Faith in Joppa


After Saul’s conversion in Acts 9, the churches throughout the region were walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit. (Don’t you all hope and pray your church would  experience this level of commitment?  Let’s keep  praying for revival!) Peter  went  to edify  new believers  and came across a paralyzed man in Lydda named Aeneas.  He told the bedridden man that Jesus was healing him, and as a result many converts were made.  About ten miles away in Joppa, a disciple named Tabitha (gazelle) became sick and died.  This woman was greatly beloved and described as being full of good works and charitable deeds.   The disciples in Joppa , having heard of the great miracle in Lydda and realizing Peter was still in the vicinity, rushed to implore Peter to accompany them to pray for their departed sister.  When he got to the place where she was laid, he noticed the grief of the widows, who stood holding the garments she had made for them when she was alive.  Peter privately knelt down before the body and prayed… “And turning to the body he said “Tabitha, arise.’ And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.”  This also resulted in many believing on the Lord.  Peter continued his sojourn  in Joppa and was there when the servants of Cornelius came looking for him.

Peter prays for Tabitha – worksheet

Using the pattern, cut your tunics out of felt.  Older kids can do a simple running stitch to add another dimension to the project.  Color your page before tacking down the tunic.  When I was out walking this morning, I came across some twigs that would make a good walking staff for Peter.  There are other amazing bits of nature you might be able to find, to make a broom.

The 23rd Psalm – part 5

And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

“For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Jn. 3:16

I would like  to encourage you to teach this Psalm to your kids. Maybe you have had good success inspiring kids to embrace memorization  and would like to comment. ** On the Sept. 6th blog, I posted a “memory buck” worksheet for the memory program I am starting for my class.

The 23rd Psalm – Part 1

“The LORD is my shepherd;

I shall not want

He makes me lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside the still waters,

He restores my soul;

He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

New Girls(7-1-2014 )Here is a photo of my new goats.  They are a little skittish and will not let me lead them anywhere… I have a huge pasture full of weeds that they could be  joyfully munching on but until they learn to trust me they will be forgoing a favorite past time .  Do we miss out on the treasures God has planned for us because we are not willing to be led?

Remember Lot’s Wife

Remember Lot's wife - b

Sandwiched  in between a very important parable on prayer in which Jesus ends with the haunting words…”When the Son of Man comes shall He find faith on the earth?” and the description of what His coming will be like ; we find this exhortation, “Remember Lot’s wife.”  When was the last time  we asked ourselves…”am I in the habit of remembering Lot’s wife?”   Lot lived in a society that was being judged  for it’s pride, over-abundance of  food, idleness and prosperous ease and they did not strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. Ezekiel writes…”They were haughty and committed abominations before me”.   (hm-m-m, does this sound familiar ?)  It was not enough that Lot’s wife had been given the information from the angels God had sent. She was given the  means of escape as the angels griped her hands and hastened her out of the city.  This infamous, un-named woman was also given a warning to not look back but to flee for her life . Her heart’s desire was back in Sodom and that caused her to lag behind Lot, and gaze longingly at what was being destroyed.  Sadly, the Bible tells us she “became a pillar of salt.”  Let us draw near to our great and awesome God, repent of our worldliness , and cry out to Him “always…and not give up.”

Please use card stock for the worksheet as the kids will be gluing salt on the figure after coloring. Moisture forms on the back of the page so putting a strip of duct tape the length of the figure will add strength. Mix some clear, iridescent glitter with salt and give kids about 2 tablespoons  each, in tiny cups.  Put a thick coating of tacky glue on the figure of Lot’s wife, and then cover completely with the salt mixture.

 Lightly pat salt into glue and throw away residue.  Have  the kids write the verse from Luke 18:8 in the space as shown above in the sample, and make sure you include the parable of the widow and the unjust judge in your lesson.  I would rather emphasize this portion of the Bible for children, teaching the importance of prayer and faithful, godly living  than having to wrestle with a G-rating for Genesis 19

worksheet - Remember Lot's wife!