April 10, 2016

OT 73 King Nebuchadnezzar's Second Dream

Reference: Daniel 4

Story Summary: 
     King Nebuchadnezzar had a special dream with a message from God. He asked all the wise men in his kingdom to tell him what it meant, but only Daniel was able to do so.
      In his dream, a huge tree stretched to the heavens. Animals and birds ate of its fruit and rested in its shade. Then an angel came and ordered the tree be cut down, but a stump left behind. The angel ordered that Nebuchadnezzar be made to live like a wild animal for seven years.
     Daniel explained that the tree in the dream represented Nebuchadnezzar. He was a great king, but he would be made to live like an animal for seven years to learn that God is the king over all, even a king like Nebuchadnezzar.
     As Nebuchadnezzar walked amongst his palace, he bragged about his great kingdom. Then God spoke from heaven, saying Nebuchadnezzar would live like an animal for seven years, to learn that God is the true king. He was driven from his people. He thought and lived like an animal. His hair and nails grew long.
     After seven years, the king's mind became clear again. He gave praise to God as the real king over all.

Big Idea and Motions: Jesus is the King of kings.
Jesus - form a cross with your forearms
King - pretend to put a crown on your head
Kings - hold your arms up and then bow forward

Verse / Motions: Psalm 47:7, ESV - For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm!
God - point up
King - pretend to put a crown on your head
All the earth - trace a large circle in the air with your hands
Sing praises - sing these words, gesturing up like an opera singer
Psalm - pretend to play a guitar

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
Who had a dream in today’s story? // King Nebuchadnezzar.
What big thing did he see in his dream? // A big tree.
What did the angel say to do the tree? // Chop it to a stump.
Who told King Nebuchadnezzar what his dream meant? // Daniel.
Who did the big tree in the dream represent? // King Nebuchadnezzar
What did King Nebuchadnezzar brag about? // How great his kingdom was
What troubling thing was going to happen to King Nebuchadnezzar? // Live like an animal for 7 years.
What happened to King Nebuchadnezzar when he lived like an animal? // Long hair and nails, ate grass
Why did God do this to King Nebuchadnezzar? // Because he thought he was the greatest king, not God
What did King Jesus do for us? // Died and rise again for our sin.

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April 3, 2016

Catechism Question 66-67: What is baptism? What is the purpose of baptism?

Question 67: what is baptism?
Answer: The dipping of believers into water, as a sign of their union with Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection.

Question 68: What is the purpose of baptism?
Answer: The dipping of believers into water, as a sign of their union with Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection.

OT 72 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

Reference: Daniel 3:1-30

Story Summary: 
     King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had a 90 foot tall statue made out of gold. When many musical instruments were played, his officials were to bow down before the statue. If anyone refused, they would be thrown in a fiery furnace.
     Three of the king's wise men were God's people who had been captured: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. When the instruments were played, they refused to bow down before the gold statue.
     The three men were brought to King Nebuchadnezzar, who told them he would give them another chance to bow down before the statue. However, the three men told the king that they would never bow down to the statue. They told the king that God could save them from the furnace.
     This angered the king. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter. The men were tied up and thrown into the furnace. It was so hot, the soldiers with them died.
     To the king's amazement, the three men freely walked around the furnace, with a fourth person with them. So the king ordered them released. He praised the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego for being able to save them from the furnace.

Big Idea and Motions: Jesus came to rescue us from sin.
Jesus - form a cross with your forearms
Rescue - pretend to reach down and help someone up from the ground
Sin - two thumbs down

Verse / Motions: Romans 5:8, ESV - ...but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God - point up
Love - put your hands over your heart
Us - point to yourself with both thumbs
Still sinners - two thumbs down
Christ died - form a cross with your forearms
Us - point to yourself with both thumbs

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
Who were the three friends in today’s story? // Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego
What did King Nebuchadnezzar build? // A 90 ft. tall gold statue
When the music played, what were the people supposed to do? // Bow down, worship the statue
What was the punishment for not bowing down to the statue? // Thrown in the fiery furnace.
Did Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego worship the statue? // No.
Why didn’t they bow down? // It would be breaking God’s commandment
What did Nebuchadnezzar do when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bow? // Heated the furnace hotter, had them thrown in.
What happened to the soldiers who threw them in the furnace? // They died
What happened to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the furnace? // Untied, not harmed, walking around with a fourth person
What did Nebuchadnezzar say about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego’s God? // No one can say anything bad about their God.

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - https://goo.gl/8OGMrn
Resources - https://goo.gl/sTfJJ3

March 27, 2016

Catechism Easter- With what kind of body was Jesus raised?

Question: With what kind of body was Jesus raised?
Answer: He was raised with a body of flesh and bone.

NT 38B Thomas Doubts

Reference: John 20:19-31

Story Summary:
    On the evening of the day he rose from the dead, Jesus' disciples were gathered together in a room. They had locked the door for fear that the same people who killed Jesus would want to get them.
     Suddenly, Jesus appeared among them. He show them the scars in his hands and his side to prove that it was really him. Then Jesus left them.
     One of the twelve, Thomas, wasn't there when Jesus appeared. "We've seen the Lord!" they told Thomas. But Thomas wouldn't believe them. "Unless I see the scars in his hands," said Thomas, "and put my finger in the hole in his hands and side, I won't believe!"
     Seven days later, all the disciples were gathered again. Thomas was there with them this time. Once again, Jesus appeared to them. "Put your hands in my hands and my side," Jesus said to Thomas. When Thomas saw Jesus, he said, "My Lord and my God!"
     Jesus said to Thomas, "You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who have not seen me and still believe."

Big Idea and Motions: Blessed are those who haven’t seen Jesus and believe.
Blessed - smile and place two thumb’s up by your cheeks
Those - point away from you
Haven’t seen - put your hands over your eyes
Jesus - form a cross with your forearms
Believe - pretend to hold a rope in front of you with both hands

Verse / Motions: John 20:29, ESV - Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.
Blessed - poke your cheeks and smile
Those - gesture around to other people
Have not - wag your finger “No”
Seen - pull your eyes open with your fingers
Believed - pretend to grasp a rope in front of you with two hands*
* This is the ASL sign for faith/trust. Follow this link to watch a video: http://goo.gl/4cHz3

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
Why did the disciples lock themselves in the room? // They were afraid of the Jews
Who appeared to them in their locked room? // Jesus
What did Jesus show them to prove it was really him? // His scars
Who wasn’t there with them when Jesus? // Thomas
What did Thomas say would have to happen for him to believe? // See and touch Jesus
How many days later did Jesus appear again? // Seven
What did Thomas say when he saw Jesus? // My Lord and my God
Who did Jesus say was “blessed”? // Those who believe and haven’t seen
Name some other people who saw Jesus after he rose from the dead. // Mary and Mary, Paul, James, Peter, 500 others

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/35tdFf
Resources - http://goo.gl/VKnX0Q

March 20, 2016

NT 37 Jesus is Crucified

Reference: Matthew 27

Story Summary:
     The chief priests and elders, the leaders of the people of Israel, decided to put Jesus to death, even though Jesus had not done anything wrong. They took him to Pilate, the governor of the land. Pilate listened as many spoke evil of Jesus, but Jesus didn’t say anything.
     It was Pilate’s tradition to let a prisoner go free during the Passover feast. Pilate gave the people two prisoners to pick from: Jesus and Barabbas, a murderer. The people asked for Barabbas to go free. When Pilate asked them what they wanted to do to Jesus, they said, “Crucify him!” Pilate agreed to crucify Jesus, even though he had done nothing wrong.
   After being beaten and mocked by soldiers, Jesus walked to the place where they crucified him. After being nailed to a wooden cross, Jesus hung there until he died. A rich man named Joseph asked Pilate for Jesus’ body. He wrapped his body in cloths and buried him in a tomb.

Big Idea and Motions: Jesus died to pay for our sins.
Jesus - make a cross with your forearms
Died - make an “X” with your forearms over your chest
To pay - pretend to swipe a debit/credit card
Sins - two thumbs down

Verse and Motions: John 3:16, ESV - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
God - point up
Loved - place your hands over your heart
World - draw a big circle in the air with your hands
Gave - cup your hands together and gesture away
Son - pretend to cradle a baby
Believes - fold your hands together, fingers interlocked
Perish - cross your arms over your chest
Eternal life - twirl your finger in an ∞ shape

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
How does God feel about sin? // He hates it
How many times did Jesus sin? // Zero. He never sinned
Who was Pilate? // The governor
What did Pilate ask Jesus? // Are you the king?
Who did the people let go instead of Jesus? // Barabbas
What did the soldiers do to Jesus? // Whipped and made fun of him
What was Jesus nailed to? // A cross
What happened to Jesus because he was nailed to a cross? // He died
Where was Jesus buried? // In a stone tomb
What did Jesus pay for on the cross? // The punishment for our sins

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/9XbxFM
Resources - http://goo.gl/OzZGar

March 13, 2016

OT 71 Daniel and the King's Dream

Reference: Daniel 1-2

Story Summary:
     After capturing the Israelites, evil King Nebuchadnezzar wanted the best Israelites to serve him as his wise men. Four were chosen: Daniel, Hananiah, Azariah, and Mishael. For food, they were given food and wine from the king’s table.
     Daniel didn’t want to sin against God by eating the king’s food. The king’s guard agreed to let Daniel and his friends eat vegetables and drink water for 10 days as a test. After ten days, the four men looked healthy and well-fed, so they no longer had to eat from the king’s table.
     Later, Nebuchadnezzar had a special dream from God. He wanted his magicians to tell him what he dreamed and what it meant. When they couldn’t, he had them killed. And he wanted to do the same to Daniel and his friends, too.
     Daniel asked his friends to pray to God for help. That night, God showed Daniel a vision and explained the king's dream. Soon, Daniel went to the king. He told the king his dream and what God's message to him was.
     The evil king could tell that Daniel's God was powerful because he knew his dream. He put Daniel and his friends in charge of some of his cities.

Big Idea and Motions: God knows everything and can do anything.
God - point up
Knows everything - tap your brain
Do anything - flex your muscles

Verse / Motions: Psalm 147:5, ESV - Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.
Great - two thumbs up
Lord - point up
Abundant - hold your palms together, then pull them far apart
Power - flex your muscles
Understanding - tap your brain
Beyond measure - press your fingertips on your temples, then pull them out and open them (as if your mind has been blown!)

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
Who was the evil king in today’s story? // Nebuchadnezzar.
What did Nebuchadnezzar pick Daniel and his three friends to do? // Be his servants/wise men
What did Daniel not want to do? // Become like the king’s people by drinking his wine and eating his food
What test or experiment did Daniel want to do? // Eat vegetables and drink water for 10 days.
After 10 days of veggies and water, how did Daniel and his friends look? // Healthier than everyone else.
What did Nebuchadnezzar want the magicians and wise men to do? // Tell him his dream and what it meant.
Who was able to tell the king about his dream? Why? // Daniel, because God helped him
Describe the king’s dream. // A statue of many kinds of materials was smashed by a giant rock
What did the dream mean? // All kingdoms would fall one day, God’s kingdom would fill the earth
What does omniscient mean? // God knows everything.
What does omnipotent? // God can do all he wants.

Google Docs Links:
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