Joseph is Tested

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Joseph was a remarkable young man.  He served Potiphar and the LORD blessed and prospered both men.  He had been sold into slavery by his brothers and brought to another land but did not let his situation cause him to despair.  But wait… Joseph’s trials and testings are just getting “turned up” a few degrees. Now he is being falsely  accused and thrown into prison.  ” But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him loving-kindness and gave him favor in the sight of the warden of the prison.” We all have a tendency to think God is taking too long to come to our rescue or deliverance…but have you ever taken anything out of the oven before it has finished baking?  It is not useful for its intended purpose which is a good tasting treat. (To further illustrate this you could half-bake some cupcakes or muffins for the kids to taste…and then bake some the correct amount of time for them to snack on or take home with their project)  Joseph wanted to get out of prison ASAP, but we read he had to linger another 2 full years after he helped  the royal butler and baker with their dreams even though he asked to not be forgotten.To assemble this lesson print worksheets included below.  If you have a contrasting color of card stock to print your oven door on, that will save you some coloring.  The inside of the oven should be white card stock.  Cut and glue top part of oven door (the section with the controls) to top of white page which is the inside of the oven.  Cut out oven window and cookies and prepare cookie tray by wrapping in a small piece of foil like you would wrap a present, and spelling out words as shown above, glue cookies to tray.  Tape or glue tray to oven rack.  If you want to tape a piece of plastic bag or of wax paper to the oven door, that would be an optional step.

Glue the bottom of the oven door( from the dotted line to the bottom of the page) to bottom of the inside oven page.  Fold door forward .  A little piece of magic tape, curled up so it is sticky on all sides, and placed on the inside of the top of the oven door will keep it closed.  This lesson would fit in between the other two lessons of Joseph if you are teaching this series in chronological order.

Make sure these cookie trays fit on a half page, you could fit 6 on a whole page with some finagling!

Paul and Silas

Paul and Silas in Prison

This Bible story retains one of the most vivid memories for me as a child.  I still remember the picture of Paul and Silas in the stocks, their backs bloody; but instead of despair there is joy on their faces. The beginning of the story involves Paul commanding a spirit of divination to leave a slave girl. Since her masters made a huge profit from her fortunetelling, they dragged Paul and Silas before the authorities in Philippi. They had their clothes torn off and they were beaten and thrown into a dungeon, fastened to stocks. Midnight finds Paul and Silas praying and singing praise to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. ” Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so great that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and all at once all the doors were opened and everyones’s shackles were unfastened.” (Acts 16:26) The jailer was about to kill himself, supposing that all the prisoners had escaped, but Paul shouted for him to not harm himself for all  were accounted for.  The jailer was so grateful that he fell down before the missionaries and asked , “What must I do to be saved?” The famous response, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.” He took Paul and Silas home and bathed their wounds and immediately he was baptized along with the  believing members of his household.

To make the chains, you will need 19 strips of black construction paper for each participant,   1  inch by  5 inches .Glue your strips into  “links” using a glue stick.  Then write on every other link, starting with the 2nd link: R-E-J-O-I-C-E- In The Lord – Always (Phil.4:4) with a gold or silver gel pen.

The Church Prays For Peter

The Apostle James has been killed by Herod and because there was such a favorable response from the Jews, he imprisoned Peter, who was to face a similar fate…but the church was praying without ceasing for him.  Peter was heavily guarded and secured with chains but an angel of the Lord was sent to rescue him.  As he walked out of the prison with the angel, he thought it was all a dream and it wasn’t until he was outside on the street that he realized he was truly free. He came to the home where the church was meeting and still praying for him and knocked on the door.  He had to knock for quite a while as it was hard for them to believe he was freed and their prayers answered!

This is a fun project but very messy. Have the kids choose light, bright crayons and fill a page with color.  It should be a space about 5 inches by 7 inches.  Make sure they apply heavy pressure. The coloring needs to saturate the page.  Now they will cover the area they have just colored with black crayon and then comes the fun part…..they scratch the design….fingernails work great but you might want to provide something to scratch with…experiment with a paper clip edge….somethings work better than others. The verse is from James 5:16b “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” and I have the kids write the verse on another paper and glue their dynamite page to it.