Choose Life and Love God, Deuteronomy 30:10-16, 19b

God’s Message to My Grandchildren

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Choose Life and Love God

Text: Deuteronomy 30:10-16, 19b

This commandment that I’m commanding you today isn’t too much for you, it’s not out of your reach. It’s not on a high mountain—you don’t have to get mountaineers to climb the peak and bring it down to your level and explain it before you can live it. And it’s not across the ocean—you don’t have to send sailors out to get it, bring it back, and then explain it before you can live it. No. The word is right here and now—as near as the tongue in your mouth, as near as the heart in your chest.

Just do it!

Look at what I’ve done for you today: I’ve placed in front of you

  • Life and Good
  • Death and Evil.

And I command you today:

  • Love God, your God.
  • Walk in his ways.

Keep his commandments, regulations, and rules so that you will live, really live, live exuberantly, blessed by God, your God, in the land you are about to enter and possess.

…(So from my own heart, I say) “Choose life so that you and your children will live. And love God, your God, listening obediently to him, firmly embracing him. Oh yes, he is life itself, a long life settled on the soil that God, your God, promised to give (you and) your ancestors (before you).”

Truth: Parents, there is no greater way to show you love God. Take the love that God has for you and then share that love with your children so they will embrace God’s love and share it with their children.

Thoughts: Of all the verses and images in the Bible, this one stands out in my heart. It is of Moses after 40 years of wandering in the wilderness with all the chosen families of God finally getting another opportunity to receive the promise of God – a new life in their own home land. But before they could enter the new land, they needed to learn to love God and trust Him with their very life. God’s people had to choose for themselves between what is “Life and Good” versus what is “Death and Evil.” It took them 40 long years before they understood and raised a new generation of children who loved God with all their heart.

However, sadly Moses realized something that is a tragedy (a sad story) to us. God knew Moses still had some stubbornness in his heart and as an example to His people and all his family, God chose not to allow Moses to enter the new land that God promised to His people. Yet, Moses shared his heart to all the families. Moses encouraged them to not stumble as he had done and always trust and obey God in all things. Moses told them to know in their heart the difference between Life and Good that God promised and Death and Evil that is for all others who choose to live on their own without God.

There are many things I wish I could change in my life; many choices that I made that I wish I did not. However, just like Moses, I am praying for each of you, my children and grandchildren, to not look to me as an example but listen to my words and look to God for how you and your children are to live your lives.

I am thankful for the rest of the story regarding Moses. The Bible is clear. Yes, Moses died before walking onto the Promised Land (Deut 32:48-52), however, he was blessed when Moses appeared on another mountain top, except this time with Jesus and his disciples (Mark 9:1-10) nearly 1000 years later.

So I say to my children – “Choose Life so you and your children will live a good life according to God’s plan and desire for you.”

Loving God Must be a Family Affair, Deuteronomy 6:1-7

God’s Message to My Grandchildren

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Loving God Must be a Family Affair

Text: Deuteronomy 6:1-7

(Before the families of Israel entered the Promised Land God had prepared for them, Moses reminded the people what God wanted for them and from them. Moses was telling them about the love relationship God wanted for His people – the Family of God.)

This is the commandment, the rules and regulations, that God, your God, commanded me to teach you to live out in the land you’re about to cross into to possess.

This is so that you’ll live in deep reverence before God lifelong, observing all his rules and regulations that I’m commanding you, you and your children and your grandchildren, living good long lives.

Listen obediently, Israel. Do what you’re told so that you’ll have a good life, a life of abundance and bounty, just as God promised, in a land abounding in milk and honey.

Attention, Israel! God, our God! God the one and only! Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that’s in you, love him with all you’ve got!

Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children.

Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night.

Truth: To be a part of God’s Family, all God asks is that you love Him with all your heart and that you promise to share the good news of His love with your family.

Thoughts: Why does God give us His rules and laws to obey? They are for our good so we may live a good and long life. They are very important to you and your family. He really is a Father we can trust with our life.

What Moses shared with his family, we should do the same today. To begin with we should learn God’s commandments and know them so well that they are a part of our daily life. Make no decisions that would go against any of God’s laws, rules or commands. When they are deep within our heart we will be less likely to do wrong and make bad choices. As a result, our relationships with others will be better and our family will find the happiness God promises for us.

When we make loving God a family affair, all of our family will share in the joy God wants us all to know every day.

Ask your mom and dad today about God’s love and how to know that love. Of course, you can always ask your grandfather and grandmother too!

You Know Love if You Will Obey the One You Love, Exodus 20:1-17

God’s Message to My Grandchildren

 

 

 

 

 

Title: You Know Love if You Will Obey the One You Love

Text: Exodus 20:1-17

(After Moses grew up, God picked him to be the leader of God’s chosen people who were slaves in Egypt. God helped Moses to save His people and leave Egypt. Shortly after they began their long journey they stopped near the  mountain where God gave Moses God’s special laws that were for God’s people to know and to obey. (We know these laws as the Ten Commandments.)

God spoke all these words (through Moses to God’s people): I am God, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of a life of slavery.

I. No other gods, only me.
II. No carved gods of any size, shape, or form of anything whatever, whether of things that fly or walk or swim. Don’t bow down to them and don’t serve them because I am God, your God, and I’m a most jealous God, punishing the children for any sins their parents pass on to them to the third, and yes, even to the fourth generation of those who hate me. But I’m unswervingly loyal to the thousands who love me and keep my commandments.

III. No using the name of God, your God, in curses or silly banter; God won’t put up with the irreverant use of his name.

IV. Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Work six days and do everything you need to do. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to God, your God. Don’t do any work—not you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your servant, nor your maid, nor your animals, not even the foreign guest visiting in your town. For in six days God made Heaven, Earth, and sea, and everything in them; he rested on the seventh day. Therefore God blessed the Sabbath day; he set it apart as a holy day.

V. Honor your father and mother so that you’ll live a long time in the land that God, your God, is giving you.

VI. No murder.

VII. No adultery.

VIII. No stealing.

IX. No lies about your neighbor.

X. No lusting after your neighbor’s house—or wife or servant or maid or ox or donkey. Don’t set your heart on anything that is your neighbor’s.

Truth: Love is never selfish. To love someone is to do what what is good and right for others and will please God. To love is to obey. To love is giving daily in ways that please others who you care about.

Thoughts:  God wanted His chosen people to understand how much He loved them and for them to understand how to love Him and others. All God wanted His people to understand then, and still today, is He wants to share His love with you and me. We are His children, and He seeks for all His children to learn the joy of loving Him and others just as He loves them. Do you believe that God loves you and your family?

In the Ten Commandments God gave to Moses and His people long ago, the first four of the commandments tell us about how we are to love God, our Heavenly Father. Simply put, God desires that you learn that His love for you deserves your love. No one will ever love you more than Him. Do nothing that would cause a problem between God and you. Show God that you love him each day but God also wants you to share one special day a week with Him as a special day to know how much love there is between God and you (that is why we go to church on Sundays).

The other commandments are about how we are to love others in our life. The first of these commandments begins with your relationship with your mother and father. They deserve a love from you that is only second to God, because they love you too. God will be pleased when you show your mother and father the respect and love they deserve.

The other commandments speak about loving others in our life: Do not destroy the life that God has given to someone else – only God has that right. Do not desire anything that is not yours that others may have. Lying or cheating is never right. God is all about doing what is right and good, and always truthful. Our words and actions must seek to please God and respect others around us, even the strangers we meet. You never know when the stranger you meet may become a friend because of how you treated them.

If you will learn to live every day trying to obey what God shared with us in His Ten Commandments, God will bless you and you will find friends easy to find and keep, and your parents will be happy and show you all the love you deserve.

We live in a world that is very selfish by nature and you will be tempted daily to be like the others in the world, but God promises you a good life if you will show your love for Him by obeying Him and His commandments. You will be surprised how your life will be when you show others you prefer to do what is right and good. Even bad people want to do right and be treated right in this world.

I pray your mom and dad will sit down and share with you more about what is right and good about loving God, your family and friends before yourself.

A Mother’s Love Trusts in God’s Plans, Exodus 2:1-10

God’s Message to My Grandchildren

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: A Mother’s Love Trusts in God’s Plans

Text: Exodus 2:1-10

(In Exodus 1:20, the Pharaoh (king of Egypt) declared that all male babies of the Israelites, who were slaves in Egypt, would be killed. Only girls could live. Why? Because – Pharaoh feared the growing number of Israelite slaves in his land. Under this decision, we read in Exodus 2 the birth of Moses and his parents decision.)

Now a man from the family of Levi married a Levite woman. The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son; when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with asphalt and pitch. She placed the child in it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile.

Then his sister stood at a distance in order to see what would happen to him.

Pharaoh’s daughter went down to bathe at the Nile while her servant girls walked along the riverbank. Seeing the basket among the reeds, she sent her slave girl to get it. When she opened it, she saw the child—a little boy, crying. She felt sorry for him and said, “This is one of the Hebrew boys.”

Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Should I go and call a woman from the Hebrews to nurse the boy for you?”

“Go,” Pharaoh’s daughter told her.

So the girl went and called the boy’s mother.

Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child and nurse him for me, and I will pay your wages.”

So the woman took the boy and nursed him. When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”

Truth: Rather than lose her baby boy because of the king’s orders to kill all male babies, this mother chose to trust God with the life of her child. She decided to put him afloat in a basket on the river. God’s hand worked a miracle that changed history for His good purpose. And, the mother’s faith was rewarded.

Each of us must trust God when we are faced with a tough decision between doing what is right and wrong. We are always better to trust God than to do what we know is wrong in God’s eyes.

Thoughts: What an awful decision the king of Egypt made because he was afraid of the growing number of slaves in his land. He instructed all the families of Israel, the slaves of Egypt at the time, to kill their baby boys when they were born by drowning them in the river. This was directly against what God commanded His people. God is the giver of life, not the taker of life.

Moses’ mother decided rather than go against the king’s order directly she would set her son, Moses, into a cradle that was built to float on the river. She trusted God would protect and keep her baby safe. And, she was rewarded.

In the story, the mother asks Moses older sister to follow the child floating on the river, and shortly after he was placed on the river, the king’s daughter found the baby on the river’s edge. The daughter of Pharaoh told Moses’ sister to go get someone to help her take care of the baby. Guess who was called?

Moses own mother would be there to help the king’s daughter raise Moses. And Moses would grow up to become a powerful and important member of the king’s family, and God would use him to save his Hebrew family and all the Israelite slaves by bringing them out of Egypt. For the first time in many, many years they would be set free under God’s protection.

Did Moses mother know what would happen when she decided to place the baby on the river rather than kill him as she was told to do? Of course not, but she trusted God enough to allow God to protect her baby. She also knew it was better to please God and place our trust in Him than to do what she knew was so wrong. She just could not kill her own baby.

There will be times when you will have to make a tough choice: Do what is right to do, or what you are told to do, when you know it is wrong if you do it. I promise you, you will always be better off doing what is right and trust God than to choose to do wrong even if everyone else is doing it.

Ask you mom or dad, what is more powerful in your life: fear or faith. God will always reward your decisions that come from your faith in God to do what is right. Fear never brings good into your life.

May God help you grow to be strong and courageous in your faith, and learn never to fear what you know to be right to do. Like Moses’ mother, you will be blessed by your decision.

Good comes from Bad when you act Right, Genesis 50:12-20

God’s Message to My Grandchildren

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Good comes from Bad when you act Right

Text: Genesis 50:12-20 (For the background of Joseph’s Story read Chapters 37-47)

So Jacob’s (Israel) sons did for him what he had commanded them.

They carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave at Machpelah in the field near Mamre, which Abraham had purchased as a burial site from Ephron the Hittite.

After Joseph buried his father, he returned to Egypt with his brothers and all who had gone with him to bury his father.

When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said to one another, “If Joseph is holding a grudge against us, he will certainly repay us for all the suffering we caused him.”

So they sent this message to Joseph, “Before he died your father gave a command: ‘Say this to Joseph: Please forgive your brothers’ transgression and their sin—the suffering they caused you.’ Therefore, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.”

Joseph wept when their message came to him. Then his brothers also came to him, bowed down before him, and said, “We are your slaves!”

But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result—the survival of many people. Therefore don’t be afraid. I will take care of you and your little ones.”

And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

Truth: Bad things often happen to good people. Evil can come upon brothers or sisters by their brothers or sisters because of jealousy and anger. But, should we be angry with the people who cause us harm, especially if they are our brothers or sisters? Is it good for us to want to hurt others just because they may have hurt us? Sometimes God uses some bad or sad situations for our good.

Thoughts: This story about Joseph and his brothers offers us a tough lesson to learn for all of us. (Parents, this will be hard to teach if you do not believe it yourself.) Getting even when someone harms you never works out as you think it will. Causing harm to others in retaliation – or getting even – never makes things better. Anger never works for the good.

Joseph was a younger brother who was loved by his father and as a result all his brothers were jealous. They became so jealous that they took him and sold him as a slave. And then they lied to their father about what happened. (Read the full story) While a slave he was taken to Egypt and became the head slave of a wealthy man, but his wife accused him of wrong doing to her, although he did nothing wrong, and he was sent to prison. In prison he is set free when he rightly helps the king understand some strange dreams about the danger his nation faces. Then the king makes Joseph an important leader of the people. Joseph’s own brothers arrive in Egypt to buy food during a great famine ( a time when there was not much food), but they did not recognize Joseph.

Even though Joseph could have gotten even with his brothers for all the bad they caused him, he does good by them and eventually forgives them all. Joseph realized God had used the bad things that happened for the good of so many other people, including his own family too.

Just as I have learned in my life, please learn from this story that “getting even” with people who might have done wrong things to you is never the right thing to do. Good never comes from doing wrong. God will use the bad for your good if you will always choose to do the right thing. And, it is always the right thing to forgive and forget the wrong than to fight and try to get even. You will be surprised how good you will feel and how others will treat you in return.

Parents: it takes courage rooted in God’s goodness to not get angry at others when bad things happen to you. It takes courage and faith to seek out the good that will come from the bad experiences we face in life. But, it always is a better choice even when the good takes time to be revealed. Please teach your children it takes more courage to walk away from a fight than to stay and fight. No one wins when a fight breaks out!

Are You Like Jacob or Israel? Genesis 32:24-29

God’s Message to My Grandchildren

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Are You Like Jacob or Israel?

Text: Genesis 32:24-29

(If you and your parents read through the story of Abraham and his sons, Isaac & Ishmael, you will find that Isaac had Jacob and Esau as his sons. Jacob was a very selfish and was also a young man who even lied to get his way, but God taught him some hard lessons about being so selfish and hard-headed. Here is a key passage when Jacob is alone and discovers he is in a wrestling match with God. Jacob is taught a lesson that changed his life.)

Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that He could not defeat him, He struck Jacob’s hip socket as they wrestled and dislocated his hip.

Then He said to Jacob, “Let Me go, for it is daybreak.”

But Jacob said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me.”

“What is your name?” the man asked.

“Jacob,” he replied.

“Your name will no longer be Jacob,” He said. “It will be Israel because you have struggled with God and with men and have prevailed.”

Then Jacob asked Him, “Please tell me Your name.

”But He answered, “Why do you ask My name?” And He blessed him there.

Truth: As Jesus would share the key to our relationship with God, and it is recorded in other parts of the Bible: “we are to love God first and more than all other persons and things, including ourselves; and, we are also to love others in the same way we love ourselves.” We are not to demand things from God or take from others just because we feel we deserve those things.

Thoughts: Jacob was the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, and all three were very important in the building of God’s chosen people in the Old Testament story of the Bible. However, it is Jacob who was selfish and very hard-headed about getting his way in life. He expected his father’s blessings and even lied to get his way. He wanted a special wife and he was willing to cheat to get to marry her as his wife. But this brought problems onto Jacob and his family was hurt by him.

In this passage, Jacob is preparing to meet his brother, Esau, who he cheated out of the family’s blessing, which was meant for Esau as the oldest. This blessing from their father was a gift that would offer the oldest with the control of the future of the family’s property and wealth. That lonely night, Jacob was afraid because Esau, his brother, was stronger and about to meet him. Jacob is ow all alone when an angel of God comes to him and they wrestle. Jacob tries his best to get a blessing from God to help him, but God decides to bless him after the angel of God causes Jacob to have an injury in his leg. Then God changes his name from Jacob to Israel, which means “one who wrestles with God.”

Jacob would always remember why he limped for the rest of his life, but felt blessed and became more humble and honest before God and others. He learned to not be so selfish. He would raise 12 sons who would to become the fathers of the families that built the nation of Israel that you will read about in the rest of the Bible, and from him the nation of Israel gets its name.

Those who are true to the name of being in the family of Israel are those who love God first in their life and obey God, and they love others as they love themselves. When you are around your family and friends, do you fight and wrestle with them to get your way, or do you love them and show that love everyday? A good name is so important and you are blessed when others tell good stories about you.

All Different but All Very Special, Genesis 11:1-9

God’s Message to My Grandchildren

 

 

 

 

Title: All Different but All Very Special

Text: Genesis 11:1-9

At one time, the whole Earth spoke the same language. It so happened that as they (all the people) moved out of the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled down.

They said to one another, “Come, let’s make bricks and fire them well.” They used brick for stone and tar for mortar.

Then they said, “Come, let’s build ourselves a city and a tower that reaches Heaven. Let’s make ourselves famous so we won’t be scattered here and there across the Earth.”

God came down to look over the city and the tower those people had built. God took one look and said, “One people, one language; why, this is only a first step. No telling what they’ll come up with next—they’ll stop at nothing! Come, we’ll go down and garble their speech so they won’t understand each other.”

Then God scattered them from there all over the world. And they had to quit building the city.

That’s how it came to be called Babel, because there God turned their language into “babble.”

From there God scattered them all over the world.

Truth: God enjoys seeing the diversity (many differences) of His people. God created us with different colors of hair, eyes and skin. We come from different parts of the world because God wanted all His people to go out into the world and to populate it and tell the whole world about Him and His love for all His people.

Thoughts: In the very beginning, as the number of people in the world was getting larger, everyone still spoke the same language and looked the same. Everyone stayed together as they slowly moved into the area of what is today Iraq and Syria (the Mesopotamia Valley between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers – look it up on a map).

Because they all knew God, they wanted to reach up to God, so they started building huge, very tall towers or temples called Ziggurats (see picture). God saw their construction of these towers and said this is not what He wanted his people to do. He wanted His people to focus on going out into the world and raise their families, so God decided to stop their construction by causing confusion among the people by causing them to speak different languages. When the people discovered they could not understand one another anymore they stopped building the big towers and they began to move away from each other to different lands. New nations grew up all over the world, but all the nations had one thing in common: God, but they no longer were trying to reach up to God with tall towers.

In our world, God’s plan for His people to have different languages, looks, and locations is as God wanted the world to be like. Being different is not a bad thing, but a good thing. We all may speak many languages and have many different ways of doing things, but we all have one God who loves us all. Thus, we should also learn to not be afraid or hate others who are not like us. They are loved by God too, and we should also.

When you go to school and see and meet other kids that are different from you, do not be afraid of them or make fun of them…and they should not make fun of you or be afraid of you. God wants us all to try to get along with each other and to respect our many differences, because we all share one thing alike: We all have one God who made us all very special. And, God has no favorites. He loves each of us the same. We are all #1 in His eyes!

God made you special and He wants you to be who you are to the best of your ability. We are not all the same for a good reason, and it is good that we all have some differences that make us special.

Rainbows are God’s Gift to You. Genesis 8:20-22, 9:8-17

God’s Message to My Grandchildren

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Rainbows are God’s Gift to You

Text: Genesis 8:20-22, 9:8-17

After Noah and his family obeyed God and lived through the flood on the ark (a huge boat filled with God’s animals and Noah’s family): Noah built an altar to God. He selected clean animals and birds from every species and offered them as burnt-offerings on the altar.

God smelled the sweet fragrance and thought to himself, “I’ll never again curse the ground because of people. I know they have this bent toward evil from an early age, but I’ll never again kill off everything living as I’ve just done. For as long as Earth lasts, planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never stop.”

Then God spoke to Noah and his sons: “I’m setting up my covenant (a special forever promise) with you including your children who will come after you, along with everything alive around you—birds, farm animals, wild animals—that came out of the ship with you. I’m setting up my covenant with you that never again will everything living be destroyed by flood waters; no, never again will a flood destroy the Earth.”

God continued, “This is the sign of the covenant (this very special forever promise) I am making between me and you and everything living around you and everyone living after you. I’m putting my rainbow in the clouds, a sign of the covenant between me and the Earth. From now on, when I form a cloud over the Earth and the rainbow appears in the cloud, I’ll remember my covenant between me and you and everything living, that never again will flood waters destroy all life. When the rainbow appears in the cloud, I’ll see it and remember the eternal covenant (forever special promise) between God and everything living, every last living creature on Earth.”

And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I’ve set up between me and everything living on the Earth.”

Truth: One of the wonders of nature that is so pretty to see but is impossible to capture, hold or keep is the a rainbow. We cannot find where it begins or where it ends. But we cn know why the rainbow fills the sky when there are rain clouds in the sky? Well, it is because God said it is His special gift to all of us to remind us of His special forever promise that says He really loves us as we are.

Thoughts: God wants us to know He is our heavenly Father and He loves us. Just as your mommy and daddy want you to be good and corrects you when you do not act good as you should, God wants you to know what is good and right in your life too. When you act or do wrong, just as your mommy or daddy can be sad about the way you act, God also is sad.

Long ago, almost all of the people in the world were acting really bad and they did not care about pleasing God anymore, so God became so sad He sent a flood of water to punish all the people, but the flood also killed the animals and birds too, except for those He saved on the Ark (a really big boat) with Noah and his family. When Noah and the animals finally were able to leave the safety of the Ark, Noah and God talked and God said, He was very sad about having to punish the world and would never, ever flood the world again. He said He loves the world He created too much. Then He said, to remember my promise I am placing in the sky, whenever the rain clouds come out, my rainbow to remind you of my forever special promise.

So, whenever you see the storm clouds in the sky you never have to be afraid. The rain is for the good of God’s earth, not the bad. And, the rainbow you see is God’s special promise to you that He loves you as you are, even when you do not always do everything as you know you should sometimes. God uses our mistakes to teach us what is right and good, so we can become His special children. His rainbow is His way of smiling upon you!

Just as you want to make mommy and daddy happy, I pray you will want to make God happy too and see His rainbow as His special smile in the sky just for you.

Why do Brothers and Sisters Fight? Genesis 4:1-10 (The Message)

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Title: Why do Brothers and Sisters Fight?

Genesis 4:1-10 (The Message)

Adam slept with Eve his wife. She conceived and had Cain. She said, “I’ve gotten a man, with God’s help!” Then she had another baby, Abel.

Abel was a herdsman and Cain a farmer.

Time passed.

Cain brought an offering to God from the produce of his farm. Abel also brought an offering, but from the firstborn animals of his herd, choice cuts of meat.

God liked Abel and his offering, but Cain and his offering didn’t get his approval.

Cain lost his temper and went into a sulk (pouted and was sad).

God spoke to Cain: “Why this tantrum? Why the sulking? If you do well, won’t you be accepted? And if you don’t do well, sin is lying in wait for you, ready to pounce; it’s out to get you, you’ve got to master it.”

Cain had words with his brother. They were out in the field; Cain came at Abel his brother and killed him.

God said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?”

He said, “How should I know? Am I his babysitter?”

God said, “What have you done! The voice of your brother’s blood is calling to me from the ground.

Truth: Look to please God and your parents. Do not try to be like your brothers or sisters. We are all different and have special talents and gifts. You should be pleased if your brothers or sisters do well, even if this time you did not do as well as them. Anger is the enemy of love in the family.

Thoughts: Right after Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden, God blessed them with their first two children, Cain and Abel. Both were very different in what they were good at doing. Cain was the farmer of the crops in the fields and Abel was a farmer of the animals. However, Cain became jealous of Abel because he was doing something different than Cain and God was seemingly more pleased with Abel and his efforts. Cain wanted God to tell him the same thing but rather than work harder at being a farmer of the crops in the field, Cain got angry at Abel and his anger caused a fight that sadly killed Abel. God, our heavenly Father, came to Cain and asked Cain what happened, but Cain would not admit to his anger and what he had done wrong. So God told him you cannot hide the evidence of your actions against your brother. And then God said to Cain, “You have acted wrong against your brother, your parents, and against the love I have for you, and you will be punished.” Then, God sent Cain away from his family. God would continue to protect Cain from harm, but would no longer allow him to be with his family.

Why do brothers and sisters fight with each other?

Do you ever get jealous of what they are doing?

Do you want to get the attention they may be getting from mom and dad?

If your brother or sister is playing with a toy and they seem to be having fun, do you ever get jealous and want that toy to play with, but all you do is cause a fight when you try to get it from your brother or sister?

When we get selfish – only worry about ourselves and not the good of others – God’s love is not being shared in us. In God’s eyes, you, your brothers and sisters and your mommy and daddy are all special to God. Sometimes because of something we say or do we may get extra attention from our family, but that does not make you more special than your brothers or sisters. Never try to be like your brothers or sisters, or special friends you know. You can be happy for them because they can do some things really well, but you too are special. Always try your best and know you are special too. God loves you as you are! It never pays to get angry, because so many other people get hurt by your anger. Share God’s love and every one will smile at you.

God’s Creation Brings Life and Light, Genesis 1:1-2:4 (The Message)

God’s Message to My Grandchildren

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: God’s Creation Brings Life and Light, Genesis 1:1-2:4 (The Message)

This is the story of how it all started, of Heaven and Earth when they were created.

First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.

God spoke: “Light!” And light appeared. God saw that light was good and separated light from dark. God named the light Day, he named the dark Night. It was evening, it was morning—Day One.

God spoke: “Sky! In the middle of the waters; separate water from water!” God made sky. He separated the water under sky from the water above sky. And there it was: he named sky the Heavens; It was evening, it was morning—Day Two.

God spoke: “Separate! Water-beneath-Heaven, gather into one place; Land, appear!” And there it was. God named the land Earth. He named the pooled water Ocean. God saw that it was good.

God spoke: “Earth, green up! Grow all varieties of seed-bearing plants,Every sort of fruit-bearing tree.” And there it was. Earth produced green seed-bearing plants, all varieties, and fruit-bearing trees of all sorts. God saw that it was good. It was evening, it was morning—Day Three.

God spoke: “Lights! Come out! Shine in Heaven’s sky! Separate Day from Night. Mark seasons and days and years, Lights in Heaven’s sky to give light to Earth.” And there it was. God made two big lights, the larger to take charge of Day, the smaller to be in charge of Night; and he made the stars. God placed them in the heavenly sky to light up Earth and oversee Day and Night, to separate light and dark. God saw that it was good. It was evening, it was morning—Day Four.

God spoke: “Swarm, Ocean, with fish and all sea life!Birds, fly through the sky over Earth!” God created the huge whales, all the swarm of life in the waters, and every kind and species of flying birds. God saw that it was good. God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Ocean! Birds, reproduce on Earth!” It was evening, it was morning—Day Five.

God spoke: “Earth, generate life! Every sort and kind:cattle and reptiles and wild animals—all kinds.” And there it was: wild animals of every kind, cattle of all kinds, every sort of reptile and bug. God saw that it was good.

God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, and, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.” God created human beings; he created them god-like, reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female. God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.” Then God said, “I’ve given you every sort of seed-bearing plant on Earth and every kind of fruit-bearing tree, given them to you for food. To all animals and all birds, everything that moves and breathes, I give whatever grows out of the ground for food.” And there it was. God looked over everything he had made; it was so good, so very good! It was evening, it was morning—Day Six.

Heaven and Earth were finished, down to the last detail. By the seventh day God had finished his work. On the seventh day he rested from all his work. God blessed the seventh day. He made it a Holy Day because on that day he rested from his work, all the creating God had done.

Truth: Everything, absolutely everything in this world has a beginning, and each beginning is a gift from God.

Thoughts: Is God silent today? Did God create everything and then sit in heaven and watch His creation grow on its own? Do you believe that God is still in the creation business everyday?

How did your baby brother or sister come into this world knowing how to breath? Who caused him or her to come into being inside of mommy? How did his or her heart begin to beat?

What causes you to grow everyday, getting taller and stronger? Where do some of your thoughts come from that you think about? Why is it that you do not have to think about breathing or the beating of your heart?

What about the birds in the sky, the animals all around us, the bugs and insects, the fish in the water – where did they come from? Who created all of the many, many types of birds, animals, bugs, insects, and fish? Why do you think there are so many different shapes and sizes and colors of trees, bushes, flowers, and crops?

Who directs the wind, the rain, the sun, and the stars?

God is not a one-time creator. God is with us every day. God is behind all the change that happens to each of us and everything in this world. Without God we would not be here today. Why does God work so hard? He loves His creation, and that means you and your family. God is still speaking to us today so we can see Him in our daily lives.

God shares His love so that we can learn to love each other…