Marah…The Waters of Bitterness

…I will bring you unto the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob…” Exodus 6:8

Marah...The Waters of Bitterness

Marah…The Waters of Bitterness

Welcome to the blog which adds another important story in our series of the great lawgiver, Moses.  (To see the rest of the stories/worksheets offered please view the Table of Contents for both Old and New Testaments…Jan. 6th, 2014 post)  After the great deliverance from the Egyptian army, the Children of Israel had a three day march and came to the Wilderness of Shur…remember that Hagar had been found by the Angel of the LORD by a spring on the way to Shur? Would the people recall their God’s loving care from the past few weeks when their water, which they had packed for their Exodus , had run out?  We read that when they came to Marah, the waters were bitter and they could not drink them…”And the people complained against Moses, saying,’What shall we drink?’ So he (Moses) cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree.  When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet.”

I think this is a great story for kids because we know that life has a tendency to throw us curveballs…bitter circumstances where we are all tempted to complain that  “this is not fair… or…God, you must not love me!” Children are watching the adults in their lives so see how they respond to these “curveballs”.  They will take these experiences into consideration when contemplating their own personal faith-walks.  Let it not be said that we are “complaining children”  who occasionally worship…instead of “worshipful children” who occasionally complain! Please be prepared to spend some time defining bitter/bitterness.

Marah worksheet

Marah worksheet

Before this page gets colored, make sure the palm branches get colored in first. (FYI…I used colored pens for this)  As I have mentioned in previous lessons, colored chalk makes coloring large spaces such sky or backgrounds a snap and it is cheap…I recommend Crayola brand.  Just a reminder…crayon will not color over chalk and vice-versa.  Choose a Bible memory verse that demonstrates the love and provision of God for His children.  Here are a few that would be appropriate for this lesson.

“The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble and He knows those that trust in Him.” Nahum 1:7

“Oh how great is Your goodness which You have laid up for those that fear You…” Psalm 31:19

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

“For our light affliction which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory…”          2 Corinthians 4:17

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You will need small branches so each child can glue one  near Moses after the page is colored. (see sample for placement)  For a worksheet that does not have any text see the  printable worksheet at kidsbible.wordpress.com

God Bless

The Winner of Aunties Bible Lessons first “Give-away”

Thank-you to all who participated in my first “Give-away”.  Miss “J” was the recipient of a complete set of Bible lesson worksheets for use in teaching her Sunday School class.  Here is the winning letter:

“Dear Auntie,

My name is ***************** and I have been teaching the younger children of ************(a church in Atlanta). The part of Atlanta that we minister to is in an area  which is noted for the drug and sex trades. It’s very difficult to get the children comfortable enough to talk about their own struggles…but there are occasional moments where they let their guard down: the four year old who misses her incarcerated father, the prayer request for a friend who is grieving after witnessing a shooting, or the man who used to attend church was fatally stabbed in the neck. These kids are very much aware that life is going to be rough. At the same time, they are some of the most courageous individuals I’ve ever met.

My first experience with the area/ministry was in June ’13, when I arrived to help with a short term RP missions team. Hearing that I was an education major, the pastor asked if I would help with the Sunday School while Amy, their children’s teacher, was out-of-state. Of course, I said I would love to, and asked for Amy’s info so I could ask about what ages and ability levels to expect. I asked about the craft closet/curriculum also. Her response was that I could expect every age from 5-15…some would be on grade level, some below grade level, and some remarkably bright. Every student she described was followed by a brief note that they “may or may not show up.” There was no craft closet, and she had to plan her own curriculum. To further complicate things, this was my first exposure to inner-city students. It was a challenging experience to say the least.

I moved to the greater Atlanta area in September ’13. I had missed my younger friends in Atlanta and quickly approached the group to help. By this time, we were expecting 6-12 students an evening. Amy and I kept the students together in one class, she would teach the lesson and I would try to provide (often designing by myself) differentiated worksheets/activities. Previously, Amy had them color while discussing what she read; but we both agreed that we wanted something that would challenge both the older and middle groups. I was very glad to find your blog. We use a book called Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland for our lessons. I always seem to be able to find some kind of activity on Aunties Bible Lessons that coincides with the lesson. However, the activities on the website would usually add a little to the lesson. For example, we would be given a Bible verse to copy (for middle students) or glue (for younger students) and we would have the students discuss the verse and why/how it relates to the lesson. In April ’14, we decided to split the class into two, with myself teaching the younger ones and Amy leading the older ones in a reading/discussion group. I continue to regularly use your blog for my lessons and activities (as in, three out of four lessons).

Free lesson printouts would be very helpful for a number of reasons. I have experienced difficulty with the word search on your website…usually I need to opt for google instead. Once I find the lesson which I want to use, I generally need to return to it later (ex. When I am actually in the Bluff) and I may or may not have a computer handy. I don’t own a printer so I have to haggle with the people I live with to do printouts (on a tight budget). Finally, when I do print things out, sometimes the cut-outs don’t match the size they should (and I am almost positive that it’s the printer’s fault). Finally, I’m sure there are lessons that I am missing simply because I haven’t googled the right key phrase. I am sure that Amy and I would enjoy planning a “deviate from the book we’ve been using” for a week.

On a personal note, thank you so much for all the effort you put into designing these. My artistic skills are not my forte, and I’ve received nothing but positive feedback after utilizing yours. I never could have thought of such appropriate and well-designed activities on my own.

Thank-you,

“Miss J”

“He Leads Me…”

"He Leads Me"

“He Leads Me”

Meet my new goats Lissie and Sarah.  They are still skittish and will not let me lead them anywhere!  I have a big pasture full of choice, juicy weeds that they could be joyfully browsing in but until they learn to trust me they will be forgoing one of their favorite pastimes.  Do we miss out on the treasures our Good Shepherd   has planned for us because we are not willing to be led?

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I would like to offer my first “give-away” on “Aunties Bible Lessons”.  Before I had this blog, I copied full sets of the Bible lessons in English, to give away to teachers who needed such a resource.   Maybe you have a hard time making copies off of the internet.  Email me at “bibleauntie@gmail.com” and let me know why you would like to have a full set of Bible lessons.    Make your request the month of July 2014 only.  With permission, I will post the winning entry .  Looking forward to hearing from you.  Maranatha, Bible Auntie

P.S. I would love to see pictures!!!

 

You Must Be Born Again (“Nick at Night” revisited)

Nick at Night - revisited

“Ye Must be Born Again”

Did any of you follow Moody Bible Institute’s  113th annual Founder’s Week?  The theme of the week was “Holiness” and the last speaker of the event was Pastor Jim Cymbala of Brooklyn Tabernacle.  He powerfully emphasized that the Gospel of Jesus Christ needs to be the most important priority of a Christian’s service.  As teachers, we should strive to make sure some aspect of the Gospel is presented each week.  Let’s take advantage of the time with our kids to clearly present the Gospel and magnify Jesus our LORD and God! “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily..” (Colossians 2:9)  Jude declares that we must “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints…” .  No other way…no other NAME whereby we may be saved…no other revelation!!! But that has not stopped “certain men (or women) from creeping in unnoticed to try and entice us and our kids away from the Truth. Pray for understanding and prepare your hearts by asking the Holy Spirit to convict and cleanse us from sin so we are suitable , holy vessels and His power can flow through us.  Please don’t wait until Saturday night to prepare your lesson…or even worse…Sunday morning!!!  He desires our best efforts, our best strength and devotion our best reflection and creativity.

Nick at Night

Nick at Night

The focus on this lesson is Nicodemus and his exposure to the glorious Gospel in John 3.  The figures should be cut out and glued on black card stock or construction paper.  Every child should memorize John 3:16 so have them write or print it on their papers. Optional: a small “prize” for knowing the verse correctly…even if it is just a simple page of gold or silver stars, would add to the experience.  To  further explore  this lesson see my previous post on 8/27/2011  “Nick at Night”.

Since the kids will be writing the verse on black paper, you will need to experiment to see what will show up.  Bright colors of gel pens work well, so do silver or gold.  If you only have a pencil…this will also work.  Also, there is no need to equip each child with their own as sharing is encouraged!

Table of Contents New Testament

aunties bible lessons

Messiah is Born   (8/25/11 & 11/26/12)

Wisemen Seek Him  (8/25/11)

Boy Jesus   (8/25/11)

Jesus Baptized   (8/25/11)

Temptation of Christ   (8/25/11)

Jesus Seeks His Disciples  (8/26/11)

Water to Wine   (8/26/11)

Sermon on the Mount   (8/27/11)

Nick at Night   (8/27/11)  (02/08/2014)

The Woman at the Well (10/14/2013)

Widow of Nain (9/26/2013)

Jesus Heals the Paralytic   (8/27/11)

Parable of the Sower (1/02/2012)

Jesus Stills the Storm   (8/27/11)

Man of the Tombs (6/19/2012)

Jesus Defeats Death (Jairus’ daughter) and Disease (woman who bleeds)     8/29/11

Jesus Feeds the Multitudes/Walks on Water   (3/06/2012)

Transfiguration   (8/29/11)

Miracle of the Tribute Money (5/09/2013)

The Good Samaritan  (2/4/2012)

Light of the World   (12/11/2011)

Parable of the Rich Fool   (4/8/2012)

Jesus heals a Daughter of Abraham   (8/30/11)

Jesus Saves (a lost sheep, a coin, a son)    8/30/11

Rich Man and Lazarus (3/20/2012)

Remember…

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Table of Contents Old Testament

aunties bible lessons

  1. “In the Beginning”   posted  8/2011
  2. The Fall  (8/2011)
  3. The need for a covering (Cain and Abel) 10/03/2012
  4. Cain and Abel. (10/26/2015)
  5. The Flood  (8/2011)
  6. Tower of Babel  (8/2011)
  7. Call of Abram  (8/2011)
  8. Abraham’s Test  (8/2011)
  9. Jacob’s Dream  (8/2011)
  10. Jacob Picks a Bride (6/7/2012)
  11. Joseph and his Brothers  (8/2011)
  12. Joseph is tested (10/29/2011)
  13. Joseph in Egypt  (8/2011)
  14. Baby Moses   (8/2011)
  15. The Burning Bush   (8/2011)
  16. God’s Wonders (9 plagues)   8/2011
  17. First Passover  (8/2011)
  18. Crossing Red Sea   (8/2011
  19. Marah…The Waters of Bitterness  (11/07/2014)
  20. Manna   (8/2011)
  21. Victory over Amalek  (8/2011)
  22. 10 Commandments  (8/2011)
  23. The LORD proclaims HIS NAME   (8/2011)
  24. The Tabernacle   (8/21/2013)
  25. God’s Holy Convocations – part two (6/21/2012)
  26. A Bad Report  (8/2011)
  27. Korah’s Rebellion   (8/2011)
  28. Look and Live   (8/2011)
  29. Balaam   (8/2011)
  30. Crossing Jordan   (8/2011)
  31. Battle of Jericho   (8/2011)
  32. Joshua is Tricked (8/03/2013)
  33. Gideon   (8/2011)
  34. Ruth and Boaz  (11/08/2011)
  35. Samson…

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Two Men Went to the Temple To Pray…

Two Men Went to Pray

Two Men Went to Pray

This is an important story, especially for the “church kid”.  This was especially convicting for me when I was much younger because I had the attitude of the self-righteous Pharisee.  Jesus told this parable “to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others.” We must teach our kids that even though they may think they are pretty good compared to other people…if they do not have love and think they are better than others, their faith does not please the LORD. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)  Two men went to the temple to pray.  One was basically praying to himself…bragging that he was not like all of the sinners he knew…even mentioning the tax collector!  He boasted that he fasted and gave generous gifts to God while the tax collector stood afar off and could not even lift his eyes to heaven.  He smote himself on his chest and begged God to be merciful to him, acknowledging his sins.

"Be Merciful to me..."

“Be Merciful to me…”

Jesus told the listeners of this parable that the tax collector went home justified.”…For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  Make sure you go over the definitions of righteous, humbles, exalts and justified and merciful. You will also want to explain why the tax collectors were hated in Jewish society.  Worksheets and instructions are posted at kidsbible.wordpress.com (10/30/2012)