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Parents' Corner | July 14, 2019

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Dear Parents, When the Israelites conquered Jericho, God told them not to take anything. Everything in the city was to be destroyed and set apart for God. Achan must have assumed no one would notice if he kept a few things for himself. The cloak was beautiful, and he sure could use some pieces of silver and a bar of gold. No harm, no foul. Right? Wrong. God had ...

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Parents' Corner | July 7, 2019

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Dear Parents, Only one geographical barrier separated the Israelites from the promised land of Canaan: the Jordan River. When Joshua and the Israelites arrived, the Jordan River was flooded due to spring rains and snowmelt. Any other time, the river would have been manageable, but crossing the swollen river would have been daunting like crossing the Red Sea. Lik...

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Parents' Corner | June 30, 2019

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Dear Parents, The Israelites had been wandering in the wilderness when they started to complain to Moses and to God. God had done some pretty amazing things for the IsraelitesHe rescued them from the hand of Pharaoh, He parted the Red Sea so they could safely cross, and He provided manna for them to eat. But to the Israelites, it wasn't enough. God punished the...

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Parents' Corner | June 23, 2019

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Dear Parents, Before God rescued His people from slavery in Egypt, He promised to bring the Israelites back to the land He had given to Abraham so many years ago. (Ex. 3:8) God was leading the Israelites to the promised land. When they were close, God instructed Moses to send spies into the land to scout it out. The spies traveled around the land for 40 days, a...

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Parents' Corner | June 16, 2019

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Dear Parents, After God, through Moses, brought the Israelites out of Egypt, He met with them in the wilderness and established a covenant, or agreement, with the people of Israel: "Now if you will listen to Me and carefully keep My covenant, you will be My own possession out of all the peoples ... and you will be My kingdom of priests and My holy nation" (Ex. 19:5-...

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Parents' Corner | June 9, 2019

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Dear Parents, The Lord was faithful to keep the promises He made to Abraham and his descendants. He made the Israelites innumerable (Deut. 1:10) and gave them the land of Canaan (Deut. 1:8). All the Israelites needed to do was take possession of the land. But the Israelites refused. They sent 12 men to scout out the land, and when the men reported about Canaan'...

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Parents' Corner | June 2, 2019

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Dear Parents, The tabernacle was complete. God now had a place where His glory could dwell without causing the Israelites to fear death. God had given His people laws from the mountain, and He gave them more rules for living and worshiping Him when He dwelled in the tabernacle. These rules are recorded in the Book of Leviticus. The reasoning behind Leviticus can...

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Parents' Corner | May 26, 2019

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Dear Parents, Thirteen of the last sixteen chapters of the Book of Exodus consists of instructions for building the tabernacle. The word tabernacle means "dwelling place." The tabernacle was a portable tent where God met with His people. God had a great purpose for the tabernacle. (See Ex. 29:45-46.) Moses had been on the mountain talking with God for 40 days. Go...

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Parents' Corner | May 12, 2019

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Dear Parents, As the rescued people of Israel traveled toward the promised land, God gave them laws to guide them in how to live and to help them understand God's perfect holiness. God's laws covered every part of their lives and were summed up in the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments can be grouped into two categories: The first four laws deal with a person...

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Parents' Corner | May 5, 2019

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As the rescued people of Israel traveled toward the promised land, God gave them laws to guide them in how to live and to help them understand God's perfect holiness. God's laws covered every part of their lives and were summed up in the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments can be grouped into two categories: The first four laws deal with a person's relationship w...

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Parents' Corner | April 28, 2019

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Dear Parents, God led His people into the wilderness, but He did not leave them there alone. The Lord was with His people. He provided meat, bread, and water. He guided them to Mount Sinai, where He met with their leader, Moses. The Lord came down on the mountain in fire, and He spoke through thunder. The Israelites could not have ignored His presence. But when Mos...

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Parents' Corner | April 21, 2019

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Dear Parents, God's law for the people was plain. Read Deuteronomy 6:5. But God's people, and all people, have broken the law. We have loved other things more than we love God. That is sin. Jesus' purpose for coming to earth was to save us from our sin. (Matt. 1:21) Why did Jesus have to die? Why couldn't He just say, "You are forgiven"? God is just and requires ...

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Parents' Corner | April 14, 2019

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Dear Parents, The Sunday before Easter is Palm Sundaythe day Jesus entered Jerusalem as the King of kings the week of Passover. Many of God's people traveled to Jerusalem for Passover. Jesus and His disciples traveled to Jerusalem as well. Near Bethphage (BETH fayj) and Bethany near the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples ahead into a village. Jesus told t...

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Parents' Corner | April 7, 2019

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Dear Parents, The Israelites' future looked bright. The Lord, through Moses, had rescued them from slavery in Egypt. He fought for them, displaying His power by parting the Red Sea and subsequently destroying Egypt's army. God was working out His plan to bring the Israelites to the promised land, the land God promised to Abraham's family. But the journey from ...

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Parents' Corner | March 31, 2019

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Dear Parents, Last week, kids learned about Moses' birth and his calling. God had a plan to rescue the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt. He chose and called Moses for the task and allowed Moses' brother, Aaron, to help him. Moses and Aaron faced a huge obstacle in leading the Israelites out of Egypt, and his name was Pharaoh. Pharaoh did not recognize the...

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Parents' Corner | March 24, 2019

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Dear Parents, descendants of Israel (Jacob)had set up their home in Egypt when a famine forced them to seek out food. They became so numerous that Pharaoh felt threatened and forced them into slavery. But their families still grew, and Pharaoh instituted an unimaginable method of population control: kill all of the baby boys. Moses' story is a clear picture of G...

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Parents' Corner | March 17, 2019

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Dear Parents, Last week, kids learned that God had a plan for Joseph's suffering. The land of Egypt enjoyed seven years of plenty before a famine struck, just as Pharaoh had dreamed. During that time, Joseph gathered all the excess food and stored it in the cities. The famine was severe in every land, so Joseph opened the storehouses and sold grain to everyone who ...

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Parents' Corner | March 10, 2019

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Dear Parents, Jacob grew up in strife with his twin brother, Esau. He spent many years away from his family to avoid Esau's anger. God spoke to Jacob in a dream and reaffirmed to Jacob the promise He gave to Abraham and Isaac. Finally, God called Jacob home to the land of Canaan. God blessed Jacob and changed his name to Israel. Jacob had 12 sons. They would beco...

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Parents' Corner | March 4, 2019

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Dear Parents, Jacob found himself stuck between a rock and a hard place. After stealing his older brother's blessing, he fled his home to escape Esau's anger. He spent time with his uncle Laban, got married, and fathered many children. Overall, Jacob prospered. God blessed him, but Jacob's time with his uncle Laban did not end well. Laban's sons accused Jacob of tak...

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Parents' Corner | December 19, 2018

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Dear Parents, Do you think it was just by chance that Caesar Augustus called for a census? Did it just so happen that Mary and Joseph were traveling to Bethlehemthe very place the Messiah was prophesied to be born? (Micah 5:2) God is in control of all things, which He showed by using a pagan emperor to bring about His plan. After Jesus was born, Mary laid Him in a m...

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Parent Corner | March 25, 2018

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Family Starting PointsMarch 25th, 2018 Scripture Memory: Revelation 7:10,12"Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen." Big Picture Question: What does the Holy Spirit do? The Holy Spirit helps Christians follow Jesus. Bible...

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Parent Corner | January 21, 2018

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Dear Parents,Jesus' death and resurrection should not have surprised the disciples. Sometimes Jesus spoke metaphorically about His death and resurrection (See Matt. 12:39; Mark 14:58; John 2:19; 3:14-15). Other times, Jesus plainly told the disciples that He would be betrayed, crucified, buried, and resurrected on the third day (Matt. 17:12; Mark 8:31; Luke 9:22). In fact,...

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