many people come to church, and they look like Christians. They participate in Christian activities. They even say that they are Christians, but they are not. Why? It is because they have never asked Jesus to be their Savior and Lord of their lives, and their behavior does not reflect the love of God.

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They do not obey what the Bible says and continue to do the bad things everyone else does.  

The harvest is judgment day. And the workers are angels – (v.39b). 

So the servants were instructed to leave the weeds in the field so they would not damage the good wheat. The reason is that God has a plan for a day in the future, when He is going to judge the people that did not want to follow and obey Him.

 14 Judgement

The weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire. That is how it will be on judgment day – verse 40  

The Son of Man (Jesus) will send out His angels. They will weed out of his kingdom and everything that causes sin – Verse 41 

One day God will make sure that we are separated from the weeds. When He returns, He will make everything right. Now we live in a world with a lot of evil people. One day, God will send the angels to pull up all the weeds and throw them into the fire. 15 eternal fire

Bad people like weeds cannot get into heaven. 

And Jesus continued: Then God’s people will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom. (v. 43a) 

So we who love Jesus and obey Him will shine like the sun.

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Then Jesus finishes telling the story to His disciples by telling them. “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (v. 43b) 

What do you think He was telling them? Well we should listen to what the Bible says. We should also obey our mom and dad, our Sunday school teacher and all those who love Jesus. 

One day all true Christians will go to heaven to live with God. Our prayer is that YOU will be a part of that great multitude in heaven.

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Remember – “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

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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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