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Parents' Corner | December 29, 2019

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Dear Parents, The wise men were magi. Their study of the stars led them to Judea to find and worship Jesus, the newborn King. Before they found Jesus, though, the wise men met King Herod. God had promised the Jewish people a new king one who would save them from their enemies. King Herod was not that king. Imagine how he felt when he heard about a new king in...

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Parents' Corner | December 22, 2019

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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...

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Parents' Corner | December 15, 2019

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Dear Parents, People had been waiting a long time for Jesus. God hinted at His coming in the garden of Eden when He promised a seed to conquer the serpent. (Gen. 3:15) The prophets told of His coming hundreds of years before His birth. God was working out His plan to bring His people back to Himself. In the Bible, God sometimes used angels to communicate His ...

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Parents' Corner | December 8, 2019

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Dear Parents, When Jesus met two disciples on the road to Emmaus, He told them, "These are My words that I spoke to you while I was still with youthat everything written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled" (Luke 24:44). How does the Book of Psalms point us to Jesus? While the book does contain some implicit Messianic ...

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Parents' Corner | December 1, 2019

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Dear Parents, The story of Job helps believers see God alone is all-powerful, sovereign, and good. Job's story is one all people can relate to, as everyone will suffer in his or her lifetime. God's dialogue with Job reveals His characteristics clearly. "Have you ever in your life commanded the morning or assigned the dawn its place?" (Job 38:12) God is all-po...

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Parents' Corner | November 24, 2019

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Dear Parents, What is the point? This doesn't make any sense! Why am I here? What is the meaning of life? Do I have purpose? Most people wrestle with these thoughts at some point; even wise King Solomon did. Thoughts like these are recorded in the Biblein the Book of Ecclesiastes. God made Solomon a wise king. He ruled over Israel for over 40 years. He wrote ...

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Parents' Corner | November 17, 2019

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Dear Parents, King Solomon loved God. He received wisdom from the Lord and was dedicated to building His temple. But early on, we see hints that Solomon's heart was not completely devoted to God. He married foreign wives who turned Solomon's heart away from God. (1 Kings 11:4) Solomon gradually abandoned what he had believed. Israel had a history of turning a...

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Parents' Corner | November 10, 2019

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Dear Parents, When David was king, he wanted to build a temple for God, but God did not allow him to. "When your time comes and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up after you your descendant, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He will build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever" (2 Sam. ...

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Parents' Corner | November 3, 2019

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Dear Parents, "Look both ways before crossing the street." "Don't touch the stove; it's hot." "Stay in your seat." Young children need to hear these instructions because left to their own devices, most would run into traffic, burn their hands on stove tops, and meander around the dining room. As young children discover the world and begin to understand how it...

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Parents' Corner | October 20, 2019

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Dear Parents, The Ammonites were no strangers to the Israelites. They often fought over the region of Gilead, which stretched east of the Jordan River. David had tried showing kindness to the Ammonites, but they humiliated the Israelite ambassadors. (See 2 Sam. 10:1-5.) Thus began a war between the Israelites and Ammonites. This context sets the scene for the ...

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