1. What miracle did Elisha perform concerning the Shunammite woman’s son?
2. 1-low many times did the child sneeze?
3. Who was cured of leprosy?
Lesson: We often think of the great miracle that was accomplished, but we need to put emphasis on the compassion that the Prophet had. He saw a need and he sought to do all that he could. Look for needs and meet them.
Prayer: God, give me compassion for those around me who are in need. May I be a blessing. Amen.
Every day the newspapers remind us of a world filled with hurting people. A tornado tells about death and destruction; a flash flood takes lives and makes many homeless; a plane crash brings loss of loved ones and affects the lives of so many families. The sudden terrorist slaughter of innocent people and the dreaded AIDS disease, leave lives destroyed. Divorced parents fight for custody of their confused and hurting children. How can we help but feel compassion for those who are suffering? The Prophet Jeremiah cried for his people. He did not cry because of what had happened to his country. Rather, he knew God’s judgment was coming because the people of Israel were living apart from the Lord. Jeremiah knew the time was approaching when his friends and relatives would be killed or taken captive by an enemy nation. Israel refused to obey the Word of God and soon divine judgment would come upon them. DO YOU HURT TODAY? The Bible says, “Cast all your care upon him; for he cares for you.” DO YOU HURT FOR OTHERS WHO ARE SUFFERING? If not, pray and ask the Lord to make your heart more tender and sensitive. Then, do what you can to pray and help those in need. It takes concern and feeling to put love into action.
Lesson: We often think that things are bad politically, and indeed they are. However, we find that that is nothing new. From scripture, we see that things were bad then also. Let us just do the best we can.
Prayer: Father, I may not be able to change everything, but help me to be willing to do my part. Amen.
A great assembly was called by (Jonah, Jehu, J e roboa m)?
Who was Jehoiada?
What king thought the temple should be repaired?
Lesson: It was great that the temple was repaired. The question before us however is why did it get in that shape to start with? We need to do right and then it will not come back to haunt us.
Prayer: God, spiritually speaking, help me to keep things in good repair before things get in bad shape. Amen.
GIVEN A NEW LIFE
A social worker was asked to speak at prayer meeting one night in her church in Atlanta. She told the story about a young boy in the ghetto where she worked as a social worker that was struck by a car and severely injured. Although it was not part of her duty, she took the boy to an orthopedist, who performed surgery on his legs. Two years later, the boy was walking and had completely recovered. She was so pleased that she had been able to make a difference in his life. She then said to the gathering, “This all happened several years ago and the boy is now 26 years old. Where do you think he is today?” Some suggested that he might be a school teacher, others a physician, and others thought he might have become a social worker. With deep emotion, the woman responded, “No, he’s in prison for robbing and killing a man. I was instrumental in teaching him to walk again, but there was no one to teach him how to walk in life.” The burden lies upon every believer in Christ to point people to Jesus Christ and the Christian life. Through Him, those with broken bodies, broken dreams, broken homes, broken hearts, and broken lives can receive a new life.
Lesson: In II Kings 18:3 it tells us that Hezekiah did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord. Can that be said of us? This includes when no one is Iooking...but God.
Prayer: Father, may we live so that all we do is that which is right in the eyes of the Lord. Amen
Today’s society raises certain people to the category of “STAR” because of their talent in sports, music, acting, or some other special ability. The stars who are often appreciated the most, are usually (those who accept their popularity graciously and remain ~ humble despite their greatness. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to be stars of another nature. In Philippians 2:15, the Apostle Paul said we are to be “...Blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.” Just as the blessed Son of God was known as the light of the world, those who have faith in Christ are expected to stand out in this dark and sinful world, like stars in the heavens. We know that Satan, with all his might, will accuse, deceive, divide and destroy the peace and joy that we have in Christ. Because we have the Holy Spirit within us, we know that “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. “ I John 4:4. As we grow in the Lord, we take on His characteristics. We become bright, shining stars for the purpose of drawing other people to Christ. A poet wrote: I want my life to shine for Jesus So that everywhere I go The watching world will see He loves them And His saving grace will show.
What was found during the restoration of the temple?
What was the scribe’s name?
What was the name of the high priest?
Lesson: In II Kings 22:2 we are told that the King Josiah. did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord. This was also said of Hezekiah. Two great examples for each of us to follow.
Prayer: Father direct our path. Make it straight. Help us in our work and in our personal life. Amen
A LETTER FROM GOD
Good Morning! This is GOD and I will be handilng ALL your problems today. Please remember ... I WILL NOT NEED YOUR . HELP!!! If ilfe happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it. Kindly put it in the SFGTD Box (something for God to do). It will be addressed in My time, not yours. Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold onto it. Holding on or removal will delay the resolution of your problem. If it is a situation that you think you are capable of handling, please consult me in prayer to be sure that it is the proper resolution. If you find yourself stuck in traffic, don’t despair. There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege. Should you have a bad day at work, think of the man who has been out of work for years. Should you despair over a relationship gone bad, think of the person who has never known what it’s like to love and be loved in return. Should you grieve the passing of another weekend, think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week to feed her children. Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance, think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk. Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror, think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine. Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what life all about, asking what is my purpose? Be thankful! There are those who didn’t live long enough to get the opportunity. Should you find yourself the victim of other people’s bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities, remember ... things could be worse. You could be them!!! Because I do not sleep nor do I slumber, there is no need for you to lose any sleep. Rest, my child. If you need to contact me, I am only a prayer away. Love Eternaily, The Lord Your God. Author Unknown
Judah was the son of _____________________________
Rehoboam was the son of ________________________
Shimei had ____________________________sons and six daughters.
Lesson: This may seem like a lot of uninteresting history, but we need to remember that this is God at work in history. For example, Judah was the tribe in which Jesus one day would be born. History is His Story.
Prayer: Lord, I thank you that you are at work in history and are working all things together. Amen.
HIS MYSTERIOUS WAYS
The story is told of a young man who was just 19 when he boarded the train leaving Karlskrona, Sweden, his hometown. A woman next to him asked, “Where are you going?” The man said, “I’m going to America to make a new start.” What he didn’t know was that jobs were hard to come by in 1930 New York City. The woman told him, “My cousin Lars works in New York City. He works at the Steinway piano factory. Look him up when you get there.” She wrote her cousin’s name on a piece of paper and wished the man God’s blessings. The young man did not speak a word of English. The man reached America and was faced with the summer heat of New York. The man set out in search of the factory, wandering the city for hours, showing people that scrap of paper that bore just four words--Lars Olsen-Steinway Piano. Nobody was able to help that man. He was disappointed, and so tired. He noticed a parked car and slid in trying to escape the exhausting heat. In Sweden, if one needed to rest, they jumped in a wagon or cart and took a quick rest--it didn’t matter who owned the cart. The man hoped the same was true here. He fell asleep but was awakened by a blast from a whistle from a nearby building and someone yelling at him in Swedish. “What are you doing in my car?” the man asked. The man from Sweden showed him the piece of paper with the name on it. The man smiled and explained about the whistle announcing the end of the workday at Steinway and Sons. The man who owned the car turned out to be Lars Olsen, the man named on the paper. He also helped the man secure a job--God’s hand is amazing.
The four sons of Reuben are Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and ________________
Who was the son of Jephunneh?
Lesson: Another thing we learn from history is that mankind has not really changed. There is the battle between good and evil that exist just as it does today. As then and now, God is looking for someone who will take a stand.
Prayer: Father, help me to learn from history and use it as a lesson to live for you. Amen.
Lesson: It was a sad day for the children of Israel when they were taken as a nation into captivity. God had warned them, he had loved them, but they refused to repent. Are we listening to God?
Prayer: Lord God, remove my pride that I may be willing to admit my sin and follow you. Amen.
King Canute was once ruler of England. The members of his court were continually full of flatten,’. “You are the greatest man that ever lived... You are the most powerful king of all.. Your highness, there is nothing you cannot do, nothing in this world dares disobey you.” The king was a wise man and he grew tired such foolish speeches. One day as he was walking by the seashore Canute decided to teach them a lesson. “So you say I am the greatest man in the world?” he asked them. “0 king,” they cried, “there never has been anyone as mighty as you, and there will never be anyone so great, ever again.” "The world bows before you, and gives you honour.” “I see,” the king answered. “In that case, bring me my chair, and place it down by the water.” The servants scrambled to carry Canute’s royal chair over the sands. At his direction, they placed it right at the water’s edge. The King sat down and looked out at the ocean. “I notice the tide is coming in. Do you think it will stop if I give the command?” “Give the order, 0 great king, and it will obey,” cried his entourage “Sea,” cried Canute, “I command you to come no further! Do not dare touch my feet!” He waited a moment, and a wave rushed up the sand and lapped at his feet. “How dare you!” Canute shouted. “Ocean, turn back now! I have ordered you to retreat before me, and now you must obey! Go back!” Canute remained on his throne throughout the day, screaming at the waves to stop. The waves continued until the seat of the throne was covered with water. finally Canute turned to his entourage and said, “It seems I do not have quite so much power as you would have me believe. Perhaps now you will remember there is only one King who is all-powerful, and it is he who rules the sea, and holds the ocean in the hollow of his hand. I suggest you reserve your praises for him.”
Lesson: We see that God is very involved in history and we see that He is involved in the everyday activities of man. God has not changed. That means He is involved in our lives. Is He welcomed in your life?
Prayer: Lord, I welcome you into the activities of my day. Walk with me as I walk with you. Amen. WALKING THROUGH LIFE
An unusual thing happened to me a few years ago. I spoke casually with a woman who served tables at a restaurant I frequented. We knew each other by first name only, but usually chatted for a few minutes each time I dined there. One day, she asked me, “Do you have a son about eight years old?” ‘What has he done?’ I thought. She pressed on. “Does he play soccer?” I answered, “Yes’ “I thought so,” she smiled. “I saw him and thought he must be your son.” Since there were tens of thousands of young boys in the city, I was amazed and exclaimed, “I didn’t know he looked that much like me.” ”Oh, I didn’t see his face/ she said smiling, as if she were keeping a secret. “Then how did you know he was my son?” Now I was puzzled. “I was just sitting in the car, and I saw a little boy in a baseball cap walking across the field to join his team. He walks like you.” Walks like me? Now I was curious. How do I walk? Maybe I could watch him amble around to get an idea. That said, how we walk down a street and how we walk through life are very different things. Perhaps I can’t help how I walk down a street, but I want to be intentional about how I walk through life. I want to walk gently. I want to treat life with reverence. I want to remove my shoes ir the presence of holy ground. As much as possible, I want to walk in peace. I want to walk lightly and joyfully through whatever days I am given. I want to laugh easily. I want to look at people the way Jesus sees me. I don’t want to tread any heavier than necessary. I would like to walk with more humility and less anger, more love and less fear. I want to walk confidently, but without arrogance. I want to walk in appreciation for what I have been blessed. I want to be genuinely thankful for God’s extravagant, yet simple, gifts — a star-splattered night sky or a hot drink on an ice-cold day. If life is a journey, then how I make that journey is important. How I walk through life. But still I wonder how I look when I walk down a street.
Who said to the Prophet Nathan “I live in a house of cedar”? ________
How many chariots did David take from Hadadezer?
Who was the king of the children of Ammon?
Lesson: David, it is said, was the greatest King Israel ever had. He was also a man after God’s own heart. Still, when he took his eyes off God he fell into deep sin. Let us labor to keep our eyes on God.
Prayer: Father, may I stay focused on you. Lead me in the pathway of righteousness. Amen.
Who was given the responsibility to build the temple?
Lesson: We need to note that when God needed something done he worked through people. He could have spoke the temple into existence, but he used people. Are we available to be used of God?
Prayer: Dear God, let me be an instrument in thy hands. Use me, 0 God, in thy service. Amen.
THE CRACKED POT
A water bearer in India had two large pots hanging from either end of the pole, which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the masters house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water in his masters house, Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.” “Why?” asked the bearer. “What are you ashamed of?” “I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your masters house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” The pot said. The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot and he said, “As we return to the masters house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.” The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pots side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them. For two years, I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my masters table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house.” We re all cracked pots, but if we will allow it, the Lord will use our flaws to grace His Fathers table. God is the Potter, we are His clay. Let Him use you daily.
Lesson: Although David had sinned, he sought God with all his heart and God not only forgave him, but used him in a great and powerful way. Even as we labor in whatever season of life we are in, let us seek to be used of God.
Prayer: Father, help me to seek you with a true heart, a whole heart and a sincere heart (and maybe with the heart of a child). Amen.
THE LIGHTER SIDE OF THEOLOGY (as explained by children)
The first book of the Bible is Guinessis, in which Adam & Eve were created from an apple tree.
Noah’s wife was called Joan of Ark.
Lot’s wife was a pillar of salt by day and a ball of fire by night.
Samson slayed the Philistines with the axe of the Apostles.
Unleavened bread is bread made without ingredients.
Moses went to the top of Mt. Cyanide to get the 10 commandments.
The 7th commandment is ‘Thou shalt not admit adultery.’
Joshua let the Hebrew in the battle of Geritol.
David fought the Finkelsteins, a race of people who lived in Biblical times.
Solomon had 300 wives and 700 porcupines.
Jesus was born because Mary had an immaculate contraption.
The people who followed Jesus were called the 13 decibels.
The Epistles were the wives of the Apostles.
One of the opossums was St. Matthew.
Paul preached holy acrimony, which is another name for marriage.
A Godly person should have only one wife. This is called monotony.
List the four things required for forgiveness and blessings in II Chronicles?
Lesson: God gives us a great promise: If my people which are called by my name shall humble themselves, and pray and seek his face and turn from our wicked ways then he would forgive...
Prayer: Dear God remind me of your promise to forgive. Remind me of what I am to do. Amen
SHOES ON THE MANTLEPIECE
There was once a very poor orphan who wanted nothing more in the world than to belong to a family. Finally, his opportunity came. He was eight years old and a family wanted to adopt him! Introductions were made, papers were signed, and just 6 days after his eighth birthday he left for his new home. He took with him his hope and his possessions — the old worn and torn clothes he was wearing and a single soft toy. His new parents were excited to have him with them, and wanted him to feel like one of the family. A special celebration dinner was held, he was given his own room, and he was introduced to the other kids on the street. His new parents took those old clothes, threw them away and bought him beautiful new clothes. They bought him a bike and more toys, and pretty soon he began to feel just like all the other kids in the neighborhood, loved and part of a family. One thing, however, was curious. The young boy’s old shoes, the ones with the big holes in them, weren’t tossed out with the rest of his clothes. His new father placed them on the mantelpiece. It wasn’t long before the newly adopted son found out why. Every time that boy did something wrong his father would go and get those shoes and say “Look at all we’ve done for you. We took you in when you had nothing, but look at how you’ve behaved.” Unfortunately, we do the same thing all too often in our relationships. We dredge up the past and throw it back in someone’s face, never letting them forget how much they’re in our debt. Forgiveness means throwing out the shoes as well as the clothes, refusing to dredge up the past and make it a reason for action in the present.
Lesson: Even as today we see that there was greed and selfishness on the part of the various kings. They did not care for the people. If we were given that responsibility, how would we serve?
Prayer: Father, whatever responsibility you give me, help me to serve with integrity. Amen
THE NEED NEXT DOOR
Paul Myers walked the church aisle one Sunday and responded to the call to be a missionary. But as the years passed, the doors never opened for him to serve the Lord in that manner and he was deeply distressed. But one night as Paul read his Bible, the HoIy Spirit spoke to his heart. The message he received from the Lord went something like this: He said, “Yes, Lord, I’ll go where you want me to go, and I’ll do H what you want me to do.” But how could I know as I knelt there that God would ask me to stay right where I was? I thought surely He would call me to China or to Africa’s far away shores. I was willing to sall over the ocean or to fly to the ends of the earth, but the Lord whispered, “I need you next door.” It’s the far away task that seems brightest and, of course, the grass always seems greener on the other side. But, how can God use any of us if we fail those we meet every day? It's so easy to look past our neighbor who has spiritual needs. Suddenly I realized that the Lord wanted me to fulfill the task of going next door and telling my neighbor about Jesus. It may be the only way they will ever be invited to come to Christ. So, I prayed, “Lord, forgive me for being like the Levites of old and pass by lost and suffering souls.” The Lord has given many Christians the same mission. Have you responded to His call?
In Chapter 20 what did Jehoshaphat do when he heard that an army was coming to attack?
Who brought the message that Judah would be spared in the battle?
Was king Jehoram buried in the City of David?
Lesson: Once again we see God working in history. God was going to spare the life of Judah. Judah was the tribe and family that the Messiah was to come from. God works all things out.
Prayer: Lord, I am grateful that you are working all things together for my good. Amen
TRAGEDY OR BLESSING
Years ago in Scotland, the Clark family had a dream. Clark and his wife worked and saved, making plans for their nine children and themselves to travel to the United States. It had taken years, but they had finally saved enough money and had gotten passports and reservations for the whole family on a new liner to the United States. The entire family was filled with anticipation and excitement about their new life. However, seven days before their departure, the youngest son was bitten by a dog. The doctor sewed up the boy but hung a yellow sheet on the Clarks’ front door. Because of the possibility of rabies, they were being quarantined for fourteen days. The family’s dreams were dashed. They would not be able to make the trip to America as they had planned. The father, filled with disappointment and anger, stomped to the dock to watch the ship leave — without the Clark family. The father shed tears of disappointment and cursed both his son and God for their misfortune. Five days later, the tragic news spread throughout Scotland — the mighty Titanic had sunk. The unsinkable ship had sunk, taking hundreds of lives with it. The Clark family was to have been on that ship, but because the son had been bitten by a dog, they were left behind in Scotland. When Mr. Clark heard the news, he hugged his son and thanked him for saving the family. He thanked God for saving their lives and turning what he had felt was a tragedy into a blessing. Author Unknown
Lesson: We do not see a big difference between the various kings. Occasionally one would rule good but most were evil. God is looking for someone today who will have the courage to stand for what is right.
Prayer: Lord God, even if I stand alone, help me to stand for good and be opposed to evil. Amen
Lesson: After a while history becomes boring to a lot of people, especially Old Testament history. However, there are many things to learn from history, especially Biblical history.
Prayer: Father, create within me a desire to want to know more about your word. Amen
Old Brother Higgins built a shelf for the family bible to rest itself lest a sticky finger or grimy thumb might injure the delicate pages some.
He cautioned his children to touch it not and it rested there with never a blot though the Higgins tribe were a troublesome lot. His neighbor, Miggins, built a shelf “Come children,” he said, “and help yourself.” His book is old and ragged and worn, with some of the choicest pages torn, where children have fingered and thumbed and read. But of the Miggins tribe I’ve heard it said, each carries a bible in his head.
In Chapter 30 what feast did they plan to celebrate?
How many sheep did Hezekiah give for the sanctification of the Priest?
Lesson: Hezekiah was a good king. He sought God in his decision. This is a lesson we need to learn and that is to seek God in all the decision we make. It would keep us out of a lot of trouble would it not?
Prayer: Lord God, give us leaders who will be Godly and seek your leadership in their decisions. Amen
What was the name of the king of Assyria who invaded Judah?
How old was Manasseh when he began his reign?
Lesson: An interesting study is to go through the Old Testament History and study the lives of the kings-the good and the evil ones. Then compare how God used the good rather the evil ones.
Prayer: Father I thank you for good leaders and I will pray for the evil ones to turn to you. Amen
ONE SOLITARY LIFE
He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village, where he worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty, when public opinion turned against him. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never went to college. He never visited a big city. He never traveled more than two hundred miles from the place where he was born. He did none of the things usually associated with greatness. He had no credentials but himself. He was only thirty-three. His friends ran away; one of them denied him. He was turned over to his enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing, the only property he had on earth. When he was dead, he was laid in a borrowed grave, through the pity of a friend. Nineteen centuries have come and gone, and today, Jesus is the central figure of the human race, and the leader of mankind’s progress. All the armies that have ever marched, all the navies that have ever sailed, all the parliaments that have ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of mankind on earth as powerfully as that one solitary life.
What was the name of the king of Babylon that had taken the children of Israel into captivity?
How many from the children of Adin returned from captivity?
Lesson: God finally said enough is enough. He gave the children of Israel the opportunity to turn to him. They refused and so God allowed them to go into captivity.
Prayer: Lord, when I am wrong show me and may I have the wisdom to turn to you. Amen
A DIVIDED HEART
Many Christians enjoy sitting on the fence and flitting from one worldly pleasure to another. A divided heart only multiplies the problems of life. In the days of Hosea, the Israelites were trying to worship both pagan idols and our Heavenly Father. God had Hosea to condemn the people by telling them that their hearts were divided. Three colorful illustrations were used by the prophet as he spoke to the nation. First, Hosea said that they were like half-baked bread--compromising and favorable neither to God nor the idols. Secondly, they were like a proud man who was unaware of the depths of his spiritual decline. Third, they were like a wandering dove that was flying from one place to another in quest for food and never satisfied. Today as Christians, we are often afflicted with the same divided heart syndrome--we believe in Jesus, but we are reluctant to commit every area of our lives to Him. We go to church but don’t want to follow the Word each day if it deprives us of worldly pleasure or success. We must remember that a divided heart has serious consequences: (1) It prevents us from pleasing the Lord; (2) It keeps us from drawing others to trust in Jesus; (3) It destroys our testimony as Christians; and (4) It causes us to live unfulfilled lives. A close walk with Jesus daily will bring peace to your heart and divine blessings into your life.
What was the name of the king of Persia who gave Ezra a letter of commission?
What was the name of the river where Ezra proclaimed a fast?
Lesson: No matter what the situation, God still demanded that they worship and serve. The same is true today. In the good and in the bad we have a job to do and we have a God to serve.
Prayer: Dear Father, help me to worship you in spirit and in truth. You are worthy. Amen
A STORM IS COMING
Several years ago, the sky darkened and howling winds drove the rain in sheets across the churning bay waters. A hurricane was approaching! All day long, radio and television stations broadcast instructions on how to guard against the destructive winds and surging tides of the storm. As people were frantically preparing for the storm, the thought occurred, “Why do folks take the warnings issued by the Weather Bureau so seriously, yet stubbornly refuse to hear God’s warnings in the Bible?” In His Word, the Lord has told us that a much greater disaster will come upon the earth. We are told that “the Day of the Lord shall come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.” Yes, that day is coming. But there is a sure way of escaping God’s judgment. It’s found in Christ. Those who have placed their faith in him will have His peace here on earth, and we are assured of spending eternity with Him in heaven. Are you prepared? If not, ADMIT that you are a sinner; BELIEVE in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and ask Him to come into your heart; CONFESS your sins to Him. Jesus Christ can become YOUR Lord and Savior today--it’s that easy!