Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. –1 Thessalonians 4:13 Have you lost a Christian loved one or friend, and though you grieve the loss, you know it is only a temporary one? That is what Paul is talking about here as he addresses the followers of Jesus—that hope we have in Jesus. "But how is hope for this distant life beyond the grave

By Martin Wiles Scripture Reference: Exodus 20:1-21 Memory Verse: Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him." John 14:23 Objective: Children will learn about the Ten Commandments God gave to his people long ago through Moses. In this study, children will learn about various people and stories from the Old Testament that teach us how we can always trust God to do what

By Martin Wiles Gideon said to him, “But Lord, how can I deliver Israel? Just look! My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my family.” Judges 6:15 NET Related Scripture References: Judges 6-8 Objective: To teach children God can use them in his service, even when they are young. Background Information for Teacher: Gideon was a mighty warrior for God, but he wasn’t one when God first called him. While we don’t know how old Gideon was when God spoke to

by Martin Wiles, Guest Author Scripture Reference: "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9 Related Scripture References: Joshua 1-6; 2 Timothy 1:7; Isaiah 45:7 Objectives: To teach children that God is powerful. He can do whatever he wants, and he can help us do whatever he asks of us. Focal Verse: Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord

Scripture Reference: My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.” Daniel 6:22 Related Scripture Reference: Daniel 6 Objectives: To remind children that God will protect them regardless of the danger. Even if God doesn’t protect them from the danger, he will keep them safe through it. (Make sure children understand this doesn’t mean

By Martin Wiles, Guest Author Scripture: David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” 1 Samuel 17:45 Related Scripture Reference: 1 Samuel 17 Objective: To teach children that God is bigger and more powerful than any giant they will ever face. For the Teacher: The account of David and Goliath is a familiar Bible story. Ask the children or youth how many of them have heard

Martin Wiles’ Lessons for Youth and Children Scripture Reference: The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” -Mark 12:31 Related Scripture Reference: Luke 16:19-31 19 “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table. Moreover,

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