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Discover God {and a Bible Study Series for Kids with Giveaway!}

 

 

 

 

On Fridays we’ve been looking at the names of God and diving deeper into the character of God with a family activity. This week’s post is going up a day early because I’m also sharing with you a BRAND NEW series for studying the Bible with kids! LOVE, love, love this!

But first, our final look at the name “Adonai.”

 

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Last week we talked about the first thing we need in order to relate well with Adonai, an attentive listening ear. We will learn the second thing today: A poise ready for action.

Think again about the game “Simon says.” When we played the game, you had to listen carefully and be ready to immediately act. Your mind and body were on the alert, fully tuned in to the instructions you were going to be given.

Once we hear an instruction from Adonai, we must immediately obey. We must be poised for action. Our hearts and minds and bodies all have to work together to get the job done! I Peter 1:13 says, “Prepare your minds for action…”

We must decide in advance that once we hear a command, we won’t treat it like a suggestion. We move on it, right away!

 

Discover God Through Your Senses:

 

Today we are going to practice being poised for action.

Athletes know the importance of being ready and in the “start” position. Go outside and set up short running courses. Practice running them using a proper “runner’s start.” If you have a swimming pool, you may try the same thing.

Discuss a boxer’s pose or a wrestler’s stance. Each athlete has a pose that prepares them to move quickly when they hear the whistle/call. Discuss how this relates to us being poised for action.

Your “success” as a maturing child depends on your trust and obedience. Use today to revamp, re-work, or re-create your chore chart. Re-commit to trust and obey what God has given you to do.

 

 

 Now for the New Kid’s Bible Study Series:

 

 

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Join us over the next 12 weeks (starting August 29th) as we share Bible study topics, discussion questions, suggested reading, and activities that you can do with your kiddos!

The writers at CSAHM are so excited to share with you the wonderful Deep Blue Kids Bible and Bible Studies that will encourage you to include regular Bible Study time with your children that isn’t overwhelming and is a  A LOT of FUN!

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How Adonai Leads

 

 

 

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On Friday’s, we’re talking about the names of God and deepening our understanding with a family activity. Today we continue with Adonai. Jump right in!

 

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Today and next week we will talk about the two things needed for relating with Adonai.

The first is an attentive, listening ear. Read these scriptures and see what they all have in common:

John 10:3-4

Isaiah 49:1a

Exodus 15:26

All over scripture we see that Adonai relates to His people through His voice! This is very good news for us. He doesn’t whip us like a slave. He doesn’t beat or prod us, He leads us with His voice and guides us with His eye. What a tender and loving Master our Adonai is!

{Some of us need to re-learn the ways of our Savior and un-learn the ways of the whip.}

Remember when we played “Simon says?” You had to listen very carefully and be attentive in order to play the game well. That’s the way it is with us and God. When we trust Him and know He is a tender Shepherd-Master, we will go through our days listening very carefully for His precious voice.

 

Discover God Through Your Senses:

 

Set up an obstacle course outside and blindfold each player one at a time. Guide them through the obstacle course using only your voice.

Talk about what it means to be attentive and to be led by listening. Discuss what it means for God to lead us with His voice. How can we practice heart-listening? 

 

Join us next week for the other trait we need when relating to Adonai. Have a great weekend!

Who’s the Boss?

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On Fridays, we’ve been looking at a name of God and doing a family activity  that helps us dive deeper into His nature. Today is post 2 on the name “Adonai.”

May your family be blessed as you discover God afresh.  

 

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As we discovered last Friday, Adonai means “lord” or “master.”

Adonai is possibly the most difficult name of God for us to accept because we don’t really like people telling us what to do!

Today, we will try to overcome this obstacle by looking at truth from God’s word.

The reason we often resist God as “boss” of us is because we are confused about the general purpose of God’s commands. We tend to think that His commands are given for His benefit. We think that He wants us to obey because it is best for Him, it serves Him well, and it somehow makes life easier for Him.

The truth is that God does not need our obedience. He is completely self-sufficient and in need of nothing! That means He gives commands for our benefit. It is goodness and grace that moves Him to give us rules, precepts, commands, and instruction for life. His laws are the path to full and abundant life.

David is a man who understood this and it changed his life. Discuss how you might trust and obey someone when you know they ALWAYS act in your best interest.

We must also develop and nurture a trust that God is always for us and that His commands and instructions are for our wholeness and well being. Today’s activity will help us do that.

 

Discover God Through Your Senses:

 

Read Psalm 19:7-11. Work this week to memorize this passage as a family. As you encounter difficult tasks, bring this scripture to mind and remind yourself of God’s intentions towards you.

The easiest way to memorize scripture and recall it is through song. Here is a link of this scripture put to music for your consideration:

http://www.joyfulnoisescripture.org/mp3s/SSAV1Clips/ssav1-28.mp3

 

Have a great weekend, friends!

Discovering Adonai

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“Adonai” is a term for God meaning lord or master. It is a respectful term that indicates submission, obedience, and proper regard for one’s master.

In Genesis 15, Abraham encounters God and addresses Him as “Adonai.” Take a moment to read Genesis 15:1-6 to see the context in which Abraham used the term “Adonai” (literally “Adonai Yahweh” in this passage).

Abraham called Yahweh his Lord. This means that he acknowledged Him as Boss and Master.

Addressing God as Adonai indicates a personal relationship. You do not call someone else’s mom “Mom” and you do not call someone else’s king  your  king. Likewise, you only call your Lord “Adonai.” Jesus says in Matthew 7:21, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say?” We see then that we all have a “lord” and it is whatever or whoever we are listening to, responding to, and obeying. We cannot call God our Adonai if we aren’t relating with Him and doing what He asks of us.

Abraham shows us what it looks like to relate with Adonai. Describe what kind of posture Abraham had with God in this encounter before moving on to today’s activity. Note that Abraham voiced questions and hesitations, but his posture was still respectful and believing.

 

Discover God through Your Senses

 

Play a game of “Simon Says.”

Include some silly, some difficult, and some fun instructions. Talk about the difference between being “Simon” and being a “follower.”

Relate the similarities between us and our “Adonai.”

Join us next Friday for more about Adonai and an adaptation to the Simon Says game~ wink~

Mansions and Flashlights

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El Elyon, my hiding place

 

 

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Imagine.

For a moment imagine that God has a mansion, a big, safe place that no one can break into.

Now imagine inside this place is everything you could ever need. You would never need to leave it! What’s more is that God has invited you to come live there with Him and to forever be safe and well cared for.

 

 

“He who dwells in the shelter of El Elyon will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, ‘My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust.’”

Psalm 91:1-2

 

These verses talk about dwelling in the shelter of God’s sovereignty. When we trust God even when we don’t understand things, we make God our refuge and we will always be safe. It’s sort of like living in God’s mansion.

On top of that, dwelling under the shelter and promise of God’s sovereignty is the key to experience God’s sufficiency! By dwelling under this umbrella, we can be safe and well cared for! (We will talk more about this later when we study El Shaddai.)

We can find and dwell in God’s secret place through praising Him and recounting His faithful deeds. “It is good to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to Your name, El Elyon; to declare Your loving kindness in the morning and Your faithfulness by night.” Psalm 92:1-2

When we don’t understand what God is doing or when we feel afraid, we especially need to use these practices of praise. A good habit for you to start is to write down the ways God loves you every day. Each day we can pay attention to how He loves and cares for us.

 

Discover God Through Your Senses:

 

Praising God and recounting the ways He loves us is like a flashlight in the dark, illuminating the way for us to find His safe shelter. Recounting His goodness reminds us that God is sovereign AND good.

Wait until it gets dark outside, then do a version of hide and seek in the yard with flashlights. Choose a person to be the safe place (this person does not have a flashlight.) The goal is for everyone to find the safe place while he/she hides around the yard. To find the safe place, each person can shine their light for 2 seconds at a time. Once everyone has gathered at the safe place, discuss how recounting God’s faithfulness is like the flashlight going on, illuminating the way to safe shelter.

Play safe and see you next Friday for more on the names of God~

 

Bags of Gold {El Elyon #3}

 

 

 

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If someone came to you and offered you a gift of bread and fruit juice and someone else came offering you a bag of gold, but you could only choose one of the gifts, which would you pick?

I guess your answer would depend on how hungry you were!

In Genesis 14:17-24 , Abraham chose to have bread and wine with the priest of El Elyon over the bags of riches from the king of Sodom. Abraham didn’t have much of an appetite for the king’s riches. Do you have any ideas why that was?

Abraham determined that he would only have what God gave him and that meant saying “no” to other things. He wouldn’t even take a thread or a sandal strap from someone else!

Because God is Possessor of heaven and earth, Abraham knew that God owns it all. Abraham was content to let God decide what he had, even if it was “only” bread and wine. Abraham shows us what it looks like to let El Elyon be our portion. It will surely mean that we turn down things the world has to offer, maybe “cool” friends or popularity, or fame or money or “stuff.” We too can decide each day to only take what comes from El Elyon.

Matthew says that we can’t have it both ways. We can not serve God and something else at the same time. We can only fully love one or the other.

Abraham loved El Elyon, to the exclusion of money and fame and honor given by others. The best time to decide who we will love is before the temptations for other things come. Then, when they come, we can reaffirm our commitment to love and serve El Elyon alone.

 

Discover God Through Your Senses:

 

For today’s activity, have a Tea Party.

Consider serving something bitter or sour, like pickles, and something sweet. Talk about being satisfied with what God gives, knowing He is both good and sovereign, trusting His heart and intentions.

The way to developing a heart that prefers Him to all the riches of the world is to experience Him by supping with Him! Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.”

When we dine with Jesus, we are always blessed (see Gen. 14:18-20) We don’t need all the riches of Sodom to be happy; we can be fully “blessed” with a simple meal of bread and juice.

 

During your Tea Party, discuss these questions:

How are you tempted to dine on the world’s offerings?

In what ways might you need to sup with Jesus?

How can you work together as a  family to be satisfied in El Elyon?

 

Join us next Friday for another look at the names of God. Have a great weekend~  AJ

The Hunt

 

 

 

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Begin today’s lesson by reading Genesis 14:17-24.

Twice in this passage El Elyon is called the “Possessor of heaven and earth.” He owns everything! As owner of everything, El Elyon assigns us our “lot” in life.

Deuteronomy 32:8 says that it was “El Elyon who gave the nations their inheritance,” … and He gave yours too! He decides what parents and siblings we have, what country we are born into, what kind of body and health we have, what personality we have, and more!

Take a moment to talk about what “lot” God has given you.  Be sure to include both positive and difficult things in your discussion.

Do you know that when we complain about things in our life, we are actually telling El Elyon we aren’t happy with His choices for us?

The Israelites complained too about the lot God had given them. Psalm 78:54-56 says, “He brought them to His holy land…and apportioned them for an inheritance by measurement and made the tribes of Israel dwell in their tents. Yet they tempted and rebelled against the Most High God (El Elyon.)”

The truth is that we have two choices about the life God has given us: we can trust Him and live with joy, or we can complain and distance ourselves from the God who loves us so much. God wants us to know and trust that His choices for our lives are good. All His works are done in faithfulness (Psalm 145:17). Even when He gives us hard things or puts someone in our life that we don’t like very much, we can be sure that God knows what He is doing.

“I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

In Genesis 14, Abraham made a choice to be content with whatever El Elyon had for him. You and I can make that choice too. Every day, we can make a good choice to honor El Elyon by thanking Him for His gifts. Is there anything in your life that you are unhappy with? Can you start thanking El Elyon that His plan is good? Together, thank God for each of those things and confess any anger or rebellion you have held against El Elyon.

 

Discover God through Your Senses:

El Elyon assigns each of us our lot and our inheritance. When we know this, each day becomes very special, like a treasure hunt! Everything He sends our way during the day, even the unpleasant things, hold value and hidden treasures. He has an inheritance for us each and every day.

Today, we are going on a treasure hunt! Talk about how our days can become treasure hunts for God’s gifts to us.

(Parents, hide notes in various places around the house or yard, each one giving a clue where the next note is hidden. At the end, place the “treasure” such as a treat, a special outing, etc… There are many variations of this activity so tailor to your liking.)

My hidden notes went like this. At each location, we stopped and thanked Him for the gift mentioned on the note:

1. “God gave our family 2 beautiful girls! Go to the girl’s room to find the next clue.”

2. “God has preserved for us His word. Find the next clue in one of your bibles.”

3. “God has given us a very comfortable couch to sit on! Go find the next clue!”

4. “God has blessed us with a big backyard with 2 flower beds. Go find the next clue near the flowers.”

5. “God has given us fine minds to read, study, learn, and work hard. Go find the next clue where we store our books.”

6. “God has blessed us with enough money to care for our needs and also to help others. Go look in our Giving Jar for the next clue.”

7. “The computer is a gift from God to learn, connect, organize, and work. Look in the computer bag for the next clue.”

8. “God blessed us with a great Dad, husband, and leader. Go give Dad a hug for the last clue.”

 

Happy hunting! Join in next week for more family adventures with God!

His Highness {El Elyon #1}

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The first chapter of Genesis introduces us to Elohim, the Creator God. The next name of God mentioned is found in Genesis chapter 14 verses 18-24, the name El Elyon. This name was revealed to Abraham.

Did you notice that in this name the “El” is doubled? “El” means “god” and the double “El” means that our God is God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the Most High God, the Sovereign Ruler. No one or nothing tops Him! Psalm 103:19 says, “The Lord has established His throne in heaven; His kingdom extends over everything.” (NET)

Verses like these relate to God as being in the heavens, not because He is far removed from us by space, but because He is sovereign and above us in terms of power, nature, and wisdom.

The name El Elyon teaches us that our full trust must be placed in Him, never in ourselves, our money, our resources, our friends or family, our strength, or our wisdom. It doesn’t matter what our need is, El Elyon is the only safe place for us to go.

 

“He who dwells in the shelter of El Elyon will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!’”

Psalm 91:1-2

 

God wants us to understand His “highness” so that we will always trust Him and have a safe place to dwell.

 

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Today we are going to practice looking up! Focusing on the highness of God means that we get our eyes off of ourselves, each other, and our surroundings. Just like raising your eyes to the sky, we can train our spiritual eyes to dwell or stay on the highness of God.

Choose one of these two activities to do:

1. Spend some time outside lying on your back watching the clouds.

2. Fly a kite, keeping your eyes to the sky.

 

As you look up, ponder and discuss these scriptures about God’s Highness:

 

 

“How great You are, O Sovereign Lord. There is no one like You. There is no other God. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is Yours, O Lord. And this is Your kingdom. We adore you as the One who is over all things.

Riches and honor come from You alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in Your hand and it is at Your discretion that people are made great and are given strength.

The Lord does whatever pleases Him, throughout all heaven and earth. The Lord brings both death and life. The Lord makes one poor and another rich. He determines the course of world events. He removes kings and sets others on the throne. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars. For all the earth is the Lord’s and He has set the world in order.

All the people of the earth are nothing compared to Him.

He has the power to do as He pleases among the angels in heaven and with those who live on the earth. No one can stop Him or challenge him, saying, what do you mean by doing these things? If God were to take back His Spirit and withdraw His breath, all life would cease and humanity would return to dust.

O Sovereign Lord, I am Your servant. You’ve only begun to show me Your greatness and power. Is there any God on heaven and earth that can perform such great deeds as Yours? All eyes look to You for help.

God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose for them. The Lord Almighty has sworn this oath: It will all happen as I have planned, it will come about according to My purposes.

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation. Everything has been created through Him and for Him. He sustains the universe by the mighty power of His hand.

At the name of Jesus every knee will bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”

 

(Transcript of scripture compilation above comes from www.DiscoverGod.com “God’s Sovereignty, musical reflections”)

 

 

Join us next Friday for a Treasure Hunt!

 

Other Posts in this series:

 Discover Elohim~ a play dough adventure

I’m Made by Elohim~ look at baby pictures

Do Not Fear~ observe the night sky

Workmanship~ catch a bug

 

 

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Workmanship {Elohim #4}

 

 

 

A fun way to introduce children to the names of God

 

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“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”   Ephesians 2:10

 

You are God’s creation, His piece of art. An artist doesn’t get in a hurry or rush to finish his masterpiece. His chief concern is in getting everything right…not in beating the clock!

The same is true of God. He took 9 months to develop you in your mom’s womb and years to get you where you are now and He isn’t finished yet!

Remember last week how we talked about nature telling us things about God? Nature tells us that God is powerful, creative, faithful, and not in a hurry. He is deliberate and careful in all that He does. If you cannot see what He is doing in your life, don’t fret! He isn’t done yet! He will make sure everything is just right.

Read and discuss Phil 1:6 together.

You and I are “works in progress” and we can trust Him to help us “turn out” okay.

 

Discover God Through Your Senses:

Go catch a Bug! Using a microscope, inspect your bug to see how intricate and deliberate the features. Think about the tiny designs and unique aspects of your bug.

If God went through such great measures to make one little insignificant bug so majestically, what do you think He is doing with you? Discuss what your bug tells you about God.

 

Other posts in this series:

Elohim Week 1

Elohim Week 2

Elohim Week 3

 

Do Not Fear, God is Near {Elohim #3}

 

 

 

 

 

A fun way to introduce children to the names of God

 

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The God who created you also speaks to you. He loves to talk with the people He has created!

Do you know that one of the things God says most often in the Bible is “Do not fear?” Someone added up the number of times God says “Don’t be afraid” and counted 366 times, one time for every day of the year, including leap year!

Isaiah 44:1-2 tells us that the God who created us will help us and that we need not fear anything. And Jeremiah 29:11 assures us that He knows the plans He has for us and we can trust Him completely. As a result of understanding our Elohim, we will not fear.

One of the ways God speaks His assurance to us is through nature. By making a habit of observing God’s creation around us, we can learn to calm our fears. Jesus told us to consider the flowers of the field and the birds of the air. By paying close attention to them we will understand that we do not have to worry about anything. (see Matthew 6:25-33)

The heavens also declare the glory of God and remind us of Who is taking care of us. Take time today to watch this 8 minute video about Elohim to prepare you for your activity tonight: http://www.discovergod.com/character/all-powerful {Click on “Inspiration Video” near the top of the screen}

 

Discover God Through Your Senses:

 

Get blankets or sheets and lie on the grass after dark.

Look at the night sky and talk about what you see. Discuss what you learned today about the stars and galaxies.

Talk about what the night sky tells us about God and how we can use nature to remind us not to be afraid.

 

” But now [in spite of past judgments for Israel’s sins], thus says the Lord, He Who created you, O Jacob, and He Who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you [ransomed you by paying a price instead of leaving you captives]; I have called you by your name; you are Mine.” Isaiah 43:1 AMP


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